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Workshop: Mental Skills for Performance Enjoyment and Excellence


Workshop: Mental Skills for Performance Enjoyment and Excellence with Carolyn Christie

5:45 pm  Mental Skills for Performance Enjoyment and Excellence: Carolyn Christie
7:00 pm  Break
7:30 pm  Film screening: Composed - Exploring Performance Anxiety, a documentary film by John Beder  (more info at
9:00 pm   Q & A with Carolyn Christie (BMus McGill University, MHK  [Master's in Human Kinetics] University of Ottawa)
Carolyn Christie is a former member of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and currently Associate Professor at McGill's Schulich School of Music.
All events in the Old Auditorium

Attendance: Free | Exclusively open to UBC Students and Faculty

Bio & workshop information:
Carolyn Christie will teach skills that lead to effective goal-setting and realization in performance preparation, confidence-building, and motivation. She will help participants learn techniques that will enable them to focus under pressure onstage, how to prepare a pre-performance plan, and how to use imagery to boost performance excellence. Following the workshop, enjoy some pizza, then attend a screening of John Beder’s groundbreaking film “Composed,” culminating with a panel discussion and Q&A.

Through the lens of professional classical musicians, “Composed" explores the many ways we experience and can address performance anxiety. Faced with the judgment of peers, audience, conductors, and worst of all themselves, these musicians spend years trying to understand and overcome the physical and mental manifestations of their anxiety. Through their stories, we learn valuable lessons learned over a lifetime of professional performance; and we find that we are not alone in our quest to overcome the fear of failure and embarrassment. For anyone wanting to feel strength over fear and compassion over judgment, or simply seeking a closer look at anxiety and what makes us tick, “Composed" opens the door to a world of high stakes, high pressure, and peak performing.

Carolyn Christie BMus 1975 McGill University MHK 2016 University of Ottawa

Although Carolyn Christie recently retired from the flute section of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, she has maintained an active teaching schedule. Her master’s degree in Human Kinetics (2016) has lead her to obtain expert skills in mental performance excellence coaching, work she has incorporated into her teaching. In the same way many Olympic athletes work with mental performance coaches, musicians now work with Christie in order to learn techniques that can help them to perform as well on stage as they do in their practice rooms. She has developed a series of workshops, master classes, and personal counselling sessions geared toward musicians of all ages and abilities, including her expert peers. Carolyn is the first elite orchestral musician to train at the university level in this field in Canada.                                                                                

Many of Christie’s former students are members of major orchestras in the USA, Canada, and Europe. She now teaches exclusively at McGill University and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. During her tenure with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Christie recorded close to 100 cd’s and toured North America, South America, Asia, and Europe many times, including many performances in Carnegie Hall. Christie appeared as a soloist with the MSO on several occasions and was honoured to have the orchestral work Passacaglia by Neal Gripp dedicated to her in celebration of her contribution to the OSM upon her retirement from the orchestra.