Fall 2020 in the School of Music

Fall '20

Current Plans/Safety Measures for Fall 2020 Classes/Ensembles in the School of Music

We so want to make music together again!  In order to do that, we are initiating extra safety measures for Fall 2020, in addition to campus guidelines, to limit the exposure of COVID-19 to our students, faculty, and staff. This is a very fluid situation and these plans may need to change based on city and campus regulations/guidelines on August 24.  Once you have read these proposed plans, you may choose to drop/add/change any classes for the Fall.  For example, if you read what the choirs plan to do in order to sing and you don’t feel comfortable doing that, you should not register for a choral ensemble.  No student scholarships will be negatively impacted by these choices for the entire 2020-2021 school year.

Please also read the information on the Show-Me Renewal Site for students: https://renewal.missouri.edu/students/

Large Ensembles

We are holding in-person ensembles with modifications to start/end times, socially distanced spacing, size of ensembles, the addition of face coverings, and separate entrance and exit doors.

Ensemble and studio placement audition times have now been updated here :https://music.missouri.edu/news/new-and-returning-student-information

Staggered Start/End Times


10:15-11:45: NME (MWF; SMC 130)
12:15-1:30: University Singers (MWF; SMC 132 & McKee 204)
12:30-1:45: Wind Ensemble – Brass Choir (M); Woodwind Choir (W); Mixed Chamber Ensembles (F) (SMC 130)
2:00-2:50: Hitt Street Harmony (MWF; SMC 132)
2:15-3:30: Concert Jazz Band (MW; SMC 130)
3:45-4:30: Tiger Pans (M; SMC 132)
5:00-6:30: University Percussion Ensemble (MW; SMC 130 and 132)
7:00-9:00: Studio Jazz Band (W; SMC 130)

12:15-1:35: University Glee Club (TTH; SMC 132)
12:15-1:35:  Women’s Chorale (TTH; McKee 204)
12:30-1:45: Symphonic Band – Chamber Groups (TTH; SMC 130)
2:15-3:00:  Percussion Studio (T; SMC 130)
2:15-3:00:  African Percussion (TH; SMC 132)
4:30-5:45: University Philharmonic – String Orchestra Only (TTH; SMC 130 and 132)
7:00-9:00: University Band (T; SMC 130)
7:00-9:00: Choral Union (TH; Jesse Hall)

3:00-5:00: Opera Workshop (MF; McKee 204)
4:00-6:00: Opera Workshop (TWTH; McKee 204)
4:15-6:00: Marching Mizzou (T-F; Marching Mizzou Practice Field)


·      7’ social distancing; no student placed directly behind another

·      Strings/percussion will wear face coverings at all times; winds to remove once they are seated and ready to play; face coverings are provided by the students

·      Separate Entrance and Exit doors

·      Brass instrumentalists will provide their own towel in which condensation will be removed during rehearsal. (You will take this with you at the conclusion of the rehearsal and launder/replace prior to the next rehearsal.)

·      Chairs/stands cleaned after each rehearsal

·      Orchestra will be strings only.  Symphonic Band will be at a “reduced instrumentation performing adaptable music”.  Wind Ensemble and University Band will be modified to smaller chamber ensembles.  Jazz will remain the same.

·      Marching Mizzou will only rehearse in an outdoor setting with a minimum of 6’ side to side interval and a minimum 12’ front to back distance. They will rehearse at a reduced capacity in separate groupings/sections until they are able to rehearse and perform as a full ensemble. It is unknown at this time what their performance opportunities will be in Memorial Stadium on Faurot Field, but they will still rehearse and perform in some capacity this fall no matter the football schedule. For more information please consult the latest 2020 Marching Mizzou Summer Newsletter distributed by Dr. Knopps.  


·      12’ social distancing

·      All singers will sing with face coverings on (also looking at face shields as an alternative); face coverings are provided by the students

·      Collaborative pianists provided with N95 masks

·      Separate Entrance and Exit doors

·      Each student will be assigned a number for an organized single file entrance and exit procedure

·      Chairs cleaned after each rehearsal

·      All choirs will be modified to smaller ensembles

A survey of all returning and incoming students will soon be sent to you confirming your acceptance of these parameters and to confirm your desire to audition for an ensemble Fall 2020.  We may not be able to accommodate everyone who wishes to be in a large ensemble this coming Fall but will do our best to include all interested students!

Academic Classes

Our academic classes will follow the same guidelines as the campus uses for all classrooms found on the Show-Me Renewal website: https://renewal.missouri.edu/students/

Almost all of our applied lessons will be in-person.  Feel free to contact your studio teacher if you would rather have online lessons.  Some applied lessons will be moved to larger spaces (primarily voice).

Instrument cleaning/rentals

All School of Music brass and woodwind instruments issued during the Spring 2020 semester will be cleaned by a professional instrument technician per CDC guidelines outlined here (https://www.nfhs.org/media/3812235/covid-19-instrument-cleaning-guidelines.pdf) before being re-issued. Please contact your applied instructor if you anticipate needing to rent a School of Music instrument for Fall 2020 so that appropriate arrangements can be made. All instrumental students should maintain their instrument and mouthpiece in a clean and sanitary condition and should not share instruments or mouthpieces with others.

Practice Rooms

Practice rooms will remain open but each room will have a sign-up sheet for use for the entire semester.  Each student should sign up for practice time in that same room at that same time each day the entire semester.  This limits the number of students in one practice room.  Each student should leave 15 minutes between students for the aerosols to fall to the floor.  You will be able to sign up for two hours/day.  Once all students have had time to sign up, we can re-evaluate additional time.  The piano keys will not be cleaned so hand-washing and hand sanitizer use is highly encouraged.


All of our concerts will either live-streamed or pre-produced.  This is a great opportunity for students within the large ensembles to work together on producing a “show”.  These pre-produced concerts can have student interviews, composer Q&A, and conductor behind-the-scenes thoughts that highly engage the online audience in addition to performing the music.  The live audience will certainly be missed but there is much to learn about the technology needed to produce concerts in the 21st century and we are excited to enter that world with you.

Community Music @ Mizzou/Outreach

Most programs will be moving online but we do hope to have a few events in person.

Community Music Program (CMP) (ONLINE):  September 8 - December 12 (13 lessons)
Experiencing Piano for Adults I (ONLINE): September 14-November 16 (10 sessions)
Experiencing Piano for Adults II (ONLINE): September 15-November 17 (10 sessions)
Experiencing Piano for Kids I (ONLINE): September 14-December 7 (12 sessions)
Missouri String Project (MSP) – Online small groups
Missouri Youth Orchestra (MYO) – In person socially distanced orchestra on Saturday mornings
Mid-Missouri Community Orchestra (MMCO)- Cancelled for fall ’20 
Community African Percussion/Steel Pan Ensembles – Cancelled for fall ’20

If you are interested in teaching online lessons in the fall through the community music program contact Joanna Griffith (griffithjs@missouri.edu) for more information. To learn more about the community music program visit https://music.missouri.edu/cmp/community-music-program-private-lessons

Outreach events will most likely all occur virtually. If you are interested in putting together a virtual concert/Q&A for a local school, contact Joanna.  


MU Campus Facilities has been closely following the developing guidance from industry resources to adjust building ventilation systems during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re also researching other techniques that are being considered by HVAC professionals.

It is important to note that we did not completely shut down building HVAC systems during the stay-at-home order. Buildings were placed into “Holiday Mode” which shuts down HVAC systems serving offices, classrooms and auditoriums. These systems automatically turn back on when temperatures in the building reach unoccupied set points or in some cases when motion is sensed. Building systems were placed back into Normal Operating Mode on April 20th to ventilate and achieve proper temperatures in anticipation of building occupancy.

MU buildings were designed to meet building code ventilation requirements, which are based on total occupancy, so most, if not all of the time, the building is over ventilated. High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters, like what are used in hospitals, cannot be installed in non-hospital buildings because the HVAC systems were not designed to include space or achieve pressure-drop required by HEPA-type filters.

Upon returning to campus May 4, all HVAC systems including filtration were checked and they are all in good operating condition. Preventative maintenance is performed at regular intervals throughout the year to provide the best indoor environment for our faculty, staff and students.