COVID-19 – Spring 2021

General COVID Guidelines

Thank you for your past cooperation, patience, and flexibility as we’ve worked through this process together and make adjustments to continue music study, performance and teaching in the Moore Musical Arts Center. The CMA is happy to announce the return to full large and small ensemble operation in Fall 2021.

Dr. Bill Mathis
Dean, College of Musical Arts

General Health and Safety Information

We are a community in the CMA and we are part of the broader BGSU community. It is everyone’s responsibility to follow health and safety guidelines. Let’s all do our part.

The effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccinations and the excellent air exchange rates in our rehearsal and concert halls are the primary reasons we are returning to full large ensembles in Fall 2021.


·      BGSU will not require vaccinations on campus but has and will continue to strongly encourage all students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated. This is the most effective means to assure health and safety on campus.

·      Data shows that vaccinations are highly effective. Vaccinated individuals are protected from getting or spreading the virus. COVID vaccinations have replaced the face mask and social distancing as the first and most effective line of defense against COVID-19.

·      Any vaccinated person in a classroom, rehearsal hall or concert hall provides a natural and inherent social distance to the people around them.

·      Vaccines are readily available to students, faculty, and staff who choose to get one. The University is partnering with the Wood County Health Department to make vaccinations widely available. Testing and contract tracing will continue into the Fall semester.

·      The University is rolling out a voluntary vaccination reporting to collect data on vaccination rates among students, faculty, and staff.

·      Beginning June 2, face masks will not be required indoors or outdoors on campus for vaccinated individuals.

·      Unvaccinated individuals should wear face coverings whenever they are around others on campus, both indoors and outdoors. Wearing face masks and socially distancing has proven to be an effective line of protection on campus to spreading the virus.

·      Individuals who have been vaccinated that come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID will not be required to isolate. The vaccine prevents the need for this. Isolation and quarantine protocols will continue in place for unvaccinated individuals.

Other information

·      Air exchange rates in our rehearsal and concert halls are excellent which adds another layer of protection.

·      The University is planning a full return to in-person instruction and operation in the Fall, including normal class capacities.

·      Any individual desiring additional layers of protection should continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing where possible. Every attempt will be made to accommodate students, faculty, and staff who want these added layers of protection. Determining appropriate accommodations where possible will be the responsibility of the director of each individual ensemble.

Large and Small Ensemble Guidelines, Fall 2021

The following information and guidelines concern the instruction and administration of the CMA large ensembles beginning Fall 2021. These guidelines have been developed in consultation with the large ensemble directors and information provided by the CDC, Ohio Department of Health and BGSU as it plans to return to fully in-person experiences this fall. These guidelines are subject to change if university protocols shift (please refer to the BGSU COVID Response website:

·      Ensemble sizes will return to normal pre-pandemic levels.

·      Ensemble requirements for students will return to pre-pandemic norms. There will not be a systematic method to request alternative ensemble experiences as was in place during the Spring 2021 semester. Students may appeal to the Office of Accessibility Services and Dean for exceptions.

·      CMA owned music stands will be used in rehearsals and concerts. Personal folding music stands that were checked out to students last year will be returned at the beginning of the Fall semester.

·      All aerosol producing ensembles should rehearse in blocks of 45 minutes maximum with a 10-minute break for room rest. Students do not need to leave the room during room rest but no playing or singing should take place during this time. Class can continue through room rest (spoken instructions/discussion), just no playing or singing. (See below for examples.)

·      Any non-aerosol producing ensembles (i.e. Percussion Ensemble, strings only) can rehearse the full scheduled time without any room rest requirements.

·      Any student or director who wishes to wear a mask should do so. Every attempt will be made to accommodate any social distance requests. This could include physical set up or placing vaccinated students in between the person making a request.

·      As much as possible, concert length should go no longer than one hour of continuous music without an intermission. Preference is to limit concerts to 60 minutes in length. When this is not possible, insert an intermission of 10 minutes. (Example: 80 minutes of music – insert an intermission after 40-45 minutes.)

·      Concert audiences will be permitted in the hall without any socially distanced restrictions. Audiences can choose seats as they feel comfortable. Ushers can help manage requests for socially distanced seats as necessary. The CMA will follow guidelines set by the university for public event attendance.

·      Puppy pads are to be used for all wind instruments (provided by CMA).

Honor Groups/Events with Minors

·      Numbers of minor participants is not restricted due to any COVID-19 limits or protocols. Number of participants is determined by typical pre-pandemic capacities.

·      Per university guidelines, minor students visiting on campus will adhere to the same protocols established by the university and the CMA.

Rehearsal time limits and room rest limits apply to Honor Groups and other events with minors.

Rehearsal Hall Safety Guidelines

The following guide is used to determine time limits of rehearsals, number of participants, and room sizes for ensembles (updated 10/14/20).