Guidance from Smith Walbridge Clinics
The safety and well being of our annual summer clinic participants, staff, and guests are always our first priority. As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, we will continue to follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), and work in coordination with the Illinois Department of Public Health and Eastern Illinois University.
Our administration continues to guide and plan Smith Walbridge Clinics's continued response.
Smith Walbridge Clinics: July 2020
After careful evaluation of the projected impact of the pandemic, Smith Walbridge will be suspending all in-person camps and clinics for the Summer 2020 season.
We believe that who we are and what we do is achieved through the in-person camp experience. It is fundamental to the quality of our camps and their spirit. SWC will not migrate to any registered online platform this summer. Instead, we will be offering free, virtual engagement and enrichment opportunities, for students and directors. It is our hope that we can bring quality content to our would-be participants, directors, and schools, particularly during this time of financial uncertainty.
No words can fully capture our profound sadness and disappointment that for the first time in over 70 years, students and directors will not attend summer camp with SWC, immersed in music, leadership, skill, and spirit. We remain guided by our first priority: ensuring the safety and well-being of our participants, staff, interns, and guests, as well as the larger community.
In lieu of in-person clinics not happening this year:
We have created a lineup of FREE Live Virtual Clinics so that we may continue to educate students and directors that rely on Smith Walbridge. We are working hard to provide a similar education experience with rich and informative content as to that of our standard Clinics. We know that nothing can fully replace the magic that is created by bringing all of SWC together but we will try our best to be a resource and a spark of familiarity for the coming months as we all hold on to hope for the fast-approaching season.