The 2015 Musician’s Health Survey

"How old were you when you first experienced performance anxiety?"

"What are the biggest contributing factors to any performance anxiety you might feel?"

"Have you ever used beta-blockers for performance anxiety?"

A 1987 study by the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) has stood for the past 28 years as the closest indicator of what’s happening within the American orchestra; it is long overdue for an update.  With the support of ICSOM, Composed sought out health professionals from the US, UK, and Australia, and worked with them to develop a new survey. The survey seeks to learn what has changed among musicians over almost 30 years, where performance fears come from, and what can be done to address them.  As a guest presenter of the 53rd annual ICSOM conference in Philadelphia, Composed director John Beder announced the launch of the 2015 Musicians’ Health Survey. The results will be analyzed and presented for publication by Professor Aaron Williamon and his team at the Center for Performance Science at the Royal College of Music, London. ICSOM is the only organization of its kind, representing 52 orchestras and over 4,000 classical musicians in the US.


2015 Musicians' Health Survey Press Release



To read the interview with Kayleigh Miller of the Musicians' Health Collective click here

(below are some preliminary results, more to follow soon)