Student Recital Scheduling



  • Perform your recital early in the semester for best availability. Late-semester recital scheduling means fewer choices of time and venue.
  • Reserve your recital a minimum of 4 weeks in advance of your preferred date. We honor recital requests on a first come, first served basis.
  • Don’t delay! If you ignore schedule deadlines, we may be unable to provide a recital date on campus, or to provide Production and streaming services.
  • Recitals are limited to 90 minutes inclusive of any pauses, remarks, or intermissions.
  • Post-recital receptions are an option! Receptions may not exceed 30 minutes. Set up and clean up are your responsibility.
  • Due to the high volume of anticipated recitals, we will not be able to accommodate optional recitals during the 24-25 academic year.

Please Note: Cancellation or rescheduling your recital requires a 2-week notice. If you cancel without notice, the Scheduling and Production Offices may not be able to offer support for your new date.

Student Recital Support and the "Buddy System"

NEC is pleased to introduce a new "buddy system" for student recital support and production.  This system permits students to either self-manage recitals, or to ask a "buddy" - a studio colleague, friend, or teacher - to help with stage changes and recital management.  There will not be a dedicated NEC stage manager for student recitals.  The "buddy system" will function in this way:

  • NEC production staff will pre-set your assigned recital space with necessary equipment including moving pianos, setting audience seating, and providing basic recital setup.
  • You will manage your own set changes and logistics with the help of your "buddy," if you need an extra pair of hands.

Thank you for your flexibility with this new system, and don't forget to enlist your "buddy" well in advance of your recital date!

Timeline for Student Recital Scheduling, 24-25 Academic Year

May 28th, 2024 Fall 2024 recital scheduling begins


Academic Advising and Registration for Spring 2024*
November 11th, 2024 Spring 2025 Recital Scheduling Opens
January 13, 2025 Spring 2025 recital scheduling continues
February 14, 2025 *Last day to schedule Spring recitals

*Pending remaining date, time, and venue availability.

Recital Reservation Process

All recitals must be reserved a minimum of 4 weeks in advance of your preferred recital date.  All recital requests will be honored on a first come, first served basis.  Every effort will be made to honor your date, time, and location requests.



Students must register for their recital with their academic advisor and the registrar's office. Registration has opened for DMA and all students requiring a degree recital. Fall recital scheduling will open on May 28th, 2024. Recitals are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.

For registration questions, please email or call 617-585-1310.


Review the dates on the 2024-2025 Student Recital Availability Calendar.   If a date does not show any specific times and performance halls, then recitals are not available on that date.  

IMPORTANT:  It is the responsibility of the student to coordinate recital date requests with their studio teacher's availability.  Recital dates should not be requested until teacher availability is confirmed.

2024-2025 Student Recital Availability Calendar


Complete the 2024 Fall Student Recital Request Form to request recital dates, times, and locations.  Please allow 5 business days for your reservation request to be processed.  Your recital date, time, and location are not finalized until you receive a confirmation email from the Scheduling Office. 



Once your recital has been confirmed by the Scheduling Office, please fill out an NEC Production Form.  

  • Complete a Production Form a minimum of 3 weeks prior to your recital.

  • Services are not confirmed until you have received confirmation from NEC production staff.  

NEC Production Form

Recital dress rehearsals: Dress rehearsals will be scheduled only after all the steps listed above are completed.  Dress rehearsals are limited to 60 minutes total and subject to venue availability. 


Before your recital, don't forget to reach out to your "buddy" to assist with stage changes and production support.  NEC stage managers will not be assigned to student recitals.

Student Recitals with Equipment Needs 

Because of the additional production needs for many recitals, the Scheduling Office will work with you to review available recital halls in conjunction with recital programming and equipment needs. Prior to submitting a Recital Reservation Form, please view the specific information below pertaining to each hall. After submitting your request for available dates, times, and venues, you may be contacted to review options and confirm event details.

Brown Hall 

Williams Hall 

Burnes Hall 

Pierce Hall

Eben Jordan

Keller Room 

Audience Requirements and Campus Access

Full-capacity audiences are permitted in all performance venues.

Post-recital receptions are being reinstated and limited to 30 minutes - set up and clean up are at the responsibility of the student.

Recital Recording and Streaming

Recording and Performance Technology Services (RPTS) will provide recording services (audio and video) and streaming services for all required recitals.  More information can be found on the RPTS webpage.  Please contact RPTS with any questions, or to request additional services.  Amplification services are not automatic and must be arranged for directly with the RPTS office within 2 weeks of receiving your recital confirmation.

Recital Production, Equipment, or Instrument Requests

All students are required to complete the NEC Production Form in conjunction with your scheduled recital.  Production forms must be submitted a minimum of 3 weeks prior to your recital.  Please provide any specific information that will assist NEC's production staff with your recital setup, or request specific needs using this form.  Amplification services cannot be arranged for using this form.  Please contact RPTS directly.

NEC Production Form

Recital Rescheduling, Cancellation, or Postponement

Due to the large volume of recitals anticipated for the 24-25 academic year, recitals may only be rescheduled in the case of illness, injury, health or family emergency, or other extenuating circumstances which impede the musician to safely perform the scheduled recital date. Insufficient preparation prior to the scheduled recital date, or studio teacher scheduling conflicts are not grounds for rescheduling or cancellation. 

If you need to reschedule, cancel, or postpone your recital in case of emergency, please contact the Scheduling Office to discuss options. Rescheduling is not guaranteed, and rescheduling of support services will be at the discretion of NEC's production services and RPTS.

Recital Receptions

Post-recital receptions are an option. Receptions may not exceed 30 minutes. Set up and clean up are your responsibility. Receptions for recitals may take place in the foyer/hallways of performance halls. If there is an event occurring in Jordan Hall, receptions may not be held outside of Williams or Keller. 

Department Contacts

Scheduling Office
Anna Kevelson, Manager of Conservatory Scheduling and Events
Heather Martell, Manager of Rentals and Partnership Programs

Production Office
Bob Winters, Director of Performance Production Services

Recording and Performance Technology Services (RPTS)

Instrument Library
Daniel Meza, Instrument Librarian

Piano Services

Recital Programs and Digital Display
Sally Millar, Administrator for Chorus