Lisa coaches professionals on optimal preparation and performance in high-stakes interactions, with a focus on the prevention and management of stage fright and building confidence. Her unique approach integrates her professional orchestral performing career and formal training in psychology and counselling.

She has coached professionals in preparation for speaking competitions, interviews, marketing conventions, presentations, pitches, and meeting deliverables and deadlines. In the performing arts, she has coached professional orchestral musicians and soloists, and stage, film, and commercial actors. You can read more about the performing arts side of things here.

Combining her elite-level performing experience with a Certificate in Psychology from Ryerson University and an Advanced Counselling Skills Certificate from George Brown College in Toronto, Lisa has developed a curriculum which brings the preparation techniques and mental skills of athletes and performing artists to professionals.

With orchestral performance training from McGill University (Licentiate Music Diploma, High Distinction in Bassoon) and The Juilliard School (Advanced Certificate and Professional Studies), Lisa is currently a contracted member of the Canadian Opera Company orchestra.

Lisa relates personally to the intricacies of high-stakes performance, bringing a performing artist’s perspective to the practitioner’s side of the fence. She has performed across Canada, the USA, and the UK. She has played as guest principal bassoonist with London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Houston Symphony Orchestra. She has held full-time positions with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and has performed extensively with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Theatre freelancing has included the Stratford Festival, the Shaw Festival, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.