Recital Requirements

  • Performance majors are required to give two full recitals, generally during their Junior and Senior years.
    • They may do more if desired, upon the discretion of their studio instructor. Students are also encouraged to check with their studio instructor for assistance.
  • Music majors in other sequences often give recitals also; however, it is not a requirement for their degree sequence.

Choosing Dates, Times and Locations

  • Recital dates and dress rehearsals must be arranged with the assistance of the Music Department Coordinator, Deb Guertin.
    • Recital dates are chosen at the end of the previous academic year.
      • Preference is given in order of class and major (i.e. 1-Senior Music Majors/Minors, 2-Junior Music Majors/Minors).
  • When scheduling a recital, students will receive a dress rehearsal time slot in the venue of the performance. This usually takes place the day before the recital, although students may change their time by contacting Deb Guertin who will coordinate this request with the Fine Arts Programmer. Dress rehearsals will include stage etiquette.
  • Junior and Senior Recitals can be held at either the Stephen B. Humphrey Theater at St. John's, or the Escher Auditorium in the Benedicta Arts Center at St. Ben's.
    • Sophomore recitals can be held in either the Recital Hall or Music Rehearsal Hall at the Benedicta Arts Center, or the Choral Rehearsal Room or Emmaus Chapel at St. John's University
  • A recital fee of $45.00 is charged for the performance space production costs.
  • Prior to their recitals, Fine Arts Programming will e-mail a technical form to students performing in the Humphrey Theater and the BAC Escher Auditorium. The students must fill out this form, including the following information:
    • stage layout
    • complete recital program with the duration of each piece
    • reception information
    • recording information
    • equipment needed
  • Performances in the Humphrey Theater and the BAC Escher Auditorium are digitally recorded by the Fine Arts Programming staff.  The Technical Director will provide performers with access to their recording.
  • Individuals desiring their performance be taped at a venue outside of the Humphrey Theater or the BAC Escher Auditorium should contact the media department for assistance. There will be a charge for these services which should be obtained when the proper arrangements are made. Reservations should be made at the time you schedule your recital date.
  • Further information is available from Fine Arts Programming.


  • It is recommended that students needing an accompanist make arrangements through their studio instructor and the head of the keyboard area, Dr. Edward Turley.
    • It is best to contact an accompanist at least three months in advance or the semester prior to the recital date.
    • It is also noted that during peak performance times of the semester it may be necessary for students to seek an accompanist from off-campus. Faculty members and studio instructors may help students with recommendations for professional pianists.

Recital Posters/Programs:

  • Students are responsible for production of their own posters & programs.
    • Posters
      • Cannot exceed 11x17 inches in size.
      • Posters need to be posted at the designated bulletin boards only (click here for locations), by the performer. Posters do not require approval from the Student Activities office.
      • These are for the major bulletin boards on each campus and do not include student dormitories. If students desire to distribute posters in dormitories, provide the RA on each floor with a poster for posting.
      • Students also need to provide Deb Guertin, Music Department Coordinator, with 10 copies for posting on department bulletin boards as well as for inclusion in a yearly performance booklet.
  • Regardless of the location of the recital, students must submit TWO PROGRAMS AND ONE POSTER to Deb Guertin for inclusion in the students file.
  • Students are reminded that the poster and program are academic documents which require studio instructor approval prior to printing.
  • Deb Guertin has examples of posters & programs for choral and instrumental performances from past academic programs in her office at SJU. Students may wish to view some samples before creating their own posters and programs.
  • Poster and programs should include the CSB/SJU logo found here.

Style Guide for Concert/Recital Programs


  • Reception needs may be accommodated through Culinary Services at St. Ben's (#5145) or Dining Services at St. John's (#2240).
  • If hosting a reception, make this known on the technical sheet requested by the Fine Arts Programming Office.
    • They will ensure a reception table is available for use in the Benedicta Arts Center Lobby or Gallery Lounge following performances in the BAC Escher Auditorium or the Humphrey Lobby following a performance in the Humphrey Theater. 
    • Following performances in the BAC Recital Hall, BAC Music Rehearsal Hall, or SJU Choral Rehearsal Room (MU 028), receptions are hosted in the hallway directly outside the performing space.
    • Emmaus receptions may be held in the Dining Hall in the lower level of Emmaus Hall.  This space needs to be reserved ahead of time.  Confirm this request with Deb Guertin.


  • Students can choose whether or not they would like their recital recorded through Fine Arts Programming when you fill out the Tech Form.
  • To access the recording:
    • Open SharePoint 
    • In the search engine type in "FAP Performance Recordings"