Orchestra Member Health Policy



Participant Category Definition – Orchestra

Orchestra members are defined as those performers appearing on-stage with the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra.

These roles are classified as Spoleto Festival USA employees.



Rehearsals and Performances

  • Strings musicians and percussionists are required to mask when possible, during rehearsals and performances, both onstage and in the orchestra pit. These musicians will be considered MASKED Orchestra Members.
  • Wind and brass musicians are not required to wear masks during rehearsals or performances. These musicians will be considered UNMASKED Orchestra Members.
  • The Director of each production may adapt the rehearsal masking protocol at their discretion. However, no Director may require mask removal during rehearsals.
  • Optional or voluntary mask-wearing during rehearsal is at the discretion of the performer.
  • Performers must put masks on as soon as they are offstage and at all other times inside the facility.
  • Performers will make a best effort to adhere to any direction that will limit the spread of COVID-19.


Covid-19 Testing:

  • At home COVID-19 tests will be delivered each week.
  • UNMASKED Orchestra Members will perform daily at home testing before leaving their accommodation.
  • MASKED Orchestra Members will perform 2 at home tests per week on non-consecutive days.
  • Text all test result image (photo or scan) to Haley Carter, Health Policy Coordinator, at 843.817.8175
  • If an individual tests positive for COVID-19 that individual will immediately quarantine, and care will be arranged with a Festival provided physician.
  • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will isolate for 5 days.
  • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will wear a well-fitting mask anytime they are around others for 10 days.
  • Wind/brass players can return to work after two negative antigen tests administered at least 24 hours apart.
  • If an individual is symptomatic for COVID-19 but tests negative with a self-administered daily test, that individual will be provided with a PCR test with the Festival’s medical provider.
  • FESTIVAL will provide isolated and/or extended accommodation as necessary for COVID-19 positive individuals.



  • Festival drivers will be used to transport artists to and from the airport and venues and to a COVID PCR testing location as deemed necessary.
  • Masks are required inside all Festival-provided transportation.