The Steel City Jazz Festival is very happy to welcome Dr. John Chong as part of our 2017 speaker series for his talk ‘Tuning the Mind and Body of the Musician for Optimal Health and Performance’.

Dr. Chong is currently a member of of the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University and is the Medical Director of the Musicians’ Clinics of Canada. In his talk, Dr. Chong will discuss key concepts from performing arts medicine, drawing from his decades of clinical experience and cutting edge scientific research related to performers’ injury and illness.

Common symptoms and medical problems of performing artists will be discussed, including issues related to prevention of hearing, vocal and psychological health problems. Dr. Chong will use the latest biofeedback technology to demonstrate the power of regulation fo the autonomic nervous system for the treatment and prevention of repetitive strain injuries, motor control problems, anxiety, depression, neuropathic pain, nerve entrapments, and stress-related disorders.

In addition to his role at McMaster University, Dr. Chong teaches Performance Awareness at the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservtory in Toronto, is a medical consultant for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, is a founding member of the Performing Arts Medicine Association and was a recipient of the Governor General’s Diamond Jubiliee Medal in 2012.

The Steel City Jazz Festival is pleased to offer this talk for free on October 28th at 4pm at Artword Artbar.

Other lectures in the free series include a drum clinic with Aubrey Dale at 5pm on October 27, 2017 and a talk on Music and Mindfulness with Adrean Farrugia at 2pm on October 28, 2017.

The Facebook event page for Chong’s talk is found at

The Steel City Jazz Festival runs October 24-29, for full festival details please visit