COVID-19 Updates at Don Wright Faculty of Music

Important updates from the Dean's Office

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 at remains the central source for up-to-date information from the University. Please follow this as your primary source of information. The Don Wright Faculty of Music's Health and Safety Team will continue to regularly email you directly with updates specific to our Music community.

Contact Music's Health and Safety team at with additional questions or concerns that are not covered below.

Quick links
Daily Return to Campus Questionnaire
Don Wright Faculty of Music Health and Safety Protocols for 2021-22 (PDF) - updated November 5, 2021

Don Wright Faculty of Music Campus guidelines 

Updated November 5, 2021

Don Wright Faculty of Music Health and Safety Protocols for 2021-22 (PDF) are now available. We expect this plan will require revision as conditions change, or as unintended consequences reveal themselves.

Music students, faculty and staff - Please continue to check your UWO email for important updates from the Dean, your program's Associate Dean, and your Department Chair.

General questions specific to Music - above and beyond the extensive health and safety measures put in place at the university level - may be directed to

Visit Western's central FAQs page for ongoing questions about University-wide protocols.


Building and Facility Access

Talbot College (TC) and Music Building (MB) Building Hours 

Talbot College - 8am-8pm (Mon-Fri, select perimeter doors only). All other times, card access only for current Music faculty and staff, and students.
Music Building - All perimeter doors are locked at all times. Access is by card access only for current Music faculty and staff, and students until further notice.

Safety Ambassadors
Please help keep our Music community safe by not letting unauthorized guests and visitors into our buildings. Report any concerns (including non-compliance with health mandates and unauthorized visitors) to the Music Building Safety Lead via phone 519-319-7538 or email via

For all accessibility accommodations, email 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 


Vaccination and Testing

Additional testing requirements are no longer required for select Music students and faculty identified as participating in "higher risk" musical activities (e.g. wind instruments, singing). All those identified have been contacted by email with complete information.

Contact for more information, or visit Vaccines - COVID-19 Testing on campus - Western University ( for complete campus testing and vaccination information.

Additional questions regarding vaccination, testing and accommodation requests for all Western students and employees can be directed to:




student services 

Undergraduate Music Students
Visit the Undergraduate Student Services webpage for detailed information. Support is always available in-person (see posted hours on TC 210 office door, or by appointment during business hours) or virtually 9am - 4pm 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 (excluding holidays). 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 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 


Music Library

The Music Library is currently open during posted business hours. Visit Western Libraries COVID-19 webpage for up-to-date information. 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 2022, 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 2021-22 Concert Season

Up-to-date event information is available via our main Events webpage.

For the remainder of the fall term, only Faculty of Music faculty, staff, Music Library staff, graduate and undergraduate students registered in a Faculty of Music program, collaborative pianists, and guest performers/lecturers/composers/musicians will be able to participate as an audience member and attend our performance events. Winter term TBD.

For all others in the meantime, please enjoy select livestream performances from home.

Our re-vamped Audience Information webpage will always contain up-to-date health and safety information, and will advise when in-person public audiences can resume.

Inquiries: or 519-661-3767

If you haven't already done so, please join our email list to receive up-to-date information. Complete the sign-up form or email to sign up. 


Outreach Programming

Community outreach programs
New Horizons Band remains cancelled until further notice. We are planning for Young Winds in 2022 - stay tuned for more information. 

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