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Meet The Team


Liliana Araújo (she/her)

Assistant Professor

Liliana Araújo is an academic, researcher and chartered psychologist focusing on performance psychology and performance science. Her research  focuses on performer's health and wellbeing, and performance enhancement and culture change,

She is Assistant Professor of Applied Performance Sciences at Schulich School of Music of McGill University.


Andrea Creech (she/her)


Andrea’s research has covered a wide range of issues in formal and informal music education contexts, including interpersonal dynamics in instrumental learning and teaching, informal learning in school music, inclusion, and music for positive youth development. Her recent research has focused on intergenerational and lifelong music-making in community contexts, as well as the pedagogies and facilitation approaches that can support positive musical experience and lifelong learning.

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Theodora Nestorova (she/her)

PhD student, Interdisciplinary Studies/Applied Performance Sciences

Bulgarian-British-American soprano, researcher, and teacher Theodora Ivanova Nestorova is a current Ph.D. Candidate (Interdisciplinary Studies) at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music. A multifaceted vocalist, educator, and clinician, Theodora is a registered vocologist passionate about performance science and performing arts medicine. 

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André Januario (he/him)

PhD student, Applied Performance Sciences

Brazilian artist André Januário has developed a multi-faceted career as a performer, educator, and researcher. Dr. Januário is working on a theoretical framework that proposes how technology can be embedded into the music performance core curriculum to enhance the music training of Generation Z students. His research focuses on the implementation of 21st - century technology-based skills into music performance training in higher education institutions.


Christopher Keach (he/him)

Research Assistant

Christopher Keach is a Montreal-based professional musician, educator, and researcher. He is currently pursuing his DMus degree in Trumpet Performance at McGill University, where he received his MMus in Trumpet Performance. Christopher also holds a B.M. in Trumpet Performance and Bachelor's of Music Education from The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. His research focuses on practice techniques and their effect on long-term retention and memory. 


Isabelle Cossette (she/her)

Associate Professor

Isabelle Cossette is a former flute performer and a  researcher in performance science specialized in respiratory physiology and instrumental pedagogy. She is an Associate Professor of Music Education and Performance Science at the Schulich School of Music  of McGill University  


John Mac Master (he/him)

Associate Professor

Tenor John Mac Master has enjoyed a 40+ year career singing the most dramatic tenor roles in opera and concert all over the world.

His teaching and research are centered on the art and science of voice pedagogy, health and wellness (onstage and off!), and the evolution of voice teaching in universities and conservatoires. 

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Kyle Zavitz (he/him)

Postdoctoral Researcher

Music educator and jazz pianist Kyle Zavitz is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University in the area of Performance Science. His research interests center around education sociology and higher music education pedagogy. 


Maitreyi Muralidharan (they/them)

PhD studentApplied Performance Sciences

Maitreyi Muralidharan (they/them) is an Indian-American violinist currently based in Montreal. They are the co-founder of the Windwood Music Festival and the violinist in the violin-piano ensemble, Duo Perdendosi. Maitreyi is a Ph.D. student in Applied Performance Science at McGill University, where they are studying emotional embodiment and how it affects the performer's experience of playing an instrument.

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Matthew Chan (he/him)

Research Assistant

Canadian violist Matthew Chan is an active performer and researcher. Equally at ease in orchestral, chamber, and solo settings, he has performed as a soloist with multiple orchestras and regularly freelances in Québec and Ontario. Matthew earned his MMus from McGill University, and BMusPerf degree with a minor in French Studies from the University of Toronto. His research focuses on rest and recovery, exercise science, and periodization in music performance training settings.

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