Performing Arts & Aerosols Study

  • "An aerosol study commissioned by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) and a coalition of more than 125 performing arts organizations has generated a second set of preliminary results that provides further optimism for mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on performing arts activities.

    Preceded by initial results released July 13 that centered on aerosol pathways from a soprano singer and subjects playing four different musical instruments, the second phase of experimentation investigated aerosol from additional singers and instruments, as well as theatre performers. A final report, which will incorporate more testing on the aforementioned areas along with speech and debate activities and an aerobic simulation, is expected with the completion of the study in December."

Performing Arts Mitigating Factors

Round 2 - August 6, 2020

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    Results indicate the need for masks, bell covers, social distancing, outdoor rehearsals, 30 minute rehearsals, proper ventilation, and good hygiene.

    • See the report results HERE.
    • Read the NAMM summary HERE.
    • Read the NFHS press release HERE.

Round 1 - July 10, 2020

    • No indoor singing until results are complete.  
    • No indoor speaking without a mask.  Speak at a lower volume, and consider using a voice amplifier.  

    • Outdoor rehearsals are considered best practice.  

    • Indoor rehearsals using CDC guidelines plus masks and bell covers may be considered.

    See the report results HERE.