Recital Guidelines

Academic Year 2021–2022

clip art facemaskThe safety of our community is our top priority. In accordance with health and safety protocols, all must follow these guidelines carefully.

For students scheduling recitals for the 20212022 academic year, these Recital Guidelines and all related documents, including the Recital Packet, which you will receive by August, will be revised when the university releases updated health and safety protocols for Autumn 2021 semester.

Spring 2021 Recitals

These protocols remain in place for all recitals scheduled through the end of spring semester.

DAILY HEALTH CHECK — A current "green health checkmark" must be verified for all those participating in a recital by the recital performer, or a stage crew member in the case of a solo performance. The daily health check is available through the Ohio State app and is required of all students, faculty and staff each day that they will be on campus.

PERSONNEL TRACKING — In accordance with health and safety protocols, we are required to maintain records of all personnel involved with every event and performance. Your Recital Packet includes a form where you will provide a list of all personnel involved with the performance of your recital. This includes you, your accompanist(s), page turner(s), any collaborators or other performers. It is NOT necessary to list crew members, who will be tracked by production staff. You will submit this form with the rest of your required documents.

Failure to do so OR a failed health check will result in the postponement of the performance.

MASKS — Solo or chamber groups of 5 or less may choose not to wear masks during a recital if they all agree in doing so. Proper distances must be observed, and the recital must take place in an appropriate space with adequate HVAC. School of Music policies on bell covers and spacing must be observed: 6' strings / 10' brass and woodwinds.

AUDIENCENo audiences permitted. No students from the same studio in the audience. Only committee members are permitted in the seating area (and stage crew in the room).

LIVESTREAMING — The school will provide livestream services via the School of Music YouTube channel. The Permission to Schedule form will require your permission or decline.

A private link will be sent to you 1–2 weeks in advance of your recital, for you to share as you see fit. Only those with the link will be able to view the performance. The performance will be viewable on the channel using the same link even after the live performance date.

RECITAL TIME LIMITS — Recital time limits have changed for Spring 2021. The Recital Scheduling Guide will provide details.


The student recital is an essential part of every performance and music education degree at the School of Music. Individual degree programs within the School of Music have different requirements, so students are advised to discuss those requirements with their studio instructor.


The recital scheduling process begins in the semester prior to the semester of the recital. All students are advised to begin the process early to ensure that all deadlines can be met in a timely manner.

Step 1 — Scheduling Instructions and FAQs

Download the PDF icon Recital Scheduling Guide 2021-2022 [pdf] for step-by-step instructions and answers to frequently asked questions. To begin, this Scheduling Guide will inform you of the length of recital and dress rehearsal(s) required for your degree program. You will need to know these requirements in order to move to the next step to request recital dates and times.

Step 2 — Download Scheduling Form(s)

Note that for the 2021–2022 academic year, in addition to the option of Hughes Auditorium, students may consider performing an off-campus recital. This option requires special permission and carries additional requirements. If you are considering an off-campus recital, download BOTH of the forms. Read all instructions carefully.

Download and print the appropriate Permission to Schedule form(s):

The form(s) MUST be completed and submitted at least SIX WEEKS before your desired recital date.

Step 3 — Complete and Submit Scheduling Form(s)

  1. For recitals in Hughes Auditorium, go to the Room Schedule link in the footer of the home page;
  2. Refer to the Hughes Auditorium column to find three potential recital dates/times and record them on the form;
  3. Obtain your instructor's signature once the form is complete. They can use a digital signature.
  4. Email the completed form(s) to the Recital Scheduling Staff at
  5. Off-campus recitals — complete BOTH the Permission to Schedule Student Recital form AND the Off-campus Recital Request form.

If you are unable to submit your form(s) electronically, you must email the recital scheduling staff to make alternate arrangements.

Step 4 — Receive Recital Confirmation

Your preferences will be considered and you will receive email confirmation within 3–5 business days.

Recital Packet and Next Steps

Once your recital is confirmed, you will receive your Recital Packet with the next steps for planning and completing your recital requirements. You will use some of the resources below to complete those steps.

NOTE: For students scheduling recitals for the 20212022 academic year, your Recital Packet will be provided by August. The School of Music will update all recital protocols once the university releases the health and safety protocols for Autumn 2021 semester.

Recital Program Template

Part of the recital preparation process includes preparing your printed program. Refer to the Recital Program Guidelines and Approval form included in the Recital Packet, to create your program. Follow the format found in the instructions. If you need technical assistance, email the program editor.

Stage Crew Needs and Recording Services

Your Recital Packet will detail the requirements and services available for your recital.

Off-campus recitals — For those electing to perform off campus, note the specific requirements for providing a high-quality audio recording of your recital.

Graduate Student Recital Approval Forms

Some graduate recitals (DMA recitals and the MM Concerto Piano Recital) require an additional approval form.

DMA in performance need to complete one DMA Recital Approval Form for each of their 4 major recitals. Email to Ms. Harrah ( after all signatures have been acquired. Download, save and complete the fillable form:

MM in piano must complete the Concerto Piano Recital Approval form for their preliminary recital. Email to Ms. Harrah ( after all signatures have been acquired. Download, save and complete the fillable form:


Any questions about the scheduling process that are not answered in the Student Recital Guide should be directed to the recital scheduling staff at

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