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Christopher Newport and Riverside Announce Performing Arts Medicine Partnership

  Monday, November 16, 2015

Christopher Newport University and Riverside Health System are pleased to announce a new collaboration between Riverside’s Performing Arts Medicine Program and CNU’s performing arts academic programs in musictheater and dance. This relationship will allow CNU to offer an additional dimension of educational excellence to students, who will learn not only how to be the best performers, but also how to care for their talents with healthy behaviors throughout their lives. 

Through this collaboration, Riverside’s outstanding medical team with expertise specific to the needs of performing artists will be featured as “guest professors” throughout the academic year, exploring topics such as vocal health, posture at the keyboard, tendonitis issues for string players, management of performance anxiety and vocal production for actors. As part of Riverside’s educational offerings, medical experts​ ​will be available upon request to provide screenings for Christopher Newport performing arts students, and ​to work with faculty to provide educational materials to employ best practices throughout college and beyond. In addition, students can participate in observation opportunities throughout the Riverside Health System, and will also showcase their talents by entertaining patients and their families at various Riverside facilities.

“Christopher Newport’s partnership with Riverside is groundbreaking,” says Dr. Mark Reimer, Torggler Professor of Music and Director of Music Programs at CNU. “The health and wellness of performing artists are at the vanguard of arts education, providing aspiring performers with the knowledge and skills to protect their bodies and prolong their careers. This is truly a holistic approach to education nurturing mind, body and spirit.”

Liz Penn, Director of Performing Arts Medicine and Physical Therapy, notes, “Deep community involvement is one of our core values. Partnering with Christopher Newport gives Riverside the opportunity to enrich this relationship. Our performing arts clinicians also have experience in the world of dance, voice, music and theater. They understand the unique challenges artists have, and play a key role in their wellness and longevity as a performing arts professional.”

For more information about the Performing Arts Medicine Program partnership, contact Dr. Reimer at

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