On September 7, Chancellor Blank sent out a message regarding a two-week emphasis on health and safety protocols:

Effectively immediately, in-person activities by the UW Marching Band are suspended as directed by the administration of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

This action is necessary as part of the overall campus response to the rapid growth of COVID-19 cases in our student population, as communicated by the Chancellor to all students. In-person rehearsals and instruction will not resume until we have been granted permission to do so. We, also, respectfully request that you not gather in outside groups to rehearse on University facilities.

We will contact members of the Marching Band in the coming days regarding how we will shift our focus to online instruction for everyone until we receive clearance to return to in-person cohort groups. 

Last week, campus leaders at UW-Madison responded to the Jacob Blake shooting in Kenosha. Mead Witter School of Music supports this statement, and we continue to affirm our commitment to dismantling the structures that perpetuate racial disparities both inside and outside the School of Music.

Read the full statement from campus leaders here.

Read the Mead Witter School of Music statement of solidarity in response to George Floyd’s murder here.

Excerpt of campus statement:

“Like many of you, we are deeply concerned by the shooting of Jacob Blake of Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday, and are waiting with hope as he recovers from gunshot wounds inflicted by police.

We all await and expect a full and complete investigation and accountability for all those involved. We know the list of Black victims of police violence in our nation’s history has grown unconscionably long.

We want you to know that whatever you’re personally feeling right now — whether it’s sadness or anger, frustration or bitterness, determination or numbness — those feelings are valid, and you have every right to feel them.

We want you to know that whatever you’re personally feeling right now — whether it’s sadness or anger, frustration or bitterness, determination or numbness — those feelings are valid, and you have every right to feel them.”

 

Faculty and staff at the Mead Witter School of Music prepared a list of FAQs at music.wisc.edu/covid-faqs that should offer more guidance on operations specifically related to the department during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Plans may change in response to current community health conditions, so please check this page often for updates. Questions related to the School of Music can be sent to music@music.wisc.edu.