Glacier Symphony & Chorale COVID Protocols

Last updated 09/29/2021

Our top priority remains the health and safety of our patrons, staff, musicians, volunteers, and the greater community. The Glacier Symphony & Chorale (GSC) anticipates presenting its entire 2021/22 season with in-person attendance at various venues around the Flathead Valley. Out of respect for the safety of the musicians and fellow patrons, the Glacier Symphony Board of Directors is announcing new safety protocols that will be implemented during each of our concert season performances. The goal of these policies it to provide a safe, comfortable, and welcoming musical environment.

These safety protocols are subject to change and are being reviewed monthly by the Board and are subject to city, county, and state public health guidelines. These policies will be reviewed regularly to follow the latest public health recommendations. Unless otherwise directed by local, state, or federal health officials, these policies will be in effect for all concerts of our 39th season.

Please visit this page before you attend your next concert.  We look forward to the return of live performances together soon!

For questions on these policies contact info@gscmusic.org or phone 406-407-7000

community safety

Face Mask Requirement
All patrons, staff, volunteers, and other individuals will be required to wear facial coverings in all areas of our venues including while seated during a performance. A limited supply of masks will be available for patrons who arrive without a facial covering or who arrive without an appropriate face covering. Facial coverings should be worn properly, always covering the nose and mouth, and under their chin.


The following masks do not meet CDC standards and are prohibited:

  • Masks with exhalation valves or vents
  • Masks made of loosely woven fabrics
  • Scarves, buffs, bandanas, gaiters
  • Face shields alone without a mask


Masks will be made available upon request.

Special accommodation related to mask wearing will be made for individuals who are exempt due to disability. Please contact us ahead of time to request special accommodation. GSC will accommodate exempt patrons by providing seating in a specific section of the auditorium, socially distanced from other individuals in that section, and socially distanced from masked individuals in the auditorium.

GSC will follow CDC guidelines allowing 3 feet of social distance between unrelated concert attendees, seated for the performances.

Social Distancing

GSC will follow CDC guidelines allowing 3 feet of social distance between unrelated concert attendees, seated for the performances.

Hand Sanitizer Stations
Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout our venues.

Musician Safety
COVID-19 protocols have been established for members of the orchestra. Our goal is for the full orchestra to perform together while we can do so safely.

Concessions
Water will be available. No other concessions at concerts until further notice.

Ticket Exchanges and Returns
Patrons who are not feeling well, are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms or have had or been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 10 days, should not attend. If unable to attend a performance, patrons are encouraged to contact us to discuss flexible exchange, donation and refund options. Patrons who purchased a season subscription or ticket and are unable to comply with these safety protocols should contact us to discuss ticketing options, which include credit to the 2022-2023 season, donating tickets, or a full refund. Contact info@gscmusic.org or call 406-407-7000 to discuss these options or learn more. Exchanges, donations, and returns should be requested prior to the start of the season for season subscriptions, and prior to each concert for individual tickets.

Contact Us
Contact us with any questions or concerns so we may make your concert experience as enjoyable as possible. Office hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM, contact us at info@gscmusic.org or call 406-407-7000.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Why isn’t the Glacier Symphony requiring proof of vaccination to attend performances?
House Bill 702 (“HB 702”) was passed by the 2021 Montana Legislature and became effective when signed by Governor Gianforte on May 7, 2021. The law prohibits discrimination based on vaccination status or having an immunity passport. 

Why isn’t the Glacier Symphony requiring a negative COVID test of audience members to attend performances?
Requiring a negative COVID test of every audience member to attend is not possible for the administrative staff to monitor or enforce. Symphony orchestras across the country are doing proof of vaccination, or a negative test as an alternative to those who are unable to show proof of vaccination. Because of Montana law, that is not an option in our state.
 
​I don’t want to wear a face mask to attend a performance. What options are available to me?
No exceptions will be made to the face mask requirement other than for individuals who are exempt due to disability. Individuals who refuse to wear a face mask will be asked to leave.

I understand there is a face mask requirement, yet I see individuals in attendance who are not wearing a mask.
​Why is this so?

No exceptions will be made to the face mask requirement other than for individuals who are exempt due to disability. Appropriate measures will be taken by the staff to enforce the face mask requirement. While the Symphony strives to enforce the face mask requirement, we cannot guarantee 100% compliance.

Will there be social distancing at the performances? Will there be limits to the number of people attending?
Audiences will not be socially distanced and there will not be a reduction in audience capacity at this time. We understand the connection season subscribers have to their seats and want to continue to accommodate season subscription seating as long as we can do so safely. In order to accommodate social distancing, a reduction in audience capacity would occur. Should a reduction in audience capacity occur with or without social distancing, patrons will be notified.