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Senior Associate Dean of Institute Studies Abra K. Bush, DMA, oversees all elements of the curriculum and personnel for the academic and applied study areas of the Peabody Institute, including faculty affairs, Academic Affairs, Ensemble Operations, and the Arthur Friedheim Music Library. Read Abra Bush's full bio>>
Michael O’Bryan is an expert practitioner and budding researcher in the fields of community development, organizational culture, and human well-being. He is the Director of Learning at the Village of Arts and Humanities and an Innovation Fellow at Drexel University’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation. Michael joined the Career Studies faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music in 2019. He is also a lecturer in city planning at the University of Pennsylvania’s Stuart Weitzman School of Design and serves on the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' Commission on the Arts.
Michael is the founder of Humanature, a consultancy working with nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies to transform how they understand and support human development, interaction, and performance. Past and current clients include NeighborWorks America, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, the Strada Education Network, and the United Negro College Fund. Michael has spoken about his work at such venues as Cornell University, SOCAP, and the Apollo Theater in New York. In his free time, Michael enjoys reading, making music with his friends, and serving on the boards of local philanthropic and non-profit organizations including the Samuel S. Fels Fund, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the Union Benevolent Association, and Project440.
Jillian Rogers is assistant professor of music in musicology at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
Her research centers on how people experience, process, and perform grief and trauma through music and sound, with particular focus on late-nineteenth and twentieth-century classical and popular music cultures in Europe and the United States. She earned a Ph.D. from UCLA in 2014.
Rogers’s interests in trauma studies, French modernism, affect and psychoanalytic theory, sound studies, and performance studies coalesce in her current book project, Resonant Recoveries: French Music and Trauma Between the Wars, which is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. This project examines musicians’ personal materials in French and U.S. archives, as well as musical scores, recordings, and philosophical, medical, and military texts in order to offer a new vision of interwar French musical modernism as a set of musical practices that enabled consolation in the wake of World War I’s traumas.
Raphael Travis is an Associate Professor and BSW Program Director at Texas State University in the School of Social Work. His research, practice and consultancy work emphasize healthy development over the life-course, resilience, and civic engagement. He also investigates creative arts, especially Hip-Hop culture, as a source of health and well-being for individuals and communities. He is author of the book “The Healing Power of Hip Hop.” Dr. Travis integrates the best of social work research and public health research within applied research and direct practice strategies. His latest research, linking arts engagement and well-being, appears in a variety of academic journals and book chapters. The Collaborative Research for Education, Art, and Therapeutic Engagement (CREATE) Lab, led by Dr. Travis, partners with researchers, educators, and artists focused on better understanding the educational, health, and therapeutic benefits of music and art engagement. The CREATE Lab has multiple active research projects including studies that build upon the lab’s music studio with professional quality music technology, hardware and software that makes constructing, recording, remixing, and other ways of engaging music possible.