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Richard Boulanger, PhD, received his doctorate in Computer Music from the University of California at San Diego. He has collaborated, performed, lectured, and published extensively with the leading figures in Computer Music: including Max Mathews, Barry Vercoe, John Fitch, and BT (aka Brian Transeau). Boulanger has premiered his original interactive compositions at the Kennedy Center and appeared onstage performing his Radio-Baton and MIDI PowerGlove concerto with The Krakow Philharmonic and The Moscow Symphony, and most recently with the TIMI Ensemble in Beijing. His music is recorded on the NEUMA, Centaur, and Stanford labels <http://csounds.com/boulanger>. Boulanger has been teaching at Berklee College of Music for more than 25 years as Professor of Electronic Production and Design, and the music and sound design of his students are broadcast over TV, radio, blockbuster films, and the top computer games.  Dr. Boulanger has received Berklee's "Distinguished Faculty of the Year Award" and "President's Awards.” Boulanger has published articles on computer music education and composition in major electronic music and music technology magazines, and lectured worldwide. For the MIT Press, Boulanger has authored and edited two of the foundational textbooks in the field of Computer Music: "The Csound Book" (2000) and "The Audio Programming Book" (2010).

Deepak Gopinath, BMus, is a composer, percussionist and sound artist from India, currently based in Boston. His interest lies in “the non-representational and in the revealing of what it is in itself: the Essential.” Drawing from a myriad of influences such as physics, biology, philosophy, the nature of his work is that of research. He focuses on human experience and the possibilities that digital technologies have to offer, along with music.  He has studied with Dr. Richard Boulanger, Prof. Tibor Pusztai and Prof. Dean Anderson. Besides having an undergraduate degree in Composition and Performance from Berklee College of Music, he also holds a degree in Engineering Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay. 

Kari Henrik Juusela, DMA, is a Finnish/American composer, performer and educator who presently serves as the Dean of the Professional Writing and Music Technology Division at Berklee College of Music. Dr. Juusela was the Associate Dean, Director of Composition and Almand Chair of Composition at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. His compositions have won awards in numerous competitions, and he was awarded a Kauai Steelgrass Recording Fellowship in 2010. His works are performed internationally by leading ensembles and organizations. As a cellist, he has performed with BT, Paul Simon, Wadada Smith, Scarlet Keys, Howard Shore, and many other notable artists. Dr. Juusela’s music is published by ISG Publications, MuusJuus Music and Yelton Rhodes Music. He serves as the SCI/ASCAP Student Commission and Competitions Coordinator and as an Executive Board member for the Society of Composers, Inc. 

Christopher Konopka, BMus, is a sound designer and acousmatic composer who strives to create original musical experiences using various methods of study. Whether it is building instruments to sample from or programming ideas using Csound, Mr. Konopka is always looking to blend different styles of composing and physical design to create new organic experiences. Mr. Konopka was born in 1987 and graduated with a dual degree in Jazz Composition and Electronic Production and Design at Berklee College of Music in 2012. During his career at Berklee, he won the Max Mathews Award based on his studies involving computer programming and sound design within the Electronic Production and Design Department. He developed the wiiAirDrum system, and his featured project can be found on cycling74.com. Recently, his work with robotics was featured in the Nona Hendryx Re-Wired performance at the Berklee Performance Center. As Mr. Konopka seeks to further his studies, his goal is to blend robotics into therapeutic applications, and find new ways to enhance quality of life.

Psyche Loui, PhD, is a neuroscientist, musician, and Instructor in Neurology at the Harvard Medical School, where her research aims to find out why humans make music, and how music can develop and repair the brain. She obtained her BS from Duke University and her PhD from University of California at Berkeley, where her work investigated the human ability to learn new musical systems. Dr. Loui currently holds grants from the Grammy Foundation, Templeton Foundation, and National Institute of Deafness and Communication Disorders.  She has published in top journals in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, and music, and her work has been featured in psychology and neuroscience textbooks as well as the BBC, WGBH, Boston Globe, New York Times, MSNBC, Science Daily, and other news sources.

Aniruddh (Ani) Patel, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Tufts University.  After attending the University of Virginia as a Jefferson Scholar, he received his PhD in organismic and evolutionary biology from Harvard University, where he studied with Edward O. Wilson.  He joined The Neurosciences Institute in 1997, and was appointed the Esther J. Burnham Senior Fellow in 2005. Patel’s research focuses on how the brain processes music and language, especially what the similarities and differences between the two reveal about each other and about the brain itself.  He has pursued this topic with a variety of techniques, including neuroimaging, theoretical analyses, acoustic research, and comparative studies of nonhuman animals.  He has published over 50 research articles and a scholarly book (Music, Language, and the Brain, 2008, Oxford Univ. Press), which Nature called “an intellectual tour de force” and which won a Deems Taylor Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).  Patel was awarded the 2009 Music Has Power award from the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function in New York City.  He has served as President of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC), and is interested in promoting research and education in the field of music cognition.

Christopher Saunders, has been doing live visual performance for the last two years. A guitarist and drummer from Charlotte, North Carolina, Mr. Saunders learned to build and perform with video systems in the Electronic Design Department at Berklee, while studying audio software design under Dr. Richard Boulanger.  He has provided video accompaniment for local electronic music collectives Elecsonic and JASS, performed at the BPC for Singer's Night, and with local bands, DJ's, and Berklee student ensembles. 

Concetta Tomaino, PhD, is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function and Senior Vice President for Music Therapy at CenterLight Health System (formerly Beth Abraham Family of Health Services), where she has worked since 1980. Dr. Tomaino is internationally known for her research in the clinical applications of music and neurologic rehabilitation. She lectures on music therapy throughout the world, and her work has been featured in national programs including 48 Hours and 60 Minutes; in international programs including the BBC; and in books on health and healing. Dr. Sacks’ book, Musicophilia, is dedicated to her. Dr. Tomaino is Past President of the American Association for Music Therapy and founding board member for the International Association for Music and Medicine. She is on the faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the ATTP II team of the National Parkinson’s Foundation, and the New York State Geriatric Education Consortium and Lehman College, CUNY. 

Takahiko Tsuchiya, BMus, is a recent graduate from the Berklee College of Music ELPD Major (’12 Spring.) Prior to Berklee, he acquired a Bachelor’s degree in Humanities study at International Christian University in Tokyo. At the age of 15, he won the first place in the JYDA Creative Ideas Contest‚ with over 8000 contestants, giving him a full scholarship for high school exchange program in the United States. At Berklee, he was granted the department award and scholarship, and the Roland Award, twice in consecutive years. Originally from Japan, he has performed with Dr. Richard Boulanger in Germany, New York and California. As a multimedia developer, Mr. Tsuchiya has created research tools for Berklee’s Music Therapy faculty that integrate biometric sensors, as well as intelligent music software for blind musicians. He has also created a set of unique software instruments, called Table-Morphing synths, for the CsoundForLive project that are commercially available. As a violinist, Tsuchiya has played in several professional orchestras and chamber groups in the U.S., Japan and Ireland.

Lisa Wong, MD, is a pediatrician, musician, and author dedicated to the healing arts of music and medicine.  She is a violinist, violist and pianist who has worked at Milton Pediatric Associates since 1986, and is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School. In April 2012, she published her first book, Scales to Scalpels: Doctors who practice the healing arts of music and medicine, in collaboration with writer Robert Viagas. Dr. Wong served as President from 1991-2012 of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, a Boston-based orchestra made up primarily of medical musicians dedicated to healing the community through music, and is a member of its violin section. Inspired by Dr. Albert Schweitzer, LSO combines music, medicine and service and performs concerts to raise awareness and funds for medical nonprofits in the community.  LSO musicians also bring music out of the concert hall to patients in hospitals, hospices and other healing spaces throughout greater Boston. Dr. Wong is a board member of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the BPS Arts Initiative Advisory Council and Lesley University Institute for Arts and Health. She has served on the boards of All-Newton Music School and Young Audiences of Massachusetts, and has an ongoing interest in Venezuela's El Sistema music-for-social-change program and Sistema-inspired programs in the U.S. She is married to violinist Lynn Chang, and has two grown children, who are also musicians.    

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