March 19, 2020

Dear Students,
 
On behalf of the division heads and associate deans, I wanted to share some important information with you about juries, recitals, chamber music and orchestra – the things most impacted by our shift to virtual instruction. We wish to underscore our commitment to provide you with the best educational experience possible, under these most challenging of circumstances. Furthermore, we promise to work with each graduating student to ensure that you can complete your degree in a timely fashion. Here are a few answers to questions you may have:
 
How will I earn credit for my recital?
  • Graduation recitals: There are several options, and you should contact your teacher to determine the best one for you, given your progress to date, circumstances and resources.
  • Non-graduation recitals: Most are being rescheduled to the fall; if you have concerns about this, contact your teacher to discuss.
 
How will juries be handled?
This is being handled differently by each department, and the faculty will communicate with you about options.
 
Will I earn credit for chamber music?
Those who have completed 10 hours of coaching will receive credit; additional requirements such as master class attendance, community outreach and final performances will be waived. In the case of students who have yet to complete their 10 hours of coaching, a number of options are available, which will be determined by the chamber music coordinators in consultation with the faculty coaches.
 
Will I earn credit for orchestra?
Most orchestra students have already met the minimum hours required to earn the one credit for ensembles; for students who have not reached the minimum hours, the ensemble staff will work with you to decide on the best course of action. 
 
We appreciate your patience in this ever-changing landscape—please know that we are taking these measures to protect the health and safety of the CIM community. The administration, staff and faculty are saddened not to hear your performances, but we are here to support you throughout this difficult time.
 
Please reach out to Dean Sweigart, the division heads (Kathryn Brown, keyboard; Scott Dixon, string; Mary Kay Fink, woodwind and brass; Keith Fitch, composition/specialized studies; Dean Southern, voice; Diane Urista, core; Paul Yancich, percussion) or me with your questions or concerns. May you remain healthy while continuing to make great music, wherever you are!
 
Sincerely,
 
Judy Bundra, PhD
Chief Academic Officer & Dean