Norfolk Chamber Music Festival–Yale Summer School of Music

2022 Choral Welcome Information

From The Welcome Book

COVID-19 Vaccination | Testing


All participants are required to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 before arrival in Norfolk, including any booster dose(s) when eligible

Being fully vaccinated includes the two-week period after the final dose of the vaccine. There are NO exceptions. If you have concerns or questions, please contact Benjamin Schaeffer.

Please note that the time frame of the vaccination process ranges from five to six weeks depending on the manufacturer of the vaccine. Full vaccination requires a period of:

• 2 weeks for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine
• 5 weeks for the Pfizer vaccine
• 6 weeks for Moderna vaccine


Yale University requires all participants to have one documented, negative Covid-19 PCR test within 72 hours prior to arrival in Norfolk. Rapid antigen tests are not accepted. Pre-arrival PCR tests are the responsibility of the participant and are not covered by the Festival. All participants will have a second test within 24 hours of arrival in Norfolk, provided by the Festival.


All participants must be checked into the Festival by 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 14.

At  3 p.m. the Festival will provide a University required second Covid-19 PCR test. 

Please note the required arrival time in Norfolk and the timing of the Covid-19 test. Be aware that you cannot have anything to eat or drink other than water 30 minutes prior to your test.

If you miss the 3 p.m. test you will be charged for the cost of your Covid-19 test

Getting To Norfolk

Arrive in Norfolk only during the official check-in time. If you arrive EARLY, residences will not be open, and you will not be able to check-in until the times listed.

If you arrive LATE without permission, a $50 late check-in fee will be deducted from your $300 deposit, and you will also be responsible for the cost of your Covid-19 PCR test.

There is no public transportation between the shuttle locations and the Festival. The Festival is one hour away from the airport pick-up and an hour and a half from the train pick up. There is no taxi service in the area. There are Lyft and Uber drivers in the area, but you will be responsible for the cost; the Festival will not reimburse you.

By Car

The Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate is located at 20 Litchfield Road, on Route 272 just south of the intersection of Route 44 in the center of Norfolk. The main entrance is opposite the fountain located on the town green. Norfolk is approximately an 1.5 hours from New Haven, an hour from Hartford, and 2.5 hours from New York City.  GPS: 20 Litchfield Road, Norfolk, CT 06058.

By Air

Bradley International Airport (BDL), in Windsor Locks, Connecticut (CT), is the closest major airport (approximately 1 hour from Norfolk). New York City area airports are also a possibility.

The Festival will only make one scheduled pickup from Bradley International. If you arrive into New York you must: 

Take Metro North Railroad (MNR) from Grand Central Terminal to New Haven Union Station. The Festival will make one scheduled pickup from the New Haven train station.

By Train

Metro North Railroad (MNR) runs from Grand Central Terminal in New York City to New Haven Union Station. Estimated time from New York to new Haven is approximately 2 hours. New Haven is 1.5 hours from Norfolk. The Festival will make one scheduled pickup from New Haven.
View Train Schedules 

Festival Pick-up | Drop-off

The Norfolk Festival shuttles will pick you up and drop you off ONLY at the times and locations listed below. NO EXCEPTIONS.

If arriving or departing outside of the posted schedule, you will need to make overnight accommodations to meet the shuttle. No stipends or reimbursements will be given.

Pick-up  | Sunday, August 14
Shuttle Service will pick-up from:
• Bradley Airport: at noon
• New Haven Union Station: at noon

Drop-off  | Sunday, August 21
Shuttles will depart the Festival at 10 a.m.
Shuttle Service arrive at:
• Bradley Airport: 11 a.m.
• New Haven Union Station: 11:30 a.m.

Arrival Day Schedule

Sunday, August 14

noon – 2 p.m.
Check-in at Battell House
Check into residences

3 p.m.
Covid-19 PCR testing at Battell House

5 p.m.
Take Rapid Antigen test prior to dinner 

6 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Dinner at Battell House

7 p.m.
Orientation & grounds tour

Welcome Book | Required Forms

Welcome Book

This information is offered to help you get acquainted with the Festival. Please read carefully. You are responsible for knowing and following the rules and policies enclosed.

Housing | Due: Monday, July 25

Travel | Due: Monday, July 25


Before making final travel arrangements, please read the information below on the Festival's COVID-19 VACCINATION & TESTING protocols, the ARRIVAL DAY SCHEDULE, about GETTING TO NORFOLK.