I have been working HARD on recitals since December 21st- a few days after our huge December Holiday Recital 2022. Along with the photos from the day's recitals, I had also sent out a survey getting some much needed feedback. Here's what I learned from our recitals as they are now:
The most common mentioned feedback was about wanting a better venue where the student is elevated on a stage or the audience has more auditorium style seating. AND THIS IS WHAT I HAVE BEEN WORKING SO HARD ON!
To be honest, this is something I have been worrying about. Because the space has a stage, but not a heavy enough stage to support the piano, we have to have the piano in front of the stage, which limits our seating right in front of the piano. The location of the church is ideal AND it's easy for our families to get in and out of. Parking is amazing, and being able to walk right in without taking elevators, or walking a far distance is key for us. The other wonderful thing about it is that there is ALWAYS someone to help us if we need something or if there is an emergency. This is not something we have had in the past at a different venue, even when our rental fees went up.
Our plan for May is to offer TWO different recital dates since we will have many more participants. The first will be a recital in the parking lot: "Luau in the 'Lot" with 3 recitals. This will be more of a casual recital. Then later in May, we will offer another 5-6 recitals in the church hall moving the piano to one side (instead of in the middle of the hall) and place the seating with many rows back.
I am working on a new/different venue for our formal recitals in December. I willl keep you all posted on this as I make decisions.