Beyond the Concert Hall — Harvard University

I’m participating in a symposium at Harvard University, sponsored by the Harvard Music Department. John Maclay, the director of The Choral Society of Grace Church, and I will be talking about singing and community. From their program:

“Exploring the neurological, therapeutic, and social benefits of community singing. Musicians, researchers, and disability advocates will explore the intersections of music and disability, neuroscience, wellness, and community. Renowned conductor, composer, and educator, Alice Parker, and Joyful Noise, a chorus of adults with significant physical and/or neurological disabilities, will lead symposium attendees in song.”

Of course I’m nervous and stressing out about it. Harvard! Smart people! And you know how they got to be so smart, right? By turning into brain-eating zombies from time to time. I used to live in Cambridge, I’ve personally witnessed the occasional slaughter. And I also used to work at Harvard, at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. So, basically I’m the help.

A naked woman riding some sort of sea serpent. This is just a tad pornographic, I think.


Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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