Director of Concert Management Jerry Tietz shares the following message regarding the status of upcoming Bienen School concerts.
Dear friends of the Bienen School of Music,
I hope very much that this message finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe, and that each of you has still found opportunity to surround yourself with great music during this period of isolation.
As this remarkable academic year nears its end, I cannot help regretting the many opportunities missed this spring to share in the music of our students, faculty, and visiting artists. Our spring academic quarters feature the busiest concert and recital schedule of the year, so it is especially disappointing for our venues to remain silent during this time. I reserve particular empathy for our graduating students, many of whom had long been preparing their final recitals and will not enjoy the audiences they so richly deserve.
Increasingly, however, our focus is on the future. The Bienen School of Music faculty and administration, together with other schools of music, service organizations, and performing arts institutions, are working to understand our options, obligations, and priorities as we consider how to best serve our students and our community in the coming academic year. Much still remains uncertain, but I did want to share what I am able at this time.
In late March we decided to postpone the announcement and sales of our 2020-21 guest artist series (Skyline Piano Artist Series, Segovia Classical Guitar Series, Winter Chamber Music Festival, and Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel). The future of these concerts next year remains unclear, and so we have made the choice to wait to make any announcements until we can do so with greater clarity and confidence. Those series artists whose concerts we were forced to cancel this spring will be prioritized for reschedule as soon as we are able.
In similar fashion, we do not expect to distribute a Fall Concertline brochure this year, which would normally arrive to your homes nearer the end of summer. It remains unclear the extent to which distancing protocols will impact our ability to execute normal large ensemble performances, and we are committed to establishing comprehensive procedures to safeguard our students, faculty, staff, and patrons before announcing any public concerts or events.
The Bienen School has also received significant positive feedback from students and patrons who appreciate the experience we provide when we live stream our concerts, so we will continue to explore how we might further this tradition of bringing concerts to a virtual audience if we cannot invite one to attend in person.
Our primary responsibility in the coming months is to our students’ well-being and educational experience. In part, this means providing for their ability to rehearse, perform, and experience music with one another—and with you. However, our decisions must necessarily be made around the course of the current pandemic, as well as state and local guidelines and our own budgetary constraints.
Please visit our website throughout the summer for any updates on our future concert offerings, and feel free to reach out via email to email@example.com with any questions. The Concert Management Office will operate over the summer months with reduced staffing, so please be patient as we work to respond.
On behalf of the Bienen School’s staff and faculty, I wish you all a healthy and fulfilling summer. We look forward to sharing exceptional music-making with you again as soon as we are able.
Director of Concert Management