Recital requirements

All music majors, with the exception of music production majors, are required to present a senior recital according to the guidelines presented in this handbook. Students completing a Bachelor of Music degree in music performance must also present a recital during their junior year.

  • Students preparing for these degree recitals must be enrolled in lessons with their major teacher for a minimum of two quarters immediately preceding the performance as well as during the quarter in which the recital is given.

  • Senior music major recitals may be given only after the student has had upper division standing for at least one academic year.

  • Minors must complete three credits of upper division applied studies prior to giving an optional senior recital.

Six months prior to proposed date

Due: Completed Recital Request form

Recitals are scheduled in consultation with the music faculty. A recital request form listing the proposed date and repertoire must be completed and submitted for faculty approval at least six months prior to the proposed recital date.

Students also must remember to register for their recital in the appropriate quarter. The recital is listed as a zero-credit course, and it is a graduation requirement for majors. Students should register as follows:

Majors: MUPF 387 Junior Recital (required of BMus in performance only)
Minors: MUPF 486 Senior Recital
Majors: MUPF 487 Senior Recital

One month prior to approved recital date

Due: Pre-recital Audition form

The planned program must be performed in its entirety in a pre-recital audition for a panel of no fewer than three faculty members. Upper-division status must be achieved and all music major requirements for piano proficiency completed prior to the pre-recital audition. 

The pre-recital must take place no later than one month prior to the recital. It is the student’s responsibility to contact and confirm the availability of three faculty members with sufficient notice (a minimum of two weeks prior) regarding the upcoming pre-recital audition. The faculty should be selected in consultation with the student’s applied lesson teacher and include at least one full-time faculty member. The student also must schedule a time in the auditorium with the music office and confirm the availability of collaborative musicians. 

A separate pre-recital form must be submitted. It requires the department chair’s signature prior to the pre- recital as well as complete repertoire information in program order. The student gives the completed form to the applied music teacher who will then submit the form to the music office no later than the day after the pre-recital. All teachers must sign it.

Two weeks prior to scheduled recital date

Due: Completed poster and program each following an approved template


Printed Programs 

Students are required to prepare the printed programs for all degree recitals. Programs must have approved recital request and pre-recital forms, along with accurate and complete titles of all compositions, movement names, and complete names of composers and their birth and death dates. Program information must be submitted to the music office for copying no later than two weeks before date of performance. 

Printed programs must follow a specific format, so please use approved template. Failure to meet the deadline will constitute a $50 late fee. 

Text translations and program notes, if desired, must be prepared by the student in consultation with his or her applied lesson teacher well in advance of the recital. Final approval of these additions must be granted by the student’s teacher in order to be included in the program. 

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Students may design their own recital posters with approval from the music administrative assistant or department chair. (Guidelines for designing a poster are available in the music office.) Students wishing to design their own posters must notify the administrative assistant immediately after the pre-recital approval, and the finished design should be submitted to the music office at least two weeks prior to the approved recital date. Students who do not wish to create their own poster design should confirm after their pre-recital that one will be produced by the music office.


The Music Department provides punch, napkins, and cups for senior recitals. Students are welcome to bring additional items to serve at their reception. 

Non-Degree Recitals 

Students wishing to perform a non-degree recital should submit a recital request form for their preferred time and date of the recital to the music department chair at least one month in advance of the proposed recital date. The chair will discuss the proposed date, time, and repertoire with the music faculty, and if the date is approved, the student may confirm the recital with the administrative assistant in the music office. Printed programs and posters may be prepared by the student if the recital date is approved. 

Bachelor of Music in music performance

  • A full recital (minimum of 45 minutes of performance time) must be presented in both the junior and the senior year.

Bachelor of Music in music education

  • A full recital (minimum of 45 minutes of performance time) must be presented in the student’s chosen performance area in the senior year.

Minor in music

  • Minors may perform a joint recital as they conclude their performance studies. A minimum of 20 minutes of music from at least two eras is required. Voice students will perform texts in at least two languages, including French, German, Italian, or English.

Students select their recital repertoire in consultation with their applied lesson teacher. The recital program must include repertoire from at least three contrasting periods and styles. The following classifications are intended to provide some guidance:

  • Brass, Strings, Woodwinds: Baroque and earlier, Classical, Romantic, 20th- or 21st-century
  • Classical Guitar: Renaissance, Baroque, Classical or Romantic, 20th- or 21st-century
  • Organ: Baroque and earlier, Classical or Romantic, 20th- or 21st-century
  • Percussion: One movement of a major work for solo performer and orchestra may be included. The program should include one transcribed work by a pre-20th-century composer. Percussionists must perform works on all of the following instruments: marimba (xylophone and/or vibraphone), timpani, multiple percussion, snare drum.
  • Piano: Baroque, Classical (including Beethoven), Romantic, 20th- or 21st-century
  • Voice: Songs or arias written before 1800 (including at least one in Italian), German Lieder, French art songs, contemporary songs with original English text