AATS Awards for COVID-19 Response

International Coalition Performing Arts Aerosol Study

The American Academy of Teachers of Singing is pleased to recognize the International Coalition Performing Arts Aerosol Study with an inaugural AATS Award for COVID-19 Response for “Research on Aerosol Transmission to Inform Safety Protocol Measures for Music Performance Practices During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” The AATS Awards were created “to recognize, honor, and nurture outstanding accomplishment in the teaching of singing and in allied professions.”

  • Mark Spede, Co-Chair, President of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), Director of Bands, Clemson University
  •  James Weaver, Co-Chair, Director of Performing Arts and Sports, National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)
  •  Shelly Miller, Lead Researcher, University of Colorado Boulder
  •  Jelena Srebric, Lead Researcher, University of Maryland

“In March 2020 musicians around the world were stunned to learn that gathering to play wind instruments or singing may be activities that could result in significant spread of the COVID-19 virus,” said Academy member Karen Brunssen. “In-person music instruction and group musical activities came to a halt in schools, homes, businesses, concert halls, theaters, and in places of worship. All grappled to first understand why these activities may be risky, and then what measures could be taken to mitigate risks. Three research reports from the International Coalition of Performing Arts Aerosol Study provided needed information specific to instruments and voices, and suggested limitations and potential protocols, including masking, social distancing, room ventilation, and more, for the health and safety of all involved.”

The study gave us concrete evidence of the transmission of COVID by aerosol circulation which has informed our most basic protocols as we continue to teach and perform music. 



AATS Awards for COVID-19 Response

Ian Howell for his work with low-latency platforms and associated technology, and broad dissemination of instruction in its use, permitting widespread applications that have allowed successful teaching and performing in remote settings (https://www.ianhowellcountertenor.com).

ENO Breathe for creating an innovative and compassionate effort between the arts and medicine to help relieve the suffering of individuals experiencing long term post-COVID respiratory and anxiety problems (https://eno.org/eno-breathe/