Special Guests

Adrian Anantawan

Professor, Milton Academy and Boston University

Adrian Anantawan holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, Yale University and Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has studied with Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, and Anne-Sophie Mutter. 

He has performed extensively as a soloist with many of Canada’s Orchestras, and has also presented feature recitals at the Aspen Music Festival and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Adrian helped to create the Virtual Chamber Music Initiative at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Centre. This cross-collaborative project brings researchers, musicians, doctors and educators together to develop adaptive musical instruments capable of being played by young people with disabilities.

Adrian is also the founder of the Music Inclusion Program, aimed at having children with disabilities learn instrumental music with their typical peers.

Currently Chair of Music at Milton Academy and on faculty at Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute, Adrian continues to advocate for disability and the arts.

Dr. John Chong

Dr. John Chong

Director, Musicians Clinics of Canada

Dr. John Chong is the Medical Director of the Musician’s Clinics of Canada, and has been involved with the Performing Arts Medicine Association as President and current Treasurer (see artsmed.org). He is a specialist in Public Health and Preventive Medicine and has a special interest in Complementary and Integrative Health. He has treated musicians with repetitive strain injuries, motor control problems, anxiety, depression, neuropathic pain, nerve entrapments, and stress-related disorders since 1986.

Jeff Nelsen - Fearless performance

Jeff Nelsen

Professor, Life coach, Horn player

Jeff Nelsen is a Canadian horn player and is Professor of Horn at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. Probably best known for the eight years he spent touring and recording with Canadian Brass, Jeff has also performed concerti and chamber music on six continents, and in the horn sections of dozens of orchestras.

Sophie Rivard

Sophie Rivard


Ms. Sophie Rivard, an experienced psychotherapist, has been practising psychotherapy in private for over twenty years. Ms. Rivard has also taught the art of psychotherapy for a few years and has lectured on the subject for over a decade. Fundamentally existential humanist in approach, she complements her work with the principles of cognitive-behavioural therapy. Ms. Rivard is also trained in therapeutic hypnosis and the method of integration through eye movement (treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder). In addition, Sophie Rivard has worked in the music industry as a professional violinist for twenty-five years. She was the second principal violin of the Orchestre Métropolitain and the principal violin of the Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil and the Chamber orchestras of Montreal and Longueuil. Finally, Madame Rivard has also worked as a soloist in baroque and ragtime violin, having performed in Europe, as well as in the United States and Canada. She has recorded on McGill Records, Orange Music and Creole Rhythm.

Pace Sturdevant

Pace Sturdevant

(OF, NACO retired), trumpet

Douglas (Pace) Sturdevant graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy and the University of Michigan and began his professional orchestral career with the Toledo (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra, becoming Principal Trumpet at 22.

In 1975 he was appointed Principal Trumpet of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, a position he held for 23 years. He was often featured as soloist with the Orchestra, both in Ottawa and on its national tours, and with noted conductors such as Pinchas Zukerman, Trevor Pinnock, Mario Bernardi, Roger Norrington, Helmut Rilling, Alexander Schneider, Eduoardo Mata and Charles Dutoit.

Pace then became Manager of Arts Training and Outreach for NACO, he also serves as Director of Pedagogy with the Orchestre de la francophonie.