September 3, 2021

Dear students, faculty and staff, 
As we look toward the holiday weekend, it is a fitting time to pause and reflect on the successes of Orientation and the first two weeks of classes, as well as the areas where we need to devote more time and attention. One thing is crystal clear: the care that our community members have for each other, and for our shared values of artistic excellence, hard work and kindness, is something we should all be very proud of.  
We now know that over 92% of our conservatory students and employees are fully vaccinated and we are grateful to each of you who took this important step to help protect your own health and the health of those around you. Even with the very high rate of vaccination on campus, it is still crucially important to monitor for symptoms and to stay home and seek testing if you are not feeling well. You can only perform at the highest level when you prioritize your health and wellness. Here are some resources to support you if you are seeking vaccination or testing: 
  • Select “Schedule Your Appointment” on this page to get access to a free and conveniently located vaccine clinic.  
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms, STAY HOME and then consult this page and follow the instructions for scheduling an appointment with University Health and Counseling Services. You can use your account to request an appointment and manage any follow-up care.  
Faculty and Staff 
  • If you are still seeking vaccination, consult with your doctor or use this tool to find a free option convenient to you.  
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms, STAY HOME. Testing is available at many drug stores and other retail locations. The Rite Aid at 10090 Chester offers free drive-through testing if you are seeking something close to CIM, or contact your local Walgreens, CVS, or other pharmacy to make a same-day appointment. 
  • If a student informs you they are not feeling well, encourage them to stay home and follow the above steps. DO NOT encourage them to come to campus. Instead, remind them they should connect with University Health and Counseling Services for testing.  
  • Beginning Tuesday, September 7, any employee attempting to access the building without an access card will be turned away. Contact Human Resources if you have misplaced your access card. 
As a reminder, if you are under quarantine or isolation instructions from CWRU (students) or you have not submitted your test results (unvaccinated employees), your access to the building will be turned off. This is non-negotiable.   
Updated Policies 
CIM’s leadership has worked together and consulted with public health professionals to solidify and enact additional protocols related to audience members, the Preparatory Division, receptions and other events, guest artists, and off-campus performances. As of September 7, 2021, these policies will be in place. Please review carefully and ensure any plans you are making will fit into these protocols. We are all responsible for following the policies that guide us as a community. If any of these policies change, that information will be communicated as soon as it is available.  
Thank you, all, for the seriousness and care with which you have engaged with CIM’s safety protocols. It is because of this shared commitment that we are able to be together on campus: learning, teaching and performing at the highest level. Now that we have all experienced the challenges of nurturing our community while flung across the globe, we are all just a bit more grateful than usual to be making music in-person and together. 
We hope to see you at the opening concert of the faculty recital series at 7pm on September 8 in Mixon Hall for a compelling program curated by Frank Rosenwein. Until then, have a safe and restful holiday weekend. 
Maddi Tolliver, Dean of Artistic Administration and Operations 
Dean Southern, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Conservatory 
Cicely Schonberg, Interim Associate Dean for Student Affairs 
Jerrod Price, Dean of Musician and Community Advancement 
Tammie Belton, Vice President of People and Culture