Credit Recitals - Winter Term 2022

Updated February 2, 2022

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and health and safety protocols, the process for credit recitals has changed for Winter 2022. Please carefully review the following information and reach out to Catherine Fraser ( - Undergraduate/Diploma students) or Audrey-Yardley Jones ( Graduate students) with additional questions after reviewing.



Credit Recitals (3930a/b/y, 4930a/b/y, 4931a/b/y, 4932a/b/y) are required in the third and fourth years of the Performance program, in third year of the Music Performance Diploma program, and in the One-Year Artist Diploma program.

Credit Recital programs must be approved by the student's instructor. Detailed program requirements should be obtained from the appropriate Division Coordinator. Repertoire which has been studied, coached or performed in a Music Performance Studies Department credit course (other than instrumental/vocal studio lessons) is ineligible for inclusion on student credit recitals. This includes but is not limited to Chamber Music Ensembles and Collaborative Musicianship courses.

Additional requirements can be found within the Jury Requirements for some instruments.

Graduate - MMus

Students registered in Solo Performance must present one or two public recitals (depending on the program option chosen), consisting of approximately fifty to sixty minutes of music. For students registered in Accompanying and Chamber Music, two public recitals, each consisting of approximately fifty to sixty minutes of music, are required. One recital should be devoted to the accompanying of a soloist, and the second must include chamber music.

Each recital should include works representative of a number of genres, styles, and historical periods. A ten-minute intermission is optional in Graduate recitals. At least one of the recitals must include a contemporary work composed within the past fifty years. Memorization is optional for the contemporary work. In addition, the Graduate recital programs (except for piano, solo or collaborative), considered together, may contain no more than 30 minutes of:

  • Chamber music not being performed on a recital for chamber music credit (A single chamber work of more than thirty minutes requires special permission of the Division Co-ordinator and Department Chair); or
  • Jazz (Winds, Brass, Percussion only and on one recital only); or
  • Performance on historical instrument (except for majors on a historical instrument)

Repertoire which has been studied, coached or performed in a Music Performance Studies Department credit course (other than instrumental/vocal studio lessons) is ineligible for inclusion on student credit recitals. This includes but is not limited to Chamber Music Ensembles and Collaborative Musicianship courses.

Responsibilities of the MMus student:

  • Complete the MMus Recital Approval form and create a formatted program (using the MMus Recital Template)
  • Email the form and program (and, if this is your second recital, include a copy of your first recital program) to your studio instructor and your division coordinator for their approval (voice: Prof. Torin Chiles, piano: Prof. Stephan Sylvestre; strings: Prof. Annette-Barbara Vogel; winds/brass/percussion: Dr. Jill Ball). Note that signatures on the form are not required; your studio instructor and division coordinator may approve via email.
  • At least six weeks before your recital, forward the approval email(s) from your studio instructor and division coordinator along with the approval form and formatted program to who will forward everything to Dr. Sophie Roland for her approval.
  • If you want a recording, complete and submit the request form at least 2 weeks before your recital.
  • Master's Voice Recital Guidelines (PDF)

Graduate - DMA

The successful completion of four performance events is required for the DMA program, scheduled on average one per year. These program milestones may include: solo recitals, chamber music recitals, lecture recitals, as well as concerto performances and opera roles.

Students must submit a proposal for each performance event to their DMA Advisory Committee for approval well in advance. The proposal will include the type of event, the repertoire and timings (if applicable), as well as a proposed date, time, and venue. Students are responsible for arranging for the participation of other musicians if required. They must also ensure that each event is recorded. Each recital must offer 50 to 60 min. of music. Students may take a maximum of 10 min. intermission if desired.

Responsibilities of the DMA student:

  • Consult with his/her performance teacher first and then with the second Performance member of the Advisory Committee in planning the program of each performance event
  • Book the venue (for von Kuster Hall, Studio 242 or Paul Davenport Theatre, contact Concert Manager Louis D’Alton at 519-661-3019 x83019 or
  • Arrange for a recording of the performance (for performances held at the Faculty of Music buildings, contact Mike Godwin at 519-661-2111 x85390 or
  • Submit the DMA Performance Event Approval form to his/her Advisory Committee (all 3 members) well in advance of the proposed event
  • Email the signed form, or the form along with emails of approval from your committee members in lieu of signatures, to the Graduate Program Assistant ( 6 weeks prior to the event. If the event is a recital, make sure to attach a program and a recent biography that can be printed along with the program.

Booking Your Recital

All bookings for your recital should have been confirmed in the fall. Please contact Concert Manager Lou D'Alton by email ( with any follow up questions about your venue. 

Audience members, including friends and family

View schedule of all credit recitals and graduate performance events

External audiences for performances: possible protocols continue to be discussed (Jan. 31) and will be communicated as soon as possible. It is expected that internal audience members (current students, faculty, staff) will be permitted to attend in-person after February 7, 2022. Final decision TBA.

Receptions & von Kuster Hall Policy

Receptions following recitals are not allowed in the Music Building or Talbot College. Click here to read the von Kuster Hall Policy.


**Please see the next section for information on preparing your recital programs to accompany these forms.**

Please note, if a credit recital takes place without the studio teacher having signed the Recital Approval Form, the recital mark will be withheld from the Registrar until the student has completed the approval procedure. Students who fail to meet the posted deadlines for submitting approval may lose their booking for the Recital Hall, and the availability of jurors for the proposed date will not be guaranteed. If any changes are made after approval, the form must be re-submitted to and re-approved by all of the initial parties.

Recital Program Approval & Printing

It is the student's responsibility to visit the How To Prepare Programs page and prepare their program accordingly. Programs will be available digitally for audience members (if permitted) to download from the Credit Recital Listings webpage typcially 1-3 business days prior to the recital. Electronic versions will be made available to all Jurors on your behalf.

Email formatted programs (pdf) to:
Undergraduate: Undergraduate Assistant
Deadline for undergraduate students: within a week of handing in your Recital Approval Form and at least three weeks prior to your recital.
Graduate: Audrey Yardley-Jones


Please refer to the Deferrals webpage within the MPS Handbook for complete deferral/rescheduling procedures.

Grading of Credit Recitals

Performance Department recitals 3930a/b/y, 4930a/b/y, 4931a/b/y, 4932a/b/y are examined with the following guidelines: two jurors (probably faculty members of your Division, and one of whom will be the studio teacher) attending the recital. The two jury members will give individual marks (each counting 50% of the final grade for 3930a/b/y, 4930a/b/y, 4931a/b/y, 4932a/b/y) as well as written comments.

The two juror’s reports are due to be submitted to an Undergraduate Assistant one week following the recital. If anyone wishes to write a lengthier and more detailed recital report, they may do so and hand it directly to the student.

Graduate - MMus
Jurors (normally the studio teacher and one other are assigned by the Division Co-ordinators of the Music Performance Studies Department on behalf of the Graduate Committee. Recitals are marked as Acceptable with Distinction, Acceptable, or Not Acceptable and this decision is emailed to the student by the Graduate Program Assistant. A note is added to the student's academic record indicating that this milestone has been met. If the recital is judged unacceptable, a student will be allowed to repeat it, with the same jury if possible.

Third attempts will be allowed only with the permission of the Graduate Committee.

Graduate - DMA
Each performance event is adjudicated by a jury of three: the two Performance members of the student’s Advisory Committee and one other Performance faculty member appointed by the appropriate Division Coordinator in the Department of Music Performance Studies. A note is added to the student’s academic record when each program milestone has been completed.