2021–2022 Safety Guidelines

With the health and safety of our community in mind, we have updated our COVID-19 guidelines in accordance with the most recent City of Austin and CDC guidelines. The guidelines that ACMC implements will depend on the current City of Austin Community Level at the time of each event. The current stage for the City of Austin and corresponding guidelines can be found at AustinTexas.gov/Covid19. ACMC guidelines are subject to change.

Low: Masks worn over the nose and mouth are encouraged, but not required.
Medium: Masks worn over the nose and mouth are required for all at-risk individuals except while eating or drinking. Depending on the current data from the City of Austin, all patrons may be asked to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result or proof of full vaccination (see high level requirement below).
High: Masks worn over the nose and mouth are required for all individuals. Patrons must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result obtained within 72 hours to enter the venue. In lieu of a negative test result, patrons may provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, with final vaccine dated at least 14 days prior to the event. Negative test results or proof of vaccination must be dated with your full name matching your physical photo ID. Proof of a negative test or vaccination to be shown via digital device/physical card/printed copy along with a government issued I.D. Please visit https://www.austintexas.gov/covid-testinfo to find a free testing site. At-risk individuals are encouraged to join the virtual concert experience or exchange tickets for an event at a later date.

Please plan to stay home if you or someone in your household is sick or feels ill. Your tickets can be exchanged for virtual access to the concert or for tickets to an event on a later date.

Contact us with any questions. We are currently running events at 50% capacity in both the Friday and Saturday season venues. All ACMC staff and artists are fully vaccinated and will be tested prior to each concert. We look forward to sharing the 2021–2022 Concert Season with you!

Original post August 3, 2021. Last updated March 30, 2022.

February 26 Venue Update

Due to the recent surge in Austin’s COVID-19 numbers, we are moving the concert on Saturday, February 26 to our office lobby at 7600 Burnet Road. We know that many of you have enjoyed events in our lobby in the past and are thrilled to safely present this concert in ACMC’s home! Capacity will be limited to ensure socially distanced pod seating. Ticket holders have been notified of this change via email.

Limited in-person tickets remain for Saturday night at the ACMC lobby. Join us for this next season program, Unexpected Favorites, featuring music for clarinet, cello, and piano by Beethoven, David Baker, and Alexander Zemlinsky. Virtual access is also available; the concert on Friday, February 25 will be livestreamed from KMFA and then made available on demand through May.

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Rescheduled: Adventurous Favorites

Adventurous Favorites has now been rescheduled for Friday, May 20 at KMFA and Saturday, May 21 at the First Unitarian Church. The concert program will be in its original format with voice, flute, cello, and piano. We will be welcoming mezzo-soprano Samantha Balboa to the program, joining flutist Ebonee Thomas, cellist Amy Levine-Tsang, and pianist Michelle Schumann. Ticket holders have been notified of these updates via email.

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Original post on January 14: With the health and safety of our community of utmost importance, we have come to the difficult decision to postpone next weekend’s Adventurous Favorites concerts. Two of the artists have been in close contact with family members who have tested positive for COVID-19, making it impossible to move forward with the concert safely. Ticket holders have been notified via email. We are committed to presenting this season program later in the spring, and we plan to announce new dates no later than early February. Those who have not already registered for the concert can subscribe to our newsletter to receive the announcement.

Please note that dates have not changed for the two other spring programs (Unexpected Favorites on February 25/26 and Fan Favorites on April 22/23). Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Adventurous Favorites Safety Updates

Please note that this concert has since been rescheduled and the venue and program have been re-adjusted. View the most up-to-date information on the Adventurous Favorites event page.

Due to the recent surge in Austin’s COVID-19 numbers, we are moving the concert on Saturday, January 22 to KMFA’s Draylen Mason Music Studio. KMFA has been a fabulous venue for our Friday Intimate Concerts this year, and we are thrilled to safely present the Saturday performance in their new space! Capacity will be limited to ensure socially distanced pod seating.

We have also updated our 2021–2022 Safety Guidelines in accordance with City of Austin and CDC, including requiring proof of negative test or vaccination for all patrons while at Stage 5. In order to reduce the risk of exposure, we have adjusted the Adventurous Favorites program to feature only strings and piano. Artists, therefore, will be masked at all times. Ticket holders for both evenings have been contacted via email about our safety and program updates.

Virtual access is available to those who wish to enjoy the program remotely; the concert on Friday, January 21 will be livestreamed from KMFA and then made available on demand through May.

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October 2 Venue Update

Due to the recent surge in Austin’s COVID-19 numbers, we are moving the concert on Saturday, October 2 to our office lobby at 7600 Burnet Road. We know that many of you have enjoyed Beethoven’s Birthday in our lobby in past years and are thrilled to safely present this concert in ACMC’s home! Capacity will be limited to ensure socially distanced pod seating.

Friday night is sold out, and limited in-person tickets remain for Saturday night at the ACMC lobby. Join us as we kick off a season of Favorite Things with this special opening weekend, featuring music by Brahms, del Águila, and Mozart—reserve your seats now! Virtual access is also available; the concert on Friday, October 1 will be livestreamed from KMFA and then made available on demand through May.

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Reflections on a Year of Making Music Together Apart

Austin Chamber Music Center, Austin Classical Guitar, and Conspirare, with the support and encouragement of the Still Water Foundation, collaborated in the 20-21 season to support one another and share ideas during the COVID pandemic as we transitioned to in-home, streaming performances.

Collectively we are incredibly grateful to have been able to continue to serve, employ our artists and staff, and create music that inspired and connected our communities during this time of great challenge. This year of pivoting and innovating will inform our work as we return to in-person concerts. We’d like to share some of our lessons learned, some of the art itself, and reflect on what we think we might take forward into the future.

Throughout the season, the Executive/Managing Directors of each organization spoke every Friday to share ideas and lessons learned, frequently engaging other team-members and community members in certain discussions.

We are very grateful especially to all those friends near and far who believed in us, took steps with us into online streaming events, supported us, through this most unusual year. Here is a brief report on some of what we learned, and we welcome feedback, comments, and questions.

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Festival Mask Policy Update

Given the updated guidance from the CDC and the City of Austin, masks are no longer required for our outdoor Festival events but are recommended for unvaccinated people. Please contact us if you have questions about this updated protocol.

If you prefer to watch the livestream, virtual tickets are available for all Festival events on a sliding scale $0–40 and include on-demand access through July.

We look forward to sharing the final two concerts with you, live this Thursday and next!

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25th Annual Festival: Outdoors & Online

We are thrilled to announce that the 25th Annual Austin Chamber Music Festival will take place both outdoors and online!

The concerts will be held on the front lawn at the Neill-Cochran House Museum each Thursday evening May 27 through June 24. Seating pods of 1-4 people will be spaced six feet apart and masks will be required. If you prefer to watch the livestream, virtual tickets are available on a sliding scale and include on-demand access through July. Don’t forget to check out our Streaming Tips page if you are not yet familiar with our streaming platform.

Click the button below to check out the full Festival lineup and reserve your tickets!

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Spring Sessions on New & Improved Platform

The Chamber Connect: Spring Sessions are about to begin, and we are thrilled to be able to kick off a new year of concerts with you on our new virtual platform! The platform has been personalized for our ACMC audience and offers an elevated quality for streaming and on-demand video access. Get to know how it all works on our Streaming Tips page.

Tickets are available now through our box office page for the Spring Sessions, which begin on January 23. Similar to the fall, these programs will be accessible to everyone on a sliding scale. Only one ticket is needed per streaming device, and you can select the price that works best for you, between $0 and $40.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas New Virtual Event

ACMC presents its 9th annual celebration of A Charlie Brown Christmas this year as a special virtual event. To brighten your season, the program will be free to watch. Enjoy your favorite tunes from this holiday classic from the comfort of your home!

The concert features Vince Guaraldi’s original music from the animated television special. Returning to perform these iconic pieces is bassist Utah Hamrick, ACMC Artistic Director and pianist Michelle Schumann, and drummer Scott Laningham. Special guests include vocalist Michelle Haché and Ephraim Owens on trumpet. A new recording from KMFA Classical’s new Draylen Mason Music Studio is currently under production, and will be broadcast on Friday, December 11 at 7:30 PM CT and Sunday, December 13 at 4:00 PM CT.

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