October 24 "Comfortable in the spotlights: The mental training of singing"

Knowing how to turn stage fear, stress and mental blockages into positive energy.

Online interactive workshops to replace the canceled March 14 Workshops due to Covid-19.

10 am-1pm: Workshop

What We Focus On Expands” - An Introduction Into Cognitive Behavioural ApproachesTo Help Nervous Performers

With Petra Raspel Borzynski (UK), vocal coach with special expertise in helping performing artists and creatives to perform better and despite their fears.

In this workshop, we will look into relevant “top down” approaches to help nervous performers.

We will begin with an introduction into the vast area of (performance) anxiety:

• When nerves are more than “just stress”: The different manifestations of anxiety (somatic,

cognitive and behavioural)

• Why understanding the neuroscience of “fight, flight or freeze” is the first step to removing

the stigma and normalizing our physiological responses

• How and why we develop Music Performance Anxiety

• The difference between “top down” and “bottom up” approaches, and why there is no “one size-

fits-all-magic bullet”

We will then give an introduction into the most commonly used “top down”/cognitive

behavioural approaches and try out several techniques with the goal to empower and enable

you in making your choices moving forward.

Petra Raspel Borzynski is a vocal coach with special expertise in helping performing artists and

creatives to perform better and despite their fears.

She holds degrees in music, performance pedagogy and psychology and is trained in different therapeutic modalities like Counselling, CBT, MBSR/MBCT and Somatic Therapy.

Petra’s work in the field of singing, creativity and performance psychology has been featured at

conferences, in several publications and podcasts, and she aims for an integrative approach

she sometimes refers to as “Therapeutic Coaching”. She can look back on a career in musical

theatre performance, private education and academia in both Germany and the U.K. and

currently lives and works in Glasgow/Scotland.


2:15 pm-5:15 pm

Safely navigating emotions on stage comfortably going with the flow

With Verena Welser (AT).

Have you ever felt shaky just before going on stage? Or did you ever have uncontrollable, wobbly knees while singing your well-prepared song? Deeply rooted body emotions can emerge during intense moments on stage. Verena will explore this crossroad of the psyche and the voice as the core subject of this lecture/workshop.


Every emotion bears a potential energy that can be suppressed or expressed. But it can also be used as a fuel for anything one wants to achieve on stage. The combination of psychotherapy and voice work gives us very powerful tools to use any emotion for an authentic, alive performance.

During this lecture/workshop, you will learn some simple tools that help you stay in control of the structured performance while navigating the flow of (sometimes unexpected) emotions.

After presenting the theoretical framework of both Fitzmaurice Voicework and the Concentrative Movement Therapy, Verena will share a selection of practical exercises, centered around awareness and expression.

Verena Welser is a trained Singer, Fitzmaurice Voicework Associate Teacher, Montessori Educator and Psychotherapist (in training).

Please note: limited number of participants so that each participant can be sufficiently involved via ZOOM.


Members and students: € 50

Non-members: € 80

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Did you register for a workshop that was canceled earlier this year? Then you will be contacted personally.

Are you not a member of the European Voice Teachers Association, Belgium (EVTA-be), but still want to enjoy the discounted rate? Via this link you can become a member and register at the same time.