Rehearsal Notes & Files

We will proceed cautiously with our 2022-2023 season with stringent safety measures in place. Until further notice, face masks (and bell covers for wind instruments) and social distancing will be required at rehearsals and concerts, with proof of vaccination and booster required at the door. In addition, the mid-rehearsal break will not include the customary refreshments. If circumstances change and the risk level of infection is deemed too great, we will postpone—with a commitment to resume as soon thereafter as safely possible.

Please check this page frequently for changes / updates ...  

COVID Notes for Wind and Brass Players

Studies about COVID transmission via wind instruments indicate that some instruments pose higher risks (e.g., trumpets) than others. Risk-reduction measures include (1) distancing and/or rearranging players; (2) wearing face masks designed especially for wind and brass players; and (3) using bell covers.

Below is the link to the general-public article and some technical articles. 

nontechnical article: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/coronavirus-covid-music-wind-instruments-spread-transmission 

technical article: Journal of Aerosol Science 151 (2021) 105669

Research is ongoing; see https://www.nfhs.org/articles/unprecedented-international-coalition-led-by-performing-arts-organizations-to-commission-covid-19-study/.

 

Bell Covers and Instrument Masks

Bell covers help contain the spread of aerosols during instrument play. Recent studies show bell covers with a multi-layering material and filtration should be used. MERV 13 filters can be cut to fit and easily inserted in the back opening of the bell cover to provide enhanced protection as recommended by the University of Colorado aerosol study. MERV 13 material is readily available at most home improvement stores.

Here are some examples of bell covers:

https://sepapparel.com/bell-cover.html

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=bell+covers+for+instruments&i=mi&crid=3CM8HTTR2VHMT&ref=nb_sb_ss_ts-doa-p_2_10

And here are some examples of instrument masks for wind players:

https://sepapparel.com/instrument-mask.html

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=instrument+mask+for+wind+players&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

2022-2023 Concert and Rehearsal Schedule

WINTER CONCERT 
Sunday, February 5, 2023, 4 PM
Greenwall Auditorium, VAPA Building, Bennington College, Bennington, VT   

PROGRAM (tentative):

  • JS BACH: Oboe Concerto 
  • HENRY BRANT: On the Nature of Things (tentative)
  • MOZART: Symphony #39

REHEARSALS: 

Rehearsals are Sunday 2:45 to 5:30 PM in Greenwall Auditorium in the VAPA Building at Bennington College, North Bennington, VT. 

***PLEASE NOTE REHEARSAL TIME CHANGES IN RED***    

1/8 

1/22 

1/29 

Saturday 2/4 - DRESS REHEARSAL

Sunday 2/5 - WINTER CONCERT
2:00 Sound Check and Warmup   
4:00 Performance   

Concert Dress: All Black 

MOZART Symphony #39

Violin 1
Violin 2
Viola
Cello
Bass

BACH Oboe Concerto

Violin 1 
Violin 2 
Viola 
Cello 
Bass

BRANT On the Nature of Things (tentative)

Violin 1  
Violin 2  
Viola  
Cello  
Bass