Facilitating Musicianship through Research and Practice
Mark Kleyn is a multifaceted musician who blends their passions of classical performing, indie songwriting, and performance psychology into a varied career. Born in Michigan, Kleyn received his Bachelors of Viola Performance from Western Michigan University, and his Masters of Viola Performance at the University of Ottawa. Mark has also earned an MA in Musicology from the University of Ottawa, focusing his research connections between sport psychology and music ensemble performance.
As a violist, Mark has performed with orchestras like Symphony New Brunswick, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, and the Kalamazoo Symphony. Breaking out of the classical box, Mark performs with the Viola/Cello songwriting duo, Pallmer. The duo has performed at several local festivals in New Brunswick, and recently attended the Banff Arts Centre for the Centre’s “Concert in the 21st Century” Residency.
Mark Kleyn's research interest is in the application of sport psychology to musicians. Their Master’s research on sport-based models of leadership and their application to chamber music ensembles has taken him to present at musicological conferences across Canada. Mark has also hosted workshops on “Understanding Performance Anxiety” through the University of New Brunswick and incorporates his research into his private teaching.