Recital Procedures

When and Who:

CCM recitals are held throughout the year on pre-selected Saturday afternoons at 1:00, 2:30, and 4:00 pm, as well as pre-selected weeknights at 7:00 pm. These recitals are open to private lesson students, the Suzuki Repertoire classes, and once a semester for the Group Voice classes. Students of all levels are encouraged to participate in many recitals throughout the year when they have a polished performance. Your instructor will let you know when you are ready. Students will play only one piece per recital.

Recital Sign-Up:

To sign up for a recital, your instructor will place your name, performance piece and composer on the sign-up sheet located in the CCM office. The sign-up must be completed two weeks prior to the recital date. The slots are filled on a first come first served basis.  Once you have reserved a time slot, you cannot switch to a different time/date after the two week deadline has passed.  

We try to keep each recital to less than one hour, but also need at least 30 minutes of student performances to run a recital. If there are not enough students for a recital, we will ask that the students move to another timeslot.

Important Note: Once you have signed up for a recital we will expect you to perform, unless you are sick or have an emergency. If you need to cancel, or change your date for other reasons, please do so two weeks prior to the recital date to allow other families the time slot. Please notify your instructor and call the CCM office at 978-369-0010; we will see if the change can be accommodated. 

Performance Workshops:

The Performance Workshop is a free and mandatory exercise for all new CCM private lesson students who will participate in a recital. The student must attend one workshop prior to their first recital. This is an opportunity for students to run through their recital pieces and learn performance etiquette. A workshop is offered prior to each recital. Please sign up>>

Accompanists for CCM recitals:

An accompanist is provided for student solos performed during CCM recitals. Students/families sign up online two weeks prior to each recital for rehearsals with their accompanists. Beginning students should sign up for a 15-minute time slot while more advanced students receive 20 minutes free of charge. For more than a 20-minutes rehearsal, a fee is  charge to help cover the accompanist cost. Also, if students desire additional rehearsals they will be responsible for compensating the accompanist. Students who are playing outside of the Suzuki repertoire are responsible for making sure they get the accompanist a copy of their music two weeks prior to their rehearsal.

Recital Attire:

This is a special occasion and your student’s time in the spotlight!  It’s your personal choice, but we like to think of it as ‘business casual’; so please, please, please…absolutely no sneakers, athletic wear, jeans or sweatshirts. Thank you!

Demeanor and Etiquette:

Arrival: Plan to arrive at least 10 minutes before the recital, 15 minutes if you have an instrument to be tuned.

An important request…

Students have worked very hard for the recitals and deserve a full audience. Please remain until the end of each recital. We strongly request that students and parents do not leave a recital immediately after their student has performed.

If you cannot attend the entire recital, then your student should not perform at that recital.  Please wait until the applause ends before entering or leaving the performance space during recitals, and turn off cell phones.

Young Children:

Please do not seat very young children near the front rows; their normal movements are distracting to performers. If you think that your youngsters are unable to sit quietly for the entire program, please find seats near the back that you can quietly leave from if they become disruptive. We do appreciate your cooperation. Thanks!

We gather in the WCUC Parlor after recitals for light refreshments, unless otherwise noted. CCM provides the celebratory refreshments after each recital.