Requirements & Basic Information

All music majors at James Madison University are required to give at least one degree recital, depending on degree requirements (see the Undergraduate Handbook for more information on specific requirements).

Students are required to adhere to the degree recital policies for the culminating performance project as established by the applied areas within which students are pursuing their degree.

Recital Spaces & Availability

Only Graduate (D.M.A. and M.M.), Senior Full, and Senior Half degree recitals are scheduled in the Forbes Center Recital Hall. Junior Half (degree or non-degree) recitals can take place in Anthony-Seeger Auditorium or off-campus. 

Forbes Recital Hall Dates & Times

D.M.A. Recitals are scheduled on available Sundays at 1:00pm, 4:00pm, and 7:00pm. 

M.M., Senior Full, and Senior Half Recitals are scheduled on available Fridays at 4:00pm, 6:00pm, and 8:00pm, or Saturdays at 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm, and 8:00pm. *Not every Friday/Saturday is available.*

Anthony-Seeger Auditorium Dates & Times

Recitals in Anthony-Seeger are usually scheduled on Fridays at 8:00pm, or Saturdays and Sundays at 12:00pm, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, or 7:30pm. Times will vary based on availability. 

Recital Requirements

Degree Recitals must adhere to the lengths determined by the JMU School of Music:


Recital Type

Minimum Performing Time

Maximum Performing Time

Half Recitals*

20 minutes

 25 minutes 

Full Recitals**

45 minutes

50 minutes

 *Shared half recitals cannot include an intermission.

**Full solo recitals (Senior Full, M.M., and D.M.A.) may include a 10-minute intermission if desired. 


Paperwork Requirements

Each on-campus location has it's own required paperwork & deadline. Please see the Forbes Recital Packet-DMA, Forbes Recital Packet-Sr/MM, or Anthony-Seeger Recital Packet according to the location of your recital. 


All on-campus recitals are scheduled through Sarah Macomber, the Director of Concert & Support Services. Below are the steps for the scheduling process:

  1. All students signing up for a degree recital in the Forbes Recital Hall or in Anthony-Seeger Auditorium must enter the recital lottery.
  2. Students must fill out the Student Degree Recital Planning Form and have it signed by their applied faculty member.
  3. Recital lottery entries will be split into D.M.A., M.M., Senior Full, and Senior Half recitals and randomized.
  4. Appointments will be assigned based on the randomized order within each catergory. The order of sign-up categories will be:
    1. D.M.A.
    2. M.M.
    3. Senior Full
    4. Senior Half
    5. Junior Half (Anthony-Seeger ONLY)
  5. Students will meet with Sarah Macomber during their assigned appointment time to schedule their recital. 
  6. Sarah Macomber will send a confirmation email to each recitalist and their applied professor. Once the time is confirmed, the recital time will be official. 

All recitalists planning to give a recital in the Forbes Recital Hall MUST attend one of the orientation meetings at the beginning of the academic year. This meeting is required in order to schedule a recital in the Forbes Center. 

Dress Rehearsals

Forbes Center Dress Rehearsals

Dress Rehearsals for all recitalists performing in the Forbes Recital Hall must be scheduled with Sarah Macomber by 5 weeks prior to the recital. 

All dress rehearsal dates are first come, first served. Please contact Sarah Macomber for a list of available dates. 

Anthony-Seeger Dress Rehearsals

Dress Rehearsals for all recitalists performing in Anthony-Seeger Auditorium must be scheduled with Sarah Macomber by 4 weeks prior to the recital. 

Cancellation Policies

Forbes Recital Hall Cancellation Policy

Due to the high demand placed on our limited resources, it is expected that all Student Recitals take place on the day and time originally scheduled. If there is a need for cancellation, you must contact the Forbes Production Office immediately. 

In all cases, except those of extreme hardship (e.g. debilitating illness) as identified by the School of Music, you will not be permitted to reschedule in the Recital Hall within the same academic year. You may be permitted to utilize other School of Music venues or you may choose to postpone your recital until the following academic year. 

 Anthony-Seeger Auditorium Cancellation Policy

All cancellations need to be communicated to Sarah Macomber ( Recitals cancelled in Anthony-Seeger can be rescheduled if a date and time are available. 


The School of Music Office of concert & Support Services will print the programs for all student degree recitals free of charge. Please follow the below procedure:

  1. Use the appropriate program template.
  2. All recital parties involved should approve program, including professors.
  3. Once approved by professors, please email to Donna Wampler ( or the Graduate Assistant that has been corresponding with you. This email should show that it was approved by your professor(s).
  4. Please pick up program by 3:00PM the day of your recital or by 3:00PM on Friday if your recital is on the weekend. 
Off-Campus Recitals

Students are permitted to perform off-campus with their applied professor's permission, and it must be in Harrisonburg city/Rockingham County. Most off-campus recitals are held in churches in downtown Harrisonburg, and students must handle all scheduling and logistics of the recital. 

Please inform Sarah Macomber ( of your off-campus recital so it can be advertised on our Student Recital Calendar

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