Patricia Gray

Adjunct Clinical Professor, Director of BioMusic

Music - BioMusic

323 Music Building


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Patricia Gray holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory (BM), the University of Wisconsin/ Madison (MM), and from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (DMA). She served as Artistic Director and Pianist of National Musical Arts (NMA), the resident ensemble at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC, for 21 seasons and in 1986, founded and served as Director of NMA's BioMusic Program. As pianist, she has performed at The White House, with the National Symphony, is the recipient of the prestigious Franz Liszt Commemorative Medal from the government of Hungary, a soloist with leading orchestras, and has collaborated in performances with renowned composers and performers.

As Director of UNCG's BioMusic Program, she leads a team of distinguished scientists and musicians that explore the musical sounds in all species. In 2000, the BioMusic Program presented at the annual meeting of the AAAS, and was the subject of a symposium hosted by the National Zoological Park and the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Gray is the lead author of BioMusic articles in the journal, Science, and has presented Biomusic research in the NYTimes, BBC, CBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, The Boston Globe, London Daily Telegraph, NPR's Science Friday, Smithsonian Magazine, and international media. Dr. Gray served as Principal Investigator (PI) for a National Science Foundation funded Planning Grant focused on the development of a BioMusic science exhibition, and Co-PI for the $3 million multi-year implementation award from the National Science Foundation to realize Wild Music: Sounds & Songs of Life, a multi-year (2007-) tour of the science exhibition for informal science centers nationwide, the public programs, and the website. In 2004, Dr. Gray joined UNCG's Music Research Institute to continue BioMusic research. Since 2002, she has pursued music research with great apes, specifically bonobos (Pan paniscus), the first research to empirically demonstrate evidence of beat entrainment in great apes. Dr. Gray was PI for a multi-year grant (2008-11) from the National Science Foundation to develop BioMusic curriculum for elementary grades (UBEATS), a collaborative project between UNCG and North Carolina State University. She is Director of the BioMusic International Research and Education Program (BIREP) based in Mexico's Yucatan that engages in international collaborative research of marine animals and environs.

In 2002, Dr. Gray was appointed Senior Specialist by the Fulbright Program, the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars to serve as a special consultant to foreign institutions and organizations worldwide. She is also acclaimed as an Executive Producer of international concerts with 18 foreign Embassies, a companion concert for an international touring art exhibition about Mexico's cultural history, and productions with the National Broadcasting Company, Inc., the Motion Picture Association, ASCAP, the Recording Industry Association of America, the Smithsonian, the Getty Conservation Institute (included foreign research grant to India), and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (included foreign research grant to South Africa and Zimbabwe).