When You Judge Your Self-Worth by How You Perform

by Madeline Bruser When I was 27, I traveled from California to Warsaw to play in the International Chopin Competition. Although I didn’t get past the first round, I played pretty well and learned important things about myself and my performing. It was also my first...

Nourishing the Roots of Genuine Success

by Madeline Bruser (This article was originally published April 25, 2014.) I prepared my Juilliard audition with a family friend in California named Elise Belenky who had studied in Paris long ago with the great pianist Alfred Cortot. For 10 days, I lived in Mrs....

Nora Krohn on The Transformative Power of Caring

Dear Subscribers, I am so pleased to publish Nora Krohn’s 12th article here. It is one of her very best, and so needed in today’s music world. Enjoy! Warmly, Madeline Bruser Editor, Fearless Performing E-zine The Transformative Power of Caring   by Nora...

Fearlessness in the Face of Judgment

by Madeline Bruser (This article was originally published September 25, 2013.) For many musicians, auditions and competitions bring up even more fear than concert performances. Knowing that they are being judged, and that part of their career and livelihood is at...

Acceptance and Letting Go

by Nora Krohn A few years ago, while I was serving as the acting principal of the viola section of a regional orchestra, I played a concert of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony that taught me something about letting go in performance and accepting the result. The...