Student Performances

Performance Opportunities for MacPhail Students

MacPhail provides numerous opportunities for students to perform. More than 400 recitals are scheduled each year, ranging from informal recitals to auditioned honors recitals and Concerto & Aria.

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MacPhail 2023-24 Student Performance Opportunities

MacPhail is pleased to announce a hybrid schedule of in-person and online student performances for the 2023-24 school year!

There are a few items of note:

  • MacPhail Student Performance Opportunities are listed in the Student Performance Opportunities Calendar (pdf).
  • All instrumental and vocal recitals are funneled into general All-School Recitals. Students of all ages, instruments, genres, and abilities are encouraged to participate.
  • There will be two Performance Festivals and two Achievement Days in December and May. These are exciting performance and learning opportunities for students. Students of all ages, instruments, genres, and abilities are encouraged to participate.
  • There will be five Honors Recitals per year: three Honors Recitals for students of all ages and two Junior Honors Recitals for younger students. For more information about the Honors Recital auditions, please check the Honors Recital audition application link.
  • Please plan ahead of time to perform at the MacPhail Student recitals. Slots might fill up quickly even before the deadline.

Please feel free to contact Soojin Lee, Student Performance Coordinator, with any questions.

MacPhail Staff Accompanist

If you wish to use the services of a MacPhail staff accompanist for a performance or audition, please complete and return a MacPhail Staff Accompanist Request form and submit it with a copy of the piano accompaniment. This service is provided free of charge for performances.

Accompanist Fee For Auditions

MacPhail students can request the service of MacPhail staff accompanists free of charge for performances (All-School recitals, Adult Student Soirées, Performance Festivals, Achievement Days). A $30.00 accompanist fee is required for an audition (Honors Recital auditions, Concerto and Aria auditions, and Scholarship auditions).

Requirements:

  • The request form must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the recital date.
  • A pdf(s) of the piano accompaniment must be submitted with the form at least two weeks prior to the recital date.

Questions?

Questions can be directed to Soojin Lee, Student Performance Coordinator, at [email protected]

Types of Performances

Intended for students of all ages, instruments, and abilities, All-School Recitals typically feature a nice mix of performers, composers, and genre. Please plan ahead of time to perform at the MacPhail Student recitals. Slots might fill up quickly even before the deadline. Performances are limited to 10-12 minutes of music.

Upcoming Dates

In-Person (all in-person recitals are at 7:30pm in Antonello Hall)

Monday, October 16, 2023 (Deadline to signup: October 2)

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 (Deadline to signup: November 1)

Monday, January 22, 2024 (Deadline to signup: January 8)

Wednesday, February 14, 2024 (Deadline to signup: January 31)

Wednesday, March 6, 2024 (Deadline to signup: February 21)

Wednesday, March 27, 2024 (Deadline to signup: March 13)

Monday, April 15, 2024 (Deadline to signup: April 1)

Monday, June 3, 2024 (Deadline to signup: May 20)

Wednesday, June 5, 2024 (Deadline to signup: May 22) for High School Seniors

Online via Zoom (all performances will be held at 7:30pm)

Wednesday, November 29, 2023 (Deadline to signup: November 15)

Wednesday, February 7, 2024 (Deadline to signup: January 24)

Monday, May 20, 2024 (Deadline to signup: May 6)

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The Adult Student Soirees performance opportunities for adult students (18 years and older) and meant for those who want to share their music in a low-pressure performance situation. All dates are in-person. Please plan ahead of time to perform at the MacPhail Student recitals. Slots might fill up quickly even before the deadline.

Friday, October 20, 2023 at 7:30pm in Antonello Hall (Deadline to signup: October 6)

Friday, November 17, 2023 at 7:30pm in Room 126 (Deadline to signup: November 3)

Sunday, December 10, 2023 at 3:30pm in Room 126 (Deadline to signup: November 26)

Friday, February 9, 2024 at 7:30pm in Antonello Hall (Deadline to signup: January 26)

Friday, March 22, 2024 at 7:30pm in Antonello Hall (Deadline to signup: March 8)

Friday, April 12, 2024 at 7:30pm in Room 126 (Deadline to signup: March 29)

Sunday, May 05, 2024 at 3:30pm in Room 126 (Deadline to signup: April 21)

Friday, May 31, 2024 at 7:30 pm in Room 126 (Deadline to signup: May 17))

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The MacPhail Concerto & Aria Concert is MacPhail’s premiere performance event featuring MacPhail student soloists performing with an orchestra of professional musicians conducted by Mark Mandarano.

While there are two performance opportunities, there is only one application and audition process; seven performances total will be selected. Please see the bottom of this application page for more details regarding audition piece length, orchestra size, instrumentation and orchestral difficulty.

Applications due by Friday, December 1, 2023 by 5 pm.

Preliminary Auditions: Sunday, January 14, 2024 starting at 12:30 pm

Final Auditions: Sunday, January 28, 2024 starting at 12:30pm. The final auditions are open to the public.

MacPhail Concerto & Aria Concert: Sunday, March 3, 2024 at 3:30pm in Antonello Hall

  • Rehearsal with orchestra #1: Thursday, February 29, 2024 from 6:00 to 9:00pm in Antonello Hall
  • Rehearsal with orchestra #2: Saturday, March 2, 2024 from 3 to 5:30 pm in Antonello Hall

Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis Concert: May 19, 2024 at 3:00pm at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

  • Rehearsals with orchestra: TBD

*Application fee:  $20.00

*MacPhail staff accompanist can be requested with the fee, $30.00. See information above.

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MacPhail Honors Recitals are distinguished student recitals. There are five per year: three Honors Recitals and two Junior Honors Recitals. Student audition before a panel of faculty judges in order to be selected for the recital. The judges’ decisions and selection of performers is based on the demonstrated musical and artistic merits of the student at the age and ability level performed during the audition. MacPhail values artistry and musicianship: anything performed artistically and musically is eligible to be selected.

Junior Honors Age Limits
Strings: age 12 & under
Piano: age 12 & under
Guitar: age 12 & under
Woodwinds/Brass/Percussion: age 14 & under
Voice: age 16 & under

If you have any questions, please contact Soojin Lee, Student Performance Coordinator.

Upcoming Dates

Fall Junior Honors Recital
Auditions: Sunday, November 12, 2023 starting at 12:30pm (Deadline to apply: October 29)
Recital: Sunday, December 10, 2023 at 3:30pm in Antonello Hall

Fall Honors Recital
Auditions: Sunday, November 19, 2023 starting at 12:30pm (Deadline to apply: November 5)
Recital: Friday, December 15, 2023 at 7:30pm in Antonello Hall

Spring I Honors Recital
Auditions: Sunday, February 11, 2024 starting at 12:30pm (Deadline to apply: January 28)
Recital: Friday, March 15, 2024 at 7:30pm in Antonello Hall

Spring Junior Honors Recital
Auditions: Sunday, March 24, 2024 starting at 12:30 pm (Deadline to apply: March 10)
Recital: Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 3:30 pm in Antonello Hall

Spring II Honors Recital
Auditions: Sunday, April 7, 2024 starting at 12:30pm (Deadline to apply: March 24)
Recital: Sunday, May 5, 2024 at 3:30pm in Antonello Hall

*Application fee: $20.00

*MacPhail staff accompanist can be requested with a fee of $30.00. See information above.

Sign Up for Honors Recital

Students who participate in Achievement Day will receive written feedback from faculty judges as a part of their “Achievement Review.” This mid-year opportunity is a great motivator and goal towards which students can work. Achievement Day open to all registered MacPhail students; all ages, instruments, ability levels and genre are welcome!

In-Person and Online

In-person and Online (pre-recorded video on YouTube)
Sunday, December 3, 2023 (Deadline to signup: November 19)
Sunday, April 28, 2024 (Deadline to signup: April 14)

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The Performance Festival is an opportunity for students to share their music with family, friends and adoring fans. Student performers will be grouped together in cohorts of eight to 10 to perform live for one another. The Performance Festival is open to all registered MacPhail students; all ages, instruments, ability levels and genre are welcome! Please plan ahead of time to perform at the MacPhail Student recitals. Slots might fill up quickly even before the deadline. Performances are limited to 10-12 minutes of music.

In-Person and Online via Zoom

Sunday, December 10, 2023 (Deadline to signup: November 26)

Sunday, May 05, 2024 (Deadline to signup: April 21)

Sign Up

The Composition Recital is open to composers in the MacPhail community. Please contact Dr. Sarah Miller directly about participating in this event.

Upcoming Dates

Sunday, December 17, 2023 at 1:00pm in Antonello Hall

Sunday, June 02, 2024 at 1:00pm in Antonello Hall

Sign Up: Contact Sarah Miller

Upcoming Performances

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Date: July 23, 2023

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Online

Performance Archive

Looking for a past student performance? Check out our Performance Archive!

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