Student recitals are fundamental in becoming a professional musician or music educator.  We want you to succeed and have the knowledge you need in order to organize the best performance possible.  There are many steps to go through before your performance and this page will guide you through the process.


Before a recital can be scheduled, please register your recital with Lynn Wildman, the School of Music Academic Advisor (PAB 417A).  While you register, she can review your progress with your degree and help with other recital related issues. 


Make an appointment with Bridget Higgins, Operations Coordinator and recital point of contact in PAB A417N.  Please come prepared with five potential recital dates that have been approved by your applied instructor to avoid a delay in scheduling and give us flexibility if your first or second choice isn’t available.  If your applied instructor is free to join us for our meeting, they are welcome to do so.

We will match your available dates with one of three locations:  Harris Theatre, deLaski 3001, and the Choral Room.  A hold will be placed for the date you select until you return your completed form.


Turn in your Recital Scheduling Form to Bridget Higgins (A417N) by Friday, December 1, 2017 by 5:00 PM.

Spring 2018 Recital Scheduling Form

You will need the signatures of your Applied Instructor, your Accompanist, your Area Coordinator, and, if applicable, your Hearing Date.  The Area Coordinator is responsible for scheduling adjudicators for your recital.  If you are having difficulty getting a signature, you may contact that individual and have them confirm the details of the recital in an email to Bridget Higgins (

Off-campus recital scheduling forms are due Monday, January 29, 2018 by 5:00 PM.

Area Coordinator List

Only when the form is completed can you lock in your recital date.  Forms turned in after the date cannot be guaranteed.


Submit your technical requirements by Monday, January 29, 2018.

Using the appropriate Recital Technical Guideline as a resource, submit your technical requirements using the link that you receive the first day of classes.  All recitals receive an archival recording.

Recital Technical Standard Operating Procedures

MASON JAZZ – Recital Guidelines (Updated 8/7/17) 

For a guideline, the required length for each type of recital is as follows:

  • Junior Recital:  25 – 35 minutes
  • Music-Ed Recital:  25 – 35 minutes
  • Senior Recital: 50 – 60 minutes
  • Graduate Performance Recital:  50 – 60 minutes
  • Graduate Lecture Recital (pedagogy only): 50 – 60 minutes
  • Doctoral Recital:  2 performance recitals, 1 lecture recital, 50 – 60 minutes each

Things change as you get closer to your performance.  If you find you need to make a change to your original tech request, please let Bridget Higgins or Dan Hobson ( know.


An archival recording is made for all recitals in Harris Theatre, deLaski 3001, and the Choral Room, however, some students would prefer to get a higher quality recording or make their own personal recording.

If you would like to rent a high quality audio recorder or video camera, you can rent them for free at Mason’s STAR lab, located in the Johnson Center (JC 229).  To reserve the equipment, students can either come to the lab, call (703-993-8990), or use the web checkout patron portal (  Checkouts are for a maximum of 6 hours. Reservations can be made up to 14 days prior to checkout. The workers in the lab can train you on how to use the equipment so that you won’t have to figure it out on your own.  They recommend that you use the equipment for a “dress rehearsal” before your recital to get comfortable using it and encourage you to get a tech savvy friend to handle the recorders so that you can focus on the performance.  Students who wish to use the higher-end, DR-100 audio recorder need to have a STAR Lab supervisor’s approval.  Their supervisors have a list of our student recitals so they will know of your situation.

We are also working with our in-house resources from Film & Video Studies (FAVS) and the Audio Lab for making an outside recording or video.  Anyone interested in contracting this out, please contact Thomas Vaughan, FAVS Video Production Coordinator ( or Billy Kessinger, CVPA Audio Supervisor (

If you would like to use an outside resource who does many of our School of Music events, Scott Nurmi can do audio and video recordings.  He can be reached at or at (703) 981-0617.


We would encourage you to make personal recordings or live stream your performance, but with one big caveat:  it MUST be for personal use only.  We are currently sorting through what we can do to stay on the right side of the copyright law, so unless the entire performance is completely in the public domain, students must keep it “in the family.”


Once your technical requirements have been submitted, you will be emailed a link to schedule your dress rehearsal. All rehearsals are limited to ONE hour in your venue. Dress rehearsals CANNOT be scheduled until technical requirements have been submitted. Please note that dress rehearsals are optional.  If you will need technical assistance for your dress rehearsal, please attend the technical training at the beginning of the semester in deLaski or, if you will be performing in Harris Theatre, please notify Bridget Higgins. Dress rehearsals will not be scheduled after Monday, February 5, 2018.

If you have additional needs for rehearsals, it is recommended that you utilize studio spaces as they are available.


Students are responsible for preparing their own programs and program notes. Templates for a booklet style program are available below.  When creating your program, make sure the total number of pages your document is divisible by 4. For example, if you have 12 pages and need to add one more page, then you need to add 4 more pages to make a total of 16 pages.  If not, there will be several blank pages as part of your program. Program note guidelines are at the discretion of your Area Coordinator or Applied Instructor.  Students must have their programs authorized by both their instructor and the area coordinator before printing their programs.

Students are responsible for printing their own programs.

Print Services has better rates than off campus options and can be found online or in the Johnson Center (703) 993-9083. You may also use the campus UPS store to print programs. If you plan to use either of these services, it would be advisable to give them 3 business days prior to the performance to complete the job.  Jobs given less than 24 hours will incur additional charges.

For a booklet style program:  If your program is based on the template, you have a booklet style program.  Select “Booklet” from the Print Services page and select 8.5 x 11 booklet.  If you have more than 4 pages in your program and you want your program to be stapled, choose a saddle stitch binding (at extra cost).  The School of Music typically uses standard paper options (Inside Paper Stock & Cover Stock Options: 20 lb – white – standard) in black and white with 2 sided printing for front and back covers and no trim.  If there is time, a proof is a great idea so that you can see a copy of your program before it goes to final print, which avoids making many copies of a mistake.

For a single page style program:  If your program is an unfolded, one page program, choose Copies from the Print Services page.

Program template for Seniors, Graduate Students, and Music Education Students

Program template for Juniors and Non-Degree Students



Students are responsible for creating, printing, and distributing their own posters.  They can be either 8.5 x 11 or 11 x 17 in size and will need to be approved by the front desk for distribution.  Once approved, students may post 6 posters in each building on the bulletin boards, or cork strips on the 3rd floor. Posters posted on painted or glass doors have been taken down by housekeeping on occasion.  Please avoid putting up posters on painted surfaces, they tend to damage the paint.


In order to better publicize your recitals to a wider audience, we’re working with CVPA’s marketing team to help sell our performances to the University and community.  If you’re interested in participating, please fill out this short marketing survey with the time, date, and name of recital, plus any descriptions, images (like your poster), or video you’d like to include.  Your submission will feed into many different outlets:  the School of Music website, the CVPA website, the University calendar, and our new hallway television.



All student recitals are entitled to MUSI 300 credit. Stampers will be provided for you.


Area Coordinators make arrangements for applied faculty to be present for student recitals.


Student recital receptions CANNOT be held at or near performance spaces on-campus.  Please make arrangements off-campus or at the Johnson Center through Events Management.


Students may use the harpsichord for their recitals. Dr. Tom Owens must first give permission, then you can make arrangements with the piano technician ( and CVPA Production Manager, Dan Hobson (, for its transport. There will be a tuning fee of $125. If you need to use the harpsichord for your dress rehearsal, we ask that it be transported only when it will be used throughout the recital to minimize the wear on the instrument and limit how often the instrument is moved.  If you will be using it for one or two pieces only, the instrument resides in MTB 2027 and will fit an ensemble nicely for a rehearsal.


Cancellation of a recital will only be permitted for a documented medical reason or an extraordinary circumstance that has been approved by Dr. Linda Monson. In the unfortunate event of a cancellation, permission to reschedule can only be granted by Dr. Monson.  CANCELLATIONS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED FOR LACK OF PREPARATION.