School of Music COVID-19 Resources

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The resources on this page outline ways in which the staff, faculty, and leadership of the School of Music are preparing to keep students and the broader community safe and informed in Autumn 2021 and beyond.  

Protocols have been developed in alignment with University of Washington and Washington state guidelines and following expert considerations from national performance and educational organizations.

This page will be updated frequently as new details become available. This page was most recently updated on September 28, 2021. 

Current UW Plans for Autumn 2021

The university’s plans for Autumn Quarter may be found here. The University of Washington’s Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma campuses are basing health and safety guidelines on state and local health requirements and guidance. Face coverings are required indoors regardless of vaccination status and all UW personnel and students are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Learn more.

Public performance

The School of Music resumes live performances in Autumn 2021. Plans and protocols have been developed in collaboration across UW arts units with guidance from the UW Department of Environmental Health and Safety. Events are subject to cancellation. Capacity limits are in effect and masks are required for audience members and performers. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test may be required to attend public performances at the UW. Learn more.

Campus Protocols

UW Coronavirus Resources

  • Safety and public health measures for Autumn 2021 include protocols for vaccination attestation, sanitization, and distancing.

    • Face coverings are required in all UW campus spaces.

    • Students who are ill or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home or in their residence halls and should immediately see a physician or visit Hall Health for testing.

    • Access to practice rooms is through an online reservation system. 

    • Students must bring folding music stands to all activities requiring music stands. Students who need to borrow stands may email  

    Detailed guidelines and resources for the UW-wide campus community may be found at the link above.  

Autumn 2021 Ensemble Auditions

Audition Details

A mixture of online and in-person instruction is offered in Autumn 2021. Auditions are in person unless otherwise noted. Click the link above for detailed audition information for each performance ensemble. 

Practice Rooms

School of Music practice rooms will be available for use each day during Autumn Quarter. The Music building is open from 8:00am – 6:00pm. Music Graduate students, Music Majors and Minors an those enrolled in private lessons and ensembles may have after-hours access using their Husky Card at the loading dock door. Please contact Devina Wijaya at for more information.

Approved students must reserve practice room space via the online EMS system:

Reserve Practice Space


Lessons will be available both in person and online; for in-person lessons, both the instructor and the student need to agree that they are willing to participate in the live lesson. For all lessons that are in person, masks must be worn and distancing observed (at least six feet, more for wind, brass, and voice lessons). As with all activities in Autumn, no one with symptoms of a respiratory illness may have a live lesson. Some lessons will be taught in classrooms, not studios, to provide more space between instructor and student. Please contact your instructor for information on how the lessons will be conducted.  

International Students

Students who will be entering or returning to the country from their homes in other countries should consult the information provided by International Student Services, which provides regular updates at the link above. 

Also, students entering the country should carry copies of their course schedules as screenshots or paper copies. MUSICP (performance lessons) and MUSEN (music ensembles) are in-person courses. 

Activities in the School of Music 

Guidelines, safety measures and other information specific to each area. Click the links below for more information (Details are under development). 

  • Large Ensembles (Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Bands) 
    Please contact the ensemble directors for more detailed information. 
  • Modern Music Ensemble
    Please contact the ensemble director for more detailed information. 
  • Chamber Music
    Please contact your instructor for detailed information. 
  • Choral Activities
    Please contact the choral ensemble directors for more information. 
  • Jazz Studies
    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be required for all auditions and rehearsals. Auditions, including MUSEN 345 (445, 545) jazz workshop auditions (small ensembles/jazz combos) and MUSEN 546 A - Studio Jazz Ensemble (Big Band) will be conducted in person. Students who are unable to obtain the required PPE in time for auditions may be able to submit a pre-recorded video audition.   
  • Percussion Ensembles
    Please contact the ensemble director for more information.
  • Academic Courses
    Academic courses are mostly being offered in person, at the times listed in the Time Schedule. Please consult instructors with questions you may have.  
  • Conducting
    Please check with each instructor regarding plans for conducting classes. 

Autumn 2021 Admissions/Auditions

Students applying for Autumn 2021 admission will follow an entrance process developed in accordance with University of Washington and state of Washington safety guidelines. Find answers to some frequently asked questions here. 

Other Resources

State of Washington Coronavirus Response

UW Hall Health (Campus Health Center)

UW Carelink (Wellness resources for faculty and staff)

Emergency Student Aid (Financial aid resources, food assistance, Seattle campus)