Performance Presentations

Student presenters are assigned a specific time and location to perform their work. They will have access to a computer, PowerPoint, projection, a sound system, and Internet/wifi capabilities, and will be placed in sessions with common themes. Presenters will not have access to technical staff or theatre/stage capacities (e.g. curtain, special lighting). Session chairs will introduce presenters, ensure they do not exceed their allotted time, and facilitate audience questions and discussion after the presentations.

  • Music composition (up to 20-minute performance/interpretative commentary includes Q&A)
  • Dance choreography (up to 20-minute performance/interpretative commentary includes Q&A)
  • Theatrical script (up to 20-minute performance/interpretative commentary includes Q&A)

Preparing Presentations

  • Rehearse your performance and consider attire, physical demeanor and stage presence.
  • Garner feedback from faculty and peers as much as possible.
  • Prepare all necessary presentation notes, props, costumes, musical/visual material, instruments, etc.

Day of the Conference

  • Present yourself well: dress professionally, wear your name tag, and turn off or silence your cell phone or personal computer.
  • Know the scheduled time and location of your presentation. Arrive early; locate your presentation room. Out of respect to your fellow presenters, it is expected that you attend your entire session, not only your portion.
  • Prepare (if relevant) your stage, ensemble, costume, music, visual material, etc. Get comfortable, stretch, tune your instruments, etc.
  • Introduce yourself to the session chair. S/he is there to support you; provide info so that s/he can introduce you before your presentation.
  • Be prepared to learn: this is an opportunity to confidently share your hard work and to humbly look forward to respectful questions and constructive feedback.
  • Good news: being nervous does not hurt your credibility or authority.
  • Recognize performers and find time for bows.
  • Have fun and enjoy!


  • Know the setup of the stage so you can safely navigate it.
  • Technology is fickle; bring a backup plan for your technical needs (e.g. having a CD if the iPod player isn’t working). Prepare a backup even when working with live music.
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