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Student Recitals

Student recitals are performance opportunities for any age and level student who has a piece ready for public performance. We welcome students of any instrument or voice performing solos, duets, and small ensembles.


For information regarding the location, dates and times of the recitals, please see the DMTA Events Calendar.


Recitals will be a maximum of 75 minutes. The length of an individual performance is limited to 5 minutes. Students wishing to perform one piece that is longer than 5 minutes may be approved at the discretion of the recital chair.  Final programming decisions will be made by the recital chair. A $30 fee for non-member teachers is applicable to enter one or more students. Make checks payable to DMTA and mail to organizer. Limits may be placed on the number of students per teacher at the discretion of the recital chair. Programming and on-site decisions are the prerogative of the recital chair and are final.


Registration is open one month prior to recital and closes 7 days prior to recital. To sign up your student(s), please email the recital organizer at the following information:

  • student’s name

  • age

  • level

  • instrument

  • composer's full name and dates

  • complete composition title, including any opus number or other catalog number, and the movement, if part of a larger composition

  • duration of the student’s performance of the piece

  • teacher’s name, phone number, and hours to call

  • If you have listed more than one piece, please indicate a preference if only one will be included in the program due to the time constraints.


Please plan to attend your student’s performances! If recital is canceled, teachers will be notified seven days prior to scheduled date.


Submissions are also accepted by US Mail and should be received at least 7 days prior to recital.


Performance Etiquette - Teachers, please copy and go over this with your students and their families.

  1. Please arrive a few minutes early in order to get settled. String students arrive 15 minutes early for tuning.

  2. Please dress nicely. Sneakers, jeans, shorts, and T-shirts are not appropriate.

  3. Practice stage presence and bows at home. This adds polish to your performance!

  4. Students should not make any comments during their performance.

  5. Please remain seated and plan to stay for the entire recital. It is impolite to leave early.

  6. Talking and moving about are distracting to the performer and audience. Please be a polite listener.

  7. If an emergency makes it impossible for you to arrive on time, please wait until an usher opens the door to seat you.

  8. Applause should consist of clapping only.

  9. Flash photography is PROHIBITED during a performance. If you wish to take a photograph, please wait until the student has finished the performance. Please ask the chairperson if you would like to videotape.

  10. Food and beverages are not acceptable during recitals. Please deposit them in the trash before coming.

  11. Cell phones, pagers, and other electronic devices should be turned off during the performance.



Donation to DMTA Scholarship Fund

We welcome your gift of any amount to our scholarship fund. If you would like your gift in honor or memory of a specific person, please let our scholarship chair know by emailing