The Department of Music welcomes in-person audiences to our concerts and events this season. The health and safety of our community is of the utmost concern to the Department of Music and The University of Chicago. We are following University-recommended guidelines for hosting events, and these recommendations are subject to change at any time. We encourage you to check this page and the University of Chicago GoForward site frequently for the latest information on events and public health protocols.
Health & Safety Protocols
Events presented by the Department of Music are open to all invitees who are compliant with UChicago vaccination requirements and, because of ongoing health risks, particularly to the unvaccinated, participants are expected to adopt the risk mitigation measures (masking and social distancing, etc.) appropriate to their vaccination status as advised by public health officials or to their individual vulnerabilities as advised by a medical professional. Public convening may not be safe for all and carries a risk for contracting COVID-19, particularly for those unvaccinated. Participants will not know the vaccination status of others and should follow appropriate risk mitigation measures.
All event attendees aged 5+ who are attending public Music Department events must provide proof of vaccination. By exception, visitors who are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons or due to a sincerely-held religious belief may provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event, or proof of a positive test 14-90 days prior to the event with affirmation that you are not experiencing any symptoms.
Proof of vaccination or COVID test must be in English. University of Chicago students and staff subject to the University’s vaccine requirements may demonstrate proof of compliance by presenting their UChicago ID (UCID). The Music Department requires that all visitors, artists, vendors, students, faculty, and staff follow the health & safety protocols below.
The University of Chicago’s COVID-19 daily health protocols apply to everyone on campus. Anyone coming to campus is expected to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. Any person who feels unwell or (a) has any COVID-19 Symptoms (b) has had a positive COVID-19 test in the past 10 days, or (c) has had close contact with anyone confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 agrees not to come to campus.
The University of Chicago, including the Department of Music, is mask optional. We strongly encourage unvaccinated individuals and those preferring to wear masks to do so. In light of recent elevated COVID-19 metrics on campus and in the City of Chicago, and Chicago’s Community Risk Level being changed to “medium," the University is recommending that individuals wear a mask in indoor settings when others are present.
Proof of Vaccination or COVID-19 Test
In coordination with a growing coalition of performing arts venues across Chicago, we are requiring all attendees to Music Department events over age 5 who are attending public events in venues with fixed seating to provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination. By exception, visitors who are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons or due to a sincerely-held religious belief may provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event, or proof of a positive COVID-19 test within 14-90 days of the event with affirmation that you are not experiencing any symptoms. Additionally, our artists, backstage crew, and staff will comply with vaccination requirements and testing protocols to promote the safety of all visitors to the Music Department.
All visitors aged 5+ attending performances, screenings and other public events with fixed audience seating will be required to provide:
- Proof of vaccination,
- -or- a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event,
- -or- proof of a positive COVID-19 test within 14-90 days of the event with affirmation that you are not experiencing any symptoms,
- -or- a valid University of Chicago ID (UCID).
Proof of vaccination or COVID-19 test result can be provided:
- Digitally, using either a photo of the vaccination card or test result or by logging into a verification app used for events or travel (such as Clear to Go, CrowdPass, Verifly, EU Pass, My Bindle, etc.).
- Physical vaccination card or printed test result.
Proof of vaccination or COVID test must be in English.
Please be prepared to show photo identification along with your proof of vaccine or COVID-19 test.
University of Chicago students, faculty, other academic appointees, postdoctoral researchers, and staff subject to the University’s vaccine requirements may demonstrate proof of compliance by presenting their UChicago ID (UCID) at entry.
If an audience member is not able to show proof of vaccination or a COVID-19 test at the door, they will not be permitted to a Music Department event. If the event has an admission fee, the audience member may request a refund. Refunds may not be able to be given at the time of the performance.
Visitors under the age of 5 are not required to provide proof of vaccination, or negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event, or positive COVID-19 test within 14-90 days of the event.
Attendees should abide by City of Chicago travel orders with regard to quarantine.
Visitors to the UChicago campus understand that there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place. Please follow health & safety protocols to help mitigate risk. All campus visitors voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. For campus visitors under the age of 5, their accompanying adult voluntarily assumes any risks.
UChicago is committed to protecting the health & safety of our visitors, artists, vendors, students, faculty, and staff. The decision to be present on campus and/or in campus buildings serves as your acknowledgment and acceptance of the potential risks posed by COVID-19 and your agreement to comply with all health & safety protocols. The Department of Music reserves the right to deny entry to or remove guests in violation of our protocols. Any visitors who are disrespectful or discourteous to other visitors, artists, or staff may also be asked to leave.
Goodspeed Hall Access
UChicago Students, Faculty, and Staff
UChicago students, faculty, and staff can use their UCID to gain access to Goodspeed Hall daily from 8:30 AM - 10 PM.
Visitors to Goodspeed Hall
Currently, Goodspeed Hall is not regularly open to the public; however, visitors have access for specific performances and events. For these events, visitors gain access via the main entrance in the quad 30 minutes before the event.