CRS Rehearsal Setup

COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines


As of our Winter Season 2022 (beginning September 17th), Columbia River Symphony has lifted the COVID-19 vaccination and masking requirements for all members during rehearsals and concert events. If you are feeling ill, or have any illness symptoms (listed below under "Procedures"), we are asking that you stay home. Masking is optional. New COVID-19 waiver forms are coming soon for musicians and members to sign before participation in organization events. The information within this page is still relevant and updates to reflect recent policy pages are coming soon.


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Last Updated 02/04/2022


To ensure the safety and well-being of the Columbia River Symphony membership/musicians/supporters, the Columbia River Symphony has enacted safety precautions per guidance from the CDC, local, state, and federal entities.

*Please note that these guidelines are subject to change as needed!



COVID-19, or Coronavirus, symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • fever or chills

  • cough

  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • fatigue

  • muscle or body aches

  • headache

  • new loss of taste or smell

  • sore throat

  • congestion or runny nose

  • nausea or vomiting

  • diarrhea.


The CDC is continuing to update this list as more is continued to be learned.

Board Responsibilities

The CRS board will evaluate the safety of holding rehearsals and cancel as needed. The board will do its best to balance the mental health with physical health and safety of symphony members/musicians. The board will ensure all attending are following the guidelines below to the best of their ability.


Member & Musician Responsibilities

In order to participate in rehearsals and concerts, ALL symphony members/musicians will need to provide proof of vaccination. Please bring a photo picture of your vaccination card, a photo copy, or physical card present at your first rehearsal. In addition, all symphony members/musicians must sign the COVID-19 Liability Release form. Forms will be present at all rehearsals if you are unable to print these off. If you would like a form emailed to you, please message us at

CRS Members/Musicians are NOT to attend rehearsal if they have a known exposure to COVID-19, if they are ill in any way, or exhibiting any of the above listed symptoms. It is recommended if a symphony member/musician is experiencing any of COVID-19 symptoms to consult with a medical professional and DO NOT attend rehearsals or concert events.


Masks are also required for all musicians, even during moments of downtime during rehearsal. Reminders will be put into place to assist musicians. Please read below for our full masking requirements.

N95 or KN95 type masks and boosters shots are recommended, but not required.


Masking, Sanitation & Social Distancing

ALL MUSICIANS will be socially distanced at a space of 6-9ft (side-to-side, & front to back).


ALL MUSICIANS are required to have a mask that is to be worn over the nose and mouth. Anyone that is not a wind player, including string players, percussion, piano, and conductor must wear a mask at all times. All wind players must have masks on at all times, except when playing. It is recommended that if you are able to wear a mask for playing (a mask with a “slit/opening” for playing) to do so, although not required. If you do not have these special masks, and would like one, please talk with the conductor about availability, or where to purchase one.

All WIND PLAYERS will have a COVID bell cover for their instrument. If you do not have access to one, the director will have one available for all instruments that can be loaned out.

All BRASS PLAYERS please bring a rag or something that you can empty your condensation into/onto during rehearsal.

PLEASE make sure to wash your bell covers and rags between rehearsals!

Musicians will take a 10-15 minute break during rehearsal to allow the air in the room to circulate.