Stewart Gordon: Mastering the Art of Performance 3/18/12

On Sunday, March 18, 2012, at the First Baptist Church in Pasadena, musician / teacher / author / editor Stewart Gordon gave us our chapter an inspiring talk about preparing for performances, based on subjects in his book 'Mastering the Art of Performance'.  Subjects included philosophies, psychology, and important things he's learned from his own piano teachers, from his years of teaching, and personal experiences from his own performing career.


(Above: Dr. Gordon speaks to the audience of students, teachers, and other guests)


Above: Dr. Gordon with AHS-LA 2nd vice-president and Education Chair Linda-Rose Hembreiker.

Stewart Gordon is a musician, teacher, writer, editor, composer, and impresario. He holds the position of Professor of Keyboard Studies at the Thornton School of Music of the University of Southern California in Los Angles. As a performing pianist, he has played concerts throughout the world and recorded extensively, both to critical acclaim. As a teacher and author he has produced textbooks, essays, videotapes, and editions. As a composer, his musical theater works have been produced from coast to coast, and as an impresario, he has directed music festival and competitions over the past decades in New York, Washington, and Savannah.

This workshop focused on the principles in his book, Mastering the Art of Performance: A Primer for Musicians.  Stewart Gordon offers seasoned advice to musicians (amateur and professional) on meeting the challenges of performance. Through real-life examples and pre-performance exercises, he gives musicians and other performers practical insights into every aspect of performance, and offers detailed suggestions for solving problems including stage fright, dealing with criticism, and constructive self-evaluations,


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