You are cordially invited to the lecture organized by the Department of Music.
Speaker: Prof. Vanessa Cornett
Title: Stage Anxiety and Coping Methods
Date: Nov 11, 2022
Place: Bilkent Concert Hall
Stage Anxiety and Coping Methods
Stage fright is a universal challenge for musicians of all ages. Because the body’s response to stress is unable to distinguish a real threat from an imaginary one, most musicians experience a variety of emotions before performance, from mild tremors to devastating fear.
We invite you to our seminar to discover the roots of stage fright and learn practical solutions for long-term anxiety management.
Vanessa Cornett is the Director of Keyboard Studies and Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis–St. Paul. She is author of the book The Mindful Musician:
Mental Skills for Peak Performance (Oxford University Press, 2019). Her other publications include papers in the International Journal of Music Education, Journal of Contemplative Inquiry, Journal of Transformative Education, Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, Music and Politics, College Music Symposium, American Music Teacher, MTNA eJournal, Clavier Companion, The Canadian Music Teacher, and three chapters in the textbook Creative Piano Teaching.
An international educator, she has presented workshops and masterclasses to music students and teachers in 23 of the United States and at venues in the U.K., Ireland, Finland, Serbia, Croatia, Greece, Spain, Argentina, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Nigeria, and South Africa. A Fulbright U.S. Scholar for 2022-2023, she is currently an artist in residence at the Ankara University of Music and Fine Arts. She completed an earlier faculty residency in Turkey through the U.S. Embassy in Ankara in 2019. Dr. Cornett earned the DMA degree in piano performance and literature from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the MM in piano pedagogy and BM in piano performance from West Virginia University, and additional certifications in sport psychology and occupational ergonomics. She is a certified meditation instructor with a special interest in mindfulness and performance anxiety management for musicians. Her current research focuses on contemplative practices, sport psychology, peak performance, and the mental health of musicians.