Student recitals will be held on occasional Friday afternoons throughout the year. At the beginning of each semester, the dates for these recitals will be posted in the display case outside of MH 25. These recitals consist of students performing one (or a few) short works, or movements from longer works. The performances are open to the public, but are a little less formal than a full-length recital.
All students taking private lessons––MAJORS OR NOT––will play Friday recitals, unless explicitly excused from doing so by the private lesson instructor. First-year students and sophomores will appear once per school year. Juniors and seniors will appear once each semester. Seniors need not perform in the semester they play a graduation recital.
It is your responsibility to sign up for an appropriate number of recital performances, and you sign up with the help of the staff in the music office. Deadlines for signing up are three weeks prior to each recital if you need an assigned accompanist, and one week if you do not need an assigned accompanist – BUT – space on recitals, particularly at the end of semesters, is limited, and if the recital is full, you might not be permitted to be added to it.
When you sign up, you must provide complete information: name, phone number, instrument, work you will be performing––including movement or song titles, and the full name of the composer. Forms for signing up (which include a request for an accompanist) are available from the Music Office, or on the bulletin board across from the Music Office. If you will work with an accompanist, please see the “Accompanist” section of this handbook.
Failure to comply with any of the above will result in you being dropped from the recital. Failure to perform the proper number of recitals will cause your private lesson grade to be lowered.
At the recital itself, keep in mind that dress, deportment, and stage presence are an important part of the experience. Be sure you have spoken with your teacher about these matters before the date of the performance!
See the Music Office staff for information about getting a copy of a recording.