School of Music, Theatre, and Dance COVID-19 Policies

All information and health protocols provided are based on information and CDC, local government, and CSU guidelines available at the time of posting. This website will be updated frequently to account for changes in CDC, local government, and CSU guidelines and protocols. 

For information specific to the overall CSU COVID-19 recovery effort and CSU-specific policies, please visit: https://covidrecovery.colostate.edu.

  • This page was updated on 11.11.20

 

COVID Reporter

As of 11.04.20

A new tool, COVID Reporter, has been launched on the university’s COVID-19 website.

The COVID Reporter replaces the Daily Symptom Checker with new expectations for students, faculty, and staff. This tool is simple and more comprehensive, and helps students, faculty and staff determine when to alert CSU Public Health about COVID-19 symptoms or other COVID-19 related concerns.

CSU students, faculty and staff no longer need to fill out the Daily Symptom Checker, and no longer need to document for CSU Public Health their daily screening when they are not experiencing symptoms of illness. However, students, faculty and staff must report COVID-19 symptoms immediately through the COVID Reporter, regardless of whether or not they are coming to a campus to work or attend class and regardless of the day of the week.

Students and employees should not delay reporting symptoms. Faculty and staff are required to alert the university immediately through the COVID Reporter if they believe they have COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of whether or not they are coming to a campus to work or go to class and regardless of the day of the week.

In addition to COVID-19 symptom reporting, the COVID Reporter is a platform to report the following:

  • Positive COVID-19 tests administered at non-CSU sites;
  • A COVID-19 concern in an academic, work or living space associated with the university;
  • A potential COVID-19 exposure;
  • A public health behavior violation you have witnessed by a member of the CSU community, on or off campus.
General Return to Campus Procedures

General Return to Campus Procedures

  • Please see section "COVID Reporter" for information on the daily tracking and reporting symptoms.
  • Masks covering the nose and mouth are required at all times inside of and outside of the University Center for the Arts (UCA), with the exception of individuals with health conditions that preclude this. Please also see procedures for wind playing and singing below (Section "Music-specific Protocols").
  • 6 ft distancing is required at all times, unless engaged in wind playing, singing, dancing, or acting. See below for distancing for those activities (Section “Music-specific Protocols,” “Dance-specific Protocols,” and “Theatre-specific Protocols”
  • Individuals returning to work on campus must follow government public health guidance. CSU must comply with CDC, state and local public health orders, and Colorado Dept. of Higher Education guidance. These requirements will continue to change, so our response will continue to change as we adjust.
  • Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to wash their hands frequently and avoid touching their face. Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the facility.
  • Water fountains and bottle filling stations are disinfected daily but you are encouraged to bring your own water bottle. Please stay hydrated!
  • Hallways will be marked with one-way signs whenever possible.
  • Rooms with multiple entrances/exits will be set up with a single entry and a single exit.
  • Gatherings (outside of class meeting time) in public spaces of more than 10 individuals are prohibited. Gatherings of 10 or fewer must adhere to 6 ft distancing at all times.
  • Room capacities will be posted and may not be exceeded for any reason.
  • Elevators are single occupancy only.
  • Restrooms are single occupancy only.

Office Hours:

The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance office (Room 120 UCA) will maintain limited “open” hours as follows (subject to change):

  • Monday/Tuesday, 9 a.m. — 12 p.m.
  • Wednesday/Thursday, 12-2 p.m.
  • Fridays: remote only

Building Hours: 

  • Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. — 11 p.m.
  • Friday, 7 a.m. — 10 p.m.
  • Weekend, 8 a.m. — 10 p.m.

Visitors:

Visitors to the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance should provide 24-hour notice of their visit. Please email SMTD@colostate.edu to start the process.

Instruction and Performance Scenarios and Considerations

Instruction and Performance Scenarios and Considerations

The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance (SMTD) is committed to providing its students with an outstanding performing arts education throughout the course of the pandemic, while keeping students, faculty, staff, and patrons healthy. Courses and experiences in the performing arts are offered through a variety of means, including traditional lecture, studio, lab, ensemble and performance rehearsals/production, practica, internships, and applied (one-on-one) instruction. The majority of these are considered to be priority face-to-face courses and experiences and involve high impact learning practices, where student and faculty interaction are essential.

  • Lecture: Traditional lecture style delivery of course content.
  • Studio: “On-demand” courses where students exhibit specific learning outcomes typically involving physical action and/or interaction during each class period. These types of courses are normally sequential and build skills over a long period of time in a spiral curriculum. For example, D220A Dance Methods: Modern; TH151 Acting I.
  • Lab: Similar to studio courses as most are “on-demand,” but focus on less physical interaction. For example, MU110 Music and Technology Lab, MU151 Class Piano, MU117, Aural Skills 1, TH260 Computer Assisted Drafting, etc.
  • Ensemble and Performance Rehearsal/Production: This is the core of a performing arts education and one of the primary reasons students choose to major in dance, music, or theatre. The development of a high level of performing skill and artistry is central to all SMTD majors. This activity can range from a string quartet rehearsal to a fully produced dance show or musical theatre show.
  • Applied Instruction: An essential core high-impact experience for all music and musical theatre students. Applied instruction is where these students gain professional level technical skills and artistic concepts that form the basis of their musical careers. For Bachelor of Music in Performance students, Applied Music represents 24 semester hours of credit, or 20% of their total instructional load over eight semesters of study.
  • Practica: Students learn the practical and applied areas of theatrical and dance production, such as set construction, costume construction, and lighting. Music education and therapy students gain valuable experience in the professions early throughout their course of study.
  • Internships: Students engage in intensive experiential learning through immersion in a specific profession, including music education (student teaching), theatre, dance, and music therapy.

Assumptions

  • Classes begin Aug. 24 (on campus)
  • Classes move to remote after Fall Break (Nov. 30 – Dec. 18)

Lecture Courses

  • SMTD operates traditional lecture courses, with enrollments ranging from 10-250 students. While the majority of offerings are housed within the UCA, several AUCC courses are delivered in classrooms located in the Behavioral Sciences Building, Yates Hall, Plant Science Building, Clark, and Eddy. Because of the likelihood of maintaining appropriate social and safe physical distancing protocols, the following has been implemented:
  • Courses with 100+ students (e.g., MU100, TH141): Delivered 100% via distance learning.
  • Courses with enrollments of 20-45 (options not in any priority order):
    • Option 1: Delivered in hybrid form, with sections split into thirds or halves, each sub-section meeting FTF once per week. Course content is delivered via Canvas or other DL platforms, with discussion and discourse occurring face-to-face (FTF) and via discussion boards.
    • Option 2: Delivered entirely FTF with class sizes reduced to account for appropriate safe distancing protocols. Some additional sections have been added to accommodate smaller caps.
    • Option 3 (Hyflex): Delivered FTF, but record all lectures. Students will attend classes on opposite days to reduce overall class size. Students not attending class on an off day receive course content via the previously recorded or live-streamed class session.
    • Option 4: Deliver content 100% via distance learning (DL).
    • Option 5: Move selected courses to larger spaces (Griffin Concert Hall, Organ Recital Hall Instrumental Rehearsal Hall (IRH))
  • For all FTF options, there will be well-established distancing, health, sanitization, and hygiene protocols in place.
      • Masks will be worn at all times
      • 6 ft. distancing will be in effect at all times
      • All desks, chairs, doorknobs, computer keyboards, touch screens, and piano keyboards will be wiped down between classes
      • A minimum of 30 minutes of time will be allotted between classes to allow for proper air exchange.
      • Each instructor will establish a seating chart, which will be adhered to throughout the semester.

Studio Courses

  • Option 1 (Hyflex): SMTD studio courses are split into sub-sections of numbers conforming to current CSU Health, CDC and government recommendations. Current guidelines suggest a distance of 10 ft (12 ft center) between dancers and/or actors (masked). Delivered FTF, but record all class periods. Students will attend classes on opposite days to reduce overall class size. Students not attending class on an off day receive course content via the previously recorded or live-streamed class session.
  • Option 2 (FTF): Studio courses are offered in smaller sections, with space occupancy numbers conforming to current CSU Health, CDC and government recommendations.
  • There will be well-established sanitization and hygiene protocols in place. This is especially critical for dance, acting, and musical performance applications. For example, dance floors will be cleaned after each dance class.

Applied Instruction

  • For specific information, see section titled “Music-specific Protocols.”

Labs and Lab Courses

  • All SMTD labs (CAD Lab, Music Tech/Keyboard Lab) will be subject to strict social distancing and sanitization protocols, so will operate in FTF, hybrid or hyflex form, similar to other classes of less than 100 students.
    • Lab sections will be split into sub-groups, with some content delivered via DL via Echo 360. In this format, there is less interaction with faculty, and a requirement of more individual student work in the lab.
    • Open lab hours will be extended, with compensation needed for lab monitors as well as a consistent source of sterilization supplies.
  • There will be well-established sanitization and hygiene protocols in place. For example, piano keyboards must be cleaned after each use in the music technology lab. There will be ample time allowed between each lab session. Open lab hours will be monitored.
  • Aural skills courses. Issues of singing related to aerosol emissions need to be considered, so the singing portion of all aural skills courses will be delivered remotely.

Ensemble and Performance Rehearsal/Production

  • All rehearsal and production experiences will adhere to current CSU Health, CDC and government guidelines at all times, including the use of masks, mitigation protocols, and the maintenance of safe distancing as appropriate to specific instruments/voice.
  • All rehearsal spaces in the UCA will be used seven days per week, day and night to accommodate smaller groups of students and faculty.
  • Large ensembles, such as the Wind Symphony and University Symphony Orchestra will focus on works for smaller ensembles.
  • Musician chairs will be plastic and used sparingly.
  • Theatre and dance productions will require creative production processes and smaller casts, including solo performances.
  • Issues of singing related to aerosol emissions need to be considered, therefore, all ensembles that utilize singing will be delivered outdoors in small (masked and distanced) groups of no more than 10 students, or remotely unless guidance changes, or there is scientific evidence that indicates singing is safe.
  • All music, dance, and theatre ensemble work should focus on the process, rather than the product, with the understanding that live public events will not be held in the UCA during the Fall 2020 semester.

Practica

  • Theatre and dance practica will hopefully be able to proceed but with strict social distancing and sanitization protocols in place. Music Education and Music Therapy practica will be dictated by protocols within the respective professions. At this point, dance is planning on creating and performing solos for the Fall Dance Concert and for Senior Dance Capstone Concert (D471). Theatre is planning similar digital experiences.

Internships

  • All internships will be dictated by protocols within the respective professions in addition to CSU health protocols.
Dance-specific Protocols

Dance-specific Protocols

  • Close the locker rooms and require students to come to class dressed.
  • University Dance Theatre (UDT): Students enter through main doors (audience doors) and exit through stage left exit and immediately go outside.
  • Large Studio 101: Students enter from main doors and exit through exterior door.
  • Small Studio 102: Only one door; students must enter/exit through same door; plans for UDT and 101 prevent students in our main hallway.
  • Tape spots six ft apart in dance hallway and outside of the dance theatre for students waiting to come into class.
  • Students bring all belongings into class and set them in the same assigned space under the barre for each class.
  • Barres are marked off in 12 ft increments; students stay in their assigned place.
  • Studio is marked off with 12 ft square areas for students.
  • Masks required at all times.
  • Require shoes or socks in all classes.
  • One masked pianist/percussionist will be allowed in addition to dancers, appropriately distanced and behind a plexiglass barrier.
  • All spaces must be vacated immediately following class or rehearsal; no student/staff/faculty occupancy outside of class or rehearsal is permitted.
  • If we have students/class with one faculty member, that group of students should be the same each time. Students who live together should be in the same group.
  • Students will have assigned places on barres and in the studio.
  • Auditions: Students view a recorded phrase and/or movement prompts and submit a video recording so a large gathering is prevented.
  • There will be a 30-minute buffer scheduled between classes to allow for cleaning and disinfection.
  • PPE must be worn at all times by the person(s) disinfecting the studios.
Music-specific Protocols

Music-specific Protocols

Ensembles

Based on preliminary results from research studies involving bioaerosol emissions in performing arts activities, all ensembles involving the playing of wind instruments (indoors) will be suspended in face-to-face (FTF) situations until further notice, pending data analysis of risk mitigation protocols, including the use of bell covers and face coverings.

    • Choral Ensembles will be delivered with a combination of small groups of students face-to-face (FTF) outdoors and remote modalities.
      • In-person singing, when permitted, will be limited to a maximum of 10 students (plus conductor) and will occur outdoors.
      • Singing outdoors with 12 ft distancing and masks will be suspended for the first two weeks of class, or until the outdoor air quality in Fort Collins improves to a minimum of “moderate.”
      • Choral ensembles may meet FTF, with standard 6ft distancing and masks, but there shall be no singing or humming permitted. 
      • Singing outdoors, if re-instated, will require masks at all times, 12 ft distancing, 10 person maximum, single row, 30-minute maximum duration.
      • For indoors, class size shall not exceed the COVID-19 room capacity of Runyon Hall (50).
    • Ensemble Auditions
      • Ensemble auditions will be remote, with the exception of percussion.
      • If auditions are live, there must be appropriate distancing and air exchange protocols in place.
    • String/Piano/Percussion
      • Players will be spaced at 6 ft intervals (7.5 ft to center).
      • All players will be masked (cloth face covering). Neck gaiters, e.g., Buff and bandanas are not acceptable.
      • Rehearsals may not exceed 60 minutes.
      • There must be a 30-minute break between rehearsals to allow for air exchange.
      • Music stands, piano keyboards, etc. will be sanitized between sessions and will not be shared.
      • Percussion sticks, mallets, etc. will not be shared.
    • Woodwinds and Brass
      • Based on preliminary results from research studies involving bioaerosol emissions in performing arts activities, all ensembles involving the playing of wind instruments (indoors) will be suspended in face-to-face (FTF) situations until further notice, pending data analysis of risk mitigation protocols, including the use of bell covers and face coverings. Outdoor rehearsals, following the policies below, are permitted if the temperature is between 64 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit and there is an air quality rating of at least “Moderate.”
      • Should indoor ensemble rehearsals resume for woodwind and brass instruments, or for outdoor rehearsals, the following policies will be/are in effect:
        • A maximum of 13 individuals (12 players, one conductor) is allowed, regardless of the size of the room, noting some groups may be smaller due to room size and air exchange rates.
        • All players will be masked when not playing (cloth face covering, neck gaiters, e.g., buffs and bandanas are not acceptable), and masked whenever possible, depending on the instrument.
        • Brass players, baritone saxophonists, and other instruments with spit-valves must use a disposable absorptive cloth pad or a container with a Clorox or peroxide wipe inside to collect moisture from spit-valves. Puppy pads or diapers are examples of appropriate materials. These must be disposed of immediately following each rehearsal at designated receptacles in rehearsal spaces.
        • Rehearsals may not exceed 30 minutes.
        • There must be a 30-minute break between rehearsals to allow for air exchange
        • Music stands, piano keyboards, etc. will be sanitized between sessions and will not be shared.
        • Sharing of instruments is prohibited.
    • Opera
      • Will focus on non-singing scene work.
      • Students will be spaced at 12 ft intervals during scene work, or 6ft intervals during non-scene work.
      • All individuals are required to wear masks at all times, including while speaking. Neck gaiters, e.g., Buff and bandanas are not acceptable
      • No contact or close dancing is permitted.
      • A maximum of 10 individuals (nine students, one faculty member) is allowed
      • Rehearsals may not exceed 30 minutes.
      • There must be a 30-minute break between rehearsals to allow for air exchange.
      • Music stands, piano keyboards, etc. will be sanitized between sessions and will not be shared.

Applied Lessons/Studios

All applied lessons and studio classes will be delivered through a combination of face-to-face instruction and remote instruction. Because of this, all students needing one will be provided a high-quality USB microphone as well as instructions covering minimum technical considerations for remote learning. Microphones can be reserved by filling out the instrument/microphone rental/loan form found here.

  • Voice
    • For applied lessons involving singing, all lessons will be delivered remotely unless the singer, professor, and pianist are masked at all times.
    • FTF Lessons will be held in Griffin, IRH, ORH, University Theatre.
    • Rooms, days, and times for FTF lessons will be scheduled as soon as all chamber ensembles have been scheduled.
    • If all parties are masked,  lessons will be held in large volume spaces with distancing of at least 25 feet and a maximum of 30 minutes of duration.
    • There must be 30 minutes of air change time between lessons. 
    • All parties will be masked at all times.
    • FTF lessons with these protocols will not commence until week 2 of classes.
    • Instructors may meet FTF during the first week to establish a study plan for the fall, go over the syllabus, etc.
    • Studio classes involving singing will be delivered remotely, unless all parties are masked at all times. 
  • Woodwinds and Brass
    • Based on preliminary results from research studies involving bioaerosol emissions in performing arts activities, all applied lessons involving the playing of wind instruments (indoors) will be suspended in face-to-face (FTF) situations until further notice, pending data analysis of risk mitigation protocols, including the use of bell covers and face coverings. Applied lessons may be held outdoors, provided that students agree to have the lesson outdoors, and if the temperature is between 64 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit and there is an air quality rating of at least “Moderate.” If held outdoors, applied lessons must adhere to all other protocols for FTF lessons listed below, including maximum times, distancing, and masks for the instructor and student while not playing the instrument.
    • Should FTF applied lessons resume for woodwind and brass instruments, or for outdoor lessons, the following policies will be in effect:
      • For applied lessons involving wind playing, FTF lessons will be held in large volume spaces with distancing of at least 12 ft for all parties present and a maximum of 30 minutes of duration.
      • FTF Lessons and studio classes will be held in Griffin, IRH, Runyon, ORH, G212, 202, 204, 240, University Theatre, 136, 142, 158, or outdoors.
      • Rooms, days, and times for lessons will be scheduled as soon as all chamber ensembles have been scheduled.
      • There must be 30 minutes of air change time between lessons that involve playing by either the student or faculty member.
      • Maximum FTF lesson time is 30 minutes.
      • All parties will be masked unless playing the wind instrument. Pianists will be masked at all times. Neck gaiters (e.g., buffs and bandanas) are not acceptable). 
      • Studio classes involving wind playing will be delivered remotely until further notice, pending additional information about the effectiveness of bell covers, or may meet FTF if playing is not involved. Studio classes may meet outdoors if all wind-playing COVID-19 polices are adhered to. Woodwind and brass studio class playing protocols will be reviewed after we receive more data about bell-covers.
      • All individuals will be masked when not playing (cloth face covering, neck gaiters, e.g., buffs and bandanas are not acceptable), and masked whenever possible, depending on the instrument.
      • If permitted following additional studies on the effectiveness of bell covers, for live studio class, there must be a 6 ft distance between all non-performing students and faculty members. There will be a 12 ft distance between the pianist, student performer, and the studio class/faculty.
      • The pianist, class members, and faculty member will be masked at all times, unless the faculty member must demonstrate. If the faculty member is playing, the student must first put on a mask. The faculty member demonstrating must move to allow for 12 ft distancing.
      • Classes involving live playing will last no more than 30 minutes, with a 30-minute room vacancy before the next session in the space to allow for air exchange.
      • Brass players, baritone saxophonists, and other instruments with spit-valves must use a disposable absorptive cloth pad or a container with a Clorox or peroxide wipe inside to collect moisture from spit-valves. Puppy pads or diapers are examples of appropriate materials. These must be disposed of immediately following each rehearsal at designated receptacles in rehearsal spaces.
  • Strings/Percussion/Keyboard/Composition
    • Applied lessons for strings/piano/percussion will be taught FTF in spaces that will allow for 6ft distancing and appropriate air exchange.
    • FTF lessons for harp, guitar, viola and violoncello will be scheduled in spaces other than the current viola and violoncello studios.
    • FTF lessons for percussion, piano, bass and violin may be held in those respective studios, but lessons and/or coachings with piano will be scheduled in larger spaces.
    • Rooms, days, and times for lessons for guitar, harp, violoncello and bass, and for collaborative work will be scheduled as soon as all chamber ensembles have been scheduled.
    • Maximum FTF lesson time is 30 minutes.
    • There must be 30 minutes of air change time between lessons.
    • All individuals will be masked at all times. Neck gaiters, e.g., Buff and bandanas are not acceptable.
    • FTF lessons with these protocols will not commence until week 2 of classes.
    • Instructors may meet FTF during the first week to establish a study plan for the fall, go over the syllabus, etc.
    • For live studio class, there must be a 6 ft distance between all masked students and faculty members.
    • Classes of no more than 30 minutes, with a 30-minute room vacancy before the next session in the space to allow for air exchange.
    • Music stands, piano keyboards, etc. will be sanitized between sessions and will not be shared.

Juries

  • Juries will be held the week of Nov. 16, with the possibility of starting on Saturday, Nov.14.
  • Plan on availability from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Two large spaces per area will be reserved for voice, woodwind, and brass to allow for air exchange between juries.
  • All juries will be recorded to accommodate faculty wishing to teach remotely.
  • It is highly recommended that the following are exempt from juries for Fall 2020: Incoming first year students (UG and G), Music Minors, non-majors, and secondary instruments.
  • Applied faculty are required to teach 14 lessons per semester, so it is expected that applied lessons will continue remotely following Fall Break.

Classrooms/Spaces

  • Classrooms with two entrances (GCH, ORH, 136, 142, 158, 202, 204): students will enter one way, exit the other (staggered).
  • Classrooms with one entrance (IRH, Runyon, G212, 218, 220, Music Tech Lab): students will enter one at a time, in cues; exit the same manner.
  • All spaces must be vacated immediately following class or rehearsal.
  • Piano keyboards will be sanitized as per Steinway protocols using hydrogen peroxide wipes after each use.
  • All spaces must be vacated immediately following class or rehearsal; no student/staff/faculty occupancy outside of class and rehearsal is permitted.

Music Therapy Clinics/Practicum/Research Plan

  • Clinic Spaces – room requirements/limits posted on the clinic doors. For all spaces:
    • Use hand sanitizer upon entering the space.
    • Individuals required to use cleansing products to wipe down surfaces before and after use.
    • Face masks required at all times in the music therapy clinics, offices, and research lab.
    • Clinic spaces need to be vacated immediately following use.
    • Social distancing required in clinic waiting area/clinical spaces.
    • Do not exceed the person limits in the clinic rooms/lab space.
    • Adhere to room turn-over time in between use.
  • Telehealth sessions will be offered to clinical populations for the Fall 2020 semester.
  • Music therapy research in the music therapy clinics and Brainwaves Research Lab will continue with protocols approved by the Institutional Review Board, CSU Office for the Vice President for Research, and the appropriate colleges. 
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Theatre-specific Protocols

Theatre-specific Protocols

Rehearsals, Acting Classes, Singing Classes, Performances

All participants, including students, faculty and staff will wear masks at all times while on the UCA grounds and inside the UCA unless indicated below. All participants must adhere to applicable distancing and other health protocols as outlined below, subject to daily guidance.

Indoor and Outdoor Activities

  • Acting, directing and performance classes will be offered both remotely and in person, or a combination of the two modalities (hyflex).
  • FTF design and other lecture courses will be held in spaces that have had caps reduced to allow for 6 ft physical distancing, or will rely on hybrid or hyflex modalities as needed.
  • In-person classes will be held in UCA 238, 242 and the University Theatre, and possibly in ORH, IRH, Runyon, and GCH and/or outdoors (continuously examining the schedule).
  • For all acting activities involving a single unmasked actor, the activity shall take place in either an indoor UCA space with a large cubical volume, e.g., University Theatre, Griffin Concert Hall, Organ Recital Hal, Instrumental Rehearsal Hall; or outdoors.
    • Any other individuals in the space must maintain a 30 ft. distance from the unmasked actor.
    • It is understood that the primary acting method is that of film acting, with as little vocal projection as possible.
    • All other individuals must wear a mask at all times, and maintain at least a 6 ft. distance from each other.
    • There is a maximum of 10 individuals at a time in a given space, or less, depending on the size of the room with regard to facilitating appropriate distancing.
    • There is a 30 minute maximum time limit for each event.
    • There must be a 30 minute air exchange between events.
    • All surfaces must be sanitized between events.
  • For all  acting activities involving more than one actor, students will be spaced at 10 ft intervals (12 ft to center) and masked. 6 ft distancing (7.5 ft to center) is potentially possible, with a combination of face masks and face shields.
    • Performance classes will last no more than 50 minutes, with a 50-minute room vacancy between sessions to allow for adequate air exchange. All individuals must vacate the room (no loitering). Swing spaces to allow for 100-minutes of total class time will be scheduled, if adequate spaces are available.
    • All individuals in the class are required to wear masks at all times, both in and outdoors
  • No close contact or stage combat or close dancing is permitted. Stage combat and choreography is permitted within the above distancing and masking standards.
  • Props, computer keyboards, and other equipment, etc. will be sanitized between sessions and will not be shared.
  • Note: we are investigating a variety of masks, including the Singers Mask (being made by our Broadway colleagues), and the Under-Armor Sports Mask.
  • Classrooms with two entrances (UT, Studio Theatre, and 240): students will enter one way, exit the other (staggered).
  • Classrooms with one entrance (218, 238, 242, CAD Lab, Design Lab): students will enter one at a time, in queues; exit the same manner.
  • All spaces must be vacated immediately following class or rehearsal; no student/staff/faculty occupancy outside of class and rehearsal time is permitted
  • See above regarding rehearsals, performance, and instructional modalities.

Production Shops

  • Scene, Paint, Electrics, Props, and Audio
    • Maximum of eight people in the scene shop.
    • Maximum of four people in the paint, electrics, and audio shops.
    • Maximum of five people in the prop shop.
      • Stagger student shifts as appropriate.
    • Assign tools each day so they aren’t shared when possible.
      • When tools are limited and must be shared, clean between users.
    • Spread worktables out to keep 6 ft between workers.
    • Sanitize tools and equipment at the end of each day with Clorox or peroxide wipes or disinfecting spray and disposable towels.
    • Facemask required at all times.
    • Hand washing at the beginning and end of each student’s work shift.
    • Use metal shop when possible to keep people more spread apart.
    • Keep teams as consistent as possible to limit interaction between multiple people.
    • Maintain a clean and organized shop to limit exposed surfaces.
    • Give every worker their own PPE including safety glasses, earplugs, N95 masks, and work gloves.
  • Costume Shop
    • Maximum of eight people in the costume shop.
      • Stagger student shifts as appropriate.
    • Assign tools each day so they aren’t shared when possible.
      • When tools are limited and must be shared, clean between users.
    • Sanitize tools and equipment at the end of each day with Clorox or peroxide wipes or disinfecting spray and disposable towels.
    • Facemask required at all times.
    • Hand washing at the beginning and end of each student’s work shift.
    • Keep teams as consistent as possible to limit interaction between multiple people.
    • Maintain a clean and organized shop to limit exposed surfaces.
    • Students enter from main hallway door and exit through the door by the stairwell.
    • Students must clock in on their phones. If they are unable to do so, they will have the costume shop manager do it for them.
    • Designated workspaces for each student.
    • Designer computer must be sanitized after every use.
  • Fittings
    • Masks required at all times.
      Draper and Designer must wear gloves as well.
    • Maximum time for fittings is 15 minutes.
    • Sanitize fitting room after every fitting.
    • Allow 30 minutes between fittings.
Piano Cleaning Protocol

Piano key cleaning is very important in today’s environment. Use only Hydrogen Peroxide wipes and no alcohol-based products. Wipes will be provided.

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Office Suites, Shared Offices, and Common Spaces

Office Suites, Shared Offices, and Common Spaces

Office Suites

  • SMTD Administrative Office Suite
    • Maintain minimal staffing focused on any urgent walk-in needs during campus hours; create a weekly staff rotation in sets of two people (max. five people in the office suite at a time); flexible options for full-day or shortened-day shifts, split with continued remote work; reduced office hours may be needed, depending on staffing concerns.
    • Employees who took their primary desktop computer home will have to pick one primary work location, rather than transferring equipment back and forth.
    • Leave the work-study student office aide position unfilled.
    • Provide hand sanitizer and cleansing products to wipe down surfaces regularly; cloth face masks required.
    • Utilize computer messaging system to announce walk-in questions, and route staff to meet guests by the stanchion (quick questions) or hallway (lengthier questions or if there are multiple guests).
    • Continue to handle most meetings and appointments via zoom or teams; schedule the conference room for one-on-one appointments when needed; no meetings in individual offices due to space limitations.
    • Encourage staff to keep individual doors closed.
  • Communications Office
    • No posted hours, no walk-in traffic needed. Staff can work on-campus shifts as needed with a scheduled rotation (max. two people in the office suite at a time); employees who took their primary desktop computer home will have to pick one location to work, rather than transferring equipment back and forth.
    • Provide hand sanitizer and cleansing products to wipe down surfaces regularly; cloth face masks required.
    • Encourage staff to keep exterior door locked, and individual doors closed.
    • Continue to handle most meetings and appointments via Zoom or Teams. Schedule the conference room for one-on-one appointments when needed. No meetings in individual offices due to space limitations.
  • Faculty Office Suites (Dance 111, Theatre 212 & 214)
    • Provide hand sanitizer and cleansing products to wipe down surfaces regularly; cloth face masks required.
    • Encourage faculty to keep individual doors closed.
    • Hold office hours via zoom/teams due to space limitations.
    • Confirm usage hour schedule so only one person is in an individual office at a time, aim for 50% occupancy in the overall suite.

Shared Offices

  • Provide hand sanitizer and cleansing products to wipe down surfaces regularly; cloth face masks required.
  • Encourage occupants to keep individual doors closed.
  • Faculty hold office hours via zoom/teams due to space limitations.
  • Confirm limited usage schedule (rotate working remotely or outside the office) so only one person is in an individual office at a time:

Common Spaces

  • Conference Room
    • Limit occupancy significantly (two people) for scheduled appointments only.
  • Kitchenette: Closed until further notice.
  • Mailroom
    • Provide hand sanitizer and cleansing products to wipe down surfaces regularly; cloth face masks required.
    • Signage requiring social distancing.
    • No more than one individual at a time may occupy the room.
    • Limit of 10 minutes of copy machine use.
  • Walk-in Computer Lab (monitored by student staff)
    • Provide hand sanitizer and cleansing products to wipe down surfaces regularly; cloth face masks required.
    • Create spacing between computer stations by disabling some workstations (remove chairs, keyboards).
  • Hallways and Dance Lobby
    • Hand sanitizer stations w/ disposable face masks at drinking fountains.
    • Disable drinking fountains.
    • Spread out chairs/tables/benches to discourage gathering.
  • Basement Lockers
    • Signage encouraging social distancing.
    • Room capacity signage will be posted.
    • Regularly clean surfaces as well as properly sanitize surfaces.
Practice Rooms and Reed Room

Practice Rooms and Reed Room

It is extremely important that students occupy only the rooms that they have reserved, and do not arbitrarily grab an empty room. This is critical to contact tracing.

Maximum practice times listed are for the initial sign-up phase. Once all 300 music students have had an opportunity to reserve practice time according to their individual degree requirements, it is highly likely that additional times will become available for reservation. In the spirit of community, thank you all for your patience and understanding as we strive to be equitable in the assignment of practice rooms.

  • Practice room policies have been carefully considered in order to provide students with as healthy of a practice environment as possible. These polices will be strictly enforced. Students found to be in violation of any of these policies will be subject to immediate disciplinary measures per the CSU Student Conduct Code.
  • HEPA filters have been installed in each practice room to provide better air exchange. Please do not interfere with the operation of HEPA filter devices, and please report any non-functioning device to Valerie Reed immediately at Valerie.Reed@colostate.edu
  • Masks are required at all times unless singing or playing a wind instrument.
  • Practice rooms are single occupancy only. No Exceptions.
  • Students will wipe down surfaces, including music stands, door knobs, and piano keyboards when entering and exiting the room.
  • Hydrogen peroxide wipes provided for cleaning pianos and piano keys and other surfaces. When cleaning pianos and piano keys, wipe down with a dry paper towel after wiping down with the peroxide wipe.
  • Students must reserve times using the SMARTWAYS2 scheduling system. Reservation system will be available here.
    • Reserved times will be for the same room for the entire semester.
    • Reserved times not to exceed 90 minutes per day.
  • There must be at least 30 minutes between scheduled student practice sessions to allow for air exchange.
SMTD Virtual Event Guidelines

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • There will be no public performances in the UCA during the Fall 2020 semester unless state and county guidance changes.
  • There will be no rentals of any UCA facilities for the Fall 2020 semester unless state and county guidance changes.
  • Performances will be HD streamed, and/or recorded for on-demand viewing as part of the “This Week at the UCA” series. Vimeo will be the host platform and access will be available at csuartstickets.com.

Event Services Staff

  • All stage management, house management, and box office work-study budgets have been drastically reduced. Faculty should plan to work with Peter Muller and Valerie Reed to determine the best way to set up and strike all equipment required for their events.
  • Peter and/or Valerie and limited events staff will be at events to assist you and your students, and to help ensure a safe and successful event.
  • You will be asked to submit a modified Event Information Form which Valerie will send to you two weeks prior to your event.
  • Please contact Peter or Valerie should you have any questions.

Audio and Video Recording/Streaming

  • Faculty should request via the Event Information Form to have ensemble or virtuoso series performances live-streamed, videoed for on-demand viewing at a later date, or both.
  • Live-streamed events that are ticketed will only be made available to the public at the date and time listed (live-streams will not saved as a video). All other events will be made available on-demand as part of a subscription package, which can be purchased through the box office.
  • Student recitals will not be live streamed. Student recital videos may be made available to the public as part of the “This Week in the UCA” series with the permission of the applied instructor and may be distributed by the student to family if they choose.
  • Archival or festival audio recording will still be available for all events and will be archived with a PDF of the program for accreditation purposes.

Virtual Performance Ticketing

  • Faculty and ensemble performances will be available to patrons online through the UCA Box Office.
  • Any live-streamed event that requires a paid ticket will only be made available for to the public at the date and time listed (live-streams will not saved as a video).
  • All other ticketed events will be available to view on-demand as part of either a subscription package or single ticket purchase through the UCA Box Office.
  • Patrons will be sent a PDF of the concert program in advance along with a unique access code to view the stream on the Vimeo platform. A link to the program (PDF) will also be included on Vimeo).
  • Complimentary subscriptions will be available through the box office for all UCA faculty, staff, and dignitaries; these will be available by Sept. 4.

Master Calendar

Events will be listed on the master calendar noting whether the performance is to be live-streamed, video recorded, or both, as well as if RAMProductions has been scheduled for your event; Jennifer Clary is the liaison with RAMP.

AUDIENCE AND VENUE CAPACITY

As public attendance at events poses potential additional health risks to our students, faculty, and staff, the following guidelines will apply to all performances in the UCA. Audiences will not be permitted in any venue, with the exception of a limited number of immediate family members of students performing degree recitals.

The following protocols will apply:

  1. There may be a maximum of six family members. No exceptions.
  2. The total number of individuals in the venue, including performers and staff may not exceed 10.
  3. Children under 12 are not permitted.
  4. Every family member must provide the SMTD Event Manager, Peter Muller,  with their contact information, including telephone, email, and mailing address.
  5. Each family member must sit in designated seats (6 ft+ apart) throughout the performance.
  6. Masks are required at all times while in the UCA and in all venues and on the UCA grounds.
  7. Masks must cover the mouth and nose completely.
  8. Family members will be escorted to their seats at the rear of Griffin Concert Hall or the balcony of Organ Recital Hall three minutes prior to the performance. 
  9. Family members must exit the venue immediately following the performance.
  10. Each family member must fill out the UCA COVID-19 Access questionnaire and give it to Peter Muller, the applied faculty member, or one of the events staff when you arrive in the UCA. If any family member is experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, or have a temperature that is above normal, they may not enter the facility.
  11. Family members are responsible for reviewing current SMTD COVID-19 Policies, found here.
  12. Failure of any family member to comply with these policies will result in the immediate cancellation of the recital.

Solo Voice Recitals

  • Voice recitals are limited to 60 minutes in a single venue.
  • Faculty and events staff must be stationed outside of the venue and may not be in the venue during the performance.
  • Collaborative pianists are not permitted at this time. Pre-recorded accompaniment tracks may be used unless low latency technology becomes available later in the semester.
  • Voice faculty will be informed if and when low latency technology is available for possible collaborative work.
  • There must be an air exchange time of at least 30 minutes between performances.

Woodwind/Brass Solo Recitals and Ensemble Performances

  • Because wind playing indoors is currently suspended until further notice, all woodwind and brass recitals will utilize unaccompanied works, electro-acoustic works, or pre-recorded accompaniments.
  • Solo recitals are limited to 60 minutes in a single venue.
  • Faculty and events staff must be stationed outside of the venue and may not be in the venue during the performance.
  • Should wind playing indoors resume, performances will be limited to 30 minutes in a single venue.
  • Because of this, two venues may be utilized in rotation (when available) for M.M. and B.M. senior recitals; or a single venue may be used with a 30-minute air exchange buffer between halves of the event during which everyone must vacate the venue.
  • Should wind playing indoors resume, collaborative pianists must be 12 ft from the performer and masked.
  • Should wind playing indoors resume, event staff, including A/V staff, must be masked at all times and be 12 ft from the performer.
  • There must be an air exchange time of at least 30 minutes between performances.
  • Please refer to “Music Specific Protocols” for policies for ensembles utilizing wind players.

String, Piano, Harp, Organ, Percussion, and Guitar Solo Recitals and Ensemble Performances

  • Performances may have a duration of up to 60 minutes.
  • Collaborative pianists and supporting student musicians must be 6 ft from the performer and masked.
  • Wind players and vocalists are not permitted indoors as supporting musicians until further notice.
  • Event staff, including A/V staff, must be masked at all times and be 6 ft from the performer(s).
  • There must be an air exchange time of at least 30 minutes between performances.
  • Audiences are permitted if they are comprised of student members of the applicable studio as well as faculty assessment panel members.
    • Must be masked at all times.
    • Must be 25 feet from the performers.
    • Must maintain 6ft distancing at all times.
    • Must adhere to air exchange times.
    • COVID-19 venue capacities apply.
Post Fall Break Policies

 

  1. All instruction and exams must be delivered remotely.
  2. Although all instruction will be delivered remotely, the UCA will remain open to SMTD students, faculty, and staff during posted hours. 
  3. All faculty will have access to classrooms and specialized spaces to deliver remote instruction. For example, faculty members using Echo 360 may continue to use these spaces, noting that no students may be present during the lecture/demonstration.
  4. Music students and theatre students taking applied music lessons will have access to practice rooms, according to current SMTD COVID-19 polices for practice rooms.
  5. Music students using classrooms and/or practice rooms to receive remote applied music instruction will have access to these spaces, according to current SMTD COVID-19 polices for practice rooms and classrooms. While all instruction must be delivered remotely, for example, a faculty member may teach the lesson from their studio, with the student in a practice room or classroom in the UCA. 
  6. Dance students needing rehearsal space will have access to dance studios. Please work with Emily Morgan for scheduling.
  7. The Composition Lab, Music Technology/Keyboard Lab, Design Lab, and CAD Lab will remain open, according to current SMTD COVID-19 policies.
  8. Work-study students assigned to production shops, virtual events, and A/V applications may continue to work if they are available, according to current SMTD COVID-19 policies.
  9. actionable data from the CSU aerosol study and have actionable data about the UCA HVAC systems.
  10. All CSU and SMTD COVID-19 policies will remain in effect. To review SMTD COVID-19 policies, please go to https://smtd.colostate.edu/covid-19-policies/
  11. Specific information regarding any revision to existing SMTD COVID-19 policies for the Spring 2021, particularly with regard to acting, singing, dancing, and the playing of wind instruments will be made as soon as we have received