Students at the Sunderman Conservatory have myriad opportunities to showcase their skill and musical expertise. These performances range from informal weekday events to formal degree recitals.
The Conservatory reserves the hour from 3:00 to 4:00 pm on Fridays for Conservatory special events. This is an opportunity to enjoy occasional additional performances and activities, including junior Bachelor of Music recitals and presentations by visiting guest performers and lecturers.
Sometimes, students may choose to perform non-degree recitals. These "informal recitals" do not fulfill performance requirements for the music major and are not included in the Conservatory Performance Calendar.
Informances are student-run, informal performance opportunities held late at night in Schmucker Hall. Timing ranges from a few times each semester to weekly event.
These informal performances offer an opportunity for students to "try things out" for their peers without pressures of concert dress or etiquette. Faculty members are generally not invited.
Senior Recitals are formal required performances for music majors; Junior Recitals are required for the Bachelor of Music Degree. Recitals are typically held in April.
Notes at Noon is held in the main floor apse area of the library, and includes three to four concerts each semester. This Conservatory favorite is also known as Musselman Library's "brown-bag concert series."
The series features students and faculty from the Sunderman Conservatory of Music as well as off-campus performers. Highlights have included student groups such as the Opera Workshop, Percussion Ensemble, and a flute choir, as well as faculty solo recitals and performances by the Sunderman Woodwind Quintet.
The audience for Notes at Noon includes students, faculty, staff, and community members.
Another opportunity for performance is available in the studio class. Voice and piano studio classes meet weekly, and other instrumental areas meets as scheduled by the studio teachers.
On Thursdays at lunchtime, the Conservatory's music community gathers for student solo and chamber performances, master classes, and presentations by Conservatory faculty members and guests. These events are designed to further the overall understanding of music, the aspects of music performance, and various professional issues related to music.
Through attendance at these weekly recitals, students are exposed to a wide variety of repertory and styles, mediums, genres, and techniques. The hour provides an opportunity for all students registered for private applied study to perform; studio instructors are encouraged to have their students perform at least once a year.
To schedule a performance time for a Thursday Noon Recital, a student should: