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The Musicians' Wellness Symposium: Healthy Living for the Modern Musician

June 3 - June 7, 2024
1:00-2:30pm EST

5 days. 5 guest speakers. One virtual event to shape you into the musician you've always wanted to be. 

Imagine practicing hours upon hours because you’re inspired, driven, and excited; not because you are full of shame and fear of not being good enough. 


Imagine being able to knowingly and intentionally prevent injuries or playing-related pain in music school. (Most of us will have to deal with an injury at some point in our lives. It doesn’t have to be this way.)

Imagine being able to safely manage your busy schedule without getting overwhelmed or burned out. 

Imagine having the tools & knowledge to nail your performances consistently and reliably. (Say goodbye to the surprise screw ups during the most important time: the performance.)

Imagine knowing how to make real money consistently and reliably during your studies and into your career. 

The second ever virtual event: the Musicians’ Wellness Symposium by Classical Wellness features 5 experts who cover the four pillars of healthy conservatory living:


Performance Anxiety,

Project Management,

Practice Health, and

Injury Prevention, 

plus a bonus entrepreneurship topic: building a private studio.  


This 5-day event will prepare musicians for conservatory and beyond, so they can do what's required of them without breaking their bank, spirit, health, or mindset. 


This is perfect for you if you are: 

  • A High School student looking to pursue

  • A music school student in undergraduate or graduate programs

  • A hybrid musician who plays music part time & is also involved in a totally different field

  • A professional musician who feels pain, burnout, shallow pockets, or overwhelm on a regular basis

Ready to transform your music life as you know it? Click below to register! 

Early Bird deadline: Feb 1, 2024 
Registration Deadline: May 1, 2024 

Practice Health:

Nancy Zhou

Soloist, Pedagogue

On June 3rd, join Nancy, a renowned soloist and faculty at San Fransisco Conservatory, as she talks about practice health for the empowered musician. Build consistency, remove obstacles, and generate great habits to reach your biggest goals. 

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Injury Prevention:

Dr. Erika Burns

Musician, Educator, Franklin Method Certified

On June 4th, Erika Burns (PhD) will give a presentation on the Franklin Method. Unlock your body's full potential through exercise, imagery and anatomical understanding based on the Dynamic Neurocognitive Imagination (DNI)™.

In other words, learn about the way your body works (on an anatomical level) so you can prevent injuries before they happen. 

Project Management:

Jonathan Feist

Composer, Professor, Author

Join Berklee College of Music Professor Jonathan Feist as he presents a class on Project Management for Musicians on June 5th. Ever wanted to know how to prevent burnout & reach all your goals in a concise and organized manner? This class is for you!

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Performance Anxiety:

Dr. Renee-Paule Gauthier

Orchestral violinist, Pedagogue, Performance Coach

Renee-Paule is a violinist with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and a performance coach for musicians. On January 7th, Dr. Gauthier will give us a workshop on all things performance anxiety. Expect to receive the tools you need to experience fulfilling, excellent, and heartfelt performances, without all of the anxieties and stress. 

BONUS: Entrepreneurship:

Dr. Katherine Emeneth

Flutist, Pedagogue, Business Coach

In this bonus presentation, Dr. E, an esteemed flute teacher and sought-after business coach, will teach us everything we need to know about building a flourishing private studio. Need money to pay for school, strings, lessons, etc? Want some extra cash flow during your studies, or after? If so, you won't want to miss this!

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Pricing Options


Early bird pricing expires on Feb 1, 2024

Registration will close May 1st, 2024

Mara Guevara, Piano (Philippines)

It was incredibly helpful, refreshing, and eye-opening to hear these experienced, knowledgeable musicians share so much of themselves. I was surprised to find that their experiences are relatable to mine despite their lofty status and job positions. Overall, I loved the symposium and the areas of expertise each speaker exhibited.

Carla Rosario, Violin (Dominican Republic)

I loved the symposium, I think it went perfect and wouldn’t change a thing about it!

Emily West, Harp

It was truly amazing and such a privilege to learn from such experienced and seasoned experts at such an amazing price!! I know the lessons I learned will benefit me for such a long time to come and I’m so grateful!

Maria Phillip, Violin (Italy)

I liked absolutely everything about it. It was also nice to perceive the different teaching approaches of each and every guest!

Thank you so much for making this happen, it was absolutely amazing and I learnt a lot!! <3


I LOVED THIS SO MUCH! I'm halfway through a BMus and while it is generally going well, I'm hitting walls that none of my teachers have been willing/able to help me with. Walls like pain when playing and performance anxiety and organizing myself so I can make progress in the time I have. This week has left me feeling hopeful again. Like I can be successful in this field in a joyful, healthy way.

Elizabeth Blais-Bennett, Clarinet

Thank you so so much for putting this together! This event was incredible and I'm endlessly lucky and thankful I was able to attend.

Alexandra Kortchemski, Piano (France)

I am very grateful to have been awarded a scholarship for the symposium, thank you so much !! I was expecting interesting workshops but they exceeded my expectations, they were are life-changing in their own way and gave me a lot to think about and experiment with.
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The story behind the Symposium

Hi! My name is Jalayne, and I’m the founder of Classical Wellness and the director of this event. I’m a cellist who studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and I’ll be starting my studies at Rice University Shepherd School of Music this fall. For more than two years I’ve been an online mental health advocate for musicians. 


The Musicians’ Wellness Symposium was birthed because of a severe lack in mental health resources in music schools world wide. By ‘mental health’, I don’t just mean resources for those struggling, but resources for maintaining wellbeing in any stage of music school. That’s why I want to hold an event that covers the four most important pillars of music school: Practice Health, Performance Psychology, Time Management, and Injury Prevention. We all know that we’re supposed to do the work, and we want to do it. But when we hit bumps in the road, many times musicians are left in the dark to figure it out themselves. We aren’t experts in injury prevention, physical therapy, psychology, or productivity. So it makes sense that we might accidentally develop unhealthy habits or worse, lose inspiration or drive to continue music. This symposium will give you the chance to learn from musicians who have already gone through these issues and come out the other side (and have become experts in their field). 


Young musicians are the future of music. In order to keep it alive and well, we must start to take care of ourselves in serious and tangible ways. Information on keeping and maintaining health (so that you can make the most out of music school) is every musicians’ right. 


I hope to see you there!


What if I can’t attend all 5 presentations/workshops?

There will be recordings of all workshops and Q&A segments for 4 weeks after the date of the workshop. Links will be sent out via email after the entire event ends. 

How long is the commitment for this event?

Five days, 90 minutes each day (one hour long presentation and 20-25 minutes of live Q&A). The bonus presentation by Dr. E (Building a Private Studio) will be 90 minutes, so please allocate 2 hours on June 6th. 

Will this event be recorded? 

Yes. For 4 weeks after the end of the event, you will be given access to the recordings and the Q&A segments. ​You will only be able to ask questions if you attend live. 

When will I know about Scholarships?

The scholarship process will be different this year. Scholarships will be accepted on a weekly basis. There are limited scholarships available, so apply sooner rather than later!


Can I attend even if I am  in another country? 

Yes! Anyone is welcome to attend, as long as the time (1:00pm EST) works for you. Your currency will automatically be changed at checkout. Double check the international transaction policy with your bank to avoid possible surprise fees. 

Do I have to have my camera on?​

No. Although there might be invitations to participate, you are not required to do anything that is uncomfortable. You can be a fly on the wall!


Please email with questions, and they will be added to this list!

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