To all members of the School of Music community,
I trust that you and your loved ones have been keeping safe and well over the summer, and have also had some opportunity for rest and recreation. 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.
As we prepare for the upcoming Fall semester, I want to assure you the SoM 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 in-person, blended, and distanced curricular experiences for our music students this Fall semester, in accordance and compliance with the latest directives and guidelines from the Governor, Center for Disease Control, Minnesota Department of Health, and the University (please see the U’s Safe U website for the latest information and protocol at z.umn.edu/covid19).
It is critical that we collectively commit as a community to these 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 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 protocol and strategies as outlined later in this email in different curricular areas.
As you are no doubt aware, the unknowns and shifting realities of our situation will create a very fluid and evolving situation for the foreseeable future. Your continued flexibility, grace, and patience will be essential to successfully navigating the Fall semester ahead. We will continue to monitor the pandemic situation carefully, and update you on any shifts in plans.
Curricular Delivery and Protocol
Ferguson Hall Access and Protocol
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 at this link 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.
School of Music