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Recital Requirements

Senior and Junior Recitals Guidelines/Requirements/Policies

  1. A senior recital is required of music majors and minors. It is optional, and at the discretion of the professor, for all others.
  2. The recital's repertory is chosen by the professor in consultation with the student, and will largely comprise standard repertory. 
  3. The professor will determine if a recital must be performed by memory, a convention that varies from medium to medium.
  4. The staff accompanist will provide needed accompaniment. The recitalist may schedule 4 hours of rehearsal with the staff accompanist. Additional hours will be payable at the rate of $25 per hour. Alternative arrangements for an accompanist must be approved by the applied teacher.
  5. Flowers and decorations are optional components of the recital day and must never become so much a focus that they detract from the recital itself or interfere with the recitalist's musical preparation. There will not be a reception following a junior recital, unless a senior is the major recitalist on the same program. The reception will be sponsored by the department of music.
  6. Appropriate, perhaps formal, attire will be worn at all recitals—by all involved.
  7. The recital must be completely prepared two weeks before the recital date. If the recitalist is not prepared to this extent, the recital may be rescheduled/cancelled at the professor's/department chair's discretion.
  8. The date for the recital and dress rehearsal will be determined by the recitalist with the professor's and the department chair's approval. Recitals may not be scheduled on Fridays or Saturdays. In general, the time will be 3:00 p.m. for afternoon recitals and 8:00 p.m. for evening recitals. The recitalist is responsible for making appropriate contacts and reservations in the Carter Center. The recital may not be scheduled while a recitalist is student teaching or involved in another major campus event (theatre productions, program council events, a "political campaign," etc.).
  9. The preparation of the printed program is the responsibility of the recitalist. The final proof of the printed program must be completed one week before the date of the recital. Proofs of the program will be sent to the professor and the department chair. The program will include titles, composers (with dates), translations of foreign texts, acknowledgements of all performers and program notes as appropriate and at the professor's discretion. It will not include dedications, tributes or sentimental statements of any kind.
  10. Since the recital is a formal event, it will be presented formally. That is, standard concert etiquette will be called for and encouraged. The recitalist may wish to discuss this with his or her family. Small children should not attend the recital. Neither family members nor special friends/fiances should make a presentation of any kind to the performer during the recital itself—this does not include, for instance, flowers at the completion of the recital. There should be no photographs of any kind during the recital (these can be "staged" at a later time).
  11. Publicity for the recital is the responsibility of the recitalist. In addition to posters, the recitalist should contact the marketing and communications office (upstairs in Carter) well in advance.  No "invitations" should be sent to individuals on campus.
  12. A video or audio recording of the recital may be made, but the process should be unobtrusive and distract no one. It is more important that the recital itself take precedence over making a recording of it.
  13. The recital will be judged as satisfactory or unsatisfactory and the semester's grade will reflect this judgment. Considerations for this determination will go beyond the recital itself by including the preparations described above. An unsatisfactory recital will be repeated within two weeks before members of the music faculty.