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The Healing Power Of Music: Community Forum

Date & Time

Fri 27 May 2022
10am – 12pm


Ian Hanger Recital Hall,
Queensland Conservatorium of Music


Bookings required: HUMANITIX




All ages

Translating Hope to the Community

This community event will bring together thought leaders, spiritual leaders, academics and community advocates to discuss what music has to offer our society at this pivotal juncture in our history.


Music is more than entertainment, it is the universal language of love and the ultimate source of healing. What lessons can music teach us about conflict and resolution, culture, mindfulness, body awareness and healing? Connect to the deeper part of us and help drive cultural change through this interactive, performative forum.



  • Build bridges between cultures, communities, academics, artists and arts workers to share knowledge, promote stories, ideas and perspectives on how music can help us heal and grow as a society.
  • Offer academics a less formal, more open platform to connect with other cultures and communities.
  • Facilitate live meditation and music offerings.


Program Curator
Dr Anthony Garcia (Artistic Director Sounds Across Oceans/Improvisation & Mindful Arts, Intercultural & Community Arts Advocate).


Guest Speakers
Marina Chand Social Entrepreneur, Meditation Teacher, Author (I Pure Soul)
Jenna Robertson Artist/Researcher (Queensland Conservatorium)
Takako Nishibori Haggarty Koto Master/Researcher (QUT Creative Industries)
Dr Charulatha Mani Artist/Researcher (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UQ School of Music)
Glenn Barry Artist/Researcher (Queensland Conservatorium)


Marina ChandMarina Chand
Social Entrepreneur, Meditation Teacher, Author

Marina has worked in the community and health sectors for 30 years. Marina is from a bicultural background and has credentials in bioscience. Her career has deeply focused on human rights in healthcare and she co-founded a successful multicultural not-for-profit health service in Brisbane. She is well travelled, and her true love is trekking in desolate and high-altitude places in the Himalayas. She has just written her first book – the biography of Saileshwara, her husband, that tells an honest, up-close, and personal story of a traditional yogi living an outwardly ordinary life in the suburbs, while guided by an ancient mystical world. Her professional and personal life is immersed in multiculturalism, healing, wellbeing, and representative leadership. Marina is also a meditation teacher, speaker, and mother to two teenagers.

Jenna RobertsonJenna Robertson

Scottish-Australian Jenna Robertson is one of Queensland’s most exciting artists and is based on Yugambeh country in the Gold Coast Hinterland. Her arts practice spans opera and vocal performance, creation of multi art form works for stage, screen and audio and creative producing of large-scale, community-engaged opera projects. As a soprano, she has performed 14 leading operatic roles and appeared as a soloist with festivals and orchestras Australia-wide. Jenna’s internationally award-winning work as a creator, writer and storyteller leverages her diverse knowledge and vulnerability to inspire perception shift on complex issues. She is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, a 2021 Australia Council for the Arts Future Leader and a writer for The Music Trust. In addition to her arts practice, Jenna works as a mentor and life coaching supporting and inspiring people through their own growth and evolution.

Takako Haggarty NishiboryTakako Nishibori Haggarty
Koto Master/Researcher

Takako Nishibori Haggarty is Queensland’s eminent Japanese Koto performer and a passionate educator. She brings the classic sounds of Japan alive through her mastery of the Koto. Takako started playing the Koto at the age of six. She was granted her Koto teaching license in 2000, scoring in the top 10 in all of Japan, and has been teaching and playing the Koto since then. After moving to Australia in 2005 and completing her Master of Educational Studies at Newcastle University, she became involved in the educational sector as both a teacher and musician. Takako’s current interest is in intercultural music education and disability study. She is currently completing a research project under this subject for her Doctorate study at Queensland University of Technology. The thesis title is “Exploring the Japanese tradition of Kuchishoga as an intercultural music pedagogy for people with vision impairment and intellectual disability”.

Dr Charulatha ManiDr Charulatha Mani

Dr Charulatha “Charu” Mani is an award-winning Karnatik vocal performer of international repute. She gained a PhD in historical musicology on ‘Hybridising Karnatik Music and Early Opera: Voice, Word, and Gesture’ from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in August 2019. Currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Music, University of Queensland, she conducts research, performs, lectures, and publishes widely. Her research explores decolonising perspectives to analyse the global history of western music. Through her ongoing work with marginalised communities, her concerted efforts and strong leadership are evidenced through flagship projects such as Sing to Connect, linking music, health and wellbeing in a perinatal context involving refugee women in Logan, Queensland. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Glenn Barry

Glenn Barry

A Gamilaraay man – the First Nation peoples of North Western NSW and Western Qld – and of Irish heritage, Glenn studied Contemporary Australian Indigenous Arts, Fine Arts and Digital Media with Honours at the Queensland College of Art. He is a PhD candidate and his research is titled “The health determinants of First Nation Music” at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. He is teaching two new cultural courses named Music as Culture – Which Way (co-developed) and Thulamaay Gii (Thunder Heart). Glenn’s goal is clear communication through bridging values of both traditional and contemporary worlds: a “trademptorary” world in this 21st Century. Growing up on the Gold Coast, his focus has been the specialised educational arena of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and services. Glenn structures his own identity through reclaiming his ancestral voice with music and art and acknowledges his rich heritage and offers expanded notions of urban Aboriginal experiences. Regarding leadership, concepts of my Gamilaraay tribes (as Fresh Water people) include the people who say no (Gamil = no and Array = people). This translates to everything we need is inside of us – saying no to outside influences and checking with self first. 

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