“Presence Under Pressure: A Workshop about Music Performance Anxiety”

“Presence Under Pressure: A Workshop about Music Performance Anxiety” will be held at Carroll University on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. It will be from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Shattuck Music Center, 218 N. East Ave., Waukesha. This event is free and open to the public.

Nearly all musicians have experienced anxiety while performing. This presentation will examine strategies of seasoned professional musicians, along with the latest research in psychology and neuroscience. Performers of any age and type – musicians, actors, dancers, speakers – are encouraged to attend.

Two distinguished professional clinicians, Don Sipe and Roberta Ricci, will address vocal, instrumental, and theater performance issues. The workshop will include an overview of performance anxiety and strategies on managing it, performance opportunities for Carroll singers and instrumentalists, and a question and answer period with all attendees.

Sipe is an instructor of trumpet at Carroll University and a sought-after performer in the Midwest. He holds degrees in performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music, and was a member of the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas. He has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Present Music and the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, among others. He will lead the instrumentalist breakout session during the workshop.

Ricci is a guest presenter who has a varied career as performer, teacher, coach and administrator. A graduate of the University of Kansas and The Boston Conservatory, her performance credits include operatic, recital and concert work in Kansas City; Atlanta; Columbus, Ohio; Naples, Florida; Boston and New York. She has taught at Brenau University, Kenyon College, Denison University and the Capital University Conservatory of Music, and her students have won state and national competitions in classical and music theater. She will lead the workshop’s vocalist breakout session.

For more information, contact Lawrence Dale Harper, professor of music, at 262.524.7188 or lharper@carrollu.edu.


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