Recital Fee?

Sumer said: Sep 25, 2014
Sumer Hansen
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Casper, WY
2 posts

I opened my violin studio last spring and am planning my first recital for this fall. I am wondering if people typically charge a recital fee to cover the cost of the accompanist or do you just pay for it yourself? Thank you for your help!

Heather Figi said: Sep 26, 2014
Heather FigiViolin
Eugene, OR
97 posts

Absolutely!

I charge $25/student to cover the costs of running a recital which includes space rental, pianist and programs.

I have around 32 students and we do 2 recitals a year.

I highly recommend having an activity fee in your budget for families to value the special events you produce.

Mengwei said: Sep 26, 2014
Mengwei Shen
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Cello
Jersey City, NJ
119 posts

I offer (require) group classes so I basically count a recital as a group and make sure there is enough in the budget. So far I don’t hire extra help though because I do the accompanying myself and rely on parent volunteers to record the performances, organize snacks, etc. Other than renting the recital location, other costs are nice printed programs and perhaps a token prize/gift for students.

Jennifer Visick said: Sep 28, 2014
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
998 posts

Either have a recital/events fee each year, or raise your rates and explicitly tell parents that the rates now cover pianist’s’ fees, OR have your students pay the pianist directly.

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