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FACULTY/STAFF DIRECTORY

 
Voice Recital Requirements

Public Recital (all B.A., B.M., and B.M./B.S.Ed. students, except Performance majors)

Each voice major must present a public recital during the last semester of voice lessons, comprising no less than 25 minutes of memorized music (15-20 minutes for a B.A. recital). The student must perform in French, German, Italian, and English.  The performance must include representative works from the following five categories:

  • 17th or 18th-century Italian or English
  • 19th-century German
  • 19th or 20th-century French
  • 20th-century American or British
  • an aria from an opera or oratorio

The student must prepare brief translations and/or program notes for the audience.  This examination is evaluated (pass/fail) by a panel of voice faculty.

MUS 305 Junior Recital and MUS 405 Senior Recital (B.M., Performance majors only)

Each vocal performance major must present both a junior recital comprising no less than 25 minutes of music, and a senior recital comprising no less than 50 minutes of music.  All music must be memorized.  The student must perform in French, German, Italian, and English. The performance must include representative works from the following five categories:
  • 17th or 18th-century Italian or English
  • 19th-century German
  • 19th or 20th-century French
  • 20th-century American or British
  • an aria from an opera or oratorio

All literature for the Junior and Senior Recitals must be approved by the voice faculty at least 10 weeks prior to the hearing date.  Any changes in literature must be immediately approved by the applied teacher and the voice committee members.  The repertoire must include at least one selection prepared entirely by the student, without aid of instruction:

  • For MUS 305, one selection
  • For MUS 405, a minimimum of 10 minutes of material

The recital grade will be determined by the voice faculty on the basis of the public performance and the performance portfolio; this grade is separate from the grade for that semester's voice lesson.

A hearing must be scheduled at least two weeks prior to the public performance.  If the student fails the initial hearing, heshe/he may reschedule one additional hearing during that semester.  If the second hearing is also unsatisfactory, the student must wait until the next semester to reschedule.  A grade of  I (incomplete) will be given for the course. Comment sheets will be written for the student during the hearing.

Public performances may be scheduled at the 2:30 pm recital hour or during any available evening (afternoons only on Saturday and Sunday).  This must be scheduled by the applied instructor and will not be advertised or confirmed until the public performance is recommended by the hearing committee.

A Performance Portfolio (notebook) on the recital material is due absolutely no later than the day prior to the hearing. Failure to do so will result in postponement of the hearing until the portfolio is presented to the faculty. The portfolio must be free of errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation, and must include:

  • clean copies of scores with measures numbered
  • brief biographical information of each composer with emphasis on the selections performed or at least the genre
  • word by word translations of each selection
  • brief statements about stylistic interpretation with specific references to measures in the score
  • brief pedagogical comments which include mention of technique and interpretation with specific references to measures in the score
  • song translations for the public recital
  • comments on poetry or poet where appropriate
  • citations in MLA style
  • phonetic transcriptions for each song using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) (MUS 405 only)
  • brief program notes for the public recital (MUS 405 only)
  • the student must be prepared to discuss this research at the hearing (MUS 405 only)


 

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