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.


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

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.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Concerts in the Garden