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


8:00am Welcome Conference Planning committee
8:05am Intro to IT resources/housekeeping Michael Olmos
8:20am Waiting at the Threshold Dia Walker
  Competency: Musical and Personal  
8:30am Opening Ritual & Conference Attendee Introductions TBD
9:45am Break  
Musical Offering   TBD
10:00am COVID-19 Discussion: Professional Impacts All
  Competency: Professional/Clinical  
11:30am Lunch  
12:30pm Moving within the Threshold Dia Walker
12:45pm MTAI Business Meeting
(full & retired members only)
Kieran Schnabel
  Competency: Professional/Clinical  
2:15pm Break  
Musical Offering   TBD
2:30pm PalliativeCare: Developments & Future Dr. Elise Newman
  Competency: Medical/Thanatological & Professional/Clinical  
4:00pm Break  
Musical Offering   TBD
4:15pm Memorial Tributes
Loraine McCarthy & Patricia Hurdle
5:00pm Dinner  
6:00pm Evening Musical Activity All

Sunday, October 25th, 2020

8:00am Housekeeping & Announcements  
8:05am Playing within the Threshold Dia Walker
  Competency: Musical & Personal  
8:30am Break  
Musical Offering   TBD
8:45am Exploring Racial Disparities within Healthcare TBD
  Competency: Professional/Clinical  
10:15am Break  
Musical Offering   TBD
10:30am Cracking Open the Paradigm: Addressing Racial & Cultural Issues within M-Th TBD
  Competency: Professional/Clinical  
12:00pm Lunch  
Musical Offering   TBD
1:00pm Open Conversation
Reflecting on Diversity Panel Sessions
  1:00 – 1:10 Guidelines for break-out discussions Panel Moderators
  1:10 – 2:00 Break-out room discussions All
  2:00 – 2:30 Reconvene in the larger group to share major takeaways All
  Competency: Professional/Clinical  
2:30pm Closing Ritual TBD