Recital & Audition Recordings

Audio recording, video recording, and streaming services are available to Department of Music students, faculty, and staff via the Broadcast / Media Services Department. NOTE: A minimum of two weeks notice is required to guarantee any audio, video or streaming production services. Requests made with less notice may not be accommodated.

Junior / Senior Student Recitals

As part of the recital application process, students may request audio recording, video recording, and streaming of their performance. Services are available in Urness Recital Hall, Studio A, and Boe Memorial Chapel only.

Audio Only Recording

The performing student will receive one copy of their performance or audition as a digital file delivered by Google Drive, edited to remove extended applause and pauses between musical works. In the case of recital performances, an additional CD copy will be placed on reserve check-out in the music library. These recordings will be made available as soon as possible following the recital or recording session, most often within 48 hours. Additional CDs may be requested by contacting Jeffrey O'Donnell in Broadcast Media Services. Each additional CD is $15 per copy, plus tax.

Audio and Video Recording

In addition to the digital audio files above, students will receive an HD digital file (1080p H.264 encoded MP4) of their performance or audition. The file is not edited to remove applause or pauses. However, the file is suitable for editing if a performer wishes to do using their own computer, or with editing assistance from IT's Digital Scholarship Center.

Files are made available as soon as possible, usually within 2-3 business days of the performance date or audition recording. When ready, an email will be sent to the performer with instructions for downloading. NOTE: If a faster turnaround for delivery is required, advance notice must be given at the time the service is requested. Last minute requests for video services cannot easily be accommodated.

If required, standard definition video DVDs are available for an additional fee, and may be requested by contacting Jeffrey O'Donnell in Broadcast / Media Services. Each additional DVD is $15 per copy, plus tax. Like the files, DVDs are not edited to remove applause or pauses, but do contain chapter marks for each selection or movement. Please allow 2-3 weeks for DVD processing after the request has been made.

Audio and Video Recording with Streaming

Students may choose to have their student recital streamed live and on demand, in addition to receiving the audio files, video files, and optional CDs or DVDs described above. Students requesting this service will receive by email a direct link to the stream that can be shared with friends and family. Student recital streams are not listed with other St. Olaf College public web streams. Only those provided the link by the performing student will be able to find the stream. Streams will be made live approximately 10 minutes before the start of the recital. An on-demand archive is generally available immediately after the conclusion of a recital.

Recital stream archives are available for 60 days following the recital. If, for any reason, a student wishes to have the archive of a recital disabled, they may do so by emailing Jeffrey O'Donnell.

If a student wishes to include a PDF of their recital program in the player window of the stream, they may do so by sending the file to Jeffrey O'DonnellNOTE: Any copyrighted texts or translations MUST BE REMOVED prior to submitting the file for online posting.

Audition Recording (for Enrolled Students Only)

Services are available in Urness Recital Hall, Studio A, and Boe Memorial Chapel only.

  • Students must first obtain permission from their sponsoring instructor to reserve a recording venue. Venues are reserved through the R-25 system by contacting Barb Barth (x3568). Broadcast / Media Services cannot reserve recording venues on behalf of students.
  • Once a space has been reserved, students must contact Jeffrey O'Donnell to request recording engineer(s) based on the services requested.
  • Recordings made for audition purposes must be done in complete takes on a movement or piece by piece basis.
  • Students should allow sufficient time (at least two business days) for any file preparation, packaging, and delivery of their audition materials.