As performing arts programs and music schools cope with lost revenue, layoffs, and uncertain futures, the role of the arts in the midst of crisis has become more clear: throughout the country, music is being used as a powerful source of support for patients, healthcare workers, and communities as we struggle to recover from an unprecedented pandemic. This webinar will explore how artists are responding creatively to the need for healing and the opportunities that Covid-19 presents. Co-led by Dr. Sarah Hoover, Peabody’s Associate Dean for Innovation, Interdisciplinary Partnerships, and Community Initiatives and leader of Peabody’s musical programs at Johns Hopkins Medicine; and Jill Sonke, director of the Center for the Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida (UF) and Assistant Director of UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine.
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Since her 2015 appointment to her newly created role of Associate Dean for Innovation, Interdisciplinary Partnerships and Community Initiatives, Sarah Hoover (DMA ’08, Voice) has re-invigorated Peabody’s historic engagement with a diverse array of agencies and organizations across Johns Hopkins and throughout Baltimore.
As the co-director of the new Johns Hopkins Center for Music and Medicine – the first organization of its kind in the eastern United States – Hoover leads a variety of interconnected efforts to meet the center’s mission: harnessing the healing power of music, and ensuring the health of musicians. She is working with colleagues across the university to conduct research, develop therapies, bring music into clinical settings, and bring multi-disciplinary clinical care to Peabody students and other musicians.
Hoover has led the development of unique community engagement opportunities which both bring music to new audiences and help students hone important audience development skills. These include the Young Artists Development Series in partnership with El Paso Pro Musica, the Musician-in-Residence program, a partnership with Young Audiences of Maryland, and Peabody Pop-Ups.
She has also taken a leadership role in the development of Peabody’s new Breakthrough Curriculum, which incorporates community engagement experiences into the core training of the 21st-century citizen artist.
Prior to her appointment at Peabody, Hoover was an assistant professor of music at Hofstra University. She has had a career as a performer, teacher, and music journalist, and co-founded the Oyster Bay Music festival in New York. She is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and has served as the Eastern region president.
Hoover is a graduate of Yale University and earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from Peabody.
Jill Sonke is director of the Center for the Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida (UF) and Assistant Director of UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine. She serves on the faculty of the UF Center for Arts in Medicine, and is an affiliated faculty member in the School of Theatre & Dance, the Center for African Studies, the STEM Translational Communication Center, the One Health Center, and the Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration. Jill is an Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellow in the UF Warrington College of Business, and serves on the editorial board for Arts & Healthjournal and the board of Citizens for Florida Arts. She is also director of the national initiative, Creating Health Communities: Arts + Public Health in America, in partnership with ArtPlace America.
Jill studied dance at Interlochen Arts Academy, the Florida State University, in London, Paris and Athens with teachers of the Horton and Duncan techniques including Bella Lewitsky, Lynda Davis, Milton Meyers, Joy Kellman, Lori Belilove, Julia Levine and Hortense Koluris. She has been a principle dancer and soloist with Lori Belilove & the Isadora Duncan Dance Company in New York and a guest performer and choreographer with Dance Alive! and Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theatre.
Jill holds an MA in Human Services from the University of Illinois, and is a PhD candidate in Arts in Public Health at Ulster University in Northern Ireland. With 25+ years of experience and leadership in arts in health, Jill is active in research, teaching, and international cultural exchange. Her current research focuses on the arts and health communication, the arts in public health, and the effects of music on cost and quality of care in emergency medicine. Jill is the recipient of a New Forms Florida Fellowship Award, a State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship Award, an Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, a UF Internationalizing the Curriculum Award, a UF Most Outstanding Service Learning Faculty Award, a UF Public Health Champions award, a UF Cross-Campus Faculty Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and over 200 grants for her programs and research at the University of Florida.