Virtual Hangout: Playing Under Pressure
New World Fellows Jarret McCourt (Tuba), Zach Manzi (Clarinet), and Josh Cote (Horn) are joined by Professor Noa Kageyama, Ph.D. (Juilliard, New World Symphony, BulletproofMusician.com) to discuss techniques for reducing performance anxiety.
Zach Manzi is a first-year Clarinet Fellow at the New World Symphony. Mr. Manzi has enjoyed many recent performances with The Juilliard Orchestra and Wind Orchestra as well as new music groups AXIOM and the New Juilliard Ensemble in performance venues across New York City. He also participated twice in Juilliard's ChamberFest, a chamber music intensive occurring during winter recess, and gave the finale performance of the 2015 festival in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. A passionate educator, he was one of 20 students to be awarded a Morse Teaching Artist Fellowship, with which he taught music in a New York City public school during the 2014-15 academic year. With two classes of third-graders in Manhattan, he explored the role and relevance of classical music in the 21st-century. As a student at the Aspen Music Festival and School, Mr. Manzi performed with four orchestras and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, playing beside his influential teachers, Joaquin Valdepeñas, Burt Hara and Bil Jackson, in the Aspen Festival Orchestra and Chamber Symphony. He also spent a summer studying and performing at the Brevard Music Center Institute. At Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, where he spent the first two years of his undergraduate career, Mr. Manzi was awarded the Elliott and Ailsa Newman Prize in 2013, given to the most outstanding woodwind student in the school. As a first-year student, he won the Vanderbilt University Concerto Competition, making his solo orchestral debut with the Vanderbilt Orchestra performing Debussy’s Première Rhapsodie. He received his bachelor of music degree from The Juilliard School in 2015, where he studied with Jon Manasse. When away from the clarinet, he enjoys biking, cooking, writing, traveling and discovering new coffee shops.
Josh Cote, a native of rural Illinois, is a first-year Horn Fellow at the New World Symphony. He is consistently exploring music performance and the broader entertainment industry in hopes of forging a brighter future for classical music. An accomplished horn performer, he has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Dallas Symphony under renowned conductors like Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Neville Marriner, Peter Oundjian and Michael Tilson Thomas. Outside of classical music, Mr. Cote learned the ins and outs of how music is produced and placed into movies and television from some of Los Angeles’ best music supervisors at Cutting Edge Group and Warner Music Group. Having explored different aspects of the music and entertainment industry, he has become passionate about the power and necessity of experiential branding in classical music’s path forward.
Mr. Cote’s education has taken him across the globe. He began his music studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas studying with Greg Hustis, and spent a winter in Oslo, Norway studying with Frøydis Wekre before moving to Los Angeles, where he studied at the Colburn School with Andrew Bain, principal horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and guest principal of the Berliner Philharmonic. Mr. Cote has designed logos and image assets for music licensing companies and maintains a side hustle producing graphic content for a wedding invitation firm. Although music is his calling, he loves graphic design, squash and mountain climbing.
Performance psychologist Dr. Noa Kageyama serves on the faculty of The Juilliard School and the New World Symphony, where he specializes in teaching performing artists how to utilize sport psychology principles to perform up to their abilities under stress. Also a conservatory-trained violinist with degrees from Juilliard and Oberlin, Dr. Kageyama’s understanding of performance pressure and excellence come from his own experiences on the concert stage from the age of two. Through 23 years of training, complete with television and radio appearances, solo performances with orchestra, and international competitions, he experienced first-hand the discipline, hard work, and perseverance it takes to reach an expert level of performance - as well as the frustration of performing poorly at the worst possible moments. Dr. Kageyama’s work has been featured in media outlets ranging from The Wall Street Journal to Lifehacker, and he has has provided seminars for institutions and organizations such as the New England Conservatory, US Armed Forces School of Music, Perlman Music Program, Starling-Delay Symposium, Music Teachers’ National Association, and the National Association for Teachers of Singing. - See more at: http://www.creativitypost.com/authors/profile/103/nkageyama#sthash.ZG8EJ5hi.dpuf