School of Music Student Handbook

Performing Opportunities & Concerts


Concert Attendance

The School of Music does not have a formal requirement that students attend a certain number of concerts. We do however require that you not sign up for any courses that conflict with Tuesdaymusic or Fridaymusic recitals.

Students are urged to attend as many performances as possible. This affords an opportunity to become familiar with a large part of the musical repertoire that you might otherwise never encounter.

Concert Cards and Tickets

  • A complimentary ticket is available to each School of Music student for ticketed School of Music concerts with a valid Concert Card.
  • Concert Cards are available from the School of Music Main office in September.
  • For concerts in the Farquhar Auditorium: Reserve a comp ticket in advance at the UVic Ticket Centre or get your ticket at the door.
  • For concerts in the Phillip T. Young Recital Hall: Comp tickets are only available at the door. Tickets reserved in advance will have a $5 charge. Book online (tickets.uvic.ca) or in person at the UVic Ticket Centre.
  • Comp tickets are available for pick-up one hour prior to performance and no later than 15 minutes prior to concert start time.
  • Comp tickets are subject to availability.

Ensembles

  • Performing in ensembles, large and small, is an important part of the School of Music's curriculum.
  • Assignments to ensembles are made according to the needs of the student and the School.
  • Pianists and other keyboard players fulfill large ensemble requirements by singing in the University Chorus or Chamber Singers and small ensemble requirements by accompanying.


The section coordinators can answer any questions you may have:               

Brass

Prof. Kurt Kellan

kkellan@uvic.ca | Mac B063

Woodwinds

Prof. Patricia Kostek 

pkostek@uvic.ca | Mac A179

Keyboards

Prof. Bruce Vogt
Prof. Arthur Rowe

bvogt@uvic.ca | Mac B098
artrow@uvic.ca | Mac B041

Strings

Sharon Stanis (violin)
Ann Elliott-Goldschmid (violin)
Joanna Hood (viola)
Pamela Highbaugh Aloni (cello)

sstanis@shaw.ca | Mac B079
aelliott@uvic.ca | Mac B077
ojdooh@uvic.ca
| Mac B061
phighbau@uvic.ca | Mac B096

Voice

Prof. Benjamin Butterfield

benjamin@uvic.ca | Mac B081

 

Tuesdaymusic and Fridaymusic

We offer two weekly 50-minute noon-hour concerts:

Tuesdaymusic

  • Open to all performance areas
  • Apply by online submission. Applications must be received at least two weeks in advance and permission of one’s private instructor is mandatory.
  • Program is scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Direct inquiries to the Concert Manager, Kristy Farkas (concert@uvic.ca / Mac B116).

Fridaymusic

  • Most concerts are allocated to specific performance areas (voice, brass, piano, etc.) and some concerts are “open” to all performance areas. Check the On the Pulse brochure or online calendar for details.
  • Concerts allocated to specific instruments are organized by department section heads.
  • “Open” recital submissions may be submitted online.
  • An application form must be completed and permission of one’s private instructor is mandatory. Applications are available from the School of Music office or by the undergraduate mailboxes.

All concerts are recorded and available from the School of Music online archive.

The Recital Hall is available for warm-ups from 10:30am on Tuesdays and Fridays. If warm-up is needed please book online and sign out a key from the office with a $20 deposit.


Faculty and Guest Concerts

The School of Music hosts many faculty and guest concerts, workshops and masterclasses each semester. Visit the online calendar regularly for the schedule of events and check our Notice Boards for updates.

Concerto Competition

The School hosts an annual Concerto Competition in the late Spring. Winners of the competition perform with the UVic Orchestra at one of their regularly scheduled concerts held in the University Centre Farquhar Auditorium.

To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled in 3rd year, 4th year, or graduate study programs in the School of Music.
  • September 2015 must be the beginning of at least the second year of full-time study you have undertaken at the UVic School of Music.

Students wishing to audition are asked to contact their private instructor or the Head of Performance, Prof. Benjamin Butterfield (benjamin@uvic.ca / Mac B081) or Pamela Highbaugh Aloni (phighbau@uvic.ca / Mac B096).

Graduating and Non-degree Recitals

Student recital dates will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis according to the following policy.

Email your recital requests to Kristy Farkas (concert@uvic.ca). Please include your name, instrument, instructor, program & year, preferred date and time.


Priority for all student recitals is as follows:  

First Priority

Graduating Performance majors
(BMus & MMus)

Book by July 1

Second Priority

3rd year Performance majors &
Mus 588 graduate students

Requests accepted from July 1

Third Priority

Graduating non-Performance majors

Requests accepted from August 1

Fourth Priority

All others

 

All students must have the approval of their private instructor BEFORE requesting a date.


Graduating & Graduate Recitals:

  • Check your inbox! Performance majors will receive an email in March/April before their final year with information about scheduling a recital.
  • Graduating recitals take place on Monday and Wednesday evenings (See memo emailed to graduating performance majors).
  • MUS 588 (first-year graduate) recitals can be booked at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. **Wednesday noon-hour recitals must not extend past 1:20 p.m. under ANY circumstances.

Staff

The School will provide two ushers, a stage manager and a recording technician for your recital. The piano will be tuned on the day of your recital.

Programs

  • You are responsible for preparing and printing your own concert program.
  • Please use one of the templates below. Information listed on the template must appear in all programs. Extra information such as acknowledgements, thank-yous, program notes, etc. are permissible at the supervisor's discretion. It is recommended that you ask your private instructor to proofread your program before printing.
  • Completed programs must be submitted by email to the Kristy Farkas (concert@uvic.ca) for online and archival purposes at least one week prior to the recital date.
  • Programs must be delivered to the ushers at least 30 minutes prior to your recital.

Recording & Live Streaming

A recording of your performance for archival purposes will be made. All recordings will be available for listening and download from the School of Music Audio Archive.

Concerts may also be streamed live from the School of Music website.

Advertising

Your recital will be published on the School’s website and the UVic Events calendar.

Reception

  • If you wish to book the lounge for a reception following your performance, please submit an online request.
  • Alcohol may not be consumed in a non-licensed area of the University without a Special Occasion License, as per University of Victoria Policy AD2400. A license may be obtained through Degrees Catering once approval has been granted by the Department.
  • Students are responsible for cleaning the lounge to the best of their ability following their reception. This includes disposing of garbage, picking up debris from the floor, and wiping all surfaces. Your key deposit may be withheld should the facility be left untidy.


Non-graduating & Non-degree Recitals:

Booking

  • Advanced recital bookings for 2017-18 may be requested for the following dates:
    • Sunday February 18: 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm
    • Sunday April 8: 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm
    • Saturday April 14: 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm
    • After April 24: subject to availability (refer to the online calendar for available times)
  • To accommodate as many students as possible, recitals on these dates will be scheduled back to back.
  • Concerts must not exceed 70 minutes in duration.
  • Recitals may be booked on alternate dates based on availability, but cannot be scheduled more than two weeks in advance.
  • When possible, students should consider presenting a joint recital.
  • Students who are unable to book a recital in Phillip T. Young Recital Hall are encouraged to explore other venues, such as the Greater Victoria Art Gallery, senior citizens’ activity centres, churches (St. Aidan’s United, Christ Church Cathedral), etc.
  • Email your recital requests, including preferrred date and time to Kristy Farkas at concert@uvic.ca

Organization

All organizational aspects for non-graduating/non-degree recitals are to be carried out by the student recitalist, including:

  • Booking rehearsal times (2 hrs per week for the 2 weeks prior to the date of your recital)
  • Arranging for a stage manager, two ushers, and recording technician
  • Program production and printing (template below)
  • Publicity

Staff

Please arrange for a Work Study stage manager for your recital ($11/hour payable the day of your recital). Please email concert@uvic.ca for a list of current stage managers and their contact information. You may also hire student ushers from the Work Study program ($11/hour) and/or use fellow Music students to assist with program distribution and handling the doors.

Recording & Live Streaming

If you would like your recital recorded, you must make arrangements with an authorized School of Music Recording Technician two weeks in advance of your recital date (contact Kirk McNally at kmcnally@uvic.ca). The cost for recording is $11/hour and must be paid on the day of your recital directly to the technician.

Concerts may also be streamed live from the School of Music website.

Keys

You will need to sign out keys to the Recital Hall from the Music office on the Friday prior to your recital date. A $20 deposit is required.

Reception

  • If you wish to book the lounge for a reception following your performance, please submit an online request.
  • Alcohol may not be consumed in a non-licensed area of the University without a Special Occasion License, as per University of Victoria Policy AD2400. A license may be obtained through Degrees Catering once approval has been granted by the Department.
  • Students are responsible for cleaning the lounge to the best of their ability following their reception. This includes disposing of garbage, picking up debris from the floor, and wiping all surfaces. Your key deposit may be withheld should the facility be left untidy.

Recital Program Templates:

Concert Recordings and Archives

All School of Music concerts are automatically recorded for archival purposes, with the exception of non-degree recitals. All recordings will be available for listening and download from the School of Music Audio Archive with a valid Netlink ID.

Requests for previous years’ concerts and recitals (before Fall 2013) must be made at the Bessie Brooks Winspear Music and Media Commons desk of the McPherson Library (Main floor). Further information on recording and dubbing policies.

Live Streaming

All concerts in the Recital Hall may be broadcast live from the School of Music website. This service is available to School of Music students for their graduating and non-degree recitals.

If you would like to request this service, please complete the following:

    1. Submit to the School of Music Office at least one week prior to the concert date:

    2. For students presenting non-degree recitals: make arrangements for a recording technician by contacting Kirk McNally (kmcnally@uvic.ca / Mac B004). Technician fees ($11/hour) are the responsibility of the student.

    3. Email your concert program to concert@uvic.ca for posting to the website.

Consent to the Release of Photos & Recordings

All School of Music students are required to sign the Consent to the Release of Photos & Recordings, granting the School of Music permission to use photos, audio recordings and videos taken during School of Music activities for educational, promotional and other University purposes. The form will be sent to you by email and is also available from the School of Music office.

Accompanist Assignments

Pianists will be given an accompanying assignment from the Co-Heads of Piano during the first few weeks of classes.