• Dr. Efthymios Papatzikis

    Dr. Efthymios Papatzikis

    Assistant Professor in Educational Neuroscience, Canadian University Dubai

    Executive Organiser of the Event

    Dr. Papatzikis is an Assistant Professor in Educational Neuroscience, fervently studying the field of brain development and perception through sound and music. He has been extensively trained in and worked on neuroscience and music education in many high profile institutions prior to joining the Canadian University Dubai (2015), including Harvard University (PostDoc in the Mind Brain and Education program), the University of East Anglia (PhD in Music Psychology), the UCL, Institute of Education, University of London and its adjunct centre of Educational Neuroscience (PostDoc lectureship) as well as the International Brain Research Organisation (PostDoc training in applied neuroscience and neuroimaging). Dr. Papatzikis has experience in industry across Europe and the USA as an advisor and researcher, including roles with the Early Arts, UK and the Early Years Programs at BBC. His research interests are in educational neuroscience, infants and children’s neurobehavioral development through sound and music, educational development and special needs.

  • Dr. Evelyn K. Orman

    Dr. Evelyn K. Orman

    United States
    Professor of Music Education
    The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

    Chair of the ISME Research Commission (2016-2018)

    Commissioner (representing the United States of America) for the ISME Research Commission (2012-2018)

    Evelyn K. Orman is currently Professor of Music Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dr. Orman’s research publications appear in leading peer-reviewed journals including American Journal of Distance Education, Journal of Band Research, Research Studies in Music Education, Journal of Music Therapy, Journal of Research in Music Education, and Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. She has served on the editorial board of Update: Applications of Research in Music Education and currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Research in Music Education. She regularly presents her research at the most prestigious national and international venues in the field, including the National Association for Music Education, the International Symposium for Research in Music Behavior, and the International Society of Music Education’s Research Commission and World Conference. Professor Orman’s seminal research in the use of immersive virtual reality for music teaching and learning has been called “groundbreaking” and continues to suggest many possibilities of enhancing music education through the integration of virtual reality into music education settings. Dr. Orman served as Director of Bands at the middle school, high school, and collegiate levels following advanced study at the National Conservatoire of Music in Bordeaux, France. Her previous university posts include positions at the University of West Alabama, George Mason University, and, most recently, as the Julian R. & Sidney Nicolle Carruth Professor of Music Education at Louisiana State University and for two years, Visiting Professor of Music Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.


  • Dr. Evelyn K. Orman

    Susan O'Neill

    Simon Fraser University

    President Elect of ISME

    Commissioner (representing Australia, Canada, New Zealand) for the ISME Research Commission (2012-2018)

    Susan O'Neill is Professor in Arts and Music Education and Associate Dean, Academic and Research in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. She has been working in the area of musical development and learning for over 20 years with an emphasis on fostering young people's musical engagement in ways that explore and contribute to creative learning opportunities, motivation, positive youth development, well-being, musical identities, intergenerational relationships, digital media and multimodal creative collaborations, and cultural understandings. She is Director of Research for Youth, Music and Education (, MODAL Research Group (Multimodal/Music Opportunities and Diversity in Artistic Learning), and the Music Matters Learning Projects. She has been awarded visiting fellowships at Trinity College Dublin (2015), University of Melbourne, Australia (2012), and the University of Michigan, USA (2001-03). She is Senior Editor of the Canadian Music Educators' Association (CMEA) Biennial Book Series, Research to Practice. She serves on the Editorial Boards of Research Studies in Music Education, Music Education Research, Music Performance Research, and Psychology of Music among others. She has published widely in the fields of music psychology and music education, including contributions to 15 edited books published by Oxford University Press.

  • Dr. Evelyn K. Orman

    Patricia González-Moreno

    Professor of Music Education
    Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua

    Commissioner (representing Latin America) for the ISME Research Commission (2014-2020)

    Patricia González-Moreno is Professor of Music Education in the Faculty of Arts, Autonomous University of Chihuahua, Mexico, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music and arts education, educational psychology and philosophy of art. Before earning her Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Illinois, she taught general music in basic education for seven years. Her research interests include music psychology, teacher education, professional development, and creativity. She has presented conference papers and lectures in the United States, United Kingdom, Finland, Australia, Italy, China, Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, and Mexico. Dr. González has published papers in peer-reviewed journals such as Music Education Research, Research Studies in Music Education, Revista Internacional de Educación Musical, among others, and has contributed book chapters for texts by the Canadian Music Educators’ Association, Routledge, and the Oxford University Press (in press). She has served ISME in different capacities: as a Board Member (2012-2016), Chair of the ISME Advocacy Standing Committee (2012-2016); member of the organizing committee for ISME World Conference (Porto Alegre, 2014); member of the organizing committees for the North American and Pan American Regional Conferences; ISME representative in the World Alliance for Arts Education; and member of the Editorial Board for ISME Revista Internacional de Educación Musical. Patricia also serves on the editorial committees of the journals NUPEART and “Teaching Music”: A Pan-American Research Journal. In January 2013, Patricia received the acknowledgement as National Researcher by the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT SNI level 1) in Mexico.

  • Rose-Anynago Omolo-Ongati

    Rose-Anynago Omolo-Ongati

    Associate Professor of Music
    Maseno University

    Member of the ISME Board

    Commissioner (representing United Kingdom, Africa) for the ISME Research Commission (2014-2020)

    Rose A. Omolo-Ongati (PhD (Maseno); MMus (Kenyatta), BA (Pretoria)) is Associate Professor of Music and head of the Department of Music and Theatre Studies at Maseno University in Kenya. She has presented research papers locally and internationally and has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in musicology, performance, music education and ethnomusicology for over 20 years. Her research focuses on recontextualisation of indigenous music for contemporary classroom practices. She has published 19 articles in referred journals. She is a member of the editorial board of the IJME Research, International Scientific Journal of Problems in Music Pedagogy (Latvia), and African Musicology journal; co-editor of the East African Journal of Music (Research, performance, Education); chief editor of The book on Biography of Kenyan Musicians, The book On Moi’s Contribution to Music in Kenya: 1978-2002. She is a member of the International Society for Music Education (ISME) and African representative to the ISME board, International Council For Traditional Music (ICTM); The president of African Musicology On-line, immediate former Vice President of PASMAE, Vice President: Secretary General of The Kenya Association of Musical Arts Education (KAMAE) and immediate former Executive Committee Member of The African Musics Study Group, an affiliate of International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM); Member: Kenya copyright Board; National Chairperson: Nyanza Education Women Initiative (NEWI); Nominating Committee member of the International Society for Music Education (ISME) 2011; member of the ISME awards committee; National Treasurer: International Music commission; International steering committee member of International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education (ISAME 5).

  • Marcelo Giglio

    Marcelo Giglio

    Professor and Head of Research Projects
    HEP-BEJUNE and University of Neuchâtel

    Commissioner (representing Europe) for the ISME Research Commission (2016-2022

    Prof. Marcelo Giglio (PhD) is Head of the Research Projects at University of Teacher Education BEJUNE and Lecturer in the Institute of Psychology and Education, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. He has taught music to children in Argentina and Switzerland (preschool, primary, secondary and conservatories of music). Author of three books and several articles in different languages, Giglio is known in educational circles for his works on music education, reflective and creative collaboration in the classroom, teacher-students relationship in creative settings, and teacher training transformations during educational changes. He embodies the rare combination of educational researcher, theorist with school experiences and training. During the past years, Giglio and colleagues have been involved in the design of flexible and creative pedagogical sequences and in the studies on the creative and collaborative learning; the teacher practices; and the new methods to achieve more creative curriculum, teaching, teacher education, and research.

  • Jason Chi Wai Chen

    Jason Chi Wai Chen

    Hong Kong
    Assistant Professor
    The Education University of Hong Kong

    Commissioner (representing Asia) for the ISME Research Commission (2016-2022)

    Dr. Jason Chen graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music Degree, majoring in composition and piano with a 4-year scholarship. He received MA in composition and electro-acoustic music and PGDE in Music respectively. A composer, pianist and researcher, he studied jazz piano and arranging with Prof. Kim Park, and composition under the tutorship of Prof. James Mobberley and Prof. John Chen, and has written over 40 compositions including works for orchestra, chamber music, electroacoustic music and writing music for TV commercials, movie soundtrack. His works have been published by Warner music, Universal music, Capital Artist, What’s music, EEG Records and Hong Kong Composers' Guild. His composition Global Warning for 12 Guitars has been selected to represent the Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) at the 62nd International Rostrum of Composers (IRC) in 2015. He is also a PhD in music technology at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University, Australia, researching on composing for film and the media. He recently received a Knowledge Transfer Fund to study how to use i-Pad in performing and composing for secondary school students as a knowledge transfer (KT) project and a General Research Fund (GRF) research project supported by Research Grant Council (RGC) to study the compositional thinking in popular and classical music. His articles have been published by the top-ranked journals - International Journal of Music Education, Research Studies in Music Education, Music Education Research, Oxford Handbook of Music Technology and Education. He serves as the editorial board member of the International Journal of Music Education (IJME) and Media Journal of Music Education (MJME) and subject specialist by HKCAAVQ. He is a recipient of the Dean's Research Output Prize in 2015-16.

  • Graça Boal-Palheiros

    Graça Boal-Palheiros

    Adjunct Professor
    Polytechnic Institute of Porto

    2015-2016 Co-Chair of the 26th ISME Research Commission Seminar

    2016-2018 Secretary of the 27th ISME Research Commission Seminar

    Graça Boal Palheiros is Adjunct-Professor of Music Education in the School of Education at Porto Polytechnic Institute, Portugal, where she teaches in both graduate and master courses and coordinates the Master in Music Education. She received a PhD in Music Psychology (University of Surrey, London), an MA in Music Education (University of London Institute of Education), a BA in Music Pedagogy (University of Leuven, Belgium) and a degree in Psychology (University of Porto, Portugal). She is currently co-chair of the ISME Research Commission-International Society for Music Education (2010-2016), and has been a member of the ISME Board and Executive and chair of the INA Committee (2008-2012). She has been president of the APEM - Portuguese Association of Music Education (2006-2012) and editor of the APEM Journal for nine years. Co-founder and president of the Wuytack Association of Music Pedagogy, she coordinates its Teacher Education Centre as well as several editorial and musical projects. She is a member of Research Centers CIPEM/ INET-md (ESE-IPP/ UNL) and CIEC (University of Minho). Her research includes children’s music listening, music teacher education and social inclusion. She has published in several countries and serves on the Editorial Boards of British Journal of Music Education, Eufonía, OPUS, and Revista Internacional de Educación Musical. She presents regularly at national and international conferences and has taught at universities in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Estonia, Japan, Turkey and Spain.