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Office Location
East Studio Building 120 (JS 120)
205 S. Jordan Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405

Mailing Address
1201 E. 3rd Street
Bloomington, IN 47405

Hours: 8 am–12 pm, 1–5 pm
Phone: 812-855-1738Phone

E-mail: musgrad [at] indiana [dot] edu

musicdgs [at] indiana [dot] edu (Eric Isaacson), Director 
serbes [at] indiana [dot] edu (Sara Erbes), Advisor
anmiller [at] indiana [dot] edu (Angie Miller), Recorder
musgrad [at] indiana [dot] edu (Laurie Staring), Secretary
musdoc [at] indiana [dot] edu (Janis Cooper Parker), Doctoral Clerk

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Doctoral Program Recitals

All doctoral performance majors must perform a varying number of recitals depending on the degree program. DM Conducting and Composition majors are required to do one or more public performances depending on the program. For specific information on recital requirements, students should review the information for their degree in the Jacobs School of Music Bulletin and check with their department chair.

For more information regarding recital guidelines and scheduling, review the JSoM Scheduling Office homepage, or contact the JSoM Scheduling Office (musched [at] indiana [dot] edu or 812-856-8200).


Recitals must take place in public spaces in Bloomington, announced to and open to the public. Exceptionally, with the approval of a student's doctoral advisory committee and the director of graduate studies, one doctoral recital may be performed out of town if attended in person, at the expense of the student, by the faculty member(s) who would ordinarily be present.


Recitals ordinarily take place during the fall or spring semesters according to deadlines specified in the scheduling policies. Recitals may take place during the regular Jacobs School of Music summer term if a hearing can be arranged (if necessary) and if faculty members are available to attend the recital.


A pre-recital hearing is required for all undergraduate, master's and performer diploma recitals, except for composition recitals. At the discretion of the faculty, other recitals (doctoral) may also be given a hearing. A hearing must be scheduled so that it can be completed and the recital performed within the published deadlines; it is the student's responsibility to arrange a hearing and to meet the deadlines. Students may perform a hearing in the summer with the approval of the department chair if faculty members are available. A hearing is valid for 60 days.


Recital repertory is subject to approval by a student's teacher or committee following any guidelines published by the department. Appropriate repertory for chamber music recitals is specified by departments. Recital repertory may not be repeated for degree credit.


Doctoral recitals are ordinarily attended and graded in person by the three members of a student's doctoral advisory committee. The chair must hear the recital in person; exceptionally, in consultation beforehand with the committee chair and the student, a committee member may arrange for a departmental substitute, or to hear a recording of the recital. Recordings, when used, are available in the Music Library.

All recital grades are reported in writing to the director of graduate studies. The final grade is an average of the grades assigned by each committee member. The minimum grade for each doctoral recital is a "B."


Doctoral recitals must be recorded by the Department of Audio Engineering and Sound Production for the Music Library when they take place in a Jacobs School of Music venue. A recording of equivalent quality must be provided to the Music Library by the student when a Doctoral recital is performed in a non-Music School venue.

Assisting performers

Recitals may include the participation of no more than 13 assisting performers and a conductor. All must be available for a hearing, if required. Participation by assisting performers must not interfere with their lessons, ensemble assignments or academic responsibilities. Chamber music credit is available to the assisting performers only if they have registered and arranged specifically for that credit. Special rules apply to conducting, composition, and jazz studies recitals that use Jacobs School of Music ensembles or specially-assembled groups; consult the appropriate department for information.


Recitals have minimum and maximum lengths, which are displayed in the Jacobs School of Music Bulletin, and in the JSoM Scheduling Office.