MSM COVID-19 Guidelines and Updates

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The latest information about COVID-19 protocols for the 2021-2022 academic year at Manhattan School of Music

Key mask policy information 

  • Masks required at MSM for students, faculty, and staff begins May 3, 2022. Details below.
  • MSM continues to require masks and proof of vaccination for audience members attending performances

May 2, 2022

Dear MSM Community, 

MSM’s Pandemic Response Team continues to monitor the COVID-19 statistics in New York City and on campus. In consideration of several factors both locally and on campus, they have recommended to Provost Griggs and me, and we have concurred, that effective immediately MSM will resume requiring masks at all times on campus, except when actively performing or participating in class, or when actively eating and drinking.  This requirement will remain in place through at least the end of the semester (Monday, May 23) and applies to all students, faculty, and staff.  Masks should be worn in all backstage areas prior to entering stage and after returning from stage.  

 This development comes as we look ahead to Commencement in just over two weeks.  In the meantime, there are still dozens of performances and hundreds of juries that will take place during this time.  Our main objective is to utilize as many strategies as we can during the next few weeks to limit the impact COVID-19 may have on any of these crucial year-end events and celebrations.  

 As a reminder, to further reduce your chances of being exposed to COVID-19, we would like to reiterate the following suggestions from Dean Tolliver’s email to students last week: 

  • Wear a mask whenever possible. 
  • Avoid indoor gatherings. 
  • Dine outside or at home when possible. 
  • Wash your hands frequently and do your part to keep shared items such as music stands, piano keys, and other equipment clean. 

Although we had hoped we would not have to reinstitute this requirement, we are a community which supports each other and we appreciate everyone’s cooperation in adhering to our mask mandate on campus through the end of the semester. 


Key information about MSM vaccination policies as of March 2022

Proof of vaccination is required for attending performances  at MSM. Masks must be worn inside performance spaces.

Booster shots are required for all MSM Community members. Deadline for submission of proof: February 15.

Information about the MSM Testing Center

Results and Hours

The clinic’s hours as of February 1, 2022 are from 10AM to 3:30PM on Mondays to Wednesdays, and Saturdays. If you need to get tested, please plan accordingly.

Additionally, if you have recently tested and have not received your results after 3 days, you may stop by the clinic and ask directly for your results. If your results have been received, they can give you your results at that time.

Booster Shots offered at the MSM Testing Center

The MSM clinic offers Pfizer and Moderna boosters to all eligible individuals, no appointment necessary. As a reminder, booster shots are required for all eligible students, staff, and faculty by February 15.

Once you have received your booster shot, please upload a copy of your updated vaccine card here: Booster Submission Form