School of Music COVID-19 Updates
To all members of the School of Music community,
As we begin the academic year, I want to assure you the School of Music is fully committed to providing the best possible musical education and learning environment for our students - alongside a steadfast and resolute commitment to the safety, health, and welfare of our students. staff, and faculty. Our central goal is to provide the richest possible curricular experiences for our music students this Fall semester, in accordance and compliance with the latest directives and guidelines from the Governor, Centers for Disease Control, Minnesota Department of Health, and the University (please see the Safe Campus website).
I am enormously grateful to our excellent staff and members of the School of Music ad-hoc COVID-19 Committee (SoM Executive Committee), who all have dedicated a great deal of time and energy over the summer to advise me on the following protocol and strategies for the coming year.
Per the Maroon & Gold Sunrise Plan, all courses, lessons, and activities should be conducted online after Thanksgiving. The School of Music will not schedule post-Thanksgiving facility access or reservations - including recitals - until we have further guidance from the Provost’s Office. Please make your plans with the assumption that campus may be closed after Thanksgiving, and that spaces like the practice rooms and recital facilities may not be available. We will provide an update about this situation when there's new guidance from the University leadership.
Curricular Delivery and Protocol
Ferguson Hall Access and Protocol
It has truly been a challenging time on numerous fronts, but I continue to be moved and greatly heartened by how resilient our community has been in the face of this uncertainty and adversity. Your creativity, heart, talent, and dedication has given me more confidence than ever in our collective ability to overcome the challenges we are facing, and to take the School of Music to even greater heights of prominence and accomplishment.
It is critical that we collectively commit as a community to the School of Music, University, and State mandates and guidelines. It is not only about consideration for the health and welfare of our colleagues in the School of Music - but also about protecting our loved ones at home, and the more vulnerable members of our society. You are all required to abide by these guidelines, which will be strictly enforced at all times in Ferguson Hall and Ted Mann Concert Hall. Any violation of these mandated guidelines may result in the revoking of Ferguson Hall access privileges, and other disciplinary action as warranted.
I know the above is a lot of information to digest. My aim is to keep you informed to the greatest extent possible given the shifting landscape, and as always, the health and safety of our awesome SoM community will always be the primary guiding principle. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. I am truly looking forward to welcoming everyone back to the School of Music this fall, and you have my complete commitment, and the full commitment of SoM faculty and staff to continue providing the best possible educational experience and service we can come this Fall and beyond. It continues to be my privilege to serve all of you, and many thanks for your continued patience and grace.
Michael Kim, DMA
Director & Professor