Patricia Ann Repar
Patricia Ann Repar is a composer of contemporary chamber music and electronic soundscapes; original instruments, performed narratives, and vocal improvisatory structures; video documentaries; installations in medical environments and site-specific work. Dr. Repar has been featured as a guest composer, performer, and educator throughout the United States and Canada as well as in parts of the United Kingdom, South America, Eastern Europe, Africa, and Australia. As an Associate Professor in the departments of Music and Internal Medicine (section of Integrative Medicine) at The University of New Mexico Dr. Repar teaches music composition and arts-in-medicine. She founded and currently directs Arts-in-Medicine: Healing and the Humanities, a program designed to enhance healing and health care through arts-based clinical service, education, community outreach, and international exchange. Sometimes referred to as a ‘living installation’ the program employs musicians, dancers, writers, visual artists and body workers who engage patients, their families, and healthcare professionals throughout UNM Hospitals in creative encounters of a rejuvenating, transformative, and educational nature. Since the fall of 2007 Dr. Repar has been working with health care professionals and artists in Africa to further develop and expand the role of arts in healing and health care.