COVID-19 Updates at Don Wright Faculty of Music

Important updates from Dean Betty Anne Younker

Along with Western University, we continue to monitor the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic situation and take direction from federal, provincial and local health authorities.

Western’s main website remains the central source for up-to-date information from the University. Please follow this as your primary source of information. I will also continue to regularly email you directly with updates specific to our Music community.

Contact with additional questions or concerns that are not covered below.

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Don Wright Faculty of Music Campus guidelines 

The draft 2021-22 Don Wright Faculty of Music Guidelines for all members of the community (PDF) are now available, including Talbot College and Music Building access information for students, faculty and staff. It is the expectation that this plan will require revision as we get closer to the start of the school year, as conditions change, or as unintended consequences reveal themselves. Final guidelines for the start of the 2021-2022 academic year will be posted by the end of August 2021.

Our primary goal is the safety of our community. Please continue to regularly check your UWO email for additional direction by course or activity. 

Guideline changes effective August 3, 2021

See PDF of guidelines above for complete information

  • Access to Music Building and Talbot College for undergraduate students who have requested will begin August 3 (10am-5pm). Buildings remain accessible for faculty and staff via Western ID cards.
  • Buildings will be open to all faculty, staff, students and the general public effective August 9 (8am-6pm)
  • 3-ply non-medical masks or other approved personal protective equipment continue to be required in enclosed public spaces.
  • Access to practice rooms (Music students only) and rehearsal spaces is permitted once building access is available. Each requires completion of a survey accessible via QR codes in each room to monitor the use of practice rooms.

The information below will be updated shortly. Please refer to draft guidelines in PDF document for complete information.

student services 


Undergraduate Music Students
Visit the Undergraduate Student Services webpage for detailed information. All support is virtual and available between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday to Friday (excluding holidays).

Graduate Music Students
Visit the Music Graduate Student Services webpage for detailed information. In addition to information provided specifically for Music students, look for additional and continued updates by email from your program and refer to the dedicated webpage from the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS). View SGPS Services Guide

Primary staff contacts for all Music students

All emails are monitored Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm. Email remains the best way to contact all members of the student support team, and to set up phone, Zoom or in-person meetings as needed. Please continue to check your UWO email address for the latest updates specific to your Music studies at the Don Wright Faculty of Music. All Departments and Administrative Offices continue to be fully operational virtually to meet all your academic needs.

Student Resources Hub - one-stop resource for all Western students

Digital Student Experience - support and resources for all Western students

FAQ - Ensembles and Studio Lessons
Information for Music students - Access via the MPS Handbook
Information for Non-Music students - Visit the non-Music student ensemble information webpage 

All questions relating to Ensembles and Studio lessons should be directed to the Music Performance Studies Department Ensemble audition excerpts for 2021-22 were posted in April. Visit the links above for access.

Building and Facility Access

Revised May 5, 2021

Music Building (MB) and Talbot College (TC) Building Hours 
Closed effective May 1. Faculty and staff may access with swipe cards for work that cannot be completed at home. Pre-approved graduate students may access facilities with prior permission from the Dean. Deadline to request access was April 30 (see email). Current graduate students who missed the deadline may email Dean Betty Anne Younker directly to request access 

Music faculty and staff (including Music Library staff) and pre-approved graduate students may enter at any entrance with their Western ONE card after completing the Health and Safety Questionnaire each day they come to campus.

Buildings are closed for all others, including undergraduate students and all visitors.


For all accessibility accommodations, email to work directly with Megan Clements, Director of Administration, for access and completion of campus questionnaires.

Public facility bookings (including theatre rentals)
The University has cancelled all public room/facilities bookings (regardless of the size of the gathering) until further notice. This includes all performance spaces (Paul Davenport Theatre, von Kuster Hall, Studio 242) and any other facility that is available for public rental. We will review future bookings on a case-by-case basis, based on University and local Health Unit direction. Please reach out to Concert Manager Louis D’Alton to discuss options. All other room booking requests should be directed to 


Music Library

The Music Library remains closed. Visit Western Libraries COVID-19 webpage for up-to-date information. Faculty, staff and graduate students should also continue to read important email updates from Music Library Director Brian McMillan. Contact with any Music Library-specific questions after you've reviewed Western Libraries central website.


Future Students

Thriving Foundations - Western-led 3-part transition program designed to make sure you can thrive as a Mustang.

Virtual Open Houseexplore virtual connections and opportunities at Western Music from home

Welcome to Western - main Western site for all future students

Thank you for your interest in the Don Wright Faculty of Music! Explore our Future Student webpages to learn more.

Whether you are joining us in 2021, or beyond if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reply to our emails or reach out directly to Recruitment Coordinator Sasha Gorbasew at 

Ready to apply? Please continue to check your email for important updates and deadlines from Western and from us directly. If you have questions about the application process, please reach out to our Student Services team: Undergraduate - or Graduate 

Undergraduate applicants can also visit Western's main "Welcome" website for general updates relating to University admissions.


Audience Members and the 2020-2021 Concert Season

Thank you for supporting our live streamed concerts this year. We still have more to share! Now that the school year has come to an end, our technology team is hard at work editing the recorded ensemble performances for your enjoyment.


Opera at Western presents Puccini's Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi

Chamber music recital

Visit for more details

Please continue to connect with at any time if you have any questions, or call 519-661-3767 to leave a message. We are working remotely but will get back to you promptly during business hours.

If you haven't already done so, please join our email list to receive up-to-date information about the 2020-2021 recording releases, and to learn more about the 2021-22 concert season once confirmed. We are committed to offering you musical experiences from the comfort of your own home - explore the Events webpages and look for our season announcement by email soon! Complete the sign-up form or email to sign up. 

Thank you so much for your continued patience and support!


Outreach Programming

Community outreach programs
New Horizons Band remains cancelled for the Summer 2021 term. Young Winds was cancelled for the Winter 2021 Term. Kodaly Certification program (Summer 2021) has been cancelled.

School groups
Contact Recruitment Coordinator Sasha Gorbasew ( to explore virtual opportunities with your class or musical group.


In the news

New artwork unveiled, rooted in pandemic resilience – via Western News, April 13, 2021

Safe practices and new barriers keep Music Faculty humming along – via Facilities Management, Western University, Febrary 11, 2021

Handful of music classes continue in-person through lockdown – via Western Gazette, January 26, 2021

Music research pivots amidst the pandemic - via Western News, December 2, 2020

Musicians’ health measures ‘new for everybody’ – via Western News, August 28, 2020

Pandemic has led to global outbreak of music – via Western News, March 25, 2020

More news


contact us

If you are unsure who to turn to with your specific Don Wright Faculty of Music question, please reach out to (monitored 9am - 4pm Monday to Friday) and we will respond or re-direct your inquiry ASAP.

If you are a student in crisis and require immedate support, visit