Graduation, Junior, and Sophomore Recitals
Any music major wishing to do a graduation recital (whether part of a St. Mary’s Project or not) must receive permission of the private instructor and the department chair. You must be prepared to present a large part of your program at the jury in the semester before the recital.
Music major graduation recitals have program notes. These notes are to be written as part of the preparation for the recital and under the supervision of the St. Mary’s Project mentor. An outline of these notes must be submitted at the time of the graduation recital jury (at the end of the semester preceding the recital––see “third assessment” in the St. Mary’s Project Procedural Guidelines section of this handbook. The completed notes must be given final approval by the St. Mary’s Project Seminar instructor one month before the recital date.
Ms. Babcock will normally accompany graduation recitals, although a student may use someone else. Splitting recitals among different accompanists is a possibility, but you must have the agreement of all the participating accompanists to do this. Ms. Babcock will provide rehearsal time according to a pre-determined schedule. Rehearsals beyond this schedule are to be paid for by you. Students performing graduation recitals should read the guidelines on such recitals in the “third assessment” part of the St. Mary’s Project Procedural Guidelines and the section on Accompanists in this handbook.
Non-graduation and Non-Major Recitals
In some cases, with permission and consent of the private instructor and the department chair, pre-senior music majors or music minors may be permitted to perform a recital. In most cases, these will be less than full-length recitals without program notes. Expenses for these recitals (accompanists, programs, etc.) will be the students’ responsibility. Consult with your private instructor and the department chair for further details.
After permission to do a recital has been granted, you arrange a date for the recital with the staff in the Music Office. These may not be scheduled before the first week of the semester in which they occur––and must be scheduled no less than six weeks prior to the date requested. Keep in mind that the last month of each semester is a particularly busy time for concerts, and the priority for these dates are given to guest performers, student ensembles, faculty performers, and then, graduating senior music majors. A date on which the hall is vacant may not be granted if the week is deemed to be already too busy. Questions about this should be directed to the department chair.
Students performing in St. Mary’s Hall may schedule rehearsal times. Time is limited according to what you will be doing. Rehearsing in St. Mary’s Hall, particularly when you use the pianos there, is NOT to be treated as practice time. It is limited to time necessary to acquaint yourself with the hall (and, for pianists, the instrument). See the Music Office staff for details.
Programs for all recitals must be turned in (complete in all details) to the Music Office no later than two weeks before the date of the performance.
Dress for recitals will be formal. See the Music Office staff about how to get a copy of a recording.