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Music Handbook: Senior/Half Recitals

Senior/Half Recitals

A senior recital is a solo recital of approximately 50 minutes of music. Many students perform a senior recital to fulfill their senior project requirement (see Music 4901 under curriculum).

A half recital is a recital prepared by two students, where each student prepares 20-25 minutes of music. While this type of recital does not fulfill a specific requirement, it is a wonderful opportunity to gain invaluable performance experience.

Students who perform a senior recital or a half recital (or a jury examination, see Performance Assessment on the Individual Performance page) are exempt from performance finals at the end of the semester.

Note that students pursuing a teaching license are required to perform at least a half recital in their primary performance medium to demonstrate mastery of that medium.


Recitals should include repertoire from at least three different stylistic periods, at the discretion of the applied music instructor.

Scheduling a Recital

The dates of both your recital and dress rehearsal should be set at least two months in advance, in consultation with your applied music instructor and accompanist.

The Hearing

A hearing is a performance of recital repertoire to determine whether a student is adequately prepared for their recital. All students who intend to perform a senior recital that will count for all or part of their senior project must perform a hearing for a three-person faculty panel. Students performing junior recitals or other recitals that will not count towards a curricular requirement are NOT required to perform a hearing.

Students are responsible for assembling three faculty members for their hearing panel. One of these faculty members must be the student’s studio instructor, unless there are extraordinary circumstances that prevent the studio instructor from participating. A hearing should be scheduled for at least three weeks before the recital date. Please consult with your studio instructor before scheduling either a recital date or a hearing date to ensure their participation.

All students will be given feedback from the faculty. Students are required to pass tthe hearing before they will be allowed to perform a senior recital. Students who do not pass will be allowed to perform their hearing one additional time at least two weeks before their recital date, ideally for the same faculty panel. If a student does not pass his or her hearing on the second attempt, the scheduled recital date is forfeited and the student must consult with their studio instructor and the rest of the faculty to determine a course of action.

Recital Materials and Personnel

The following materials and personnel are necessary for a recital to take place. Please note what your obligations are, especially with regards to publicity and securing personnel for your recital.

Please bear in mind all policies that apply to use of the Recital Hall.