Exclusive Screening of ‘Composed’

Department: Buff 'n Blue Journal

In September, Dillingham Hall served as the location for the exclusive Hawaiʻi screening of “Composed,” a film by John Beder. The documentary explores the often taboo topic of performance anxiety within the context of professional classical musicians, showing its effects and the strategies musicians use to manage it.

Approximately 250 attendees, including many Punahou students, watched the film. The screening was open to the public and presented in collaboration with Hawai‘i Symphony, Hawai‘i Youth Symphony and the University of Hawaiʻi – Manoa Music Department.

Joining Beder for a panel discussion immediately following the screening were: Jonathan Parrish, executive director of the Hawaiʻi Symphony; Iggy Jang, concertmaster of the Hawaiʻi Symphony; Dr. Randy Wong, executive director of the Hawaiʻi Youth Symphony; Dr. Jonathan Korth, associate professor of piano at the University of Hawaiʻi – Manoa and president of the Honolulu Chamber Music Series; and Jason Byerlotzer, principal trombonist of the Hawaiʻi Symphony and the Royal Hawaiian Band, and Punahou faculty member.

Members of the panel talked about their own experiences with performance anxiety and answered questions from the audience.

Helen Chao-Casano, director of Punahou Music School, expects this film to serve as a starting point for music faculty at Punahou to broach the subject of performance anxiety with their students. “In music, performance is not a product, but rather an essential part of the learning process,” said Chao-Casano.

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