President Presents: World Congress of Music Therapy in Seoul, Korea

Dear WFMT Members,This month we are at the 13. World Congress of Music Therapy in Seoul, Korea. Over the past three years, the WFMT Council has worked closely with our World Congress Organizer Dr. Byungchuel Choi, the Scientific Committee Chair Dr. Youngshin Kim, and the local planning committee to create a scientifically sound and culturally enriched event for our WFMT members and those interested in global music therapy. At this first World Congress of Music Therapy held in Asia, we expect over 12,000 attendees from 46 countries. Experts from around the world will talk about Music Therapy in Eastern and Western Philosophy. The congress program includes 4 intriguing pre-congress seminars, 124 concurrent sessions, 32 workshops, 8 roundtables, 5 clinical forums, 48 poster sessions, and our four Spotlight Sessions featuring sixteen renowned music therapists whose expertise spans generations and WFMT’s eight regions. Additionally, the WFMT Council will hold meetings, present a roundtable, and have a booth. Those of you who will not be able to attend the World Congress candownload the WFMT booth flyers by simply scanning the bar code with you smart phone and review the congress proceedings online. You may also follow our Executive Assistant Rose Fienman on Twitter @WFMTinfo during the World Congress of Music Therapy.As my WFMT Presidency comes to an end, I would like to thank Dr. Byungchuel Choi and his world congress planning team for hosting us in Seoul, Korea as well as each individual Council member for her/his contributions, devotion, and collegiality during the 2008-2011 term. I also wish to thank all our members for supporting WFMT with your membership, expertise, and passion for music therapy in different parts of the world. I thank you for your positive comments, encouraging words, and trust in me. It was an honor serving the profession in this leadership role.Yours,Petra KernPresident of WFMT