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Fellow Health & Safety

Fellow Health & Safety

As of March 2022, Santa Barbara County and the state of California have lifted certain COVID prevention measures in most settings such as masking, social distancing, testing, capacity limits, etc. Since Music Academy fellows and faculty travel from multiple countries and various communities, we may retain certain protocols to ensure the well being of our fellows, faculty, administration, and audiences as we gather for events and live performances this summer.

COVID health protocols are subject to change in accordance with local, state, or federal guidelines. Details will be confirmed in late May. All fellows, faculty, independent contractors, and staff will be asked to sign a waiver prior to arrival agreeing to these protocols and acknowledging and accepting the risks associated with in-person activities throughout the Summer Festival. 

  • The Academy requires all administration, faculty, fellows, and other constituents on campus to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Those requiring an accommodation due to legitimate health or religious reasons must be reviewed and approved in advance by the CFO no later than May 1.
  • Participants will likely be required to arrive at the Music Academy with proof of a negative COVID test prior to arriving on campus.
  • Testing will be required if anyone exhibits COVID-related symptoms.
  • All fellows are asked to sign up for the Academy’s Text Message System in order to receive important announcements and urgent updates during the Festival
  • To join, text @2022fellow to the number 81010

Westmont Campus


  • Stop, drop, take cover
  • Once shaking stops, exit building and relocate to Thorington Field (large field surrounded by the Track) in the lower part of campus.
  • Music Academy Staff will notify fellows via text system regarding next steps and safety instructions
  • Westmont and Music Academy staff will assist you with various supplies until the campus can be evacuated, if necessary

Fire, Flood and Active Shooter Instructions coming soon

Music Academy Campus


  • Stop, drop, take cover
  • Shelter in place until clearance is given by a Music Academy Administration member
  • If instructed to evacuate, relocate to the Lower Parking Lot behind Hahn Hall
  • Music Academy Administration will notify fellows via text system regarding next steps and safety instructions
  • Music Academy will assist you with various supplies until the campus can be evacuated, if necessary 


  • Calmly find the nearest exit
  • Do not attempt to put out the fire
  • Activate the nearest fire alarm or find a safe space and call 911.
  • Then notify the Director of Facilities at 805-259-7718

Flood or Natural Disaster

  • Shelter in place until clearance is given by a Music Academy Administration member
  • If you are in imminent danger, evacuate the area and find high ground
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood water
  • If a car stalls in water, abandon it immediately and seek higher ground

Active Shooter

  • Run: Have an escape route in mind. Leave your belongings behind. Keep your hands visible.
  • Hide: Hide in an area out of view. Block entry to your hiding place and lock doors.
  • Fight: As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger. Attempt to incapacitate the active shooter. Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter.

In the case of a positive COVID test or if you are exhibiting COVID-related symptoms, will be required to quarantine. The Music Academy will provide specific quarantine instructions to affected fellows on campus.


Santa Barbara County has released mask restrictions for vaccinated individuals. Music Academy encourages individuals to wear masks according to their personal comfort level and reserves the right to require masks for groups in certain situations. Music Academy will issue an official policy closer to the date of arrival for the Summer Festival pending local guidelines.


Music Academy facilities have been outfitted with MERV-13 filters in the HVAC system. Windows and doors should be kept open when possible, except for rooms with pianos which require careful temperature and humidity controls.


Hand sanitizing stations will also be placed around common areas.


Public performances are held at the Granada Theater, Lobero Theatre, Hahn Hall, Lehman Hall, and other locations on the Music Academy Campus and Santa Barbara. The Music Academy will adhere by venue and state requirements for indoor public performances.

Audiences may be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test per venue guidelines. Audiences may be encouraged but not required, to wear masks.


  • Fellows may enjoy off-campus activities in Santa Barbara with other fellows, faculty, and Compeers, but should remain in Santa Barbara.
  • Fellows should use their best judgment in avoiding large crowds and situations with potential COVID exposure.
  • Socializing is encouraged outdoors over indoors; please be respectful of quiet hours on campus.
  • Fellows are encouraged to enjoy outdoor dining at restaurants, local bars, wineries, or breweries or Compeers’ homes over indoor dining options.
  • Alcohol (beer & wine only) may be consumed at the residential campus/Westmont in the Clark Lounge at specified times only. Alcohol is not permitted anywhere else or at any other times on the Westmont campus. When bringing alcohol to campus, it must be stored in the Residence Life Office and will be labeled with the name of the fellow who purchased it, and then served back to that fellow during hospitality hours. See Fellow Policies Handbook for complete details.
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