D.M.A. Qualifying Recital

By the end of their second year of study, all students admitted to the D.M.A. program must present a half-recital (perhaps 35-40 minutes of music) representing their best work since entering the program. The D.M.A. Qualifying Recital will be evaluated by the student's primary adviser and by a second faculty member (generally a second composer) selected by the student in consultation with the primary adviser. This recital will be used to assess the student's progress in the program. In unusual cases, when progress has been minimal, faculty reserve the right to terminate a student's enrollment in the program.

During winter quarter in the year before the recital, contact Music Production Supervisor Dave Morrison (Music Center 126, x4238, davemorr@ucsc.edu) to obtain a Graduate Recital Application, set a tentative recital date, and confer about the rehearsal schedule, instrument and equipment needs, etc.

The Music Department can provide templates for a poster and a recital program. Students may supply the Public Events office (Theater Arts A-218; 9-2787) with details about their recital if they wish the office to publicize the event. 

The quarter of the recital, you should enroll in Music 298~Graduate Recital with your general (dissertation) adviser.

If you wish to have a recital reception, you may reserve space at the Graduate Student Commons.

Support for the Qualifying Recital:

The Music Department provides standard house and technical support, including a stage manager, preset lighting, house staff, audio recording, basic publicity for the recital, and ten complimentary tickets for the primary recitalist. Music Production Supervisor Dave Morrison should be consulted far in advance of the recital regarding any additional sound/lighting services or equipment that will be needed for the recital.

D.M.A. students may apply for funding to support recital and dissertation costs by submitting a form (available from the department office) to the Discretionary Funds Committee, c/o the department office, when the committee issues a call for applications each fall. The application must be signed by the student’s general adviser. D.M.A. students entering with a bachelor's degree are eligible for one award to support the MA-level recital/thesis, and a second award to support the Qualifying Recital and dissertation. D.M.A. students entering with a master’s degree are eligible for one award in support of their dissertation and Qualifying Recital expenses. If the award is to be used for reimbursement of travel expenses for research associated with the dissertation or recital, airline boarding passes and original receipts for other travel expenses must be submitted to Susan Gautieri. For reimbursement for purchases, original receipts and a brief explanation of their purpose must be submitted to Susan Gautieri. These funds cannot be used to pay UCSC faculty or student performers.

Each graduate student is entitled to $100 provided for honoraria for adjunct performers for the full Qualifying Recital. These funds cannot be used to pay UCSC faculty or student performers. To request payment for recital performers, the name, mailing address, phone number, social security number, instrument performed, and payment amount must be submitted to Susan Gautieri in Music Center 127 at least one month before the recital. Payment to performers usually takes 4-6 weeks. Please note that you cannot be reimbursed for any payment you make directly to performers.

The moving and tuning of a maximum of three keyboard instruments (excluding organ tuning) will be provided within regular staff schedules; organ and extra tunings will be charged to the student.

Rehearsals in the Music Center Recital Hall will be limited to the month preceding the recital, and should be scheduled with the Music Production Supervisor.