Neuroethics 2024
INS Annual Meeting
Baltimore USA + Virtual

Music, Movement and Healing: Ethical Considerations in Embodied Experience

Nosremé Quartet performin on stage in spotlight with black backgroun. Image courtesy of Hsin Ching

Picture courtesy of Hsin Ching

Incorporating musical and dance performance, dialogue, and participatory creative activity, this presentation will explore the ways in which both beholding and participating in music-making and dancing can release sensations and emotions. While music and dance have the power to heal, they also have the power to harm. How can they be introduced into the medical environment safely, and what ethical issues arise when we do so?


  • Kerry Devlin, Johns Hopkins Center for Music and Medicine
  • Sarah Hoover, Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University
  • Asya Shaw, Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University

Nosremé Quartet musicians:

  • Pei Wu Derek Chen, violinist
  • Hsiang-Hsin Ching, violist
  • Kuan-Hao Yen, violinist
  • Alex Wu, cellist


Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Program in the Arts, Humanities, & Health


Neuroethics 2024

  • Date: Thursday, April 18, 2024
  • Start time: 6:00 pm EDT
  • Duration: TBD

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Theatre
5 W North Ave
Baltimore, MD 21201

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  1. 5:45 – Doors open
  2. 6:00 – Introduction / 5 mins
  3. 6:05 – Overview of event / 5 mins
  4. 6:10 – Nosremé Quartet plays Tchaikovsky String Quartet No. 1 Op. 11 m. 2, with a brief reflection
  5. 6:20 – Nosremé Quartet replays Tchaikovsky, with a brief reflection
  6. 6:35 – Panel discussion with Kerry Devlin, Asya Shaw and Sarah Hoover
  7. 7:00 – Sarah Hoover provides wrap-up
  8. 7:15 – Kerry Devlin leads interactive music activity
  9. 7:30 – Program concludes


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Kerry Devlin

MMT, LPMT, MT-BC, Senior Music Therapist, The Johns Hopkins Center for Music and Medicine

Sarah Hoover

Associate Dean for Innovation in Arts and Health, The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University

Asya Shaw

MS, R-DMT, Early Childhood Dance Program Coordinator, The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University

Nosremé Quartet

Baltimore-based String Quartet.

Profile photo of Pei Wu Derek Chen with instrument
Pei Wu Derek Chen


Pei Wu Derek Chen is a violinist with the Nosremé Quartet. He started playing violin at the age of 8. In 2013, he appeared as a soloist for the first time, performing Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto with the Changhua Philharmonic at the age of 11. He is currently pursuing his bachelor of music degree at the Peabody Conservatory under the tutelage of the renowned violinist Judith Ingolfsson.

Pei Wu served as the concertmaster of the Changhua Children String Orchestra and the Changhua Philharmonic from 2013-2014. He was awarded the first prize of the National Piano Quintet Music Competition consecutively during 2016-2017. Additionally, Pei Wu was selected as one of the members of 2017 NTSO (National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra) International Youth Orchestra and performed as the youngest musician. Noticed for his tremendous passion for music, Pei Wu was later invited and sponsored by the city government to hold his first violin recital at the City Hall.

Recent musical awards Pei Wu received include the Grand Prize of the 2023 American Soloist International Music Competition and the second prize of the 2022 String Avenue International Competition, where he was invited to perform the winner’s concert at the Hall of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Pei Wu is the winner of the VI Rising Star Competition held by the Peabody Taiwanese Alumni Association.

In 2023 summer, Pei Wu traveled with the Nosremé Quartet to the Texas Chamber Music Institute, where they have been named the quartet-in-residence. They have done a concert series in the prestigious Van Cliburn Hall, and studied with John Largess of the Miro Quartet. Pei Wu has also been invited to join the PRISMA Music Festival and Ascent Music Festival on a full-scholarship.

Profile photo of Hsiang-Hsin Ching with instrument
Hsiang-Hsin Ching


Hsiang-Hsin Ching, a dedicated Taiwanese violist and recording engineer, is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Recording Arts and Viola Performance at the Peabody Institute, under the guidance of Professor Choong-Jin Chang.

Invited as an orchestra academy member and section leader in the 2018 and 2019 Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, she earned abundant experiences in chamber music and orchestra. She was awarded a full scholarship in 2020 Taipei Music Academy and Festival and 2022 Aspen School of Music. Hsiang-Hsin also performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Symphony in C.

As a chamber musician, she joined the Texas Chamber Music Institute with her quartet as Quartet-in-Residence and Taos school of music and chamber music festival in summer 2023. She was also a member of the New York String Orchestra in winter 2023. First Prize winner of the 2024 Mary Graham Lesley Concerto Competition, her performances have graced numerous venues not only in the DMV area but also across Europe, Asia, and the United States, including cities such as Taipei, Changhua, Kaohsiung, Tokyo, Berlin, Hamburg, Lübeck, Plön, New York City, Philadelphia. Announced as the quarter-finalist in the 2024 Primrose International Viola Competition, Hsiang-Hsin's dedication to her craft and diverse musical experiences showcase her passion in music.

Profile photo of Kuan-Hao Yen with instrument
Kuan-Hao Yen


Kuan-Hao Yen, born in Taipei, started learning the piano at the age of 7. He studied under the guidance of Yan-Hua Wang, Li-Hao Jiang, Jian-Tang Wang, Yi-Zong Wu, Si-Ying Wang, and Ching Hong, Nanette, Chen. He graduated from Xi-Men Elementary School's music program in Taoyuan, Ren-ai Junior High School's music program in Taipei, and Wuling High School's music program in Taoyuan, excelling academically and serving as the concertmaster in the school orchestra throughout his middle and high school years.

Upon high school graduation, Kuan Hao was accepted into several prestigious American music institutions. Currently, he is studying at the Peabody Institute of Music in the United States, under the tutelage of Judith Ingolfsson.

Kuan Hao has collaborated with the Peabody Conductor Orchestra and the Baroque Soloists Ensemble as a soloist, earning the Silver Award at the 2023 Virtuoso International Music Competition. In 2017, he secured the third place at the 9th Augusts Dombrovskis International Music Competition, and in 2018, he claimed the first prize in the Violin Solo A category at the Taoyuan Student Music Competition. During his middle school years, he won the New Talent Selection, gaining the opportunity for a solo performance.

Driven by a passion for music, Kuan Hao has actively participated in various international music festivals, including the Baroque and Brilliant International Music Festival in Taiwan, the Qingdao International Music Festival, the Guilin International String Music Carnival, the Singapore International Violin Festival, the Del Lago International Music Festival in Mexico, the Ascent International Chamber Festival in the United States, and the PRISMA International Music Festival in Canada. He has been awarded full scholarships and numerous performance opportunities at these festivals.

Kuan Hao has received guidance from international maestros such as Noah Bendix-Balgley, Carla Leurs, Yosif Ivanov, and Itzhak Rashkovsky.

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Alex Wu


Alex Wu, cellist, is a graduate of Penn State University and currently studies at Peabody with Professor Alan Stepansky. A recipient of the Brewster Endowment for music, he performs with Symphony in C and has previously served positions in the New York String Orchestra Seminar and the National Youth Orchestra. As a chamber musician, he has had recent appearances at the Caramoor International Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and the Manchester Music Festival. He serves on the faculty of the International School of Music and is a guest teaching artist at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.