“I used to be somewhat dismissive of these kind of training because I thought that in the end it all came down to being prepared, but there is more to it: being prepared is an essential aspect of your performance but not the only aspect to be aware of: the environment and our daily mindset will add unexpected challenges to every rendition of a piece, and those challenges can and must be tackled in a very specific way: the PEP way.”
Through Wilma Wever’s Performance EmPowering Workshop, I not only discovered new tools to fortify a positive psychological approach to the pressures of auditioning, but I was reminded of the skills that I had and was shown how to use them to my full advantage.
Under Wilma’s guidance and through her exercises in PEP workshops, I learned to let go of my self-criticism and doubts, which had been sabotaging my creativity. I rediscovered a sense of creative freedom – everything I do now, feels like a credible choice, like the real me. It was a self-opening and confidence-boosting experience.”
“I came all the way from Belgium to participate in the PEP Intensive workshop in January 2016 and it was more than worth it. PEP helped me in many ways. I feel better connected with my body, I found a new way to use my voice, I’m freer. PEP inspired me on many different levels and I’m determined to keep following my dream. I strongly recommend every singer, actor, performer to take PEP. And, Wilma Wever is een tof wijf.”
While taking PEP classes at AMDA, I immediately realized that those two hours a week gave me the strength and life skills I needed to “survive” (with success) all the stress and challenges that performers face on a daily basis. I’ve learned to put my experiences in a different perspective, analyze them and reflect on how to better approach difficulties on and off stage. It was basically performers’ therapy. I’ve acquired invaluable tools. To name a few, I now understand how to take criticism in a constructive manner, to work with difficult scene partners and directors, to let go of stage fright, and, most importantly, I’ve learned how to believe in myself and never give up on my passion. I still use the BOUNCE tools in my career today.
I took the PEP Intensive workshop with Wilma Wever in February 2016. I always struggled with fear and stress of live performance. However, after taking this workshop, I feel much stronger, more confident, and I’m able to perform much more expressively than before.
Wilma has an extraordinary way of teaching, which encourages you to explore versatilities in your character, body, and creativity that will enhance your performance style in unexpected ways. Improvisation, interpretation, vocal projection, feedback, and the BOUNCE. tools helped me to become the performer I am today.
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Wilma Wever is a superb opera singer who weaves joy and humor into her Performance Wellness workshops. I recommend her work for those who want to reclaim their original joy of performing. Dr. Louise Montello, Founder/Director of Musicians’ Wellness, Inc.
Performance EmPowering provides performers with tools to unlock their full artistic potential, access their inner power and improve the quality of their everyday lives. Wilma Wever’s effective teaching method combines her medical expertise with her extensive experience as performer. Valerie Coates, NYSTA member
My work with Performance EmPowering has completely changed my outlook on performing. I am no longer afraid of the stage, but rather look forward to every performance being a personal success. There is no magic to controlling performance anxiety, it’s a process that can be taught, learned, and assimilated into every singer’s “bag of tricks”. Now instead of worrying about whether or not my nerves will undermine me, I can concentrate on the joy of making music. Danielle Daverino, Voice Faculty, Long Island University
Wilma Wever’s step-by-step approach to combating the stress and negativity of a performance career is something that every young singer and actor needs! Her useful tips on preparation–both physical and mental– provide a blueprint for training ourselves to succeed under the stress of performance. John Simpkins, Program in Vocal Performance, New York University
I used to let my anxiety and nervousness control my performances. I started taking private PEP coachings, and I learned techniques that help me relax and take control of my anxiety mentally and physically. I quickly started noticing a huge difference in the way I perform, and also in my preparation. It was a very positive change. I still use these techniques in every audition I go to. I have a new confidence and reassurance that I am in control of my performance, all thanks to my PEP sessions. Sarah Winchester, AMDA Alumna, NY
Wilma Wever is no less than masterful at her work of helping people realize their performance potential. This type of work prepares the singer with great tools that help each individual think like a professional so that they may realize their total performance ability. I strongly recommend Ms. Wever as a total professional in performance preparation. Top qualities: Great Results , Personable , Expert
David Jones, Founder/Director/The David Jones Voice Studio
I have two challenges: my communication skills at work and my performance anxiety as an evolving opera singer. I access the PEP tools and ideas when I feel anxious. I can take more risks, knowing I have the wisdom of these techniques. Thank you for creating such a safe and supportive space to explore and allow us to experience this work. In a single day, PEP transformed me! Carmen C. Banker, Opera Singer
I had the opportunity to be part of a PEP workshop in Amsterdam. I was so impressed by the revolution of my voice, although I am singing and teaching for more then 20 years now. It is never too late to learn how to let go of your fears and just have fun with your entire body and voice. Wilma gets you slowly but surely to your real voice-personality and it works immediately on the audience. The experience was so incredible that even my way of teaching has changed. I now also try to address what is happening with the voice and what the body and the emotion say in the singing. It is always a pleasure to see those young artists leave your voice session with a large smile, which makes you feel happy for your day. I recommend the Performance EmPowering work with Wilma Wever, and feel really sorry she is living so far away from my home town, because I would be a fan of her workshops. Thierry Migliorini (Voice teacher Conservatoire Royal de Mons (Belgium)
Just wanted to thank you so much for the workshop…some really useful concepts! I did an audition yesterday and used the techniques you taught and I rocked the audition. It felt terrific! David Morrow, opera singer
Teachers (at AMDA) tell you, you better get used to rejection, to negatieve feedback when you get ‘out’ there, but they don’t give you the tools how to deal with it. In Performance EmPowering you get the tools to get ready for a competitive work field and how to stay (mentally) healthy and not give up when a setback occurs. AMDA Alumna
Performance EmPowering helps you to open up as a singer and as a performer. PEP is what it says it is, empowering. Becky Braverman, Manhattan School of Music, NY
Performance anxiety is a real challenge for me. I get anxious when I have to sing or speak in public. The workshop showed me how to replace my negative thoughts with positive ones. I also learned that breathing techniques will surely help me calm my nerves. Mary C. Attorney, R&R Singer