Recital day at Carolina Music Academy is always an exciting time! Practicing is done, and adrenalin is running high. It is time to perform!
At the Academy, recitals are the culmination of all the hard work and practicing our students have done throughout the term. They are a time to do with our music exactly what we should do… share it. Although the students may be a little nervous, recitals are a time when we can strengthen our ability to appear and perform in front of other people. These performance times can also teach students the necessary skills for things like public speaking and social interaction. Recitals take place in December and May of each year and are usually held at St. Martin's-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church. However, some smaller studios use other rooms on the campus. These will be announced as recital times approach. No extra fees are ever charged for recitals. Teachers freely give of their time and the parish of St. Martin's kindly allows the use of the facility.
People attending Carolina Music Academy recital day often ask us what they should wear, or if there's anything they need to know about coming to one of our recitals. So, here's a brief tutorial covering the basic things most people need to know.
First, for performers and parents of performers, formal dress is not required for you or your child. There is no need in getting dressed up and causing more nervousness than the recital itself. So, come dressed in casual Sunday dress, and leave your focus and attention for the music. The same goes for members of the audience.
The Basic Recital Dos and Don'ts
- Do turn off all smartphones, pagers, watches that might make noise, etc. The last thing you want is to have everybody in the hall staring at you as you search for an obnoxiously loud ring tone. If, for some reason, you have to have your phone on, put it on silent, not vibrate. Vibrations can still be heard.
- If a piece listed in your program says that it has multiple movements, do not clap between them. We know you get excited, we do too. However, trust us when we say that if you clap between every movement, it's only going to make the recital twice as long. So, hold in your excitement until the end of the piece.
- If at all possible, please don't leave until the end of the recital. Performers need an audience, and if there's no one there by the end, it's not going to give them the training and poise needed to give their best performances. That said, if you absolutely must leave, then please do so only during applause. Because, if you think everyone stared at you for the obnoxious phone, trust us when we say that they will stare at you ten times more if you try to leave the hall "discreetly" in the middle of someone's piece.
- Do not take pictures during the performances. It takes an intense amount of focus for a successful performance. So, ask yourself, before you take that picture, is it really worth possibly being the reason all those months of practice just went out the window? The answer, no. We all get excited and want to take photos, but please wait until afterward.
- Respect the performers. Don't talk during the performance, even if it is to say how much you're enjoying it. Save that for afterward, because the performers want to hear it too. That said, don't be afraid to be engaged with the music. If it moves you, show it. If there's something that makes you laugh, then laugh. Contrary to popular belief, classical music is not meant to be stiff. There was a time when classical concerts were treated the same way as our modern rock ones.