COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 UPDATES


March 23, 2020: 
Registration for all camps remains open, and parents are encouraged to continue registering their students.

For parents who have not yet registered: Upon entering the registration system, all camp sessions will currently appear as waitlist-only; this is a temporary measure to allow parents to reserve a place for their students without making a financial commitment during during the COVID-19 crisis. Students will be moved off of the waitlist into registered slots in the order they have been registered when we receive confirmation from the university that camp will proceed as planned this summer. We do not have any indications at this time that camp will be canceled, but we have modified our normal registration procedure so that parents can reserve a place for their students without financial concern.

In the event that camp is cancelled by the university, full refunds will be provided to all camp registrants.

Additionally, auditions for middle and high school band are expected to be completed by online video submission for this summer’s camp. However, due to the impacts of school closures and the coronavirus, we are not yet accepting online audition videos, and may revert to live auditions on the first day of each camp. The camp office will send an update via email and provide additional information on this page about audition instructions not later than Monday, April 20.

From the Youth Protection Program: Please be aware that the Youth Protection Program (YPP) Office is closely monitoring COVID-19. As part of our process during this situation, we will continue to review information from the CDC. Currently, a decision has not been made to continue or discontinue the summer programming. However, this is subject to change as we acquire additional information from our governmental agencies. We will continue to monitor the situation and will communicate any relevant information to those impacted by the decision because our number one priority is to protect the staff and campers. 



March 12, 2020:
The following update was sent via email to all Longhorn Music Camp registrants:

Dear LMC Parents,


I am certain that all of you are watching the news as closely as we are about developments surrounding the coronavirus and COVID-19. I'm writing to touch base with you on our operational plans for this summer’s camp.


When we return from our upcoming spring break, UT Austin will implement alternative instructional plans for our academic classes. We are already taking steps to eliminate large gatherings of people for on-campus events, both academic and non-academic. Our response to this situation is still very fluid, much like other universities and organizations still grappling with this unprecedented scenario.


All that said… We have consulted with university leadership, and we believe the best approach for now is to be patient and see how this situation unfolds in the weeks ahead. We are still making preparations for Longhorn Music Camp to go ahead as planned, and are optimistic that our current operational disruptions will not last into the summer months. In the event there are new developments with the potential to impact summer activities, we will comply with all mandates and guidance provided by the university, and will keep lines of communication open with you about our plans.


Thank you for making this year's camp a part of your summer plans, and we are looking forward to welcoming your students to campus in June. 


Please feel free to reach out to the camp office if you have further questions. Email (lmc@austin.utexas.edu) is the best way to receive a speedy reply, as the camp office is not staffed full-time until May 1.


Hook ‘Em,


Dr. Ryan Kelly

Director, Longhorn Music Camp


For operational updates on COVID-19 from UT Austin, visit coronavirus.utexas.edu.