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COVID-19 Updates

This page contains information for the Curtis community as we work towards reopening the campus this fall. Community members should plan to revisit this page regularly for updates.

The information below is current as of September 30, 2021.

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Fall 2021 Semester FAQ 

Students

Curtis requires all students and employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 1 to ensure the fastest and safest path to working together again collaboratively and in-person. Curtis recognizes those vaccines which have received full approval (Pfizer-BioNTech) and/or Emergency Use Authorization (Moderna, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or have been pre-qualified for Emergency Use Listing by the World Health Organization (AstraZeneca, Covishield, Sinovac).

Once approved vaccines are made available to people of all ages, all current and incoming students will be required to show proof of immunization against COVID-19 prior to coming to campus and enrolling. In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the law provides an exemption to this requirement if the student demonstrates a medical contraindication to vaccination. Note: Unlike the meningococcal requirement (which is only required for Lenfest Hall), the COVID-19 vaccine will be required for all students, living on-campus and off-campus.

Proof of vaccination should be submitted to Kimberly Gould at kimberly.gould@curtis.edu.

Curtis will continue to follow all local, state, and national guidelines with respect to COVID-19 mitigation. As the Curtis community achieves full immunization and the above guidelines change, protocols will be updated as appropriate.

All students will have the opportunity to participate in in-person lessons, coachings, and ensembles.

In accordance with mandates in place from the City of Philadelphia, all individuals continue to be required to wear masks indoors while on campus—regardless of vaccination status. Limited exceptions apply to winds, brass, and voice students in rehearsals; while eating; and when alone in an office or studio. 

Please refer to the 2021 Reopening Plan for details on current testing requirements and protocols.

Yes.

The initial segment of the fall semester will focus on individual and small group coachings, mock auditions, studio classes, chamber ensembles (all instrumental departments), and reduced orchestras. Full immunization should be accomplished as we move into October. At that point, full sectionals (strings, wind, brass, and percussion) will be added to the above offerings, and there will be performance/recording opportunities for string orchestra, wind ensemble, and brass and percussion ensemble. As the semester moves forward, students will have a variety of orchestral opportunities.

Curtis will continue to prioritize COVID-19 mitigation efforts and follow local, state, and national guidance as it changes.

Yes. Curtis will resume the Student Recital Series on Friday, October 15. During the fall semester, performances will take place on Mondays and Fridays in Gould Rehearsal Hall for a limited in-person audience, with weekly digital broadcasts available. Pre-registration is required for all attendees, including Curtis students, faculty, and staff. 

Students in the vocal studies department will have a large-scale workshop opportunity in addition to a film project during the fall semester. Two fully-staged productions are planned for the spring semester. 

Yes. Curtis students will have the opportunity to play/sing for guest artists, both in-person and remotely.  

All nonimmigrant students are eligible to return to the United States in the fall. Each student should consult with Dean Tarditi to ensure they are in possession of valid documents. The USCIS guidance issued in March 2020 will remain in effect through the 2021–22 school year, which affords international students the flexibility to study fully online or fully in-person and maintain status.

Yes, but for the fall semester, 1726 Locust Street will be unavailable. The reduction in available space necessitates a room reservation system. Details of Fall 2021 procedures will be shared as the new school year gets closer.  

Yes. For the fall semester Gould Dining Hall and Locks Board Room will be set up to accommodate in-person dining.   

Please speak with Veronica McAuley about your unique situation.

  • $1,750 Comprehensive Fee
  • $4,180 Health Insurance
  • $1,265 Health Services Fee
  • $2,000 COVID-19 Fee
  • $100 Library (New Students Only)
  • $100 Instrument Deposit/Piano $300 (New Students Only)
  • On-Site Testing (as scheduled or deemed appropriate)
  • Vaccine Day Clinics
  • Rapid tests at local facilities (as needed)
  • Self-administered Abbott Labs/Binex tests
  • PPE supplies
  • Additional housekeeping around campus
  • Additional distance learning tools and resources
  • Quarantine spaces/accommodations

Curtis understands that there may be restrictions or concerns that make returning to campus impractical or even impossible for the fall. The school is now accredited to offer courses through distance education. Students unable to travel to Philadelphia will be able to continue their studies remotely to provide as much access as possible. If you will not be returning to Philadelphia in the fall, please be sure to communicate your plans with Dean Bryan so you can be accommodated. 

Domestic students who are fully vaccinated at the time of move-in do not need to self-quarantine. Domestic students who are not fully vaccinated and exhibit any of the COVID-19 symptoms below should get tested and self-quarantine until the results are received.

The CDC recommends that vaccinated international students get tested three to five days after arrival and monitor for the COVID-19 symptoms below. International students who are unvaccinated should also get tested three to five days after travel and self-quarantine for seven days after travel, even if the test is negative.

COVID-19 Symptoms:

  • Fever of 100 F or above, or fever symptoms such as alternating chills and sweating
  • Cough
  • Trouble breathing, shortness of breath, or severe wheezing
  • Chills or repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of smell or taste, or a change in taste
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Headache

Curtis will have rooms on hold at a nearby hotel for quarantine/isolation purposes.  

Consideration for enrollment in Curtis’s Bachelor of Music program requires:

  • A complete official high school or, if applicable, college transcript in English, with grades and graduation date
  • Official scores for the SAT—ALL PORTIONS OF THE EXAM ARE REQUIRED
  • Official scores for the TOEFL exam (for non-native speakers of English)

Currently, these requirements are being reviewed. Curtis allows undergraduate diploma students to take up to two semester-long liberal arts courses prior to being considered for an official transfer to the Bachelor of Music program. Undergraduate diploma students may register for liberal arts classes if they have not yet exceeded the two-course maximum described above. Undergraduate diploma students who have reached the above course limit may take one liberal arts class in the fall semester.

Students wishing to discuss deferring their enrollment should contact Dean Bryan. Each student’s unique situation will be considered in making a determination.

Each Curtis faculty member will determine their mode(s) of instruction. Many will choose to teach in-person. Select musical studies, liberal arts, and career studies courses will be available online to provide as much access as possible. The reduction in available space and COVID protocols will necessitate an overall class schedule that makes use of mornings, afternoons, and evenings.   

The library is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the remainder of the fall semester.

Librarians and archivists are available by e-mail to assist with class help and library and archive resources at library@curtis.edu. If you have any questions about orchestra repertoire, please contact the Orchestra Librarian, elaine.li@curtis.edu.

Textbook information will be released as the schedule and mode of instruction for each class is determined.  

The Quaker Consortium has been suspended for the Fall 2021 semester. An update about the Spring 2022 semester will be provided when available.

To fully engage with the various activities and classes that will be scheduled throughout the year, students should own/have regular access to a laptop and external microphone. Many students also find a good pair of headphones useful as well. You can see a full list of Supported Personal AV Hardware for Remote Learning and Instruction here. Please contact Ms. McAuley regarding need-based financial assistance for technology purchases.

Yes.  Physical wellness services, such as Alexander Technique and chiropractic care, can be provided safely within these guidelines.    Penn Student Health Services will be fully open and operational for in-person visits with a physician or nurse. Mental health services will remain available via telehealth and may occur in person at the discretion of the clinician. Various other wellness programs will be offered remotely and in-person as capacity allows. Any student with a health or wellness need may contact a member of the Student Life team for assistance.

Faculty

Faculty should communicate requests directly to Darin Kelly, registrar. Mr. Kelly will advise on space availability and assignment. 

No. With 1726 undergoing modernization through the end of 2021, spaces on campus for students to practice are at a premium. We respectfully ask that practice facilities be reserved for student use during the fall semester. 

No. While 1726 is undergoing modernization, space on campus is at a premium and must be reserved for Curtis use only.   

If you need additional equipment or assistance, please contact Dean Bryan. Curtis may be able to subsidize the purchase of resources necessary to be fully engaged in the online delivery of lessons, coachings, and classes. 

Faculty may continue to choose from numerous methods to engage with students—in-person lessons, coachings, and classes; virtual activities held synchronously; content and work being done asynchronously, including e-mail and posting materials, lectures, and homework to Canvas. The reduction in available space and COVID protocols will necessitate an overall class schedule that makes use of mornings, afternoons, and evenings. 

The library is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the remainder of the fall semester. 

Librarians and archivists are available by e-mail to assist with library and archive resources at library@curtis.edu. If you have any questions about orchestra repertoire, please contact the Orchestra Librarian at elaine.li@curtis.edu

Information on textbooks has been distributed. Please contact your department chair with specific questions.

Curtis requires all students and employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 1 to ensure the fastest and safest path to working together again collaboratively and in-person. Curtis recognizes those vaccines which have received full approval (Pfizer-BioNTech) and/or Emergency Use Authorization (Moderna, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or have been pre-qualified for Emergency Use Listing by the World Health Organization (AstraZeneca, Covishield, Sinovac).

The only legitimate exemptions from Curtis’s vaccine requirement are a medical contraindication to vaccination, a request for a reasonable accommodation under the ADA/Rehabilitation Act, or religious or personally-held beliefs protected under Title VII. The Office of Human Resources is requesting employees provide proof of fully vaccinated status and will maintain this information confidentially. Curtis community members are also required to obtain boosters to the COVID vaccine, as necessary.

Proof of vaccination should be submitted to Kimberly Gould at kimberly.gould@curtis.edu.

Curtis will continue to follow all local, state, and national guidelines with respect to COVID-19 mitigation. As the Curtis community achieves full immunization and the above guidelines change, protocols will be updated as appropriate.

In accordance with mandates in place from the City of Philadelphia, all individuals continue to be required to wear masks indoors while on campus—regardless of vaccination status. Limited exceptions apply to winds, brass, and voice students in rehearsals; while eating; and when alone in an office or studio. 

Please refer to the 2021 Reopening Plan for details on current testing requirements and protocols.

If a faculty member who has been on campus tests positive for COVID-19, they must report their positive test confidentially to Human Resources, who will ask contact tracing questions to determine if any other Curtis community members may now be at risk. When speaking with other community members as part of a contact tracing procedure, Curtis will not release the name of the individual who tested positive. Curtis will simply inform those on the contact tracing list that an individual with whom they may have been in contact with recently has tested positive, that they should be monitoring their condition for the next two weeks while working from home, and should practice aggressive mitigation. 

Staff

We are finding that working from home benefits staff in many ways. Even after the pandemic is over, we will be an organization that supports staff working from home when possible.

Curtis has been working with staff to provide necessary equipment and reasonable accommodations to continue their remote work throughout the pandemic. If you believe you require additional, reasonable accommodations to continue your remote work, please speak with Kim Gould about your specific situation.

Going forward, in consultation with managers and employees, the Human Resources Office will categorize staff according to their need to come to campus for essential work functions. Essential staff will be expected to work on campus five days per week in their designated workspace and will be categorized as fully on-campus employees. Most staff will have a hybrid schedule of working part-time on campus and part-time from home. There will be two categories of hybrid employees: the first will work three to four days per week on campus in their designated workspaces; employees in the second hybrid category the second will work one to two days per week on campus in a shared workspace. A last small group of selected staff members will be designated as fully remote and will work from home five days per week.

Anyone entering the Curtis campus is required to self-assess their own symptoms. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should get tested and stay home and away from others.

In addition to wearing masks, staff should practice social distancing while on campus, maintaining the CDC-recommended physical distance as much as possible.

Curtis requires all members of the community (students, staff, and faculty) to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 1. The only legitimate exemptions from this requirement are a medical contraindication to vaccination, a request for a reasonable accommodation under the ADA/Rehabilitation Act, or religious or personally held beliefs protected under Title VII.

At this time, Curtis recognizes those vaccines which have received full approval (Pfizer-BioNTech) and/or Emergency Use Authorization (Moderna, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen) from the US Food and Drug Administration or have been pre-qualified for Emergency Use Listing by the World Health Organization (AstraZeneca, Covishield, Sinovac).

Proof of vaccination should be submitted to Kimberly Gould at kimberly.gould@curtis.edu.

Curtis will continue to follow all local, state, and national guidelines with respect to COVID-19 mitigation. As the Curtis community achieves full immunization and the above guidelines change, protocols will be updated, appropriately.

In accordance with mandates in place from the City of Philadelphia, all individuals continue to be required to wear masks indoors while on campus—regardless of vaccination status. Limited exceptions apply to individuals while eating or when alone in an office. 

Please refer to the 2021 Reopening Plan for details on current testing requirements and protocols. 

If a staff member who has been on campus tests positive for COVID-19, they must report their positive test confidentially to Human Resources, who will ask contact tracing questions to determine if any other Curtis community members may now be at risk. When speaking with other community members as part of a contact tracing procedure, Curtis will not release the name of the individual who tested positive. Curtis will simply inform those on the contact tracing list that an individual with whom they may have been in contact with recently has tested positive, that they should be monitoring their condition for the next two weeks while working from home and should practice aggressive mitigation. 

No. With 1726 undergoing modernization through the end of 2021, spaces on campus for students to practice are at a premium. We respectfully ask that practice facilities be reserved for student use during the fall semester. 

 

Audiences and Prospective Students

Yes. Curtis will resume the Student Recital Series beginning October 15 for limited in-person attendance, and digital broadcasts. During the fall semester, recitals take place on Mondays and Fridays at 8 p.m. in Gould Rehearsal Hall, located in Lenfest Hall. Seating is limited and audiences must pre-register and abide by Curtis’s COVID-19 protocols:

  • Mask Policy: Masks are required to be worn while in our buildings/venues by all staff, volunteers, and guests. Some artists may be exempt from wearing a mask during performances.
  • Vaccination Policy: The Curtis Institute of Music joins performing arts centers across the nation in requiring that all guests over 12 provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. Guests under 12 will be required to show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the event. This policy is for all performances and events in all venues. Bring proof of vaccination to any event/performance. Acceptable vaccination proof to be shown with ID prior to admittance:
    • Original paper vaccine card or photo of the original vaccine card
    • Clear Health Pass app or similar

Pre-registration is required for all recital attendees—including Curtis students, faculty, and staff.

Information about upcoming performances is available at Curtis.edu/Performances. Additional performance information, including spring semester performances, will be added in the coming weeks.

Our priority is the health and safety of our community. We are constantly monitoring recommended protocols and following guidance from local and national officials. Policies and safety measures will be updated as the situation around COVID-19 evolves. Performance ticket holders who do not comply with mask and vaccination policies will not be admitted. No exceptions.

  • Mask Policy: Masks are required to be worn while in our buildings/venues by all staff, volunteers, and guests. Some artists may be exempt from wearing a mask during performances.
  • Vaccination Policy: The Curtis Institute of Music joins performing arts centers across the nation in requiring that all guests over 12 provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. Guests under 12 will be required to show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the event. This policy is for all performances and events in all venues. Bring proof of vaccination to any event/performance. Acceptable vaccination proof to be shown with ID prior to admittance:
    • Original paper vaccine card or photo of the original vaccine card
    • Clear Health Pass app or similar

Yes. Auditions will consist of pre-recorded submissions, interviews, and in-person rounds during February and March 2022, if possible. If in-person rounds are not possible, the admissions team will coordinate safe and equitable live virtual auditions. A final decision on the audition format will be made closer to the application deadline in early December. 

Please visit Curtis.edu to see repertoire, eligibility, and guidelines for each department, and e-mail admissions@curtis.edu with any questions. 

Due to the pandemic, Curtis will waive the necessity of presenting SAT and TOEFL scores for enrollment in Bachelor level classes for the 2021–22 academic year. These requirements will be re-examined for the 2022–23 admissions process. 

The Curtis campus is currently closed to visitors, including prospective students, alumni, donors, and audience members. In addition to our website, we invite you to enjoy the Curtis experience on social media (@CurtisInstitute), or to sign up for our monthly e-newsletter

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