Music for Canberra cancellation of remaining Classes, Rehearsals and Programs for the remainder of Term 1 2020.

UPDATE: 2 pm on March 23, 2020.

Dear Music for Canberra (MfC) members, families and participants,

We regret to inform you that due to the impact of COVID-19 we are cancelling the remaining Classes, Rehearsals and Programs for Term one (1). 

MfC is committed to prioritising the health, safety and welfare of all our staff, students and families and the MfC community. We have been and will be continuing, to monitor the development and impacts of COVID-19 closely.

Our programs will recommence in Term two (2) from Tuesday, April 28, 2020, via an online learning environment. We are currently working through this process and we will be communicating more information with you, as soon as we have everything in place. 

We are passionate about our staff, our members and the community and we look forward to creating unique and memorable musical experiences that we can create together during this time.

We thank you for your support during this challenging time, and we will be in touch as soon as practicable with regards to next steps for our program and the plan moving forward.

If you have any questions, queries, concerns or feedback, please contact me directly. Please take care of each other, and we will get through this together!

Sincerely Peter and the MfC team.

Peter Thomson
General Manager @ Music for Canberra
Email: peter@musicforcanberra.org.au
Phone: (02) 6182 0030

MfC update on COVID-19 and classes on Saturday March 21

Update: March 20, 2020
9.05 am

Dear MFC Members, families and participants,

I’m writing to you on the measures that Music for Canberra (MfC) has in place to respond to COVID-19 and the associated changes that MfC has had to make to our Saturday programs.

MfC is committed to prioritising the health, safety, and welfare of all our staff, students, families and the MfC community. We are continually monitoring the development and impacts of COVID-19 closely. We are continually monitoring the development and impact of COVID-19 closely. We are taking advice from both the Australian Department of Health and the ACT Health Directorate and are working in close consultation with Ainslie and Gorman House to manage the associated risks.

These are currently four (4) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the ACT, and thankfully there are currently no cases within the MfC community or the wider Ainslie and Gorman House community. For more up-to-date information about the virus, please visit:

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

https://health.act.gov.au/about-our-health-system/novel-coronavirus-covid-19

In partnership with Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre we have implemented the following:

  1. Hand sanitizer is available in each of the rooms, in the common areas and reception as you enter the building. Please use it.
  2. A sign-in sheet for all visitors is in the reception areas as you enter the building. Please sign-in when you arrive. Program participants and staff do not need to sign-in.
  3. Posters about hygiene (cough/sneezing etiquette, handwashing, and if unwell please stay at home) are posted throughout the Centre.
  4. The Centre is being disinfected daily as are the pianos, the door handles and customer facing surfaces.
  5. We request that all students and volunteers wash their hands with soap and water before commencing their lessons and after any break.
  6. Practices social distancing at all times and especially during all rehearsals and classes. This is one (1) of the reasons we are changing times of the program for this weekend.

We can all follow these simple steps to help prevent the spread of viruses

If you are feeling unwell, please stay at home, and rest or seek medical advice. It’s important that you take the time to fully recover. We also recommended that you do not go to classes and avoid public places while you are unwell. We recommend these resources  from the Department of Health.

CHANGES FOR THIS SATURDAY

With the ANU taking the precautionary decision to “reduce on-campus and cancelation of public and social events” we have had to relocate the rehearsals for both Canberra Youth Orchestra (CYO) and the James McCusker Orchestra (JMO) to Ainslie Arts Centre for the foreseeable future. This is also complicated by the limited rooms that are available because of our stream programs.

We also need to factor in social distancing. This has led to changes to the current times and programming for all groups on the weekend.

We will trial the following times this week to accommodate each of the groups on Saturday while trying to keep it as simple as possible.

 New trial schedule on Saturday 21 March

Start time

End time

Group Name

Room

8 am

11 am

Canberra Youth Orchestra

Ainslie Arts Centre Main Hall

11 am

1.30 pm

Sinfonietta

Ainslie Arts Centre Main Hall

11 am

1.30 pm

String Ensemble

Room 1

1.30 pm

4.30 pm

Peg Mantel Strings

Room 1

1.30 pm

4.30 pm

James McCusker Orchestra

Ainslie Arts Centre Main Hall

4.30 pm

6 pm

Camareta

Ainslie Arts Centre Main Hall

We will unfortunately be cancelling the group morning teas in their previous format to reduce the complexity. We appreciate that the morning teas are a tradition and plan to bring them back when the time is right.

We understand this is challenging for everyone involved but we are trying to make the best of a very challenging time, and we ask for your patience and support while we work this out. We understand this will not work for everyone and we are more than happy to discuss your feedback, questions and concerns about these changes.

We are confident with a little patience and understanding that we can work the programming out to suit as many of our members as possible. Thank you in advance for your support and patience as we make the best of a very challenging situation.

If you have any questions, queries, concerns or feedback, please contact me directly.

Please take care of each other, sincerely Peter and the MfC team.

Peter Thomson
General Manager
Email: peter@musicforcanberra.org.au
Phone: (02) 6182 0030
Music for Canberra

MFC update on response to COVID-19

Music for Canberra update, response to COVID-19
Sunday March 15, 2020 at 6:39 pm. 

Music for Canberra update COVID-19

Dear MFC community, 

I’m writing to update you on the measures that Music for Canberra (MfC) has in place to respond to COVID-19. 

While there is currently one (1) confirmed case of COVID-19 in the ACT, thankfully there are currently no cases within the MfC community. For more up-to-date information about the virus, please visit the Australian Government Deaprtment of Health webiste: 

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

While for the most up-to-date information regarding ACT community measures and response please visit the ACT Health Directorate website: 

https://health.act.gov.au/public-health-alert/updated-information-about-covid-19

We are monitoring the current developments and impacts of COVID-19 closely. We are taking our advice from both the Australian Department of Health and the ACT Health Directorate and we are working in close consultation with our venue partners so that we manage the associated risks.

So far with our venue partners, we have implemented the following:

  1. Hand sanitizer in each room, and in common areas. 
  2. Reminders and posters about hygiene (cough/sneeze protocols, handwashing, staying home if unwell) posted around the venues. 
  3. Handwashing guidelines in each bathroom. 

We now plan to include the following: 

  1. Daily disinfecting of percussion instruments and pianos. 
  2. Requesting that all students wash their hands with soap and water before their lessons. 
  3. For our group classes, we ask that students don’t hold hands during the lesson or specific songs, and practice social distancing.  

We can all follow simple steps to help prevent the spread of viruses: 

If you are feeling unwell, please stay at home and rest or seek medical advice. It’s important that you take time to recover. It is recommended that you do not go to classes and avoid public areas while you are unwell. Please contact the MfC office (via phone or email) about the options available to you. 

Etiquette that we will be encouraging includes: 

  • Wash your hands well and often. The recommendations is to wet your hands, lather your fingers, palms, and wrists with soap and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Rinse your hands well with clean, running water and then dry your hands. 
  • Practice sneezing and cough etiquette – cough and sneeze into a tissue. If you don’t have a tissue cough or sneeze into your elbow (not your hands). 
  • Aviod touching your eyes, nose and mouth. 
  • Aviod handshakes. 
  • Regularly use hand-sanitizer. 
  • Keep at least a metre away from people who are coughing/showing signs of illness. 

On Friday 13 March, the ANU made a precautionary decision to “reduce on-campus and cancellation of pubic and social events”

This affects MfC in two (2) very direct ways:

  1. The rehearsals for both JMO and CYO will be moved away from the ANU campus until Saturday 20 June. 
  2. The CYO concert planned for Saturday, April 4 will be moved, cancelled and/or postponed.  

Please be assured that MfC is currently working through our options to find appropriate and practicable solutions for both these activites. Once we have more information, we will inform you as soon as practicable. 

We will always emails these updates to our members, and our website includes FAQs, which we update regularly. 

With the situation continuing to evolve, we are increasing the frequency of our communications to ensure our community is up-to-date with what we are doing. To assist we encourage you to keep your details updated, by completing this online form, to ensure that we have the most up-to-date contact information, to keep you informed.

Looking after ourselves and each other: 

This is a challenging time for all of us. Many of us have friends and families who are being impacted both here and overseas. Please know the thoughts of our community are with you. MfC will do what it takes to support every member of our community during these hard times, to the best of our ability. 

We would like to acknowledge and thank Bellchambers Music School whose research and existing policy on the response to COVID-19 helped inform our own. 

If you have any questions, concerns, queries or feedback, please contact me directly my details are below, as I’m more than happy to discuss. Please take care of each other, sincerely Peter and the MfC team. 

Peter Thomson
General Manager @ Music for Canberra
Email: peter@musicforcanberra.org.au
Phone: (02) 6182 0030

MFC update on response to COVID-19

Music for Canberra update on response to COVID-19
Thursday Feburary 06, 2020 at 2:39 pm. 

Dear Music for Canberra (MfC) community, 

Wihtin our MfC classes and rehearsals, we utalise a lot of shared instriments and other items such as music stands, meaning that keeping healthy is a major team effort at the best of times. We are aware this is a huge concern given the Novel (new) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). 

In line with the ACT Health guidelines, we are asking the following: 

  • If you have been to the Hubei Province of mainland China, please delay your return to the Music for Canberra programs until you have shown no symptoms for 14 days after your return.
  • If you have been in contact with someone with a confirmed case of the Coronavirus, please delay your return to the Music for Canberra programs until you have shown no symptoms for 14 days after your return.
  • If you have travelled to mainland China more broadly over summer, or transited through China, please call us to discuss how we can support you whilst also managing risk.

Here at MfC, we have posted signages reminding families of best practices for staying healthy, including frequent handwashing with soap, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, and staying home if you are unwell. We also have put hand sanitiser in each of our classrooms and common areas.

Our staff and/or members who have visited China in the holidays will have self-quarantine for 14 days as per the ACT Government advice.

If you have any questions, concerns, queries or feedback, please contact me. I’m more than hapy to discuss. 

Peter Thomson
General Manager @ Music for Canberra
Email: peter@musicforcanberra.org.au
Phone: (02) 6182 0030