COVID-19 Updates

Published By: 
Dasha Koltunyuk
Mar 10, 2020

Attention all Department of Music students, faculty, staff, and community:

Earlier this week, Princeton University officials asked that on campus, University-sponsored events through Sunday, April 5, 2020 are to be postponed or modified as a precautionary measure against COVID-19. Academic classes, mid-term exams, and senior recitals will continue the week of March 9 as planned, following social distancing protocols. To facilitate social distancing, all lectures, seminars, and precepts will move to virtual instruction at the return from spring break, the week of March 22. Efforts will be made to continue individual instrumental and vocal instruction. Ensemble rehearsals will be postponed until the resumption of on-campus classes. The University will reassess these policies on April 5. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we sort out the many implications that we face, especially given our Department’s unusual intersection of academic and performance activities. It remains our priority to ensure the health and safety of our community. As such, the Department will restrict non-essential and/or extracurricular meetings -- including rehearsals and events. Please note that the Department of Music will be extending event cancellations from March 22 through April 12, 2020, encompassing faculty recitals, guest lectures, Program in Performance recitals, student ensemble performances, Princeton Sound Kitchen concerts, events by Department-affiliate groups, and masterclasses. Accommodations will be made individually for seniors fulfilling recitals as part of the Program in Performance. Further updates regarding events later in the semester, as well as internal rescheduling policies, will be posted as we continue to monitor the situation. A separate announcement will be made concerning events presented by the Princeton University Concerts professional music series. 

As this situation evolves, continuing updates will be available for the university community at Thank you for your cooperation, and please stay healthy!

Wishing you all well,

Wendy Heller

Scheide Professor of Music History and Chair, Department of Music

Director, Program in Italian Studies