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Conservatory Preparations and Policies for COVID-19

We find ourselves in a situation not seen in a lifetime. The COVID-19 pandemic is a serious matter, one that requires sacrifices and adjustments. These adjustments are not how any of us hoped to end the semester, and are a particular demand for our academic seniors who may be graduating this year. Still, in the interest of our health and safety, and that of our communities, friends and families, Pacific’s Conservatory offers the following.

Sanitation Advisories and Updates:

  • On March 3, 2020, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes were placed at key locations in all music facilities. Signage was placed in these locations to remind us all of our shared responsibility in maintaining public health and limiting the spread of illnesses.
  • All Conservatory faculty, students, and staff are reminded to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds, and to do so regularly throughout the day and prior to using Conservatory equipment.
  • Conservatory faculty, students, and staff are advised to wipe down all piano and computer keyboards with disinfecting wipes prior to and after each individual usage, and to do so daily. 
  • Resist touching your face, and if and when you do, wash your hands thoroughly again. 
  • Be attentive and proactive: assume that door knobs, desks, equipment and other surfaces are contaminated. Wipe them down prior to using these surfaces and wash your hands after usage.
  • Decisions to wear masks and/or gloves are up to individuals, and cannot be considered as substitutes for washing one’s hands regularly throughout the day, or for helping to keep shared equipment and surfaces clean.
  • Pacific custodial staff will wipe down classroom and keyboard surfaces with disinfectant in a manner appropriate to computer and musical instrument usage.
  • All Conservatory personnel are advised to keep a small kit at the ready, perhaps with their scores and/or in their instrumental cases. Such a kit should include disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, nitrile gloves, mouthpiece disinfectant (if and as relevant), and a mask.
  • Remember, COVID-19 affects different populations very differently, and we have a shared responsibility to care for others.
  • Do not share food or drink from a common container or plate.

Conservatory Curricular Policies Attendant to COVID-19
Effective, March 12, 2020

  • Updated on March 23: On-campus degree recitals are cancelled for spring 2020. In lieu of live, on-campus degree recitals, students may make a recording of repertoire that was to be performed for the student degree recital and submit that as the equivalent of the live performance. Students and faculty have the latitude to discuss collaborative piano options (which may include performing to a recorded track). Final decision of collaborative piano options rests with the applied teacher. No degree recital option that places two or more non-familial performers or auditors in the same room will be allowed.
  • Student Degree Recitals scheduled between 3/12/20 and 3/22/20 must be rescheduled for a later date.
  • No students are allowed to practice at the Conservatory facilities.
  • All remaining public performances of faculty, students, and/or guests in solo recitals, chamber music, jazz combo, large, and small ensemble performances, optional student recitals, studio recitals, and recruiting festivals/events, are cancelled through the end of the academic year. Conservatory funds previously allocated for these cancelled events are embargoed to offset additional costs we will incur for adjustments required to respond to COVID-19.
  • External events presented by non-Pacific organizations, inclusive of concerts and/or rentals of Conservatory facilities are cancelled through the end of the academic year.
  • Remaining performances and rehearsals of the Pacific Youth Symphony are cancelled through the end of the academic year.
  • Lessons and classes taught through the Pacific Community Music School (PCMS) may continue only through online instruction, upon agreement by the legal custodian of the child being taught and the person providing the instruction. Ensembles taught normally through PCMS are cancelled through the end of the year. Families will be reimbursed for any untaught lessons for which they paid in advance.
  • Juries will continue through online instruction tools. More details will come on these processes in the days ahead.
  • Student teaching/fieldwork will follow the policies of the school system in which those Conservatory student teachers are placed. If and when the school district or school closes, a student in that setting will honor that closure. Alternative music education experiences will be designed if and as needed for students unable to continue their student teaching experiences in person.
  • Lab ensemble and methods courses will shift to an online delivery model. The sharing of sticks, mouthpieces, reeds, bocals, and instruments among multiple users, sometimes demonstrated in pre-pandemic era, must cease immediately.
  • Clinical experiences and field placements for music therapy students are cancelled through the end of the academic year. Alternative experiences will be designed for these students and more information will be forthcoming.
  • A reminder: the Conservatory will provide the appropriate tools and plug-ins to facilitate online instruction in FERPA compliant online delivery systems. Any online delivery system used for instruction of enrolled university students must be licensed by Pacific for instructional purposes in order to sustain Pacific’s obligations under FERPA.

The well-being of students, faculty and staff is a top priority at University of the Pacific. The University continues to monitor the situation closely and posts updates at