All-Studio Recitals 2021-22 ♪ Essential Info for Students and Parents

Our Studio traditions 

Before March 2020, we were pretty set in our ways! For many years, we offered an informal small-group recital each December and a formal large-group recital each June. We considered each of these events to be "required" for our youth students. And in addition, we offered an Honors Recital each April. For this event, we invited a limited number of students to participate, based on objective achievement/participation criteria. Since March 2020, we've been in a constant state of experimentation and reinvention as have tried to provide meaningful alternative performance opportunities for our students! On this page, we describe all our recital plans for the 2021-22 School Year.

IMG_1229.jpegStudio Horowitz Winter Recital 2021 ♪ Sunday December 19 

It is our hope and intention to host an in-person small-group recital at the Woman's Club of Arlington on Sunday, December 19, 2021. It is possible that unknown developments in the coronavirus situation could require us to adapt. But as of this update (11/12/21), we plan for an entirely in-person event.  

Who will participate in our Winter Recital? 

Participation is strongly encouraged for all youth age 6+ who began lessons in our Studio before August 1, 2021. Students who began lessons after August 1 and/or age 5 may participate with teacher recommendation. Adult students are also welcome.

Repertoire and rehearsal requirements 

As in prior years, we will accept any piece or two pieces in any style or arrangement, so long as they are fully completed and memorized. New this year, youth students must perform their recital piece(s) from memory in a prior Workshop class or outside event. 

Sign-up and scheduling 

We'll schedule many short-short groups of approximately 12 families each. Students/parents will have the opportunity to request a time that fits your family schedule. We have invited current students to sign up with a simple Google form. If you are a current student and you didn't get the invitation, please contact us. 

Our concept: flexible, festive, informal 

It's become our tradition to host our Winter Recital in an "open house" format. We won't have a printed program and the program order is not announced in advance. We do ask our students to dress appropriately for a musical performance. We seek, simply, to gather together to enjoy live music, in person. 


We welcome guests (your families, friends, grandparents, etc). 

COVID safety 

Masks will be required, there will be no food or drink allowed, and no one experiencing any symptoms of illness may attend. In addition, it's our expectation that all eligible individuals age 12+ become vaccinated against COVID-19 before choosing to join us in-person.  

Studio Horowitz Honors Recital 2021-22 ♪ Saturday April 9, 2022

It is our hope and intention to host an in-person small-group Honors Recital on Saturday, April 9, 2022.  It is possible that unknown developments in the coronavirus situation could require us to adapt our plans. But as of this update (9/22/21), we hope for an entirely in-person event.

Our concept

We aim to reward students who are doing exemplary work...just because. Performing in the recital and receiving a certificate of participation are the only rewards. 

What is the process for selecting students?

There is no application, no audition, and no fee. We invite students based on the following criteria:

♩performed two+ pieces in two+ workshop classes or outside events between September and January

♩intermediate or advanced level

♩nomination by the teacher


Students who meet the above selection criteria will be invited by email to participate. These invitations will be sent in February. We'll choose times and related details based on replies at that time. We'll announce the schedule and other practical details to our entire Studio community in March. 


A couple weeks before the recital, we'll check in to make sure that the invited students have a completed and memorized piece ready to share!

Who can attend? 

We hope to hold our 2021-22 Honors Recital in-person. We hope to welcome not just students but also parents, siblings, grandparents, friends, and community. Our Honors Recital performances are an example of what is possible with faithful study! 

Not selected?

Don't worry! We aim to celebrate the achievement of those students whose effort has resulted in the successful performance of challenging repertoire at a certain point in time. Those not selected far outnumber those who are. Everyone is encouraged to look forward to this event for possible participation in future years..and to discuss with your teacher how this event may fit in with your own learning, progress, and personal goals. And come join us anyway! You'll hear what you'll be playing next year...or the year after that!

Opting out

It is our hope that those students honored with selection will choose to attend because they value the reward: participation in a very special and relatively short recital! If this reward is not motivating to you, you may decline to participate.

IMG_0610.jpegStudio Horowitz Summer Recital 2022

It's our hope to return to our tradition of a large-group formal Summer Recital with a beautiful printed program and festive reception. In 2019 and before, we always hosted this event on one or two days in early- to mid-June. 

Who will participate in our summer recital?

Participation is strongly encouraged for all youth age 6+ who began lessons in our Studio before January 1, 2022. Students who began lessons after January 1 and/or age 5 may participate with teacher's recommendation.

Repertoire and rehearsal requirements

Repertoire requirements TBD. But in 2019 and before, we accepted any piece or any two pieces in original form (that is, a piece originally composed as a piano solo). All repertoire must be fully completed and memorized. There is a new experience requirement this year: to participate in our Summer Recital, students must have had at least one previous performance experience during the current school year (from memory). Most commonly, this would be at our Winter Recital or in a Workshop Class. In addition, participating students must play their Summer Recital piece(s) from memory in a prior Workshop class or in a special rehearsal. Dates and details for the special rehearsals TBD.

Sign-up, scheduling, and additional details

As of this update (9/22) it is still early in our year, and the future still feels uncertain! Schedule, rehearsal, and other details will be posted to this space by early May or before.