Meet Dr. Skidmore
For decades Dr. Jon Skidmore, Psy.D. has been helping performers from around the world find
freedom on stage and in life. He is a licensed psychologist, performance coach, singer,
educator, researcher and author. He believes that the brain is a peak performance tool and
that the path to peak performance starts between the ears, not in the practice room. His goal is to help performers develop their mental skills so they can confidently and freely share their
gifts, tell their stories and sing their songs.
In March 2020 he co-authored Conquer Anxiety: How to overcome anxiety and optimize your
performance. He has taught the class The Psychology of Music Performance at the Brigham Young University School of Music for over 30 years. He works at Utah Valley Psychology in Orem, Utah, specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders.
He has been married to his beautiful wife Kathy for 38 years. He has four children and ten
grandchildren. He enjoys outdoor activities such as cross-country skiing, canyoneering, and
hiking. He loves great theater and great music. He can often be found meditating and playing
his Native American flute while enjoying the red rock of Southern Utah.
“After attending Dr. Skidmore's workshop and learning the 5 Stages of Peak Performance, I applied the steps to my very next audition. I had a blast performing. I had a clear process to follow, and instead of feeling powerless over my state of mind and just pushing through, I felt like I was "the boss". I've been acting and performing for decades, and Dr. Skidmore's process gave me a solid framework to utilize all the tools I already had, plus some fantastic tools that were new to me. It feels like a whole other level of professionalism knowing how to stay focused and in the flow. What a bonus that I ended up booking the job!
Annie Little, singer/actress/voice teacher