D.Mus. candidates can select the following performance projects as part of their thesis work:

MUPG 760 - Doctoral Recital 1 , 12 credits

A full-length public recital (or recording project with approval of the department)

Status: Required
Length: Minimum 60 minutes
Requirements: Performance, program notes.
Recording: Additional fees and requirements may apply.  If recording, cannot record MUPG 767.

MUPG 767 - Doctoral Recital 2 , 12 credits

A full-length public recital (or recording project)

Status: N/A?
Length: Minimum 60 minutes
Requirements: Performance, program notes.
Recording: Additional fees and requirements may apply.  If recording, cannot record MUPG 760.

Recital Deadlines

Beginning of year: Book the hall for your Winter semester recital

Submit your application form, production forms and recording requests by:

  • October 1st for recitals between November and January;
  • December 1st for recitals between February and March;
  • February 15th for recitals between April and October.

Submit program notes up to 3 weeks before your recital.

Recital Guidelines

Selecting & Booking a Hall

  • Attend concerts in the halls. Visit our Facilities pages early in your program to find concert hall seating plans, technical requirements, and booking instructions.
  • Consider repertoire, instrumentation, type of audience, and any other additional requirements (i.e. overhead projection).  
  • Check the list of instruments in each hall.  Harpsichords, for example, can only be used if they are already available in the hall.
  • Consult your teacher about hall availability (typically May for Master's recitals) and book your hall at the beginning of the year if possible.  For hall booking details, see Building Resources.

Selecting your Examiners

The panel consists of three members: your teacher and two others. Please see details in the following file Examiners List (PDF), under the Graduate Exam Application Form section.

Working Collaboratively

  • Agreements with accompanists should be confirmed in writing and include dates and times of rehearsals, repertoire, fes, and how the fees will be paid.
  • Cultivate a professional working relationship with your accompanist:
    • Provide repertoire well ahead of rehearsals and concert times.  
    • Create an efficient rehearsal schedule, with defined goals, in advance.
    • Cancel or change rehearsal times only in exceptional circumstances.
    • Be prepared for each rehearsal.  Listen to recordings of great performances and discuss with your teacher what makes that particular collaborative relationship so artistic or powerful.

Recording your Concert

Recitals can be recorded using the one-touch recording system (Pollack and Tanna only). The charge is 5$. Otherwise there will be a service charge according to the following price list (these prices are for a maximum of musicians on stage at any given time):

  • For up to 5 musicians: 75$
  • 6-10 musicians: 100$
  • 11 musicians and more: 125$
All recording requests must be made on the appropriate form available from the Production Office (C-208) and returned no later than 2 weeks before the event.

Grading Policy

See the exam policy PDF for grading information: PDF icongraduate_performance_examination_policy.pdf

Program Notes

An artist’s perspective can help an audience appreciate better the works and interpretation they are about to hear.  Therefore, program notes are a requirement for all performance projects.

Grading: Evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis. If you receive more than 1 failing grade, you will be asked to redo the notes.

Things to Consider

  • Program notes should be concise, clear, engaging, and informative.
  • Consider using insightful or provocative quotations by the composer, other performers’ or a significant critical commentator, even adverse criticism as a starting point for discussion.
  • In the jazz area, where the artist in many cases also is the composer, the program notes should focus on the musical elements of the work and the compositional process.
  • The target audience is educated, but not necessarily musically knowledgeable.
  • Write in a consistent writing style and carefully proofread your work.
  • Refine your writing techniques with the assistance of GRAPHOS.


  • Program notes should not exceed four pages of length.
  • Notes should be typed, using 12-point font, and standard margins!
  • Title Information: See Style Guide.
  • For Recordings: Submit as Liner notes, with each track of the recording clearly labeled.


Video Portfolio (Conducting only)


Keys to Success

"You should always ask yourself, in what way will this program challenge, enrich, and redefine the musical expectations of my audience?
-Adrian Foster, D.Mus. (organ)

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