Senior Recital Guidelines

NOTE: Both Sophomore and Junior Performance Barriers must be successfully completed before a Senior Recital is given.

NOTE: In addition to the information on this webpage, students should adhere to policies outlined on the School of Music and Dance Recital Procedures page.

General Information

Your recital should be a musical showcase of your study at the U.O. and of your creativity.    As a part of your recital, you will be asked to demonstrate certain idiomatic elements through performance of standard jazz literature (i.e. the ability to improvise at a fast tempo, make complex chord changes, demonstrate rhythmic variety while improvising, etc.).    The remainder of the recital should serve to highlight your best work as a musician.

You are the Star
Your recital is a showcase of YOUR talents, not the other members of the ensemble.   Pieces should serve to feature you.   Avoid too many solos by other group members.

Length of the Recital
1 hour at the minimum, 1 1/4 hours at the maximum.

Your Ensemble
It is your job to line up the musicians that will be accompanying you on your recital.   Choose your ensemble(s) carefully!   You need to have musicians around you who are accomplished enough to perform convincingly in the style in which you are playing.    It may be necessary to hire professionals in certain roles.

Timetable of Events

In order for your recital to go smoothly it is important that you observe the following timetable and meet deadlines.  Failure to do so may result in a delay or cancellation of your recital.  A timetable of events follows:

Spring Term (One year before the recital) – Initial Recital Program Meeting/Recital Date is Scheduled
Fall Term – Submit Recital Program to Jazz Studies Committee for approval, revise recital program in consultation with faculty advisor
Winter Term – Submit Final Recital Program for approval; perform Pre-Recital Hearing
Spring Term – Senior Recital

Spring Term (One year before the recital) – Initial Recital Program Meeting
You must set up a meeting with the Director of Jazz Studies to schedule the date of your recital, to discuss initial thoughts/plans for your recital content, and to review the time-line of events leading up to your recital for the following year.

1) Recital Date
.       a) Recital date is chosen at this time in consultation with the Director of Jazz Studies
.       b) Clear your recital date with band members/accompanists
.       c) Schedule recital date with Facilities Director (David Mason)

2) Pre-Recital Hearing Date
.       a) You will be assigned a Pre-Recital Hearing date at this time

Fall Term – Recital Program Submitted and Approved
A Recital Program must be submitted and approved by the Jazz Studies Committee by the end of Fall Term.  Initial proposals are due by Week 3 of fall term.  Your proposal must include:

1) Repertoire to be Performed along with:
.        a) lead sheets/initial arrangements
.        b) approximate timings of each piece
.        c) improvisation/writing goals for each piece
.        d) plans for the completion of arrangements/compositions
2) Names of Accompanists Finalized
3) Official SOMD Formatted Program – recital program templates may be found on the website.

Winter Term – Finalize Musical Content/Pre-Recital Hearing
All musical content for your recital (composition & arrangements) should be completed early in Winter term to allow ample time for rehearsal in preparation for your pre-recital hearing.  Recital time and space should be confirmed with the SOMD Facilities Director (David Mason) and any necessary forms completed and fees paid at this time.

Pre-recital hearings are scheduled during the first two days of Finals Week at the end of Winter Term.  This hearing is used to determine whether you are prepared to present your recital.   At this hearing you will run through all repertoire to be performed at your recital with all ensemble personnel.  Based upon your performance and the performance of your accompanists you will either be approved to present your recital as scheduled or asked to re-schedule at a later time.

At your pre-recital hearing, bring copies of the following for the faculty:
– Your program/recital repertoire list
– Lead Sheets/Scores

Spring Term – Senior Recital (Your Concert)
Be sure to schedule ample rehearsal time with your ensemble members prior to your recital during this very busy term.  While not a requirement, a recital at another venue is always a good way to prep for a strong performance and to shake out any bugs.

Recital Day – Have Fun!