COVID Information for Orchestras!

This section includes information about ICSOM member orchestras' status and information, including resources and links that will be updated as information becomes available during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Wind Musicians' Risk Assessment in the Time of COVID-19
article by Adam T. Schwalje MD, DMA and Henry T. Hoffman MD
Orchestral Safety Plans: A First Look by Kevin Case, ICSOM Counsel
Senza Sordino article that will be included in the August issue (posted 6/29/2020)
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In the News

The musicians of the MET Orchestra receive a generous donation to support its members. Read more here.

Charlotte Symphony brings holiday concerts home with live-streaming amid COVID-19. Read more here.

Milwaukee Symphony reconfigures its 2021 season with small ensembles & diverse composers. Read more here.

Click here to see how the Houston Symphony & Rice University teamed up to study safe social distancing for musicians.

The San Antonio Symphony announces their classical lineup and safety measures for a shortened 2020-21 season. Read more here.

Click here to see how the Utah Symphony safely returned to the stage.

This week the Boston Symphony Orchestra launches their new BSO NOW video series. Read more here.

The New York Philharmonic will present its first-ever virtual gala. Read more here.

Premiering November 22, the MET Orchestra Musicians launch their Spotlight Series, performed live from The High Line in New York City. Read more here.

Lyric Opera of Chicago and its musicians have reached a modified labor agreement. Read more here.

Colorado Symphony cancels in-person concerts through May 2021. Read more here.

Oregon Symphony has canceled all of its in-person concerts through next summer. Read more here.

MET Orchestra Musicians met with financial hardship. Read more here.

Click here to read how the Columbus Symphony Orchestra avoided laying off musicians.

San Francisco Symphony calls off all remaining live performances for 2020-21 season. Read more here.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is back, performing innovative repertoire focused upon diversity and inclusion. Read more here.

New York Philharmonic continues PROJECT 19. Read more here.

San Francisco Symphony musicians agree to a 30% pay cut. Read more here.

Alabama Symphony Orchestra Musicians perform virtual concerts for COVID-19 patients. Read more here.

Music Director Rafael Payare and the San Diego Symphony build foundation for a strong future. Read more here.

Grand new spaces for Grand Rapids Symphony livestream. Read more here.

Boston Symphony introduces BSO NOW, the online home for new BSO and Boston Pops performances. Read more here.

Virtual gala Sounds of Celebration raises $910,000 for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Read more here.

Musicians of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra take to the streets instead of the opera house. Read more here.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic is quiet no more. Read more here.

Houston Symphony uses pandemic to feature underrepresented groups. Read more here.

New York City Ballet won’t return to the stage until September 2021. Read more here.

Utah Symphony/Utah Opera announces fall 2020 digital streaming schedule. Read more here.

We remain committed to finding a resolution that will help both Lyric and the musicians navigate these difficult times, yet preserve Lyric as Chicago’s premier cultural institution for future generations. Musicians of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra. Read more here.

LA Philharmonic cancels Walt Disney Concert Hall events through June 2021. Read more here.

Minnesota Orchestra & the University of Minnesota study aerosols from instruments. Read more here.

Commissioned world premiere will mark the San Francisco Symphony’s first performance with Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen. Read more here.

Met Opera Orchestra musicians haven’t been paid since April. Now, a third have left New York City. Read more here.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra presents a virtual 2020-21 season. Read more here.

The San Diego Symphony will present its first orchestral performance in nearly 7 months with a free, live-streamed concert. Read more here.

Boston Symphony Orchestra cancels live performances, pivots to online offerings as classical music’s popularity soars. Read more here.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Comcast play sweet music together. Read more here.

St Louis Symphony Orchestra finished its 2019-20 fiscal year with a balanced budget. Read more here.

The MET Orchestra Musicians have conducted an aerosol study with Princeton University & University of Montpellier, sponsored by IBM. Read more here.

Philadelphia Orchestra members approve new, deeper pay cuts. Read more here.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra cancels more live concerts and starts CSO Sessions, online programs featuring new performances by CSO musicians. Read more here.

New York Philharmonic cancels the rest of its season. Read more here.

Seven months ago the MET Opera went dark due to the global pandemic. Last month the musicians learned that the MET cancelled the entire 2020-21 season. They have established the MET Orchestra Musicians Fund. Click here to learn more about supporting the MET Orchestra musicians.

The National Symphony Orchestra is giving back with NSO In Your Neighborhood, performing private concerts at hospitals to lift the spirits of brave health professionals. Read more here.

The Cleveland Orchestra launches new app, Adella, for fall series of streamed concerts. Read more here.

Philadelphia Orchestra returns with online performances. Read more here.

The Dallas Symphony soldiers on with restricted audiences. Read more here.

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra comes back together for live streaming concerts. Read more here.

While Musicians of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra had a return of their canceled health insurance and soon will receive a modest stipend, they established a fund due to months of lost wages and medical bills. Click here to donate.

Why are the great opera companies silent? by Patti Niemi, San Francisco Opera Orchestra percussionist and author of Sticking It Out—From Juilliard to the Orchestra Pit. Read more here.

How scientific study helped Utah Symphony open its season. Read more here.

Columbus Symphony offers in-person and virtual options for fall 2020. Read more here.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra announces new digital concert series BSO Sessions. Read more here.

Atlanta Symphony announces Live From The Drive-In series. Read more here.

The Musicians of the Nashville Symphony, furloughed on July 1st for up to 13 months, have launched a Financial Aid Fund. Donations will go directly to the NSO Musicians to assist with the challenges of living without a paycheck. Read more here.

Collective bargaining agreement that runs through August 2022 settled for the Minnesota Orchestra. Read more here.

We had all these big plans, but right now it’s just a question of keeping our heads above water. Everything we’re doing, from morning until night, is just about figuring out a plan on the financial front—above all, a plan for our musicians. LA Philharmonic CEO Chad Smith. Read more here.
 

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra musicians speak out on the MET’s 2020-21 season cancellation. Read more here.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra enters a new era. Read more here.

Charlotte Symphony announces fall series with streaming, in-person concerts. Read more here.

San Francisco Opera faces COVID-19 with controversial orchestra contract revision. Read more here.

St Louis Symphony Orchestra hosts surprise pop-up concerts. Read more here.

North Carolina Symphony reimagines season and expands virtual music education offerings. Read more here.

Musicians of the Virginia Symphony, furloughed and without pay, have launched a GoFundMe campaign to support their musicians who are struggling to pay medical costs and facing dire emergencies. Read more here.

San Francisco Symphony & San Francisco Opera Orchestra musicians settle contracts. Read more here.

Classical music continues in Nashville, thanks to the NSO Musicians. Read more here.

Louisville Orchestra announces LOVE (Louisville Orchestra Virtual Edition) with 4 online concerts. Read more here.

Houston Symphony to perform at Jones Hall with new safety measures and programming. Read more here.

National Symphony Orchestra quartet performs for healthcare workers. Read more here.

Jacksonville Symphony bringing live music back to River City starting this week. Read more here.

Utah Symphony begins a new season with a new CEO and new challenges from COVID-19. Read more here.

Virginia Symphony Orchestra retools its 100th season, furloughs musicians due to pandemic. Read more here.

Nashville Symphony musicians announce their own chamber music series Play On at St George's. Read more here.

Newly-ratified labor agreement for the Boston Symphony includes salary cuts to the musicians and the launch of a BSO Resident Fellowship Program. Read more here.

Columbus Symphony launches new interactive websites for music education. Read more here.

The Florida Orchestra changes fall season for safety. Read more here.

Indianapolis Symphony musicians and management reach an agreement on health insurance and stipends. Read more here.

Jacksonville Symphony giving free open house performances next week. Read more here.

Minnesota Orchestra mounts fall season without live audiences. Read more here.

New location for Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra's fall concerts. Read more here.

Click here to read how the symphony prepares to reopen in Charlotte.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra launches CSOtv, a new digital performance series, for its 130th season. Read more here.

The Cleveland Orchestra announces their digital concert series to be performed at Severance Hall. Read more here.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra announces additional salary cuts. Read more here.

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra announces their virtual fall 2020 season. Read more here.

Utah Symphony and Utah Opera will start the fall with shorter programs and smaller audiences. Read more here.

San Francisco Symphony takes a multicultural turn with new virtual programming series. Read more here.

Houston Symphony lifts the curtain on a very different season. Read more here.

San Diego Symphony cancels rest of 2020 schedule and looks to 2021. Read more here.

Rochester Philharmonic President Curt Long tells how the pandemic has changed the RPO’s operations and how their community can help. Read more here.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and its musicians reach a new 5-year contract. Read more here.

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra plans return to Orchestra Hall with new music director set to make debut. Read more here.

St Paul Chamber Orchestra adds six fall concerts that will be streamed live for free. Read more here.

New York Philharmonic restarts the music with a pickup truck. Read more here.

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra switches to an all-online 2020-2021 season for subscribers. Read more here.

Columbus Symphony to bring live music to its neighborhoods. Read more here.

Atlanta Symphony plans live concerts for fall with audience watching from home. Read more here.

Jacksonville Symphony going ahead with 2020-21 season. Read more here.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra welcomes live audiences for fall concerts. Read more here.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic announces media project SOUND/STAGE. Read more here.

Philadelphia Orchestra plans for a pandemic season. Read more here.

Grand Rapids Symphony announces reimagined 2020-2021 PATHWAVES season. Read more here.

Musicians of the Utah Symphony are holding their first live concert since March. Read more here.

Phoenix Symphony explores alternatives to live concerts for the 2020-21 season. Read more here.

The Florida Orchestra announces changes to their fall season. Read more here.

New York City Opera announces plans for next spring. Read more here.

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra shifts to virtual events with BPOnDemand. Read more here.

St Louis Symphony Orchestra announces plans for fall. Read more here.

The Cleveland Orchestra offers revised vision for 2020-21 Severance Hall season, with live concerts resuming in October. Read more here.

Pittsburgh Symphony looks to January return to Heinz Hall. Read more here.

The Philadelphia Orchestra rehearses in person for the first time since the pandemic. Read more here.

Colorado Symphony announces ten more summer Red Rocks concerts. Read more here.

St Paul Chamber Orchestra cancels all concerts through December. Read more here.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra announces additional composers for The Fanfare Project. Read more here.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and arts partners collaborate on a #MaskUp video. Read more here.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra kicks off free, socially distant summer concert series. Read more here.

The Fort Worth and Dallas Symphony Orchestras welcome back guests for socially distanced concerts in September. Read more here.

Houston Symphony strings together new virtual concerts series. Read more here.

San Francisco Opera's interactive lecture series features social themes in opera during August. Read more here.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra announces Next Stage concert programs for fall 2020. Read more here.

Kansas City Symphony management and musicians have agreed to new contract terms for the 2020-21 season. Read more here.

Boston Symphony Orchestra cancels fall performances over coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra suspends 2020-21 indoor concert season. Read more here.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra cancels performances for rest of the year; introduces free digital series Live From Music Hall. Read more here.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra announces concert plans for fall 2020. Read more here.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra announces return with August outdoor concerts. Read more here.

St Louis Symphony cancels planned August return, citing rising coronavirus cases. Read more here.

San Francisco Symphony has launched SFS 1:1 Concerts, live performances of one musician playing for one audience member. Read more here.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra cancels live performances through November, plans digital concert series. Read more here.

San Antonio Symphony cancels fall concerts because of coronavirus safety concerns. Read more here.

Nashville Symphony musicians face months of unknowns. Read more here.

Colorado Symphony announces Acoustic on the Rocks performances July 29-August 2 at Red Rocks. Read more here.

St Louis Symphony cancels planned August return, citing rising coronavirus cases. Read more here.

Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra musicians perform virtually for hospital patients in partnership with Sharing Notes. Read more here.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra cancels performances through late December. Read more here.

ICSOM has launched a Phone2Action campaign in support of the HEROES act which would provide direct support to our orchestras. Click here for the link to contact your US senators.

Houston Symphony returned to the stage July 11th with Live From Jones Hall, a series of socially-distanced streamed concerts scheduled weekly through August 1st. Read more here.

Jacksonville Symphony continues streaming concerts in July. Read more here.

Colorado Symphony cancels performances through November. Read more here.

Oregon Symphony announced that it will cancel all remaining performances for 2020, with a tentative plan to resume in January. Read more here.

The Florida Orchestra posts 100 videos from home. Read more here.

Minnesota Orchestra cancels 16 full-orchestra concerts, will start phased reopening with smaller concerts outdoors. Read more here.

Pittsburgh Symphony plans more online summer programming. Read more here.

Kansas City Symphony won't perform at Kauffman Center for rest of year. Read more here.

Government arts boost does not come close to meeting the demand, says NEA Chair Mary Anne Carter. Read more here.

The United Kingdom’s government has pledged close to $2 billion to support arts and cultural organizations. Read more here.

Salute to healthcare heroes: musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra perform free concerts for hospital workers. Read more here.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra announces concert plans for fall. Read more here.

Without music festivals this summer, Boston Symphony Orchestra dives into its archives. Read more here.

Pittsburgh's summer classical music lineup is all virtual. Read more here.

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians to enter into talks with management on pay, healthcare and plans for the fall. Read more here.

Click here for the interview with the chair of the MET Orchestra musicians’ committee on their new fundraising campaign.

We will bring you music any way we can. The Florida Orchestra President & CEO Mark Cantrell. Read more here.

Click here for Orchestral Safety Plans: A First Look by ICSOM Counsel Kevin Case.

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and other groups team up for a July 4th concert. Read more here.

The Houston Symphony returns to the stage with a new hour-long livestream series. Read more here.

The Utah Symphony presents two world premieres performed from home. Read more here.

Musicians of the MET Orchestra launch a fundraising campaign #WeWillMetAgain Read more here.

Musicians of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra have been furloughed and their employer-provided health insurance has been terminated. The ISO is the only ICSOM orchestra to terminate health insurance while furloughing its musicians. Read more here.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra plots a path forward for live concerts. Read more here.

The MET orchestra offered prestige and job security to its musicians. But the pandemic has upended their lives. Read more here.

The Kennedy Center will not present any large-scale events, including National Symphony Orchestra and Washington National Opera performances, until next year. Read more here.

San Francisco Ballet announces details of 2021 season with hope and a bit of uncertainty. Read more here.

San Francisco Symphony cancels all remaining 2020 performances over ongoing coronavirus concerns. Read more here.

No Nutcracker this year, New York City Ballet says. Read more here.

With normal concerts canceled, Dallas Symphony makes new audience connections. Read more here.

Minnesota Orchestra musicians agree to salary reductions to contain costs amid pandemic. Read more here.

Chicago Lyric Opera cancels remainder of 2020 season. Read more here.

Refund or donation: Which do most ticket holders to COVID-canceled events choose? Read more here.

Houston Symphony lays off 25% of staff as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.

From lawn to screen: Boston Symphony takes Tanglewood summer music festival online. Read more here.

San Francisco Opera cancels its fall season over pandemic concerns. Read more here.

Nashville Symphony takes hiatus through summer 2021. Read more here.

Mellon Foundation announces additional $200 million grant-making commitment to Arts and Humanities nonprofits devastated by the global pandemic. Read more here.

Oregon Symphony moves forward with Essential Sounds Series. Read more here.

San Antonio Symphony Music Director shares how orchestras can survive the coronavirus. Read more here.

Philadelphia Orchestra premieres new work written for the pandemic. Read more here.

The New York Philharmonic moves up Geffen Hall rebuild to take advantage of the orchestra's 2020 absence. Read more here.

Columbus Symphony cancels 2020 Picnic with the Pops. Read more here.

Click here to read Wind Musicians’ Risk Assessment in the Time of COVID-19 by Adam T Schwalje MD, DMA; and Henry T Hoffman MD (10 June 2020).

San Francisco Symphony celebrates MTT's momentous legacy the only way it can. Read more here.

The New York Philharmonic cancels its fall season. Read more here.

New York Philharmonic to perform in YouTube's Dear Class of 2020. Read more here.

Fundraiser was sweet music to the Jacksonville Symphony's budget. Read more here.

The sacrosanct endowment? Not anymore for some arts groups. Read more here.

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra creatively connects with its audience during COVID-19. Read more here.

The Metropolitan Opera cancels all fall performances. Read more here.

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra discussing a nuanced return to public events with safety first. Read more here.

Nashville Symphony Orchestra musicians piece together a performance. Read more here.

The Philadelphia Orchestra plans online gala, including a newly-commissioned piece to honor frontline workers. Read more here.

Art of the New Deal: How artists helped redefine America during the Great Depression. Read more here.

For the Jacksonville Symphony, the show must go on(line). Read more here.

Philadelphia Orchestra channel gives Penn hospitals a new soundtrack. Read more here.

We all lose a lot when an orchestra falls silent. Read more here.

Pandemic uproots Philadelphia Orchestra summer travel plans. Read more here.

Grand Rapids Symphony cancels July concerts due to coronavirus pandemic, plans for August. Read more here.

Safety in an Era of Uncertainty by ICSOM counsel Kevin Case addresses a single, burning question: When and how can we come back to work? Read more here.

Tanglewood, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, has canceled its 2020 live performance season due to the coronavirus. Read more here.

San Diego Symphony cancels summer season due to COVID-19 concerns, pushes opening of The Shell to 2021. Read more here.

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Photo credit: Sarah Rubinstein