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Documentary Screening: Composed

Event Details
  • Location:
    Eastman East Wing Hatch Recital Hall
  • Date:
    Tuesday, November 7, 2017
  • Time:
    7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Event Description

a documentary feature

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.


“John Beder’s film COMPOSED is a beautiful piece of compelling storytelling, which everyone can relate to. We felt it was important to share this film with our students, faculty and community to inspire conversations about performance anxiety. The film broadened our perception of what the essential elements of music education should include and challenged us, as educators, to help students talk about and develop their own personal journeys in managing performance anxiety. Our students found the theme applicable to the many challenges of student-life, not just in music. The message of the film was hopeful and encouraging – through developing a deep self-knowledge and personal practice we can channel our focus, preparation and energy, and strive to present our best selves in any situation. Kudos to John on a project with deep meaning, relevance and impact!”

– Helen Chao-Casano Punahou Music School, Director

 For more information on the documentary, visit:

Composed is a production of Bed Rock Productions LLC 

This viewing is free and open to the public.

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