General Guidelines for all Official Music Department Recitals

  • Follow the policies and procedures provided in this handbook (Recital Guidelines I–V).
  • Official Music Department Recitals include weekly Student Recitals, Junior and Senior Recitals that fulfill a degree requirement, recitals by any senior student taking lessons in the semester of the performance, and Chamber Ensemble, Composition, and Advanced Conducting Recitals. (See Sections I and III to the right.)
  • See Section IV to the right for the sign-up schedule for Junior and Senior Recitals.
  • Students must be taking lessons from a St. Olaf Music Department faculty member in the medium in which they will perform in order to perform in an official recital.
  • Chamber Ensemble (String Night, Brass Night, Woodwind Night), Composition, and Advanced Conducting Recital participants must be under the mentorship of a music faculty advisor.
  • No two official Music Department events may be scheduled at the same time.
  • For space availability and room reservation requests, check the 25 Live Room Reservations WebViewer.

Below are the links to printable recital forms (please fill out completely, print and bring form to CHM 101).  The forms can also be found on the door to CHM 101 (Barb Barth’s office).  Junior and Senior recital can only be found on Barb’s door.

Student Recital Application
Jr/Sr Recital Application
BM Ed Entrance/Continuance Recital
BM Perf, Church Music Entrance/Continuance Recital
Senior Soloist Recital Application
Tour Soloist Recital Application

Application deadlines and recital dates can be found here.

IMPORTANT! Before planning or scheduling any recital performance, consult with your instructor and see the Collaborative Pianist section in this handbook for collaborative pianist information.

Recital Calendar 2024/2025

Performance Requirements for Music Majors

Listed to the right are all the recital performance needs for all Music Majors to meet the degree requirements.

If you have questions about the requirements please consult with your studio instructor.

Note: in order to perform on any official Music Department recital a student must be taking lessons with a St. Olaf College Music Department faculty member on the instrument/voice of the recital performance.

Recital Attendance Requirements (Pink Cards)

Non-music majors who are taking lessons are required to attend at least four (4) official recitals or concerts per semester.

Music majors are required to attend a minimum of ten (10) official recitals or concerts per semester, with a total of 60 by graduation.

Attendance credit is given for all official student recitals, faculty and guest artist recitals, and ensemble concerts.

To receive credit for attendance, pick up a “pink card” from the House Manager when you enter the concert hall. Fill out the card LEGIBLY with student number, sign it (again LEGIBLY), and return it to the House Manager at the door as you leave. Pink cards are not accepted at any other time.  Illegible cards, or those with incorrect student ID numbers will be discarded. Except for official master classes (see below), you must arrive on time and remain for the entire performance to receive attendance credit.

Students who participate in one piece on a student recital, and stay for the entire recital, will be eligible to submit a pink card. The student will get a pink card at the door before the event starts, and turn it in immediately following the end of the event. Attendance credit is also given for participation in Band Day, Choral Day, and Christmas Festival. Students participating in Christmas Festival will receive one pink card for the three-day event.

Collaborative student pianists can receive pink card credit if they do not receive performance credit.

Attendance credit will also be given for attending official master classes (a minimum of one hour) and Pedagogy Saturday.

Attendance credit will not be given for any musical event off-campus or for partial attendance.