COVID-19 Policies for Summer 2021

Play Week East and Play Week Maryland
These policies were created based on CDC guidelines, our speaking with a prominent infectious disease specialist in New York, venue requirements, and state and local requirements. These rules may change as the workshop dates get closer.
  • It is required that all applicants be vaccinated and have passed the two-week post-vaccination waiting period. You will be asked to send a copy of your vaccination card with your application.

  • Mask wearing will be required in all public spaces, including in the dining hall when not seated and in the concert hall at all times (wind players, see below).

  • Since we will be in our own "pod" of vaccinated participants and staff when we are in the dorm and in playing groups, mask-wearing will be at your own discretion (only while in our designated private locations).

  • Out of respect for the concerns of your fellow musicians, if one player in your group asks to maintain social distancing or asks for everyone to wear a mask, the others must abide by his or her wishes. We will depend upon your being considerate and kind at all times.

  • Currently, we are not planning on holding our usual large group gatherings, or “multiples.” This decision may be revisited as circumstances allow.

  • The way we run our coffee breaks and evening social gatherings may require adaptations as well.

  • All participants, faculty, and staff will be required to sign a venue COVID-related "hold harmless" statement at time of registration.

  • Please note that we have no control over the percentage of college employees who will be vaccinated. Again, mask wearing and social distancing are required in all campus public areas.

Specific Guidelines for Wind Players (as required by venues)

Musicians playing wind instruments necessarily must remove their face coverings to do so. During all coachings, rehearsals, and performance, the condensate inherent in playing wind instruments must be contained and controlled. Specifically, any cleaning string or similar device run through any instrument to clear condensate must be stored in a closable airtight container to be supplied by the musician. The container must be handled ONLY by the musician, and should be disposed of or emptied and properly cleaned as soon as possible.

Questions? Contact Us

David Bakamjian, Director

Address:     158-18 Riverside Drive West

                     Apartment 6L

                     New York, NY 10032


Phone:         (646) 692-9446

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