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Dalhousie University Humanities-HEALS Program

Performing Arts:  Music

"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything." - Plato


Music-in-Medicine is a vibrant and longstanding component of Dalhousie’s Humanities HEALS Program (Healing & Education through the Arts & Life-Skills), established 24 years ago by our previous Dean of Medicine, Dr. Jock Murray, and currently led by Dr. Gerri Frager.

The Music-in-Medicine Program is active in both the Halifax and Saint John campuses and is comprised of a number of groups:


The Tupper Band is made up of some 40+ individuals who share their love of instrumental music (brass, woodwind & percussion). Started in 1979 by Dr. Bernard Badley, the band has continued its activities over the past 33 years under his leadership as its conductor and music director. Membership is open to all who study or work in the Tupper building in Halifax and to -staff of the associated hospitals. Contact:  Bernard Badley


The Dalhousie Health Professions Chorale and Ensemble, a 100+ voice mixed choir, started 13 years ago by Dr. Ron Stewart, is led by Artistic Director, Conductor, and TJ Murray Musician-in-Residence, Bryan Crocker. Accompanists are Dr. Karen Mann and Dr. Alfhild Larsen. The Ensembles are smaller groups made up of female (the Vocal Chords) and male (the TestosterTones) students from the health professions and medical school. Contact: Dal Health Music


More on the Testostertones and Vocal Cords: Dalhousie medicine’s male and female a cappella singing groups, respectively. For more information, please visit Selected Interest Groups - Dalhousie Medical Students Societies. Here is a sample from YouTube: Dalhousie's Testostertones singing Prayer of the Children.


The Chorale and Ensemble is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, faculty ans staff.  The 2013-2014 rehersals begin on Sept. 11, 2013.  Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings 6:30-8:15 p.m.Theatre B, Tupper Link Building.


Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick Music-in-Medicine Program has been part of the Humanities Program, since opening its doors on the UNB campus in Saint John in 2010. Started by Dr. Wendy Stewart, who leads DMNB’s Humanities-HEALS Program, new Brunswick’s musical accompaniment to medicine is comprised of a vocal groupHeartbeat!, directed by Janet Kidd accompanied by Terri-Lynn Russell and an instrumental Ceilidh-oriented band, Ceol , directed by Dr. Wendy Stewart. Contact: Janet Kidd or Wendy Stewart


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