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Yamaha Donates Keyboards to New Afterschool Program

May 11, 2018

Yamaha Corporation of America and Music Exchange have donated 16 Yamaha portable 88-key keyboards and accessories to a new San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) afterschool music education program.

Funded by the Koret Foundation, it will launch in the summer of 2018 and will comprise core offerings of individual and group piano instruction, basic music theory, individual singing lessons and chorus.

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Behzad Ranjbaran’s ‘We Are One’ Premieres at Carnegie Hall

May 8, 2018

Behzad Ranjbaran’s We Are One for chorus and orchestra was premiered on May 7, 2018 by the Oratorio Society of New York (OSNY) under the direction of Kent Tritle at Carnegie Hall.

The work, which incorporates a variety of texts in multiple languages, is described by the composer as “an expression of our shared desire for respect, justice, freedom, and peace.”

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Yamaha Helps Dayton Public Schools Restore Instrumental Music Program

May 4, 2018

From April 17 through 19, Dayton Public Schools (DPS) celebrated the rebirth of its long-dormant instrumental music program, with Yamaha Corporation of America on hand to help make it happen.

Yamaha worked in partnership with Dayton-based Winter Guard International Sport of the Arts (WGI) and Music Education Consultants, Inc. (MEC) to bring artists and educators to a student body that has been without a band program for more than a decade.

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Interlochen Arts Camp Announces New Day Camp

April 26, 2018

Beginning in June of 2018, day camp programs will be offered as an option for local students currently enrolled in grades 6 though 12, allowing families in the northern Michigan area to enroll their middle and high school students in three and six-week programs in intermediate and high school wind symphony, orchestra, choir and dance.

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Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition Winners Perform at MFA National Festival

April 12, 2018

The 2018 Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition Grand Prize Winners showcased their talents and dedication to their craft at this year’s Music for All National Festival.

In addition to their MFA performance, the grand prize winners each received a $1000 cash reward, free product package, and a trip Paris, France where they’ll have the opportunity to visit 56 rue Lepic, the home of Vandoren.

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2018 SBO Scholarship Essay Contest Winners

April 10, 2018

Congratulations to the 2018 SBO essay scholarship contest student winners and their school music programs!

School Band and Orchestra and their co-sponsors have distributed $360,000 in scholarship funds and matching music products! The 2018 essay question, What Would You Say To Your Fellow Classmates Who Are Not In The Music Program? Why Should They Consider Getting Involved?

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