Music Performance Anxiety: A case study with the Filarmonia das Beiras Orchestra


Music Performance Anxiety (MPA) is a disorder that affects musicians regardless of age, experience, dedication or instrument. MPA is experienced by orchestral, choral and solo musicians and appears as physiological, psychological, cognitive and emotional phenomena. Through a case study, we aimed to investigate the MPA levels of the musicians of the Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras, an important orchestra in central Portugal. With Through a STAI-Y inventory, we compared the state-anxiety levels of 36 musicians of the Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras before a concert to their trait-anxiety levels under normal situations. Furthermore, we compared data from our sample with normative data from the Portuguese population, also including gender as a variable. We concluded that there was little difference between state and trait anxiety among the musicians of the Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras and that they exhibited low anxiety levels when compared to the Portuguese population.


Keywords: Music Performance Anxiety; orchestral musicians; STAI-Y.

Authors: Fernanda Torchia Zanon, Helena Marinho, Daniela Coimbra, Marta Martins

Year 2016
Type Journal Article with peer review
Publication OPUS - Revista Eletrônica da Associação Nacional de Pesquisa e Pós-graduação em Música (ANPPOM), 22(2)
Pages 325-348
Ed/Org Marcos Holler (Ed.)
ISBN / ISSN ISSN: 1517-7017 (versão online)
Language Português, English