To reserve time for a senior degree recital, a completed Application for Conservatory Degree Recital form must be submitted to Concert Production. The student’s applied faculty must sign the form. This information also applies to students who are in Performance Diploma (PD), Artist Diploma (AD), and Master of Music (MM) degree programs.

Students may begin reserving recital dates at the following times:

  • May 1 of the previous term for fall term dates
  • December 2 of the previous term for February and March dates
  • February 10 of spring term for April and May dates

Recitals must be scheduled during academic weeks in predesignated slots, beginning at the following times:

  • Tuesdays through Fridays: 4:30 or 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays and Sundays: 1:30, 3, 4:30, or 7:30 p.m.
  • No recitals may be scheduled for Mondays

Degree recitals may not be scheduled against large ensemble or Artist Recital Series concerts, or against any conservatory-sponsored event of the same instrument.

All degree recitals will be scheduled to take place before the beginning of reading period of each term.

Venues available for degree recitals are Kulas and Stull Recital Halls, Warner Concert Hall, Fairchild Chapel, and the Cat in the Cream Coffeehouse. (ExceptionFinney Chapel may be requested for recitals involving organ.)

  • If performing a degree recital outside of a conservatory venue, the student will be responsible for contacting Concert Production to confirm that the recital was completed in order to receive credit with the registrar.

Due to the large number of performances sponsored by the conservatory each term, it is extremely important that students perform on their assigned dates. All requests to cancel a degree recital require a completed Application for Degree Recital Cancellation form with the signature approval of the appropriate applied faculty.

  • The authorization to cancel a degree recital date will require the approval of the Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs. In the main, a cancellation will be authorized only for reasons of health or family emergency.
  • The cancellation of a degree recital date for other reasons is considered, in the main, an unauthorized cancellation. In these cases, the student is to submit the application directly to Concert Production. An unauthorized cancellation will result in the student being reassigned a recital venue that may include rooms other than Kulas and Stull Recital Halls and Warner Concert Hall.

A maximum of one hour and 15 minutes, including intermission, applause, stage set changes, and music, will be allotted to each senior recital. Approximately 50 minutes of music is recommended for senior recitals in order to allow subsequent recitals to begin on time.

  • Faculty members will be responsible for the accurate timings of works and are encouraged to assist students in designing programs that will be artistically satisfying while adhering to time constraints.

Students must be registered for private study in the term during which they are to give the senior recital.

  • NOTE: Students wishing to perform their senior recital after they have completed their main course of study must choose from one of two options:
  1. They may perform during the first two weeks of the following term (without having to be officially enrolled).
  2. If not performing during the first two weeks of the following term, they must enroll for a minimum of two credit hours of applied study in the subsequent term in order to be able to schedule the senior recital.

Students not pursuing degrees in performance or composition may, with the approval of their applied faculty, give a non-required senior recital. (Two previous appearances on departmental/studio recitals or honors recitals are required.)


One month prior to confirmed senior recitals, up to two hours of dress rehearsal may be reserved.

Dress rehearsals are scheduled by submitting a Rehearsal/Recording Request Form to Concert Production. It must be signed by the student’s applied faculty.

The conservatory will provide printed programs for required and non-required senior recitals. Refer to the Information about Recital Programs section for more information.

▪    Programs for degree recitals must be submitted to Concert Production a minimum of two weeks prior to the recital date in order for them to be printed.

Ushers and stage crew will be provided for degree recitals taking place in Kulas and Stull Recital Halls, Fairchild and Finney Chapels, and Warner Concert Hall. Ushers will only be provided for recitals in the Cat in the Cream Coffeehouse. All other venues will be unsupported.

Any special instrumental or staging needs should be discussed with Concert Production staff as soon as possible after the recital is confirmed.

Conservatory Audio Services will provide, as a matter of course, audio recording of degree recitals. In addition, live streaming will be provided in Kulas and Stull Recital Halls, Warner Concert Hall, and Finney and Fairchild Chapels. Although both recording and live streaming are the assumption for degree recitals, students retain the right to opt out of these services.
For more information or for other audio support, contact:
Audio Services
conaudio@oberlin.edu
440.775.8272 | Central Unit 33