COVID-19 Update

Message from the executive office

As of May 15, 2020

We have all encountered a new world we could have scarcely imagined in early March. But with it, FIM is truly leaping into the future. We know nothing will ever replace live performance and in person instruction, however we also know we’ve reached new audiences just in the short time we’ve been sharing new virtual content on social media and in our weekly eNewsletters. And there’s much more to come. Streamed performances of the symphony from previous seasons. Collaborative student and faculty performances recorded from all corners of the community, state or country. Theatre performed live and available in a virtual live stream at the same time. We look forward to reaching and engaging an entirely new part of our community. And we will do so with the same high quality that FIM is known for in instruction and performance standards. 

While we continue to work on reopening plans for the FSPA, the Rep and FSO please let us know how we can serve you. And please stay safe and healthy!

Warmly,
Rodney Lontine

P.S. Please consider the role of music, dance and theatre in your life and a donation to FIM

As of May 8, 2020

I want to take this opportunity to wrap up National Teacher Appreciation Week and National Nurse Appreciation Week with a hearty expression of gratitude from everyone at FIM. There is not a time I can recall when the dedication and devotion of these professionals has been more elevated in our national conscience. That’s a wonderful thing to behold despite the unfortunate circumstances of this crisis that have made it so. We are also proud of the teaching artists at the Rep and FSPA that are continuing their classes and maintaining their connections with students and we deeply appreciate their flexibility and commitment. And for all the mothers in our lives, truly our every single day, everyday heroes, we salute you and hope that this particular Mother’s Day finds you safe and healthy. We celebrate you all
 
We’ve had another wonderful highlight in the news this week through our partners at the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor. We’ve been privileged to have their support through a number of exciting outreach initiatives over the past couple of years. They reached out to us to see how we are adjusting our programming in response to the crisis. Please enjoy reading the article about FSPA.

As always, please let us know if there’s any information you’d find helpful in our weekly updates. We hope this finds you well and safe at home.

Warmly,
Rodney Lontine

P.S. Please consider the role of music, dance and theatre in your life and a donation to FIM

As of May 1, 2020

Message from the executive office

Well good-bye April showers and hello May flowers! We are looking forward to all May brings. We don’t want you to miss out on our social pages on May 4th – a complete Star Wars themed take over that day! And we will start honoring our student graduates next week and that will continue through the entire month. Much more to come on that. 

As we emerge from this challenging time we plan to provide the excellent performing arts experiences our community relies on for inspiration, unification and enrichment. If you haven’t seen it on our social pages, we had an opinion column printed this past week in both the Midland Daily News and the East Village Magazine. It focuses on why the arts matter more than ever to our recovery and healing. I hope you’ll read it.

That being said the health and safety of our students, patrons and audiences will always come first and we continue to plan carefully for our eventual reopening, even while we can’t say exactly when that will be. In the meantime, we continue to look ahead.  FSO Season Subscriber invoices were mailed this week. There’s an exciting season planned and new subscribers are welcome as well. You can find the complete season on our website. The Rep season will be announced soon. FSPA summer programs are open for registration. And the Rep Education summer programs will be launched soon. It’s a completely risk free commitment, as we will offer 100% refunds for any program that can’t be continued due to COVID-19. In addition, as so much or our education programming has moved online. We plan to continue that to the greatest extent possible. 

As always, please let us know if there’s any information you’d find helpful in our weekly updates. We hope this finds you well and safe at home.

Warmly,
Rodney Lontine

P.S. Please consider the role of music, dance and theatre in your life and a donation to FIM

As of April 24, 2020

Well there was good news today for gardeners, golfers and boaters and that’s certainly a start to spring we all welcome. We have been working on a re-opening plan that aligns with the federal government guidelines for a phased in approach to lifting social distancing restrictions. Of course, you’ll be the first to know when we begin initiating the plan. Although the Governor extended the Stay at Home order through May 15, we remain available to serve you as we work from home.

Thanks for reading each week. While we’re apart there are still wonderful ways to connect and support FIM. Next week FIM is hosting an online Spirit Week on its Facebook page. Dust off your favorite music joke on Monday, Tutu Tuesday is just what it sounds like! Check it out each day and help be an FIM social ambassador.

As always, please let us know if there’s any information you’d find helpful in our weekly updates. We hope this finds you well and safe at home.

Warmly,
Rodney Lontine

President and CEO

As of April 17, 2020

While we’ve all heard the new normal is uncertainty, we are striving to embrace that reality and create a new narrative of flexibility. We believe focusing on flexibility rather than uncertainty will help us maintain hope and enthusiasm for a better future. With that in mind we continue to plan for the resumption of programming activity and you’ll be the first to know as we roll out the 2020-21 season.

While government and health officials discuss a phased-in approach for the return to our workplaces, we remain available to serve you as we work from home. Thanks for reading and please let us know if there’s any information you’d find helpful in our weekly updates.

We hope this finds you well and safe at home. 

Warmly,

Rodney Lontine
President and CEO

As of April 10, 2020

It is likely that the impact of COVID-19 on our community has moved closer to each of you this week in some way. You may know exhausted health care workers, mourning neighbors and loved ones, unemployed friends and family. All those who would traditionally observe Passover or Holy Week remind us again of the irony that our most basic human response to joy as well as crisis is to come together. And yet we can’t gather and our ability to do so will be uncertain for some time to come. We are hopeful that the worst for Genesee County will soon be behind us as long as we continue to protect one another by staying home. 

With the Governor’s extension of the Stay at Home Executive Order through April 30 our staff remain available to serve you as they work from home. 

Challenges and obstacles, as difficult as they may be, often spark creativity and inspire us to grow in unforeseen ways. We are actively working to ensure there are bright days ahead for FIM and our community. 

Warmly,

Rodney Lontine
President and CEO

As of April 3, 2020

In light of the Governor’s most recent executive order extending the suspension of all K-12 education through the end of the school year, regrettably FSPA and the Rep Education programs are suspended through the end of Spring Term 4 (June 6). We are currently accepting registrations for summer classes and camps as well as applications for tuition assistance. While our facilities remain closed, our staff is working remotely to assist you and can still be reached by calling FIM at 810.238.1350.

We have also postponed the Chamber Music Series scheduled for June 5, 12, 19 and 26 at FIM’s MacArthur Recital Hall. When we are able to reschedule, new dates will be posted in our eNews and website. For a complete list of cancelled and rescheduled events please check this current webpage for the most up-to-date information.

One thing that keeps me hopeful through this crisis is the belief that we have to imagine a better world when this is all over - and music, dance, and theatre, the live performing arts, will play an essential role in our community's recovery and bright future. With your support we will all get there together! In the meantime, please stay home and stay safe.

Warmly,
Rodney Lontine
President and CEO

As of March 27, 2020

In light of the most recent recommendations from the CDC and the executive orders of Governor Whitmer, FIM has extended the suspension of all events and performances through May 31. If you are a ticket holder to any of these events, you should have received an email from the Ticket Center. For those who do not have an email on record a postcard will be mailed next week with information on how to donate your tickets or receive account credit. The Ticket Center is now closed to walk up business but it can be reached at tickets@thewhiting.com or 810.237.7333.

To protect our staff, we have closed the Flint Institute of Music (FIM) buildings until further notice, this includes the Flint School of Performing Arts and Flint Repertory Theatre. In addition, all but a few staff designated as ‘essential’ in accordance with the Governor’s order, are now working from home. Staff can still be reached during normal business hours by calling FIM at 810.238.1350 and following the prompts. 

We are playing our part in protecting the threat to our community from the coronavirus. We know this creates a real hardship for so many who rely on the performing arts for their health and well-being. We thought you might enjoy this song! Here’s Scott Anthony Joy & Mary Paige Rieffel singing “MICHIGAN IS SO COLD WITHOUT YOU” Music by Joe Maloney, Lyrics by Michael Lluberes from the Flint Rep's 2019 Season Announcement Party.

Warmly,
Rodney Lontine
President and CEO

As of March 20, 2020

We know that each and every one of you are experiencing unprecedented disruption to your normal daily living and we are saddened that our ability to support you during these extraordinary times is challenged. Going forward we will provide weekly updates through these emails and uplifting social media content more frequently. Please know we are concerned for your health and safety and all the difficult decisions we are making hold that as our top priority. 

In light of the most recent recommendations from the CDC and the executive orders of Governor Whitmer, FIM has extended the suspension of all events and performances through May 31. We realize this is heart wrenching for many of our students, faculty, musicians and theatre artists. And for our patrons who know the value of the performing arts to lift and sustain our community, this is an especially difficult time to be deprived of the live presentation of music, dance and theatre. If you are a ticket holder to any of these events, the Ticket Center at Whiting will begin contacting patrons on Monday, March 23 through email and phone calls regarding your options for donating tickets or receiving exchange credit on account. A list of the affected performances and events follows this letter. The Ticket Center can be reached by calling 810.237.7333 during their reduced business hours, Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 3pm. The Ticket Center is closed to walk up business until further notice.

To protect our staff, we have closed the Flint Institute of Music (FIM) buildings to the general public until further notice, this includes the Flint School of Performing Arts and Flint Repertory Theatre. In addition, all but several of our administrative staff are now working from home. Staff can still be reached during normal business hours by calling FIM at 810.238.1350 and following the prompts. 

As announced last week the Flint School of Performing Arts and the Flint Repertory Theatre Education department plan to resume classes on April 6. However due to the volatility of this crisis it is subject to change. Faculty have looked at alternative approaches to deliver instruction and have contacted families to make arrangements when possible. If you have questions regarding your tuition or account please call the FSPA office at 810.238.1350 ext. 3 during reduced business hours, 10 am – 3pm, Monday-Friday. 

We are doing everything we can to mitigate the potential exposure of our patrons, students, faculty and staff to the coronavirus. We know this creates a real hardship for so many while we do our part to keep the community safe and healthy. We miss you!

Warmly,

Rodney Lontine
President and CEO

Current List of Affected Performances

  • FSO March 14th Classical Concert- Cancelled
  • Flint Symphony Chorus Concert - Cancelled
  • FSPA FYSO Bon Voyage Concert - Cancelled 
  • Flint REP Ed Spring Shorts - Cancelled 
  • FIM Podium Club - Cancelled 
  • FSO April 18th Classical Concert - Cancelled 
  • FSPA Showcase Concert - Cancelled 
  • The REP, Magnificent Seven Production - Rescheduled to 20/21 Season 
  • FSO; BCO Pops with Patti Austin - Rescheduled, Nov. 20, 2020 
  • FSPA Festival of Dance - Cancelled 
  • FIM Auction – Cancelled - More Information Coming Soon
  • Chamber Series – Rescheduled, TBD