At Hubbels, yearly recitals are a way to not only showcase our students, but help encourage them to take risks, be confident and learn to work on a timeline. They are also a great motivation for completing musical pieces. We divide our recitals into two categories: Sprout (Grades K-5) and Intermediate/Advanced (Grades 4-12). The Intermediate/Advanced show provides a foundation for serious students and those who may want to pursue music in college.
The Sprout show is a totally stress-free environment for beginners with no "scary" older or advanced players. It is a place for young students to build up their performance showmanship and portfolio (unbeknownst to them!) through the years and prepare them for the older recitals. Most of our kids just think the recitals are fun.......they have no idea how much they are learning from doing them!
In February, Hubbels holds a professional honors recital at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center featuring select students, faculty and friends. This is a ticketed event offered to the public, and teachers will refer students to this show. A black-tie dress code is required, and a rehearsal concert is held in advance. We treat this show like a collegiate recital and view it as an ultimate goal for students. Hubbels Music donates the profits of this concert to Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley (last year's showcase raised $600!)
Recitals are held bi-annually in January and June. Your child's teacher will decide which show they'll perform in. Students carry the performance weight in our recitals, and if a teacher who is part of the show is suddenly unable to attend, we are always prepared for another staff member step in. This goes for both recital hosting and accompaniment duties.
Other small rogue events are held frequently throughout the year and we will recommend students to participate in them. The recitals are not mandatory, and while we gently encourage all our kids to perform, we will absolutely not push them if they aren't ready or interested.