Westminster Choir College Student Recital Guidelines

Westminster Choir College Student Recital Guidelines

Recital Scheduling

Students presenting required recitals may participate in the recital lottery, held in October (for spring recitals dates) and April (for fall recital dates.) The lottery will be announced via email and electronic message board.   

After all recital lottery entries have been assigned dates, required recitals may be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Non-required recitals may not be reserved until the semester of the recital. When you tentatively reserve a recital, you will receive a recital form which must be signed by your teacher and returned to the performance management office. Failure to turn in the recital form by the deadline listed on the form may result in the forfeit of the recital reservation.


Recital Times

A recital is booked for 60 minutes, plus 15 minutes before and after the recital block for set-up and clean up activities. You are responsible for your own set-up and clean up. You may wish to coordinate these activities with others using the room that day.  The performance management office will provide the schedule for the performance space upon request.


Recital Spaces

The performance management office books Bristol Chapel, The Playhouse and Williamson Hall for recitals. Performance management will also forward requests for Gill Chapel to the Lawrenceville campus scheduling office. Bristol Chapel may not be used for a junior recital (EXCEPT junior organ recitals) or a non-required recital, except when the College is not in session (summer or between semesters).


Cancelling Recitals

If you cancel a scheduled recital, or choose not to confirm a tentatively reserved recital, please inform the performance management office by emailing wccevents@rider.edu. A new recital date cannot be reserved unless the previous recital is canceled.


Instruments

Use of the Casavant chamber organ, the Dowd harpsichord or the Dupree harpsichord for a recital must be arranged with the sacred music department at least three weeks before the recital. The sacred music office reserves the right to refuse use of any of these instruments. Contact the sacred music office by phone at ext. 8277 or by email at sacredmusic@rider.edu.


Dress Rehearsals

You may reserve a ninety-minute dress rehearsal.  The request for a dress rehearsal can be made during the recital semester, beginning on registration day. (Exceptions may be made for recitals occurring in the first two weeks of the semester.) A dress rehearsal may only be reserved after a completed recital form has been submitted. Dress rehearsals may be reserved in person, via the online event request form, or by email at wccevents@rider.edu. Due to space limitations, you are not guaranteed a dress rehearsal time.


Receptions

The request for a reception can be made during the recital semester, beginning on registration day. (Exceptions may be made for recitals occurring in the first two weeks of the semester.) A reception may only be reserved after a completed recital form has been submitted. Receptions are commonly held in Thayer Lounge, Martin Dining Room, Playhouse (booked by performance management) or the Dining Commons (booked by Dining Services). Receptions may not be held in Williamson Hall or Bristol Hall (Chapel, Fisk Room or lobby.) The reception area must be returned to its normal configuration by the end of the booked reception time. You may wish to coordinate set up and clean up with others using the reception area that day.  The performance management office will provide the schedule in the reception space upon request. Receptions may be reserved in person, via the online event request form, or by email at wccevents@rider.edu. Due to space limitations, you are not guaranteed a reception time.


Recital Programs

You are responsible for creating and reproducing a program following the student recital guidelines for your recital. Six copies of the recital program must be submitted to the performance management office for archival purposes.  An original program can be created in addition to the required archival programs. Click here to dowload the Student Recital Guidelines (pdf).


Publicity

On-campus student recitals are automatically posted to the Rider University web calendar, on the Princeton Events page. You may submit a description of your recital to wccevents@rider.edu or via the online event request form to be added to the web calendar. Information about recitals held off campus may also be submitted in this manner for inclusion in the web calendar. You are responsible for any other recital publicity.

Questions regarding any of these guidelines should be directed to the performance management office at extension 8308 or email wccevents@rider.edu. Please note: in accordance with university policy, email communications regarding your recital must be sent from your Rider email account.