Most music majors, depending on their concentration in the major, are required to give recitals during their sophomore and senior years. First- and third-year students may give recitals if they wish. Before a student gives a recital, he or she must pass a Recital Permission at least four weeks prior to the date of the recital.
A Recital Permission is a performance for the faculty of portions of your recital. Faculty may request to hear any portion of the recital during the permission. For recitals that are to fulfill degree requirements, the passing of the Recital Permission implies a satisfactory level of performance for the degree requirement. The quality of your preparation with your accompanist(s) is an important part of "a satisfactory performance." Recital permissions will be 10 minutes for sophomore recitals, 20 minutes for senior recitals. Please bring a copy of your program (including program notes) to your recital permission. This need not be in the official format, but if it is, you will not need to do that later.
The Recital Permission may be 1) passed unconditionally, 2) passed with certain stipulations, or 3) failed. In the case of 2) or 3), the recital may be postponed or canceled until four weeks after a satisfactory completion of the permission. Permissions should be scheduled in conjunction with your applied music instructor and the department chair.
You may tentatively reserve the Mitchell Auditorium or the Music Hall for rehearsals and recitals after you have set a date for your recital permission. After you have passed your Recital Permission, you may confirm your recital and rehearsal dates. Be sure to let all music faculty know of the confirmed recital date.
Should I write program notes?
Yes. Program notes are required for sophomore and senior recitals. As part of the preparation for a senior recital, students will write a paper describing the historical background as well as the style and form of each work on the program. This paper may then serve as the basis for program notes.
Give information for a brief press release to Marketing personnel, as soon as you pass your Recital Permission, no later than three weeks before the recital. You may want to arrange to have a photo taken.
A legible electronic copy of your recital program should be submitted to Dr. House no later than three weeks before the recital. It should use the department format and have complete titles, movement headings, composers' names and dates, correct spellings, dates and time, assisting musicians, intermission, etc. Acknowledgment of your applied instructor should appear below the program. Please indicate on the program if you will offer a reception.
Once the program has been typed it will be printed on-campus. The Music Department will order and pay for 50 programs, of which 5 are kept for department records. All programs must be typed following department format on department paper. DO save a copy or two of all programs in which you participate-start a file for yourself now. These come in very handy for future job applications.
You may plan a reception after your recital. You provide the wherewithal. Arrange with two students, friends, or family to prepare and serve the reception. You will be responsible for the security of rooms and materials lent to you for the reception.
If your recital is in Mitchell, auditorium staff will handle such technical details as lighting and moving of pianos. You will need to arrange for page turners and possibly ushers. If your recital is in the Music Hall, you will need to arrange all details. If you have flowers for the stage, please arrange for a small table to put them on. FLOWERS SHOULD NEVER BE PUT ON THE PIANO.