Thanks, Ocean City!

2015 Regional Music Therapy Conference: Ocean City, MD
2015 Regional Music Therapy Conference: Ocean City, MD

The 2015 MAR Conference in Ocean City, MC, was a lively and invigorating event!  We “rode the sound waves” with almost 650 music therapy professionals, students, and guests!   Many of us enjoyed the beautiful setting on the ocean with the bay nearby for vivid sunrises, gentle waves, fresh air, and lots of tasty seafood!  We reconnected with old friends, formed new relationships, explored new skills, gathered insights, and hopefully took a few moments to relax and refresh!  Here are some acknowledgements, conference moments revisited, and frequently asked questions about conference planning.  See you next year in Harrisburg, PA!

An incredible thank you goes out to the 2015 MAR Conference Council, the Local Committee, volunteers, and others who helped with planning and working such a spectacular conference!

2015 MAR Conference Council

  • VP for Conference Planning: Brigette Sutton
  • VP-Elect for Conference Planning: Trish Winter
  • Regional Event Planner: Tina Myers
  • Regional Exhibits: Karen Jasko
  • Continuing Education Coordinator: Clare Arezina and Laurie Keough
  • Student Representative (MARAMTS VP): Qiana Thomas
  • Public Relations: Megan Resig
  • Local Hosts: Niki Runge and Amanda McEntegert

2015 Local Conference Planning Committee

  • Local Hosts: Niki Runge and Amanda McEntegert
  • Local Registration: Nina Galerstein and Kathy Hall
  • Local AV/Instruments: Sarah Speice and Melissa Ward
  • Local Exhibits and Fundraising: Carolyn Sonnen and Doris Ludicke
  • Local Social, Entertainment, Hospitality: Shana Oshiro and Nadine Wobus
  • Local PR/Government Relations: Niki Runge and Amanda McEntegert
  • Local Volunteer Coordinator: Cynthia Breese
  • Local Student Service Project: Tatyana Martin
  • Local Committee Member-at-Large: Gina Greeson

Thanks also to other MAR members who assisted in the conference planning process:

  • Research Track: Anthony Meadows and the MAR Research Committee
  • Special Target Populations Networking Lunch: Darcy Lipscomb
  • Assembly Delegate networking and Celebration of Life: Donna Polen
  • Special Student Forum: Conio Loretto

The Mid-Atlantic Region is proud to host high quality conferences each year! This year’s conference featured one Pre-Conference Institute, eight CMTE Courses (including Internship Supervision and ethics requirements), and 73 concurrent sessions (including research and student tracks) with more proposal submissions than ever before!  The schedule of events also included:

  • MAR’s first Advocacy Breakfast to recognize 18 local professionals as Music Therapy Champions
  • Ask a Professional: Student Forum
  • Networking with Assembly Delegates
  • Town Hall: Master’s Level Entry Subcommittee Spring Progress Report
  • PA Town Hall on state licensure
  • A Celebration of Life: Evelyn Selesky

Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s awards and scholarships!  Awards were presented at the Awards Ceremony on Friday evening.

MAR Advocacy Award
Tara Kearns

MAR Service Award
Karen Jasko

MAR President’s Award
Maria Fay

MAR Research Award
Michael Viega

MARAMTS Scholarships
Lydia Anthony
Bethany Wentling
Briana Sanford
Elizabeth Bligh
Megan Neil

Music Therapy Club Award
Elizabethtown College
Temple University

Jenny Shinn Scholarship
Diana Abourafeh
Marissa Aulenbach
Arianna Bendlin