Nashville Symphony Announces New Health
& Safety Protocols 
for the Schermerhorn Symphony Center

With the current rise in COVID-19 cases, public safety is top priority 


Nashville, Tenn. (September 2, 2021) — The Nashville Symphony today announced new health-and-safety protocols for entering the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, effective September 13. Highlights of the new policy:

  • Face masks are always required indoors at the Schermerhorn, with no exceptions for age, medical or religious reasons, or vaccination status.
  • Audience members must be fully vaccinated or have proof of a negative test within 48 hours of the performance. For patrons who cannot provide either, on-site rapid tests will be available for no charge through November 28.
  • The Schermerhorn has MERV-14 filters installed in all air-handling units throughout the venue. These filters are considered to be “hospital-grade” and are extremely effective at filtering out pathogens.
  • The policy was informed by extensive surveying of donors and patrons.


“Everyone’s safety – our audiences, musicians, staff, and volunteers – is our top priority. With heightened concerns around the spread of COVID-19 because of the Delta variant, this updated policy puts patrons’ health first and allows us to get back to fulfilling our mission: making music for the people of Nashville and Middle Tennessee,” says Alan D. Valen- tine, President & CEO. 

You may read the new policy, along with frequently asked questions, at These health and safety measures may be updated as conditions of the pandemic warrant.


The GRAMMY® Award-winning Nashville Symphony has earned an international reputation for its innovative programming and its commitment to performing, recording and commissioning works by America’s leading composers. With more than 140 performances annually, the orchestra offers a broad range of classical, pops and jazz, and children’s concerts, while its extensive education and com-munity engagement programs reach 45,000 children and adults in a typical year. The Nashville Symphony has released 35 internation-ally distributed recordings on Naxos, which have received 26 GRAMMY® nominations and 14 GRAMMY® Awards, making it one of the most active recording orchestras in the country. The orchestra has also released recordings on Decca, Deutsche Grammophon and New West Records.