Maureen McCarthy Draper is a classical pianist and teacher who has led seminars for the Guild and other organizations for 25 years. In the spring and fall she and Nils Peterson offer a music and poetry retreat at her home in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Her training is in literature, music, art, and psychology. In her book and its two companion CD’s, The Nature of Music: Beauty, Sound, and Healing she relates music to the other arts and to the psychology of listening. Her training includes an M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, in Comparative Literature and two years at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She edited the 2007 edition of The Music Lover’s Anthology of Poetry. Until recently she was Coordinator of the Music for Health Program at Stanford Hospital.