COVID-19 Safety Information & Updates


COVID-19 Safety Policy (as of September 3, 2021)

To ensure the well-being and safety of our audience and musicians, we are updating our safety protocols.

We require proof of full vaccination* or a negative COVID test** for attendance at concerts. To gain access to First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, please provide one of the following:

  • Physical vaccination card -or-
  • Photo of vaccination card (photo must be legible) -or-
  • Digital vaccination record -or-
  • Negative COVID-19 test result (PCR only, within 72 hours)

Masks are required during attendance. Children under 12 who cannot yet be vaccinated may attend accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult, and they must also wear a mask. If you arrive without a mask, one will be provided to you.

Concerts in the 2021-22 season will be presented without an intermission and last approximately one hour. The musicians will be unmasked during the performance; masks are required for all audience, staff, and volunteers. All performers, staff, and volunteers are fully vaccinated.

To streamline entry to the concert and prevent overcrowding in the foyer, we will sell CDs and other merchandise only at intermission and after the concert.

Your understanding and cooperation are deeply appreciated. We look forward to seeing you in October!

* Full vaccination: two weeks after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine

** Negative COVID test: PCR only, within 72 hours


September 3, 2021

We’re delighted to announce that all concerts of our 2021-2022 season will now be available both in-person and online! All in-person tickets include virtual concert access. Online access will be available one week after the concert date. We gratefully acknowledge the many friends who, through their generous support, have made this possible!

June 4, 2020

Dear Friends, It’s our twelfth week of quarantine and the long cool spring is gradually turning towards summer. When I first turned my thoughts to writing this newsletter, the situation in the US was already dire—so many dead from the coronavirus, so many lives upended, so many livelihoods disrupted or destroyed, and, as always, the burden of hardship falling disproportionately on the disadvantaged and oppressed, on people of color, and on the poor. That was before the murder of George Floyd and the nationwide, worldwide outpouring of grief and anger in protests and demonstrations. At the present moment the concerns of an arts organization are slight in comparison to our desperate need for justice, compassion, and peace. The passion and courage of so many people out in the street demonstrating for righteous change give me hope that better days will come. Read more…

June 1, 2020

At the onset of concert cancellations last March related to the COVID-19 health crisis, we had sincerely hoped to reschedule our March 28 concert, Many Voices, to early June. Due to Massachusetts state re-opening phase restrictions, we regretfully must cancel this concert. If you purchased tickets to this concert, please consider donating the value of your ticket back to Blue Heron. The arts and culture sector has faced devastating financial loss due to this pandemic and Blue Heron is no exception. Your support through donating back your tickets will help us defray some of the economic hardship we face in the months ahead. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 617-960-7956. We look forward to presenting this concert in a future season when we are again free to bring many voices to you in a live concert. In the meantime, we’re currently planning for a novel approach to our 2020-2021 season. Be on the lookout for more information in the coming weeks. Until then, we sincerely thank you for being a part of the Blue Heron family!

April 22, 2020

It is with deep regret that we must cancel the remainder of our season in order to ensure public safety and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have already purchased tickets for the May 15 concert, we ask that you please consider donating back the value of the ticket to Blue Heron and receive an acknowledgment for your tax deductible donation. Although we are unable to share a live concert experience with you at present, we do hope you continue to enjoy our regular posts of past Blue Heron performances. We are deeply grateful to all members of the Blue Heron community who support our mission in so many meaningful ways. We wish you all good health during this global crisis and look forward to sharing news about the 2020-2021 season in the weeks ahead.

March 12, 2020

During this challenging and uncertain time, we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 public health crisis along with First Church of Cambridge, Congregational, where we perform our subscription series. As of this afternoon, First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, has made the difficult decision to cancel all gatherings and events at the church, therefore we must postpone our March 28 concert. If you have already purchased tickets for this concert, please hold on to them as we hope to reschedule in early June and will be in touch as soon as we are able to with a new concert date. Please also note that the March 26 concert at Boston College has been canceled. We are deeply grateful to all members of the Blue Heron community who support our mission in so many meaningful ways. We wish you all good health during this global crisis and look forward to updating you in the weeks ahead on future concerts.