Fearless Performance teaches people from all walks of life how to master their mental game of performance. Fearless Performance events provide participants with a step-by-step process for re-imagining their approach to both preparation and performance in music and daily life. Most importantly, they have a workshop experience deepens their technique, their musicianship and their connection abilities on-stage. Their approach to off-stage life explodes as well. They learn that what comes out their instrument is a manifestation of who they are as a person.
Participants arrive looking for performance techniques and will certainly find plenty of them, but more importantly they experience significant opportunities for self-reflection and personal growth. The goals of Fearless Performance are:
Our focus on techniques, tools, and having them EXPERIENCE mastering their mental game is what distinguishes Fearless Performance from most other performance-based programs.
Fearless Performance dives into why we perform, rather than only looking at how and what we perform. In our workshops and seminars, participants look at who they are and build authentic excellence in that. Afterwards, when they perform, they know their goal is to share this authentic excellence with their audience.
I know what it's like to fear performance. I got really tired walking onstage optimistic, performing wildly, and then walking offstage disappointed. The same was true for my work and social exchanges. I knew I could be sharing a better version of myself, and getting more of what I wanted...I just wasn't.
Something had to change. I obsessed about where I was making destructive choices, and discovered that I was choosing fear. More importantly, I found that I could choose better! I trained myself to choose better reasons why I was performing...and I can train you too.
I've had amazing experiences as a performer and teacher, but these successes did not happen without many challenges along the way. It hasn't always been easy to perform in front of audiences of all sizes. I've been nervous, frightened, and felt totally unprepared before stepping onto the stage...and still feel this way today. But I've figured out how to both prepare and perform my best regardless of my feelings.
You and those you work with may be struggling with these same challenges in both work life and personal life. Maybe at times feeling totally overwhelmed and defeated by these greatness-potential-sucking forces? You know you and they can do this, they just keep falling off their path to their best!!
I'm here to tell you from experience that there is hope! You can reach your potential as a performer on stage, and in life. You can learn to be fearless and consistently produce your best performance every time.
If you'd like to host a workshop of seminar, please read the following information and contact us with any further questions!
We encourage participation from a variety of musicians, ages and abilities. Fearless Performance Workshops and Seminars are open to all instrumentalists and vocalists. Past attendees have included every type of brass, woodwind, and string instrument, percussionists, and classical and jazz vocalists. All abilities are welcome and past seminars have hosted age ranges from 13 to 83.
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The following outlines the program structure and financial arrangements for holding a workshop or seminar. Please note that workshops and seminars can be designed to meet your specific needs. Jeff would be delighted to share the Fearless Performance experience with your musical community.
We offer two basic types of activities:
The Fearless Performance Workshop (1 or 2-Day Event)
The Fearless Performance Seminar (4-Day Event)
The host accepts responsibility for event management and all costs, including expenses for Jeff Nelsen’s transportation, accommodation and per diem of $85/day and event insurance (if needed). The fees for events are as follows:
One-Day Workshop $2000
Two-Day Workshop $3000
Four-Day Seminar $6000
Sponsor may charge tuition at its discretion. If tuition is charged, sponsor keeps 100% of the tuition of the first 15 attendees. Sponsor keeps 75% of tuition for all attendees after the first 15.
Example – If 20 students attend, the sponsor keeps 75% tuition revenue of the 5 students above 15. Fearless Performance LLC shall keep 25% of tuition for 5 students (in addition to the fixed fees).
Should the event be cancelled for any reason at any time after the engagement contract is signed, the sponsoring institution guarantees a payment to Fearless Performance LLC of $1,365.00, plus $150.00 in airline cancellation fees (if applicable). A discussion concerning cancellation will be held fourteen (14) days prior to the venue date concerning minimum enrollment and any other aspects that may need attention.
Both the workshop and seminar formats require a large room suitable to accommodate approximately fifty people. A screen or suitable wall for slide projection is required. Access to separate office space with provision of a photocopier and printer is required. A projector and individual breakout rooms are desirable but not required.
Sponsors are responsible for promoting the event to their prospective participants. Fearless Performance will provide e-publicity materials including schedules, posters, flyers and banners. We will augment your publicity by advertising the event on the Fearless Performance website, social media, and associated sites.
Royal College of Music London, England
Utah Opera Salt Lake City, UT
Ohio College of Business Athens, OH
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Indianapolis, IN
Beijing National Conservatory Beijing, China
Kelley Business School, Indiana University Bloomington, IN
Guildhall School of Music London, England
Music Academy of the West Santa Barbara, CA
Seoul National University Seoul, South Korea
Eastman School of Music Rochester, NY
Boston University Boston, MA
Brevard Summer Music Festival Brevard, NC
Boston Conservatory Boston, MA
Mancini Institute-U.C.L.A. Los Angeles, CA
Midwest Band Clinic Chicago, IL
New York University New York, NY
Northwestern University Chicago IL.
Texas Music Educators Association Conference San Antonio, TX
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
University of Louisiana Lafayette, LA
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, WI
Conservatoire of Music Montreal, QC, Canada
Mount Royal College Calgary, AB, Canada
University of Alberta Edmonton, AB, Canada
University of Manitoba Winnipeg, MB, Canada
University of Ottawa Ottawa, ON, Canada
Bands of America Festival Indianapolis, IN
Western University London, ON, Canada
‘German Brass’ Festival Krefeld, Germany
Academy of Music Poznan, Poland
BeBrassy Festival Rotterdam, Holland
Cheetham’s School of Music Manchester, England
College of Music Osaka, Japan
Conservatory of Music Gothenburg, Sweden
Conservatory of Music Porto, Portugal
Conservatory of Music Prague, Czech Republic
Epsilon Brass Festival Limoges, France
Hamamatsu Music Festival Hamamatsu, Japan
Lieksa Brass Festival Lieksa, Finland
National Honor Band of Japan Nemu no Sato, Japan
Royal College of Music Stockholm, Sweden
Royal Northern College of Music Manchester, Scotland
School of Music- University of Glasgow Glasgow, Scotland
Senzoku Gakuen School of Music Japan
Stavanger Brass Band Festival Stavanger, Norway
School of Music, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Hong Kong
Trinity College, School of Music Dublin, Ireland
University of Fine Arts Nagoya, Japan
Wells Cathedral School of Music Wells, England