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Whalen Center COVID-19 Safety Status

The School of Music has instituted these color code alerts to address the specific and unique needs of our students, faculty, and staff for safe use of the Whalen Center for Music facilities.
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Whalen Center COVID-19 Alert Level

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Green: Lower Risk

The information and protocols presented here are in addition to the Ithaca College Health and Safety Plan. For more specific information, please refer to the School of Music Operations Manual (pdf) (login required).

Green: Lower Risk

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In-person instruction, live performances, live audiences with safety protocols in place.

Please see the updated COVID-19 guidance for Fall Instruction in the School of Music.

  • In the School of Music, all community members, including guests are expected to follow the most recent College COVID guidance.
  • Face coverings and instrumental PPE such as bell covers, slotted masks, singer’s masks or other must be worn at all times when music is being made in rooms with others. This includes 1:1 lessons, classes, rehearsals, etc. There will be no exceptions made at this time.
  • In line with College guidance, face coverings and instrumental PPE such as bell covers may be removed by an individual if in a room or office alone with the door closed. This includes practice rooms.
  • There are no restrictions for time limits or spacing for rehearsals or classes, including those with aerosol instruments. Rehearsals and performances can run at regular rehearsal times and distancing may be dictated by the pedagogical need.
  • In accordance with College guidance, guests are permitted on campus and must wear face coverings at all times, regardless of vaccination status.

Yellow: Low to Moderate Risk

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What does it mean?

In-person instruction, live performances with all safety protocols in place.

how it works:

  • All instruments maintain 6’-12’ physical distance, Voice 12’-20’. More distance recommended where possible.
  • Students may rehearse/perform in small groups with a face covering and instrumental PPE while maintaining physical distancing of 6-20 feet in large spaces or outdoors.
  • Instrumental PPE and face coverings required for all collaborative and group music making experiences/in space with others.
  • Puppy Pads required for all water key emptying – in all spaces including practice rooms.
  • Small groups and ensembles with aerosolized instruments may rehearse or perform for a maximum of 30 minutes in one space, then the room must be left empty for 25 minutes to air out.
  • Students may remove face covering and instrumental PPE to practice when alone in a space with the door closed.
  • For all aerosolized instruments, students may practice solo in a room with the door closed for up to 30 minutes, then the room must be left vacant with the door closed for a minimum of 30 minutes for the air handlers and/or air purifier to clear the air.
  • Rooms must be left vacant with the door closed for a minimum of 30 minutes between each solo lesson or solo practice session.
  • It is recommended that all accompaniment is remote or pre-recorded where possible.
  • Face coverings, instrumental PPE, physical distancing required for all performances.

Orange: Moderate Risk

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What does it mean?

In-person instruction, live performances with all safety protocols in place, unless current college-wide safety levels dictate otherwise.

how it works:

  • Whalen access granted for solo practice.
  • Live performances for students in final semester may be permitted with remote audiences and guidance from IC Health and Safety Group. 
  • Remote lessons, instruction, rehearsals only.
  • Practice rooms may be open to School of Music students via ID card entry for solo practice only. This will be assessed in consultation with the IC HSAG in an ongoing way according to virus threat. 
  • Face coverings and instrumental ppe must be worn in all practice rooms.

Red: Higher Risk

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What does it mean?

Significant increase in incidence and/or concerns related to available quarantine, isolation and/or local hospital capacity.

how it works:

  • Remote teaching and instruction only. 
  • Rehearsing and performing are not allowed in the building.