The College Audition's Coronavirus News + Updates
Keeping Our Students Safe During COVID-19
As the country begins to re-open in the aftermath of COVID-19, we are actively taking steps to move forward with our summer College Audition Conservatory in Orlando, FL. Please check back here often, as we will continue to update you with news and information on steps we are taking to ensure the health and safety of our students, parents, faculty, and staff.
May 15, 2020
In an effort to remain as transparent as possible, we are including the text of an email sent to all participants below.
I wanted to reach out to you today to give you continued updates on our plans to move forward with the College Audition Conservatory in Orlando, and share information with you as it comes available to us.
First, I’d like to remind you that while we are still planning and moving forward with the idea that we are going to be holding the program in-person, we are prepared to take the program online should anything change. It is for this reason that we ask that you do not make any non-refundable travel arrangements before June 11, which will be 30 days before the program.
Here is the new information we have as of today, both positive and negative, that we are working with:
- The State of Florida continues to see fewer new cases of COVID-19 each day, even though we have begun to re-open.
- Universal Studios reopened CityWalk yesterday, and Walt Disney World has announced plans to reopen Disney Springs beginning May 20.
- The Governor said today that he will be making an announcement about protocols to open and operate Summer Programs in FL soon, and thinks it is a good idea.
- The FL Governor’s executive orders 20-82 and 20-86 currently require any person traveling to FL from NY, NJ, CT, and LA to self-isolate for 14 days, or their entire stay in FL, whichever is shorter. We are told that mandatory self-quarantine will be lifted by July, but we are working to get more clear guidance and directives on what this may look like by then.
- Other states currently have travel quarantine requirements, which would make self-quarantine mandatory upon returning to their state after traveling to our program. These states are: Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Again, we anticipate that these bans will be lifted by July, but we have no way of knowing, and will have to make decisions based on the information we have available to us.
- The National Association for Teachers of Singing (NATS) has released a study that has concluded that singing and loud talking in groups carries a greater risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, as micron particles can travel up to 16 feet from the mouth while singing. We are exploring options to remedy this, including the use of plexiglass “drum cages” which the students can sing behind,and even greater distancing between the singers, and the other workshop attendees.
I also wanted to address what moving the program online would look like. We have been working behind the scenes to plan an online program. It would look very much like the program we have now, and would follow the same schedule, allowing breaks for meals, etc.
The cost for student participation would go down to $1750, and the cost for parent participation would go to $500. Students would still have the same masterclass, workshop, and mock audition opportunities that were laid out in the original schedule with the original list of faculty.
If we were to move the program online, and you had already paid over the cost of the online program, you would be refunded down to the amount of the online program.
May 11, 2020
- Effective immediately, we are extending the application deadline to June 15, with final payments not due until June 30, to accommodate students who have had their summer programs canceled or changed due to COVID-19.
- We are also announcing the addition of a medical doctor to our staff to monitor temperatures and symptoms of our attendees, as well as the policies and procedures we have in place to keep everyone safe during the entire eight day program.