Indre Viskontas, opera singer; professor, San Francisco Conservatory of Music; co-host of the science podcast Point of Inquiry, and Adam Flowers, tenor, San Francisco Opera Chorus, share their perspectives on the emotional response evoked by sound.
Adam Flowers has performed leading tenor roles and in Opera houses and Symphony halls across North America, Hawaii, and Japan. In July of 2006 he completed a five-year Artist-In-Residency for Opera San Jose, performing over 32 roles including Pinkerton, Manrico, Don Jose, Cavaradossi, Tamino, Nemorino, and Des Grieux.
He is currently a member of the San Francisco Opera Chorus. Flowers completed his musical studies and received his B.A. in Creative Arts with a minor in Journalism from San Jose State University and studies voice with Deborah Benedict and Dewey Camp.
Indre Viskontas earned a doctorate in cognitive neuroscience from UCLA. She also has a Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she is currently a professor and teaches aspiring professional musicians how to develop effective practice strategies using the neuroscience of learning and memory. She is a Cognitive Neuroscience Affiliate at the Memory and Aging Center at the University of California, San Francisco. Her scientific work was featured in Oliver Sacks’ best-selling book Musicophilia and in Discover Magazine. She lectures widely on topics ranging from Music and the Brain to the Allure of Mystery. She co-hosts of the popular science podcast Point of Inquiry.