In a perfect world, musicians would have ample time to try a variety of face masks in order to find options that provide maximum safety and comfort. Having said that, things are far from perfect and the cost of buying a few dozen masks is an expense most musicians aren’t in a position to absorb.
Consequently, it’s been fascinating watching musicians connect across social media to share experiences.
For example, this post from conductor Larry Loh garnered a great deal of useful feedback from colleagues.
Musicians, what are your favorite masks? I have acquired many different masks (in addition to our homemade ones). This…
Bassoonist (and foster cat mom extraordinaire) Sue Heineman posted something similar just yesterday and is already getting a good bit of useful feedback
Who wants to recommend their favorite facemask? We have yet to actually purchase any… have had some really nice ones…
My wife, violinist Holly Mulcahy, did a good bit of crowdsourced research before settling on some masks sold by an online retailer that specializes in dancewear.
Conductors, violinists, and violists: Please share favorite brands of masks or favorite styles so we can help each other know which is best to play in or conduct in…..
Let’s keep the crowdsource thing going. Are there any good threads you’ve come across with useful information about face masks?