COMPOSED Screening & Panel

November 05, 2017

Walter Hall, University of Toronto Faculty of Music, 80 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C5

This event is part of our Research for Practice (R4P) Talk Series.

In partnership with University of Toronto Faculty of Music and Performing Arts Medicine Association.

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You are invited into the world of professional classical music, for an exploration of the many causes of and solutions for performance anxiety. This feature documentary brings together dozens of professionals from prestigious orchestras, symphonies, and music schools to discuss their personal journeys, and consider how best to achieve excellence in the face of enormous pressure. Composed finally confirms what so many of us have always secretly wondered– no, it’s not just you who has experienced the physical and mental agonies of performance anxiety, and yes, there are many ways to overcome the symptoms and deliver peak auditions and performances.

Following the screening, Director John Beder will be joined by a panel of experts to discuss the film and its themes and take audience questions. Join the conversation!


John Beder, COMPOSED Director, is a filmmaker and percussionist. In 2008 he graduated Boston University with a degree in music performance during which he discovered a passion for filmmaking. During his studies in Boston John himself was left feeling isolated as a musician struggling with performance anxiety. His passion for this project comes from first hand experience and the desire to create dialogue around this common issue musicians experience but rarely discuss. ‘Composed’ is John’s debut film and worked in IT before pursuing this project.

Prof. Darryl Edwards is an internationally lauded singing teacher. At the University of Toronto, Canada, he continually creates significant pathways for ideal learning experiences and performance outcomes. His classes includes Optimizing the Singing Mind.  During 2016-2017 he is the voice adjudicator for the Canadian National Music Festival Finals in Edmonton, Alberta, and is returning to Brazil and China for teaching residencies and master classes in Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai, Chengdu, and Hong Kong. Dr. Edwards is the Artistic Director of the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy and COSA Canada (Centre for Opera Studies & Appreciation).

Bryan Epperson is one of Canada’s most charismatic chamber musicians. He is principal cellist of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and, during the summer, the Santa Fé Opera Orchestra, as well as a regular performer at the internationally acclaimed Santa Fe Chamber Festival.

Dr. Kate F. Hays, Ph.D., C.Psych., has been practicing psychology since 1971. With a background in clinical psychology (Ph.D. from Boston University), for the past 30 years she has developed expertise in Sport Psychology, and more recently, the emerging field of Performance Psychology. She is the founder of The Performing Edge,  a consulting practice devoted to sport and performance psychology.

Moderated by Dr. Lee Bartell, Professor of Music and former Associate Dean – Research at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, Founding Director of the Music and Health Research Collaboratory and in on the Artists’ Health Alliance Board of Directors. He has taught at the graduate level in Research Methods, Music and the Brain, Evaluation, and Social Psychology of Music. As a researcher he has pursued multiple interests including music topics in psychology, social psychology, health, curriculum, and music therapy,

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John Beder, Bryan Epperson, Dr. Kate Hays




Walter Hall, University of Toronto Faculty of Music, 80 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C5




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