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2020 Winter Recital Information

For over ten years, we've gathered together in our little Studio on the first or second Sunday of December for a festive and informal Open House and Mini-Recital. Due to the coronavirus situation, that won't be possible this year. Instead, we will offer alternate remote programming. It won't be the same...but it will still give us the chance to gather, virtually, to enjoy student performances. And it will still give students the opportunity to present their best in a live (not recorded) event. 

When? 

All performance groups will take place on just one day! Sunday, December 13, 2020. 

Tech formats 

We will offer two different participation formats: Zoom and YouTube Live. We encourage all students to consider participating in the YouTube Live recital because we think we will be able to present a more meaningful and dignified event that respects the hard work of our students and gives them a chance to show their very best performances. We welcome all ages to the YouTube Live recital but especially hope our older and more advanced students will choose this format. 

How will it be scheduled?

We will collect replies from students who wish to participate in the YouTube Live groups. (Check your email for your invitation and link to the entry form.) We will assemble a schedule based on the replies in our hand as of November 24. We will then post a sign-up for the Zoom recital groups, and we'll notify all our current students when it is ready. While the final schedule will depend on student interest in the YouTube Live groups, we imagine that most Zoom groups will be scheduled between noon and 4:00 PM, with YouTube Live groups meeting in the later afternoon and evening. 

Who should participate? 

As in prior years, we consider participation to be required for nearly all youth students. That's everyone who began lessons in our Studio before August 1, 2020. Participation is optional only for ages 19+ and for those who first joined us in September or later. 

What can I play?

Any piece(s) fully completed and memorized are acceptable for this event! Students are welcome and encouraged to play one piece, or two pieces. All musical styles are welcome. 

About Zoom

Zoom works with any device. Only our Studio families and the guests that our families choose to invite will be able to join.  

About YouTube Live

Streaming software will capture your performance and then broadcast it live to the Studio's YouTube channel. The live broadcast will be accessible to anyone who visits the Studio YouTube channel while the recital is live. YouTube Live groups will be recorded. Once all recital groups finish, access for the recorded videos will be changed to Unlisted. Studio families will receive links to the Unlisted video recordings. 

Which format to choose?

YouTube Live offers the promise of better audio quality than Zoom. The broadcast format will also allow for a more polished and professional presentation for your performances. All students who are invested in sharing their best work with others are encouraged to choose YouTube Live. Zoom offers greater privacy for your performance, easy click-and-join participation with no extra tech procedures, and it works with any device with minimal or no set up. 

Inviting your audience

For the YouTube Live recital, your friends and family can easily join the broadcast simply by visiting the Studio Horowitz YouTube page. For the Zoom recital, guests are welcome. Students will be provided with a link that may be shared with your friends and family. Only those with the link will be able to join. 

Would you like to perform from the Studio?

Most students will perform from home. But we are able to host a small number of students who wish to perform at the Studio (YouTube Live groups only). There will be no audience at the Studio. Health rules will be followed. We must be prepared for the possibility that future changes to health department guidelines could require us to cancel this option. 

Zoom tech and rehearsal info

However you set up and connect for your lesson will work just fine. There is no required rehearsal. 

YouTube Live tech and rehearsal info

♪ Quality laptop (required)

♪ Headphones (required)

♪ Tech and room set-up in advance (we'll give you a simple checklist to go through) 

♪ A rehearsal and tech check appointment with both student and parent present (required)

♪ An ethernet connection is recommended

♪ A USB condenser microphone is strongly recommended

Set up for success!

Whether you will join us for Zoom or YouTube Live, we hope you will set up for a polished appearance that respects your audience!

♪ Choose a video angle that allows us to see your face, hands, and piano keyboard

♪ Dress for the occasion!

♪ Close drapes and adjust lighting so that your light sources are coming from above and/or behind the camera. Imagine you are on a stage and the camera is in the front row of an auditorium.

♪ Turn of televisions, dishwashers, beeping smoke detectors, fans, and anything else that will detract from your performance



Summer Recital Information

We were not able to meet for a large formal recital in June of 2020, as is our usual practice. We instead produced a recital using pre-recorded videos which we shared through a YouTube playlist. This was an interesting and worthy project and the majority of students participated. Of those who chose to participate, most created performances which were equal or better in musical quality to those which they could have presented live. Still, without the element of a live performance...something was missing. 

It's much too soon for us to say how we will adapt for June of 2021. But we've left the old Summer Recital information online for you, below. This is how we organized our summer recital each year from 2003 to 2019, and we hope to return to a similar practice when the coronavirus situation is fully under control. 

 




NOTE: The following information has not yet been updated for 2021. 


Who Will Participate in Our Recital?       

Participation is required for all youth age 6+ who began lessons before January 1, 2020. Students who began lessons after January 1 may participate with teacher’s recommendation if space is available.


Where Is It? How Long Will It Last?

The recital will be divided into five groups by age, and these groups will perform on June 6th and 7th at The Falls Church Episcopal. Performance times are Sunday at 2:30 and 4:00 and Saturday at 3:00, 5:00, and 7:00. On Sunday, Bright Starts Classes and some students grades K-3 will play at 2:30; grades 1 through 4 will play at 4:00. On Saturday, grades 5 to 7 will play at 3:00; grades 6 to 8 will play at 5:00; high school will play at 7:00. All age groups are approximate and we schedule by assignment, not by sign-up. Time assignments will be posted at the Studio before March 1 and also emailed to parents.


Are There Any Rehearsals?

There are required rehearsals for all students except Bright Starts classes. Rehearsals will be at the Studio in Falls Church May 29, 30, and 31. Rehearsals are scheduled by online sign-up. (Find the sign-up from For Our Students in the menu.) Students playing duets must attend a rehearsal together with their partner(s). Students must perform their recital piece(s) from memory at a rehearsal in order to perform in the recital.


Time Change Requests

We carefully group the recital by age and level. Limited opportunities for time changes may be possible up until May 15. If you need a time change, please ask as soon as you are aware of the need. Your understanding that not all requests can be accommodated is appreciated.


Who Can Come?  

Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. Parents, siblings, grandparents, and friends are all welcome. You won’t regret inviting guests.


What's the Point?

We have a recital as the culminating event in our year of study.
We experience performing as opposed to just practicing.
We share music with our parents, family, and friends.
We learn confidence and independence as each of us presents music without help or prompting.
We engage in teamwork and create an event that is more meaningful than just the sum of its individual performances.
We put on a good show and enjoy the satisfaction that comes from presenting a performance that is complete and enjoyable in its entirety.



Repertoire Selection Guidelines

Your Solo Piece

Most students will play one solo piece from memory. Because we want the recital to be a positive experience for both our performers and their audience, we require that all pieces be fully memorized and fully ready for performance at the required rehearsal. Students who choose to fully prepare two pieces may play both pieces. Our youngest students who may not be comfortable performing solo may instead play a duet with an older student playing the “teacher accompaniment.”


Your Duet

Some students will also play a duet with music. Duets will be performed either with a student of similar ability or with an older student playing the teacher’s accompaniment part. Duets are optional but encouraged. Please discuss with your teacher whether it would be a good idea for you to play a duet, and if so, what duets might be suitable.


You Can Choose to Play Most Anything That Is in Its Original Form...

That is, something originally written for piano solo.* Jazz-style pieces are welcome if they are in original form. There are no requirements regarding level, length, or difficulty. But whatever you play should present well to the audience and should make you proud of your accomplishment!


What Can You NOT Play in Our Recital?

Nothing that was performed at our 2018 or 2019 recitals, and nothing that someone else is playing at the 2020 recital. (First come, first served once your teacher puts it in the database.) No arrangements of movie, musicals, or pop songs; no simplified classics or arrangements of orchestral works. *The following are acceptable: concert transcriptions; composer-initiated arrangements; elementary folk-song arrangements; authentic jazz standards. To encourage educational progress, we discourage you from choosing music that’s too old (typically we aim to start recital pieces after January 1st) or too easy (pieces that can be learned in two weeks or less). We will also avoid pieces that are too difficult for you to achieve a complete performance. Presenting your best means you aren’t stumbling through something that’s too challenging.


It's the Teacher's Job to Help You Choose

Your teacher will happily welcome your questions and requests! Now is the time to plan for a successful and enjoyable recital!