84% of singers report that their conductor influences their level of performance anxiety.
To what extent? 59% believe that conductors make a lot or all of the difference in performance anxiety, 29% indicated some difference, and 12% indicated a little difference.
What specific characteristics and behaviors of the conductor induces anxiety?
31% Negative Mood
18% Weak conducting/rehearsal skills
13% Poor preparation/disorganized
12% Negative body language
What does this mean?
The demeanor of a conductor is very important and has influence on the execution of an ensemble. Conductors should prepare to the extent where they are under control and organized. They also should be careful about negative comments and body language right before the performance.
Ryan, C., & Andrews, N. (2009). An Investigation Into the Choral Singer's Experience of Music Performance Anxiety. Journal of Research in Music Education, 57(2), 108-126.