Optional (9 credits from the following):
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.
Quick Study Deadlines
Submit application by:
- October 1st for Fall semester (exam date: November 18, 2015)
- February 1st for Winter semester (exam date: April 15, 2016)
3 weeks prior to performance: Repertoire is assigned
Planning the Performance Project
- Explore the options: A variety of options from recitals, opera roles, chamber music, recordings and innovative individual and multi-disciplinary intitiatives encourage creativity, development of professional identity, and the advancement of knowledge and performance practice.
- Discuss with your teacher how to use and schedule options to complete 18 credits of thesis Performance Projects required or your program.
- Plan ahead to 2nd year so that project ideas, interpretations and collaborative relationships have an opportunity to mature.
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.
Tips for Selecting Repertoire
- Choose repertoire that is organized around a theme or idea, tells a story, explores different types of musical or cultural relationships.
- Select works that you have not done before, that inspire your imagination and encourage you to explore it deeply.
- Ensure that your selections are ultimately doable.
- Look for unique and interesting ways in which you can present and showcase the music; use contrasts and changes in tempo and mood to give the whole sequence of the program an overall structure and movement or drama of its own.
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.
- Quick Studies are arranged and held on a pre-determined date around mid-November or the end of March/April(depending upon when Easter is) each year, and announced in the Spring of each semester.
- Fill out the Recital/Exam Project application form for (first deadline of the Fall semester/Spring semester) and notify Valerie Kinslow (voice) or Prof. McMahon (collaborative piano) or your intent to do the quick study.
- Insert n/a for program information as per the directions
- Repertoire will be assigned three weeks before the scheduled performance date. For Collaborative Piano:
- Approximately 20 minutes of music of an appropriate song cycle, group of songs, opera or oratorio role, or instrumental work which ou are required to help coach and prepare.
- Typically selected by your teacher (or another member of the Piano Area if your teacher is also Area Chair) and the Collaborative Piano Coordinato (or delegate if s/he is the teacher).
- Examiners: Piano teacher, the Collaborative Piano Coordinator or delegate, and another member from the approved list of examiners for voice, string, wind, brass or percussion as appropriate to your specific repertoire.
- Grading: The final mark will be an average of the three grades submitted by the three examiners. See the recital exam grading policy for more information.
- 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$
The final mark for all recital projects, including opera roles, and repertoire exams and quick study, will be an average of the three grades submitted by the three examiners.
Read the recital exam grading policy (PDF) for more information.
"...The exciting part of the distant ends of the musical spectrum is that each musical exploration has a trailblazing feel to it. … I love the creative decision-making process often demanded …. when the performance practice strays outside of the known tradition."
-Mark McDonald D.Mus. (Early Music)