Frederic Rzewski and piano majors

MUSI 1101: Convocation, Concert, and Recital Repertoire

Fall 2018 – Fridays, 1:25–2:15, von der Mehden Recital Hall 

Required of all undergraduate music majors every semester of residence. Zero credit. Students receive a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (Unsatisfactory).


Dr. Eric Rice; office hours: Fridays, 2:30pm-3:30pm or by appointment;
Office: Backstage von der Mehden Recital Hall; ext: 6-3728;

Attendance Requirement

Attendance as a listener and/or performer of ten (10) convocations is required. Student attendance is recorded on dated slips distributed upon entering the hall and submitted upon exiting. No slips are available after 1:35 or collected before 2:05, except that slips will be collected earlier if the class ends earlier. Only one slip per person will be accepted. Anyone experiencing difficulty in meeting the attendance requirement is urged to see Dr. Rice early to arrange a substitute requirement.

Attendance of a music department concert outside your performance medium area (i.e., attending a brass recital if you are a singer, jazz concert if you are a violinist, etc.) will equal attendance at one convocation. You must bring us a program signed by a faculty member to receive convocation credit. When master classes occur outside of the regular convocation schedule, you may attend these and substitute them for attendance at convocation, but only for master classes outside your performance area.  You must present the Program Assistant with a copy of the master class program signed by a faculty member to confirm your attendance.

 Undergraduate Performance Requirement

  1. Four performances (strive for one each year), in Convocations and/or elective recitals, are required for graduation. Degree recitals are required in addition to these appearances. Performances must be on one’s primary instrument and approved by the teacher or coach.
  2. Students must perform twice as a soloist and twice as a chamber musician, i.e., an unconducted ensemble with one instrument or voice per part.
  3. Students may substitute one conducted performance for a chamber music performance. Student conductors and/or composers may not receive convocation performance credit for conducting.
  4. Convocation Agreement forms must be completed at least one week prior to the earliest appearance date requested. Forms must be signed by all performers—including accompanists and other collaborators—and a private teacher or coach in the case of chamber performances. If the performance is conducted, a member of the conducting faculty must sign the form.
  5. Ordinary staging requirements must be communicated to the von der Mehden staff during the hour preceding Convocation. Unusual needs must be made known at the time the form is submitted.

    Spring 2020 Convocation Schedule

    January 24th Anthony Pandolfe, UConn Music Ed Class of 2012, "How I Have Used Stuff I Didn't Think I Would Ever Use"
    January 31st Department Head Forum
    February 7th Collaborative Faculty Performance and Guitar Master Class: Dr. Solomiya Ivakhiv (UConn), violin; Mihai Tetel (Hartt), cello; and Christopher Ladd (Hartt), guitar
    February 14th Vocal Master Class: Stage Director Marc Verzatt
    February 21st Collaborative Faculty Performance: Earl MacDonald (UConn), piano; Karly Epp (University of Manitoba), voice; and Karl Kohut (University of Manitoba), string bass
    February 28th Master Class with Steven Osborne (Royal Academy of Music), piano
    March 6th To be determined
    March 13th High School Jazz Festival, vdM; Colloquium on Joni Mitchell: Dr. Peter Kaminsky, Megan Lyons, Blake Taylor, Mlib 103
    March 27th Performance by The Westerlies, a brass quartet
    April 3rd Chamber Music Hearings; possible piano master class (likely in 102 and 107, respectively)
    April 10th Doctoral Pre-Recital Hearings; Open for Student Performances
    April 17th Open for Student Performances
    April 24th Open for Student Performance
    May 1 Presentation of Student Awards; Open for Student Performance