Required Recitals - Junior, Senior, MM, DMA, GAC

Fall 2022:  Note that all NON-Degree recitals must be completed by October 31st, and DEGREE recitals must be completed by December 2nd, 2022. There will be NO Fall recitals after that date.

Vocal Performance majors (junior, senior, MM, and DMA) have a recital requirement as part of their degree.  Voice Concentration and BA students may choose to do a non-degree recital with approval of their studio teacher.   

All degree recitals (junior, senior, MM, DMA) and GAC-Voice recitals require program notes written by the student singer as well as translations of non-English texts.

Program notes will reflect a degree-appropriate level of scholarship and will indicate any sources referenced in footnotes or a bibliography. Approximately 1-2 paragraphs per group or 3-5 sentences per individual song (if not part of a group) are expected. Translations must include original language texts and English translations, noting the source for the translation. Texts for works originally in English must also be included. Students must turn in the program notes and translations to their studio teacher at least two weeks before the recital.

 

Degree-specific Requirements

Junior Recitals

  • No hearing is required.
  • Typically, two singers will share a one-hour recital slot.  
  • Each singer should present a minimum of 22 minutes of music.
  • All music is to be performed by memory unless common practice allows use of the score, as in the case of chamber music or oratorio. 
  • There should be no more than one aria (oratorio or operatic) or musical theater piece on the program.
  • The junior recital should include a variety of languages, musical styles, and historical periods.
  • One vocal duet is allowed. 
  • Any program that veers from this typical design should be approved by the voice faculty at least one month prior to the recital.

Senior Recitals

  • Students will perform their senior recital while enrolled in the capstone course MUAG 4712.  The capstone grade will be given by the capstone course teacher in consultation with the studio teacher.  Students are responsible for knowing the requirements for the capstone course not listed in this handbook.  
  • A recital hearing before the voice faculty is required. The hearing must be passed in order for the recital to be presented. The hearing should be 14-21 days prior to the recital, with 14 days being the absolute minimum. The studio teacher and student must arrange a hearing time during which at least 50% of the applied voice faculty present, and are responsible for reserving a suitable space in the Music Building. Students must bring a copy of the recital program for each juror, as well as one copy of their complete repertoire sheet (See "Degree Repertoire Requirements" tab.) No other form is required. If a student has included a chamber music piece on their recital program, the chamber ensemble must be present at the recital hearing, and the Voice Faculty will choose something from that piece at the hearing. The recital hearing is graded “pass/fail” by the faculty in attendance. Should a student not pass the hearing, the recital will be postponed until after the hearing is re-scheduled and passed. Only the student’s voice teacher grades the recital performance.
  • Students must prepare 45-50 minutes of music.  The entire program, including any remarks given as part of the Capstone requirement, must not exceed 50 minutes.  
  • All music is to be performed by memory unless common practice allows use of the score, as in the case of chamber music or oratorio.
  • Seniors may program up to 20% or 10 minutes of arias (opera or oratorio) or musical theater repertoire. 
  • The typical recital will include at least four languages representing different musical styles and periods.
  • Any program that veers from this typical design should be approved by the voice faculty at least one month prior to the hearing.
  • Singers planning degree recitals are not permitted to re-program repertoire performed on a student’s own previous degree recital, regardless of institution.  Exception: singers may re-program songs from a song cycle or other large work if they performed no more than 25% of the songs on a previous degree recital. For example, a singer may program on an upcoming degree recital the entire Dichterliebe cycle if no more than 25% of those songs were performed on a previous degree recital (4 of the 16 songs). In addition, individual songs or arias performed on a previous degree recital that were not part of a larger work may not be re-programmed. With the approval of the major professor, singers may request exceptions, by petitioning the DVS.  In planning a degree recital, students are expected to discuss with their major professor all repertoire sung on previous degree recitals. 

MM Recitals

  • No hearing is required. A panel of three faculty members (the studio teacher plus two additional Division faculty) will adjudicate all MM recitals.
  • Students must prepare 45-50 minutes of music.  The entire program must not exceed 50 minutes.  
  • Link to all grad forms: https://graduate.music.unt.edu/ under “For Current Students” tab.
  • All music is to be performed by memory unless common practice allows use of the score, as in the case of chamber music or oratorio.
  • MM students may program up to 25% or 12.5 minutes of arias (opera or oratorio) or musical theater repertoire. 
  • The typical recital will include at least four languages representing different musical styles and periods. 
  • Any program that veers from this typical design should be approved by the voice faculty at least two months prior to the recital.
  • Singers planning degree recitals are not permitted to re-program repertoire performed on a student’s own previous degree recital, regardless of institution.  Exception: singers may re-program songs from a song cycle or other large work if they performed no more than 25% of the songs on a previous degree recital. For example, a singer may program on an upcoming degree recital the entire Dichterliebe cycle if no more than 25% of those songs were performed on a previous degree recital (4 of the 16 songs). In addition, individual songs or arias performed on a previous degree recital that were not part of a larger work may not be re-programmed. With the approval of the major professor, singers may request exceptions, by petitioning the DVS.  In planning a degree recital, students are expected to discuss with their major professor all repertoire sung on previous degree recitals. 

DMA Recitals

  • No hearing is required. A panel of three faculty (the studio teacher plus two additional Division faculty) will adjudicate all DMA recitals.  The panel members need not be the same for all of the required recitals.   
  • All music is to be performed by memory unless common practice allows use of the score, as in the case of chamber music or oratorio
  • Students must prepare 45-50 minutes of music.  The entire program must not exceed 50 minutes.  
  • Link to all grad forms: https://graduate.music.unt.edu/ under “For Current Students” tab.
  • DMA students who wish to count a leading opera role as a recital (this may occur one time only) must submit a petition through their major professor to the Division Chair.  The voice faculty will vote on allowing the recital to count as a DMA recital.  If approved, the Division Chair will confirm approval with the Chair of the Graduate Performance Dissertation Committee.  It is the student's responsibility to confirm the final GPDC approval in a timely manner via the Division Chair. Students counting an opera role as a recital should have their approval from the Graduate Performance Dissertation Committee and required paperwork completed at least one month before the opera performance.  DMA students who are performing an opera role in fulfillment of one of the DMA recitals must write program notes for the performance and have a recital committee, as they would for a regular DMA recital.  
  • DMA students must obtain a repertoire form and comment sheet from the Division's Administrative Assistanct and give that form (once filled out) to the major professor.  Once the recital is completed, the major professor will  enter the appropriate score onto the form, and turn it into the Administrative Assistant.  
  • DMA students must complete either a recital or a jury by the end of the two long semesters in an academic year.  
  • DMA students should consult the DMA Handbook for additional requirements. Information regarding counting an opera role for a recital and the necessary procedure to do so will be found in that document as well.  
  • Singers planning degree recitals are not permitted to re-program repertoire performed on a student’s own previous degree recital, regardless of institution.  Exception: singers may re-program songs from a song cycle or other large work if they performed no more than 25% of the songs on a previous degree recital. For example, a singer may program on an upcoming degree recital the entire Dichterliebe cycle if no more than 25% of those songs were performed on a previous degree recital (4 of the 16 songs). In addition, individual songs or arias performed on a previous degree recital that were not part of a larger work may not be re-programmed. With the approval of the major professor, singers may request exceptions, by petitioning the DVS.  In planning a degree recital, students are expected to discuss with their major professor all repertoire sung on previous degree recitals. 
  • Two dissertation recitals must be solo recitals and the remaining recital may be flexible (for example chamber/ensemble music, or a major opera role with the approval of the Voice Faculty and GPDC.) Students may perform on their two solo recitals no more than 10 minutes per recital of unmemorized music from chamber music and/or cantata/oratorio. Students must consult with their major professor for final approval. They may always petition the Division and GPDC in an unusual case. 

Graduate Artist Certificate (GAC) - Voice - Recitals

  • No hearing required. A panel of three faculty members (the studio teacher plus two additional Division faculty) will adjudicate all GAC recitals.
  • Students must prepare 45-50 minutes of music.  The entire program, including any remarks given, must not exceed 50 minutes. 
  • All music is to be performed by memory unless common practice allows use of the score: as in the case of chamber music or oratorio.
  • GAC students who are performing an opera role in fulfillment of one of the GAC recitals will be expected to write program notes for the performance
  • GAC students counting an opera role as a recital should have their approval from the Graduate Performance Dissertation Committee and required paperwork completed by this time.  
  • Singers planning GAC recitals are not permitted to re-program repertoire performed on a student’s own previous degree or GAC recital, regardless of institution.  Exception: singers may re-program songs from a song cycle or other large work if they performed no more than 25% of the songs on a previous degree recital. For example, a singer may program on an upcoming degree recital the entire Dichterliebe cycle if no more than 25% of those songs were performed on a previous degree recital (4 of the 16 songs). In addition, individual songs or arias performed on a previous degree recital that were not part of a larger work may not be re-programmed. With the approval of the major professor, singers may request exceptions, by petitioning the DVS.  In planning a degree recital, students are expected to discuss with their major professor all repertoire sung on previous degree recitals. 

Graduate Artist Certificate (GAC) - Opera - Roles for GAC Credit

A panel of three faculty members, consisting of the Director of Opera, the Major Professor, and one additional committee member from the Division of Vocal Studies or UNT Opera faculty will adjudicate the opera role.  Students are required to submit a recital form to the Graduate Office with the appropriate signatures before the opera performance.