Remembering Mercédès Pavlicevic

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Professor Mercédès Pavlicevic.

Mercédès was a much-loved colleague, who was a teacher, mentor and inspiration to many at Nordoff Robbins. A previous Director of Research, Mercédès worked tirelessly until the end; most recently as an Associate on our MPhil/PhD programme, as a leading figure within our Erasmus Plus project on Music as Resilience Support for migrant populations, as well as within Nordoff Robbins International.

During a career dedicated to music therapy, Mercédès worked with children, adults and older people in a range of institutional and community settings in England, Scotland, South Africa, and Lebanon. Mercédès completed her Nordoff Robbins training in London, followed by doctoral studies at the Department of Psychology at the University of Edinburgh with Colwyn Trevarthen. She co-instituted South Africa’s first accredited music therapy training programme and was Director of the Master in Music Therapy programme at the University of Pretoria until 2006. Mercédès was involved in training community musicians and arts workers in South Africa and Lebanon, and was for several years the arts therapies representative on the South African Health Professions Council. Mercédès was Research Associate at the School for Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, a past African editor of VOICES, and chaired the Nordoff Robbins Research Ethics Committee. Mercédès was author, co-author and editor of many key music therapy publications. Her passionate and vibrant commitment to music as social action, to the rights of all people everywhere and to life itself have ensured that her influence is written deeply within those of us whom she taught, trained and supervised around the world. As a colleague and friend she is irreplaceable.

Our thoughts are with Mercédès’ family and friends at this time. She will be greatly missed by very many people.