DATE: September 14, 2020
2020-2021 Academic Year September 14, 2020

Due to the progression of the COVID-19 virus and even with the ongoing work toward the development of vaccines and treatment therapies, dates for our performances during the 2020-2021 academic year are currently on hold. Following is the overall structure for the 2020-2021 academic year as announced by the Stanford University President and Provost earlier this summer:


In order to provide for the physical distancing needed in our classrooms and residences, and to be able to set aside sufficient housing for quarantine or self-isolation in case of a wave of infections, our default plan is to have half of our undergraduates (that is, the equivalent of two class years) back on campus for the fall quarter and each subsequent quarter, changing each quarter. It may need to be a smaller number in a given quarter if health conditions require it, which we hope will not be the case; in fact, we hope that health conditions will allow us instead to be able to expand access later in the year.

We also intend to have a four-quarter year, including the summer of 2021. Since most students take courses over three quarters, under our default scenario the four-quarter year would allow all Stanford undergraduates to complete two quarters of instruction in residence on the Stanford campus in 2020-21, and require most to complete at least one quarter remotely.

Assuming that public health conditions allow, we intend to have undergraduate first-year and transfer students among those on campus for the fall quarter, to allow them to get to know our campus, form community and begin their Stanford careers in the most positive way. We also intend to have graduating seniors on campus in the spring.

—President Marc Tessier-Lavigne & Provost Persis Drell


In addition, it has been determined that frosh and sophomores will be invited to reside on campus in fall and summer, and juniors and seniors in winter and spring. Graduate students may reside on campus all quarters as is currently the case. These plans may be modified pending state, county, and university guidelines. At present, choral music will not meet in-person for at least the fall quarter. When and how in-person choral music will return will be determined as the academic year progresses and under the guidance of the Office of Environmental Health & Safety, the Emergency Operations Center, and experts from Stanford’s medical community.

Stay tuned to this space for updates as they transpire.  We so look forward to welcoming back our wonderful community when we’re able to come together to make music again!

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