Music and Medicine

Upcoming Events

Past Events


Kevin Lee Sun, piano
June 2, Saturday 7:30pm
Campbell Recital Hall

Pianist Kevin Lee Sun, winner of Stanford's 2015 Louis Sudler Prize for the most outstanding senior in music, presents a solo recital of dance music and adventure narratives. Having earned his M.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he served as Piano Department Assistant, he is now back at Stanford as a first-year medical student


Schubert: Three Piano Pieces, D. 946

Schoenberg: Suite for Piano, Op. 25


Bach: Partita No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828


Music and the Brain Symposium 2018

May 11–12, 2018
CCRMA (The Knoll), 660 Lomita Drive, Stanford University [directions] [map]

Sponsored by the Scott and Annette Turow Fund

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Renee Fleming

The evening before her performance at Bing, Renee Fleming spoke about the connections between music, health, and neuroscience in a presentation with Dean Lloyd Minor, and Dr. Josef Parvizi, Professor of Neurology at Stanford Medical School, who, along with Dr. Chris Jaffe, developed the Brain Stethoscope, and Dr. Charles Limb, Chief of Otology, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery at UCSF (and former student of Dean Minor’s). The presentation, sponsored by the Medicine and the Muse program and Stanford Live, was inspired by the Sound Health initiative, which Fleming spearheaded with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Institutes of Health, in association with the National Endowment for the Arts. For that initiative, Fleming agreed to be in an fMRI for two hours while she sang opera and spoke, allowing researchers to record the difference in brain activity. At the presentation, Fleming sang while an image of her brain with active regions highlighted rotated in the background.


Stanford University Department of Music and Medicine and the Muse present:
Body Parts: Musical Reflections on Medicine

A Graduate Voice Recital

Arunima Kohli, soprano
with Su Mi Park, piano

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 7pm | Campbell Recital Hall



Stanford medical students hosted two open mic nights in LKSC in Fall 2016 (organized by medical students Sheun Aluko and Ryan Brewster).

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02/13/17, Scope
--Stanford Medicine’s Open Mic: Using music and art to express the human connection
This post by Jacqueline Genovese highlights Stanford School of Medicine’s second Open Mic night that took place earlier this month. Matias Bruzoni, assistant professor of surgery; Shay Aluko, second-year medical student; Kathryn Wu, MD-PhD student; Ryan Brewster, first-year medical student; Andrea Garofalo, first-year medical student; and Jacob Blythe, second-year medical student, are referenced here.


Music and The Brain 2016: Resonance!!
Sponsored by Stanford Neurology, Stanford Music and Medicine, and Stanford Arts Spark! Grant

May 15, 2016, 10:00am


 'Music and the Brain' is an event that attempts to raise awareness of the effects of music on the brain. It will include talks on music, neuroscience, and health. You'll hear talks from  speakers including Blair Kaneshiro, who has worked at Shazam, and Audrey Shafer, a member of Medicine and the Muse. Come watch performances from Everday People, Spicmacay, Counterpoint, and more! You can also check out our newest album, Resonance, at this symposium, featuring artists from all around campus. Albums will be sold for 10 dollars each, and all proceeds will go towards a national nursing home network. FREE ENTRY and LUNCH PROVIDED!

Register HERE

2016 Music and the Brain Symposium

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The next event in the Music and the Brain series will take place on May 14th at CCRMA. The day long symposium on Music Information Retrieval and Data Science, will take a broad view of data analysis in music cognition and theory research.
The event is free and open to all.
Information and registration is at:

"Music and Language: A Brain Partnership"

Nina Kraus, PhD,
Hugh Knowles Professor in Communication Sciences, Neurobiology and Physiology and Otolaryngology, Northwestern University

April 5, 2016, 5:00pm-6:00pm

Event is free and open to the public.


Anatomy of an Opera Singer
April 16, 2015
5pm - 6pm
Berg Hall Lobby, Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge (LKSC)

Sponsored by:
Stanford Medicine Music Network
Stanford Medicine Department of Otolaryngology
San Francisco Opera
Stanford Live/Bing Concert Hall
Stanford’s Medicine & the Muse Program
Medical Humanities and the Arts
Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics


Inaugural Celebration: Introducing the Stanford Medicine Music Network
December 3, 2014, 5:15 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Berg Hall Lobby, Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge (LKSC)

Sponsored by Stanford’s Medicine & the Muse Program
Medical Humanities and the Arts
Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and generously supported by a Stanford Arts Institute SPARK Grant
The Stanford Medicine Music Network

Music and the Brain:
Music, Transcendence and spirituality
February 22-23, 2014
CCRMA, Stanford University

For more information, click here.


A Heaping Dose of Creativity: Medicine and the Arts
May 8, 2013
Afternoon Symposium
2pm, Cantor Arts Center Auditorium

Evening Concert & Lecture
8pm, Bing Concert Hall
The Mind and Music of Beethoven,  by Richard Kogan, MD

evening program

This event was sponsored by Arts, Humanities & Medicine Program and supported by Stanford Arts Institute and the Department of Anesthesiology.

St. Lawrence String Quartet
“The Wind of Freedom Blows” 
April 23, 2013
Cantor Arts Center Auditorium

The world renowned quartet will play Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s 3rd String Quartet
Poetry readings by Pegasus Physician Writers

Hearing Voices Music & the Brain Syposium
April 13, 2013
CCRMA Stage, The Knoll
Theotokia and the War Reporter, Bing Concert Hall   


Play and Music by Steven Lin, SMSII
May 2, 2008

Watch Parts I-VI on YouTube!


Robert Kapilow and the St. Lawrence String Quartet
Music & Medicine: From Sickness to Health: Narrative in Beethoven's Heiliger DankGesang
October 30, 2007

Richard Kogan, MD
Music & Medicine: The Life, Art & Illness of George Gershwin
February 22, 2007
For information on Dr. Kogan, see:


Robert Kapilow and the St. Lawrence String Quartet
Music & Medicine: The Art of Listening
An Interactive Concert and Lecture
May 2, 2005
For information, see:
Music Flyer
Stanford Daily Article