Accompanists 7.1 - 7.2

7.1.            Staff Accompanists

The duties of School of Music & Dance Staff Accompanists include performing at:

  • Studio classes—vocal and instrumental (and concomitant performances)
  • Graduate and undergraduate lessons—vocal and instrumental, as needed
  • Listening Hour Recitals—as needed
  • Juries—vocal and instrumental (wind/brass/string/percussion)
  • Entrance/scholarship auditions—vocal and instrumental
  • Ensembles—rehearsals and performances, as needed
  • Opera Workshop—coaching, rehearsals and performances
  • Faculty Recitals
  • Guest artists’ performances
  • New faculty auditions

The School of Music & Dance employs three staff accompanists:

Ms. Sharon Brook

Dr. Victoria Lington

Mr. David Stein


Students must independently contract for all recitals either with a staff accompanist, a student accompanist, or with an outside accompanist.

A request for the services of the staff accompanist must be initiated by the appropriate studio instructor. The staff accompanist will either accept the assignment or will recommend a suitable student accompanist, based upon the technical requirements of the music. After an accompanist has been assigned, the student must arrange for appropriate rehearsal time. The length and frequency of each rehearsal will be at the discretion of the staff accompanist. A jury rehearsal sign-up schedule will be posted during the week prior to juries.

Students must provide a legible copy (in notebook form) of their music to their accompanist at least two weeks prior to the first rehearsal. Difficult accompaniments must be provided at least four weeks prior to the first rehearsal. Students must come to rehearsals with their music prepared. No student will be allowed to perform without at least one rehearsal prior to the day of the performance.

7.2.            Student Accompanists

Students taking the Accompanying course (MUSC 143) will provide each student musician assigned to them one-half hour of rehearsal per week. Any additional rehearsal time may be provided at the discretion of the accompanist.

Students must come well-prepared to the first rehearsal with their accompanist. Accompanists reserve the right to cancel a rehearsal if the student is inadequately prepared for a productive rehearsal. Likewise, the accompanist must be adequately prepared for a productive rehearsal.

Accompanists will attend weekly lessons with the appropriate applied instructor. If an absence is anticipated, the instructor must be notified in advance. Student accompanists will perform with their assigned students in master classes, listening hours, studio and individual recitals, and juries. Accompanists will not attend off-campus performances except at their discretion or for a fee.

Students must notify accompanists and provide music for any performance (including master class) at least two weeks in advance. Failure to do so will release the accompanist from his/her performance obligations.