05/02/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Beta Blockers: A Musician's Secret?

One slip of the hand, one tremor, a single wrong note and the entire performance can go flat.

"At the moment when the conductor looks up and you have a solo, you want it to be perfect," sophomore bassoonist Katie Bauernfeind said. "It has to be perfect."

The pressure can be high on stage and even higher during auditions, but some musicians are finding a solution to their big performance anxiety problems in a little white pill.

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