The Punahou Music Department and Music School proudly present a special public screening of the 2016 documentary “Composed” with the film’s director, John Beder. Following the film, Beder will join local professional musicians and educators for a panel discussion. Click here to view the film’s trailer.
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.
The film’s topic of performance anxiety is an important one to acknowledge and address (for any type of performing artist, athlete, test–taking student, public speaker). I’m hopeful that this documentary screening might inspire conversations regarding social emotional learning and a reflective approach to performance anxiety.
Recommended for high school and mature middle school students, as well as interested parents, teachers and coaches. Come one, come all!
Composed has now been screened at over 50 universities and conservatories and is changing the way we look at being performers. Learn more at composeddocumentary.com