Reopening Plans and Protocols for Musicians
Regarding academic classes, we are assessing the classroom spaces to determine the maximum number of people a room can hold while maintaining social distancing. Some classes have been moved to other locations such as Olin Auditorium and the Conservatory Performance Space. We are working closely with each individual faculty regarding how a class is taught: either in person, a mix of in-person and remote, or less frequently, exclusively on-line.
We have secured two outdoor tents which will serve as an alternative space for classes. We hope that this will allow us to spread out somewhat to avoid the density of our spaces.
We are consulting with Nuvance Health, which is reviewing our plans for musicians. We have also created four teams who are advising us on how to best make music in-person. The four groups are addressing larger ensembles, chamber ensembles (including jazz), private lessons and practice rooms. Additionally, we have assembled a team exclusively for vocal music, both private and ensemble. Each group is made of faculty from all undergraduate and graduate programs with the goal being consistency in our health practices across all the music programs at Bard.
Finally, these guidelines will change as new information becomes available and as new health regulations are put into effect.