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General Recital Information

All recitals by students will be designated as “Student Recitals,” with additional qualifying information listed inside the program (e.g., that the student is “presenting the recital in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a B.M. in performance”).
Approved by the music faculty, December 6, 2001

There will be no recitals during the last week of the semester except under emergency circumstances with permission of the Dean.
Language of this latter paragraph revised by the music faculty, February 28, 2002.

Scheduling Recitals and Recital Juries
See the Event Scheduling Policy.

Student Recital Hours
Student Recital Hours, generally held on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., are scheduled by the Event Coordinator.

Students who wish to perform on a recital should obtain a Student Recital Hour request form from the Music Office and return it the Event Coordinator no later than seven days preceding the recital date. The form must be signed by the applied music teacher and accompanist, or the chamber ensemble faculty coach. The form must include the complete repertoire to be performed, including the composers’ full names and dates, names of movements, and precise timings for each selection. No time on the recital will be reserved until the scheduling form has been completed and received by the Event Coordinator.

Individual performers will be limited in the number of minutes they may perform on Student Recital Hours. Student chamber ensembles are especially encouraged to perform on Student Recital Hours.

BM Junior and Senior Recitals
Students who have passed the Sophomore Proficiency Exam and have declared the Bachelor of Music degree are required to present Junior and Senior Recitals.

  • Junior Recitals are at least 25 minutes of music per student with a total time of no more than 30 minutes. Please time all elements of your performance carefully to conform to these firm time requirements.
  • Senior Recitals are at least 50 minutes of music with a total time of no more than 60 minutes. Please time all elements of your performance carefully to conform to these firm time requirements.

Approved by Music Faculty December 12, 2013.

In order to schedule junior or senior recitals, students must meet with the Event Coordinator to discuss possible recital dates and to obtain the appropriate Recital Permission Form. After this form is submitted to the Music Office, signed by the applied teacher and the accompanist, the Event Coordinator will then reserve a time for the recital. No rehearsals in Thompson Recital Hall will be scheduled until the form has been submitted.

The Event Coordinator will reserve a time for the pre-recital jury. Recital juries must be scheduled no less than two weeks prior to the recital. If a performance is scheduled to occur after a vacation break, the jury must be performed before the holiday.

Program materials should be submitted to the applied teacher for approval at least one week before the recital jury. Program materials must be approved and signed by the applied teacher and submitted to the Coordinator of Music Promotions after the completion of the recital jury. Program materials must include the program in concert order with complete titles and movement, composers’ full names and dates, and any other information that the student and the applied teacher deem appropriate as inserts, such as program notes and song texts and translations. Failure to submit the above materials on time may result in the absence of a printed program. Juniors presenting a joint recital should submit one combined set of program materials.

A student should not advertise a recital until the School of Music Administrative staff has been notified of the successful completion of the recital jury.

Non-Degree Student Recitals
Students may also schedule recitals that are not required in their degree plans. They should submit the petition form for a Non-Degree Recital, and must receive approval of the majority of the faculty members in their performance area, and of the Dean. If approval is granted, students must pass a recital jury no later than two weeks before the recital date. Students hoping to give a non-degree recital should follow the guidelines posted in the Junior and Senior Recital section regarding scheduling and program materials. Scheduling for non-degree recitals will be done only on a time and space available basis.

First and Second Year Student Performances
First and second year students are encouraged to perform frequently in studio classes, master classes, and on student recital hours. Only in exceptional circumstances will they be permitted to present half or full recitals in the evening hours.

Language revised by the music faculty, February 28, 2002.


Recital Repertoire

Voice: The recital program should be based in classical music, represent different styles and periods, and primarily draw from art-song repertoire, with some operatic and/or oratorio repertoire represented. Lieder, chanson, and English art song (American, British, Canadian, etc.) must all be included. A musical theatre section may be included, but can only be a smaller portion of the program.