Coronavirus Information for the School of Music
Get the most up-to-date information on the university's guidelines and current response on CMU's Coronavirus Information page.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the School of Music open for business?
Yes! While classes were canceled university-wide on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17, starting Wednesday, March 18 all graduate and undergraduate programs transitioned to online and alternative teaching and assessment methods. The exact procedures for this will vary based on the unique needs of each music course. Students should contact their instructors if they are unsure.
What are the best practices for my personal health?
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Stay home when you are ill. Rest will assure quicker recovery and decrease the spread of infectious illness on campus.
- Practice social distancing. Social distancing is an evidence-based public health practice to mitigate the spread of viruses.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Get plenty of rest/sleep.
What if I feel sick?
If you become ill with fever or cough, or shortness of breath, call your medical provider or University Health Services (UHS) immediately at 412-268-2157. You should consult with a nurse who will give you instructions to protect you and others before seeking care. If you are on campus and experience shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, call campus police at 412-268-2323 immediately to alert them to your medical emergency.
Are ensemble performances happening in Spring 2020?
No. Due to the requirement to eliminate large gatherings of people to contain spread of the coronavirus, all large and small ensemble performances were canceled for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year. This includes the Philharmonic, Wind Ensemble, Chorus, Opera, Baroque Ensemble, Contemporary Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra. The Philharmonic Soloist Competition and the Chamber Music Competition are also canceled.
The Chamber Series performances on March 24 and April 28 were also canceled.
However, students taking ensemble classes will receive alternative remote instruction in ensemble work.
What are the temporary recital rules?
- The Fall recital season will run from Monday, September 14, through Sunday, November 22.
- Recitals will be held in Kresge Theater and Alumni Concert Hall only.
- The recitalist is entitled to two (2) hours of rehearsal time in the venue leading up to the recital.
- No audience will be permitted during the recital or rehearsals except for the studio teacher.
- Only the recitalist, collaborative pianist, other performers (no more than four additional) and one page-turner will be permitted onstage during the recital.
- Recording Services will stream and record all Fall recitals at no cost to student.
- All individuals participating in the recital must follow safety protocols per university guidelines.
- The Marketing & Communications Office will arrange for three front-of-house crew members to work each recital. Recitalist is responsible for supplying the name of their studio instructor to the ushers so that they can be admitted to the hall for the recital.
- Moving of the Kresge Theater pianos may only be done by the assigned front-of-house crew members. The piano will be moved onstage and returned backstage by crew members.
- Pianists must be prepared to clean and sanitize keyboard before and after each use.
- Only bottled water is permitted in either venue.
- No receptions of any kind will be permitted in the College of Fine Arts before or after the recital.
- All posters and physical promotional materials are the sole responsibility of the recitalist to create, place and remove. Recitalist must follow deadlines for submission of program, bio, and headshot to the Marketing & Communications office for digital program and digital promotional efforts.
- Recital scheduling is available now through the late Fall. Spring recitals will be scheduled later this Fall.
- There will be only one evening recital, Monday through Friday, to begin at 7:30 PM. There will be only two scheduled recitals on Saturdays and Sundays. Starting times will be 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM.
- Decisions to cancel recitals will also cancel the dress rehearsals and must be done no less than two weeks prior to the actual date. The office of director of operations and the director of marketing and communications must be informed of cancellations. Cancellations must be communicated by the studio instructor.
- These policies may be superseded by future guidelines and restrictions issued by the university, and federal, state, and local government agencies.
Are practice rooms and studios open?
No. In compliance with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's order of March 19, 2020, all facilities on Carnegie Mellon's campus closed on Friday, March 20, 2020, including the CFA building and the Hall of the Arts.
Remote work, instruction and assessment will continue. Residence halls and dining facilities to support students still living on campus are exempt from this closure.
What about concert halls like Kresge and ACH?
Kresge Theatre and Alumni Concert Hall are NOT available for rehearsals or recordings, except as outlined above in Temporary Recital Rules.
What are the best ways to physically distance?
- Limiting travel (including shopping trips). When you must venture out for necessities, practice physical distancing. Please remember that Governor Wolf’s recent directives have closed all but essential businesses.
- Using drive thru, delivery or take out when possible for food, medicine and essentials.
- Avoiding public transit unless it is essential.
- Using virtual meetings instead of hosting or attending in-person social gatherings or academic meetings.
- Maintaining mental and physical health. Exercise and fresh air are important, but always maintain six feet between yourself and others while outside.
- Use technology to connect with friends and family.