Recital FAQ

We have many new students this year, so this is a great time to review how things go at our recitals. If you have any questions that are not covered in this information, please let us know! There will be several of us available to help the day of the shows, too.

How do I pay my child's accompanist?
You will pay the accompanist directly by cash or check made out to them, at or before their last rehearsal before the concert. If the accompanist does not specify their fee, please ask. Please do not wait until the day of the show to pay them. We have seen too many checks go missing if they are handed to a busy teacher the day of a recital.

Is this recital required?
Absolutely. Students 17 and under that have been in lessons for six months or longer are required to perform. This is the only performance that our school requires each year. It is a final exam -- a way for students to show what they've accomplished and worked at this year. Students and families should be proud of the hard work they've done. Performing is a very important part of being enrolled in a performing arts school, and it needs to be taken seriously.  Missing this performance could jeopardize future lessons.

Will there be programs for the recitals?
Yes. The shows are large are require structure, which means there will be a specific order. We will email a PDF of the program to all families participating in the show a few days before the event so you can check for errors, omissions, and to see where your child(ren) will perform in the line-up.

What should my child wear for the recital?
This is considered a dress-up event. We like to answer this question more as a "what not to wear." Please do not wear anything that's ripped or has holes in it, dirty shoes, t-shirts, shirts with words or logos on them, or hoodies. If possible, please also stay away from jeans. Girls usually wear dresses or a nicer pants and shirt outfit. Some students may want to add accessories/props relating to their performance; this is perfectly fine.

What do we do when it's time for our child to perform?
Your child needs to be backstage when the person two before them is on stage. Exit the theatre from the back, go left to follow the hallway until you are behind the stage. There is a door on the left that leads backstage. Bring your child to us in that area and we can take them from there. When your child is finished, they will need to return to the theatre quietly by exiting backstage and going around to the theatre entrance the same way they came in, only moving through the theatre during applause. Feel free to practice this route before the show. Everyone must be very quiet backstage.

Where can students warm up, tune, rehearse, etc. before performing?
In the choir room, which is located in the same hallway as the backstage entrance. Teachers and accompanists will be around to help.

Will there be photos taken for the waiting area wall at AOS?
Yes! Please stick around so that your child doesn't miss out. Group photos will be taken immediately after each show.

Is there room to invite family & friends? Do we need tickets?
There will be plenty of room at the OPAC, so invite everyone you want! There are no tickets. We do collect donations at the door to help offset the cost of the recital at the OPAC. The recital costs the Academy over $1,000. We recommend a minimum donation of $20 per family, or $5 per person. Here is our facebook event page for easy inviting!

When should we arrive at the OPAC?
We suggest arriving 10-15 minutes before showtime. Doors will be open 10 minutes before the first show, and always open during intermissions between shows. Students should sit with their families in the auditorium until it's time for them to be backstage.

How long will the recital last?
Each show should last about an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes this year.

Which show time is my child in?
Please check the lists posted in the waiting room now, or wait for the PDF of the program to arrive via email a few days before the show.

Will there be treats/beverages like we've had in the past at the OPAC?
Yes, if you volunteer to bring something! Sharon Podnar, our volunteer food coordinator, will be in touch with you soon to get this organized. It is always nice to have this little reception between and after the shows!

Can we take our own pictures/videos?
No and yes. FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY is strictly prohibited during performances. Flashes are very distracting to performers and audience members. You may take still photos WITHOUT FLASH during the show, so long as your camera makes no noise, has no bright LCD screen, and your movements are not rude or distracting to other audience members. Innovative Media Design will professionally film all shows, and one copy is included at no charge for all families that enrolled before 9/1/14. Additional copies are $25. You will receive a separate email with information on how to order your DVD, Blu-Ray, or HD download.

Other important things to note:
Students should bow/curtsey and smile after their performance. Teachers will practice this with them in the lessons leading up to the recital
You are welcome to stay for both recitals on May 30. They are grouped randomly this year, so it may be interesting to hear what other groups are working on.

We want recitals to be a positive experience for everyone, so if your child has anxiety/stage-fright or any other issues that may make performance difficult, please let their teacher know. We have all performed numerous times and will have lots of good thoughts to offer. We can even sit by your child on stage if necessary, even if we aren't there to turn pages. We can arrange for an older student to help mentor your child the day of the show, so they don't feel like they're alone (this has been really helpful in the past!). Don't be afraid to tell us if your child has expressed any fears about the recital.

Erin Chisman
Executive Director
Academy of Sound, LLC | 101 South Main Street, Oregon WI 53575