By your junior or senior year, you may want to give a half or full recital. There are things you should be doing about that now!! Here is an outline that should help you in making those plans. Please see the Music Department Handbook for fuller explanations and details. For information about concert etiquette and performance protocols, click here. For information about appropriate concert and recital attire, click here.
Under normal circumstances, only seniors may present full recitals; both juniors and seniors may present half recitals.
In order to give a recital you must:
• have the consent of your instructor
• have appeared on at least a) two Student Concerts or b) one Student Concert and a major soloist role with an ensemble or c) one Student Concert and a List Musicale
• complete and turn in to the department chair a Recital Proposal Form (available on-line and in the dept. office) prior to April 15 of the previous academic year (recitals that are part of the student’s Senior Project must be scheduled by December 1 of the junior year)
• contact the Coordinator of Staff Pianists no later than April 15 for a recital the following fall or no later than the third lesson of the fall semester for a recital the following spring (if a staff pianist is needed)
• register for Advanced Solo Performance in the semester of your recital. You may also register for Advanced Solo Performance in the previous semester at the discretion of your teacher.
Requirements for a recital
• prepare 30 min. of music for half recitals
• prepare 60 min. of music for full recitals
• select a faculty advisor for guidance as you:
• prepare programs, program notes, and a poster advertising the recital
• perform a pre-recital jury before a panel of three solo performance instructors three weeks prior to the recital
Items to Remember
• there are prerequisites you must take in order to register for Advanced Solo Performance
• you must perform on a weekday Musicale in order to audition for the Student Concert
• there are additional requirements for a Senior Recital in Music as part of an honor's senior project for a concentration in music
Presenting a recital can be a fun and rewarding experience. But it takes thorough preparation and advanced planning. Please speak with your instructor early in your time at Hamilton if you are at all interested in presenting a recital; and please consult the Music Department Handbook for fuller explanations and details about recitals as well as other departmental opportunities and policies.
Click here to download a copy of the Recital Proposal Form. Copies are also available in the Music Dept. Office.
Click here to download a copy of the Wellin Hall Setup Form. Copies are also available in the Music Dept. Office.