Etiquette at Public Concerts

Dear Pre-College Community:

I would like to call to your attention the issue of decorum during the public concerts in our building. We are first and foremost an educational institution, and an important part of that education involves behavior during concerts. We all take these concerts seriously, and our students work very hard for the opportunity to share their music with the public. This becomes difficult when there is constant traffic in and our of the hall, and nearly impossible when there are babies crying, talking and jumping around during performances.

Our school-wide policy is that no child under 5 is allowed in the hall, and we intend to uphold this policy. Entrance into the hall during concerts is allowed only during applause between pieces. We now have ushers monitoring the concerts in Paul and Morse Halls, and we hope for your understanding and cooperation. If you intend to invite people to any of the concerts, please apprise them of this policy so that there are no surprises at the door.

We would also like to request that anyone who brings young children over 5 into any hall, should find a seat near a door towards the back, so they can make a quick exit should the child become disruptive.

We hope you understand that this policy is intended to enhance the experience of these concerts for the performers as well as for the audience, and promote a better understanding of the expected concert etiquette among our public.

We thank you for your cooperation. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Veda Kaplinsky
Artistic Director