A Peek Into My Christmas Recital

It’s been over a month since our annual Christmas recital and I’m finally getting around to posting pictures! I’ve gotten some questions and requests from other teachers related to the recital, so here is a glimpse into our 2009 recital, themed: Jesus: God of the Galaxy.

First off, I LOVED having a professional photographer! It was so nice to not have to worry at all about trying to capture pictures in the midst of everything else. Not to mention that the pictures look a whole lot better! We had a couple comments from families about the backflash being too distracting, but I’m sure that’s an issue we can work out the next time.

A stack of programs, boasting the winning artwork by Graham, that I incorporated into the final design. The cover is printed on a metallic silver paper and the inside sheets are on plain white paper.

The students all gather in the lobby area prior to the recital so that I can make sure everyone is present. Then we line up in the order of performance and sit as a group in the front section of the sanctuary. Meanwhile, several students provide prelude music for the audience members as they wait for the recital to begin.

These five students served as the narrators for the program and did a wonderful job! It worked really well to have them seated on the stage and just pass the microphone back and forth when it was their turn to read.

In addition to piano solos, we had a variety of other ensemble performances. Ryan and Joey arranged this duet of the Little Drummer Boy and had fun working together on it!

My good friend (and vocal instructor!), Lydia, graciously agreed to be the guest artist at this year’s recital. I always like to have some special guest as a treat for the students and their families.

A group shot of all the recital performers. You would have thought that I gave everyone a color scheme the way almost everyone was attired in red, white, and/or black, but I just told them to dress up. Amazing, huh?!

The Christmas gift sets that I put together for each student – a set of personalized note cards and a giant candy cane, tied with a ribbon. Simple, but hopefully meaningful and useful!

I have a couple hundred pictures from the occasion, but hopefully that will give you a glimpse into how the Christmas recital turned out. Truly a wonderful time!

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