Deborah Simpkin King, Artistic Director & Founder

  • Tracking and Temperature: You will sign in using your own writing implement upon arrival. Your temperature will be checked, by use of a non-touch forehead beam thermometer, and recorded in a log. If you have a temperature of 99.5 or above, you will not be admitted to rehearsal.
  • Distance: You will observe a 6-foot distance at all times, even though masked. Upon entry, locate your rehearsal stand location on the chart provided, and go directly to it.
  • Time and Air Flow: Rehearsals will be divided into 30-minute segments. Between segments, you and the other singers will move from the rehearsal space into another indicated area for an exchange of air.
  • Hygiene: Restrooms on site will be fully sanitized. You must observe a 20-second soap-and-water washing protocol. You may use a sanitizer as well. There will be no exchange of paper. You must provde your own means for taking notes and recording memory reminders. You are asked to wipe down all common surfaces used, along with the music stand used, with sterilizing wipes that will be available for that purpose.
  • Masks: You will wear a mask at all times. While singing, you will wear a Singer’s Mask(see below). During breaks, you may choose to wear a different mask.

Construction of and Care for the Singer’s Mask commissioned by Ember:

The Ember Singer’s Mask provides greater filtration than that recommended in the Aerosol Study referenced below. They provide almost double the protection of what have been widely marketed as “Resonance Singer’s Masks.” Each mask includes four permanent layers of approved fabric plus a replaceable filter:

  • 2 outer layers 100% cotton
  • 2 inner layers of Pellon fusible interfacing
  • 1 removable layer of MERV 13 fabric, which can be UV sanitized between uses

The masks come in three sizes, for excellence of fit. They have a wire housing to provide for comfortable breathing, and a moldable nose bridge.

Singer's Masks should be used only for singing. Use a “street mask" for all other purposes.

Masks should be washed between uses according to these instructions:

  • Remove the MERV-13 filter.
  • Gently hand wash, or wash on a delicate cycle using any type of soft detergent. No Clorox/bleach.
  • Air dry to support longevity of the materials. You may choose to use a dryer with very low or no heat. Just be aware that using a dryer will deteriorate the materials and logo overtime.

These protocols are designed to conform to or surpass the requirements of NY state/NYC and the recommendations of the International Coalition of Performing Arts Aerosol Study Round 2.

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