Information for Students and Families

Please check back frequently for updates and additions throughout the spring semester.



Updated 1/21/2021

What details are there about returning to campus for the spring semester?

Students have been sent detailed information for their January return, including the latest New York State quarantine requirements, which you can find on the Eastman COVID website:


Updated 1/21/2021

What is the schedule for the Spring Semester (dates and Scheduling)?

The spring semester begins on Monday, February 1 and the last day of classes is Friday, May 7.  Saturday, May 8 and Sunday, May 9 are reading days, and final exams run from Monday, May 10 through Friday, May 14.  The full spring semester calendar can be found on the Registrar’s website.

Updated 1/14/2021

How will spring juries work?

As we communicated last fall when the revised spring semester dates were announced, we will not have a single week for juries this spring.  There is simply not room or time in the schedule to stop instruction for an entire week.  Instead, juries will be scheduled in the concert halls and/or possible alternative locations on evenings and weekends throughout the month of April and perhaps into early May.  A tentative schedule is currently being developed and will be shared with the department chairs in coming weeks.  We hope to have the jury schedule in place before the semester begins so that students and faculty can plan appropriately.  Since we are not cancelling classes for juries, we will make every effort to avoid conflicts between juries and regularly scheduled classes and rehearsals.)  In those cases where a conflict is unavoidable, we expect faculty will work together collaboratively to design an equitable solution so that students are not caught in the middle of a scheduling conflict that is out of their control.  While we pledge to do our best to avoid scheduling conflicts, we appreciate, in advance, everyone’s flexibility and understanding as we work through all of the challenges this semester will present.

Updated 1/21/2021

Will classes continue to be held online or through what form of instruction?

The spring semester will be similar to the fall in that priority for in-person instruction will be given to lessons, chamber music, and large ensembles, while all other instruction will occur online.  The biggest change from the fall semester is that many online courses will now be taught in a synchronous format meaning the teacher and students will meet online at a designated time.

The schedule for the spring is now available in UR Student for your review.  Instructions on viewing the course schedule in UR Student can be found here:

Updated 1/21/2021

Will there be "Wellness" days- where classes, ensembles and lessons will be canceled?

There will be no spring break this term, but the University has set aside Wednesday, March 3 and Tuesday, March 30 as “wellness days.”  There will be no classes, lessons, rehearsals, concerts, or recitals on these days in order to give everyone a break from what we expect will be a grueling semester. 

Updated 1/14/2021

Will I need to quarantine upon my return in January?

Students have been sent detailed information for their January return, including the latest New York State quarantine requirements, which you can find on the Eastman COVID website:

Updated 1/21/2021

What details do I need to know for Spring 2021 semester?


Updated 1/14/2021

As an international student, will I be required to quarantine when I enter the US?

What do I need to do prior to coming back to campus?

Once we are approved to open All faculty, staff and students:

  • Must complete the one-time, required COVID-19 training available on MyPath prior to returning to campus.
  • Must complete Dr. Chat Bot health screening every day an individual wishes to access the Eastman campus.


I can’t make it to Rochester by the start of classes, but can I arrive late?

Yes. As all classes at Eastman will be offered in an online format you can begin online from home and transition to in-person instruction once you arrive in Rochester.

Update to University Domestic Travel Guidelines

Visit University of Rochester’s website for latest information.



Updated 1/15/2021

Are there any changes to COVID-related safety for Spring Semester?

With the start the spring semester, all of our COVID safety protocols remain in effect from the fall–including distancing, masking, bell covers, and room downtime.  With COVID-19 cases on the rise nationwide, and particularly in Monroe County, we do not want to change these protocols that worked so well for us in the fall.  As case numbers decrease, which we fully expect as the vaccine becomes more widely available, we will consider modifications to policies.

In addition, we will continue our practice room sign out protocols from the fall, including the use of our student practice room monitors.  As a reminder, all of our music-making safety measures can be found here:

This spring we will continue our prohibition on audiences in keeping with the most current New York State restrictions, and will also maintain the University’s prohibition on outside visitors for the foreseeable future.

Updated 11/23/2020

What safety and cleaning guidelines are in place for the SLC?

The following guidelines and safety precautions are being taken in the SLC:

    • Every room has received a deep cleaning
    • SLC Bathrooms will be deep-cleaned daily, with ESM staff routinely coming back for spot checks and garbage removal
    • With only a few exceptions, all rooms are now single occupancy
    • Student lounges will follow PPE and social distancing guidelines – students should avoid large gatherings
    • SLC Elevators will be limited to 2-persons-at-a-time while practicing social distancing (expectations for students to use stairwells for their own living areas whenever possible)
    • Stairwells/Railings will be cleaned daily
      • students should practice good hygiene, by washing their hands and avoiding touch-points like railings and elevator buttons
    • The SLC Kitchen will be closed for the Fall 2020, similarly to River Campus
    • Equipment sign out will be limited – the SLC Front Desk will no longer lend movies or kitchen supplies, but will still support lending vacuum cleaners, brooms, and assist with replacement keys (there will be new protocols for borrowing, cleaning, and returning these items)
    • The Dining Center will have a new process for students to order ahead online for pick-up and have online menus available for students
    • Media Lab will be closed to most students – only students who have classes that require specific programs will be granted access
      • New protocols in place for cleaning copy machines, computers, and equipment before personal use

Will there be any objectively measured methods to screen people as they enter the campus? Non-contact thermometers, for example?

Consistent with what is being done on River Campus, we will be relying on the university’s health screening app (Dr. Chat Bot) and not checking temperatures or otherwise screening individuals.  Additionally, signage and sandwich boards will serve as a prominent reminder to the critical importance for those exhibiting symptoms to not enter our buildings.

What is the process if a member of our community tests positive for COVID? How are we notified, or not, as members of the community?

Please visit this page.

Will the University/Eastman be providing masks?

Masks will be made available on an ongoing basis as needed to all faculty, staff and students in alignment with University of Rochester guidelines.  In addition, we will be issuing cloth masks with the Eastman logo to all undergrad and graduate students and all full time faculty and staff on a one-time basis.

Where can I go for the latest information on COVID-19-related issues?

What should I do if I think I or my roommate has COVID-19?

I feel stressed out and overwhelmed. Whom can I talk to?

What forms of COVID-19 testing is the University implementing?

How will these strategies be effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19?

University of Rochester's CARE Network

The University of Rochester’s CARE Network enables members of the University community to help each other! You can express their concern about a person, incident, or issue by submitting one of the following reports online:

  • CARE Referral
  • Bias-Related Incident Report
  • Community Concern Report

Making a referral or submitting a report initiates a review process and/or coordinated response involving the appropriate individuals, staff, and offices. For report forms and other information about CARE, go to

What is the policy about access to testing?

All undergraduate students living on campus this fall will be tested upon move-in. Optional testing for graduate students and off-campus undergraduates will be available at University Health Service (UHS) after August 26.  Students and employees may also take a test at any time, free of charge, at a New York State-administered testing site. See Monroe County COVID-19 Testing Informationfor details.

If a University student or employee tests positive, what happens next?

Contact tracing after any confirmed positive cases of students or employees will be done in coordination with Monroe County health officials. University Health Service (UHS) will conduct contact tracing for on-campus students, Monroe County will conduct contact tracing for students off-campus as well as for employees, and the two units will coordinate.  Contact tracers will follow tracing protocols and utilize tools developed by New York State officials.

Is the University taking into account the most recent studies being published on the aerosol spread of the virus? (A recent study suggested 12 to 16 feet distance between people rather than 6 feet.)

Facilities is receiving updated information as it comes out, and we will be updated accordingly.


Will we continue swiping IDs for entrance to the main building?

The policy requiring students and employees to enter the school through Lowry Hall and present their UR ID, adopted in February as a security measure, will continue.  It will not be necessary to swipe ID’s at the entrance for entry to Lowry Hall.

What other tactics will the University employ to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campus and how effective are these protocols?

I know that Eastman often hosts visitors, including prospective students, for on-campus visits. What is happening with these visitors this fall?

The University is still developing official policies for visitors this fall, but in general Eastman is not allowing external visitors to enter our facilities.  This decision was made to prioritize the health and safety of our Eastman community by limiting the number of people who could potentially spread the virus.

Will students be permitted to remove masks when playing/performing/singing/acting in person under any circumstances?

Masks must be worn whenever making music in a room with more than one person.

Have the elevators been taken into account regarding social distancing?

6’ social distancing and the wearing of masks is required on campus elevators as is the case in all common areas.

What guidelines will Eastman be setting in place regarding safety?

Guidelines include:

  • Continued social distancing including no less than six feet between individuals in all locations including classrooms, faculty studios, and rehearsal/performance venues;
  • Wearing protective masks as required
  • Monitoring of traffic in entrances/exits, hallways, elevators, and other spaces to limit density of individuals at bottleneck spaces;
  • Increased attention to ongoing cleaning and disinfecting

What cleaning measures are taking place?

Currently, all solid surfaces in commons areas are wiped down daily as part of general cleaning routines.  The reopening protocol will involve increased cleaning efforts in accordance with CDC and University guidance.  Large room sanitizing machines (electro-static foggers) have been purchased and their use will also be guided by mandates and University guidance.

There will be an overall focus on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including the following:

  • Mask wearing as required
  • Added hand sanitizer deployed to classrooms and other areas of high traffic
  • End-user cleaning supplies in practice rooms
  • Wipes available for end-user personal cleaning of classroom chairs and workstations
  • Plexiglas shield installations at the Welcome Center and SLC Entry Reception Area
  • All communal instrument use (other than pianos and organs) under evaluation
  • ESM Facilities who will order, stock, distribute and inventory cleaning materials and PPE for all departments and offices

What sort of fogging will occur for safety?

There is an electro-static process approved by Dr. Manchester. We will use it on a limited basis for voice practice areas. In these specialty areas we are working through ensuring protecting the pianos in these places.  Each of the restrooms in the Student Living Center will be fogged twice a day as well.

Each of the restrooms in the Student Living Center will be fogged every day as well.

Could we have an update on water fountains and water bottle filling stations?

Water fountains will remain functional upon a reversal of an earlier decision to disable them.

What safety precautions are you taking to ensure our students are protected while on campus?

As part of our overall focus on social distancing and de-densifying campus communal spaces, the following items are under consideration for the fall semester.:

  • A reduction in classroom and other occupancies
  • Possible changes in interior traffic routes
  • Distance markings on floors and signage where queuing takes place
  • Limited numbers in elevators and restrooms
  • Possible closings of areas of congregation such as the Cave
  • Changes in UR bus capacity
  • There may be timing intervals established for class changes.
  • There will be no change to our single point of entry policy given our continued commitment to campus safety
  • Events involving in-person activity on campus will be limited by occupancy guidelines in place at the time
  • The seating capacity of our performance venues has been greatly diminished due to social distancing requirements.  We continue to evaluate audiences sizes for recitals and who be allowed access to these performances.
  • Visitors to the Eastman campus will be significantly restricted.
  • All meetings are required to be arranged online, even if staff or faculty are on campus.

Will stairwells be specific to which direction they are to be used for?

We’ve reorganized entry to the main building- similar to Kilbourn (direction signage for one way on and one way out). Bridges to Annex will be one way. We don’t currently have other accommodations in our stairwells, as for brief periods of passing this should not pose a safety risk with everyone wearing masks.

**Any additional questions regarding Safety and PPE should be directed to:
Kevin Gibson, Executive Director of Operations



Will I need to be tested prior to arriving on campus? What about throughout the semester?

All students living on campus must participate in COVID-19 testing upon arrival or be able to provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test done 24-72 hours prior to arrival on campus and be arriving via personal/family vehicle. See further details below under “Move-In”.

During the academic year, students may be asked to quarantine if they are exposed to a student who has COVID-19.

What other training do I need to complete?

In addition to testing, all arriving students need to have completed the University’s online COVID-19 Safety Training program found on Blackboard at  Failure to do so could result in delays in the move-in process; please be sure to complete this in advance.

Testing results

COVID-19 test results will be reported back to the University and to the student within 24 hours.  Students will move-in prior to receiving the results of the test.  If a student receives a positive COVID-19 test, they will be relocated to one of our isolation areas.


PLEASE NOTE: each student may only bring one person to campus to assist them with move-in. Both the student and helper must wear a face mask or covering while on campus.

First-year Student Move-in Timing

First-year student move-in will occur Monday, Aug. 17 – Thursday, Aug. 20.  Students will be assigned by e-mail a move-in day and specific time.  Roommates living in double rooms will not arrive on the same day in order to process COVID-19 testing results; Residential Life will coordinate a move-in time for each roommate.

Returning Student Move-in Timing

Returning student move in will be Monday, Aug. 17 – Tuesday, Aug. 25.  The first four days of the returning student move-in are shared with first-year students and there will be more limited arrival slots for returning students on those days.  Our priority the first four days will be to get first-year students here and settled.  From August 21- 25, all time slots will be devoted to upper-class student arrival.

In order to move-in, returning students must sign up for an arrival day and time. This will allow us to physically distance students and allow for better move-in flow. This sign-up will be emailed to your university address starting on Wednesday, July 15.  You cannot arrive on campus without a move-in day and time.

The Move-in Process:

  • Students should arrive on River Campus campus one hour prior to their assigned move-in time to be tested for COVID-19. Vehicles should proceed through the main entrance to the University’s River Campus (Elmwood Ave and Wilson Blvd.; GPS: 252 Elmwood Avenue Rochester, NY) and will be directed to Intercampus Drive.
  • Student drop-off for COVID testing will be at the corner of Library Road and Intercampus Drive. The student’s family member will be directed to a waiting lot on Intercampus Drive and remain with the car.
  • Students will be directed to our COVID-19 testing site in Goergen Athletic Center on River Campus where they will receive the COVID-19 test, and then be directed to the downtown Eastman Campus and its Student Living Center (GPS: 100 Gibbs Street, Rochester, NY 14624). Key, ID, and mailbox combo pick-up will be here. Students who instead present proof of a negative COVID-19 test, which must be an RT-PCR test conducted 24-72 hours prior to arrival on campus, along with confirmation of completion of the online COVID-19 Safety training will be able to proceed directly to the Eastman Student Living Center at their assigned move in time. Please note: acceptable proof of the COVID-19 test can either be a paper copy of a negative result, or a text message from the testing center. Again, only students who arrive by car and have travelled directly to campus from home (no overnight stop on the way) are eligible to submit proof of a negative test.
    • Residential Life and Parking Services will be managing the move-in location at the Eastman Student Living Center. Once at the Student Living Center, the student and family member have one hour to unload the car and get belongings to the student’s room. For safety reasons, when the move-in process is complete, the family member and car must leave campus.


When will room assignments and releasing from campus housing be complete?

Assignments and junior releases from housing have been completed. Returning students living in the Student Living Center should plan to arrive at their scheduled time.

I’m not comfortable living in University housing this fall. Can I take classes at home, and move into my campus housing in the spring semester?

Spring semester campus housing will be available for all students, including those returning from remote learning at home.

Will the University be limiting the capacity of residence halls or taking other measures to protect students in their campus living spaces?

I can’t have a friend who lives in another residence hall or off campus visit me in mine?

What is being done for students who are immunocompromised?

I can’t go home after Thanksgiving, so can I stay in the Student Living Center?

Semester break housing is available in the Student Living Center at the daily room rate. Break housing is limited to students who have received an exception to remain on campus, and the process for requesting an exception will be announced at a later date by the Office of Academic Affairs. If you are unable to pay the daily rate for break housing, there will be a process to address individual financial concerns. However, we are encouraging all students who can go home to do so.


What adjustments will be made at Eastman in regard to dining?

How will food handlers help ensure my safety?

Basic Needs Hub

The Student Support Basic Needs Hub facilitates the connection of campus and community resources for students who are require urgent, essential student necessities, such as food, clothing, housing, and access to academic tools. Assistance provided through the hub is not intended to replace or supplement current student financial aid and it does not need to be repaid.

For qualifying needs, funding limits generally range from $100 – $300 per student request, and due to limited resources, it may not be possible to fulfill all requests. Demonstrated need, availability of resources, relevance, and timing of the request are taken into account when allocating resources. The mission of the hub is to provide short-term, temporary financial assistance in unanticipated or emergency situations; priority is given to students with the highest financial need. For more details go to

Food Pantry

The Office of Student Affairs continues to operate a small food pantry on weekdays for our food-insecure community members. Students can make a request by emailing and attaching this preference form. Bring grocery donations to the SLC Front Desk, or order at

**Any additional questions regarding Residential Life should be directed to:
Robert Bones, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs


Will I have access to the University’s indoor athletic facilities?

How will clubs and organizations operate at Eastman this fall?

We are still finalizing plans so that Eastman Student Organizations will be able to build community, provide leadership experiences, and be a vital part of the Eastman experience. Right now, our plan includes both the ability for Student Organizations to host virtual programs and limited in-person meetings using physical distancing, masks, and other precautions. Some examples of programming we are proposing include: synchronized movies, grab-and-go care/snack packages, raffles, online fitness streaming for meditation, yoga, and others, virtual scavenger hunts, Bob Ross paint night-kits, online gaming tournaments, online 5Ks, late night bingo, trivia nights, book clubs, audiobook readings with deans, MET tours, and many others.


"Teaching During Times of Disruption" Videos Available

Many online video tutorials are available for on “Teaching During Times of Disruption”, covering topics such as planning and preparation, troubleshooting, and managing live classroom settings. The tutorials are available in two parts; click here for a list of topics in Part 1 and click here for Part 2.

Need assistance? A schedule for ongoing Spring 2020 workshops is available on the IML home page.


How will my lessons work this fall?

We are prepared to offer in-person lessons to all students who return to Rochester this fall.  Applied faculty have been given the option, however, of returning to teach in their studios or continuing online-only instruction based on their personal circumstances.  Regardless, all faculty studios have been evaluated for safety given physical distancing requirements, and any instruction with a studio that is deemed too small will be given a larger space for lessons.  In addition, any other equipment deemed necessary to ensure the safety of students and faculty will be provided by the school.  Students and faculty will be expected to wear masks at all times during lessons, with exceptions for wind players and singers who may take their mask off, as appropriate, to make music, but must have a mask on when talking or listening.

For students who choose to be fully-remote this fall, all Eastman faculty are prepared to offer lessons online this semester.

My decision to return to campus or stay home this fall depends on whether or not my studio teacher plans to teach online or in person. How will I be able to find out this information?

The majority of Eastman’s studio faculty plan to teach in person this fall, but if your teacher has opted to teach online s/he will be in touch with you directly to explain their circumstances.  If you have not yet heard anything, please contact your studio teacher directly to ask them about their status.

I’m planning to come to Rochester for in-person instruction, so what happens to my lessons after Thanksgiving?

Between Thanksgiving and the last day of the fall semester, currently set for December 9, 2020, you should expect online interactions with your teacher to continue.

Will I be able to enroll in secondary lessons this fall?

Secondary lessons taught by graduate TAs will be online.  Secondary lessons taught by faculty (e.g., piccolo lessons) will be prioritized for in-person instruction, if possible.

What's happening with studio class this fall?

We are developing plans for limited in-person time for studio class this fall.  Due to physical distancing requirements, however, it is unlikely the entire studio will meet in person every week.  All students, regardless of whether you are on campus or studying remotely, will have the opportunity to participate.

How will my vocal coachings work in the fall?

Vocal coaching will primarily be in-person and will take place in spaces deemed large enough to accommodate proper physical distancing requirements for singers.  Students studying online will have their coachings via Zoom.


What is the Performance Policy for the Fall?

See full performance policy guidelines here

See also Rehearsal guidelines here.

What is the plan for in-person large ensembles in the fall?

All ensembles will be re-cast as smaller groups to accommodate physical distancing in performance and rehearsal; our rotation system will be maintained so that all students have a chance to perform in different ensembles and in many styles.

Philharmonia repertoire will range from Bach and Mozart to the Bourgeois Gentilhomme Suite of Richard Strauss and Copland’s Appalachian Spring.  ESSO will delve into Mendelssohn’s Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Stravinsky’s Second Suite for Chamber Orchestra, among many other works.  Brass players will also play in intensive explorations of other major orchestral works with a virtuoso role for brass, with guidance from our brass faculty.  Some of these works will be the Strauss tone poems Don Juan and Till Eulenspiegel, and Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony.

The Eastman Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra plan to feature the finest chamber music in the wind, brass, and percussion repertoire on their eight concerts in the fall. On each concert, there will be at least one work for brass, woodwinds, saxes, percussion, as well as a combined mixed-instrumentation piece. There will be something great for everyone and we are excited to feature music that has historically been the cornerstone for the wind ensemble repertoire. Music by Gabrieli, Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss, Dvořák, Stravinsky, Grainger, Scott Joplin, Michael Burritt, and Roberto Sierra highlight this fall’s terrific line-up.

Eastman choral ensembles will study a wide range of Renaissance repertoire, including French chansons and Italian madrigals, baroque works of Schütz and Bach, and more recent works such as Debussy’s Trois Chansons, Britten’s A.M.D.G., and music of Brahms, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Eastman Pulitzer Prize winner George Walker.  The Collegium Musicum has programmed chamber cantatas of Monteverdi, Carissimi, and Rossi, along with orchestral concertos by Handel, Vivaldi, and Hellendaal.

For the fall season, Musica Nova has programmed Elena Mendoza’s Diptico, George Lewis’s Born Obbligato, and Hannah Kendall’s Verdala, and music by Julia Wolfe, Unsuk Chin, Pierre Boulez, Hilda Paredes, and Natalie Dietterich.

What is the plan for in-person jazz ensembles in the fall?

We are planning to have the large jazz ensembles meet live in the Ray Wright Room and EEW415 (or rooms of an equivalent size). We will not be using flutes as doubles, and in the case of double rhythm sections, or two students who both play the same rhythm section instrument in the same ensemble, students will be assigned on alternate days in order to have room for the minimum personnel needed for the full ensemble with recommended physical distancing.

What is the plan for in-person opera in the fall?

Eastman Opera Theatre is committed to presenting a full, varied, and artistically fulfilling 2020-21 season. Our primary focus, as always, remains on the growth of our students. While the specific performance parameters of each work may change as we all adapt to an unpredictable pandemic, we have chosen titles and performance projects that may be adapted to whatever performance guidelines are dictated by changing circumstances.  This commitment also applies to all the courses offered by Eastman Opera Theatre.

In addition, in celebration of Eastman’s 2021 Centennial, we have chosen to present titles during the 2021 calendar year by Eastman alumni. We will offer an all-Mozart program in May 2021 to complement the contemporary nature of a season featuring Eastman composers, and the focus of the upper-level undergraduate and graduate coursework (Lyric Theater Workshop, Fundamentals for the Singing Actor, Advanced Opera Seminar) for the 2020-21 school year will be on traditional operatic repertoire and role study. Undergraduate first-year and sophomore opera courses will be adapted as necessary to maintain the integrity of the curriculum and the learning objectives of building psychophysical acting technique and character development while allowing for physical distancing measures as required.

What is the plan for in-person chamber music in the fall?

The Eastman Chamber Music Department is eager to welcome students back to campus for vibrant live music making. Our goal is live music, and lots of it. We intend to offer chamber music participation to every student with a vigorous schedule of weekly coachings, performance classes, and recitals, dependent on health and safety requirements.

The string and piano chamber music program expect to proceed in the fall as usual, though with a slightly compressed schedule so that we can end the in-person participation and instruction by Thanksgiving break. Group formation will take place prior to the start of the semester so that faculty coaching of ensembles can begin as close to the start of the semester as possible.  Coachings will proceed weekly as before, and there will be some form of final recital prior to Thanksgiving, dependent on health and safety conditions at the time. We also are planning for the usual performance classes that take place during the semester, again as conditions permit.

Brass and woodwind chamber music intends to have our normal vigorous and vibrant approach with weekly coachings and performance classes. In particular we will be covering more repertoire and doing so faster with a focus on honing those individual and group skills necessary to launch a chamber music career. It will be important moving forward for musicians to think entrepreneurially and learn to create their own opportunities.

What if I plan on being a fully-remote student this fall? Will I still be able to earn credit for large ensembles, opera, and/or chamber music?

Yes!  We will be creating special virtual ensemble courses in all performance areas that will be held online and led by Eastman faculty.  The Chamber Music department is creating online sections of chamber music for students unable to return to campus. These courses will consist of 12 class meetings and will be taught by members of the chamber music performance faculty. Course content will be varied and will include many of the following learning opportunities: playing and recording of individual parts, performance and study of important chamber music excerpts, study of significant repertoire grouped by genre, listening (including historic recordings), score study, , discussion of historic and cultural contexts and more. A final project will also be included.

The large ensemble department is also putting together an exciting plan for virtual ensembles and details will be announced shortly.  In all cases, full credit will be awarded for these virtual ensembles that will fulfill your ensemble degree requirements at all levels.


How will my classroom-based courses be scheduled in the fall?

As spaces and scheduling will be prioritized for applied lessons, coachings, and rehearsals, academic courses will be taught in an asynchronous, online format to allow for maximum flexibility with scheduling.

Will there be any exceptions? Will any of my classroom-based courses meet in person?

Exceptions will be limited. However, regardless of whether an exception is granted, all courses will still have an online option for students who are not on campus.

When will the instructional format for my courses be finalized for the fall? How will I know when and where my courses will meet?

By the time fall semester classes begin the schedule will be accessible to students through their UR Student account.

I did not have a good experience with online courses in the past. How will it be different this fall?

Many Eastman faculty experienced online teaching for the first time this spring and with just days to prepare. This summer, Eastman faculty have many opportunities to design their courses using the best practices of online teaching. Classes, workshops, seminars, presentations, and coaching sessions are helping faculty create well-designed and implemented online courses. Faculty have access to online tools that help create a learning environment that is interactive, rigorous, and engaging, and they will be supported throughout the semester by both the University’s Warner School of Education and Eastman’s Institute for Music Leadership.

What equipment should I have in order to be prepared for my online coursework this fall?

We are working with Eastman faculty and IT to develop a minimum standard for computer equipment students should have to be successful in their online classes this fall.  While we are confident most students already meet the minimum standard, support will be available through the University’s Basic Needs Hub for students who do not have the resources to obtain the necessary equipment.  A list of the minimum required equipment will be posted online as soon as it is available.


Will student recitals be held this fall?

We are planning to hold student degree recitals this fall.  The concert office will be in touch shortly with details about the fall concert lottery.  Priority will be given to students who had their recital cancelled last spring, but then all others interested in a fall degree recital will be allowed to select a date.  However, due to limitations on space this fall, non-degree recitals will not be scheduled.

What are the remote recital protocols for those studying remotely this Fall?

You will be allowed to present your degree recital online this fall, including lecture recitals.

Please see complete remote recital protocols on this post.


Will there be concerts this fall?

Yes, we are planning for a regularly scheduled slate of ensemble and chamber music concerts, plus a variety of faculty recitals. However, Eastman will not be offering our usual number of guest artist concerts and events in the fall with the goal of reducing the potential exposure of our community to the virus.

Please see our new 2020 Performance Policy for more information.

Will there be audiences at concerts?

We will begin the semester will no audiences for any of our performances.  This decision was not made lightly but was made out of an abundance of caution as we begin the semester.  However, as the semester progresses, we will re-evaluate this decision and work with University officials to determine if it is possible to open our halls to a limited number of audience members later in the fall.

We are working with Technology and Media Production to ensure that livestreaming is available whenever possible to allow your families to view your performances this fall.


What about jury and makeups?

Juries from last spring were waived so there is no need to make up this requirement in the fall. However, in regard to make-up PC juries, plans for scheduling are still under discussion and will be announced in the near future.

What are plans for juries this fall?

Given that so few programs require fall juries we do not have a school-wide plan for fall semester juries at this time. However, if the decision is made to require fall semester juries this year then there will be both in-person and online options available to students.


What is the practice room policy for fall 2020?

Detailed practice room policies and procedures for fall 2020 are available here.

Will we receive information regarding the process in how the instrument office will sign out instruments? Will we be able to send students to get instruments next week?

Instrument sign outs will be as normal by visiting the Instrument Office, room 505 on the 5th floor of the Main Building.  This process will begin as soon as students are authorized to re-enter our buildings anticipated to be early in the week of the 17th.  Please direct questions to Carolyn Rivello at 274-1150.

Individual Practice

I’ve returned to Rochester and have completed my quarantine, so when can I come to campus to practice?

We are still working through the implementation of new practice room protocols designed to ensure the safety of all the students using these rooms, but we expect to have everything in place shortly.  It is currently our expectation that the practice rooms will be open to students beginning on Saturday, August 15. In order for students to access the practice rooms after they are open it is required that the COVID-19 Safety Training has been completed through Blackboard and that your daily symptom tracking has been completed through Dr. Chatbot.

Will I be able to practice in the Annex this fall?

Yes, Annex practice rooms will be available for practice in the fall with a maximum occupancy of 1 student per room.  Students will sign up for pre-scheduled blocks of time that will include a mandatory buffer of unoccupied time in between each student.  Specific practice rooms will be set aside for voice students given the unique accommodations needed for singers.  All students will be required to sign out their practice space in advance, and we expect students to have 2-4 hours per day available on campus for personal practice.

Will I have access to practice rooms after Thanksgiving

Our intent is to be able to provide access to practice rooms to students after Thanksgiving. However, it is our expectation that the majority of students living in the Student Living Center will return home at this time.

Group Practice

Will I be able to rehearse with my pianist and/or chamber groups?

As students cannot practice with others in the standard Annex practice rooms, classroom space will be set aside for this purpose so that students can maintain appropriate physical distance.  These rooms will be available to sign out in advance via our online room scheduling software.

**Any additional questions regarding
academic classes, registration, etc should be directed to:

John Hain, Associate Dean of Academic and International Affairs


Will the room and dining rates be adjusted to reflect that students are leaving campus at Thanksgiving?

I’m a first-year/current student, and I hope to come to campus, but if I can’t make it, what happens to my room and board charges?

Is there a different tuition rate if I am studying remotely from home?

Why did the University increase the tuition rate this year, considering the economic impact of the pandemic?

How does my bill change if I decide not to return to campus and do all my learning online?

Am I required to pay mandatory fees if I am not on campus and learning online?

Is my financial aid award impacted if I decide not to live on campus or take a leave of absence?

What if my work-study job is not available? How does that impact my financial aid?

Are commuters still required to purchase a dining plan?

If I get sick and can’t finish the semester, will I receive a refund for tuition, room and board?

What are my options if I do not feel comfortable attending Eastman in person this fall and I do not want to be a fully-remote student?

Returning students may request a leave of absence by contacting the appropriate academic dean’s office (Academic Affairs for undergraduate students and Graduate Studies for graduate students).  As long as the leave is requested before the start of classes (or, for a student living on campus, before you move into the Student Living Center) you will receive a 100% refund of all tuition and fees.

Newly-admitted students may request to defer their admission on a semester-by-semester basis.  A deferral can be requested by contacting the Matthew Ardizzone, Associate Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management, at

How will a leave of absence or deferral impact my financial aid package?

Eastman will honor all merit-based scholarship offers upon your return to active status.  However, Federal and State aid, including student loan eligibility, is subject to adjustment based on submission of a FAFSA.  Graduate student stipends are also subject to review upon your return, as we cannot guarantee GA assignments from term to term.



Graduate Student Town Hall Meeting 8-6-2020

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New Student Town Hall Meeting 7-23-2020

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ESM Student Town Hall Meeting 7-30-2020

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