General Student Recitals (GSR) are those collective student performances which occur on designated Fridays. Students enrolled in non-elective applied study are expected to perform at least one time each semester, but additional performances are encouraged if the applied instructor supports such performances and time slots are available. Students are required to dress appropriately for these public performances. Refer to the ETBU Student Handbook "Dress/Attire" and "Recital and Concert Attire" sections of this Handbook.
Students should refer to the course syllabus for MUSI 1000.01 for a schedule of all GSR dates for each semester.
To perform on a GSR program, students must complete and submit electronically a GSR Performance Request sheet available online. It is imperative that the student include "GSR" and the anticipated performance date in the subject line of the emailed request. That form is submitted directly to the applied instructor who checks the information for accuracy and then electronically forwards that form to the Fine Arts Office. The Fine Arts Office must receive the form on or before the Wednesday prior to the performance date. GSR programs will be limited to 50 minutes in length, and students are encouraged to submit their forms early in case a particular program becomes full.
Student recitals are required on all, music major curricula. The ETBU Catalog provides detailed information regarding the requirements for each academic major. Student recitals are categorized according to level (sophomore, junior, or senior), length (half or full), and type (public, private or jury). Any student may present a recital in any semester after his or her freshman year provided they 1) enroll in the appropriate course, and 2) successfully complete the preliminary hearing.
Level – The level of the recital is determined by the student's level of applied study. Students who are enrolled in 2000-level, 3000-level, and 4000-level applied lessons may register for a sophomore recital, junior recital and senior recital respectively. No recital level is a prerequisite for any other recital level.
Students must register for the appropriate level and appropriate performance division (Voice, Keyboard, Instrumental). Instrumentalists should enroll in the appropriate course number as determined by the need or lack thereof for an accompanist. See the Catalog for additional information.
Length – Half recitals require a minimum of 25 minutes of music, and full recitals require a minimum of 50 minutes of music. All sophomore recitals are classified as half recitals, but junior and senior recitals may be either half or full recitals. However, students must present a half recital before they are allowed to present a full recital. Students may present multiple half recitals if they so choose.
Type – Student recitals may be designated as public, private or jury recitals according to the desires of the student and approval of the faculty. Public recitals are advertised by the Music Department and are presented for the public. Private recitals are not advertised by the Music Department and are presented for the ETBU faculty and staff and the performer's family. Jury recitals are presented at the time of the hearing. For these the hearing process is altered to allow the student to perform the full recital with full performance etiquette. The hearing is recorded and added to the student's portfolio. If successfully completed, the recital is completed at the time of the hearing and no additional performances are required.
The Preliminary Hearing Request Form allows the student to request the type of jury they desire to present. The faculty panel will 1) approve a public recital, 2) approve a private recital, or 3) indicate successful completion of the jury recital.
Hearings and Printed Program
Student recitals will not be advertised publicly until they successfully complete the hearing. All students presenting recitals are required to pass a hearing 1-2 weeks prior to the scheduled recital. The student will be prepared to present all the recital literature. The evaluating panel will consist of the applied lesson teacher and two additional members of the music faculty, and will be scheduled with the cooperation of the private lesson teacher. The student is instructed to complete the Recital Preliminary Hearing Form and submit it to the applied instructor at least one week prior to the date of the hearing. The applied instructor will approve the form as submitted by the student and print one copy for each member of the evaluating panel. The applied instructor will collect the evaluations and submit the to the Fine Arts Office to be added to the student's file.
The student is required to provide a rough copy of the program and program notes for each member of the jury panel. If the rough copy is approved, the student must then submit it electronically to the Fine Arts Office using the Recital Program Request form. The Fine Arts Office will format and print the programs for the recital.
The program should contain the following information:
• Performers' names with instruments/voice parts
• All titles in the order of performance
• All composers/arrangers for each piece
• Dates of each composer
• Performance date, time and location
• Elective or Required recital, and if required, what degree
If a student does not pass the hearing, the recital will be canceled and may not be rescheduled during the current semester. Under special circumstances and if time allows, the jury panel may choose to allow a student to attempt a second hearing. All students must pass a hearing prior to any public recital performance.
All recitals will be scheduled by the end of the first full week of classes at the beginning of each semester. Students should consult the University calendar of events and the School of Fine Arts calendar in the Fine Arts Office to determine available dates. The dates will be assigned with the approval of the applied instructor and area coordinator. Scheduling preferences will be given to students who have completed the most credit hours.
At the end of the first full week of classes, all scheduling will be final and no changes will be made. If a recital is canceled due to illness, ill-preparedness, or any other reason, it may be rescheduled the next semester. No date changes will be made during a semester unless extreme circumstances warrant. Students may appeal to the Dean of the School of Fine Arts for considerations.
Each half recital should be scheduled consecutively with another half recital in order that the two separate recitals fill an entire hour. Each student enrolled in half recital should partner with another student enrolled in half recital to create a one-hour recital. No recitals may be presented during final exams.
Receptions are allowed after any half or full recital with the consent of the applied instructor. All arrangements for refreshments, decorations and room reservations are the sole responsibility of the student(s) giving the recital(s).
Students planning a reception should:
1) plan all details far in advance. Receptions are the student's responsibility. This means that all food, all utensils, napkins, cups, etc. are to be provided by the student. You will not be allowed to use items from the faculty or student lounges.
2) schedule the desired space with the Fine Arts Secretary.
3) have someone be responsible for all details of the reception (The soloist should never have to be involved with reception details on the day of the recital!).
4) provide their own servers. Members of KKY and TBS may be willing to offer assistance, but they must be contacted in advance.
5) ensure that the room is returned to its usual rehearsal/classroom configuration and that all residue of the reception be cleaned up before leaving.
Recital and Concert Attire
Performers should dress in a professional manner. Nice casual clothes are NOT considered appropriate for public performances during the day or evening. Men are required to wear a coat and tie, dress slacks, and dress shoes. Ladies should wear a nice dress or skirt of modest length or a semi-formal slacks outfit. Students should consult their private instructor or the Dean if they are unsure of what is appropriate. Students who do not meet this standard will not be allowed to perform.
Students attending daytime recitals may wear their regular school attire. Consult the current ETBU Student Handbook for these guidelines. Head coverings should be removed before entering the performance facility. Dress for attendance at evening programs should be more formal. Shorts, jeans, t-shirts, flip-flops, and ripped or torn clothing is inappropriate for any evening performance. Students who do not adhere to this dress code will not receive credit for attending the recital.
In addition to the recital performance requirements indicated above, recital attendance is also required. Per NASM regulation, "All students must be exposed to a large and varied body of music through study and attendance at recitals, concerts, opera and musical theatre productions, and other performances." ETBU accomplishes this by requiring students to attend recitals and concerts each semester in which they are registered for their primary applied music study. It is for this purpose that MUSI 1000 Recital is required during the semesters of private study. Students should refer to the MUSI 1000 course syllabus for specific information regarding Recital attendance requirements.