Advocacy Statement & Strategies During the COVID-19 Pandemic
American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) released guidance and a statement of support for choral singing and study during the COVID-19 pandemic on June 15. The COVID-19 Response Committee Report was developed by a team of choral professionals from across the country, and with expertise and experience in choral education and conducting in a variety of choral settings including K-12 schools, colleges and universities, community choirs, and places of worship.
Advocacy statement contained within the report
COVID-19 Related Scientific Research Sponsored
Aerosol Generation from Playing Band Instruments, Singing, and Performing, and Risk of Infectious Disease Transmission
Purpose: The study will examine aerosol rates produced by wind instrumentalists, vocalists, and even actors, and how quickly those aerosol rates accumulate in a space. Final results are expected in late November or early December 2020.
Lead Researcher: Dr. L. Shelly Miller, University of Colorado.
Video from Aug. 6 webinar by scientists of round 2 of preliminary results.
Statement from ACDA, BHS, Chorus America, and NATS regarding preliminary results
Researchers’ frequently asked questions page.
Reducing Bioaerosol Emissions and Exposures in the Performing Arts: A Scientific Roadmap for a Safe Return from COVID-19
Objective: To reduce the risk of human exposure and co-infection to SARS-COV-2 aerosol during performing arts activities.
Team: Researchers with the Powerhouse Energy Campus at Colorado State University.
ACDA Released Statements
On the Murder of George Floyd and the Impacts of Racism (June 3, 2020)
In Response to Recent Events in Charlottesville, Virginia (August 21, 2017)
ACDA Statement Sign-ons
Arts Education Is Essential (May 2020)
The Arts Sector and COVID-19 Relief (May 2020)