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Signature Recitals are an opportunity for all music students – regardless of age or ability – to gain valuable experience. The competition is adjudicated by Preparatory faculty who give written feedback and select students to perform on one of the Vella Silver Memorial Recitals that come at the end of each semester. To be selected for the honor of playing on a Silver Recital, students must present a polished performance at any level – elementary through advanced – so please encourage well-prepared students at all levels to participate.

The following students will be featured in the Vella Silver Recital on Wednesday, May 18 at 6:30pm.

Lauren Edwards, violin
Henry Hung, piano
Liana Kai, cello
Chloe Lee, violin
Alice Li, harp
Zoë Lilly, cello
Kei Leigh Mese-Jones, cello
Maya Sauder, cello
Alexander Yang, cello

For 2021-2022: There will be one two live Signature Recitals and one Virtual Signature Recital Competition (conducted as a virtual and asynchronous competition) per semester. Winning videos chosen from the Virtual Signature Recital Competition will be invited to perform on the Vella Silver Recital along with the winners of the live Signature Recitals.

Virtual Signature Rectal  Video Submission Deadline: Wednesday, March 23 by 11:59 pm
Entry Deadline: Sunday, March 13, 2022 by 11:59pm
Winners determined by the following week.
Signature Recital 2 Recital: Saturday, March 19, 2022, 4:30 pm in Goodwin Hall
Entry Deadline: Wednesday, March 9, 2022 by 11:59 pm
Signature Recital 3 Recital: Saturday, April 9, 2022, 4:30 pm in Goodwin Hall
Entry Deadline: Wednesday, March 30, 2022 by 11:59 pm
Vella Silver Recital Recital: Wednesday, May 18 2022 at 6:30pm
Location: Griswold Hall

Entry Guidelines

Students may perform on one recital per year. Students wishing to perform on more than one recital per year will be put on a wait list until the entry deadline. If space permits, students who have previously performed will be allowed to perform again. If there is more than one student on the wait list, those who submitted the entry form earliest will be placed first.

A limit of three students are to be entered from the same faculty’s studio per recital. Any additional students from that studio will be put on a wait list.

Recitals will be programmed for no more than 75 minutes of music.

Performances are not to exceed 10 minutes – NO EXCEPTIONS.

Teachers may elect to have a student play for written feedback only, thus removing the added pressure of competing.

Please plan ahead! Because the competition becomes full quickly, submit forms early to ensure there will be room for your student. Entry is on a first come first served basis. Please fill out the forms completely, giving information in the way it is requested so that performance materials can be prepared on time. Only completed forms received by the deadline can participate.

Virtual Signature Recital Competition Video Submission Rules: 

  • Accompaniment is optional for the competition, but if chosen as a winner, accompaniment will be mandatory for the live performance. 
  • Only one video can be submitted per contestant. If you are performing multiple pieces, they must all be recorded on the same video. 
  • No audio visual effects (fade in/out, titling, etc.) should be used.
  • Videos must be submitted in their original format via a downloadable hyperlink (example: Google Drive or Dropbox). YouTube hyperlinks will not be accepted. Details on the video submission process will be emailed to entrants after the competition entry deadline.
  • Guardians and/or private instructors must review the student’s video prior to submission.
  • Performance backgrounds should be of a neutral setting.
  • As it’s considered a “virtual performance,” dress attire should be appropriate for a recital. 
  • The submitted video file must be labeled with the student’s first name and last name followed by their instrument/vocal part. (Example: John Smith, piano)
  • All submissions must be recorded during the Fall 2021 semester. Pre-recorded performances (such as previous recital performance videos) will not be accepted. 

Winning videos chosen from the Virtual Signature Recital Competition will be invited to perform on the Vella Silver Recital. There will be no virtual Vella Silver Recital option.

Policy for Silver Recitals

Students selected to perform on the Silver Recital will be limited to 10 minutes. This means if a student is selected by the judges of more than one Signature Recital, he/she must choose only 10 minutes of repertoire to perform.