Formal Student Recitals

Recital Coordinator: Yvonne Donnelley


This year we will have six Formal Recitals.
The Formal Student Recitals are a showcase for the very best achievements of our students. They
provide an opportunity for serious students to share their musical accomplishments with an appreciative, supportive, and respectful audience. Only students very well prepared for a high-level public performance should be entered. We hope to provide a standard of musicianship high enough to inspire all who attend, audience and fellow performers alike. Students not thoroughly prepared, or wishing to try less polished pieces, should only apply to an Informal Recital.


Requirements for Formal Recitals
  • Solo repertoire must be confidentally memorized; ensembles may use music.

  • Students must have studied with their current teacher for at least six months prior to the Recital date. Teachers of Recital participants must be Active, Cal-Plan, Contributory, or Provisional members of MTAC Alameda County branch, for at least one year, in good standing. All teachers who submit student(s) to perform in a Formal Recital are required to host at least one Formal Recital or Informal Recital within two (2) years. Teachers must inform students’ parents what is expected from a Formal Recital audience: if they must move about the room, to do so only during applause between performances; they must not obstruct other audience members when taking photos; they must be respectful at all times for the work Formal Recital students have done to make such wonderful performances.

  • Each studio is allowed a maximum playing time of twelve (12) minutes, with a maximum of four (4) entries per Recital. Each entry can be a solo or ensemble. Whether solo or ensemble, each entry may play multiple movements or pieces, as long as the total time of all entries does not exceed the studio limit of 12 minutes. Teachers are responsible for the accuracy of the information of their Recital pieces. Incomplete entries will not be accepted for the Recital. For example, there are many “Minuet in G,” sometimes by the same composer; please be sure to supply all the necessary information to correctly identify the piece being performed, i.e., correct movement, suite or dance, and composition numbers of BWV, Hoboken, or KV, etc.

  • Teachers should expect to hear back for confirmation that their submission was received by the Host in two days; if they do not, they should check the email address and resubmit, or contact the Host directly and leave a voicemail.

  • Students are required to dress formally for the Formal Recitals, in concert attire, with no casual clothing (jeans or t-shirts), sport shoes, or hats, and exercise appropriate Formal Recital behavior.

  • Absolutely no repertoire will be allowed involving prepared piano, or any manual use of the interior of the piano.

  • Students are expected to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the Recital. They are requested to stay for the entire program, along with their teachers.

  • The Recital Host must receive entries for the Recital no later than one week prior to the performance date. The entry should be emailed, following the form on the next page. It may also be copied and sent via snail mail, but in both cases please follow the form exactly.


Click here to download Student Recital Entrance Form.


This year’s Formal Recitals are at 3:00pm unless noted otherwise as follows. Maps and directions may be found on Branch Events page. (PLEASE NOTE LOCATION AND START TIME FOR 2/15 AND 4/19):