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School of Music COVID-19 Updates and Guidance

During these extraordinary times, the School of Music is preparing for your safe arrival on campus in Fall 2020. Below is information providing answers to many questions we are hearing from Music students. We will update this information as the situation evolves, and we appreciate your patience. We strongly recommend adding important email addresses (School of Music administrators, your Fall Semester instructors, College of Fine Arts Office) to your contacts, and making a habit of checking your Umail regularly throughout the day—including your junk folders. Please note that all email announcements will be sent to your Umail account, only.

Our first and foremost concern is your safety. Our second priority is to provide an outstanding education in music that provides an effective path to graduation. We have crafted a student-centered plan that maximizes performance opportunities, while observing best practices in the use of masks, social distancing, hand-washing, and room ventilation. This plan minimizes interactions beyond the School of Music community and implements safeguards to curtail potential disruptions to your education. The plan preserves the 15-week semester, although in a non-traditional configuration.

We may see each other less often in person next semester than we would under other circumstances, but we remain a community of musicians. If you have any questions that are not answered below, please email Dr. Jared Rawlings, Associate Director, at 



University of Utah Fall 2020 Modalities of Class Instruction

In the Schedule of Classes for Fall 2020 you will notice that the University of Utah has changed how instruction for many courses will be delivered and it has categorized courses into five (5) modalities of instruction. Listed below are the five (5) modalities of instruction you will find in the Fall 2020 Schedule of Classes. Three (3) of these modalities include in-person instruction and two (2) of these modalities involve remote instruction, exclusively.

Classes using the following modalities of instruction include in-person instruction:

1. In-Person—class is fully in-person (course content must be available for students unable to attend).

2. IVC-Hybrid—class is a mixture of in-person, and synchronous online modalities.

3. Hybrid—class is a mixture of in-person and asynchronous online modalities.

Classes using the following modalities of instruction include remote instruction only:

4. IVC (Interactive Video Conferencing)—class is online through a synchronous delivery of instruction using technology (class has a time, with canvas as the location).

5. Online—class is free of time and place restrictions, and all content is delivered via technology. No synchronous meetings.

Because online components will be part of many classes, students will need access to a computer and a good internet connection. The Marriott Library has computers and other electronic equipment available for student check-out. 

University of Utah Fall 2020 Academic Calendar

Another important campus-wide adjustment to note is that for two weeks, during the week before the Vice-Presidential Debate (September 28—October 3) and the week of the Vice-Presidential Debate (October 4–9), all classes will be taught online (IVC or Online), regardless of their instructional modality. The School of Music will be inaccessible during these weeks, since the building will be occupied by the national Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD).

All in-person instruction will conclude by Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26, and all classes (and final exams) will be delivered in online modalities through the end of the Fall semester, which concludes on December 11, 2020.

School of Music Return to Campus

The guidance provided below pertains to School of Music safety measures, academic courses, performance courses, and performances (When a plan is announced for our Preparatory & Continuing Education divisions, additional information will be added). We strongly encourage you to stay updated on the University Utah’s Fall 2020 return to campus. Please visit University of Utah's Return to Campus page for updates.


Safety Measures

Below you will find School of Music protocols and safety measures currently in place. All measures are being implemented in accordance with mandates and guidance from federal and local authorities. We will continue to monitor these sources and consult others. If the guidance on best practices changes, we will adjust accordingly, and some of these practices may or may not be in effect by the time campus fully reopens for the semester.

We have strong relationships with local health departments and our own University Environmental Health Services Team, who we are staying in constant contact with to ensure that everything we are doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 meets or exceeds their guidelines. Watch our general safety video below.

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All University of Utah students are required to complete a mandatory safety training. Please go to Required Trainings. The most important measures to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 are 1) wearing face coverings (face-masks), 2) social distancing, 3) maintaining good hygiene (hand-washing), and 4) adequate room ventilation. 

Face Coverings

a. School of Music students, faculty, and staff must wear face-masks in the School of Music building at all times (during classes and in rehearsals). Exceptions to the requirement for universal face coverings inside are limited to time spent in a single-occupancy office with a closed door. See more on U's Return to Campus page.

b. Signs, reinforcing the importance of face coverings for virus control, are posted throughout the School of Music.

c. A limited supply of disposable masks is available for students who need one. Please visit the Music Office or, after office hours, the McKay Music Library.

d. All students must wear a mask in indoor rehearsals at all times.

e. Voice, Brass, and Woodwind students must wear a customized mask and a bell-cover, as appropriate, during indoor rehearsals (see Resources below). Instrument bells should not be directed towards others.

f. All students must wear a mask at all times in practice rooms.

g. In indoor spaces, any audience members must wear masks.

Social Distancing

a. Classroom maximum capacities and rehearsal seating plans have been redesigned to allow for social distancing.

b. Large ensembles have been split into smaller ensembles to limit the number of people per room and maintain social distancing.

c. Congregating before/after classes and rehearsals is prohibited. Faculty are requested to dismiss classes/ensembles in groups to minimize congregating.

d. Students must keep a distance of 6 feet (7.5 ft. on-center markings) between themselves and others in the School of Music building at all times (during classes and in rehearsals and performances).

e. Singers and wind instrument performers must keep a distance of 10 feet (11.5 ft. on-center markings) between themselves and other performers during rehearsals and performances.

f. Protective shields will be used in some instructional and performance spaces, as well as public desks, administrative offices, and library spaces.

g. All audiences will be invitation-only in the School of Music until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, and they must use designated seats, only.

h. The majority of performances this fall will be live-streamed.


a. Everyone should wash their hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after they have been in a public place or after blowing their nose, coughing, sneezing, or touching their face. It is also suggested that everyone wash their hands as they enter and exit various on-campus spaces and before eating. People should also avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth.

b. Classrooms and other instructional spaces will be supplied with hand sanitizer dispensers and disinfecting towel dispensers.

c. Students should clean their desks and wash their hands before classes and rehearsals.

d. Students should wash their hands before and after entering a practice room.

e. Students should wash their hands before and after touching a piano, keyboard, or organ, or any other musical instrument (percussion) or device (computer, microphone, etc.) used by multiple users.

f. Students must bring their own portable music stand to school. Do not share your music stand.

g. Practice water key etiquette. Drape water valve and collect condensate in towel or WindSorb Disinfect towel/WindSorb after use.

h. Deep cleaning of the building will happen once daily, including disinfecting of high-touch areas.


a. Whenever possible, outdoor spaces will be used to minimize the risk of exposure to the virus.

b. Ventilation of all spaces in the School of Music has been increased in order to maximize the exchange of air in the building. MERV13 air filters have been installed in the School of Music.

c. A 15-minute down-time between classes has been implemented to allow the air in classrooms to be exchanged.

d. In all indoor lessons, rehearsals, or performances that include voice or wind instruments, a 30-minute air-exchange period of down-time is required for every 30-minutes of rehearsal or performance. In outdoor lessons, rehearsals and performances 5 minutes of down-time are required for every 30 minutes of rehearsal or performance.

e. No aerosol-producing lessons will take place in faculty studios until the data supports their safety. These lessons may be held in-person, either outdoors or in an approved large room, or through interactive video conferencing.

f. After every practice session ends, a mandatory 30-minute air exchange period is incorporated into the practice room sign-up protocol. Students must follow all rules regarding practice room start and end times.



First-year and Returning Students

Information on Courses Fall 2020

The faculty have worked together to render your educative experience through a variety of instructional modalities to suit differing needs across the School of Music. Our goal is to provide the best possible educational and artistic experience for you, while safeguarding your health and safety and the health and safety of the campus community.


In-Person Courses
Because individual music instruction and performance experiences are critical components of your musical education that are best delivered in an in-person instructional modality, instruction of applied lessons, ensembles, technique courses, and repertoire studies will be in person, with strict adherence to all safety protocols.

In most courses classified as in person, students do not need to seek an official accommodation to participate online rather than in-person. In most in-person courses (and in all hybrid and IVC-hybrid courses), students may ask their instructor for an adjustment to participate in class exclusively online—with no penalty—if they so wish.

Essential In-Person Courses
However, there are some in-person courses that have been designated as "essential in-person” courses, because in-class attendance is a necessary component of these courses for pedagogical reasons. In “essential in-person” courses students are required to attend in person and adjustments will not be granted to allow online participation instead of in-person attendance.

In the School of Music, group keyboard and ensemble courses have been identified as types of courses that belong in the “essential in person” course category. Keyboard (“group piano”) courses have been classified as “essential in person” courses because they require using equipment (a keyboard) that is not normally available to most students unless they are in the School. Ensemble courses have been classified as “essential in person” courses because they include learning outcomes that necessarily require in-person collaboration with other students

If, due to a disability, you need to seek an ADA accommodation to request an exception to the attendance policy for an “essential in person” course, please contact the Center for Disability and Access (CDA). CDA will work with your instructor to determine what, if any, ADA accommodations are reasonable and appropriate.

Information on specific types of courses in the School of Music

Academic Courses
Classes in Composition, Music History, Music Education, Music Technology, and Music Theory will be taught according to the modality of instruction listed for each class in the Fall 2020 Schedule of Classes. In order to allow for student choice, courses offering several sections may include sections with different instructional modalities (in-person, IVC-hybrid, hybrid, IVC, online). As you enroll in classes for the fall, please check the Schedule of Classes to note the specific modality of instruction of each class section in your schedule.

Applied Lessons
Applied lessons are classified as IVC-hybrid, allowing for a mixture of in-person, and synchronous online modalities of instruction. Students may consult directly with their instructors regarding the proportion of in-person lessons and IVC lessons that the instructor is planning to provide.

Keyboard Courses
Keyboard courses are “essential in-person” courses. Please plan to attend class in person. These courses include Keyboard I (MUSC 1150), Keyboard II (MUSC 1160), Keyboard III (MUSC 2150), and Keyboard IV (MUSC 2160). Keyboards in the keyboard labs will be distanced. Student must wear face-masks and wash their hands before and after class.

Concert Attendance (MUSC 1000)
Concert attendance will be a combination of online and face-to-face options. The course instructor will distribute details.

Music Education Student Teaching
Music education majors engaged in Student Teaching will follow the protocols for the school districts in which they are placed. Masks will be mandatory for indoor on-site learning, as well as appropriate distancing and hygiene protocols. If either the School of Music or a school system in which our student teachers are placed discontinues in-person instruction, the placement would continue remotely. In the unlikely event that the school system discontinues both in-person and remote instruction or does not allow the student teachers to participate, the student teacher would need to withdraw from the placement.

Ensembles & Chamber Music

Ensembles will present a mixture of live and online concert experiences. Please contact the ensemble director of the specific ensemble listed below for details. Ensembles are “essential in-person” courses. Please plan to attend rehearsals in person. Your ensemble director will work with you to make sure that you are comfortable at all times with the safety measures being implemented for the specific ensemble.

Ensemble directors will ensure that all ensemble activities take place in a way that attenuates risks as much as possible. In the event of a partial or complete shift to an online format, ensemble directors are planning to implement various options to facilitate an ensemble experience (such as increased physical separation, remote rehearsal technologies, and recorded ensemble performances).

Students enrolled in an ensemble must bring their own portable music-stand to all rehearsals.

In addition to the requirements of the University, the School of Music requires face coverings and, depending on the instrument, bell coverings and condensation-collection pads during ensemble rehearsals and performances. Please consult with your ensemble director and private applied instructor for specific PPE for your instrument:


Customized face covering for singers.


Customized face covering for flutists.

Oboe/Clarinet/ Saxophone/ Bassoon

MERV13 filter material over bell with hair tie/rubber band 

Mask with small slit for mouthpiece or bocal.

Trumpet/ Trombone/
Baritone/ Euphonium Tuba

MERV13 filter material over bell with hair tie/rubber band 

Puppy Training Pads (to empty water keys) or another condensation collection vessel.

Mask with small slit for mouthpiece.


MERV13 filter material over bell with hair tie/rubber band with small slit to allow for right hand manipulation.

Puppy Training Pads (to empty water keys) or another condensation collection vessel.

Mask with small slit for mouthpiece.


Chamber Choir (MUSC 7/6/4404)
A Cappella Choir (MUSC 7/6/4405)
Dr. Barlow Bradford

Singers in the choirs will work in groups of 8, having each singer in a separate room that is wired for audio and video so they can hear each other in real time while seeing the conductor through a monitor.  The conductor will also be able to hear and see the 8 singers.  We will learn repertoire this way and eventually record each piece. The recordings will be 'stacked' so that all singers will be part of the final product.  In addition, each singer will learn recording technique, editing and virtual production.


Voci Altissime (MUSC 7/6/4410)

Dr. Emily Mercado

Voci Altissime rehearsals will meet online for the first two weeks. Then, students will choose between online rehearsals or face-to-face small group rehearsals following all specific safety protocols. The instructor will notify students on the class meeting schedule.

University/Community Ensemble (MUSC 4415)
Information pending


Opera (MUSC 7/6/4420)
Dr. Robert Breault

The annual double bill of holiday operas with orchestra will not be presented this Fall. Very small ensembles of singers will perform scenes programs in the Voice and Opera Center, as a capstone experience. Specific safety protocols for singers will be followed.


Chamber Music (MUSC 7/6/4430)

String chamber groups Dr. Hasse Borup

Honors and graduate quartets will operate as normal (i.e. in-person rehearsals/coachings). IVC performance technologies to facilitate remote rehearsals are being explored (JackTrip / JamKazam, etc.) in case safety measures require a switch to online. Since the orchestras will divide into smaller chamber groups, students signing up for regular chamber music (other than the three groups mentioned above) will meet with an orchestra course but have additional syllabus requirements to fulfill chamber music learning outcomes.

Harp Ensemble Dr. Cathy Clayton
Harp Ensemble will meet in person with social distancing for one rehearsal per week. Harpists will bring their own harps to rehearsal to avoid cross contamination with school instruments. If a harpist does not have a harp to bring to rehearsal, arrangements can be made for the harpist to use one of the three university harps. Harpists must also bring their own stands and stools. The harp ensemble has a live performance (or virtual, if necessary) scheduled this semester in Libby Gardner Concert Hall.

Flute Choir Dr. Tiffany Sedgley
Information pending

New Music Ensemble (MUSC 7/6/4435)

Dr. Igor Iachimciuc
All students will be grouped in small ensembles. Each ensemble will consist of 2-4 musicians and will meet weekly for a 50 minutes lesson. Each student may be assigned to participate in more than one group. Some groups, if appropriate, may opt for an online recording project collaboration. Each group will choose the best time for their rehearsals. All groups will participate in a virtual concert at the end of semester (before Thanksgiving).

Early Music Ensemble (MUSC 6/4437)
Professor Lisa Chaufty

Students will meet in small groups in two rooms (or outside) scheduled in 30-40 minute blocks within the ensemble’s regularly scheduled two-hour time block. This semester the Early Music Ensemble will have the opportunity to participate in a virtual performance with other collegiate early music ensembles through Early Music America. Online components of the course will focus on improvisation techniques in early music.

University Campus Symphony (MUSC 6/4440), Utah Philharmonia (MUSC 7/6/4445)
Dr. Robert Baldwin

University of Utah Orchestras (both the Utah Philharmonia and the University Campus Symphony) will be comprised of string players only for Fall Semester, 2020. Strings will rehearse in smaller cohorts and may come together for performances and recording projects if deemed safe to do so. Up to three rehearsal rooms will be used on most days. Each ensemble will be divided into 2-3 groups as warranted by safety protocols. Re-incorporating wind players into the ensemble will be considered a priority for Spring, 2021

Marching Band (MUSC 4450)
Dr. Brian Sproul
Information pending

Symphonic Band (MUSC 6/4460), Wind Ensemble (MUSC 7/6/4465)
Dr. Jared Rrawlings, Professor Scott Hagen

Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band rehearsals will meet face-to-face in small groups, following all specific safety protocols for wind players. The instructors will notify students on the class meeting schedule.

Dr. John Petrucelli
Jazz Ensemble (MUSC 7/6/4470)
Jazz Repertory Ensemble (MUSC 6/4472)
Jazz Combos (MUSC 6/4475)
Students enrolled in the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Repertory Ensemble will be assigned into smaller collaborative groups, including but not limited to: sectionals, mixed wind/brass ensembles, rhythm section, trios with 1-3 wind players, distancing , and other safety protocols. Small collaborative groups will adhere to the maximum number of musicians allowed in our rehearsal and performance spaces. Students will participate in a variety ways on virtual coaching sessions, including score study, practice sessions, recording sessions, and listening sessions. Students will undertake a recording project, with individual students laying down recorded audio and video tracks in Logic templates.


Professor Geoff Miller
Jazz Guitar Ensemble I (MUSC 6/4490)
Jazz Guitar Ensemble II (MUSC 6/4491)
Information pending

Percussion Ensemble (MUSC 6/4485)
Dr. Michael Sammons

Percussion Ensemble will meet face-to-face in small groups, following all specific safety protocols per University guidelines as well as guidelines outlined by the Percussive Arts Society. The focus of the repertoire programmed will be on smaller, chamber works which will rely on small group and individual rehearsals. The instructor will notify students on the class meeting schedule.

Classical Guitar Ensemble (MUSC 4495)
Professor Todd Woodbury
Information pending

Accompanying Practicum (MUSC 6/4499)
Dr. Viktor Valkov
Lectures will be online for the first two weeks. Then individual in-person times will be scheduled with the instructor. Once soloist assignments are completed, only the performer, accompanist, and structor would meet in person to ensure social distancing and all safety protocols.


Juries, Degree Recitals and Exams

Jury Examinations
Juries will be scheduled on November 21st, 23rd, and 24th to allow for a live-performance environment. Detailed information will be released by applied Area Heads. 

All degree recitals must take place at the School of Music and they must follow all the safety measures required by the School of Music. These recitals will be live-streamed.  No live audiences are allowed at student degree recitals, except for student's instructor(s), members of a student's Graduate Supervisory Committee, and video streaming staff. No off-campus degree recitals will be approved in Fall 2020. 

Graduate Comprehensive Examinations
Graduate Comprehensive Examinations will be supervised by the Supervisory Committee Chair. All meetings are to be conducted using Interactive Video Conferencing software (e.g., Zoom).



McKay Music Library
The McKay Music Library will be open regular hours while the School of Music remains open, although the maximum capacity of the library will be reduced to enable social distancing. Reference hours will be available as usual in person and also online for the entire semester during the hours we are open. Requests for scans of materials needed for online teaching or learning can be sent to For information on how the McKay Library is operating currently and during the fall semester, please go here. Questions can be directed to Lisa Chaufty, library director at


Recommended Technology for Online IVC Lessons

The following recommendations are intended to help you maximize your online lesson experience, while keeping your cost as low as possible. If you already have an audio and video equipment setup that provides an effective online lesson experience for both you and your applied teacher, there is no need to purchase new software or equipment.

We strongly recommend use of a laptop or desktop computer for online lessons (both for the student and the instructor). Smartphones and tablets will not allow the use of an external microphone, and will not allow the use of the recommended audio and video platforms below.

Interactive Video Conferencing (IVC) platforms
We recommend the following platforms for online lessons.

1. For Video use Zoom (no cost, through the U).

2. For Audio use Cleanfeed (free). Zoom audio should be muted when using Cleanfeeed for audio. Cleanfeed is a free web-based audio platform that is a significant improvement over Zoom audio. Cleanfeed requires use of the Chrome browser. The Cleanfeed platform is recommended by the New England Conservatory Voice and Sound Analysis Lab. Teaching & Learning Technologies (TLT) does not offer support for use of the platform.

Audio Equipment
We recommend that an external microphone be used for online lessons, as the quality of a microphone is the factor that most significantly affects the quality of the sounds that your teacher hears.

Basic Setup
These items provide a basic setup that enhances sound quality. Obtaining an external microphone is the top priority. Headphones are a second priority. All external microphone recommended below work relatively well with all voices and instruments.

  • USB microphone (price range: $50-$150).
  • Headphones: wired headphones are more reliable than bluetooth; open-back is recommended; closed-back is possible for recording applications (price ranges: open-back $160; closed-back $65-$80).
  • If recording is a part of lessons, then any of the following audio editing applications is a good option: Garage Band (free), Audacity (free), or Amadeus Pro.

Below is a list of recommended models of microphones and headphones. As a general rule, USB microphones can only be used in mono with a computer.

Fifine  Fifine K670 USB Condenser  $56
samson Samson Go Mic USB Condenser $50
bluesnowball Blue Snowball USB Condenser $50-75
atr2005 Audio-Technica ATR2005 USB Condenser $80
blueyeti Blue Yeti USB Condenser $100
audiortechna Audio-Technica ATR2020 USB Condenser $149
rodepodcaster Røde Podcaster USB Condenser $229
audiortechna Zoom Q2n-4K Handy Video Recorder Condenser   $220



Koss KSC 35s



Beyerdynamic DT 770



Advanced Setup
The items below provide a more sophisticated and nuanced setup that could serve as the core of a home-recording studio setup. If you are going to invest long-term in music technology for your career as a professional musician, we recommend a stereo audio interface and two microphones. Using the equipment recommended at this level requires more technical expertise and preparation, but it is not necessarily much more expensive than the basic setup described above.

A laptop or desktop computer is required for this setup, with an audio interface, standard microphones, and microphone stands and cables. With an audio interface, a wider variety of microphones can be used than in a basic setup.

1. Two standard condenser microphones (Rhode M5, AKG C3000, or equivalent), cables, and stands. You can also set up an ORTF stereo pair (typical price for two microphones, cables, and stands: $600)

2. Audio interface (Scarlett 4i4 or equivalent) - Note: make sure the interface purchased is compatible with your computer’s operating system. (price range: $100-$400)

3. Headphones: same as above (price ranges: open-back $160; closed-back $65-$80).

4. Audio editing applications: Garage Band (free), Amadeus Pro, Logic Pro ($199), or Ableton Live ($269)


Where do I find this equipment?
American Musical Supply, Performance Audio, Sweetwater



If you have questions, please contact Dr. Mike Cottle at Please use your Umail ( account. The University of Utah requires all students, faculty, and staff to use Umail when communicating about official University business. In addition to Umail, each student and faculty member needs to have access to Canvas, the University’s selected learning management system. The School of Music recommends that you have daily access to both Umail and Canvas.


Study Spaces for Students
Students that need spaces to study and attend IVC classes are available within and around David Gardner Hall.  In addition to McKay Music Library, students are welcome to utilize the Bruce Bastian Atrium and the sound lock spaces on the east and west sides of Libby Gardner Concert Hall. Informal outdoor spaces are available around David Gardner Hall and Presidents Circle.

Reed-making Room
The Reed-making Room is closed this fall to students.

Practice Room Spaces
Students are able to electronically register for one hour of time practice time per day.
Practices rooms will open on Monday, August 24, 2020 at 7:00 a.m.



If you have questions not addressed here, please email Dr. Jared Rawlings, Associate Director—your patience is appreciated. Additional information is shared weekly.  

New Student Orientation

Q: When does orientation start?
A: Virtual orientation is underway with synchronous activities. Schedules will vary – some sessions will be specific to your academic status. For more information, please visit the University of Utah's Orientation page.

Student Recitals

Q: Can I give my degree recital in the Fall semester?
A: Yes! Students who need to perform recitals rescheduled from the Spring 2020 semester will have a priority scheduling period of time. All rescheduled recitals must be completed this semester. All other students will be able to schedule degree recitals.

International Students

Q: How should I interpret the most recent action and guidance from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program?
A: Please visit the U statement on Student and Exchange Visitor Program
For more information visit University of Utah’s Return to Campus (Fall 2020)


Q: Why isn’t there a fall break?
A: Eliminating fall break gives us enough instructional time to end in-person instruction the week before Thanksgiving, providing a greater opportunity for travel arrangements at a busy time of year, in addition to minimizing travel exposure to the community at fall break.

Q: When will class instruction fully shift to online?
A: November 30 – December 3, 2020.

Q: When are final exams?
A: Final examinations will be held online December 7–11, 2020.

Q: When will the spring semester start?
A: The regular academic calendar lists classes starting on January 11, 2021.


Q: How will I take classes at the School of Music?
A: Music coursework will be offered in multiple modes of delivery – meaning some elements will be available in-person, on interactive video conference software (e.g., Zoom), and online. Each course was adapted to the space available and learning outcomes, prioritizing the safety of all students and faculty.

Q: I am concerned about my health and safety if I come back. Can I enroll online this year?
A: We understand that some students are at higher risk of negative health outcomes from COVID, or must stay in close contact with those who are. Options are in place for students to complete remote programming.

Q: I don’t want to wear a face covering? Do I really have to?
A: Yes! Students who disregard the requirement to wear face coverings may be in violation of the Student Code and can be referred to the Office of the Dean of Students. Faculty and staff are encouraged first to discuss concerns with the student(s) involved; however, when appropriate, they may refer a student to the Office of the Dean of Students at 801-581-7066 or University community members may also submit an online report via the reporting link at Repeated violations of the Student Code are subject to more progressive sanctions up to and including written warning, probation, and suspension from the university. Students who repeatedly or deliberately violate the Student Code may also forfeit the opportunity to participate in on-campus courses.


Q: Is it safe to take my lessons in person?
A: Lessons and other one-on-one activities will be performed safely in the School of Music studios and classrooms. Protective shields and transparent vinyl sheets are being installed in instructional spaces to ensure protection, appropriate distances will be marked and maximum occupancy signs will be posted for each space.

Q: How will I be able to practice?
A: The most important measure you can take to practice safely in a practice room is to wash your hands before and after practicing, especially if you used the piano. In the interest of all user’s safety, new scheduling and cleaning requirements will apply to all practice rooms.

Q: Will I be able to play in a large ensemble this fall?
A: Yes! There will be several concerts and additional programming to ensure a musically rigorous experience. For non-wind instruments, face coverings will be required.

Q: How will we all fit safely on stage?
A: After measuring Libby Gardner Concert Hall for appropriate distancing, we are evaluating options for small chamber ensembles. Additional programming that doesn’t include traditional small or other chamber ensemble configurations is also being developed to ensure that students are able to engage with repertoire in a meaningful and safe way.

Q: How will ensemble placement auditions work?
A: Auditions for large ensembles will occur in person between August 20 – 25th. Information about the requirements will be available by July 20 to students.

Q: What if I don’t feel safe in a large group setting?
A: The School of Music will follow and seek guidance on an ongoing basis regarding best practices for safe rehearsal and performing in ensembles. Those with concerns about participating in socially distanced ensemble activities should reach out to Dr. Jared Rawlings, Associate Director of the School of Music, at

Q: Will I be part of a chamber ensemble? Will we receive in-person coaching?
A: Chamber ensembles are a component of the School of Music experience. Groups formed by the Area Heads during the first weeks of the semester, and all students enrolled in chamber music, will receive their faculty coaching sessions and performance opportunities.

Q: Is it safe for my group and coach to work in a studio?
A: All studios and instructional spaces will be measured and marked to identify maximum safe occupancy for ensembles rehearsals and coachings of various configurations. The School of Music will monitor the evolving guidance regarding appropriate distance, etc., for ensembles and adapt studio configurations as needed. Non-wind instrument performers are required to wear face coverings during rehearsals and performances.

Q: Will there be a fully staged Opera this fall?
A: Based on the current physical distancing guidelines, we are not able to stage a full production this fall. Instead, the Voice Area plans to offer a scenes program as a capstone experience.

Q: What will the fall Opera scenes look like?
A: Planning is underway now, with an emphasis on maintaining high artistic standards as we consider repertoire that suits the conditions, potential alternate performance venues, and use of technology. More details will be shared with singers as they are available.

Q: What screening is necessary to enter David Gardner Hall?
A: At this time, we are asking that everyone conduct a self-assessment on their general health and recent travel before entering the building. Temperature screenings are recommended upon entry, and anyone with a fever of 100∞F/38∞C must immediately leave. A face covering (e.g., mask, bandana) that covers the nose and mouth must be worn at all times in shared spaces (specific exceptions will be made for wind players and vocalists). This screening is subject to change at any time, but it is best to plan for these steps to be in place for some time.

Q: How will scheduling work for practice rooms, studios, and larger spaces?
A: Practice rooms will likely be limited to only certain practice spaces and, if needed, could be assigned specific spaces and times on a weekly schedule. On the other hand, we expect to have space available thanks to many of our courses this fall being delivered in online or hybrid formats. Stay posted for updates.

Q: How will guests and other external stakeholders be managed?
A: The School of Music has not fully determined the extent to which alumni, guests and other visitors will be permitted access to the building and will continue to monitor CDC and local guidance as it relates to higher education and live performance environments.

Q: What will concerts be like in the Fall?
A: We are monitoring the guidance from federal and local agencies regarding the safety of visitors and patrons both on university campuses and in live performance venues. At this time, we do not know when audiences will be invited back to our concert halls. However, we are pleased to continue to livestream our performances in Libby Gardner Concert Hall and Dumke Recital Hall.

Q: I’m giving my student recital this fall – can my family attend in person?
A: It is too soon to know for certain. For now, we recommend that your family and friends plan to watch via the livestream.

Email Communications About Returning to Campus

Via Umail, the administration of the School of Music will continue to provide key information, guidelines, and resources for our return to campus this fall. Email communications providing essential details about updated policies and procedures are posted here. This will be updated regularly as new protocols are announced:


COVID-19 potential exposures 09-08-2020

School of Music safety measures 09-05-2020

Updates from SVPAA Dan Reed 08-27-2020

Welcome Convocation 08-24-2020

Welcome Back 08-19-2020 

Last Updated: 3/22/23