COVID-19 Spring 2021 Update

January 15, 2021 2:00 PM

Office of the Dean of the Conservatory

Dear Conservatory students and parents,

I hope you’re doing as well as possible during these times, and hope that you and yours are happy, healthy, and safe.

I write to you now with some information regarding instruction in the Conservatory during the Spring 2021 semester. 

Like all of you, we are concerned about the serious public-health situation in our country, and we continue monitoring the situation closely with public-health officials.  

While, several months ago, we had hoped that we might have been able to reconsider certain policies come spring (e.g., restrictions barring audience members at recitals and performances), current circumstances unfortunately do not make this possible.

For Spring 2021, we plan to continue all of our Conservatory-specific policies and procedures—regarding masking, physical distancing, room-ventilation periods, practice-room assignments, and more—from the Fall 2020 semester.  

Additionally, we plan to announce updated information soon regarding new masking requirements for woodwind and brass players.

For information about the Conservatory’s Spring 2021 policies, please see the Conservatory’s COVID-19 and 2020-21 Academic Year Frequently Asked Questions

As a reminder, during Spring 2021, the Conservatory will be accessible only to students registered for on-campus study, faculty, and staff.

Additionally, as was the case in Fall 2020, we unfortunately are not able to permit audience members at recitals and performances at this time.  As always, we will continue monitoring the public-health situation and adjust this policy when and if circumstances permit.  As a reminder, all recitals and virtual performances are broadcast for free over the internet and accessible worldwide.

Finally, I encourage everyone to continue checking the Conservatory’s 2020-21 Academic Year FAQ, the institution-wide Spring 2021 FAQs, and ObieSafe regularly for updates.  

As always, thank you for your understanding and vigilance as we continue navigating the pandemic.  

Please let us know if you have any questions.


Bill Quillen
Oberlin Conservatory of Music