Recital Guide

A recital is an important public event. A student who gives a recital represents not only himself or herself but also Wagner College. For this reason the Music Department sponsors recitals only by students who it determines are ready and able to present public performances and have demonstrated sufficient responsibility by meeting all requirements and deadlines outlined in this document.

For a printable copy of this document, including a sample recital program and the required Event Request Form, see the Recital Guidelines.

Recital requirements

Music majors at Wagner were formerly required to perform recitals in their junior and senior years. This is no longer the case for students declaring their Music major in 2002 or thereafter. Other students have the option of following either the older or the newer set of requirements.

Although the recital is no longer required, fourth-year Music majors carry out a Senior Project as part of the Senior Learning Community (LC). Many students choose to perform a recital in partial fulfillment of this requirement. Students contemplating this option must fulfill all of the requirements outlined in this document, as well as additional course requirements as determined by the instructor of the Senior Reflective Tutorial (MU 400). This course is normally taken in the spring semester of the senior year.

Recitals are not graded as such. However, at least two faculty members must attend and evaluate each recital, using a Recital Evaluation Form that can be obtained from the department office. An approved recital substitutes for a jury hearing in any semester in which a student is required to perform the latter.

Eligibility for presenting recitals

Any Wagner College student may perform a recital, provided that he or she has:

  1. passed a Music Department jury hearing during the previous semester
  2. completed an Event Request Form and submitted it to the department office by the deadline indicated on the form
  3. submitted an approved recital program no less than four weeks prior to the approved recital date
  4. arranged for at least two faculty members to attend the recital.

Students may collaborate in the performance of recitals, including those performed as Senior Projects, provided that each student has individually met requirements 1, 2, and 4 above.

Recital mechanics

Once scheduled, a recital cannot be cancelled or rescheduled except because of serious illness or other emergency. A recital can be rescheduled only after the student submits a new Event Request Form. A student who fails to perform a scheduled recital without an acceptable explanation will not be permitted to schedule any other recital in the Music Department.

Before a recital application is submitted it must be signed by a faculty member. In the case of a senior recital that is to be performed as part of the Senior LC, the application must be signed by the instructor of the Senior Reflective Tutorial. Otherwise it should be signed by the student's studio teacher or, if none, the academic adviser. At least two faculty members must attend the recital and complete a Recital Evaluation Form . The student is responsible for notifying faculty of his or her recital date, supplying them with copies of the form, and assuring that the form is submitted to the Music Department office.

Most recitals take place in the Music Performance Center in Campus Hall. The student is responsible for appointing a stage manager who will assist in presenting the recital. The following tasks are normally carried out by the stage manager, although they are ultimately the responsibility of the student giving the recital:

  • assuring ahead of time that the recital hall will be open and accessible for the performance
  • delivery of printed programs to the recital hall
  • setup of stage, chairs, etc., in the hall prior to the performance
  • control of lighting before and during the performance
  • closing door(s) at the time the performance begins and admitting latecomers only during appropriate breaks in the program
  • assuring that food and drink are not consumed during the performance or intermission(s)
  • returning the hall to its previous setup and condition after the performance

It is essential that the hall be clean and neat after each recital. If there is a reception, food and drink must remain inaccessible until after the conclusion of the recital, and all waste must be disposed of. Any cleaning or repair costs arising from a recital will be charged to the student.

Recital programs

At least four weeks before the scheduled recital date, each student is responsible for submitting a program in the required format to the Music Department office. Students should prepare programs electronically, following as closely as possible the formats shown in the sample program. The program must be approved by the department chair before the department will print or distribute flyers and programs. Seniors performing recitals in conjunction with an RFT should be aware that the instructor of the RFT may impose additional requirements, such as inclusion of program notes.

The checklist below lists information that you need to provide when submitting a recital program. A sample program can be obtained from the Music Department office. Your actual program should follow the sample program in all respects, with careful attention paid to the use of boldface, italics, centering, and other special formats for certain parts of the program. Needless to say, correct spelling and grammar are also essential, as is the use of accents and diacriticals in foreign-language names and texts. Incomplete or incorrect programs will be returned for correction by you.

Information to provide:

  1. Names of principal performers, identified by instrument or voice (do not refer to anyone as “accompanist”)
  2. When and where the performance takes place
  3. Name of principal teacher (optional)
  4. For each composition:
    1. full title of the complete work, including any opus number or other identifying notation
    2. list of specific movements performed (give tempo marks for instrumental movements; text incipits for arias and other vocal numbers)
    3. full name of composer, with dates
    4. name of arranger, if any
    5. names of additional performers not listed at the top of the program
  5. Texts (original language--required for vocal works; include the names and dates of librettists)
  6. Translations (in English--required for vocal works; set in “parallel” column to right of original language)
  7. Program notes (optional; see guidelines in sample program)
  8. Performer biographies (optional; see guidelines in sample program)
  9. Acknowledgments (optional; see guidelines in sample program)

Required information about composers, titles, and texts can often be found by examining the printed score or by consulting The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2d edition (in the library, REFERENCE ML100 .N48 2001). The Music Department office has an older edition of this work. Look up the name of the composer, then search for your selection in the list of works that comes at the end of most composer entries. Many song texts and translations can be found in Philip Miller, The Ring of Words (ML54.6 M5 R5 1963). You can also consult CD liner notes for translations of texts and plot summaries.