COVID-19 Testing for Knoxville Symphony Musicians

Posted on February 1, 2021

Covenant Health to Provide COVID-19 Testing for Knoxville Symphony Musicians

Covenant Health will provide COVID-19 testing for Knoxville Symphony Orchestra musicians and personnel, so that the symphony’s 2020-21 season can safely resume in February.

“We wanted to help the KSO make its upcoming rehearsals and performances as safe as possible,” said Jim VanderSteeg, CEO of Covenant Health. “Giving back is a core principle of Covenant Health, as is the overall health of the communities we serve. This sponsorship helps the musicians get back on stage and back to work, and brings live music back to the community.”

The testing will be done throughout the orchestra’s season the Physician’s Plaza on the Parkwest Medical Center campus. Orchestra musicians and personnel will be tested for 16 weeks, for a total of 560 tests donated by Covenant Health.

violin“As a nonprofit, we rely on the community for support,” KSO Executive Director Rachel Ford said. “The generosity of Covenant Health means our musicians and staff can have peace of mind as we prepare to perform. The KSO is so grateful for the support and sponsorship, and we look forward to making live music once again.”

The KSO is scheduled to perform Igor Stravinsky’s neoclassical theatre piece “The Soldier’s Tale” via livestream from the Bijou Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 7, as part of the Chamber Classics series. It will be the first KSO performance since the orchestra had to halt operations last March because of the pandemic. Details about upcoming performances can be found at