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- All recital dates must be approved by the major teacher and the Operations Manager. The major teacher must attend the publicly-scheduled recital.
- Recitals must take place during term, by the last day of classes in each semester (by December 16, 2016 in the first semester and May 5, 2017 in the second semester). Conflicts with a concert directed by or featuring a School of Music faculty member or any other major event sponsored by the School of Music are to be avoided and will be permitted only at the discretion of the Manager of the Concert Office.
- All Fall 2016 degree and required recitals must be booked by Monday, October 31, 2016. All Spring 2017 degree and required recitals must be booked by Friday, December 16, 2016. If you do not book a recital by the appropriate deadline, a date may be assigned to you. The operations office will begin accepting requests for recital dates on Monday, September 19, 2016.
- Degree recitals are given by each M.M., internal M.M.A., and Certificate student in the final year of residency. Students in the 2-year M.M.A. program and A.D. candidates present a degree recital in each year of residency. Only one recital per year by pianists in the A.D. program (usually the solo recital program, as opposed to the concerto or chamber music program) may be regarded as a degree recital.
- Required recitals are recitals required by your department that are not your degree recital.
- Informal recitals are recitals that are not required by your department.
- Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall is the primary venue for YSM degree recitals. It is available for School use seven days a week during term.
- Sudler Recital Hall (in William L. Harkness Hall) is available to the School of Music for recitals on Monday and Thursday evenings, and Saturday afternoons and evenings.
- Marquand Chapel (at the Divinity School) is used primarily for ISM vocal and conducting recitals.
- Organ and choral conducting recitals may take place in Woolsey Hall, Dwight Chapel, Battell Chapel, and other campus and community sites.
- Sprague and Sudler halls are booked online or through Tara Deming, Operations Manager. EMAIL
- The other venues are scheduled directly by students or their major teachers.
- Sudler Recital Hall is available Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at the following standard recital times:
- Mondays at 7:30 pm
- Thursdays at 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm
- Saturdays at 1:30 pm, 4:30 pm, and 7:30 pm
- Sprague Hall is available 7 days a week during term. Standard recital times are 1:30 pm, 4:30 pm, and 7:30 pm.
- Required recitals may not take place in the evenings or after April 1. Due to the opera production schedule, opera students may schedule required recitals afternoons until April 26, 2014 in Sudler Hall.
- The guidelines for scheduling these recitals are the same as those governing required recitals; however, required and degree recitals have scheduling priority over informal recitals. The concert office reserves the right to deny booking an informal recital until most or all degree and required recitals have been scheduled, and may further limit informal recitals depending on the availability of concert staff and the congestion of the concert calendar.
- To determine your recital date, view the Concert Hall Schedule. Log in as “student” for both the account name and password. You will be able to see hall schedules for Sudler, Sprague, and Woolsey Halls, and there are notes regarding events in other venues. Note events scheduled in all halls to prevent conflicts. VIEW SCHEDULE
- Reserve a date and venue. REQUEST DATE
- Piano accompanists are made available to YSM students for degree recitals and, when possible, for non-degree recitals performed at Yale. Because the number of accompanists is limited, it is important to make arrangements as early as possible, and to limit the amount of time each accompanist spends on individual recitals. All requests for piano accompanists for degree recitals must be submitted to Elizabeth Parisot by October 7. If you have already made arrangements with a YSM pianist, Mrs. Parisot must be notified so that your pianist can be officially assigned to your recital. If you have no preference, you must notify Mrs. Parisot so that she may assign an appropriate accompanist.
- If notification is not received by October 7, it will be assumed that you have already made other arrangements. Assignments for non-degree recitals will be made after October 7.
- The accompanist’s duties are listed below. Remember that these are the maximum limits expected of the accompanist and that most recitals should require fewer hours. All music should be given to the accompanist at the earliest possible opportunity.
- Accompanist duties are:
15 hours of rehearsal
1 or 2 master classes
3 or 4 lessons
any time required to learn the music
- When the reservation has been confirmed by the Operations Office, fill out and sign a Recital Contract and submit it to Tara Deming, the operations manager. If the Concert Office does not approve the contract, you will be notified. RECITAL CONTRACT
- You must return a copy of the contract, signed by your major teacher and your accompanist (if applicable), to the Concert Office within 14 days of reserving your date or the date may be given to another student. Allowances will be made for students whose teachers are not available during this time, but you must let the Concert Office know if you require this extension.
- Recitals will not appear on the school’s concert calendar until a contract is approved. If the recital is to take place off campus, in one of the residential colleges, or in any other non-YSM or ISM venue (except for organists using Dwight or Battell Chapels), the recital form must be signed by an administrator of that facility. All recitals, regardless of the venue or student’s major, require the submission of a Student Recital Contract signed by the major teacher and accompanist (if applicable) and approved by the Operations Manager. A signed contract is necessary for a program to be produced and for a recital to be listed in the School’s calendar of events and web site. Degree recital listings are also submitted to the Yale Calendar.
- You must indicate on the contract if your program requires the harpsichord, a sound system, an ensemble larger than seven, or any additional equipment besides pianos. If you do not have this information at the time you submit the contract, you must notify the operations office within three weeks of your recital date.
- There are 30 chairs and 30 stands in Sprague, and 5 chairs and 5 stands in Sudler. If you need more than this for a rehearsal, you must use wire stands. For the concert, alert the operations office at least a week in advance. If you have an ensemble larger than 7 players, you must provide at least one assistant stage manager, depending on the size of the ensemble. Arranging for ushers and page-turners, if desired, is the responsibility of the recitalist.
- Audio and Video: If your program requires audio playback, sound reinforcement, or image or video projection, contact Jack Vees for a consultation about the equipment and personnel available to provide the services you require. If you know you will need these services at the time you submit your recital contract, please note in the space provided. EMAIL
- Pianos and Harpsichord: There are two Steinway D pianos in Sprague, and a harpsichord. The harpsichord is stored in a practice room in the basement. To use it, sign out a key, and arrange with the operations office to have the instrument moved to the stage. There is one piano in Sudler Hall and no harpsichord.
- The recital repertoire is at the discretion and approval of the major teacher. Solo literature is primary, and when repertoire requiring ensembles is programmed, small chamber groups are preferable. With the exception of conducting recitals, orchestras are not permitted on student recitals. Concertos are to be performed with piano reduction or small ensembles with one player per part.
- Students who wish to program a piece with more than six players must secure written permission of the Deputy Dean. DOWNLOAD FORM
- Degree and required recital programs are official documents that have formatting standards that must be followed. Therefore, the Concert Office must produce or at least approve the finished program before it is printed in quantity.
- A complete recital program must be submitted to the concert office no later than 10 business days before the date of the recital. Programs submitted 6–9 business days before the recital are subject to a $50 fine. Programs submitted 1–5 business days before the recital date are subject to a $100 fine.
- The Concert Office will not accept responsibility for proofreading errors on your part. 50 programs will be printed. If a student does not submit his/her program information to the Concert Office before the deadline, the Office cannot guarantee program services for that recital.
- Any texts and translations for degree recitals must be provided by the student at least three full business days before the recital. The student is responsible for verifying that he or she has secured permission for the use of any texts and translations.
- Degree recitals in Sprague Hall and Sudler Hall are recorded (audio and video) and live streamed free of charge.
- Recorded files are delivered as downloadable, high-quality files at no cost, and CDs and DVDs are available for a fee. Please select your recording delivery options on the when you request your recital date using the online form. (See Student Recording and Streaming Services on the Media Production page for disc fee details.)
- If you have already booked your recital and need to request additional add discs or request rush delivery, you can do so using the recording request form.
- Degree recitals will be live streamed on a private, password protected web page unless you or the major teacher inform the Concert Office that the recital should not be streamed. EMAIL
- The private live stream link and password will be emailed to performers at least one day prior to their recital. They can be shared with family and friends, but not posted on social media.
- Please note that recording in Sprague Hall by anyone other than the Media Production team is strictly prohibited.
- Yale School of Music students must sign an Unlimited Media Release at the beginning of the academic year, permitting YSM to stream any performances.
- Any performers who are not YSM students must sign a Limited Media Release, granting permission to stream that performance. Students are responsible for collecting signed forms from these performers and giving them to the Concert Office. LIMITED MEDIA RELEASE
- The hall is reserved for you one hour before your start time for rehearsal, warm-up, and recording soundcheck. You are expected to clear the stage 30 minutes prior to start time.
- For recitals in Sprague and Sudler, one stage manager will be provided. The stage manager has been authorized by the concert office to run all technical aspects of the concert including start time, clearing the stage of performers before the opening of the hall, etc. Do not ask stage managers to serve as page turners.
- Changing the status of a recital (for example, from Degree to Required) must be requested in writing, and requires the approval of the student’s teacher and the operations manager. If a recital is no longer a degree recital, it may be cancelled or rescheduled to comply with the scheduling policies stated above.
- Students may be excused from Philharmonia and Chamber Music rehearsals on the day of their degree or required recitals with the permission of the conductor or faculty coach. Accompanists and other performers on recitals will not be excused from these rehearsals.
- All degree recitals will be evaluated by the student’s primary teacher and one other faculty member of the School of Music.
- It is the responsibility of the student’s primary teacher to arrange for the evaluation committee, and to ensure its presence at the recital. The members of the evaluation committee must submit written evaluations of the recital. A recital will not be considered successfully completed until all evaluations have been received.
- The Office of Student Services keeps recital reports on file for the academic year, after which they are added to the student’s permanent files. Students may read and copy their recital reports.
- Receptions for Sudler Hall recitals will be permitted in the side room (beyond the glass doors, on the College Street side of the building). Recitalists will be responsible for cleaning the room afterwards and removing all trash from the building.
- No receptions are permitted in Sprague Hall.
- The Lounge at 320 Temple Street is available for receptions and may be scheduled with the operations office.
Often, students would like the opportunity to perform a recital program that he or she is preparing for a competition or an out-of-town venue. These can be booked under the following conditions:
a. It shall be a closed event, not open to the public.
b. No staff will be assigned to the run-through.
c. The student’s teacher must be in attendance.
d. No rehearsal time will be provided.
e. The run-through must first be approved by Tara Deming or the Deputy Dean.
- Cancellation or postponement of a recital after approval of the recital contract requires submission of a Recital Cancellation Form, signed by the deputy dean, major teacher, and operations manager. Unless a doctor’s note is submitted with this form, the student will be subject to a $500 fine. Rescheduling will not occur until the Cancellation Form is submitted and, if applicable, payment is made.
- Trading of dates is allowed only with permission of the major teacher(s), the operations manager, and the deputy dean, and must be requested in writing.
- All requests for exceptions to these regulations must be submitted in writing to the operations manager and approved by the Performance Committee. Once a cancellation or date change has been approved, the Deputy Dean’s office will alert the Concert Office.
- Download form here.