Cory Lee is the founder of Liberated Performer®. He has given lectures at institutions like The Juilliard School, coached students internationally, and developed cutting edge performance strategies that have helped performers be their best on and off the stage. Along with directing Liberated Performer, he lives the professional performer's life. He has appeared as a soloist on the great American stages ranging from Carnegie Hall’s Stern and Zankel Auditoriums to Northern America’s largest dance festivals, EDC Las Vegas and Electric Zoo. He is currently a violinist in the string quartet ETHEL which is acclaimed as “unfailingly vital” (The New York Times), “brilliant,” “downtown’s reigning string quartet” (The New Yorker), and “one of the most exciting quartets around” (Strad Magazine). As a chamber musician, he tours internationally and has performed in a wide variety of venues including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, and the EG Conference. Cory's collaborations include performances with Grammy Award-winning artists such as Native American flute player Robert Mirabal, jazz pianist Laurence Hobgood, Latin jazz pianist Pablo Ziegler, and Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur Genius award-winning composer Julia Wolfe. Cory's performances have appeared on, FOX, NBC, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He received degrees from Juilliard (BM), Yale (MM), and an honorary doctorate from Denison University.
Tema Watstein is a nation wide coach and workshop leader for Liberated Performer. She specializes in working with performers who suffer from severe music performance anxiety as well as any other underlying disorders. As a therapist, she combines her training in psychiatry with her experience as a professional performer. She is extremely unique as she understands all aspects of being a performer but also possesses the tools to help them become the best version of themselves. She has been hailed for her "sweeping and bristling" sound and “impassioned” playing by the New York Times. Tema has performed at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to Le Poisson Rouge with groups such as the Grammy-nominated Metropolis Ensemble, Ensemble ACJW, and the Mark Morris Dance Group. In addition to performing, she has experience in skills such as crisis intervention, psychotherapy for children and adults, and collaborating with teachers, administrators, psychiatrists, and other treatment providers. She is currently pursuing a PhD at CUNY. She has degrees from Rice University, Manhattan School of Music, and Columbia University.
Brendan Speltz is a workshop leader for Liberated Performer. As a performer, he is a member of the internationally acclaimed Escher String Quartet. He tours and performs at the highest level with multi-Grammy Award artists in the most prestigious venues around the world. Concert highlights include seasonal performances at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Aspen Music Festival, and Carnegie Hall. He has performed with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, and Dover Quartets. His large ensemble experience includes concerts with the American Orchestra, A Far Cry, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and American Ballet Theatre. Brendan used Liberated Performer to prepare and dominate his professional auditions.
Patrick Galvin is the Liberated Performer® coach and workshop leader for California. He is also the San Jose Youth Symphony section coach and former teaching assistant to Wei He (former faculty at The San Francisco Conservatory and now artistic director of The Tianjin Juilliard School). He also teaches at Convent of The Sacred Heart and Stuart Hall in San Francisco. Patrick has over a decade of teaching experience and has empowered hundreds of high school and college students to their full potential. He has also helped over 50 students prepare for their Carnegie Hall debut. He graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory, Prayner Konservatorium in Vienna, Austria, and Johns Hopkins University. Patrick participated in Liberated Performer to rediscover his confidence and perform his best.