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If your vaccination status changes to "fully vaccinated", please email a copy of your card to Linda
Nov. 19th. Concert
Dear Musicians -
I'm sad to say that we are cancelling our holiday benefit concert on November 19,2021. Our audience is not yet ready to return to a live musical performance in a banquet setting. As a result we are not able to meet the food and beverage minimum required by the venue.
While well over 70% of musicians provided proof of vaccination, we have struggled to find a venue for a performance.
The Fall Benefit Committee is meeting this week to determine what other options may be available for us. We will keep you posted.
Ms. Robin Whitfield
Livonia Symphony Orchestra
37637 Five Mile Road #398
Livonia, Michigan 48154
PLEASE REMEMBER TO RETAIN DIRECTIONS AND PASSWORDS TO THE LSO WEBSITE. THANK YOU.
2021-2022 LSO concerts and rehearsals are subject to COVID-19 CDC guidelines and state, local and school protocols in place at the time.
August 30, 2021
Dear LSO Musicians:
Regarding: LSO COVID-19 VACCINATION POLICY FOR THE 2021-22 SEASON
After careful consideration, I write this letter to let you know that the
LSO Board is requiring full COVID vaccination for musicians and staff participating in the Livonia Symphony Orchestra this season. This includes Board Members who are working directly with musicians.
Please note that you are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your last dose. All musicians, staff and appropriate board members must show proof of their vaccination by sending a picture of their COVID-19 vaccination card to Personnel Manager, Linda Ignagni, at email@example.com.
Your future membership in the Livonia Symphony will not be affected if you are not currently fully vaccinated and your seat will be saved until you can show proof that you are fully vaccinated. Please send Linda your vaccination card images no later than Wednesday, September 15, 2021.
Attached you will find Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) for the LSO COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. If you have further questions, please contact Linda immediately.
It is incumbent upon us to offer a safe and healthy work environment for our Musicians, Board, Staff and audiences. We have consulted with the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra and the Michigan Philharmonic, and our policies are in alignment. We also consulted with George Troia, President of American Federation of Musicians Local -5, and he also is in total support of the Covid-19 vaccination requirement.
The steps we are taking are to protect everyone involved in this organization. Please know that a lot of thought went into this decision and we are putting YOUR health and safety first. If you have any questions, please contact Linda via email.
As we proceed forward with live musical performances, we must continue to be thoughtful, deliberate and careful. The guiding principle in our decision-making remains the safety and well-being of our musicians, board members, patrons and all our families.
Thank you for your understanding. Sincerely,
Robin Whitfield, President
Livonia Symphony Orchestra
FAQ’s - LSO VACCINATION POLICY 2021-22
ANSWER: Information on the website for the United States Department of Health and Human Services says:
“In general, the HIPAA Rules do not apply to employers or employment records. HIPAA only applies to HIPAA covered entities – health care providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses – and, to some extent, to their business associates. If an employer asks an employee to provide proof that they have been vaccinated, that is not a HIPAA violation, and employees may decide whether to provide that information to their employer. Vaccines protect workers and help business reopen safely and are available at no cost to everyone in the United States age 12 and older. “
1.) QUESTION: If my employer requires proof of my COVID-19 vaccination status, does that violate my rights under HIPAA?
2.) QUESTION: What will happen to my information once it’s sent to the Personnel Manager?
ANSWER: The information will be printed, the original e-mail deleted and then deleted from the trash box. The Personnel Manager will retain a physical copy in a secure place until the information is no longer needed. The Personnel Manger is prohibited from discussing the information with anyone other those individuals who need to know to prepare for the performance.
3.) QUESTION: What if I am not vaccinated right now, but get a vaccination before a scheduled performance, will I be able to perform?
ANSWER: To accommodate more musicians, we will be contracting for each performance individually. If you are considered fully vaccinated prior to contracts being signed, you must provide Linda with your proof of vaccination to be eligible to perform with the LSO in the 2021- 22. To be considered fully vaccinated, you must be two weeks past your last dose and show proof of vaccination by sending a picture of their COVID-19 vaccination card to Personnel Manager, Linda Ignagni at firstname.lastname@example.org
4.) QUESTION: If I choose, for whatever reason, not to get a vaccine, will I be terminated from the LSO?
ANSWER: No, you will not lose your seat in the LSO. However, you will not be invited to play during the 2021-22 season until you are considered fully vaccinated. This policy is set forth for the 2021-22 season only. The Board will continue to evaluate and monitor the situation and
may modify this policy at any time for the benefit of all concerned.
5.) QUESTION: Is the LSO the only orchestra requiring its musicians to be vaccinated?
ANSWER: We have reviewed what our sister orchestras, Michigan Philharmonic and the Dearborn Symphony, are doing. We are adopting a similar policy because we have the most in common with these two orchestras. We also checked with George Troia, President of American Federation of Musicians Detroit Local-5, who also is in total support of a vaccination requirement for Covid-19.
6.) QUESTION: What precautions are going to be required for our audience during live performances?
ANSWER: If the performance is held indoors, we will require our audience to wear masks regardless of their vaccination status. We may have additional requirements based on the
contract with the venue. There is also the possibility that a performance may be cancelled due to governmental mandates, venue availability, venue requirements, etc.
Map to the CONCERT and DRESS REHEARSAL
CONCERT and DRESS REHEARSAL LOCATION:
Louis E. Schmict Auditorium – Clarenceville H.S.
20155 Middlebelt Road
Livonia, Michigan, 48152
Livonia Senior Center (LSC)
15218 Farmington Rd.
Livonia, MI. 48154
The LSO Board has notified me that they have found a place for the symphony to perform a Christmas concert which will be held on Friday, November 19, 2021 at Burton Manor
in Livonia. The concert will be in combination with the LSO's annual Benefit Banquet fundraiser with a "Christmas" theme. Exact title to be determined.
Once I get more information, I will pass it on to you. In the meantime, I would appreciate it if you would let me know your intentions to participate. Thank you.
LSO Personnel Manager
NEXT Concert: FEB. 26,2022
LOCATION: Louis E. Schmidt Auditorium, Clarenceville H.S., 20210 Middlebelt Road, Livonia, Mi. 48152
Hello LSO Musicians,
Below is a letter from the LSO Board President. Please read. If you have not responded to my email sent last week, please do.
"From LSO Board President Robin Whitfield -
Greetings! As you have heard by now, we have struggled to find a venue for our Christmas concert. So we have decided to combine this concert with our Fall Benefit and host the event at the Burton Manor on Friday, November 19, 2021.
Usually the Fall Benefit is more about fundraising with a little music to showcase the orchestra. This year there will be more music as it is our Christmas concert. Accordingly, musicians will be paid. More information about music and rehearsals will follow shortly.
As we return to the stage in 2021, we recognize our responsibility to address the safety of all our event attendees. Following CDC and venue guidelines, the LSO expects that individuals (musicians, audience members and those individuals supporting the event) who are not vaccinated will be masked.
We are excited about our return to live performances and look forward to our first post-COVID event! We believe that music is the universal language that changes and enriches lives. Thank you for helping us continue our mission.
Ms. Robin Whitfield
Livonia Symphony Orchestra
Thank you for your time,
Linda Ignagni, Personnel Manager
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