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 Don Wright Faculty of Music Guidelines for all members of the community (PDF) - including Talbot College and Music Building access information for students, faculty and staff - is to serve as a guide for all those who are required to be on campus. It is the expectation that this plan will require revision as conditions change or unintended consequences reveal themselves.

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 February 21, 2021

  • No more than 10 students per class. Those courses that exceed 10 will be modified to include some f2f instruction in a blended model as experienced in the fall.
  • Those courses with 10 students or less, including studio lessons, will continue as experienced in the fall.
  • Access to practice rooms and rehearsal spaces continue with the same protocols in place as experienced in the fall term.
  • An additional restriction is the placement of barriers in spaces where singing, and playing of wind and brass instruments occur.

student services 

The door for the Main Office (TC 210) will be closed, however there will be someone in that space or TC 211 and 212 (Dean's Office) to answer the door and for emergency purposes and deliveries each day Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm. A phone number is posted on the door to reach someone immediately in urgent circumstances.

Undergraduate Music Students
Visit the Undergraduate Student Services webpage for detailed information.

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 placements were posted on the MPS Department website on September 14.

Building and Facility Access

Revised February 26, 2021

Some face-to-face instruction as part of the blended mode resumed on January 18. In-person classes resumed February 21. 

Music Building (MB) and Talbot College (TC) Building Hours 
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm
10am-8pm / 12-8pm for non-Music students, faculty, and staff

All entrances are locked except for main Talbot College entrance (at the circular drive opposite Talbot Lot), with card swipe or authorized access via Building Ambassador as noted below.

All Music undergraduate and graduate students must enter the buildings via the Building Ambassador stationed at the main TC entrance and swipe their Western ONE card to confirm they have filled out the Health and Safety Questionnaire

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

Collaborative pianists and authorized visitors with Music faculty/staff/students must enter via the Building Ambassador stationed at the main TC entrance to verify completion of the Health and Safety Questionnaire, to be submitted daily via email to The Building Ambassador will confirm your name on the list provided and have you confirm your email address. Please continue to check your email for additional information.

All non-Music students, faculty, and staff must enter via the Building Ambassador stationed at the main TC entrance, and swipe their Western ONE card to confirm they have completed the Health and Safety Questionnaire.

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

For detailed information about the use of practice rooms, rehearsal spaces, and general music-making information, consult refer to the general guidelines. As always, use of practice rooms is reserved exclusively for Western University students enrolled in Music courses.

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

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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 2020, 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

Welcome to the 2020-2021 season! Due to COVID-19, we now know that in-person audiences will not be possible during the 2020-2021 academic year (updated January 2021). Our goal is to share select performances online throughout the year – a blend of livestream and pre-recorded opportunities – while closely following University and local health authority guidelines. Safety and health is critical, as is offering students a musical experience. We look forward to sharing our music with you online! Visit for 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 concert season. 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 is cancelled for the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 terms. Young Winds has been cancelled for the Winter 2021 Term. 

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


In the news

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