Articles

Is Playing in the Pit Really the Pits?: Pain, Strength, Music Performance Anxiety, and Workplace Satisfaction in Professional Musicians in Stage, Pit, and Combined Stage/Pit Orchestras
Medical Problems of Performing Artists (2016) Vol. 31, No. 1, pp. 1-7

Typically, Australian orchestral musicians perform on stage, in an orchestra pit, or in a combination of both workplaces. This study explored a range of physical and mental health indicators in musicians who played in these different orchestra types to ascertain ...

Nasendoscopic Evaluation of Stress Velopharyngeal Insufficiency in Wind Musicians: A Pilot Study
Medical Problems of Performing Artists (2015) Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 47-53

Objective: To investigate the anatomy and function of the velopharyngeal mechanism in musicians who experience symptoms of stress velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI) compared to musicians who do not. Methods: The velopharyngeal mechanism of 13 musicians, 8 with reported symptoms of stress ...

Effect of a Musicians' Exercise Intervention on Performance- Related Musculoskeletal Disorders [AGB Award 2014]
Medical Problems of Performing Artists (2014) Vol. 29, No. 4, pp. 181-188

PURPOSE: To evaluate the effect of a purpose-designed exercise program on performance-related musculoskeletal disorders (PRMDs) and associated risk factors in a sample of professional orchestral musicians. METHODS: A 10-week exercise program was made available to full-time musicians employed by the ...

Musculoskeletal Pain and Injury in Professional Orchestral Musicians in Australia
Medical Problems of Performing Artists (2012) Vol. 27, No. 4, pp. 181-187

This paper reports on the major findings from the questionnaire component of a cross-sectional survey of the musicians in Australia's eight fulltime professional symphonic and pit orchestras, focusing on performance-related musculoskeletal disorders (PRMDs). METHODS: All musician members of the orchestras ...