Classical Crossover Star Katherine Jenkins Offers Formula To Combat Stage Fright.


I came across this wonderfully informative video hosted by classical crossover star, Katherine Jenkins. She highlighted some of the ideas and remedies she has adopted to combat the anxiety everyone feels when performing on stage.

Now, I know that stage fright comes in all forms of sizes and shapes, but, at some point in time, all performers are crippled by it. It is annoying, it is frightening and can be debilitating if not nipped in the bud as soon as possible.

Ms. Jenkins does point to natural remedies which some can aspire to use while others may not. However, it is at the midpoint in the video when her philosophical approach to stage fright strongly resonates with me.

And, with The Voice and American Idol presently touting their new singers, I feel that this is a timely video to present to the singers if they happen to read this.

Hopefully, her calm and reassuring words will help to dispel some of the butterflies and “deer caught in headlights” look when performing on stage.

I know, words are cheap! But, you are on this earth for a short time. Do you really want to walk through life shivering in your boots or do you want to grab the reins and reach for the stars? Ya, I thought so!!

Enjoy the video. Comments are now open for business! Do you have experiences to share with us regarding stage fright and/or combating your fears on general? Please share!

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

2 Responses to “Classical Crossover Star Katherine Jenkins Offers Formula To Combat Stage Fright.”

  1. Given her overinflated opinion of her own abilities, I am surprised she has any stage freight at all. After all she routinely attempts to sing selections she has neither the voice nor the technique for and isn’t scared to do it.


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