It’s always great to get a peek into what happens during competitions and how different people deal with the stress that comes with competing. The National YoungArts Foundation interviewed ISB member William McGregor after he won the Gold in the 2017 Stulberg International String Competition.

“My name was announced as one of the six finalists, along with two other friends of mine from Juilliard Pre-College. Because the finals were that night, I went right back to practicing. I felt quite tense though, so I went out and found a basketball court and shot some hoops before the performance. The finals finally arrived, and we all played our hardest. As the winners were being announced, I thought for sure that I was not going to be a medalist, so when my name was called for the gold medal, I was absolutely shocked and gave each person on stage a hug. It was one of the happiest moments of my life, and I can’t wait to go back to Kalamazoo and see them all again when I perform with the Kalamazoo Symphony!”

What do you do to relieve stress before a concert or competition? Share your strategies in the comments area below.