As the 2019-20 academic year and ensemble seasons come to a close, many institutions find themselves looking ahead to their 2020-21 season and understanding the challenging reality of living, teaching, and performing in the age of COVID-19. While governments across the world begin to ease stay-at-home orders, much uncertainty remains surrounding the risks and effective safety-measures for instrumental ensemble rehearsals and performances. However, in the short amount of time that the virus has gripped our world, a number of arts organizations, including the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, and a cohort of Berlin orchestras, have undertaken research to understand the implications of COVID-19 on rehearsals and performance. Below, are links to some of their findings
Please note: the PRJC provides these resources without interpretation. Further, by publishing these resources, the PRJC makes no claims about the accuracy of the findings.
The Bamberg Symphony
May 5, 2020: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra: Scientists Measure Aerosol Emissions (translated)
The Vienna Philharmonic
May 16, 2020 Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra: “Almost Impossible to get Infected at the Podium.”(translated)
May 17, 2020: Philharmonics show little risk of infection (translated)
May 18, 2020: Vienna Philharmonic: how is the performance possible?(translated)
The Berlin Philharmonic
May 7, 2020: Orchestra Rules of the Berlin Charité(translated)
May 8, 2020: Berlin Philharmonic: Berlin study issues recommendations for orchestral distancing
May 8, 2020: Important: Berlin Scientists Issue Rules for Orchestra Distancing
How is your ensemble planning for next season? What safety measures and mitigation efforts are you exploring?