On Aug. 9, Director of the Janette Ogg Voice Research Center and Associate Professor of Voice (Baritone) and Vocal Pedagogy David Meyer, D.M., led an interdisciplinary team of physicians, voice scientists and singing teachers to publish “Reentry Following COVID-19: Concerns for Singers” in The Journal of Singing. This was Dr. Meyer’s eighth journal publication since the beginning of 2020. The article has been made freely accessible to the public during the pandemic.
The effectiveness of the two-dose COVID-19 vaccines has made reentry to in-person teaching, learning and performing more safe, despite singers’ special vulnerability to SARS-CoV-2. This vulnerability is due to the virus’ airborne transmission route and the high-aerosol generating nature of singing. A number of factors may complicate a return to pre-pandemic conditions.
This article provides resources to help teachers, singers, and collaborative pianists safely and ethically navigate a return to in-person singing by considering the following: 1) effectiveness of vaccination and mask use; 2) an update on aerosol risk; 3) environmental risk factors and mitigation; 4) the intersection of the privacy laws FERPA and HIPAA and vaccine hesitancy, and 5) the psychological risks of reentry following the pandemic.
Visit https://doi.org/10.53830/VAPD6085 to learn more.