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Current Instructors for 2015-2016 Cohort:
Rev. Jorge Alfano
Rev. Jorge Alfano is the founder of Sacred Sounds Institute.
Ysaye M. Barnwell, PhD, performed with the internationally renowned African-American female quintet Sweet Honey In The Rock for over 20 years. She has spent much of her time off stage working as a master teacher and choral clinician in African American cultural performance.
John Beaulieu, ND, PhD, is a naturopathic doctor, composer, and sound therapist. He is the founder of BioSonic Repatterning and the author of Music and Sound in the Healing Arts.
Vernon Bush is a singer, composer, musical director, and educator. He is also a member of the highly imaginative a cappella group SoVoSo.
A graduate of Santa Clara University and the Bedside Harp Program, Portia Diwa started playing harp at age 9 and has been actively performing ever since.
Diana Haug is a licensed therapist living in northern New Mexico and a senior member of the Grof Transpersonal Training staff.
Baird Hersey is a National Endowment for the Arts Composition Fellow. He is best known for his vocal ensemble Prana.
Alex King-Harris (aka Rara Avis)
Rara Avis is a musician, a psycho-acoustic music producer, and a one of a kind yoga and wellness remix master DJ. He is the founder of YogiTunes.com.
Pat Moffitt Cook
Pat Moffitt Cook, PhD, FAMI, CCMHP, is the founder and director of the Open Ear Center in Washington.
Silvia Nakkach, MA, MMT, is a Grammy-nominated musician and the coordinator/lead instructor of CIIS Public Programs & Performances Sound, Voice, and Music Healing certificate program.
A gifted speaker and teacher of yoga and meditation, Swami Sitaramananda has been serving for more than 30 years worldwide in the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams & Centers (SYVC).
Malidoma Somé, PhD, is from Burkina Faso, West Africa and has been initiated as an elder and diviner by his Dagara community.
Claude Stein is a voice coach and the founder of Natural Singer.
Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC, MA, is the founder of UpBeat Drum Circles.
Anam Thubten Rinpoche
Anam Thubten Rinpoche grew up in Tibet and at an early age, received traditional Buddhist training from various teachers. In the 1990s, Anam Thubten came to America, and people began requesting Dharma teachings from him.
Alan Turry, DA, NRMT, MT-BC, LCAT is Managing Director of the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy at NYU Steinhardt.
Glen Velez, a four-time Grammy Award recipient, has played a seminal role in the history of world music during the last 25 years in introducing modern audiences to the frame drum.
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is founder and director of the Ligmincha Institute and several centers named Chamma Ling, organizations dedicated to the study and practice of the teachings of the Bon tradition.
Past Instructors Include
Christopher Eickmann, MFA, is an award-winning composer, producer, engineer, and sound designer.
Pauline Oliveros is one of the most influential figures in experimental music over the past 50 years.
Native San Franciscan Linda Tillery, is a Grammy nominated vocalist, percussionist, producer and cultural historian.
Master Mingtong Gu
Master Mingtong Gu is the founder of the Chi Healing Center and the Wisdom Healing Foundation.
David Darling is a world-renowned, classically trained cellist and composer who has dedicated himself to teaching music and improvisation.
Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen is a movement artist, researcher, educator, therapist and developer of the Body-Mind Centering® (BMC) approach to movement and consciousness.
Melinda Gardiner is a Registered Nurse and Certified Music Practitioner, with an extensive background in integrative healing modalities since 1969.
Professor Barbara J. Crowe has been Director of the music therapy degree program at Arizona State University since 1981.
Stephen Kent first connected with Australian Aboriginal culture and the Didjeridu in Australia in 1981, and since then has pioneered his own unique style.
Five-time Grammy nominee and USA Fontanals Fellow, John Santos, is one of the foremost bandleaders, composers, producers, percussionists, and educators in Afro-Latin music.
Marsea Marquis is a vibrant instructor with 25 years of experience in dance and music, studying and performing with native masters from Brazil, Haiti, Cuba, Trinidad, West and South Africa.
Snatam Kaur is a musician and peace activist who has taught and shared Naad Yoga through her recorded CDs, concerts and workshops for the past fifteen years.
Stuart Dempster, MA, a self-described Sound Gatherer, is a trombonist, composer, didjeriduist, and Professor Emeritus at University of Washington.