FAIRMONT, W.Va.¬†— Fairmont State University’s music and theatre academic programs will not survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

The school announced Friday a vote Thursday by the Fairmont State Board of Governors to discontinue academic programs in music and theatre, including music and theatre education because of financial issues.

A Friday news release said the school has had a focused review on the programs for consecutive years and there has been consistent low enrollment and a high cost to the university.

The BOG called the decision a “difficult one.” It said higher education institutions all over the country are making similar decisions because of financial hits caused by the COVID-10 pandemic.

The academic programs will continue through the next academic year as faculty members work on a program teach-out to ensure that most current majors can graduate in their chosen discipline. Beyond the next academic year, Fairmont State said it will continue to work to produce vocal concerts, theatrical performances, and direct our marching band.

The school also announced Friday its BOG voted to continue community theatre, community music programs, and Academy for the Arts programming.