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. Alongside Liberated Performer, she is also a therapist in New York City. She combines her training in psychiatry with her experience as a professional performer. 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 coach and 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. Concert highlights include seasonal performances at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Aspen Music Festival, and more. 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 participated in Liberated Performer in order to prepare and dominate his auditions.
Patrick Galvin is the Liberated Performer® coach and workshop leader for the Bay Area. 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. Before he became a performance anxiety coach, Patrick participated in Liberated Performer to overcome his lifelong battle with stage fright. Through an intense year of facing his fears, gaining new experiences, and developing new perspectives of the stage, Patrick was able to begin enjoying performing again and play to his full potential in pressure situations. Inspired by his rediscovered confidence and amazing experiences on stage, he decided to dedicate his life to helping others with this obstacle. Patrick has over a decade of teaching experience and has empowered hundreds of high school and college students to their full potential. He graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory, Prayner Konservatorium in Vienna, Austria, and Johns Hopkins University.