Rehearsal Notes & Files
Because of the recent local upsurge in Covid, players should mask for the first rehearsal in 2023. For the remaining rehearsals, masks are encouraged but not required with a negative Covid test from the same day. Players with symptoms or suspected Covid exposure are also asked to mask and, if possible, test before rehearsal. Wind players who are masking should also use bell covers. We will continue to avoid refreshments at mid-rehearsal break. This policy may change to adapt to changes in community transmission.
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:
And here are some examples of instrument masks for wind players:
2022-2023 Concert and Rehearsal Schedule
50th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT
Sunday, May 21, 2023, 4 PM
Greenwall Auditorium, VAPA Building, Bennington College, Bennington, VT
- CALABRO: Symphony #3 in One Movement
- BRAHMS: Variations on a Theme by Haydn Op. 56a
- DEVOE: Insidiodyssey
- SIBELIUS: The Swan of Tuonela Op. 22 #2
Rehearsals are Sunday 2:45 to 5:30 PM in Greenwall Auditorium in the VAPA Building at Bennington College, North Bennington, VT.
SATURDAY 5/20 - DRESS REHEARSAL 5:45-8:30
Sunday 5/21 - 50th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT
2:00 Sound Check and Warmup
4:00 Performance (Concert Dress: All Black)