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Senior Recital Proposals

Senior Recital Proposal Instructions 2020-2021

The music department faculty consider all proposals for senior recitals presented in the building.


Note New Deadline: Friday, April 30, 2020 at 5:00pm.

 Late proposals will not be accepted.

The Recital Hall or Thekla Hall may be approved for senior recitals.


Prerequisites for a Senior Recital

  1. Since the Senior Recital is senior-level work, it is expected that students will have completed 5-7 semesters of private lessons in one instrument prior to the semester of your recital. At least three semesters of lessons must have been taken for credit.

  2. Non-Majors: To apply for a senior recital, students must already have completed their co-requisite courses in music. (If a student is in the process of completing a co-requisite course in the spring semester of their junior year, please include this information in the proposal.)

  3. Applicants must be in good academic standing. (See “Academic Requirements” below.)

Before you apply…

Please discuss the recital proposal in detail with your private teacher (repertoire, accompanist, semester of performance, etc.). Please also discuss the significant time commitment to prepare a senior recital with your major advisor.


To Apply for a Senior Recital

Please read the complete requirements and instructions below before submitting your materials.

There are three parts to the proposal:

  1. Fill out the online form

  2. Upload your written proposal to the online form

  3. Request two letters of recommendation submitted to concerts@vassar.edu

Letters of Recommendation

A letter of recommendation from the student’s private music instructor is required. The letter must address the student’s ability to prepare a junior/senior recital and support of the proposed repertoire. The private instructor should submit the letter of recommendation to concerts@vassar.edu by April 30, 2020.

A letter of recommendation from the student’s major advisor is required. The letter must address the student’s academic standing and ability to prepare a junior/senior recital. The major advisor is asked to submit the letter of recommendation to concerts@vassar.edu by April 30, 2020.

Academic Requirements

  • All students presenting a senior recital will be required to perform a jury for the faculty in the first two weeks of the semester of the scheduled recital. Two-thirds of the program must be concert-ready. (Please check with your private teacher about memorization requirements. Most recitals should be memorized.) 

**Faculty will review completed recital proposals in the order they were submitted. Recital dates will then be offered on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the order in which they were approved.

Senior Recital Written Proposal (in a word or pdf file)

The written proposal will be uploaded to the google form for senior recital proposals.

The written proposal must include:

  1. Your name and instrument/voice type.

  2. A listing of the repertoire/composers to be performed. This repertoire list should be as complete as possible. The repertoire MUST be approved by your private teacher before submitting your proposal. If you are requesting any additional musicians or the use of instruments other than piano, please include this in your written proposal.

  3. A short essay that describes how the senior recital fits in with your academic work at Vassar. (One page maximum.)

Apply for a senior recital.