Special Guests

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.

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.