Join us in celebrating our students’ hard work and talent this winter! From holiday songs to covers, mashups, lego animation movies and more – its going to be a fun time!

This year we will be having an IN PERSON as well as VIRTUAL ON ZOOM option for the recital so please pick the one that best fits your comfort and needs. SIGN UP will be on a first come first serve basis and sessions do get full so if you know which session you want or which ones DEFINITELY won’t work please let us know ASAP.


DATE: SATURDAY 12/11/2021 
Session 1A: 12PM - 1PM
Session 2A: 130PM - 230PM
Session 3A: 3PM - 4PM
Session 4A: 430PM - 530PM (tentative)
Yorktown United Methodist Church
2300 Crompond Road 
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

*This is a MASKED event and all those in attendance will have to be masked regardless of vaccination status*

DATE: SUNDAY 12/12/2021
Session 1B: 3PM - 4PM
Session 2B: 430PM - 530PM (tentative)
Is the recital mandatory? (IN PERSON / VIRTUAL)
No. All of our recitals are by signup and the choice to perform is entirely up to the student and his/her family.

How long is the recital? (IN PERSON / VIRTUAL)
Barring any complications or technical difficulties, the recital should take about 1 hour. If you can, please stay for the full recital so that all of our students can have a great audience and not just those who go first.

What is the dress code? (IN PERSON / VIRTUAL)
There is no strict dress code but we encourage all our students to DRESS UP in something that will make them feel confident so they could shine like the stars they are for the performance / video recording.


Are you allowed to take photos? (IN PERSON)
Yes! We will be taking photos/videos where we can of the event but please feel free to also take your own! We will have a seat in the front near the stage for any parents that would like to come down to take photos/videos. If anyone does not wish to be photographed, please let us know ASAP!

What should I/my child bring on recital day? (IN PERSON)
There will be a piano at the space and we will bring a drum set as well as some guitars/drum sticks for backup.
VIOLIN/GUITAR students MUST bring their own instrument and please make sure it is tuned or let us know immediately when you arrive if you need help tuning and we will be happy to assist!
DRUMMERS should bring their own drum sticks. 

When should I/my child plan to arrive? (IN PERSON)
We are going to try to start as on time as possible so please aim to be there about 15 minutes before, especially if you are one of the first students performing. Doors will open 15 minutes to showtime.

What is the parking situation? (IN PERSON)
There is a large free parking lot.


How does the virtual recital work? (VIRTUAL)
* To limit sound/video quality issues, all participants will be required to submit a video for our virtual recital in place of performing live.
* We will then all log into ZOOM on the recital day/time as a school to stream all the videos LIVE together.
*ANY and ALL students who would like to submit a video for the recital are welcome, rather you just started the past couple months or have been taking lessons for awhile. Just talk to your teacher if you'd like to perform!
* Students who would like to participate must select a piece with their instructor and submit a video to us between NOV 29th - DEC 4th.
* After each student's clip is played, we will spotlight the student's video on ZOOM so that they can take their well deserved bow and receive live applause!
* We will have multiple sessions. 
* The recital should take about (1) hour and we will be sending out a roster one week before.
* The link/meeting ID # to the ZOOM recital will be provided to everyone one week before as well. Please feel free to share with friends, family, grandparents - the more the merrier to celebrate our students hard work!

When are the recordings due? (VIRTUAL)
Students that want to participate should submit videos of their performances no later than this SATURDAY 12/04/21. For those who need more time we will be accepting videos late on a case by case basis but WE MUST BE INFORMED. If we do not hear from you and do not receive a video, we will assume you are no longer participating.

What are the specifications for the video? (VIRTUAL)
* Students should take a bow after their performance
* Videos should be filmed horizontally if possible
* There is no strict dress code but we encourage all our students to DRESS UP in something that will make them feel confident so they could shine like the stars they are!
* Please make sure the student/instrument is visible
* Try to limit background noise as much as possible

How can the video be sent? (VIRTUAL)
Videos can be sent to us via email, through iMessage, WhatsApp, Google Drive, etc. If any of the above does not work please contact us directly and I’m sure we’ll be able to figure something out.
P: 815-715-8795, E: 

Can the recording be done at the school? (VIRTUAL)
Absolutely! For any students who are taking in person lessons we can plan to record while you are at the school, otherwise please reach out to schedule a specific day/time for recording. 


A couple words from CHMA on...

Now that the recital is finally here, we know that nerves may be in the air and that is totally NORMAL. However, we'd like to make a point to say that our recital, and any recital, should be about celebrating the student's hard work. Our goal is for them to walk away feeling as proud of themselves as we are of them, no matter what skill level they possess. We want each and every student who performs to know how grateful we are they decided to participate in our recital at all, and that all they have to do is try their best. Plus they're ALL already rockstars in our book anyways (it takes a lot of guts to go up there!)

Up until now, whenever our students play a piece during the lessons and they make a mistake, what we usually do is have them correct the mistake and learn from it. However, we need to make sure all of our students understand that although we always want them to play their songs correctly, the stage is NOT a place to make corrections. Once they get onstage if they do make a mistake, JUST KEEP GOING. Pauses are okay. Mistakes are okay. They happen to all of us! They important thing is to move past it, keep going, and finish your performance strong. Little known secret - most of the time no one will ever even know! And if they do so what? Maybe it was a dramatic pause. Maybe it was creative license. The important thing is that you push through, finish strong and take that bow at the end that you DESERVE for getting up there. That's all we, and anyone could ask for.
Now, let's have some fun!