MSU Denver

Department of Music

Convocation Dates

Fall 2021 

  • Monday, August 23 (Introductory Convocation)
  • Wednesday, October 13
  • Monday, October 18
  • Wednesday, October 27
  • Monday, November 8
  • Monday, November 15
  • Wednesday, December 1

All students are required to attend these convocation dates, regardless of performance class instrument area.

All convocations meet from 2:30-3:20 pm in the King Center Concert Hall.

Recital Attendance

All students must enroll in MUS 0020 Recital Attendance every semester they are enrolled in private lessons until they have completed the required number of semesters stipulated by their degree program. Students will automatically be enrolled in Recital Attendance when they are enrolled in private lessons by the Music Department. For students taking elective lessons who have met the Recital Attendance requirement for their degree program, it is the responsibility of the student to drop Recital Attendance from their schedule.

Students must attend six (6) Recital Attendance Convocations held throughout the semester and an additional four (4) eligible Music Department events in order to receive a grade of Satisfactory for the semester.

1. Recital Attendance Convocations: These are built into your schedule as MUS 0020 Recital Attendance, M/W 2:30-3:20 pm, but are only held on six (6) specific dates throughout the semester. The introductory convocation held on the first day of classes does not count for attendance credit. All convocations are held in the King Center Concert Hall, and may consist of student or faculty performances, or workshops. Since this timeframe is built into your schedule, attendance at all six (6) convocations is a requirement of Recital Attendance.

2. Eligible Music Department Events: Most events held by the Music Department are eligible for Recital Attendance. These may include ensemble concerts, visiting artist concerts, faculty recitals, masterclasses, and special events. Junior and Senior Recitals are not eligible for Recital Attendance. Students may view the full list of eligible Music Department events in the Canvas course under the module Recital Attendance Events. To pass Recital Attendance, you must attend at least four (4) of these events in addition to your six convocations.


Performance Class

All students enrolled in private instruction must attend the weekly Performance Class for their primary instrument area. The meeting times and locations for each instrument area are:

Mondays, 2:30 – 3:20 pm
Jazz: Kalamath 101
Classical Guitar: King Center Music & Dance Studio
Classical Piano: King Center Concert Hall
Brass: King Center Recital Hall

Wednesdays, 2:30 – 3:20 pm
Woodwinds: King Center Recital Hall
Classical Voice: King Center Concert Hall
Percussion: King Center Music & Dance Studio
Strings: Arts 295

Fridays, 1:00 – 1:50 pm
Composition: King Center 208

Each studio teacher will keep attendance records. Tardiness, leaving early, and/or excessive absences will be considered in determining the student’s final grade for private instruction, as well as his/her advancement to the next level of instruction.

Students studying in more than one private lesson area should attend the performance class for their primary performance area on the first scheduled meeting and consult with their area director about remaining performance classes.

There are seven dates throughout the semester in which a Recital Attendance Convocation occurs in place of either the Monday or Wednesday Performance Class. Students in ALL instrument areas are required to attend the convocations. Dates for Recital Attendance Convocations are emailed to students prior to the start of the semester.

Students with questions about performance class should contact their instrument area director:

Brass/Percussion: Michael Hengst, [email protected]
Composition: Cherise Leiter, [email protected]
Guitar: Alex Komodore, [email protected]
Jazz: Dawn Clement, [email protected]
Piano: Jooeun Pak, [email protected]
Strings: Brandon Matthews, [email protected]
Voice: Bradley Thompson, [email protected]
Woodwinds: Patricia Surman, [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

Performing on a Convocation

Convocation performances are required for students pursuing performance degrees. Students who are required to perform are assigned to performance dates by their instrument area coordinator. Prior to performing on a Convocation, students must fill out the Recital Attendance Convocation Performance Request to provide program information and set-up needs for their performance.

For more information about performing on a Recital Attendance Convocation, contact MB Krueger at [email protected].