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

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.

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