Requesting Space and Scheduling Recitals


Graduate students in the Music Department who wish to schedule public recitals should write to Rick Nelson (, the Music Department Concert Manager. You will need a faculty sponsor.  Note that departmental sponsorship for a student recital must be approved by the Chair.  The preferred performance venues are Nelson Music Room (seats 300+) and Baldwin Auditorium (seats 600+). 

The form for degree recitals can also be obtained from the Concert Manager. In the case of the requirements for the en route A.M. in Performance Practice, this form requires the signatures of the candidate's entire committee. The Concert Manager will schedule the recital, one dress rehearsal, and arrange for one piano tuning. Additional tunings or instrument moves are made at the student’s expense and must be requested on the scheduling form. Requesting the equipment does not guarantee availability. The Concert Manager will notify you as soon as an answer is available.

If you wish to reserve a classroom for rehearsals, special programs (e.g., SCMG Conference papers, Talk Music, etc.), file a request using Duke 25 Live.  After signing in with your NetID, search for available dates in Biddle 101, Biddle 104, Biddle 086, Biddle 102, Biddle 069, or Bone Hall.  The request will be sent to the appropriate staff member who will respond by email.    The Library Seminar Room can be reserved by emailing Jamie Keesecker, Ph.D. at, Sarah Griffin at, or the Director of the Music Library, Laura Williams at


Our Marketing and Communications professional, Elizabeth Thompson, (Room 110) provides publicity within the campus community. The date, time and location of the recital will be submitted for listing in the calendar of events. As recitals constitute part of the academic program, often as exams, it is Music Department policy not to publicize these beyond the campus. Any exception to this rule or any cancellation of a degree recital or program requires a request from the faculty sponsor to the chair.


The Publicist provides programs, and performers must use the programs supplied by the Department. Graduate Recital programs must be approved by the faculty sponsor. Guidelines provided by the Publicist will inform you of departmental style and standards. Please submit the program to the Publicist two weeks before the concert. This allows time for typing, formatting, and revising before the program is sent to the printer. Once the program has been printed, changes cannot be made.

Texts and Translations

All texts, translations, and program notes must be submitted in final, fully edited form to the departmental Publicist at least two weeks before the recital. The Music Department is unable to provide other logistical support for graduate recitals.