Student Recitals

Announcing our first-ever

Tentatively scheduled to go live on August 7, 8 and 9, 2020 

Absolute deadline for submission of mp4 video: July 5, 2020 

June 8, 2020

Dear students and parents,After much debate, and our first-ever departmental faculty meetings over Zoom, we’ve decided to present a Virtual Spring 2020 Recital in August. We’re planning on the recitals going live on August 7th, 8th and 9th, but the dates are subject to change. We’re hoping a Zoom virtual recital will be just as much fun as our faculty meetings were!

Here’s how it works:

  • Who can participate? Any student enrolled in Spring or Summer 2020 can participate with instructor approval. In lieu of charging admission, there will be a $20.00 fee per recitalist. (The $20 fee is necessary to cover the extensive video and audio editing costs of production!)
  • All students are welcome! The student need not be enrolled in summer to participate although we highly recommend it. For graduating seniors, please let us know if these dates interfere with collegiate start dates.
  • How a Zoom recital works. Students will provide an mp4 video that can be shot on a cellphone, tablet or computer to be included in the recital. On recital day, we’ll all meet together in a group Zoom session with the instructor. We’ll introduce each student, ask them about themselves and the piece they’ll be presenting, and then just like American Idol or The Voice, we’ll play their video from our location. (Of course, each performance will be met with thunderous applause from all attendees!)
  • The deadline for video submission is July 5th. All recitalists will submit an mp4 video to no later than July 5th, 2020. No exceptions. No latecomers. If you’re using a backing track, please submit that as an mp3 as well. Please include these details in the email: recitalist’s name, instructor’s name, and the piece title and composer being performed.
  • Length of performance is limited! Performances are limited to no more than 5 minutes per recitalist (per instrument), unless specifically directed by your instructor.
  • What about accompaniment? We will not be providing accompaniment services. Students will play unaccompanied or to Karaoke/Play-Along/Music Minus-One tracks. If a family member or relative you feel safe inviting into your home can accompany, that would be lovely.
  • If you plan to use a track. You must record your student’s performance with the backing track playing in the background. Your playback of the track must be of reasonable quality to make a good recording. Balance, the relative volume of track-to-performer, is important. Playing the track on one iPhone while taking the video on another isn’t acceptable. For those of us old enough to own a stereo, the best one you can muster would be a good choice. Practice before making the video to see if the balance sounds good. Then go for that perfect take.
  • For the techno-savvy. If you can record your recitalist on the left track for example, and the backing track on the right track, that would be ideal. The recitalist MUST wear headphones or AirPods so as not to record the backing track twice. Then send us the mp4 and mp3 and we’ll lay it back to the video to give the best balance possible.
  • Consider your presentation. Dress appropriately. “Stage” your video. Make sure everything in frame presents an image you’ll be proud of.
  • Lights, Action, Camera. Vacuum the couch, put a bowtie on the dog, and make a big batch of popcorn!
Here’s to our first virtual recital!
With warm regards,
Lou Caimano
Louis Caimano, Director