July 22, 2020
Dear students and faculty,
In the message
that President Hogle and I sent you on Monday, July 20, we promised you additional details about the changes being implemented for the beginning of the fall semester that affect woodwind and brass players and singers.
Before I share the details, please let me reiterate one thing: we have taken these steps out of an abundance of caution, based on the best information available to us. Your health and safety is of paramount concern to all of us. A major scientific study on aerosolization and safety for musicians is scheduled to be released in early September, and, based on the results and local conditions, we are prepared to shift quickly into more in-person activities.
As previously announced, the annual Opera Scenes program was moved to fall. The program will be rehearsed and performed entirely outdoors. Dr. Southern will provide additional information in the coming days; students with questions may contact him at
This fall, CIM Orchestra (CIMO) activities will emphasize successful professional preparation for rehearsals and auditions. The first four weeks feature online seminars (for all instruments) that focus on preparing for the first rehearsal, score study and recording analysis, the conductor’s perspective, preparing for auditions and managing performance anxiety. After that time, ensemble work will begin, designed for both in-person (as conditions permit) and virtual participants. At the conclusion of the semester, all CIMO students, whether in-person or virtual, will complete a mock audition.
Students who will be enrolled in CIMO received
on July 10. The audition requirements remain the same but the submission process has been adjusted. All auditions will be completed by submitting a self-recorded video by Friday, August 14.
for information on that process and a link to the submission form.
Students who have questions about CIMO should contact Ensembles Manager Jerome LaCorte (
Woodwind and Brass Chamber Music
The fall semester will begin with virtual activities designed to enhance the wind chamber music experience. A combination of listening, analysis, individual playing and virtual playing together will be used. Students enrolled in woodwind and brass chamber music should contact Wind Chamber Music Coordinator Barry Stees (
) with any questions.
New Music Ensemble
The fall New Music Ensemble (NME) performance is currently scheduled for early November. Rehearsals for the program will begin in mid-September, and will be conducted using all applicable physical distancing and safety protocols in place at that time. Dr. Fitch will be in touch with NME members as more information becomes available; if you have questions, contact him at
The update about recital scheduling is lengthy, so Maddi Tolliver will send a separate message about recital scheduling on Thursday, July 23.
Thank you for your patience as we work to ensure access to all components of your education. We will continue to be in touch as we count down the days until your arrival on campus.
Judy Bundra, PhD
Chief Academic Officer and Dean