DMA Recitals

Doctor of Musical Arts recitals must demonstrate the highest level of technical skill and artistry through the performance of a wide variety of musical styles.

Students are expected to present all recitals on campus. One off-campus major performance, such as a solo performance with a reputable symphony orchestra, may be substituted if it is pertinent to the degree program and receives written permission from the Major Advisor and Director of Graduate Studies. This option is NOT available for the final recital. For the DMA in Voice Performance, please see Voice DMA Recital for exceptions.

Recital Requirements


Lecture Recital

A lecture recital may be elected as one of the required recitals. The lecture portion (approximately 30 minutes of spoken text) must be written, substantiated by footnotes, and approved along with the recital permission no later than four weeks before the scheduled date of the recital. The recital portion must be at least 45 minutes of music. 

NOTE: If the student wishes to use the Lecture Recital/Performance Document as the Final Project, the following is advised:

  • The lecture recital should be presented as the penultimate recital in the degree program;
  • The lecture portion of this presentation must later be expanded to a document of at least 75 pages in length, representing original scholarship as specified in Section 9.5 for the research document;
  • Consultation with the DGS for the student’s department is strongly advised.

Recital Permission 

All recitals must follow the permission policies adapted by the individual program. In all cases this permission must be secured at least four weeks prior to the desired performance date. In the case of a jury audition, the student may have two hearings for recital permission. In extenuating circumstances, the student can petition to their major advisor for a third hearing. The student will be dismissed from the program if permission to perform a required recital cannot be secured. 

Recital Registration 

Students in performance degree programs that require recitals must register for each required recital (580, zero credit) in the specific quarter of the recital. For the final recital, typically performed after the Final Document is completed, the student should notify the Assistant Director of Graduate Services and Financial Aid of the quarter in which the recital will be performed. The Assistant Director can then register the student for 580 during that same quarter.

Scheduling Recitals 

The student must secure recital performance dates through the Concert Management Office, located in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.

Learn More about Student Recital Scheduling