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Lecture-recital Coping with Performance Anxiety

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

Wednesday, 18 April 2012 from 2:15 pm to 3:45 pm (AEST)

Lecture-recital Coping with Performance Anxiety

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The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at 

The University of Melbourne

is pleased to introduce


Associate Professor Susan O'Neill

Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellow



Dr Yaroslav Senyshyn



who will deliver a lecture-recital on


Coping with Performance Anxiety




Wednesday 18 April, 2.15pm – 3.45pm 

Melba Hall

   Melbourne Conservatorium of Music,

The University of Melbourne  


A/Professor O’Neill’s lecture-recital will focus on performance anxiety. Coping with performance anxiety is a complex and difficult challenge for artists throughout their educational and professional careers. For the most part, performance anxiety, whether it occurs in a concert hall or lecture hall, classroom or boardroom, is usually described in negative terms as a problem or obstacle that must be overcome. Less common is the notion that performance anxiety is a positive creative force that energizes and heightens a particular goal or outcome.

The dynamic tensions between artistry and accuracy, skill and challenge, venue and audience create a unique context where performers encounter a distorted sense of temporality and an inner conflict between their fixed sense of self-identity and their emergent self in front of others. Although many strategies or ‘tools’ for coping with performance anxiety exist, they do little to help further our understanding of the fundamental issues that underlie our experiences.

 A/Professor O’Neill proposes an alternative approach that is more useful in terms of its implications for helping individuals work through their performance anxiety. She describes the ways that performing artists might use the notion of an emergent self and the notion of catalysts for transformational learning to rethink ideas about the importance and value of performance anxiety for creative potential and well-being.  













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When & Where

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Gate 12, Royal Parade
The University of Melbourne
Parkville, VIC 3010

Wednesday, 18 April 2012 from 2:15 pm to 3:45 pm (AEST)

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Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, which is a division of the Faculty of VCA and MCM, has a distinguished history reaching back to the awarding of the first music degree at the University of Melbourne in 1879.  It is the oldest and one of the largest music schools in Australia, with the largest cohort of international students.  For more information about us, refer to our website


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