This evening at 6.00 pm there will be a screening of  the documentary Composed, directed by John Beder, followed by a round table discussion.

Venue: Katherine Brennan Hall


Through the lens of professional classical musicians, ‘Composed’ explores the many ways we experience and can address performance anxiety. Faced with the judgment of peers, audience, conductors, and worst of all themselves, these musicians spend years trying to understand and overcome the physical and mental manifestations of their anxiety. Through their stories, we learn valuable lessons learned over a lifetime of professional performance; and we find that we are not alone in our quest to overcome the fear of failure and embarrassment. For anyone wanting to feel strength over fear and compassion over judgment, or simply seeking a closer look at anxiety and what makes us tick, Composed opens the door to a world of high stakes, high pressure, and peak performing.

More Resources on Performance Anxiety 

Greene, Don, Performance success : performing your best under pressure

Jones, Kate, Keeping your nerve : confidence boosting strategies for musicians and performers

Kerr, Virginia, Stage fright : the value of psychotherapy to classically trained singers experiencing performance anxiety and confidence issues