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 Requirements
  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. Performance-emphasis students must appear at least three times as a soloist. Students in theory, music education, or Bachelor of Arts programs may appear as soloists, accompanists, or chamber musicians.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 2019 Convocation Calendar 

January 25 Introduction and Welcome
February 1 Anthony Pandolfe, UConn Music Ed Class of 2012, “How I Have Used Stuff I Didn’t Think I Would Ever Use”
February 8 Violin Master Class with Irina Muresano (Professor of Violin, University of Maryland)
February 15 Dr. Alexander Rehding (Professor of Music Theory, Harvard University): “Voyager’s Golden Record and Music from Earth”
February 22 Department Head Forum
March 1 Teryn Kuzma (UConn): Preview Presentation for Concert by the Women’s Bandura Ensemble of America (April 7)
March 8 Vocal master class with Marc Verzatt
March 15 Open for Student Performances
March 29 Greg Case (Instructor of Saxophone, UConn)
April 5 Ryan McCullough, piano; Lucy Fitz Gibbon, soprano (Ant U Project)
April 12 Jim McNeely, Jazz Composer/Pianist; Chamber Music Hearing
April 19 Open for Student Performances
April 26 Open for Student Performances
May 3 Presentation of Student Awards; Open for Student Performances