A number of you are busy (or have students) preparing music for all-region/all-state competitions, music juries, etc. One of the common questions I get when I give a master class, teach a lesson, etc. is how to successfully deal with the normal stress of performing, i.e. Performance Anxiety. A few years ago, I wrote an article that featured some practical performance anxiety tips – it is based on information from one of my master classes. Click HERE for the article.
PS. Tip #2 in the mentioned article above says this:
2. There is a Tomorrow. Very few times in our lives do our careers hinge on a single
performance. Also, not too many people die while performing!
FYI, there is at least one example of someone dying while performing: Great jazz trumpeter Lee “Morgan was murdered in the early hours of February 19, 1972, at Slugs’, a jazz club in New York City’s East Village where his band was performing. Following an altercation between sets, Morgan’s common-law wife Helen More (a.k.a. Morgan), shot him in the chest onstage, killing him within moments. He was 33 years old.” (This quote and more details here.) My understanding is that she was jealous or something like that.
So, ordinarily, performing is safe.