Sound, Voice, and Music in the Healing Arts Certificate Program
Current Instructors for 2016-2017 Cohort:
Rev. Jorge Alfano
Composer and record producer, 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, VoSilvia Nakkach, MA, MMT, is a Grammy-nominated musician, author, a former music psychotherapist, and recording artists. She is the advisor, coordinator and core instructor of CIIS Public Programs & Performances Sound, Voice, and Music Healing certificate program. She is the artistic director and founder of the Vox Mundi School of the Voice. ice, 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.
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
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.
Professor Barbara J. Crowe has been Director of the music therapy degree program at Arizona State University since 1981.
David Darling is a world-renowned, classically trained cellist and composer who has dedicated himself to teaching music and improvisation.
Stuart Dempster, MA, a self-described Sound Gatherer, is a trombonist, composer, didjeriduist, and Professor Emeritus at University of Washington.
Christopher Eickmann, MFA, is an award-winning composer, producer, engineer, and sound designer.
Melinda Gardiner is a Registered Nurse and Certified Music Practitioner, with an extensive background in integrative healing modalities since 1969.
Dame Evelyn Glennie
Dame Evelyn Glennie is a Scottish virtuoso percussionist. She is announced as one of the two laureates for the Polar Music Prize of 2015. Glennie is an Ambassador of the Royal National Children's Foundation (formerly the Joint Educational Trust) which helps support vulnerable, disadvantaged young people at state and independent boarding schools throughout the UK.
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.
Stephen Kent first connected with Australian Aboriginal culture and the Didjeridu in Australia in 1981, and since then has pioneered his own unique style.
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.
Master Mingtong Gu
Master Mingtong Gu is the founder of the Chi Healing Center and the Wisdom Healing Foundation.
Meredith Monk is a composer, singer, and director/choreographer. She is a pioneer in what is now called "extended vocal technique" and "interdisciplinary performance". She has received numerous honors including the prestigious MacArthur "Genius" Award, two Guggenheim Fellowships, and in 2015 she received the National Medal Of Art from President Obama.
Claudio Naranjo is a legendary master of the early human potential movement, Gestalt psychology, the Enneagram, and a pioneer in integrating psychotherapy, education, and the spiritual traditions.
Pauline Oliveros is a professor and a composer who has been one of the most influential figures in experimental music over the past 50 years. Her Deep Listening® philosophy, a meditation practice, that advocates expanding awareness and attentiveness by "listening in every possible way to everything possible to hear no matter what you are doing".
Janis Phelps is Associate Professor and the former dean of the School of Consciousness and Transformation at CIIS. She teaches courses in East West Psychology on quantitative and qualitative research methods, spiritual counseling, mindfulness, research colloquium. She has designed the curriculum of the new certificate, and is the director of the Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research at CIIS.
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.
Native San Franciscan Linda Tillery, is a Grammy nominated vocalist, percussionist, producer and cultural historian.