The 2021 Young Artist program will be delivered locally in St. John’s, NL. It will in-person and limited capacity, and we will form just 2-3 chamber groups (trios and quartets). As in a typical year, participants will have daily lessons, coachings, masterclasses with faculty and guest artists here on-site, online masterclasses and workshops with esteemed guest artists, as well as several performance opportunities in dedicated Young Artist concerts.
This year, the program will be based in several locations around the city centre, including Memorial University School of Music, First Light Centre for Performance and Creativity and the Anglican Cathedral. Participants who choose the accommodation and meal plan will be housed near the downtown core and within walking distance to all venues.
You will receive your chamber music in part no later than June 1st, and the artistic directors expect you to learn this prior to the beginning of the Festival. In addition to chamber music, you will also be studying and performing some solo repertoire. We ask that string players please inform us of the pieces they wish to study in advance so we may inform the collaborative pianist on staff. By July 1st, you will also receive an information request form for your bio, flight information, if applicable, updates to current public health orders, and an assumption of risks, responsibilities, and liability waiver.
Due to the COVID-19 and the global pandemic, the festival is required to comply with all public health guidelines around gathering and travel, both federally and those specific to the Alert Level determined for the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador by the Public Medical Officer of Health. Your acceptance to the program is subject to your agreement to follow all public health measures applicable at the time of travel, as well as any additional measures deemed to be necessary by the festival for your participation. This includes, or may include, a variety of measures, such as: self-isolation, vaccination, COVID-19 testing, physical distancing, wearing of masks, handwashing, disinfection, and limiting non-essential contact. The festival will comply with all requirements with the safety of participants, artists, staff and audiences in mind. A full list of all measures as pertaining to our specific alert level will be provided closer to the festival.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are ongoing restrictions on travel into the province. This information is subject to change at any time. Please keep checking provincial and federal travel advisories regularly as part of your planning.
If you reside locally, you will not need an exemption to travel, nor be expected to quarantine upon arrival to St. John’s. If the Atlantic Bubble is reinstated by July 1 and you are travelling by car or flying to St. John’s from within the Bubble (NS, NB and PE), we ask you to plan for arrival in St. John’s on Sunday August 8th, and departure on Monday, August 23rd. The Young Artist Program will begin the morning of Monday, August 9th.
If the Atlantic Bubble is not reinstated and/or you are entering NL from another province, whether you are a NL resident or otherwise, current requirements are such that you must be approved for travel and you also must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. The date of entry into the province is considered Day 1 of quarantine. Therefore, you must plan to arrive in St. John’s no later than Sunday, July 25th to ensure you can complete 14 full days of self-isolation prior to the start of the Young Artist Program on Monday, August 9th.
If you have family in St. John’s or nearby, they may be able to support your quarantine. If so, we ask that a family representative please provide proof of this support via e-mail and full contact information, as well as your full quarantine plan for our files. You can submit your travel declaration 30 days prior to travel under the “Immediate Family” category.
If you do not have family support in St. John’s, the festival will arrange for you to complete your 14-day self-isolation period in a hotel and will assist in the creation of your quarantine plan. The festival will also support by delivering food, provisions, and for pianists, a practice keyboard. You will have to submit this travel declaration 30 days prior to travel requesting permission for essential education-related travel. Do note that approval is not guaranteed.
All participants will be required to provide proof of travel and health insurance for the duration of their involvement with the festival. IF YOU DEVELOP SYMPTOMS during your quarantine period or test positive for COVID-19, you must follow all public health requirements. At this time this includes an additional 14-day quarantine, which you will not be able to leave until you have proof of a negative test result. The festival will assist with arrangements and support. All medical and travel costs are the responsibility of the participant.
Finally, note that for your safety and the safety of others, all requirements and procedures must be strictly observed. A person violating public health orders could face a fine of $500 to $2,500, or jail time up to 6 months, or both a fine and jail time. A corporation found in breach of these orders could face a fine of $5,000 to $50,000.
Upon receipt of your confirmation of attendance, we request a $250 deposit to secure your place in the 2021 program. Within two weeks, we will forward an invoice for the remainder owing of your tuition and Accommodation Plan, if applicable, as well as information regarding cancellation. For those requiring quarantine, we can offer support at the current $450/week rate. In addition to tuition, the total cost for accommodations, meal plan, and ground transportation for the quarantine period plus the two-week program would be $1,800.
If the festival is unable to proceed due to COVID-19 restrictions, the festival will reimburse any program payments minus a $100 non-refundable administration fee. We will refund 50% of your deposit for cancellation prior to July 15. After July 15, your deposit is non-refundable, and any accommodation costs paid to the festival will be subject to cancellation charges. Remaining tuition and meal plan payments may be reimbursed. For cancellation after August, the festival exercises the right to retain all payments.
We look forward to your participation in the 2021 Tuckamore Festival and will do whatever we can we can to ensure that you have a superb musical experience while you are here. We will continue to monitor the public health advisories and provide updated information as it becomes available. If you have any questions please feel free to call or e-mail.