Recital Guidelines


Academic Year 2021–2022

Recital protocols for 2021–2022 will return, for the most part, to pre-pandemic norms with the exception of the following. Note that as the university continues to update health and safety protocols, we will inform students and faculty. 

Per university guidelines: All programs must maintain accurate participation and attendance logs for use with potential contact tracing. 

  • Your Recital Packet will detail steps to list all School of Music personnel involved directly in your recital performance.
  • Instructions will also be provided regarding the process to track your recital audience via an “Audience Log.” The log book will be provided. You simply need to appoint studio colleagues to act as ushers to greet your audience and request that they sign the log.

Health and safety requirements: Visit COVID-19 Policies and Personal Protective  Equipment (PPE) for Musicians for information regarding masks and bell covers.

LIVESTREAMING — The school will continue to 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.

DEGREE REQUIREMENT — 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 Frequently Asked Questions

Download the Recital Scheduling Guide [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.

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

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 off-campus. 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.

Be sure to verify that you have registered for the correct section of your recital course. Have the faculty member confirm the class number you enter on the form.

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.

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. You will be responsible for providing the required 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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