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Category: Cymatics


ISTA’S 10th Anniversary Cymatics Conference Brings the Field’s Leaders to Atlanta, GA USA 

ATLANTA, GA – The International Sound Therapy Association (ISTA) celebrates its 10th Anniversary at the annual ISTA Cymatics Conference, November 5th-8th

The conference showcases the leading voices in sound used in the healing arts, performance, visual presentations and in future technology, including PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION regular Howard Levy (a multiple Grammy winner), author and cancer research expert Ty Bollinger, Grammy-nominated composer and recording artist Steven Halpern, and many others.

“We’re honored to once again bring so many top people to Atlanta to shed light on where sound therapy is going,” says ISTA founder and conference producer Mandara Cromwell.  “Things have changed dramatically in ten years.  The pioneers who come to the conference every year have helped develop this field into an increasingly vital and effective health care resource that many were totally unaware of when we started.”

Howard Levy, best known as “that amazing harmonica player” with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, will offer a brief synopsis of The Melody of Rhythm.  His presentation is an eloquent description of how the world’s most widespread musical scales and rhythmic patterns are identical in nature.  He will join with Romanian professor Gabriel Kelemen and publisher, producer and poet Jeff Volk to provide incredible insights into the world of sound, music and visual imaging.  A two-part presentation, the first segment will be Friday, November 6 at 7pm.  Part two will be presented on Saturday, November 7 at 7pm.  Levy has also recorded with Kenny Loggins , Dolly Parton, Styx, Bobbie McFerrin and Paul Simon.  His contribution to the

Among other pioneers in the field of Cymatics presenting at the conference is acoustic physics researcher, John Stuart Reid.  His presentation will be an investigation in to sound healing at the cellular level.  Credited for inventing the CymaScope –an instrument for making sound visible, his ground breaking experiments span four decades.  The results of his work in the microscopic realm have lead him to exciting conclusions he will be sharing in his presentation.  One of his most recent collaborations with the Smithsonian has netted us the most incredible images of the sound of the sun and the stars.  ISTA is proud to present this most dynamic speaker and inventor of our future world visions.

“The conference is a balance of educational events and professional dialogue for us as a niche in health care,” says Cromwell.  “Some of the events, though, are both enlightening and entertaining featuring world class music.  For the public it’s a chance to get a thorough introduction to one of the hottest current trends in health and wellness, and be entertained in the process.”  She says the evening events on Friday and Saturday are the best bets for music fans. The day sessions cover a wide range of subjects including continuing education sessions for massage therapists and Cyma therapists.

The lectures and performances will be held at the Historic Academy of Medicine (AOM) in midtown Atlanta, while the educational aspects will be provided at the nearby Renaissance Midtown Hotel, on November 8th. The event kicks off with a VIP Party featuring speakers and presenters on November 5th, with live music provided by Montana Skies at the Renaissance’s Rooftop Garden. 

The special exhibit area at the AOM gives the public a chance to see sound therapy in action.   

ISTA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising public awareness as to the effects of sound in the environment and also enlightens and educates the general public on the aspects of therapeutic sound modalities.

The opening day focus of the morning is a "Stress Free Living" clinic, to be offered free of charge to participants. An introduction to sound healing techniques, the offerings include an experience with the AMI™ 750 device, using acoustic frequencies to reduce stress and also one-on-one experiences with a Tibetan bowl practitioner.

For a complete listing of presenters, classes and events, as well as ticket information, go to

The event is sponsored by The International Sound Therapy Association and Cyma Technologies.

About ISTA:

The International Sound Therapy Association (ISTA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising public awareness as to the effects of sound in the environment and to enlighten and educate the general public on the aspects of therapeutic sound modalities. (

About Cyma Technologies:

Cyma Technologies provides advanced therapeutic sound instruments and education for careers in sound therapy. (

About the The Historic Academy of Medicine at Georgia Tech:

The Historic Academy of Medicine at Georgia Tech is located at the corner of 7th and W. Peachtree Streets in midtown Atlanta. It housed the oldest medical society in Atlanta and represented the prominence of the medical profession in the city.  It has hosted some of Atlanta’s most prestigious events and is a beautiful composition of neo-classical architecture.   It is the perfect venue for a conference dedicated to the healing performing and visual arts. (

Tickets are on sale now at

Tickets may also be purchased at the door before each event, if seats are still available.

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Program Highlights/Presenters:

Howard Levy—Multiple Grammy Award Winner heard regularly on PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION (

Ty Bollinger—Health Freedom Advocate, author and researcher shares Cancer Alternative Healthcare (, ,

Steven Halpern—Grammy nominated composer, recording artist and producer of Innerpeace Music ( ,

John Stuart Reid—Acoustic physics researcher, inventor of the Cymascope, an instrument that makes sound visible (

Gabriel Kelemen—Professor of Art History & Design at West University, Timisoara, Romania

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Jeff Volk—Publisher of Cymatics books, producer and poet (

Jodina Meehan—Visual Cymatics artist with featured works in National Geographic and Cirque Du Soleil (  ,

Kate Holland—Atlanta choreographer, yoga teacher and sound therapist, premiering “Dreaming Paradise” who has groundbreaking work using Cymatherapy® with war veterans and Alzheimer’s patients.

Sue Raimond—Harpist, author, filmmaker provides music to soothe our four-legged and winged friends (

Sarajane Williams—Harpist and nurse (she runs a cardiac catheterization clinic in New Jersey) will both perform live (Friday night) and lecture on Vibraacoutic Harp Therapy on Saturday’s program (

Joseph Reilly—Board Certified Music Therapist, Clinical Director, Tune-Up Network Enterprises, LLC, published music therapy researcher (

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