COVID Guidelines for Music

The IUP Department of Music recognizes the exceptional nature of operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, in following guidelines set by IUP and the CDC and in accordance with the most current scholarship on the spread of COVID-19 in musical settings, the Music Department has created these guidelines in order to have a safe and successful semester.

last edited August 14, 2021

Air Purifiers

Air purifiers have been placed in most Cogswell rooms in which classes occur.

Building Hours

  • M-F: 7:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
  • Weekends: 8:00 a.m.10:30 p.m..

Classrooms Equipped for Hybrid Sessions

Rooms 102, 126, 203,and 303 have Owl Meeting Pro cameras; room 301 has an older system designed for Zoom. Other rooms in the building may only have a personal webcam that is not suitable for a hybrid session.


  • We ask that students and faculty clean/sanitize desks, stands, and surfaces (including piano keys) in classrooms, studios, and practice rooms before sessions. Supplies will be provided.

  • No sharing of instruments, mouthpieces, or reeds.

  • Spit valves should not be emptied onto the floor. Disposable absorbent pads are recommended. Another option is a Lysol-soaked cloth in a plastic bag for reuse.

  • Be mindful of where you place swabs, and disinfect your hands after handling your swab.

  • You've probably heard this by now, but wash your hands regularly with soap and water and avoid touching your face and adjusting your mask.

Concert and Recital Policy

Guidelines for Indoor Events

  • There should be one hour between each recital to allow for air cleaning and vacation of the space

  • Aerosol-producing recitals should be limited to 50 minutes, or two 50-minute halves with a 15-minute intermission for air clearance.

  • Doors will open 15 minutes before the recital. Attendees are encouraged to arrive and sit in the hall and should not congregate in the lobby.

  • Masking is encouraged for those attending IUP Department of Music events.

Departmental Recitals

The four departmental recitals will be presented online this semester at their regularly scheduled times. Departmental recitals will be held in person as permitted by university policy. Departmental recitals may also be live streamed if warranted.

Live Streaming

All large ensemble, studio ensemble, and faculty recitals will be live streamed via the Department of Music YouTube channel. Student recitals may be streamed to a personal Facebook Live event or YouTube channel. Students may share the link to the public event with Dawnette Shellhammer ( prior to the event to be distributed to the music student body for attendance. Zoom Q2n cameras can be made available to students presenting recitals for high-quality video and audio.

Ushering, Attendance-Taking, and Program

Recital attendance for all events will occur via D2L quizzes. Attendance quizzes will be available 45 minutes after the start time of the event and will be open for at least 30 minutes. For example, a concert that begins at 7:00 p.m. will have its attendance quiz available from 7:45 to 8:15 p.m. Program information should be shared with Dawnette Shellhammer at least one week prior to the event. Programs will be saved as a PDF, and a public link will be provided to be posted on Facebook or YouTube. Recitalists should also email Professor Baumer five true-false or multiple-choice questions that are relevant to the recital. The answers should be obvious to anyone who attended the recital.

MUSC 475

Please see the syllabus for this course for details on fulfilling recital credits.

Ensemble Participation

  • Music ensembles will incorporate best practices for the mitigating COVID transmission. This may include bell covers and masks.

  • Rehearsals for indoor ensembles producing aerosols are limited to 50 minutes.

  • Masks may be required for indoor ensembles to the extent possible with the instrument.

  • Each ensemble director will articulate specific policies for the ensemble, including bell covers, absorbent pads for collecting water, entrance and exit procedures, and so forth. Adherence to these policies is mandatory for participation in ensembles.

Face Coverings
  • Each studio faculty member should discuss with their students the best PPE for their instruments and provide resources for how to purchase these materials (bell covers, pee pads, bags, slitted masks, etc.). In ensembles, students may be required to use this PPE at all times. If students lose these items, they must purchase replacements.

Orendorff Music Library Hours

  • Monday-Thursday: 8:00-4:30

Practice Rooms

  • Zoom-equipped rooms have been created for applied lessons in rooms 223, 224, 225, 324, 325, and 326. Vocal lessons will have first priority in scheduling for these rooms.

  • A sheet will be posted each week for all practice rooms: write your name, instrument, and the time when you began and finished practicing. Allow for 30 minutes of air clearing time between practice sessions for wind players and vocalists.

Scheduling Recitals, Rehearsals, Alternate Lesson Spaces

  • Use 25Live (for Cogswell, non-performances) or this Microsoft Form (for any Gorell or Fisher reservation and any public performance) to schedule events in Cogswell, Gorell Recital Hall, or Fisher Auditorium.

  • Requests must be made at least 24 hours in advance; please be patient, as we may not always be able to accommodate your request.

  • Faculty who would like to move their regular lessons to a larger space should use 25Live.

Student Organizations

  • Student organizations should follow the guidelines recommended to them from their national boards.