Students, as you return to campus for fall semester, please know that your safety is our primary concern. We have worked hard through the summer to develop a plan that will allow you to continue to pursue your education in an environment where the risk of infection is minimized. This will require all of us to work together.
You all received an email in July outlining our Covid-19 protocols. Ensemble directors will be contacting you soon with additional information about specific procedures for each group. For large ensembles, we have scheduled both the concert hall and the choir room or band/orchestra room during rehearsal times. This is to facilitate maintaining adequate distance between players and singers in accordance with the science on aerosol dispersal. You will likely also rehearse in smaller subgroups of your ensembles to ensure adequate distancing between players/singers. In the event that in person rehearsals become impossible, we have also purchased software and production services to facilitate ensemble rehearsals online. This product has been field tested and has been praised by the student musicians who have used it.
These necessary mitigation measures mean that ensembles may not cover as much repertoire this semester as in the past. Our goal this semester is to produce a high-quality sampler recording of Horne School of Music ensembles. While we may not perform as much repertoire, we will focus on the details of polishing a recorded product of which we can all be proud.
We still plan live performances, although the sizes of the audiences may be smaller due to social distancing. Because of this, we will livestream each performance. Of course, all of our plans are contingent upon recommendations from the State of Utah, and Snow College. That said, we do believe our plan is flexible enough to adapt to changing circumstances, and we believe you will be well served educationally. We look forward to your return and are excited to once again make music together.
Vance E. Larsen, Ph. D.
Chairman, Horne School of Music
Ephraim, Utah 84627
The Horne School of Music is proud to offer the first 4-year degree in the history of Snow College: a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in Commercial Music. This new degree is unique in the State of Utah because of its emphasis on music industry and entrepreneurship. For more information about the new degree contact the department office at 435-283-7472.
The Horne School of Music will also continue to offer a comprehensive 2-year program of music study leading to either an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree. Because of our small class sizes, world-class faculty and facilities and very strong administrative support, our students have unmatched opportunities for both classroom learning and practical application of skills through performance and touring. Students in the Horne School of Music are provided the opportunity to work with some of the world's finest musicians in master classes and workshops.
The Eccles Center for the Performing Arts serves as the home for the School of Music, and is one of the finest performing arts facilities in the state of Utah. We invite you to explore our website for information about our facilities, faculty, programs of study, and scholarships.
Snow College has been an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1997, and is also very proud to be an All Steinway School.
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