NOAH Founding Members
Sustaining Founding Member
Houston Methodist’s Center for Performing Arts Medicine
Houston Methodist’s Center for Performing Arts Medicine embraces the broadest potential of an arts and medicine relationship. The Center supports world class specialized health care and wellness education of the highest quality for performing and visual artists; the integration of the fine arts into the hospital environment through over 100 performances a year as part of the Margaret Alkek Williams Crain Garden Performances Series, a CPAM Hospital TV channel, Visual Art exhibits, and Music in Practice patient tours; and collaborative research and clinical Music Therapy divisions that seek to harness the broadest potential of the arts in therapy, rehabilitation and human performance.
CPAM was recently honored by the Americans for the Arts as a BCA 10 honoree for 2017, a recognition of businesses supporting to the arts in their communities. CPAM has contributed to a wide range of publications and studies in the field of arts, education, and medicine ranging from music therapy for special needs children, to unique music listening applications in stroke and traumatic brain injury recovery, to the relationship of music theory and history of pipe organ construction to the resultant vibrations and resonating harmony of a continuous flow dual pump total artificial heart.
Most recently, CPAM is proud to have sponsored the September 2017 publication of the white paper, “Arts, Health and Well-being in America.”
Diamond Founding Members
J. Todd Frazier
Jefferson Todd Frazier is a composer and System Director of Houston Methodist Hospital’s Center for Performing Arts Medicine, recipient of the 2017 BCA 10 Award from Americans for the Arts, recognizing the best businesses partnering with the arts in America.
He is President of the National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH) and Founder of American Festival for the Arts (AFA), Co-Founder of Houston Arts Partners, and a previous Executive Director of AFA and Young Audiences of Houston. He is a graduate of the Wilhelm Schole International and received his undergraduate and graduate training in composition from The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and The Juilliard School in New York, NY.
Frazier believes the arts offer a unique and dynamic common denominator in strategic collaboration that inspires innovation and transformation, while keeping us firmly in tune with our humanity. He has spent 25+ years forging and supporting research, education and accessibility collaborations between the K-12 Education, University, Texas Medical Center, and Arts and Culture communities throughout the nation. As a composer, his love for history inspires many of his works including We Hold These Truths, premiered at the Kennedy Center by the National Symphony Orchestra with soprano Renee Fleming and conductor Christoph Eschenbach and University of Virginia Suite, premiered at the University of Virginia on October 6th, 2017 in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the laying of the first cornerstone of the school by Thomas Jefferson.
In 2016 Frazier was awarded the Luminary Award from the Eastman School of Music “recognizing individuals who have given extraordinary service to music and the arts at the community and national levels” and on the occasion of the Juilliard School’s 100th anniversary in 2006, Frazier was recognized as one of 100 distinguished alumni and profiled in the Juilliard Journal’s “A Quiet Revolution: Juilliard Alumni and The Transformation of Education in America Through the Arts.”
Penn State Hershey Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine and Center Stage Arts in Health
The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine cultivates empathy and compassion in healthcare. A team of staff and volunteers strive to create an environment that integrates the healing power of art, music and creativity at Penn State Health in Hershey, Pa. In an effort to nourish well-being through the arts, programs are hosted through the College of Medicine Humanities Department’s “Center Stage.”
“With the help of organizations like NOAH, we are seeing a convergence of the arts and healthcare across the nation. We are committed to harnessing this energy and cultivating it through Kienle and Center Stage,” says Director Claire de Boer.
Over the past decade, programs have ignited a number of arts-based initiatives, some of which have spurred research projects to investigate and quantify the impact of the arts.
At Penn State Health, professional musicians play cheerful and reflective music in clinical and family areas. Vetted pianists perform soothing and uplifting melodies in lobbies and waiting areas. Summer lunchtime concerts in an outdoor courtyard feature local professional ensembles including jazz and classical music.
Center Stage staff visits patients when they are admitted to the hospital. Patients have the opportunity to view a portfolio of work by regional artists and choose artwork that hangs in their room. Center Stage also has an artist on staff to create mural paintings throughout the hospital.
A Public Art Committee commissions art designed to enhance and inspire the whole community. Community art organizations display their work through rotating art exhibits. Employees and students have opportunities to share art in a gallery or on the performance stage. They also attend guided tours of a superb art museum, dinner concerts in a hospital lecture hall, and art-making workshops taught by professional artists.
Penn State Health’s support aims to establish a tangible connection between humanities and medicine.
The Hamilton Saykaly Garbulinska Foundation
Barbara Steinhaus, DMA, C-AIM
Barbara Steinhaus , a native of Madison, Wisconsin, grew up in Georgia where she won honors, scholarships, and degrees: a Bachelors of Music from Georgia State University, a Masters of Music from the University of Illinois, and a DMA from the University of Georgia. Articles based on her doctoral thesis, “An Investigation of Marian Andersons’s Interpretation of Black Spiritual Art Songs in Selected Recording,” have been published in journals such as the NATS Journal of Singing.
Highlights as a professional soprano include Steinhaus singing with Georgia Opera and Atlanta Opera Studio; in Francis Poulenc’s Gloria at Carnegie Hall, New York City in 1990; and in art song recitals such as Das Spanische Liederbuch (Wolf) with John Wustman at the piano.
Currently she is the Department of Music Chair at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia, teaching Applied Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, and music history courses. She has students at Manhattan School of Music, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Syracuse University.
In 2014, she returned to school earning a Graduate Certificate in Arts in Medicine from the University of Florida. Steinhaus has an initiative in arts and health care at Brenau University serving both fine arts and health science majors, all the while maintaining a bedside musician practice in area hospitals. As a founding member of the Board of Directors for the National Organization for Arts in Health, Steinhaus serves as secretary and works as a team player to nurture the professional stature of the profession and to broaden the national conversation about how the arts compliment traditional medicine, wellness, and population health initiatives.
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Stanford Arts Vermillion
West Cancer Center
Located in the Southeastern United States and serving more than 35,000 individuals each year, West Cancer Center is the region’s comprehensive leader in adult cancer care and research. Our mission is to provide the highest quality cancer care and clinical research throughout our patients’ cancer journey, while respecting their quality of life – physically, emotionally and spiritually. Our vision is to continually innovate, research and educate in order to advance the highest quality, compassionate, patient-centered and personalized cancer care.
West Cancer Center believes the atmosphere and environment our patients receive care and treatment can be as vital in their journey as their clinical treatment. As a result, we have designed many of our locations with an arts focus. For example, the conscious design and custom art collection at our East Campus was mindfully created and curated to help soothe, heal, and uplift each time someone walks through our doors. Likewise, we often invite artists and musicians from throughout the community to energize and support our patients, families, and staff through the arts.
Creative and healing arts continue to be at the forefront of our priorities as we expand our services through the West Cancer Center’s Integrative Oncology Program. Our primary goal is to holistically impact the lives of individuals through creative, inspiring, and innovative offerings. An array of individual and group experiences, dedicated exhibit space, evaluation and research guide our arts in health initiatives. Art therapy is among the full line of integrative services that will be offered to assist our West Cancer Center community discover strengths, instill hope, and channel courage.