2020 Annual Conference

of the Music-Thanatology Association, International


The 2020 MTAI conference, On the Threshold, will be held virtually – on Zoom – the weekend of October 24-25. Sessions include a presentation on recent developments in palliative medicine and the field’s future in the Covid-19 era, a discussion of adaptation for music-thanatologists impacted by Covid-19, a memorial tribute, and panels on racial inequities in the health-care system, and diversity and cultural outreach within the field of music-thanatology. There will also be music, ritual and breakout rooms for small-group conversation.
   The conference is open to all MTAI members, except the 90-minute Annual Business Meeting on Saturday afternoon, which is open only to Full and Retired members.

Please proceed to the Dues & Fees page to complete your registration.

Below is a draft of the conference schedule as of 9/14/2020.

Expect changes and refinements:

*Please note: All times listed below are in Pacific Time.

Saturday, October 24th, 2020

8:00amWelcomeConference Planning committee
8:05amIntro to IT resources/housekeepingMichael Olmos
8:20amWaiting at the ThresholdDia Walker
Competency: Musical and Personal
8:30amOpening Ritual & Conference Attendee IntroductionsTBD
Musical OfferingTBD
10:00amCOVID-19 Discussion: Professional ImpactsAll
Competency: Professional/Clinical
12:30pmMoving within the ThresholdDia Walker
12:45pmMTAI Business Meeting
(full & retired members only)
Kieran Schnabel
Competency: Professional/Clinical
Musical OfferingTBD
2:30pmPalliativeCare: Developments & FutureDr. Elise Newman
Competency: Medical/Thanatological & Professional/Clinical
Musical OfferingTBD
4:15pmMemorial Tributes
Loraine McCarthy & Patricia Hurdle
6:00pmEvening Musical ActivityAll

Sunday, October 25th, 2020

8:00amHousekeeping & Announcements
8:05amPlaying within the ThresholdDia Walker
Competency: Musical & Personal
Musical OfferingTBD
8:45amExploring Racial Disparities within HealthcareTBD
Competency: Professional/Clinical
Musical OfferingTBD
10:30amCracking Open the Paradigm: Addressing Racial & Cultural Issues within M-ThTBD
Competency: Professional/Clinical
Musical OfferingTBD
1:00pmOpen Conversation
Reflecting on Diversity Panel Sessions
1:00 – 1:10 Guidelines for break-out discussionsPanel Moderators
1:10 – 2:00 Break-out room discussionsAll
2:00 – 2:30 Reconvene in the larger group to share major takeawaysAll
Competency: Professional/Clinical
2:30pmClosing RitualTBD