Texas Tech University

COVID-19 Testing Protocols for Performance, Production, and Ensemble

Required Covid Testing

Regular COVID-19 screening testing is required for non-exempt faculty, staff, and students participating in any of the following ensembles or productions:

A Little Night Music

Celtic Ensemble

Clarinet Choir

Collegium Musicum

Concert Band

Court Jesters




Jazz Ensembles

Lubbock Chorale

Mariachi Ensemble

Matador Singers

New/Contemporary Music Ensemble

Opera Theatre



Percussion Ensembles

Scarlet Vocé


Steel Drum Band

String Orchestra

Symphonic Band

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Tango Ensemble

Trombone Choir

Trumpet Ensembles

Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble

University Band

University Choir

University Singers


Requirements for Continued Participation

Requirements for continued participation in any of the groups/productions listed above:

  1. Non-exempt individuals participating in the groups or productions listed above are required to complete regular screening testing for COVID-19 to remain eligible for participation. Testing is available, free of charge, every Friday of the spring semester beginning January 14-April 29, except for March 18th.

  2. Walk-in, rapid, non-invasive screening testing is available weekly in the  School of Theatre & Dance Building Complex (on the campus map, select Charles E. Maedgen, Jr. Theatre). This building is centrally located between the School of Music and School of Art and provides a large testing space. Signage posted inside the building will help direct you to the appropriate testing location, room 167.

  3. Testing is available via an online sign-up that will ensure a testing slot is available for you.  You can access the online sign up here:  Covid Testing. If you have a conflict with all available slots, please contact your Ensemble or Production Director(s). 

  4. If you test positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, take the following steps to protect others regardless of your COVID-19 vaccination status: Isolate at home and isolate away from others for at least 5 days from the second positive test date. If asymptomatic or symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours) follow that with 5 days of wearing a mask around others. 

Information About Claiming Exemption

Participants may be exempt from testing if they:

  1. provide proof of full vaccination and are asymptomatic for COVID-19, or
  2. provide proof of positive COVID-19 test within the last 90 days and are asymptomatic for COVID-19

Detailed information about how to claim exemption from testing and voluntarity submit proof of exemption are available on the TCVPA's COVID-19 Testing Protocols webpage. Please review all information carefully.  Individuals who voluntarily submitted proof of exemption in the fall term and who received notification of exemption from testing do not need to resubmit proof of exemption

Click Here to Submit Testing Exemption Documentation


When will this testing requirement begin?

Unless otherwise communicated by a director of an ensemble, event, or production, regular testing for non-exempt participants will begin on Friday, January 14th.

Will I have to pay to be tested?

No. There will be no cost to any student, faculty, or staff member who is participating in required testing.

Where can I submit proof of vaccination?

You can submit proof of vaccination through the TCVPA COVID-19 Testing Exemption Documentation Submission Form.

Can I be exempt from testing if I've only had one shot in a two-shot vaccine?

If I have a medical or religious exemption from getting the COVID-19 vaccine, do I have to get tested?

Yes. Results from required testing will not, in any way, compel any individual to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine.

What if I want to get vaccinated?

Yes. Results from required testing will not, in any way, compel any individual to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine.

The university will be hosting campus vaccination clinics, or you can receive your vaccine through your physician or your local pharmacy.

Can my roommate come get tested with me?

This testing is only available to students identified as participants in one or more of the ensembles or groups noted in item 1. 

What if I refuse to be tested?

We hope you will not, as testing is fast, free, and safe. However, if you are not exempt from testing and you refuse to be tested, you will not be permitted to participate in the performances and groups noted in item 1.  Please visit with your School Director if you have questions about testing compliance related to a specific ensemble or production.

Who do I contact if I have questions or concerns?

Please send any questions/concerns to: tcvpa.deansoffice@ttu.edu