I spent a portion of this morning putting the final touches on my recital program and running to Staples to make copies. I'm always surprised at how much it costs to copy these programs! That's why I opt to keep the format simple and go for black and white over color programs. Otherwise I could be spending almost $2/program!
I choose to do my programs in booklet style- a nice, yet simple, front cover with my favorite music quote, then the program inside. An insert contains a brief bio on each student performing that evening. I started doing this a few years back and I think it's a nice way to get to know a bit more about each performer.
Something else I always include at the end of the program is a list of the students who won't be performing due to scheduling conflicts or other situations.
How do you design and format your recital program? Are there any great tips you've discovered along the way that students love or that have been major cost cutters for you?