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Student Recital Booking Information

Blair students have the opportunity to perform a solo or joint recital in either Turner Hall or Choral Hall pending availability.


All seniors, juniors with a requirement, and high school seniors who are completing the Pre-College Certificate Program may book a recital in Turner Hall or in Choral Hall. Juniors without a degree requirement, all sophomores, freshmen, and pre-college students may book recitals in Choral Hall only.  Freshmen and sophomores who are planning recitals are encouraged to share the program with another Blair student.

Below you will find forms and information regarding Blair's policies and procedures for booking a recital. Please follow the directions below to reserve your recital.

Office hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

 Recital Booking Dates

Request forms must be turned in by the last day of the priority booking period to gain priority over other grade levels. Seniors and juniors will still be able to book their recital after their priority periods are over, but you may receive a less desirable time slot.

If you are planning to book a recital in the fall, please see the booking periods below. The Deadline to book your spring recital is March 29.

Spring 2022 Recitals:

October 27-29: Priority booking for seniors with a degree requirement (registered in MUSO 4970)

October 30-31: Priority bookinf for seniors with an emective recital

November 1-4: Priority booking for juniors with a degree requirement (registered in MUSO 3970)

November 5: Schedule opens to all student solo and chamber ensemble recitals. Required recitals get priority over eletive recitals.

Deadline for booking a Spring 2022 recital: March 29


Recital time slots

To avoid conflicts, recitals must fit into specific time slots. Exceptions will only be made if a previously scheduled event conflicts with the time slot.

Please check the most current schedules for Turner Hall and Choral Hall before booking a recital time. These are updated frequently, so please check back.

Turner Hall

2020-21 Recital Time Slots for Turner Hall.

Saturday and Sunday recitals

  • 12:30-2:30 p.m., with recital starting at 1 p.m.
  • 2:30-4:30 p.m., with recital starting at 3 p.m.
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m., with recital starting at 6 p.m.
  • 7:30-9:30 p.m., with recital starting at 8 p.m.

Weekday recitals

  • 7:30-9:30 p.m., with recital starting at 8 p.m.

Choral Hall

2020-21 Recital Time Slots for Choral Hall.

Saturday and Sunday recitals

  • 1:30-3:30 p.m., with recital starting at 2 p.m.
  • 3:30-5:30 p.m., with recital starting at 4 p.m. 
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m., with recital starting at 7 p.m.

Weekday recitals

  • 6:30-8:30 p.m., with recital starting at 7 p.m.


Recital booking policies

Students may book a two-hour block of time to complete their recital; this includes set-up, actual performance time and tear-down. Students are encouraged to limit their program time to 60 minutes, including set changes and intermission.  Programs may NOT exceed 70 minutes (including breaks) Please plan your program accordingly.

Students who wish to book a recital must fill out a request form and turn it into the Schedule Coordinator. You may download this form or pick up a copy in room 1199 (Turner Hall Box Office). If you have questions about the form or your major professor believes you will need additional time for your recital program, contact the Schedule Coordinator immediately for additional instructions.

Students are encouraged to use the suggested "recital start" as their start time. All programs must be finished no later than 15 minutes prior to the end of the two-hour time slot to allow the technical staff to tear down and prepare for the next recital.

If a student needs more than 70 minutes for performance time, his or her professor must petition the recital time, requesting more time for a specific required piece.

Joint Recitals

Joint recitals are encouraged for two students who each have a program that is 30 minutes or less. Only one Recital Request Form needs to be turned in. However, if each student has a different teacher both teachers will need to sign the form. Please note if this is not a required recital it must take place in Choral Hall unless both students are seniors. 


Dress Rehearsals

Once you have received your recital date from the Schedule Coordinator, book your dress rehearsal time through the EMS website: . Please note that students are allowed up to two hours of rehearsal time in the performance hall as available. Technical staff is not automatically assigned to rehearsals. If your rehearsal requires technical assistance you must request this through the Technical Director.


Canceling or rescheduling a recital

Students are expected to check the availability of their professors, assisting artists and family members prior to booking a recital. The student is allowed to reschedule a recital one time, and the rescheduling must be requested by the professor.

Please remember, time in the halls books up quickly. If you are completely prepared prior to submitting your recital request form, you'll have the best chance of securing your preferred date and time. If a student who is booked in Turner Hall reschedules the recital within a month of the scheduled recital date without a legitimate reason, it is not guaranteed that another date in Turner will be available.

Legitimate reasons for rescheduling a recital

  • Illness or injury (with a doctor's note)
  • Family emergency
  • Act of God

NOT legitimate reasons for rescheduling a recital

  • The program isn't ready
  • The student failed the recital hearing
  • Schedule conflicts
  • Problems with assisting artists

If a student does need to cancel a recital, he or she must contact the Schedule Coordinator immediately. Hall time is limited, and there may be a student waiting for that time slot to open up. If two students wish to swap assigned hall time, the trade must be agreed to by both students and their professors and approved by the Schedule Coordinator prior to being processed.

Fail-safe date

The last Saturday prior to Dead Week in the spring semester is reserved for students who had to cancel recitals due to unforeseeable circumstances. Students will only be allowed to use this date for if the original recital was canceled due to illness or injury (with a doctor's note), a family emergency, or an Act of God.


Pre-Recital Hearing

All students (except composition) giving required recitals and any student who wishes to give a recital in the Blair building must pass a hearing, held at least three weeks before the recital. After establishing a recital date, the student and their instructor will assemble a recital hearing committee, consisting of two additional faculty members, one of whom must be from outside the student's performing area. For musical arts and teacher education students, the committee will normally consist of the studio instructor, a teacher education faculty member, and at least one additional faculty member. For non-required, non-credit recitals, the hearing committee may be from within the department. For any recital involving a student's second performing medium, a full-time faculty member from that department must be part of the hearing committee. The student and/or instructor must notify the recital hearing committee, in writing, of the hearing date, recital date, time and place. Senior composition recitals are screened in advance at the department level.

For require junior or senior recital, the repertoire must encompass three major style periods, as appropriate to the medium; at least one work in a modern idiom must be included in either the junior or senior recital. The hearing committee should hear the entire recital repertoire. Grading of the hearing is on a Pass/Fail basis, with written faculty comments. If a student fails the hearing, another must be scheduled. Only two recital hearing in one semester is permitted.

The student must print and have the Recital Hearing Form filled out by their Hearing Committee following their hearing. This form should then be placed in Rachel Hobbs' mailbox.

Hearing and Recital Committee

For recitals given for credit, the recital committee is the same as the hearing committee whenever possible. The final grade is a composite of those of the committee members, with the instructor's grade valued at 50 percent. Copies of the committee member's grades are kept by the instructor. Recitals not given for credit are not graded; they involve a hearing committee but not a recital committee.

Technical & Program Information 

Tech Info: You are required to submit your tech form three weeks prior to your recital

Program: Your program information must be emailed to Lydia Nance two weeks prior to your recital. All degree recitals MUST have their programs formatted and printed by the school. Students with elective recitals are responsible for their own programs, but information still needs to be sent for tech purposes. 

Additional Bookings: You can book your hearing and rehearsal with EMS.

Reception Information: The designated reception area for events in Turner Hall is the lobby area immediately outside Turner Hall. The designated reception area for events in Choral Hall is the “family seating area” just outside the first-floor practice rooms. Please consult the EMS schedule for the day of your event to see if other receptions will precede or follow your event and accordingly so that no recitals are disturbed. No alcohol may be served at any student recital reception.