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Domestic Music Festivals and concern about Corona Virus

cellocompmomcellocompmom 232 replies14 threads Junior Member
We really need to pay the deposit on a music festival all the way across the country. Have any festivals in US been cancelled beyond the Oberlin programs? It is not just the festival itself that is concerning but the travel getting there. What are you guys doing about mid June festivals? Thanks.
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 24804 replies20 threads Senior Member
    Some of the venues are owned by cities and they are closed. Denver closed its venues for 8 weeks, so until mid May, but I really don't see them opening before June. They just aren't going to be the first priority in getting the world back in order. Those venues require police presence, city workers to run the concessions, parking, and other things.

    Hotels and airlines will be happy to see you make reservations.
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  • cellocompmomcellocompmom 232 replies14 threads Junior Member
    Any thoughts on Aspen?
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  • MusicaspirantMusicaspirant 66 replies2 threads Junior Member
    Verbier is cancelled.

    Any parents of high schoolers pulling the plug now? We are concerned about housing - shared dorm room or cabin situations?
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  • MusicaspirantMusicaspirant 66 replies2 threads Junior Member
    Indiana Summer Strings Academy is cancelled.
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 24804 replies20 threads Senior Member
    Aspen is one of the hot spots in our state for Covid 19 - Aspen, Vail, Telluride (see a pattern? Tourists brought the virus to Colorado).
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  • LendleesLendlees 261 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Sewanee is offering to refund the deposit if they cancel. My guess is most festivals will as well.
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  • La96vlnLa96vln 6 replies0 threads New Member
    Verbier is cancelled, however they are offering the students to come back for 2021.
    Anyone knows if other cancelled festivals are saving spots for next year or are they going to make people re-audition ?
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  • BaribassmomBaribassmom 14 replies1 threads Junior Member
    UMich is doing all of their summer programs online, they just announced on their website. It looks like they are trying to figure out which programs are actually doable this way, and will cancel the disciplines that can't be taught virtually.
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  • cellocompmomcellocompmom 232 replies14 threads Junior Member
    twoinanddone, I value your opinion. If they do not cancel would you send you kid to Aspen mid June this year? It involves getting him across the country.
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  • AsMotherAsMother 360 replies21 threads Member
    My son only applied to international programs, but, since we're in the NYC metro area, I've been wondering if programs would be particularly reluctant to have participants coming in from "hot spots" like ours...Although I fear that there will be a lot more hot spots developing as time goes by. I may be overly pessimistic, but I kind of doubt that they'll be giving the "all clear" signal by the beginning of June. I hope so, but...
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  • figaro77figaro77 3 replies0 threads New Member
    I just got the email from HeifetzPEG. They announced that the program is cancelled this summer. All applicants are automatically applied for the next year, and we are waved for application fee.
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  • gram22gram22 159 replies1 threads Junior Member
    edited March 31
    @figaro77 : Heifetz is going online I believe for the summer - they;re not canceling entirely. Here's a link I got in email :

    https://www.heifetzinstitute.org/virtual2020/
    edited March 31
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  • figaro77figaro77 3 replies0 threads New Member
    thank you for the information!
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  • AsMotherAsMother 360 replies21 threads Member
    edited March 31
    My son applied to a music festival in Milan that has decided to do it online (we haven't heard back yet about whether he's been accepted). But I was wondering if, by the time the semester ends for students who have had to finish their classes for the year online, they'll have had more than enough of online learning for a while!
    Still, it's great that a lot of programs are adapting so readily. I sure wish I had stock in Zoom!
    edited March 31
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  • pianissimolovepianissimolove 7 replies2 threads New Member
    Has anyone heard any news on Aspen yet?
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  • gram22gram22 159 replies1 threads Junior Member
    @AsMother - how is the time difference going to work out I wonder...
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  • Pl1277Pl1277 45 replies4 threads Junior Member
    As far as we know (Vocal) WNO, Brevard and Summer Julliard (Florida) are all still on. There's a pretty extensive master list of summer programs and their statuses on the Classical Singer webpage, for any vocalists to check out.

    WNO sent us an email letting us know they are definitely still planning on going forward with the program. If need be, they could adapt the time schedule, which would likely mean cutting it short. Start date for that one is June 22 in D.C. They let us know they would be flexible with payments during this time and if they do end up canceling, all payments, including the non-refundable deposit would be returned. My D received a partial outside scholarship for that program and they let us know that a cancellation would extend the scholarship to Summer 2021.

    This is certainly a tough time for these young kids. I know my D is very excited about this summer and her plans center around these camps. If they are canceled, it will be a huge let down. After losing the last months of school, school play, Jr Prom, All-State Chorus, Solo & Ensemble and so far, three weeks of voice lessons.....im hoping things return to normal soon,

    **I realize this is uncertain times and this situation is literally life and death for many people. I just wish for normalcy for ALL of us.**
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  • cellocompmomcellocompmom 232 replies14 threads Junior Member
    My son made the very difficult decision to pass on Aspen this year. Getting him all the way across the country was one of the many reasons but I feel better since he said no. He said there was a box to check about why he was declining and the virus was one of the choices.
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  • AsMotherAsMother 360 replies21 threads Member
    @gram22 , good question! We're on EST, so the time difference would only be 6 hours. It would be trickier for them, no doubt, to schedule around people on the West Coast, for example. I guess that where there is a will, there's a way!
    At this point, I would also be in agreement with @cellocompmom 's son about traveling, even domestically. Things have gotten really bad really fast where we live, and a trip to the corner market here is getting complicated and nerve-wracking, with all the unknowns so far, and the strict rules that have been put in place by our extremely pro-active mayor. I can understand that it would be really heartbreaking to get in and then not be able to attend; on the other hand so little is certain right now, and that state of affairs seems to be getting worse, in some ways, rather than better.
    And I would no longer be able to think (even if I weren't considering possible transmission to older/at-risk people), "Well, my child is young, so if he gets it he'll be okay." There's no guarantee there, either.
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  • MusicaspirantMusicaspirant 66 replies2 threads Junior Member
    edited April 1
    We are in the cancel camp also.

    I understand that for the festivals, there is no good answer. I can't blame them for stretching out the decision making as long as possible since conditions change so fast. However, barring a miracle, there will be no quick cure or vaccine that will allow for a full return to normal in the next couple months. We are happier just making the decision now to cancel.

    I'm curious how students and parents are seeing the proposed video options from some of the festivals. I truly applaud such initiatives in these unprecedented times. However, and this is certainly my opinion only, is that for performers the virtual experience will be lacking. For instance, Heifetz's half tuition still seems very expensive for a virtual experience, although I admit my opinion is biased by our financial circumstances! I can imagine that for composers, a virtual experience could still be quite worthwhile - I assume the tuition will be reduced to account for unused room and board? Disagreements, insights, contrary thoughts all welcome!
    edited April 1
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