The scheduling, promotion and program printing of College of Music events is a coordinated effort between the Scheduling Office and CU Presents. In order to make sure all events are supported correctly, from scheduling to presentation, please navigate through the steps listed on the left.
Please note that Imig Music Building venues are not open for rental by outside groups. If you're interested in renting Macky Auditorium, please call, 303-492-2736.
College of Music Event Promotion Deadlines
Below is an outline of the information deadlines for official, publicly promoted College of Music Events. These are final deadlines dictated by the necessary print and work time it takes to create each promotion.
In order to be promoted, events must complete two steps before the deadlines listed below:
Step 1: Be scheduled and approved by the Scheduling Office.
Step 2: Have their promotional information submitted to CU Presents.
Printed College of Music Calendar (three times a semester)
A full-sized poster that folds down to a half-page brochure, listing Faculty Tuesdays, Student Ensembles, Guest Artist Recitals, Eklund Opera Program, Artist Series and Takács Quartet events.
Deadline for fall semester events: July 1
Deadline for spring semester events: November 1
Imig Building Marquees
There are two outdoor displays at Imig Music posted during the fall and spring academic semesters listing Faculty Tuesdays, Student Ensembles, Guest Artist Recitals, Master Classes, Public Talks, Eklund Opera Program, Artist Series and Takács Quartet events.
Deadline for fall semester events: July 1
Deadline for spring semester events: November 1
Weekly Daily Camera Advertisement
A full-page ad run every week in the Daily Camera Friday Magazine, during the fall and spring academic semesters listing Faculty Tuesdays, Student Ensembles, Guest Artist Recitals, Master Classes, Public Talks, Eklund Opera Program, Artist Series and Takács Quartet events.
Deadline: 1 month before the event date
College of Music Online Calendars
Online calendars feature events on colorado.edu/music, colorado.edu/visit and cupresents.org.
Deadline: 1 month before event date*
*Exception: We will post events to the online calendar as soon after they are scheduled as possible (Step 1) and will update the event with your promotional information as soon after it is sent to CU Presents. Events submitted after the 1 month deadline may not receive full promotion.
Community Online Calendars
Major music events are posted to several community calendars once promotional information is received, like CPR.org, Boulder County Arts Alliance, Boulder Visitors Center and Facebook.
Deadline: 1 month before event date
Scheduling student recitals
Note: Recitals are to be scheduled three or more weeks before your recital. No recitals will be scheduled until payment and completed recital scheduling form are received. No exceptions will be made.
1: Choose a date
- Check the College of Music Planning Calendar. Use this to be aware of other recitals and events happening that may impact your preferred recital dates. (Note the restrictions below.)
- Recitals may only be scheduled for the current and following semester. The requested recital date must fall during the semester beginning and end.
- Be sure to choose at least two alternate times for your recital, as the time you choose may be booked already by the time you schedule your recital.
- Recitals involving use of the harpsichord must take place in Grusin Music Hall and be approved by both Robert Hill (Robert.S.Hill@colorado.edu) and Ted Mulcahey (Ted.Mulcahey@colorado.edu).
2: Choose a location
Recitals may be scheduled:
Monday - Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Friday at 4:30 p.m. in Grusin Music Hall only.
On-campus recitals must be scheduled at least 3 weeks before the requested date.
Pianists: If you are planning to perform a prepared piano piece, you may only do so after booking a recital in Grusin and speaking with our Senior Piano Technician, Ted Mulcahey. Prepared piano can not be accommodated in any other situation.
Rental fee for on-campus
A $100 fee is due at the time of scheduling. This includes programs, marketing, recording, CDs (one for you and one for the library archives), and stage managing as well as a reception space if you choose to use it.
- Junior recitals are not recorded.
Recitals may be scheduled at venues outside of the College of Music.
- Note: College of Music does not maintain pianos at off-campus sites.
- These recitals must take place at the same times as the on-campus recitals.
Monday - Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
- Off-campus recitals are also bound by the restrictions above.
- Off-campus recitals must be scheduled with the venue as well as with the College of Music Scheduling Office.
- St. Aidan's Episcopal Church and the College of Music have partnered during the construction to offer an off-campus recital that will be supported by our College of Music recording, staging, and piano crew. The space includes a freshly rebuilt stage and a Steinway 7' grand piano. Students are invited to hold recitals at St. Aidan's at the same times that are offered in Grusin (see on-campus details). St. Aidan's is located just across the street from campus at 2425 Colorado Avenue. For questions or availability, please email the College of Music Scheduling Coordinator Devin Welch (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- The Academy, a retirement community close to campus, has agreed to hold most Saturdays in March and April at 2 p.m. for student recitals (pending availability). No other times will be allotted to CU College of Music students.
- Below is a list of some possible venues. Check with the venue for available dates and times. Additional fees/requirementst may apply for these or other venues.
Fee for off-campus recitals
- $20 fee is charged for marketing and programs.
- Other fees may be charged by the venue.
- We can only accept cash or check made payable to “University of Colorado.”
- No recording services are provided by the College of Music for off-campus recitals.
- Off-campus recitals require the performer to arrange for a high-quality CD sound recording with appropriate labeling of the recital to be provided to the music library.
- Only recital programs are provided by the college.
3: Get your recital approved
Use the links below, fill out the Recital Scheduling Form and obtain all required faculty and dean signatures via DocuSign.
Once form has been signed by all parties (through DocuSign) and payment has been made, the event will go into the college's schedule of events IF the form and payment are completed no more than three weeks prior to the date of the recital.
4: Arrange to have your recital recorded and staged
Copies of your recital recordings are required for archival purposes.
If your recital will be held in Grusin Music Hall or Chamber Hall (C-199), use the link below to fill out the Recital Audio Recording Request.
- You must turn in the Recital Staging Information form to the College of Music Operations office (E-172) no later than one week prior to recital.
- Your recording will be available to pick up in the College of Music Operations office (E-172) within five business days of your recital.
- Additional copies of your recital recording may be purchased at an additional cost through the Audio Services Office.
- A professional-quality recording of your recital is required. Your recital grade will not be complete without it.
- A list of recommended, professional recording technicians is available on the door of the Audio Services Office (C-161).
- Your CD cover must be properly formatted and the CD must be turned in to the College of Music Library Archives.
5: Final Steps
After completing all steps, please bring the Recital Recording Request (only if in Grusin or C-199), Recital Staging Request and fee to E-172.
Note: No date will be held without signed forms and full payment!
Preview your recital
Check with your department about all recital preview requirements.
Recital previews are scheduled with your department.
Print your program
See the information to the left ("Step 3: Create your printed program") for building and printing your program.
Plan an after show reception
Note: Signing up for a recital does not automatically sign out a reception space. You must reserve the reception room using the online scheduling website.
- Contact email@example.com to book your reception.
- The College of Music Conference Room (C-113) may be signed out for post-recital receptions. Check the online scheduling website for availability and to sign out the room (generally, you should plan to book the reception room starting a half-hour before your recital and booking it for a 2-2.5 hour block - exceptions will be considered). Your stage manager will unlock the door one hour before your recital is scheduled to begin. You may not use the room if you have not properly signed it out. You may use the refrigerator in the kitchen area to store food. However, leftover refreshments must be removed from the Conference Room immediately following the reception. You are expected to clean up after your reception. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
- Both the Conference Room and Student Lounge may be reserved at no cost.
- NO alcoholic beverages may be served and candles are not allowed in the building!!
Your dress rehearsal
- You are entitled to two hours in the hall of your recital for your dress rehearsal. This is subject to availability of the hall. As the halls are quite busy throughout the semester, it is recommended that the performer communicate with his/her collaborators and find a dress rehearsal time as soon as possible. The two hours of dress rehearsal time do not have to be consecutive. They may be broken up into two one-hour intervals. If your recital is in Grusin Music Hall or the Chamber Hall, check the Performance Hall Schedule by looking at the College of Music Planning Calendar. Then email email@example.com to sign out a time.
- Please be aware that if you schedule rehearsal time during the week after 5 p.m. or on the weekends, you will be required to have a College of Music Faculty or Staff member with you.
- Check with your venue about scheduling a dress rehearsal.
The scheduling office must be notified by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if a recital needs to be cancelled so that it can be removed from marketing materials and others can use the space. If the recital is off-campus, the venue must also be notified.
A $50 fee will be charged for cancelling your recital within 60 days.
- If the recital is cancelled due to illness, documentation from a doctor must be provided.
- In this case, the cancellation fee will not be a charged.
Guest artist scheduling request
Faculty should use this form for scheduling all guest artist events. PLEASE NOTE: No guest artist recitals are permitted in the month of April.
- Please check the College of Music Planning Calendar prior to requesting space. If you want to have your guest in Grusin Music Hall or the Chamber Hall (C-199), you should also check the performance hall schedules at the bottom of the page.
- If you wish enlist the services of a collaborative pianist, you must first contact Margaret McDonald and Alexandra Nguyen at email@example.com prior to completing this form.
- This form will be submitted to John Davis, Associate Dean for Administration, who will approve all guest artist requests.
- If you wish to pay your guest you need to fill out the Guest Payment Form and return it to Elise Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For Harpsichord usage: One month prior to the event contact Robert Hill at email@example.com.
- For any other special keyboard requests contact Ted Mulcahey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Submit your information to CU Presents for promotion, including online calendar listings, see more at "Step 2: Promote your event through CU Presents" on left.
College of Music only schedules and promotes official college events, please email email@example.com with your scheduling request.
Major College of Music events (including Faculty Tuesdays and student ensemble performances) are scheduled by committee each year. Please contact Devin Welch at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you are using a venue outside of the Imig Music building for your official event, you will still need to schedule it with the College of Music in order to have it promoted.
For classroom and conference room reservations only College of Music faculty, staff, and students will be able to access the room schedules.
Note: You will be notified in approximately two business days from your first login that you have been granted access to view College of Music rooms. Only College of Music faculty, staff and students will be able to access the room schedules.
For all other requests, please email email@example.com.
PLEASE NOTE: CU Presents only promotes events open to the public and officially sanctioned by the College of Music. CU Presents will only begin promoting an event once it is approved and scheduled with the College of Music Scheduling Office (see Step 1: "Schedule your event" to the left).
After your concert has been scheduled and confirmed, you will receive an email with this same link as well as the deadline for submitting the promotional information for your event. The description and performer list for your Faculty Tuesdays can be submitted at the link below.
Your student recital must be scheduled and confirmed with the Scheduling Office (see on the left "Step 1: Schedule your event") before you begin promotion.
Spreading the word about your performance is a great way to fill the audience at your degree recital, while also getting some great experience in self-promotion. In today's market, personal invitations and testimonials sell performing arts events better than anything else, so no one can better promote your performance than you can.
Here are some promotional activities you can start on today!
Consider a dual recital
Presenting a dual recital with a fellow musician means dual promotional efforts, dual fun and dual audience. Visit Step 1 (on the left) for more information on how to partner with a fellow classmate on producing your student recital. Please note that dual recitals are only available to Junior undergraduate students.
Attend a promotional workshop
Join the Entrepreneurship Center for Music, Operations and Scheduling Coordinator Devin Welch, Associate Director of Communications Jessie Bauters and CU Presents Marketing Manager Daniel Leonard for a workshop on how to schedule promote your recital.
Check back soon.
Build a Facebook event page
Go to facebook.com/events and click "Create Event" and follow the instructions to build your event page (note: this will require first creating a Facebook profile). Consider adding to your event page:
- A biography about you
- The pieces you will perform
- Your insights into the work you will be performing
- An attractive cover photo
Once you have created your Facebook event page, be sure to invite friends and family. Also, post to the wall of your event page to build excitement and remind people that your event is coming up.
Share a link with us
Recitals are listed on the College of Music website at colorado.edu/music/student-recitals. Send us a link to a page of more information so that interested patrons can learn more about your concert. You can send us a link to your Facebook page (just make sure you have it set to "Public") or a link to your personal website, if you have one.
Links can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take over @CUBackstage
Have you visited @CUBackstage on Instagram? It's a live feed run by performers like you, giving the world the inside scoop on being an artist at CU Boulder. Sign up to take over the account yourself at cupresents.org/instagram.
Send personal invitations
Whether it's a hand written note, a text message or an email, sending a personal invitation to the people in your network is one of the strongest promotional tools you have. A good time to send invitations is one week before your concert, and be sure to follow up in the days just before.
Campuses like ours are filled with opportunities to promote concerts on public bulletin boards. Below, there are examples of the kind of posters you can make. We suggest printing them at 48HourPrint.com. Remember to include:
- The title of your concert
- Date and time of your concert
- Location of your concert
CU Presents Promotion
Your event must be scheduled and confirmed with the Scheduling Office (see on the left "Step 1: Schedule your event") before CU Presents is able to promote it.
- All official College of Music events that are open to the public are promoted by CU Presents through local community calendars, email, the Daily Camera print edition and more.
- As soon as you fill out this form CU Presents will begin promoting your event.
- Your event will not be promoted to the community calendars until this form is submitted.
- When you submit your printed program information (see on the left "Step 3: Create your printed program") all events listings will be updated with the information provided, as needed.
You can promote your event on the digital sign in the Grusin lobby. We’ve created a template for you to design a slide for the Imig digital sign using PowerPoint. Follow the instructions and send your PowerPoint slide (.ppt file - NOT .pptx) to Jessie Bauters email@example.com at least two weeks in advance of your event to have it included in the slide show.
If you are self-designing printed materials for promoting a public event, please contact Daniel Leonard firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance on the CU Boulder and CU Presents brand and visual guides. A consistent visual style is central to the success of our collective promotional strategies.
CU Presents creates digital promotional materials in many formats for public events. These digital materials can often be adapted to print materials—like bulletin board posters—consistent with the CU Presents branding and visual style. Please email Daniel Leonard email@example.com for more information.
- If you are are looking to print promotional materials for your public event, please contact us no later than 1 month before your event date
- While CU Presents can support some design requests, CU Presents cannot handle the final printing or distribution of materials. We recommend, once presenters have their final designs, that they use 48hourprint.com for its affordability, easy-to-use platform and expediency.
Note: Completed Microsoft Word document must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 3 weeks prior to your recital! If you fail to meet this deadline, programs will NOT be printed and your program information will NOT be marketed by the College of Music.
- You must use Microsoft Word to create your program using the template provided. Do NOT use Google Docs, Apple Pages or any other software.
- Download the Microsoft Word document.
- Replace all information with your own program information using the same formatting. Do NOT change the fonts; keep bold font bold and use the upper/lower case as provided in the template. You may change the size of the fonts if all your information will not fit. If you have a long program, you should use both sides of the page in place of any bios or program notes.
- If you choose to include a professional photograph, the resolution of your photo must be no less than 300 dpi (and must be in either .jpg or .tiff format). Note: your program will be printed in black and white.
- Please SAVE your document in the format: “2015-01-25-LASTNAME.DOC” (year-month-day) - for the date, use the date of your recital.
- Additional information for completing your program (bibliographical styles, etc.).
- You MUST turn in a program using this template, even if you fail to meet the 3-week deadline. Your grade will NOT be complete until the Dean’s Office receives a printed program.
- If your recital is on-campus, your stage manager will have your programs for you.
- If your recital is off-campus (including The Academy), you will need to come to the Main Office (C103) to pick up your programs prior to your recital.
Note: Completed Microsoft Word document must be emailed to email@example.com no later than three weeks prior to your guest’s recital! If you fail to meet this deadline, programs will NOT be printed and their program information will NOT be marketed by the College of Music.
- Download the Microsoft Word document
- You must use Microsoft Word to create the guest artist program using the template provided. Do NOT use Google Docs, Pages or any other program. The formatting will not work properly.
- Replace all information with your guest artist’s program information using the same formatting. Do NOT change the fonts; keep bold font bold and use the upper/lower case as provided in the template. You may change the size of the fonts if all your information will not fit. If you have a long program, you should use both sides of the page in place of any bios or program notes.
- If your guest artist chooses to include a professional photograph, the resolution of the photo must be no less than 300 dpi (and must be in either .jpg or .tiff format). Note: your program will be printed in black and white.
- Please SAVE your document in the format: “2016-10-25-LASTNAME.DOC” (year-month-day of recital)
- If you would like more than 50 programs printed for your guest's recital, please notify firstname.lastname@example.org when you submit the program.
- Additional information for completing your program (bibliographical styles, etc.).
- Your stage manager will have your guest artist’s programs.
For faculty and large ensemble performances, all final content including program details, program notes and performer bios, should be submitted to the CU Presents team three weeks prior to the event date. The contact person for each event will receive an email with instructions to submit content at the beginning of each semester, and again closer to each content deadline. If you have not received any information three weeks prior to your event, please contact Sabrina Green.
Programs are produced for official College of Music events. If your event type is not listed above, please contact Sabrina Green no later than six weeks prior to your event to discuss your needs.