Folded Recital Cover

Today I am sharing one of my contemporary recital covers that I made a few years ago.  It is very simple and does not use much ink, which is what I try to do when I make a cover. This is the outside graphic. On the inside you can print your own program.

When I used this cover at my recital a few years ago, I used black ink on bright yellow paper. I love color, but some years ago I inherited a giant box of very nice paper in lot of colors, enough to make recital programs for years to come. However, for anyone who wants to print in color, I made a teal colored version just for you. It looks fine in black ink on white paper, too. I haven’t tried it, but it might look nice on blue/gray parchment paper.

If you want to put your studio name and date on the front, here is a quick tutorial.

  • Print out a copy of my PDF cover. Insert it back into your printer. If you are not sure which side to insert, test it out on scrap paper before-hand. Printing in landscape orientation can be tricky.
  • Open a new document in Word using landscape format.  For 8.5 x 11 inch paper, set a tab to the right at about 6 inches and scroll down about 7 to 7.5 inches. Type your studio name and date. Ideally, align the right side to the “R” in Recital.
  • If you are using the blue colored treble clef, a shade of gray makes a nice looking font for your name and date. Or, you might even be able to match the blue. Use black ink if you’re printing the black graphic.


When it comes to cyan or aqua, it is impossible to print on paper the shade of blue on your computer screen. Plus, every printer is a little different. The aqua colored treble clef looks dark teal when I print it out, not the shade you see on your screen.

Here is a little help with the inside of your recital program. In your word processing program, find the columns tab. It is usually in the Page Layout, Page Set Up, or Format menu.  Make two  columns on your page with a 1 inch center margin. Set the outside margins at .5 inch. When you fold it, you should have half-inch margins on each side. At this point, I add a 3 column table but you can also use tabs.

Traditionally, the music title is on the left, the student’s name in the middle, and the composer’s name on the right margin.

My blogging colleague Joy Morin has posted many beautiful programs over the years, and hers are interactive! So go over to her site if you want to see some different programs.

For those of you with A4 paper, I’m not sure what margins to use, so maybe someone can help me out with that!


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4 thoughts to “Folded Recital Program Cover

  • Ruth

    Thank you Susan. This is my new go to. Last week I printed a program in color on white and it ended up costing me $1.50 for each! Yikes!

    • Susan Paradis

      Ruth, that is very expensive for printing! I guess you were charged for both sides of the paper. Like I said, I’ve been making mine on colored paper with black ink, and that is a big saver, even when you factor in the cost of the paper and ink.

  • Marilyn Brennan

    Thank you so much Susan. Just what I need!

    • Susan Paradis

      You’re welcome, Marilyn. I appreciate the feedback!


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