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May 18

DCPS Student Musicians Take Over The Kennedy Center

Student musicians from across the District had the chance to perform at the Kennedy Center this week as part of the annual D.C. Public Schools Music Festival. More than 3,000 students from 30 schools participated in the event.

Nathan Diamond, Director of Arts at DCPS, says that the festival is a unique opportunity for students to really experience what it’s like to be a professional musician.

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May 18

D’Addario Foundation Awards Scholarships to Students in Their Free Long Island Lesson Program

Thanks to generous donations to the D’Addario Foundation’s Music Education for Girls Initiative, dedicated students in D’Addario’s free stringed instrument program will receive $2,000 scholarships to continue their musical training.

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May 18

Americans for the Arts to Present Six Awards for Arts Leadership

Americans for the Arts announced today the recipients of the 2018 Americans for the Arts Leadership Awards. Given annually, these awards recognize the achievements of individuals and organizations committed to enriching their communities through the arts.
“These tremendous leaders have distinguished themselves as passionate advocates for the arts and arts education,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “They have implemented innovative and transformative programs to strengthen the communities they serve and build recognition for the important work of the arts. Their unwavering commitment to local, state, and national support for the arts is deserving of this recognition.”

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May 18

Choral Composition Competition: The John Kuzma Young Composers Award

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May 18

Erich Bergen and Henry Donahue on Federal Funding of Arts Programs

Watch actor Erich Bergen and VH1 Save the Music Foundation’s Henry Donahue as they join the Washington Journal at Capitol Hill to talk about federal funding of arts programs.

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May 18

Manchester Unites in Song to Remember Victims of Ariana Grande Arena Bombing

The city of Manchester was united in song on Tuesday night, marking one year since 22 people were killed and more than 800 were injured in a suicide bomb attack outside an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.

To mark the atrocity’s anniversary, a series of remembrance events took place across the city culminating in a mass sing-along. Thousands packed into Albert Square and its adjoining streets to be part of “Manchester Together – With One Voice,” a one-off community concert featuring performances from local choirs and encompassing over 3,000 singers in total.

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May 18

The D.C. Fly-In: An Impactful Trip for NAMM Members

Each spring, NAMM members have the opportunity to become Delegates and gather at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. to advocate for all school-aged children to have access to quality, comprehensive school music education programs.

This year NAMM members will join D.C. Public Schools for their music festival at the Kennedy Center on Monday, May 21, where volunteers will be assisting 14 ensembles—from arrival through performance—during the first day of the festival.

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May 18

Royal Wedding Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason Is Now a Chart Topper

The Royal Wedding cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has shot to the top of the US iTunes pop chart with his album, Inspiration. Saturday’s wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex St George’s Chapel in Windsor was watched by millions around the world, and while all still recover from a weekend of celebrations, an extraordinary classical legacy has emerged.

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May 18

Longtime NAfME Member Michael L. Mark Passes into History

Dr. Michael L. Mark, emeritus professor and former dean of the Graduate School at Towson University in Towson, Maryland, died May 10, 2018. A leading music education history scholar, Mark was a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) for many years, a well-respected teacher and the author, coauthor, or editor of numerous books and articles on music education and music history topics.

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May 18

ASCAP Songwriters Share Musical Message with Members of Congress at We Write the Songs Concert in DC

With a packed house attended by a great number of U.S. Senators and Representatives and numerous standing ovations throughout the evening, this year’s We Write the Songs was night of unforgettable music and stories, and a great reminder of music’s universal value.

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May 18

Here Are All the Winners From the 2018 Billboard Music Awards

With Kelly Clarkson hosting, the 2018 BBMAs hit the MGM Grand Las Vegas on Sunday, May 20 and saw everyone from Taylor Swift to Shawn Mendes to BTS to BBMA Icon Award winner Janet Jackson in attendance.

Clarkson cold-opened the show with a call to action following the recent school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, and then performed a stunning medley of other artists’ songs, including Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Swift, Mendes and more.

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May 18

What Music Was Played at the Royal Wedding?

During the beautiful service that saw Prince Harry marry Meghan Markle, we heard some truly stunning music – but what was it? In the prelude to the ceremony itself, it’s no surprise to see a large quotient of British composers represented, including Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Peter Warlock.

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May 18

Music Matters for Older Adults

A piano. A dulcimer. An acoustic guitar. A ukulele. An untried voice that turned out to be true. These instruments have changed the lives of six older adults who chose to embrace music in their later years. Experts explain how making that choice benefits your brain and enhances your social life as well.

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May 18

First Woman Trumpeter to Make History at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Wedding: ‘Any Young Female Can Do What I Do’

In another historic first for a royal wedding, a female trumpeter will play the fanfare at the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19.

Lance Corporal Kate Sandford is part of the elite team of military trumpeters from the “Band of the Household Cavalry” who will play during the ceremony.

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May 18

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Study Stresses the Need for Integrating STEM Disciplines with Arts and Humanities

Last week, a new National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine study bolstered the case for education that integrates the STEM disciplines with the arts and humanities, including medicine. Conducted over the past two years, the study offers compelling evidence that integration has a positive impact on the learning outcomes of students, who carry the benefits far into their careers.

Studying the arts and humanities can aid students in developing the highly complex, technical understanding that STEMM disciplines often demand. That’s because assignments requiring students to use their creativity and imagination often help them internalize the material. Importantly, the benefits of integration flow in both directions. As the study explains, integration can provide artists with new tools and perspectives to bring to their work, influencing what they create.

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May 18

Teacher Education and Music Research Create a Buzz in Atlanta

In the words of NAfME President Denese Odegaard, “The 2018 Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference afforded music researchers, music teachers, program leaders, music administrators, curriculum specialists, and music teacher-educators the opportunity to learn from one another, and to dialogue about shaping the future of music education. There was a focus on inclusion, diversity, equity, and access that raised awareness of a variety of topics so that we can reflect upon how we think and approach teaching and reaching a variety of students in a variety of ways.”

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May 18

In New York High Schools, the Sound of Music Is Muted

Between 2002 and 2013, New York City closed 69 high schools, most of them large schools with thousands of students, and in their place opened new, smaller schools. But one downside of the new, small schools is that it is much harder for them to offer specialized programs, whether advanced classes, sports teams, or art or music classes, than it was for the large schools that they replaced.

Educators say the key to maintaining a robust music program on small school campuses is collaboration. To succeed, principals must coordinate bell schedules, share classroom space and even split teacher salaries.

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May 18

YouTube Launches a Range of Music Charts in 44 Countries

YouTube is launching a series of new music charts based on popular songs, videos and artists, which will roll out initially in 44 countries.

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May 18

What This Blind, Autistic Pianist Can Teach Us About Music Education

Derek Paravicini, who is totally blind and profoundly autistic after being born at 26 weeks weighing less than 600g, does not know his left hand from his right and cannot distinguish between his thumb and his little finger. However, the 38-year-old dubbed “The Human iPod” can play two pianos at once and instantly recall and perform any piece of music he has ever heard, all learnt entirely by ear.

Had his nanny not retrieved an old toy organ from the loft when he was just two, the musical prodigy’s life would probably have turned out very differently. To the astonishment of his parents, he quickly taught himself to play. Since then, music has been his salvation. It has also provided his education, his therapy and his liberation from a life locked in his own world.

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May 18

BBC Young Musician: Teenage Pianist Lauren Zhang Wins 2018 Title

Teenage pianist Lauren Zhang has won the BBC’s prestigious Young Musician competition, just days before she starts her GCSEs. The 16-year-old took the title after playing Prokofiev’s challenging Piano Concerto No 2, accompanied the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lauren started learning piano at the age of four, and is also an accomplished violinist. The musician moved to the UK in 2010, bringing her family with her, after winning a place at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

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May 18

Conn-Selmer Visits U.S. Virgin Islands to Help Music Programs Post-Hurricanes

A team of consultants from Conn-Selmer recently visited the U.S. Virgin Islands to assess the damage of many instruments from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and also develop a plan to rebuild music programs there.

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May 18

Bradley Cooper to Direct and Star in Upcoming Leonard Bernstein Biopic

Paramount Pictures and Amblin will co-finance Bernstein, a film about iconic composer Leonard Bernstein that Bradley Cooper will star in and direct. Cooper will also write the script with Josh Singer, who shared the Best Original Screenplay Oscar with Tom McCarthy for Spotlight.

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May 18

New Jersey Music Educators Working with People with Disabilities Receive National Attention

An ongoing collaboration between two local music educators to bring the pleasures and benefits of music to adults with disabilities recently was recognized nationally when Lyn Schraer-Joiner of Kean University and Marguerite Modero of the Community Access Unlimited’s Academy of Continuing Education (ACE) presented at the 2018 Research Conference of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) in Atlanta.

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May 18

Watch Dave Grohl and Daughter Violet Cover Adele’s ‘When We Were Young’ at Notes & Words Benefit Concert

Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and his daughter Violet Grohl performed an acoustic cover of Adele’s “When We Were Young” during a benefit concert in Oakland, California.

The 12-year-old Violet ably handled lead vocals on the 25 single as her father strummed along on acoustic guitar. The solo Grohl set was part of the Notes & Words benefit concert, which raised funds for the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.

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May 18

Seismic Shift at Curtis: Met Star Eric Owens and Danielle Orlando to Take Over Opera Department

At the Curtis Institute of Music, where faculty members tend to stay for decades, a seismic shift is coming to the school’s storied opera and vocal studies department. Eric Owens and Danielle Orlando will assume co-equal roles as head of opera starting in the 2019-20 season, the school announced last week.

The joint appointment pairs an active, worldwide performer with a veteran opera coach and educator. Both have long histories with Curtis.

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May 18

Yamaha Donates Keyboards to New Afterschool Program

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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May 18

National Endowment for the Arts Announces Grants to Support the Arts and Innovation Across the Country

In pursuit of its commitment to advance the creative capacity of people and communities across the nation, the National Endowment for the Arts announces its second round of funding for FY 2018. This funding round includes annual partnerships with state, jurisdictional, and regional arts agencies as well as the categories of Art Works, Creativity Connects, Our Town, and Research: Art Works. The NEA will award 1,071 grants totaling $81.76 million to support programs that provide jobs to artists, administrators, and other creative workers and arts experiences for millions of people.

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May 18

Scottish Guitarist Sean Shibe Wins Young Artist Prize at Prestigious RPS Awards

Scottish guitarist Sean Shibe has won a prestigious award from the Royal Philharmonic Society. The 26-year-old musician, who studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, was described by judges as exemplifying “the criteria of the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards in his approach to creativity, excellence and understanding by extending boundaries and challenging pre-conceptions of the guitar in solo and collaborative performance; his artistry and dedication are compelling.”

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May 18

Gayle Shepherd of the Singing Shepherd Sisters Dies at 81

Gayle Shepherd, a member of the vocal quartet the Shepherd Sisters, best known for the 1957 hit,  Alone (Why Must I Be Alone), died on Monday at a care facility in Allentown, Pa. She was 81.

Ms. Shepherd, the second youngest of eight siblings, grew up singing in church in Middletown, Ohio. She and two sisters, Martha and MaryLou, performed locally as the Shepherd Sisters beginning when they were teenagers, with Gayle often singing lead.

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May 18

To Improve Future Relationships with Your Kids, Turn Up the Music

Researchers found that young men and women who shared musical experiences with their parents during childhood — and especially during adolescence — report having better relationships with their moms and dads as they enter young adulthood.

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May 18

American Composers Forum and Roomful of Teeth Announce Three Composers Selected for ACF CONNECT

Three composers have been selected as participants for the second annual ACF CONNECT program offered by the American Composers Forum (ACF) in partnership with the Grammy-winning eight-voice ensemble Roomful of Teeth. Selected participants will have an opportunity to work with the ensemble over 18 months, culminating in a performance during Roomful of Teeth’s 10th Anniversary celebration in August 2019.

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May 18

Arts Program Helps Students ‘Break a Leg’ in Bridgeport

Inspired by the district’s participation in the Turnaround Arts Program — now run by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts — Bridgeport schools are turning to fundraising, donations, volunteers and recycled props and sets to put on productions ranging from “High School Musical” at Hall School, to “Alice in Wonderland” at Tisdale, to “Beauty and the Beast” at Claytor.

“Each musical tells a story and each school that puts on a musical tells their own story of how the arts have positively impacted their school,” said Alicia Robinson, the district’s performing and visual arts director.

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May 18

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

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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May 18

Mean Girls on Broadway: What’s New in Girl World and What’s Out

Some things have changed since Tina Fey wrote the beloved movie, now a Broadway musical. But on Wednesdays, the Plastics still wear pink.

“Mean Girls” — the 2004 film that starred Lindsay Lohan as Cady, a new student who tries to navigate the cliques of North Shore High — has become one of the most quotable films, generating endless GIFs and memes. Now that it’s on Broadway, you can sing some of the lines, too. The show was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, including best musical.

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May 18

Bruce Springsteen Surprises Steven Van Zandt at New Jersey Hall of Fame Induction

Bruce Springsteen made a surprise appearance at Asbury Park’s Convention Hall to introduce his longtime friend and guitarist Steven Van Zandt into the hall. Springsteen himself was admitted a decade earlier.

The two joined forces onstage and played “I Don’t Want To Go Home,” trading vocals and eventually welcoming the entire class of inductees – and many of their family members – onstage to close the show. “We did the impossible: We made New Jersey hip,” said Van Zandt, who is from Middletown.

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May 18

At Summit, Educators Explore Ways to Make Art a Focus

How can we utilize the arts to address deep-seated problems in education, public health, and sustainability?

That was the question posed to the artists, educators, and innovators who gathered in Washington on April 16 for the fifth annual Kennedy Center Arts Summit. Over the course of the day, performers, panelists, and audience members considered the potential for art to affect change and eliminate inequities.

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May 18

Women Fighting Sexism in Jazz Have a Voice. And Now, a Code of Conduct

The We Have Voice Collective, a new group of female and non-binary musicians in jazz and experimental music, plans to release a Code of Conduct on Tuesday that aims to build upon the conversations sparked by jazz’s own #MeToo movement, clearly articulating what a more equitable workplace might look like and setting expectations for change.

The collective comprises 14 instrumentalists and vocalists and is working to ensure that predatory and sexist behavior is seen as aberrant, not as part of the cost of doing business in jazz.

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May 18

583 Districts and 135 Schools Recognized as Best Communities for Music Education by NAMM Foundation and U. of Kansas

Now in its 19th year, the awards program recognizes the outstanding efforts of teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of the curriculum. Designations are given to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and consistent access to music education.

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May 18

Yamaha Helps Dayton Public Schools Restore Instrumental Music Program

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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May 18

Give A Note Foundation Awards Five Music Programs for Innovation in Music Education

Give A Note is pleased to announce the five recipients of the Music Education Innovator Awards. These music programs will receive $4,000 grants to build upon programmatic successes to date, in efforts to create lasting change in their schools or districts.

“These educators have demonstrated both creative answers to needs in their school communities and a true desire to reach all students with music, creating inclusive programs that also meet the needs of diverse student populations,” said Give A Note President and Board Chair Beth Slusher.

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May 18

Schools of the Stars: Where the 2018 Tony Nominees Went to College

What does it take to get nominated for a Tony Award? Hard work, talent, luck—all backed up by education and training. Here is a rundown on where the nominees for the 2018 Tony Awards pursued their college studies.

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May 18

The National Music Council to Honor Jazz Giants Chick Corea and Manhattan Transfer at Annual American Eagle Awards

The National Music Council has announced that jazz legends Chick Corea and The Manhattan Transfer will be honored at the organization’s 35th annual American Eagle Awards on Thursday, June 28 at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville. The honors are presented each year in recognition of long-term contributions to American musical culture and heritage, the importance of music education and inspiration for all children, and the need to protect creators’ rights both locally and globally.

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May 18

Bruce Springsteen to Win Special Tony Award for Hit Stage Production

The Tony Awards will honor Bruce Springsteen in June for his “once-in-a-life” production of Springsteen on Broadway.

Springsteen on Broadway was an instant success. After launching the residency October 12th and performing through November 26, Springsteen decided to tack on ten more weeks of shows. He later added another 81 performances. When he finally finishes the residency in December, Springsteen will have played 236 shows at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

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May 18

2018 Tony Awards Nominees

This year’s Tony Awards nominations have just been announced by Katharine McPhee and Leslie Odom Jr. , celebrating the best of the 2017-18 theatre season. The 2018 Tony Awards will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, on Sunday, June 10th on CBS. This season featured 33 productions, including 20 plays and 10 musicals and 3 special performances.

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Apr 18

Five Eliza Hamiltons Join Forces for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s April #Hamildrop

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s fifth offering in his #Hamildrop series gives fans a taste of Eliza’s original Act II ballad—a draft written before the Hamilton creator landed on the version of “Burn” now heard in the Tony and Pulitzer-winning musical.

The track, titled “First Burn,” features five current and former Elizas across the United States and in the U.K.: Lexi Lawson (Broadway), Julia K. Harriman (first national tour), Shoba Narayan (second national tour), Rachelle Ann Go (West End), and Arianna Afsar (original Chicago company).

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Apr 18

Marsalis to Deliver the Commencement Address at Juilliard’s 113th Commencement Ceremony

The Juilliard School has announced that alumnus Wynton Marsalis, trumpeter, director of Juilliard Jazz Studies, and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, will address the graduates at the school’s 113th commencement ceremony, which takes place Friday, May 18, 2018.

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Apr 18

Music Modernization Act Unanimously Passes House of Representatives

In what is being hailed as a historic day for music creators, the Music Modernization Act passed the House Wednesday, paving the way for improved royalty payments to songwriters, artists and creatives in the digital era. The bill, HR 5477, passed unanimously with 415 votes. The bill is overwhelmingly supported by the music industry, and has bipartisan support in the house, where it was introduced by co-sponsors Robert Goodlatte (R-VA) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY).

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Apr 18

Marching in a High School Band Could Count as PE in South Carolina Schools

By a 15-2 vote, a South Carolina House committee approved a proposal to count time spent practicing and performing in the marching band as meeting the state’s physical education requirement. The proposal divides physical education teachers and band boosters, but band boosters say it’s about time. They say students in high school marching bands typically rehearse three days a week to prepare for Friday night football games. At times, band members can be on the field even more if Saturday’s schedule includes a band competition.

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Apr 18

2018 Collegiate Recognition Program Award Recipients

NAfME is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Professional Achievement Award as well as the Chapter of Excellence Award recipients. The purpose of the Professional Achievement Award is to recognize individual NAfME collegiate members for their commitment and dedication to NAfME and music education. This recognition is given to collegiate members who have served their chapters in an exemplary manner.

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Apr 18

Interlochen Arts Camp Announces New Day Camp

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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Apr 18

SpongeBob SquarePants Leads Outer Critics Circle Nominations

The nominees for the 68th annual Outer Critics Circle Awards, which recognize excellence on and Off-Broadway from the 2017–2018 season, have been announced. Leading the list with 11 nominations is the Broadway premiere of SpongeBob SquarePants, The Broadway Musical; followed by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which received 10 nominations, and My Fair Lady, which received nine nominations.

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Apr 18

Announcing From the Top’s 2018 Alumni Leadership Grant Recipients

The Alumni Leadership Grant, which began in 2017, seeks to support alumni of From the Top’s media and arts leadership programs who have created projects using music and the arts to impact their local communities.

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Apr 18

Nine Young Opera Singers Advance to the Final Round of the Met’s National Council Auditions

Following this weekend’s highly competitive semi-final competition, nine young singers will advance to the final phase of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2018 National Council Auditions, America’s most prestigious vocal competition. The selected finalists, chosen by a panel of experts from the classical music industry, will compete on the Met stage on Sunday, April 29 at 3 p.m. The winners will receive individual cash prizes of $15,000 and the prestigious—and potentially career-launching—title of National Council Auditions Winner.

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Apr 18

Disability-led Ensemble to Play BBC Proms

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Resound ensemble will become the first disability-led group to play the BBC Proms this summer. The group is led by James Rose, who has cerebral palsy and conducts using a baton strapped to his head. His fellow musicians have conditions such as blindness, autism and partial deafness.

The low-key concert is aimed at children and adults with autism, sensory impairments and learning disabilities; and will be signed for those with hearing difficulties.

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Apr 18

Avicii, Electronic Dance Music Producer and D.J., Dies at 28

Tim Bergling, the Swedish D.J. and electronic dance music producer who rose to fame under the stage name Avicii, was found dead on Friday in Muscat, the capital of Oman. He was 28.

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Apr 18

Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban to Host 72nd Tony Awards

CBS announced that fan favorites and Tony Award nominees Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban will host the 72nd annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 10 for the first time from Radio City Music Hall. The show will air live at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT and delayed at 8 p.m. PT on CBS.

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Apr 18

My Fair Lady Officially Opens on Broadway April 19

The Broadway revival of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s My Fair Lady officially opens April 19 at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. The Lincoln Center Theater production, directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher, stars Lauren Ambrose and Harry Hadden-Paton as Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins.

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Apr 18

Dream Big in Music: How Music Education Inspires Scotty McCreery

An interview for the North Carolina Music Educators Association with American Idol and country music star Scott McCreery and the 2016 Grammy Music Educator of the Year, Phillip Riggs on the importance of music education and music teachers and their influence on his career. Included are Scotty’s music inspirations and thoughts on how public music school lessons still apply today.

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Apr 18

Read What Critics Thought of Tina, London’s New Tina Turner Musical

The world premiere of the new musical Tina, about music legend Tina Turner, officially opened at London’s Aldwych Theatre April 17. Taking center stage in the West End engagement is Tony nominee Adrienne Warren as Turner.

The musical uses Turner’s catalog to explore the rock icon’s life and career—from humble beginnings in Tennessee to her transformation into the global queen of rock ‘n’ roll. The show features a book by Katori Hall, Frank Ketelaar, and Kees Prins. Phyllida Lloyd directs.

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Apr 18

Beyoncé Donates $100K in Scholarships to Historically Black Universities

Beyoncé’s Saturday night headlining set at Coachella was the talk of weekend one. Now the GRAMMY winner has announced she’s donating $100k in scholarship funds to be shared among four historically black universities. The singer plans to donate four $25,000 scholarships to be awarded to one student each at Bethune-Cookman University, Tuskegee University, Xavier University of Louisiana, and Wilberforce University through the Homecoming Scholars Award Program for the 2018–2019 academic year as part of her BeyGOOD initiative.

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Apr 18

Teacher Walkouts, Protests, and Insufficient Funding for Education

Inadequate and deficient funding for education in the United States continues to be a systemic issue across all levels. In the past few weeks, thousands of educators from across the nation, including those in Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arizona, and West Virginia, have conducted protests and walkouts to raise awareness of this important issue and seek higher funding for public education.

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Apr 18

Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer Prize for Music

Kendrick Lamar has won the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his album, DAMN., becoming the first non-classical or jazz artist to receive the honor. The Pulitzer board announced the selection on Monday, calling the 2017 LP “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African American life.”

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Apr 18

How Thousands of Songs Composed in Concentration Camps Are Finding New Life

Jewish Italian musicologist and pianist Francesco Lotoro has devoted his life to unearthing thousands of songs and scores written during the Holocaust. On Sunday, Aviva Bar-On performed When I Was Lying Down from memory before an audience of thousands in Jerusalem, including Israel’s prime minister and dozens of fellow Holocaust survivors and their descendants.

It was among 11 songs performed at the concert, called Notes of Hope, representing a mere snapshot of Lotoro’s 30-year search for the music of the Holocaust. The concert, organized by the Jewish National Fund U.K. and conducted by Lotoro, marked Israel’s 70th birthday.

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Apr 18

2018 ACM Awards List of Winners

At last night’s 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards, artists gathered at the Garden Arena at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to celebrate their industry and each other’s achievements. The show marked an emotional time for country music as artists returned to the city six months after a gunman killed 58 people at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Oct. 2017 in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. But country musicians vowed to look forward and celebrate the healing power of music at the show.

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Apr 18

NAfME Honors Frederick Burrack and Kelly Parkes as Lowell Mason Fellows

This past March at the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference, NAfME honored exemplary leaders in music education as 2017 Lowell Mason Fellows: Frederick Burrack of Kansas State University and Kelly Parkes of Columbia University. This distinction is one of music education’s most important honors, and it is designed to recognize the accomplishments of music educators, music education advocates, political leaders, industry professionals, and others who have contributed to music education in their unique way.

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Apr 18

Jennifer Higdon Awarded 2018 Nemmers Prize in Music Composition

Jennifer Higdon, one of America’s most frequently performed living composers, has been awarded the $100,000 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition from the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University.

Established in 2003, the Nemmers Prize in Music Composition honors classical music composers of outstanding achievement who have significantly influenced the field of composition. In addition to a cash award, the prize includes a performance by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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Apr 18

Terri Lyne Carrington: From Child Prodigy to Trailblazing Jazz Drummer

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In a career that spans more than four decades, Terri Lyne Carrington has shattered glass ceilings as a female drummer and bandleader and as the first female artist to win a Grammy in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category. She’s played, toured and recorded with artists including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dianne Reeves, Stan Getz, Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Carols Santana, Cassandra Wilson, Pharoah Sanders and Nancy Wilson.

Terri is also passionate about mentoring young musicians. She holds an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, Berklee College of Music, where she currently teaches, leading and inspiring the next generation of artists.

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Apr 18

NAfME Announces Dr. Harry Price as the Recipient of the 2018 Senior Researcher Award

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is pleased to present Dr. Harry Price as the sixteenth recipient of the Senior Researcher Award. The award, which recognizes significant, long-term scholarship in music education, was given to Dr. Price at NAfME’s Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference, which took place in March in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Apr 18

Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition Winners Perform at MFA National Festival

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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Apr 18

Music Publishers Win Major Copyright Fight Over Streaming of Legendary Rock Concerts

A federal judge concludes that Wolfgang’s Vault lacked requisite license to stream hundreds of iconic songs. The Wall Street Journal once called Wolfgang’s Vault, a collection of thousands of live concert performances, “the most important collection of rock memorabilia and recordings ever assembled.”

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Apr 18

Chvrches Save Female Rock School After Loss of Funding

Band Chvrches have donated money to a project which encourages girls to get into the music industry after it lost its funding. Girls Rock Glasgow failed to secure sponsorship from Creative Scotland – which led to concerns its summer school wouldn’t go ahead this year. Lead singer Lauren Mayberry said the project shows girls there are “options for them” in the music industry.

Girls Rock Glasgow, which started in 2014, is an organisation which runs a summer school where girls can learn instruments, form a band, make art and merchandise.

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Apr 18

Inside Milan’s Opulent Retirement Home for Musicians

Casa Verdi is inundated each year with applications from composers, conductors, singers, orchestral players, music teachers and anyone else who has “exercised the art of music as a profession,” as the foundation’s website puts it. Once applicants establish their professional bona fides, Casa Verdi’s board makes choices based on who they think will be a good fit.

The successful applicants get to spend their last years in a place where, in addition to room, board and medical treatment, they have access to concerts, music rooms, 15 pianos, a large organ, harps, drum sets and the company of their peers.

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Apr 18

2018 SBO Scholarship Essay Contest Winners

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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Apr 18

Music Modernization Act Expected to Be Introduced in Congress

The Music Modernization Act, which is scheduled for markup by the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday combines three previously introduced bills, all of which have been introduced in the Senate, along with an additional rate-setting change. The most important of these bills creates an organization to collect and distribute mechanical royalties from streaming services.

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Apr 18

Ed Sheeran to Receive Artist of the Year Award at Music Biz 2018 Conference

Ed Sheeran will be honored with the Artist of the Year Award at this year’s Music Biz 2018 Conference. The event, which advances and promotes music commerce, is recognizing Sheeran’s accomplishments as songwriter of hits like Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself,” as well as his own record-breaking success behind recent album ÷ , including multiple platinum certified singles, high streaming numbers and a sold-out tour.

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Apr 18

On Broadway, They Wear Pink: ‘Mean Girls’ Is Now a Musical

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For a lot of people, when they hear “fetch” and “Is butter a carb?” one thing comes to mind: Mean Girls. The 2004 movie was so influential that screenwriter Tina Fey and producer Lorne Michaels figured, why not a musical? Fourteen years later, it’s opening on Broadway.

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Apr 18

Spotify Goes Public Valued at Nearly $30 Billion – But Its Future Isn’t Guaranteed

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Spotify brings in almost $5 billion a year, but it pays out 79 percent of that to record labels, producers, songwriters and artists. David Pakman, a venture capitalist who has run several digital music companies including eMusic and Apple’s Music Group, says there’s just not enough left over to make a profit.

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Apr 18

Santa Rosa Symphony League’s ‘Evening in Vienna’ Fundraiser: Broken Violins as Works of Art

“Evening in Vienna,” organized by parents of Youth Orchestra members and the Symphony League, features live and silent auctions showcasing 24 violins, a cello and a bass — all no longer playable. “Some of the donated violins were in pieces, said Wendy Cilman, the symphony’s director of education. “One came in bandages, tied up like a mummy.”

But while the damage left the instruments no longer useful to a musician, artists invited to work with the violins regarded this as challenge and inspiration.

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Apr 18

Yamaha Names Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition Winners

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the YYPA Competition recognizes music students studying in the United States who excel in jazz, classical and contemporary genres. In addition to this year’s 11 winners, 11 individuals were awarded with honorable mentions.

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Apr 18

While Undergoing Brain Surgery, Patient Plays Her Flute

The delicate notes of a flute filled the air of an operating room at a Houston hospital last Tuesday. While playing music during a surgery isn’t unusual, this song wasn’t being piped through a speaker system.

Anna Henry’s performance was part of a surgical procedure called deep brain stimulation, according to TMC News, Texas Medical Center’s news outlet. The surgery involves inserting tiny electrodes in the brain, which deliver a constant electric current that can significantly reduce symptoms of conditions such as essential tremor or Parkinson’s disease.

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Apr 18

Science Says Gig-Going Can Help You Live Longer and Increases Well-Being

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Attending a live music gig once a fortnight could have life expectancy rocketing by nine years due to its power to positively impact well-being, new scientific research reveals.

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Apr 18

Michael Tree, Violist Who Co-Founded the Guarneri Quartet, Dies at 84

Michael Tree, a viola player whose lyrical, deeply expressive playing style helped make the Guarneri Quartet one of the world’s preeminent chamber groups, and whose rambunctious personality and diplomatic approach were key to the ensemble’s unrivaled longevity, died March 30 at his home in Manhattan. He was 84.

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Apr 18

Inside Early Drafts of Carousel’s ‘If I Loved You’

In Todd S. Purdum’s upcoming book Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution, we find Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II hot off of their debut collaboration, 1943’s Oklahoma! As history goes, they followed up that massive success with the landmark Carousel, which premiered on Broadway in April 1945. The show has since become a beloved classic of the genre, with revivals in 1954, 1957, and 1994. A brand new Broadway production starring Jessie Mueller and Joshua Henry is currently in previews and scheduled to open April 12 at the Imperial Theatre.

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Apr 18

Relive Broadcast of Jesus Christ Superstar Live With These Top Ten Clips

Jesus Christ Superstar Live starred Oscar, Golden Globe, Tony and 10-time Grammy Award winner John Legend cast as Jesus Christ, rock legend Alice Cooper as the flamboyant King Herod and acclaimed recording artist, songwriter and Broadway star Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene. The cast also featured Norm Lewis as Caiaphas, Jin Ha as Annas, and Jason Tam as Peter.

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Mar 18

Snoop Dogg Scores First No. 1 on Top Gospel Albums Chart

Snoop Dog Presents: Bible of Love, the new faith-based set from Snoop Dogg, flies in at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Gospel Albums chart (dated March 31) with 5,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending March 22, according to Nielsen Music.

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Mar 18

I Feel Better for Singing: The Choir Tackling Mental Health Stigma

“I think there’s something physical about singing in a choir that does you good…There’s a general improvement in my mental health. I feel better for singing.”

The HarmonyChoir in Edinburgh was originally started by Liesbeth Tip, a clinical psychologist who is doing a PhD at the University of Edinburgh, as a two-month research project to explore the impact of singing on well being and views of mental health. Due to popular demand, it is still going.

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Mar 18

Chad Lawson Wants To Revive Piano For The ‘Spotify Generation’

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In an era when music programs are being cut from schools and software has made instrumentation cheaper and more accessible, people aren’t rushing out to buy acoustic instruments.

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Mar 18

International Superstar Lana Del Rey to Receive ASCAP Global Impact Award; Portugal. The Man to be Honored with ASCAP Vanguard Award

ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the world leader in performing rights and advocacy for music creators, will present acclaimed musician Lana Del Rey with its ASCAP Global Impact Award at the 35th annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards on Monday, April 23rd in Los Angeles. The same evening, ASCAP will also recognize Grammy-winning rock band Portugal. The Man with the ASCAP Vanguard Award. Legendary hitmaker and Songwriters Hall of Fame member Desmond Child was previously announced as the night’s ASCAP Founders Award winner.

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Mar 18

Yamaha To Support National String Project Consortium for Fifth Consecutive Year

For the fifth straight year, Yamaha Corporation of America will be providing financial support to the National String Project Consortium (NSPC), a coalition of string project sites based at colleges and universities across the United States.

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Mar 18

Taking Music Lessons Positively Impacts Children’s Academic Performance

There has been growing concern over the fact that many schools around the world are cutting fine arts education due to a lack of funding as well as an increased priority of subjects like math and science. Teachers and artists argue that the inclusion of arts in the curriculum is necessary to provide a well-rounded learning experience for growing children.

A strong case for music education has been made in a new study which was recently published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience.

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Mar 18

Demi Lovato and Ed Sheeran Lead Lineup for Pair of Elton John Tribute Albums

With “Elton John: I’m Still Standing—A GRAMMY Salute” just a few weeks away, the Piano Man is getting a lot of love these days. Now, the track listings for two new albums of covers, Revamp and Restoration, reveal a stacked lineup of artists tackling the biggest hits penned by Elton John and his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin.

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Mar 18

Matías Tarnopolsky Appointed President and CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra Association

The Philadelphia Orchestra Association announced today that Matías Tarnopolsky has been appointed president and CEO. A highly respected and passionate leader in classical music and the performing arts, Tarnopolsky currently serves as executive and artistic director of Cal Performances at UC Berkeley, which presents the world’s leading orchestras, ensembles, and musicians in multi-faceted residencies. He has held senior artistic positions with the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and in London.

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Mar 18

Finalists Named for 2019 American Pianists Award

The Cole Porter Fellowship is awarded every four years to a young American jazz pianist. The winner of the 2019 American Pianists Awards will receive a prize valued at more than $100,000 including cash, two years of career assistance, a media and performance tour, a recording contract with Mack Avenue Records, and other opportunities.

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Mar 18

First Look at Anthony Ramos, Vanessa Hudgens, Ana Villafane, and More in Kennedy Center In the Heights

Anthony Ramos, from the original cast of Broadway’s Hamilton, plays Usnavi in the Broadway Center Stage production of In the Heights through March 25 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes’ acclaimed Washington Heights–set musical, directed and choreographed by Stephanie Klemons, is presented in semi-staged concerts in the Eisenhower Theater. Performances began March 21.

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Mar 18

Drum Circle Helps Refugee Women Heal from Trauma

About thirty refugee women sat in a circle at a church in El Cajon on a recent Monday morning, thrumming the pulse of a heartbeat on hand drums and with shakers. Under the guidance of Ari Honarvar, they played first for a member of one of the organizations involved in the drum circle who had recently had surgery.

In partnership with License to Freedom, a nonprofit that focuses on helping refugees and immigrants who are survivors of domestic violence, since September, Honarvar has led twice-monthly drum circles in El Cajon designed to help participants heal from trauma they’ve experienced.

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Mar 18

For Singing Surgeon at Mayo Clinic, Music Is Medicine

Elvis Francois is an orthopedic surgeon doing his residence at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. For Francois, surgery and song go hand in hand.

Today, music finds its way into every aspect of his residency at the Mayo Clinic, singing to patients or long overnight shifts.

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Mar 18

Kids with Special Needs Find a Choir All Their Own at Butler University

Lauren Southard has an ear for music and a heart for children. Both are on display in a practice room at Lilly Hall on the campus of Butler University, where Southard cajoles a group of Indianapolis Children’s Choir members through a series of songs, games and exercises on a Thursday night.

The ICC’s Jubilate Choir is geared for children with special needs in grades 3 through 9. The half-dozen kids here on this night have a host of challenges, including autism and visual impairment, but they also share a sense of belonging in this classroom.

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Mar 18

‘This Is Us’ Sterling K. Brown on Why Access to Arts Education Is Important for All Kids

Thrive Collective, along with help from Clorox and with some star power from This Is Us and Black Panther star Sterling K. Brown, refurbished a space in Harlem that will serve as a hub for youth to experience a range of programs – with the first one being arts-focused. As Del Rio explained, they start with arts because access to creativity “awakens imagination and invigorates possibility.”

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Mar 18

Watch Preview for Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert

John Legend stars as Jesus, alongside Alice Cooper and Sara Bareilles, in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert on Easter Sunday.

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Mar 18

Listen to Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt Perform a Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen Mashup

In the fourth release of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s #Hamiltondrop series, the Hamilton creator offered fans a blend of two of the most recent Tony-winning Best Musicals.

The recording features vocals by both Miranda and fellow Tony winner Ben Platt, who originated the title role in Dear Evan Hansen.

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Mar 18

StubHub to Invest $3M into Music Education

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US state schools at risk of having their music funding cut are eligible for $3m in grants from StubHub, continuing its mission to put instruments in the hands of students.

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Mar 18

Senior Citizens Picking Up, Dusting Off Musical Instruments

Although hard evidence is difficult to find, older Americans in recent years have increasingly embraced playing musical instruments or participating in other ways in the arts, according to Eugenia Costa-Giomi, a professor of music education at Ohio State University.

As an adult, you have the time, the money, the ability to be disciplined and the desire to play music,” she said. “There is definitely an increase in music lessons among the older population. We live longer now, lead better lives and are more capable in our older years.”

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Mar 18

The 2018 All-National Honor Ensembles Conductor Spotlight: Dr. Jean Montes

An accomplished conductor, educator, clinician, lecturer, and performer, Haitian conductor Dr. Jean Montès will lead the 2018 All-National Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Montès is the Director of Orchestral Studies and Coordinator of Strings at Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he conducts orchestral ensembles and teaches conducting and string pedagogy courses for music education majors.

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Mar 18

Nashville Symphony’s Violins of Hope Continues With ‘Composers of Hope’

Next Tuesday, March 20, the Nashville Symphony will host “Composers of Hope,” a part of Nashville Symphony’s Violins of Hope initiative and Chamber Music Series.

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Mar 18

Listen to New “Frozen” Song ‘Dangerous to Dream,’ Elsa’s Coronation Interior Monologue

The new musical Frozen  (now in previews) has released a third song written specifically for the stage adaptation of the Disney animated hit. The song was the first that Oscar-winning composers Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez had written while creating new material for the show. Anderson-Lopez describes it as an “‘I Want’ [song] for a girl who’s not allowed to want anything.” Set during Elsa’s coronation, the song explores her inner monologue and apprehension.

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Mar 18

Oscars: Watch All of the Musical Performances From the Show

Miguel, Common, Mary J. Blige, Sufjan Stevens and Eddie Vedder were among the musicians performing onstage Sunday night at the 90th Academy Awards.

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Mar 18

Singing in a Choir Could be ‘The New Exercise’ – Here’s the Surprising Science Behind Why

“Exercise is one of the few activities in life that is indisputably good for us,” writes Daniel H. Pink in his new book, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. “Choral singing might be the new exercise.”

“Choral singing calms the heart and boosts endorphin levels. It improves lung function. It increases pain thresholds and reduces the need for pain medication,” Pink claims. It also seems to improve your outlook, boosting mood and self-esteem while alleviating feelings of stress and depression.

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Mar 18

Sara Bareilles to Receive Songwriters Hall of Fame Award

Joining some of the music industry’s most iconic names, singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles will receive the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Hal David Starlight Award in 2018.

Created in 2004, the Hal David Starlight Award is given to “gifted young songwriters who are making a significant impact in the music industry via their original songs,” according to a press release.

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Mar 18

Teacher Combines Music and Math in Educational Program

Queen, a middle school math teacher in South Central Los Angeles, founded Music Notes – a program that fuses mathematics with music. The company’s goal is to “increase student engagement in school by providing high quality educational music and videos to educators and their students.”

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Mar 18

Seven Women You May Not Know from Music History

The historical record of women making music extends back as far as the earliest histories and artifacts of musical performance. How have women impacted the history of music? Below are seven women who impacted music history who might have gone unheard.

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Mar 18

Spotify Launches New Feature for International Women’s Day

NME

Spotify and Smirnoff have launched the “Smirnoff Equalizer”, a new tool that shows users a breakdown of their listening habits in terms of gender.

The equalizer shows the percentage of female versus male musicians you listen to on the streaming service and, for those whose results skew in favor of male artists, will generate a more balanced playlist.

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Mar 18

Naperville Teenage Singing Sensation Ashley Launches her Own Music Foundation

The first ever launch of Ashley’s Music Foundation (also known as AMF) took place at the Tall Grass Clubhouse in Naperville, IL. Ashley’s Music Foundation, is a non-profit organization that was created by a very talented 16-year teenage singer Ashley Singh from Naperville to promote music programs in underprivileged schools in Chicago land area.

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Mar 18

Oscars 2018: Coco’s “Remember Me” Wins Best Original Song

Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez have won Best Original Song at the 2018 Academy Awards for their Coco track “Remember Me.” It’s the second Oscar nomination and victory for the husband-and-wife-duo, who won Best Original Song back in 2014 for Frozen’s “Let It Go.”

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Mar 18

Hear Music Played on the Viola Organista, Which Leonardo da Vinci Invented, but Never Heard

The Viola Organista might have changed the course of musical history had Leonardo had the wherewithal or desire to build one in his lifetime.

Sketched out in notebook pages contained in the Codex Atlanticus, the design showed “an outline of a construction concept for a bowed string instrument which at the same time is a keyboard instrument.” Having built a version of the instrument 500 years after its invention, Polish concert pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki describes it as having “the characteristics of three [instruments] we know: the harpsichord, the organ and the viola da gamba.”

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Mar 18

Demi Lovato Brings Mental Health Front and Center During Tour

For the second consecutive tour, the GRAMMY nominee is again bringing along CAST on Tour, an initiative of the mental health advocacy organization CAST Foundation.

The initiative kicked off Feb. 26 in San Diego, where Lovato invited student survivors of the recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla., to attend the session. Lovato also brought the students onstage during her performance later in the evening, in addition to inviting the audience to donate toward mental health resources for the students impacted by the school shooting through a CAST Foundation text donation.

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Mar 18

Alarm Will Sound To Perform ‘This Music Should Not Exist’ At Carnegie Hall

Alarm Will Sound, the contemporary music ensemble known for testing the boundaries of musical performance, will present a program resembling a live podcast, featuring the music of György Ligeti and titled This Music Should Not Exist on Friday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall.

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Feb 18

How K-pop Is Uniting the World at the Winter Olympics

It has been 30 years since the Olympics last came to South Korea, and back then Korean pop music had a very different sound. In 1988, Korean radio was all about soft ballads, but K-pop has gone through a transformation and is now an umbrella term for the nation’s unabashedly chart-chasing music industry, with sounds ranging from pop to rock and hip hop to electronic.

The genre has claimed a global fan base, and the music has been a surprise star at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, where athletes have shared tales of their connection to K-pop.

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Feb 18

Eagles Center Jason Kelce Plays Sax With Philly High School Jazz Band

Philadelphia Eagles center and Super Bowl parade hero Jason Kelce returned to his roots today, meeting up with his old Ohio high school band at Philadelphia’s Central High. Jason Kelce, class of 2006, played baritone sax in high school.

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Feb 18

The Conductor Smashing Iranian Taboos over Women and Music

In her 38-year career, which is as long as the history of the Islamic republic, Iran’s first and only female conductor had led as many public performances as the number of fingers that hold her baton.

Last month, Nezhat Amiri conducted a 71-member orchestra performing at Tehran’s most prestigious concert hall – a remarkable milestone in a country where it is considered taboo for state TV to show musical instruments, women are not allowed to sing solo and female musicians have been prevented from going on stage in provincial cities.

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Feb 18

28 Years After His Death, a Composer Gets a Publishing Deal

The rediscovery of the distinctive Minimalist composer Julius Eastman, who died in obscurity in 1990, took a major step forward on Wednesday, when the publisher G. Schirmer announced it would restore, reconstruct, publish and promote his music.

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Feb 18

George Li’s ‘Sensible Route’ to Piano Prominence

NPR

“I think the most sensible route would have been for me to go to a conservatory somewhere,” Li admits. “But I really believed that I wanted a well-rounded education.”

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Feb 18

Houston School Receives Delivery of New Musical Instruments, Supplies After Harvey

A Houston elementary school that lost its music program because of Hurricane Harvey received a delivery Tuesday of more than $25,000 in musical instruments and supplies, organizers said.

VH1 Save The Music Foundation, in partnership with Hard Rock Heals Foundation, provided Scarborough Elementary School with the delivery. Organizers said the two foundations will replace all of the instruments lost during the hurricane and will provide additional instruments the school needs to take its music program to the next level.

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Feb 18

Beats, Rhymes and Ice: Olympians Rely on Their Tunes, and Science Backs Them Up

Throughout the PyeongChang Olympics, snowboarders and skiers have provided personal soundtracks. The individual nature of their sports allow riders to listen to music in competition. But they do not do it just because they can. Music helps the athletes block out distractions, focus before a race and perform better during it. The sports require rhythm and artistry, and those who choose to roll with an iPod might see inherent benefit in those areas.

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Feb 18

Association of Concert Bands Young Composers Composition Contest in Partnership with the John Philip Sousa Foundation

This composition contest is intended for young composers who are writing music for concert band. There are over a thousand community bands in the United States and more across the globe who are performing concert band music. These bands are looking for new music that fits a more traditional style of concert band literature that audiences will enjoy.

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Feb 18

How Creative Arts Therapies Support the Mental Health of Michigan Children

To the unfamiliar, music and other creative therapies, such as art and dance movement therapy, appear to be gratuitous distractions, or simply child’s play. Yet creative therapies are valid treatments, proven to support the psychological needs of children and teens. For those suffering from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and other mental health conditions, creative therapies bring calm to the stressed-out mind.

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Feb 18

KHS America Announces Annual Scholarship Winner

Made up of 101 high school seniors from around the country, members of the United States Army All American Marching Band who are pursuing a career in music education can apply for a $1,000 College Scholarship from KHS America. There were 17 applicants this year and the winner was announced during the band’s banquet in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, January 6th. The 2018 winner was Elissa Travis from Hamilton High School in Chandler, Arizona.

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Feb 18

New IMAX Movie ‘America’s Musical Journey’ Stars Aloe Blacc

Brand USA, which markets U.S. tourism around the world, is behind a new IMAX movie called “America’s Musical Journey” that premieres this week. The 40-minute film aims to show off America’s musical heritage to the world. It’s narrated by Morgan Freeman and stars Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc as he explores American music history in cities like New Orleans, Memphis, Detroit and Miami.

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Feb 18

Carnegie Hall To Stream Philip Glass Ensemble Performance Online

Carnegie Hall has announced that the Philip Glass Ensemble’s sold-out performance next Friday, February 16, at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, will be webcast live, free of charge, to a worldwide audience on medici.tv and carnegiehall.org/medici

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Feb 18

NAfME Names Mackie V. Spradley the 2018-2020 National President-Elect

On February 8, 2018, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) announced the 2018-2020 National President-Elect chosen by NAfME Members. Dr. Mackie V. Spradley, Immediate Past President of the NAfME Texas chapter, is the Director of Enrichment Education for the Texas Education Agency who provides statewide leadership over all enrichment subjects.

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Feb 18

Valentine’s Day Music Grams Gain Popularity at Marshfield High School

Marshfield High School is breaking into song on Valentine’s Day. Band teacher Cameron Jerde is offering music grams all day Feb. 14 for students, something that he saw when he was in high school. Jerde’s student band has been practicing its repertoire of 30-second music grams, including the chorus of “Eight Days a Week” by the Beatles, “Ain’t No Mountain,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Isn’t She Lovely, and “My Girl and My Guy.”

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Feb 18

‘Despacito’ Is First Spanish-Language Song to Reach a Billion Streams on Spotify

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” featuring Justin Bieber, continues to make history. This time, the global hit has reached 1 billion streams on Spotify — the first Spanish-language song to reach the milestone.

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Feb 18

Rarely Heard Jonathan Larson Works Will Be Performed at 54 Below

Jonathan Larson finished just two full musicals before his death at age 35 in 1996. But he left behind a vast collection of song demos, stray lyrics and unfinished ideas. Some of those rarely heard songs will be brought together in a concert called “The Jonathan Larson Project,” coming to Feinstein’s/54 Below in October.

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Feb 18

John Mellencamp, Jermaine Depri, Alan Jackson Lead 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame Class

The 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame class will include John Mellencamp, Alan Jackson, Kool & the Gang and Jermaine Dupri, who will become the second hip-hop act inducted into the prestigious organization.

The Songwriters Hall told The Associated Press on Tuesday (Feb. 6) that Allee Willis, who co-wrote the Broadway musical The Color Purple and “I’ll Be There for You” — the theme song from the hit TV series Friends — will also be inducted at its June 14 ceremony alongside country singer-songwriter Bill Anderson and Emmy- and Grammy-nominated songwriter Steve Dorff.

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Feb 18

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Awards 5th Annual Ovation Award

Music teachers make a tremendous impact on the lives of their students and, for the fifth year, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and several partners search for an outstanding and inspirational teacher to honor with the PYO Ovation Award.

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Feb 18

U of M Marching Band Plays Halftime Show with Justin Timberlake

The University of Minnesota marching band performed in the Super Bowl Halftime Show with pop superstar Justin Timberlake.

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Feb 18

Marisa Weinstein Wins the 2017 George N. Parks Leadership in Music Education Award

Marisa Weinstein, recipient of the 2017 George N. Parks Leadership in Music Education Award, dedicates a heap of gratitude to the man for whom this honor is named. A NAfME member who has been teaching for 35 years, she credits George N. Parks for enabling her to enter the field of music education.

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Feb 18

Super Bowl 2018: Watch Hamilton’s Leslie Odom Jr. Sing “America the Beautiful”

Leslie Odom Jr., the actor and singer best known for his Tony Award-winning role as Aaron Burr in Hamilton, sang “America the Beautiful” tonight at Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis. He was joined by the Angelica Cantanti ComMUSICation Youth Choirs.

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Feb 18

12 Things You Might Not Know About 2017’s Top-12

Impress your friends with these factoids about the productions of 2017’s DCI World Championship finalists!

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Feb 18

If This Music Gives You Goosebumps, You Might Have a Special Brain

Think of your favourite piece of music, and think about how you might react to it. Did you feel chills, a lump in your throat, or perhaps a tingling sensation on the back of your neck? Then you might have a more unique brain than you think.

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Jan 18

Play a Part in Selecting the DCI Hall of Fame Class of 2018

The DCI Hall of Fame is where the legends of drum corps are celebrated for the indelible impressions they leave on the marching music activity. Each year you have the special opportunity to be an integral part of the award process by submitting a letter of nomination and support for those who you deem worthy.

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Jan 18

Annette Lambrecht is the Winner of the 2017 NAfME/ Sweet Adelines International Music Educator Award

The Sweet Adelines award is given to a music teacher within the organization who exemplifies teaching the art of barbershop; not only to the chorus, but the surrounding community as well. Lambrecht, who notes that her students range in age from 12 to 82, got hooked on the sound of barbershop when a teacher invited her to a local rehearsal. “There is no accompaniment, there is no instrument—it’s simply voices that come together to create harmony,” she says.

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Jan 18

Meet 2018 Music Educator Award Winner Melissa Salguero

Melissa Salguero has been teaching music at P.S.48 Joseph R. Drake Elementary School since 2010. P.S.48, located in the South Bronx, lies is in the poorest congressional district in the United States. Ms. Salguero’s classroom is a place where creativity, curiosity, humor, and hard work combine to feed a passion for learning.

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Jan 18

Grammys 2018 Winners: The Complete List

While JAY-Z entered Sunday as the top nominee, it was Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar who left the night’s biggest winners. But with 80-plus awards to hand out, there were plenty of victors.

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Jan 18

“What More Could You Ask For?”: Music Educator Award™ Finalist Curtis Gaesser

The GRAMMY Museum Foundation and the Recording Academy have chosen 10 finalists for the 2018 Music Educator Award. Eight of the finalists are NAfME members as was last year’s winner, Keith Hancock of Tesoro High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA.

Curtis Gaesser has been teaching in the Folsom/Cordova School District in Folsom, California, for 36 years. He currently teaches Marching Band, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Choir, three Jazz Bands, Concert Band, Color Guard, and Drumline at Folsom High School. He has been named as one of the 10 finalists for the 2018 award.

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Jan 18

Renowned Conductors to Lead the 2018 NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles in Walt Disney World This November

The nation’s most elite high school musicians will vie for the opportunity to rehearse and perform in a one-of-a-kind national music honors program. The students must first compete at their local, district, and state level to become eligible for this distinguished honor. On November 25-28, these exceptional musicians will gather at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, to showcase their expert musicianship and perform a gala concert celebrating music education and the arts.

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Jan 18

Listen to the 2018 Oscar Nominees for Best Original Song

This year’s nominees for best original song sees the likes of Miguel (Coco) to Andra Day and Common (Marshall).

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Jan 18

Your Brain Responses to Music Reveal If You’re a Musician or Not

How your brain responds to music listening can reveal whether you have received musical training, according to new research.

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Jan 18

Hugh Masekela, Trumpeter and Anti-Apartheid Activist, Dies at 78

Hugh Masekela, a South African trumpeter, singer and activist whose music became symbolic of the country’s anti-apartheid movement, even as he spent three decades in exile, died on Tuesday in Johannesburg. He was 78.

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Jan 18

Invitation to Create: Washington Center for the Performing Arts/Avanti High School Partnership

Avanti High School’s arts-integrated curriculum reflects the school’s capacity for thinking outside traditional teaching norms in order to better fit the unique needs of its students. Upwards of 97 percent of Avanti students have an anxiety disorder, and the school community of 150 endured 24 suicide attempts last year.

But the arts have been shown to have positive emotional effects. For example, they have been shown to reduce depression and anxiety, and can help people confront and process difficult emotions like frustration, grief, and anger. In conjunction with traditional academic subjects, Avanti’s creative curriculum aims to create spaces that promote healing, boost confidence, and cultivate success.

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Jan 18

Franklin Community’s Indoor Percussion Group is Planning a 24-Hour Drum-A-Thon

FRANKLIN, Ind. — The beat goes on and on at Franklin Community High School. Their Indoor Percussion team as well as concert band students will be taking part in a 24-hour drum-a-thon with the goal of raising funds to help students pay fees and to help create new opportunities in music education.

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Jan 18

OK Go to Perform at the 2018 NAMM Show

With less than a month until the start of The 2018 NAMM Show, The NAMM Campus is set to come alive with a variety of performances at night, on The NAMM Yamaha Grand Plaza Stage. On Thurs., The NAMM Foundation Celebration of Music Education will celebrate the advocacy and dedication of NAMM members with a performance from indie/pop rockers, OK Go.

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Jan 18

Brains of Jazz and Classical Musicians Work Differently, Study Reveals

The brain activity of jazz musicians is substantially different from that of classical musicians, even when they’re playing the same piece of music.

A study published by the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI CBS), has found that musicians who work in the two fields demonstrate substantially different brain activity, even when they’re playing the same music.

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Jan 18

Art Invigorates Participation at Standing Rock Schools

The walls of Standing Rock Elementary School and Standing Rock Middle School are lined with artwork and the sound of music reverberates from the classrooms.

For both of the schools’ administrators and teachers, a real change has occurred in the past two school years. Morale among students and teachers has improved at the schools on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, which faces challenges of poverty. Through the arts, self-confidence among students has been boosted, the middle school principal said.

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Jan 18

Sweetwater Partners with Purdue School of Music

Purdue University Fort Wayne and Sweetwater officials have announced a partnership that will locate a majority of the university’s music technology program on the Sweetwater campus.

The company will turn an existing 8,000 square foot facility, just south of the main building, into a learning center that will include studios, classrooms, and other teaching spaces.

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Jan 18

NAfME Member Dr. Myra Rhoden Named 2018 National Band Director of the Year

Dr. Myra Rhoden has been a music educator for 24 years, and currently serves as the Director of Bands and Fine Arts Department Chairperson at Fayette County High School. She oversees the Fayette County High School Band’s program, which consists of a competitive marching band and winter guard, three concert bands, a jazz band, and several chamber ensembles.

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Jan 18

Yamaha to Sponsor Six String Theory Competition

For the sixth consecutive time, Yamaha is sponsoring the Six String Theory Competition, hosted by Grammy-winning guitarist and producer, Lee Ritenour.

The biennial competition accepts performer applications for guitar, bass, piano/keyboards and drums, and offers winners performance opportunities and scholarships, as well as prizes from sponsors. Yamaha supports the competition with its contribution to a prize package worth approximately $15,000.00.

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Jan 18

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Starts 2018 William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series

Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will return to seven Metro Detroit venues as the 2018 William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series gets underway.

Music Director Leonard Slatkin will conduct the DSO in a program that includes Fauré’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (with child piano prodigy Harmony Zhu), and Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, the “Jupiter.”

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Jan 18

Golden Globes: ‘This Is Me’ From ‘The Greatest Showman’ Wins Best Original Song

“This Is Me” From “The Greatest Showman” won the Best Original Song award at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night.

The song is the second consecutive win for songwriting duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who took home last year’s prize for “City of Stars” from “La La Land.” The duo also wrote the music for “Dear Evan Hansen.”

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Jan 18

Golden Globes: Alexandre Desplat Wins Best Original Score for ‘The Shape Of Water’

Composer Alexandre Desplat won Best Original Score for “The Shape of Water” at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night. To director Guillermo del Toro, Desplat said from the stage, “Your movie has moved me so much because it’s made of your humanity and your passion.”

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Jan 18

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra To Return To Carnegie Hall

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will return to Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage for two back-to-back concerts this January with newly appointed chief conductor Daniele Gatti.

The performances will mark the first time the orchestra will travel to the United States with Gatti, who is only the seventh chief conductor in the orchestra’s 129-year history.

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Jan 18

Robert Mann, a Founder of the Juilliard Quartet, Dies at 97

Robert Mann, the founding first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet, the internationally renowned ensemble that at midcentury helped engender a chamber music revival throughout the United States, died on Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 97.

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Jan 18

‘Great Equalizer’: Program Fights Lack of Diversity in Jazz Education

Juan Romo, 11, had heard of jazz music, but didn’t know much about it. The San Francisco middle school student had neither played it nor listened to it. He didn’t think he would like it.

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Dec 17

Amazon has an 80-person orchestra just for employees

Amazon’s corporate culture is widely known for its dog-friendliness, its free community banana stands, and, notoriously, a challenging and even bruising work environment.

Less well-known is how Amazon — Yahoo Finance’s Company of the Year — helps employees channel their inner artist.

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Dec 17

New instrument composes music based on human body’s biorhythms

Heart-beats might be the new beat behind the next musical track you hear.

Composer and Memorial University music professor Andrew Staniland, and electrical engineering students Alycia Leonard and Mark Bennett are creating prototypes of digital musical instruments played by the natural rhythms of the human body.

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Dec 17

Striking a chord, NIH taps the brain to find how music heals

AP

Like a friendly Pied Piper, the violinist keeps up a toe-tapping beat as dancers weave through busy hospital hallways and into the chemotherapy unit, patients looking up in surprised delight. Upstairs, a cellist plays an Irish folk tune for a patient in intensive care.

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Dec 17

Carlos Vives, Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation Offer Scholarship

The Latin GRAMMY winner has partnered with the Latin Recording Academy’s flagship charitable organization to send a deserving student to music school.

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Dec 17

Award-Winning Musicians Team For Hurricane Harvey Charity Single

Led by five-time Grammy nominee and Sound Royalties’ Director of Funding Reggie Calloway, a group of renowned musicians from the Los Angeles area today released a new charity single to benefit and grow music programs in the Houston Independent School District recently devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

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Dec 17

The Composer Who Owns Christmas

HEMINGFORD ABBOTS, England — It is the sort of English village that you might find on Christmas cards: a medieval church, a placid river, thatched cottages, swans. So it’s no great surprise that it is also where you can find John Rutter, a composer so identified with Christmas that he has all but earned a place with the kings and shepherds by the manger.

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Dec 17

Hundreds of Musicians — From R.E.M. to Turnip King — Sign Statement Defending Net Neutrality

As the FCC prepares to vote on Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to repeal net neutrality rules, a vast list of musicians and independent labels —R.E.M., Neko Case, members of Wilco, Fugazi, the Kills and many more — have signed a statement in defense of net neutrality. The statement was organized by nonprofit organizations Future of Music Coalition and CASH Music.

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Dec 17

Music Education and Final State ESSA Plans

The message was clear in the review of the first 13 state ESSA plan submissions, including the District of Columbia: advocacy by music and arts educators at the state level had been successful and music and arts education were found in several key areas of the plans, including 60% of those first round plans including music and arts within the accountability systems designed by the states under ESSA.

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Dec 17

Yamaha Donates Band & Orchestral Instruments to Western Iowa Tech’s Band Instrument Repair Program

Yamaha has once again donated a large number of band and orchestral instruments that had been damaged in shipping to help train the next generation of band instrument repair technicians at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City, Iowa.

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Dec 17

2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Revealed

The 2018 list of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees was released on Wednesday (Dec. 13) and the lineup reads like an all-star roster of rock radio favorites.

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Dec 17

The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards

Nominations for the 2018 cycle of the Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards are currently being accepted. Did you have a teacher who inspired you? One who changed your life? Is there a teacher you credit with helping you become the person you are today? Do you remember a specific interaction with your teacher that proved to be a moment of inspiration and transformation? Share your story.

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Dec 17

Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute Announces Details for Inaugural NYO Jazz Program

Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) has announced the faculty and European tour highlights for the inaugural year of NYO Jazz, a four-week intensive summer program designed to showcase the talents of young American jazz instrumentalists (ages 16-19), beginning in summer 2018.

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Dec 17

Communicating Music Education to Your Community

The Music Achievement Council, an action-oriented nonprofit enabling more students to begin and stay in instrumental music programs, has compiled tips to better inform the community about the purpose, structure and achievements of school music programs.

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Dec 17

The Sound of Music Through El Sistema Kenya

Over the years, El Sistema in Venezuela has developed into a social program aimed at helping disadvantaged youth through music instruction and has inspired music educators globally. For the teens in Kawangware, a slum in west Nairobi, the classes are something they look forward to each week.

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Dec 17

See Spotify’s Most Streamed Music of 2017

Spotify just released its year in review numbers, and — unsurprisingly, given the dominance of blockbuster hits like “Shape of You” — Ed Sheeran has emerged as the platform’s most popular artist. The Brit-pop juggernaut is followed by three stars of hip-hop and R&B — Drake, The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar — with EDM duo The Chainsmokers rounding out the top five.

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Dec 17

The New York Times Best Albums of 2017

New York Times critics Jon Pareles and Jon Caramanica share their picks for the best pop albums of the year, and Giovanni Russonello selects the best jazz albums.

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Dec 17

The John F. Kennedy Center Announces Artes de Cuba

For two weeks this spring, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will present Artes de Cuba: From the Island to the World, a festival celebrating the artistic richness that has emerged from this “island archipelago in the sun.” This unprecedented gathering of Cuban and Cuban American artists represents some of the world’s greatest from the island and the Diaspora.

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Dec 17

2018 Grammy Music Educator Award Finalists Revealed

The honor is presented by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Museum. Music teachers were picked from more than 2,300 nominees at public and private schools across the country for their significant and lasting contribution to their field.

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Dec 17

Yamaha Honors Kite and Magadini with Legacy in Education Awards

Yamaha has honored Rebecca Kite and Pete Magadini with the company’s prestigious Legacy in Education Awards. Presented by John Wittmann, director of artist relations and education at Yamaha Artist Services Indianapolis, and Greg Crane, manager of artist relations at Yamaha Artist Services Los Angeles, the award recognizes distinguished Yamaha Artists and music educators for their extraordinary service to, and impact on, the field of music education.

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Dec 17

Celebrated Vintage Guitar Store To Close This Weekend

Once hung with hundreds of rare, new, and used stringed instruments, on an early November 2017 day the walls of Matt Umanov Guitars in New York’s Greenwich Village now held only a couple of dozen guitars and banjos.

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Dec 17

The Professors of Pageantry: College Guard Directors

One of the most welcome developments in the activity in the past decade is the growth of college and university-sponsored guards. In the few weeks that units have been able register for the 2018 WGI World Championships, over twenty college groups have already entered with more sure to follow.

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Dec 17

A Violinist as Riveting in Silence as in Sound

While Janine Jansen, 39, is a classical star throughout Europe, she is far less well known in America. But this season she claims one of the New York music world’s plummest prizes: a Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall, starting on Thursday, December 7.

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Dec 17

The Healing Sound of a Broken Orchestra

NPR

Over 1,000 damaged instruments are languishing in what are known as “instrument graveyards” in Philadelphia’s public school system, which lacks the funds to fix them. This weekend, 400 of these instruments will be played in performance by musicians ranging from members of the Philadelphia Orchestra to public school children. The goal is to get those broken instruments repaired and back to kids.

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Nov 17

60th Annual GRAMMY Award Nominees

Congratulations to the 60th GRAMMY nominees! View the full list here:

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Nov 17

New York Philharmonic Appoints Crane and Madden to New Positions

The New York Philharmonic has named Adam Crane vice president of external affairs, and Susan Madden vice president of development, beginning in January 2018.

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Nov 17

Mexico, Music And Family Take Center Stage In ‘Coco’

NPR

The story follows 12-year-old Miguel Rivera, who yearns to be a great musician. But he has to hide his ambition — and his guitar — from his family of shoemakers who don’t approve.

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Nov 17

Celebrating 100 Years Of Bernstein With Gianandrea Noseda

NPR

It is an important moment in the life of a symphony orchestra when a new conductor is selected — not just to lead the orchestra, but to create the programs, hire the artists and more. In short, to be the music director.

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Nov 17

Best Communities for Music Education

The Best Communities for Music Education survey acknowledges schools and districts across the United States for their commitment to and support of music education.

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Nov 17

Carnegie Hall Partners with New World Symphony for NYO2

Carnegie Hall has announced that it will partner with the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy (NWS), for the summer 2018 season of NYO2, an intensive orchestral program for outstanding American instrumentalists ages 14–17.

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Nov 17

At the Met Opera, a Note So High, It’s Never Been Sung Before

It lasts just a split second, almost imperceptible in a two-hour score. It’s over too quickly to summon the dogs of the Upper West Side or to break any nearby windows.

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Nov 17

GRAMMY Music Education Coalition Brings Music To Public Schools

The GRAMMY Music Education Coalition has officially launched, and it will work to bring musical opportunities to students nationwide, especially in underserved communities, starting with Nashville, Tenn., Philadelphia and New York City.

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Oct 17

Hear the Surreal Instruments of the Met’s New Opera

To transform Luis Buñuel’s surreal, darkly satirical 1962 film “The Exterminating Angel” into an opera, the composer Thomas Adès added a few very unusual instruments to the traditional orchestra. Some of them have never, or only very rarely, been heard in the pit of the Metropolitan Opera, which will present the work’s American premiere on Thursday.

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Oct 17

Semifinalists for the 2018 Grammy Music Educator Award Revealed

A total of 25 music teachers from 25 cities across 17 states have been announced as semifinalists for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Museum. Initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states.

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Oct 17

Injured pianist Lang Lang ‘borrows’ teen’s left hand for Carnegie Hall concert

Pianist Lang Lang, nursing an injured arm, found an innovative solution to avoid missing Carnegie Hall’s annual gala on Wednesday – a young protege literally lent a hand.

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Oct 17

Hitting a long note: one of the world’s largest pianos finds a grand stage

One of the world’s longest pianos has found a new home in the deep south of New Zealand after the fire brigade were called on to help shift the behemoth into place.

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Oct 17

Puerto Rico’s ‘Singing Newspapers’

NPR

Folks are beginning to rebuild their lives after Hurricane Maria, and for Puerto Rico’s plena musicians, it means rebuilding a sense of culture and community.

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Oct 17

Restoring Those Old Liner Notes in Music’s Digital Era

Two decades into the era of online music, streaming has been hailed as the industry’s savior, but a complaint from the earliest days of digital services persists: What happened to the liner notes?

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Oct 17

Tom Petty, ‘distinctively American’ rocker, dies aged 66

Veteran U.S. rocker Tom Petty, whose vibrant guitar riffs, distinctly raw, nasal vocals and slick song lyrics graced such hits as “Refugee,” “Free Fallin’” and “American Girl,” has died following a heart attack. He was 66.

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Sep 17

Warner Music Group Expands Partnership with Music-Education Nonprofit Harmony Program

Just in time for the 10th anniversary of The Harmony Program, a non-profit that provides music education in under-served communities across New York City, Warner Music Group announced today an expansion of its partnership with the organization.

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Sep 17

Chance the Rapper Is on a Mission to Prove That Public Schools Still Matter

Chance the Rapper, the Chicago-based hip-hop artist whose 2016 mixtape “Coloring Book” earned him three Grammy wins, is also making waves in another realm: public education.

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Sep 17

Facebook Offers Hundreds of Millions of Dollars for Music Rights

Facebook Inc. is offering major record labels and music publishers hundreds of millions of dollars so the users of its social network can legally include songs in videos they upload, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Sep 17

Somebody Asked 13-17 Year-Olds How They Listen to Music. Half the Answers Didn’t Exist When They Were Born.

So, how do teenagers really listen to music?  What started as a simple question by a music research firm revealed an unbelievably complicated set of answers.

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Aug 17

New Pop-Up Series Treats Silicon Valley Workers to Opera at the Office

NPR

The lobby of a Silicon Valley tech company is not where you would expect to hear a soprano belting out a Puccini aria, but that was exactly what happened at the first performance of Arias in the Office.

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Aug 17

This Music Teacher Played His Saxophone While in Brain Surgery

NPR

Dan Fabbio was 25 and working on a master’s degree in music education when he stopped being able to hear music in stereo. Music no longer felt the same to him.

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Aug 17

Classical Music Day Declared in Nashville

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has proclaimed that Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 will be #ClassicalMusicDayNashville.

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Source: MusicRow Magazine

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Aug 17

Chick Corea Joins Lang Lang as Featured Soloists for Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night

Lang Lang and Corea will perform a two-piano arrangement of Gershwin’s jazz-influenced Rhapsody in Blue, collaborating with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra.

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Source: BroadwayWorld

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Aug 17

Las Vegas Symphony Orchestra to Return Following a Decade-Long Absence

On August 24, 2017, The Las Vegas Symphony Orchestra is returning to the stage at The Art of Richard MacDonald gallery presented by Cirque du Soleil, following a 13-year public absence.

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Source: BroadwayWorld

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Aug 17

Sarasota Orchestra launches Discoveries series for symphony newcomers

The Sarasota Orchestra is hoping to make it easier and more comfortable for newcomers to attend symphony concerts by launching a new Discoveries series of shorter and more conversational programs with lower ticket prices.

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Source: Herald-Tribune

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Aug 17

LA Phil to Present First-Ever HACK MUSIC LA at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Continuing its mission to inspire and strengthen communities through the power of music, the LA Phil will present the first-ever Hack Music LA, a multi-disciplinary convening of ideas exploring the intersection of music and technology October 7-8 at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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Source: BroadwayWorld

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Aug 17

Cue the Carrots! Strike Up the Squash!

The group rehearsing, the Long Island Vegetable Orchestra, plays instruments made entirely from vegetables. On this day, in addition to the squash and the snake gourd, it included two carrot flutes.

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Source: The New York Times

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Aug 17

After 80 years, once-famed American Boychoir School closes

The American Boychoir School is closing its doors after 80 years amid falling enrollment and its continuing financial struggles.

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Source: NJ.com

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Aug 17

Prized piano arrives at Texas Wesleyan University

Texas Wesleyan University’s new concert grand piano drew a crowd today before a note was ever played.

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Source: KHOU 11 News Houston

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Aug 17

La Quinta marching band wins $5,000 at Sound of OC Music Competition

Nine members of the La Quinta High School marching band brought home $5,000 recently by taking first place in the Sound of OC Music Competition.

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Source: The Orange County Register

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Aug 17

Librarian helps keep Philadelphia Orchestra running smoothly

You’ve probably seen Robert Grossman without realizing who he is because he has one of the most important yet least visible jobs at the Philadelphia Orchestra. He’s the orchestra’s librarian.

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Source: The Daily Gazette

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Aug 17

1,000 shows around the world for Bernstein’s 100th anniversary year

Worldwide, more than 1,000 events are planned on six continents.

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Source: Philly.com

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Aug 17

Unique concert grand piano arrives at the Opus Theatre

The theatre’s centerpiece, however, is the Phoenix Opus Concert Grand Piano – the venue’s new and special concert grand piano which arrived on Monday (August 7).

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Source: Hastings Observer

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Aug 17

This giant 100-year-old music box plays three violins at once and it’s technically incredible

The Phonoliszt Violina is an orchestrion – which is basically a self-playing music box.

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Source: Classic FM

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Aug 17

Philadelphia Orchestra gets big bucks for big instrument

With the backing of local philanthropist and organ enthusiast Frederick R. Haas, the Wyncote Foundation is giving the orchestra $5 million over the next five years to enhance organ programming and activities highlighting the instrument.

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Source: Philly.com

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Aug 17

Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix hits right note

The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix has gathered one of the largest collections of instruments from around the globe and throughout history, exhibiting and explaining them using the latest audio-video technology.

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Source: The Columbus Dispatch

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Aug 17

Jazz at Lincoln Center Celebrates 30 Years with “All Jazz is Modern,” a Series of Digital Singles

Thirty years ago — on Aug. 3, 1987 — Jazz at Lincoln Center held its first-ever concert, at Alice Tully Hall.

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Source: WBGO Jazz 88.3FM

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Aug 17

NAfME Awards Five Collegiate Members and Five Schools’ Collegiate Chapters for Excellence and Achievement

The Chapter of Excellence Recognition was developed to encourage chapters to plan and execute successful chapter music programs, professional development projects, recruitment techniques, and service projects.

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Source: NAfME

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Aug 17

Orchestra fantasy camp for adults an instant hit

Make loud mistakes, conductor Bob Bernhardt advised as he kicked off the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’s first musical fantasy camp for adults.

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Source: Edmonton Examiner

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Aug 17

Los Angeles Philharmonic Announces New Assistant Conductor

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has this week announced the appointment of former Dudamel Conducting Fellow, Chilean conductor Paolo Bortolameolli as their new Assistant Conductor – for the 2017/18 season.

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Source: The Violin Channel

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Jul 17

KSO youth programs selected as grant recipient

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra youth programs have been selected as a 2017-2018 Carnegie Hall Play USA grant recipient.

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Source: WWMT-TV

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Jul 17

BBC National Orchestra of Wales Presents Relaxed Performances in Cardiff and at the BBC Proms

Led by conductor Grant Llewellyn and musician Andy Pidcock the Orchestra performs a Relaxed Concert at St David’s Hall, Cardiff on 2 July and the first ever Relaxed Prom on 29 July at the Royal Albert Hall, London in collaboration with the BBC Proms and the Royal Albert Hall Education & Outreach team.

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Source: BroadwayWorld

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Jul 17

ASCAP & BMI Announce Creation Of A New Comprehensive Musical Works Database To Increase Ownership Transparency In Performing Rights Licensing

ASCAP and BMI, the nation’s two leading performing rights organizations, have joined forces to create a single, comprehensive database of musical works from their combined repertories that will deliver an authoritative view of ownership shares in the vast majority of music licensed in the United States.

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Source: ASCAP

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Jul 17

Jazz musicians use social media to bring the genre to a younger generation

Jazz is a uniquely American form of music and the source of so much of what we listen to and enjoy today.

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Source: ABC7 New York

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Jul 17

Eric Whitacre conducted a 600-strong choir at Eurovision Choir of the Year and it was glorious

Eurovision Choir of the Year took place over the weekend, and conductor Eric Whitacre opened the show with his piece ‘Fly to Paradise’, performed by 600 singers and one soloist.

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Source: Classic FM

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Jul 17

Woman donates 119-year-old gift to Sydney streetside

Valerie MacMillan donated her upright piano to a busy corner outside of Doktor Luke’s coffee shop on Prince Street. The piano was given to her family in 1990. Built 92 years before that, it’s an antique.

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Source: Yahoo Canada News

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Jul 17

50 Sing for Hope Pianos to be Permanently Placed in 50 New York City Schools where Sing for Hope Supports Arts Education

Sing for Hope today announced the 50 New York City public schools across the five boroughs chosen to receive Sing for Hope Pianos this fall.

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Source: PR Newswire

20

Jul 17

Jonathan Bailey Holland’s World Premiere Opens Cincinnati Symphony’s Renovated Music Hall

Composer Jonathan Bailey Holland has been commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and conductor Louis Langrée to write a world premiere for the re-opening of the Music Hall as part of their Grand Opening festivities, October 6-7, 2017.

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Source: BroadwayWorld

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Jul 17

Lost Holst manuscripts discovered in New Zealand

Manuscripts of two pieces, Folk Songs from Somerset and Two Songs Without Words, have been discovered in the library of a community orchestra in Tauranga, New Zealand.

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Source: Classic FM

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Jul 17

Quincy Jones enlists Kickstarter, launches jazz video on-demand channel

That’s why we are excited about the announcement that he will be teaming with television producer and noted jazz patron Reza Ackbaraly to launch a brand-new subscription video on-demand service dedicated entirely to jazz and jazz-inspired music programming.

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Source: GRAMMY.com

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Jul 17

Semi-Finalists Announced at America’s Cooper International Violin Competition

The 23 Semi-Finalists have today been announced at the 2017 Thomas & Evon Cooper International Violin Competition, at Oberlin College, in Ohio, United States.

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Source: The Violin Channel

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Jul 17

Albuquerque’s New Mexico Philharmonic Announce New Music Director

The New Mexico Philharmonic, in Albuquerque, USA, has this week announced the appointment of Brazilian-born conductor Roberto Minczuk as their new Music Director – effective from September of this year.

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Source: The Violin Channel

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Jul 17

NZSO gives fans a rare chance to walk through the symphony orchestra with VR

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra has released a fully immersive VR experience of the 90-member Orchestra performing at Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre.

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Source: Stuff

13

Jul 17

Telegraph Quartet Announced New San Francisco Conservatory Quartet-In-Residence

Throughout their 3 year appointment, the ensemble will perform a number of SFCM concerts per year – in addition to coaching undergraduate and pre-college chamber musicians and young soloists.

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Source: The Violin Channel

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Jul 17

Central Pa. high school choir will perform with Foreigner on Saturday in Hershey

The collaboration is part of Foreigner’s work to raise funds for music education in high schools in North America.

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Source: Penn Live

11

Jul 17

Florida’s Sarasota Orchestra Awarded National Endowment for the Arts Grant

It has been announced this week that the Sarasota Orchestra, in Florida, USA has been awarded a US $10,000 grant from the American National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

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Source: The Violin Channel

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Jul 17

Kitchener Public Library unveils its new instrument lending library

A new instrument lending program was launched Monday at the Kitchener Public Library, thanks to a 150-instrument donation from Sun Life Financial.

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Source: CBC News

10

Jul 17

Local Jazz group awards $5,000 dollars in scholarships to high school students

The Catfish Jazz Society presented five scholarships to local high school seniors.

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Source: WQAD News 8

7

Jul 17

The NAMM Foundation Announces $675,000 in Grants to Music Education Programs Worldwide

The NAMM Foundation has announced that the organization will benefit 24 different music education programs with $675,000 in grants, an increase made possible by NAMM Foundation donors.

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Source: NAMM

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Jul 17

Music boosts brain connectivity

SBS

Using music to learn a physical task significantly develops an important part of the brain, according to a study.

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Source: SBS

6

Jul 17

World’s Oldest Jazz Club Breathes New Life into Genre by Introducing New, National and Emerging Artists

The Discover Jazz Series is a monthly showcase that introduces national and emerging contemporary jazz artists to new fans in the metropolitan Detroit area.

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Source: PRWeb

5

Jul 17

2017 Tarisio Trust Young Artist Grant Winners Announced

Open to applicants aged between 18 to 35, the US $5000 scholarships have been awarded to support innovative stringed instrument projects – created and driven by young artists.

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Source: The Violin Channel

5

Jul 17

Updates to the New York Philharmonic’s 2017–18 Season

The New York Philharmonic has announced updates to its 2017-18 season.

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Source: BroadwayWorld

3

Jul 17

MCCC’s WWFM Launches ‘Kids on Keys,’ Focusing on Local Young Pianists

Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) WWFM the Classical Network announces the launch of “Kids on Keys,” a new monthly broadcast series spotlighting some of the best young piano talent in the radio station’s immediate broadcast region of Central and Southern New Jersey.

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Source: BroadwayWorld

3

Jul 17

City of Eugene & Eugene Library bring ‘public piano’ to downtown

The City of Eugene has hooked up with the Eugene Library to bring music to downtown in a non-traditional way, and the idea is striking a nice chord.

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Source: KVAL News

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Jun 17

Juilliard Chair Joins Boston Conservatory at Berklee as Dean of Music

Today, Boston Conservatory at Berklee announced Michael Shinn, D.M.A., as dean of music. The appointment will begin on August 15.

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Source: BroadwayWorld

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Jun 17

Kids inspired by music through Kids’ Orchestra STEAM summer camp

Kids from all over the capital region gather to learn how to play one instrument each week. Local artists also come in each day to give live performances for the kids.

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Source: WAFB 9News

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Jun 17

Renowned violinist Midori to join Curtis Institute faculty

Midori, the violinist with a much-admired career as both A-list soloist and public-service activist, will join the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music.

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Source: Philly.com

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Jun 17

In Argentina, music cures the soul

These unannounced flash concerts are staged by an organization called Music for the Soul, and on this particular day at Alvarez Hospital in Buenos Aires the artists are 70 musicians, a choir, two sopranos and a tenor.

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Source: The Jakarta Post

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Jun 17

Philharmonic Flip-Flop: Conductor Alan Gilbert Trades New York For Hamburg

NPR

Earlier this month, the New York Philharmonic’s outgoing music director Alan Gilbert said goodbye to his orchestra in a series of concerts. Today, he is saying hello to a brand new job in Hamburg, Germany.

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Source: NPR

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Jun 17

CMA Foundation Named NAfME’s 2017 Stand for Music Award Winner

National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is proud to name the CMA Foundation the 2017 Stand for Music award winner. The CMA Foundation is the sixth recipient of the Stand for Music Award.

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Source: NAfME

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Jun 17

Tony Bennett Receives Gershwin Prize From Library of Congress

The lifetime achievement award named for the duo of George and Ira Gershwin was created by Congress to honor singers and songwriters who entertain, inform and inspire.

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Source: Billboard

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Jun 17

New York Philharmonic the Only Orchestra To Receive Three NEA Grants

The three programs receiving grants are Philharmonic Schools, YPC Play!, and radio broadcasts.

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Source: New York Philharmonic

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Jun 17

Switchfoot empowers youth with performance at airport

Players from the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, as well as fourth through sixth grade singers from Casillas Elementary in Chula Vista, joined Switchfoot on stage for two songs during the special airport performance.

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Source: Del Mar Times

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Jun 17

OSU students gain experience with Tulsa Symphony Orchestra

A unique program that gives graduate music students at Oklahoma State University the opportunity to gain professional experience by playing main stage concerts with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has been renewed.

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Source: NewsOK

16

Jun 17

Iconic Buildings and Landmarks Across the U.S. to Shine Orange for Make Music Day

More than 25 iconic buildings and landmarks across the United States will turn orange in support of Make Music Day, the annual global celebration of music occurring each June 21 and featuring over 4,000 free, outdoor concerts, music lessons and jam sessions in more than 60 U.S. cities.

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Source: NAMM

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Jun 17

Carnegie Hall Assembles NYO-USA and NYO2 For Summer Training and Tours

Carnegie Hall will bring together about 200 of the best teen musicians this summer to work and train as The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) and NYO2.

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Source: School Band & Orchestra

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Jun 17

Grammy Awards Move To Online Voting, Will Recognize Songwriters In Album Of The Year Category

Additionally, all music creators, including songwriters, producers, mixers, mastering engineers and featured artists credited with at least 33 percent or more playing time on the winning album will be eligible to receive a Grammy in the Album of the Year category.

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Source: MusicRow Magazine

13

Jun 17

2018 NEA Jazz Masters Class Honorees Include Dianne Reeves, Pat Metheny

NPR

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Masters award, which comes with a $25,000 prize, is widely described as United States’ highest honor for jazz.

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Source: NPR

13

Jun 17

Street Pianos Make The Scene In Downtown Springfield

The newest public art venture in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts was formally unveiled today. Springfield is now one of about 40 cities around the world with “street pianos.”

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Source: WAMC

12

Jun 17

4-year-old Greenwich girl invited to play the piano at Carnegie Hall Sunday

Beatrice Klemann, 4, and her older sister, Eleanor, 6, are no strangers to the stage at Carnegie Hall. Eleanor has already played at Carnegie Hall twice, and Beatrice will take the stage there Sunday for the second time.

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Source: FOX 61

12

Jun 17

Nashville Symphony Conductor Adds New Job With Polish Orchestra

Giancarlo Guerrero will be taking on a new position in the next concert season. In addition to his role as Music Director of the Nashville Symphony, Guerrero has been named Music Director of the Wrocław Philharmonic in Poland.

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Source: Nashville Public Radio

9

Jun 17

Artist Ambassadors for Make Music Day 2017 Announced

A Two-Time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, a Legendary Composer and Pianist, a Jazz Virtuoso, a “Nashville” Star and Musician, Noted Composers/Percussionists, a Hollywood Actress-Turned-Rocker and a Grammy Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter Among Ambassadors

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Source: NAMM

9

Jun 17

Central High School choir to open at CMA Fest

School may be out for the summer, but the choir at Central High School is making sure their voices are heard, outside the classroom, on stage in Nashville at this year’s CMA Music Festival.

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Source: WATE 6 On Your Side

8

Jun 17

Stéphane Denève, principal guest conductor in Philadelphia, takes St. Louis

Stéphane Denève is the next music director of the St. Louis Symphony, the orchestra announced Wednesday.

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Source: Philly.com

7

Jun 17

Clemente Gets $42K In Music Instruments From Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation

Teenage musicians at Roberto Clemente Community Academy High School were overjoyed that their school would be given $42,000 worth of new instruments, thanks to a grant from The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.

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Source: DNAinfo

6

Jun 17

This Van Cliburn Program Connects Students With Renowned Pianists And Classical Music

Every four years, the Cliburn Foundation offers free, in-school performances by pianists during its international contest.

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Source: KERA

5

Jun 17

Semi-Finalists Announced at New Zealand’s Michael Hill International Violin Comp

The 6 Semi-Finalists have, just minutes ago, been announced at the 2017 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, in Queenstown, New Zealand.

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Source: The Violin Channel

2

Jun 17

Klaus Doldinger, Norah Jones and Branford Marsalis Are Winners at ECHO Jazz Awards

The German music industry celebrated the ECHO Jazz Awards in the rustic setting of a Hamburg shipyard at the River Elbe on Thursday night, with seven U.S. jazz acts among the winners.

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Source: Billboard Biz

2

Jun 17

Make Music Day 2017 Announces Full Schedule

Make Music Day, the annual global celebration of music occurring each June 21, today announced its full schedule of over 4,000 free, outdoor concerts, music lessons and jam sessions – with more to come – in over 60 U.S. cities.

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Source: PR Newswire

1

Jun 17

Who are the GRAMMY Music Educator Award quarterfinalists?

A total of 197 music teachers from 187 cities, across 45 states plus Washington, D.C., have been announced as quarterfinalists for the Music Educator Award, presented by The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum.

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Source: GRAMMY.com

1

Jun 17

The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’ album celebrates its 50th anniversary today

It was 50 years ago today that “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” got its official release in the U.K.

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Source: ABC News

31

May 17

Education Through Music Festival to Showcase 27 Elementary and Middle School Bands, Orchestras, and Choirs

Education Through Music (ETM) partner schools will perform at a free concert featuring 8 orchestras, 2 choirs and 17 bands from Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and Bronx inner-city elementary and middle schools on Tuesday, June 6th and Wednesday, June 7th at Lehman College.

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Source: PRWeb

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May 17

NAMM Members Roll Up Their Sleeves to Build Upon Jefferson Middle School Academy’s Music Program

On May 22, 2017, NAMM members participated in a Day of Service, as part of the 2017 NAMM Music Education Advocacy D.C. Fly-In, by coaching students and making music at Jefferson Middle School Academy in Washington, D.C.

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Source: NAMM Foundation

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May 17

Jazz Orchestra records album with help of Impact program

The impact of dozens of donors landed Washburn University’s Jazz Orchestra students in professional recording studio, BRC Audio Productions, to create a performance-quality album.

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Source: Washburn Review

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May 17

Introducing families to the art of the symphony

Launched in 1993, Music for Families is designed to introduce children and their parents to a live orchestra through “music you and the kids can agree on.”

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Source: SFGate

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May 17

VanderCook College of Music Receives $2.5M “Challenge Gift” for Performance Center

Chicago’s VanderCook College of Music — the only college in the nation dedicated solely to music education — has received the largest donor gift in its history, courtesy of Keith Mardak, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Hal Leonard LLC of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the world’s largest educational music publisher.

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Source: VanderCook College of Music

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May 17

Jon Batiste to Lead 60 Pianos in Bach Prelude in C at Sing for Hope Pianos Kickoff

Sing for Hope will bring their renowned Sing for Hope Pianos back to the streets of New York City this summer.

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Source: BroadwayWorld

24

May 17

Cellist Steven Isserlis receives €25,000 Glashütte Original Music Festival Award

Steven Isserlis has won the 14th Glashütte Original Music Festival Award, which honors ‘achievements in classical music education and support for young artists’, and comes with a €25,000 grant.

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Source: The Strad

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May 17

Leon County students perform alongside Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra

Nearly 1,200 fourth graders from all over Leon County performed with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday.

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Source: WCTV

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May 17

Music for Everyone to distribute more than 1,400 instruments

Music for Everyone, the Lancaster nonprofit dedicated to cultivating the power of music, will host the second annual “Great Grant Give-Out” this afternoon at Lincoln Middle School.

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Source: LancasterOnline

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May 17

Anonymous donor will match $500K for Maryland Symphony Orchestra

A local anonymous donor will match up to $500,000 in donations for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra’s endowment fund to help with new initiatives, including innovative programming, according to officials.

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Source: Herald-Mail Media

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May 17

65th Annual BMI Student Composer Award Winners Announced

BMI

The BMI Foundation (BMIF), in collaboration with BMI, has announced the nine young classical composers, ages 14 to 28, who have been named winners of the 65th annual BMI Student Composer Awards.

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Source: BMI

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May 17

Cleveland Orchestra announces concert next season with film-world legend John Williams

“Star Wars,” “Superman,” “Indiana Jones,” the “Harry Potter” movies; music from all these films and more is bound to be on the program Sunday, April 8, 2018, when John Williams returns to Cleveland to conduct a concert with the Cleveland Orchestra.

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Source: Cleveland.com

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May 17

League of American Orchestras Awards Grants to 21 U.S. Orchestras Incubating Innovation

The League of American Orchestras has announced the award of grants to 21 U.S. orchestras.

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Source: BroadwayWorld

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May 17

The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin Begin New National Radio Series on SiriusXM

The Philadelphia Orchestra returns to national broadcasts with a vibrant new, year-round series on SiriusXM.

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Source: PR Newswire

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May 17

GRAMMY Museum brings students a future in music in Memphis

The GRAMMY Museum rolled up in Memphis, Tenn., this week to give music programs at two high schools a much-needed boost.

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Source: GRAMMY.com

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May 17

Philadelphia Young Musicians Orchestra to Present Inaugural Festival Concert

It will be an exciting afternoon for the gifted young musicians of Philadelphia Young Musicians Orchestra (PYMO), the beginning to intermediate-level full symphonic orchestra, who will present their Inaugural Festival Concert on Saturday May 27, 2017 at 4 p.m.

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Source: BroadwayWorld

10

May 17

Wynton Marsalis shocks retiring music director

Jazz great Wynton Marsalis took the stage at the Foxborough High School Pops concert last weekend – much to the surprise of retiring music director Stephen Massey, who was running the event.

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Source: The Boston Globe

9

May 17

GRAMMY Museum awards $200K for music grants

The GRAMMY Museum Grant Program has awarded more than $200,000 in grants to 14 recipients in the United States to help facilitate research on a variety of music-based subjects, as well as support a number of archiving and preservation programs.

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Source: GRAMMY.com

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May 17

Boulder High, Norway jazz students participate in cultural exchange

The 10th trip in an exchange program between jazz bands at Boulder High and a music school in Norway just wrapped up, with both sets of students learning new music styles and performing joint concerts.

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Source: Daily Camera

8

May 17

Spicer’s Music looks to create world’s largest band at second Make Music Day Alabama

After narrowly missing the record last year, music lovers will gather for the second Make Music Day Alabama event on June 20 at 6 p.m. in downtown Auburn in an effort to break the record for the world’s largest band.

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Source: Opelika-Auburn News

5

May 17

Eye On Education: Youth Concerts Bring Students To Symphony Hall

For eight years, Wilkins has lead these youth concerts for a week every spring. The concerts are geared toward students in grades 4-6. Ten thousand kids, including two thousand from Boston Public Schools, learn musical manners, and how valuable they are in keeping music like this alive.

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Source: CBS Boston

5

May 17

IUP music teaches students to conduct performers of various ages

The IUP String Project provides students with hands-on music education experience. This semester, a group of IUP music students conducted one-on-one string lessons for 27 students in the community.

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Source: The Penn

4

May 17

NYC Mayor’s Office Announces June as First-Ever New York Music Month

Now, the city is taking steps to both celebrate and support that rich musical past, present and future by announcing that June will be the first-ever celebration of New York Music Month, with a wide-ranging slate of both free and paid concerts, workshops, walking tours, conferences and utilities for musicians including more than 2,000 hours worth of free rehearsal space that will be underwritten by the city.

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Source: Billboard Biz

4

May 17

The 2017 Music In Our Schools Tour Honored Music Educators

During Teacher Appreciation Week, Give a Note Foundation spotlights music teachers’ dedication to students.

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Source: PRWeb

3

May 17

GRAMMY Museum awards grants to 7 school music programs

The GRAMMY Museum has announced the selection of seven economically underserved U.S. high schools as 2017 GRAMMY Signature Schools Enterprise Award recipients.

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Source: GRAMMY.com

1

May 17

Good News: Savannah Philharmonic lab for area students

Area music students got a first-hand look behind the scenes of a Savannah Philharmonic rehearsal.

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Source: WTOC

1

May 17

Semi-Finalists Announced for $25,000 Houston Symphony Concerto Competition

Open to competitors of any orchestral instruments or piano aged between 16 and 26 years of age, the 1st prize winner will receive US $25,000 plus a solo engagement with the Houston Symphony.

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Source: The Violin Channel

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Apr 17

Little Big Town and CMA Fest Artists Honor Music Educators

On Wednesday (April 26) at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium, Little Big Town and the CMA Foundation hosted the second annual CMA Music Teachers of Excellence dinner to honor 31 music educators from across the nation for their dedication to their students and school communities.

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Source: CMT News

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Apr 17

Priceless instrument collection finds a home in Nashville

Belmont University this week opened a new on-campus museum dedicated to a priceless collection of unique musical instruments.

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Source: WMOT

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Apr 17

Austin Symphony Orchestra Presents HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE, 9/23

Bass Concert Hall announced today that the Austin Symphony Orchestra will perform Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert on September, 23 2017 at 7:30 PM as part of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series.

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Source: BroadwayWorld

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Apr 17

Louisville music groups donating instruments to Engelhard Elementary

A few of Louisville’s most well-known music groups will donate instruments on Monday to a Louisville elementary school.

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Source: WDRB News

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Apr 17

The American Pops Orchestra and DC Youth Orchestra Program to Honor ELLA AT 100 at DC Parks

Ella Fitzgerald is turning 100 and to celebrate her life and legacy, the DC Youth Orchestra Program (DCYOP) and The American Pops Orchestra (APO) are partnering once again.

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Source: BroadwayWorld

20

Apr 17

Instrument donation a success

After a successful campaign that saw the donation of 47 instruments to the Sahuarita Intermediate School in Sahuarita, Arizona, the children of the school recently received the instruments.

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Source: Fergus Falls Daily Journal

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Apr 17

Mannes School of Music Celebrates 100 Year Anniversary With Concert at Carnegie Hall, 4/25

Mannes School of Music’s centennial culminates in Mannes’ Centennial Celebration, a concert at Carnegie Hall honoring the school’s rich history and the next 100 years ahead.

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Source: BroadwayWorld

18

Apr 17

VH1 Save the Music Foundation & Toyota Team for Festival Tour Supporting Public Music Programs

The VH1 Save the Music Foundation and Toyota are teaming up for the third year to assist music education programs in public schools around the country.

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Source: Billboard Biz

18

Apr 17

Jennings orchestra students getting help from St. Louis Symphony

Students at Jennings Junior High School are getting music lessons from the St. Louis Symphony. The Symphony is the second-oldest orchestra in the country and visits area schools as part of the “Symphony in Your School” Program.

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Source: KMOV

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Apr 17

Parents join kids in music class at Clarke Elementary

Parents enjoyed a taste of elementary school music during a showcase earlier this month at Clarke Elementary School.

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Source: Killeen Daily Herald

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Apr 17

GRAMMY Museum, GRAMMY Foundation join forces for education

The GRAMMY Museum and GRAMMY Foundation have announced that the two organizations will merge into the newly expanded GRAMMY Museum Foundation, which will offer the best of each organization’s initiatives in preservation, education, exhibitions, and public programming.

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Source: GRAMMY.com

13

Apr 17

MET Orchestra Musicians Perform at Fort Washington Public Library

This program was organized by the MET Orchestra Musicians, who are engaging with communities and advocating on issues that touch the lives of all New Yorkers, including a well-rounded cultural education, funding for arts organizations and artists, access to live music and increased diversity in the arts.

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Source: BroadwayWorld

13

Apr 17

Make Music Day 2017 Returns On Wednesday, June 21

Make Music Day, the annual global celebration featuring more than 4,000 free, outdoor concerts, music lessons and jam sessions in the United States, returns this year on Wednesday, June 21.

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Source: Yahoo News

12

Apr 17

KSO lands deal to perform scores to Star Wars Trilogy

The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra will add performances of scores from three ‘Star Wars’ movies to its lineup starting later this year.

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Source: MLive Media Group

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Apr 17

Composer Alan Silvestri to Receive BMI Icon Award for Film & TV

Grammy- and Emmy-winning composer Alan Silvestri will receive BMI’s Icon Award for outstanding career achievement at the company’s 2017 Film, TV & Visual Media Awards.

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Source: Billboard Biz

10

Apr 17

Havana named as host city for 2017 International Jazz Day

On Monday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization announced that Havana will be the global host city for the event, culminating with an all-star concert on April 30 at the recently renovated 19th-century Gran Teatro de La Habana.

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Source: Yahoo Music

10

Apr 17

Renowned Conductors to Lead the 2017 NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles in Walt Disney World This November

The National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) premier national honor ensembles will be led by four award-winning conductors.

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Source: PRWeb

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Apr 17

A Musical Gift: Grammy Foundation donates to Martinsville band

The representative on the other end of the line informed the high school band director that his program had been reviewed and selected to receive a community award of $2,000.

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Source: Martinsville Bulletin

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Apr 17

Guitar-making class in Alexandria teaches STEM

The Stem Guitar Project just arrived at the Alexandria school this year. It’s a program supported by the non-profit organization Music for Life and a grant from the National Science Foundation.

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Source: WJLA

5

Apr 17

Students Ready to Make Music After Getting Secondhand Instruments From WQXR

The musicians at Louis Armstrong Middle School received a gift of nearly 40 gently-used instruments from the city’s only classical music station this week, part of an initiative that’s already brought thousands into city schools.

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Source: DNAinfo

4

Apr 17

Smokey Robinson inspires students at Stockton elementary school

Smokey Robinson left Fremont/Lopez Elementary School students inspired and starstruck Monday during a Stockton visit to promote arts and music education.

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Source: The Sacramento Bee

3

Apr 17

Watch talented 11-year-old Matthew Smith conduct 75-piece orchestra at Royal Concert Hall

Hailed as one of the youngest children to ever conduct a 75-piece orchestra, 11-year-old Matthew Smith brought audience members to their feet at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham.

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Source: Nottingham Post

31

Mar 17

Schools across the county take part in special birthday orchestra

More than 500 young musicians from Oxfordshire descended on Birmingham’s prestigious Symphony Hall to perform a special concert to celebrate 75 years of the County Music Service.

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Source: The Oxford Times

30

Mar 17

Gift of Music: Students benefit from donation of 28 new guitars

The guitar class at Flagler Palm Coast High School recently received 28 new Fender acoustic guitars and guitar stands, thanks to a donation orchestrated by the nonprofit Kids Rock The Nation and Total Entertainment in Daytona Beach.

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Source: Daily Commercial

30

Mar 17

The ASCAP Foundation Names Recipients of 2017 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

The ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams today announced the recipients of the 2017 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, which encourage talented young creators of concert music.

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Source: ASCAP

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Mar 17

Yamaha “Mad T” Guitar Auction Raises $9,000 for Music Education in Anaheim Schools

An auction of Yamaha guitars used in the live “Mad T Party” show at Disney California Adventure raised $9,000, all of which was used to purchase forty instruments, including trumpets, clarinets and flutes to benefit the music education program in the Anaheim Elementary School District (AESD).

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Source: SFGate

28

Mar 17

The New York Philharmonic Presents Leonard Bernstein’s Marked Mahler Score to the Vienna Philharmonic

This morning in Vienna, the New York Philharmonic and the family of Leonard Bernstein presented the Vienna Philharmonic with Bernstein’s marked score of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, in celebration of the Austrian orchestra’s 175th birthday.

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Source: BroadwayWorld

28

Mar 17

Music Teacher Says Jam Sessions Help Kids Graduate

A local high school music teacher is using daily rock jam sessions in his efforts to improve graduation rates.

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Source: CBS 11 News

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Mar 17

The New York Philharmonic Very Young People’s Concerts Concludes 12th Season, 4/30

The VYPCs are designed by Philharmonic musicians working with faculty from Teachers College of Columbia University to introduce young children to classical music through games, active listening, and hands-on music-making.

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Source: BroadwayWorld

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Mar 17

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Launches New Digital Archive Portal

The National Endowment for the Arts has given an award to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, which allows them to debut a new digital archive portal.

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Source: BroadwayWorld

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Mar 17

Akron students make music with Akron Symphony Orchestra

Students from 52 schools made music Tuesday with the Akron Symphony Orchestra, as part of a year-long arts program.

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Source: Cleveland.com

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Mar 17

Bach In The Subways, Serenade Philly Commuters To Honor Master Composer

Bach in the Subways was started by cellist Dale Henderson in the New York City subway system in 2010, when he became convinced that the decline in classical music audiences was largely because many never get a chance to experience it.

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Source: CBS Philly

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Mar 17

Philharmonica Orchestra of New York Announces Winners Of Orchestral Film Competition

The Philharmonia Orchestra of New York (PONY) is now the world’s first orchestra to host its own film competition in search of talented filmmakers to create original films to accompany its performances.

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Source: BroadwayWorld

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Mar 17

Students Take Center Stage at Newly Enhanced Universal Orlando Youth Program

Universal Orlando Youth Programs has revamped its STARS Performance Program workshop, Sound Design: Music and the Art of Foley. Band, choir or orchestra students can now sync music or choral arrangements and create sound effects and voiceovers to movies that inspired attractions featured at Universal Orlando.

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Source: School Band & Orchestra Magazine

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Mar 17

Olean High celebrates Music in Our Schools

Olean High School students, faculty and staff who arrived to school each morning this month have had an added soundtrack, as OHS and other schools nationwide celebrate Music in Our Schools Month.

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Source: Olean Times Herald

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Mar 17

With Community Concerts, The Boston Symphony Orchestra Brings Its Music To Us

YMCAs, community centers, elementary schools, social clubs — the Boston Symphony Orchestra Community Chamber players don’t just go there to perform, they go there to learn.

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Source: WBUR

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Mar 17

Stevie Wonder to Accept Inaugural “Key of Life” Award and Will Be Featured Keynote at 2017 ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO, April 13 – 15 in Los Angeles

ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, announces that it will honor legendary musician Stevie Wonder with its inaugural “Key of Life” Award at this year’s ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO in Los Angeles, April 13 – 15, where he will also appear in a keynote “I Create Music” session.

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Source: ASCAP

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Mar 17

The bank that pulls strings for a good cause: music education

USC Thornton musicians create a nonprofit that gives strings to underprivileged students

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Source: USC News

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Mar 17

Nominations Open for Fifth Annual Music Educator Award Presented by The Recording Academy

Applications for the fifth annual Music Educator Award are currently online; to nominate a teacher, visit GRAMMYMusicTeacher.com. The deadline to nominate a teacher is March 15, 2017, while the deadline for applications is March 31, 2017.

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Source: BroadwayWorld

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Mar 17

Florida Orchestra composes a 50th anniversary season of celebration

The Florida Orchestra has been planning its 50th anniversary season all year and the party is on. The theme is celebration.

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Source: Tampa Bay Times

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Mar 17

Enter the SoundBox: How the SF Symphony Turned a Dreadful Room Into Sonic Paradise

But today the hottest ticket in San Francisco classical music is around the corner at SoundBox, a new performance venue, launched by the Symphony in 2014, that has turned a decidedly unglamorous, acoustically dreadful building into a place designed to attract an entirely new audience to the symphony.

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Source: WIRED

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Mar 17

Musicians reach out to youngest listeners at Napa Valley concerts

So began a HipPOPS! event at the Lincoln Theater, another in a series of concerts perhaps unique in the Napa Valley – performances that take classical musicians off the stage and into the lobby, away from seasoned music lovers and up close with children receiving their first taste of the concert hall.

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Source: Napa Valley Register

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Mar 17

Elvis Costello to Be Honored at ‘Little Kids Rock’ Music Education Benefit

On Oct. 18, the Little Kids Rock organization is honoring Elvis Costello for their annual event. The national nonprofit benefit, known for transforming the lives of children’s music education, is raising funds to provide instruments and teacher training in low-income schools.

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Source: Billboard

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Mar 17

Alabama Symphony Orchestra performs at high school; band members treated to lessons from professional musicians

The concert was part of the ASO’s educational program, which allows the orchestra to travel across the state to perform.

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Source: Daily Mountain Eagle

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Mar 17

Ice Music: Carving Instruments from Frozen Blocks

Tim Linhart, a former ice sculptor from Colorado, first experimented with carving the body for a string bass out of solid ice more than 20 years ago. He was pleased with the results, and since then has gone on to craft an entire orchestra of his unique “ICEstruments.”

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Source: Grammy.com

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Mar 17

Little Big Town, CMA Foundation To Honor Music Teachers

Little Big Town will help the CMA Foundation honor 31 teachers as 2017 CMA Music Teachers of Excellence, furthering its mission to support music education programs in Nashville and beyond.

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Source: Music Row

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Mar 17

Juilliard School Launch New Online ‘Open Classroom’ Music Courses

The Juilliard School in New York City has today launched a new online ‘Open Classroom’ offering a suite of short 6-week internet-based performing arts courses – available anywhere in the world.

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Source: The Violin Channel

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Mar 17

How the governor and music heavy hitters plan to make sure every Colorado kid has access to an instrument and instruction

The goal of the newly named Colorado Music Coalition — and its Take Note Colorado initiative — is to give every child in Colorado, from kindergarten through 12th grade, access to musical instruments and professional instruction.

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Source: The Denver Post

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Mar 17

Switchfoot and VH1 restore music at local school

Switchfoot and VH1 are teaming up to keep music alive at a local school. It’s part of VH1’s Save The Music Foundation – an organization dedicated to restoring music programs in public schools nationwide.

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Source: CBS News 8

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Mar 17

Academic achievement through fine arts

Music teaches discipline and creativity, skills that can assist students with academic success.

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Source: Valley Morning Star

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Mar 17

Detroit Symphony Orchestra receives $600,000 donation

Music education for area schoolchildren just got a big boost with a $600,000 donation to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

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Source: The Detroit News

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Mar 17

BSO’s Unprecedented Partnership With Leipzig Means More Than Just Sharing Andris Nelsons

It’s common for music directors to work for more than one orchestra. What isn’t common, though, is for two orchestras to create a long-term, creative partnership between two of the world’s top orchestras.

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Source: WBUR

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Mar 17

Marching Beyond Halftime – Major Crowdfunding Campaign Launches and Runs through April 14

AMP: The Association of Music Parents in concert with our team of passionate music advocates, educators and musicians (ok… band geeks) are in the final push to raise the remaining funds needed to complete Marching Beyond Halftime, the nation’s first documentary feature film touting the critical need to support music programs in our schools.

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Source: The Association of Music Parents

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Mar 17

Yo-Yo Ma, the music of Prince and “La La Land” on slate for Colorado Symphony’s upcoming season

Programming will also include a revamped concert-plus-talk-through series called “Listen/Hear,” a performance threaded with narratives that takes the audience through the eras of symphonic music from Baroque to contemporary composers, Pierce said.

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Source: The Know by Denver Post Entertainment

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Feb 17

The National Symphony Orchestra Performs Live on NPR’s ‘All Things Considered’

The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) was the first orchestra to perform the live music for NPR’s All Things Considered, on Monday, February 27.

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Source: BroadwayWorld

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Feb 17

Frisco Students Turn Trash Into Musical Treasures

Five Lebanon Trail freshmen are building handmade musical instruments from nothing more than landfill junk.

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Source: CBS 11 News

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Feb 17

Conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra at a pop-up concert on Tuesday

If you’ve ever wanted to conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra, your chance will come on Tuesday night — with a little bit of help, of course.

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Source: Philly.com

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Feb 17

Scotts Valley High students record inside John Lennon Bus

This is the 14th residency by the John Lennon Bus and the first this year, according Claire Kreger-Boaz, senior project manager with the NAMM Foundation, a nonprofit supported by the National Association of Music Merchants and the sponsor of the bus tour.

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Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel

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Feb 17

Apple Music partners with Royal College of Music for classical playlist curation

The Royal College of Music has teamed up with Apple Music to launch a series of classical playlists for the streaming company.

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Source: Music Week

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Feb 17

2017 Music In Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour Begins in March

As demonstrated in this year’s music awards shows, music has a significant impact on artists and listeners—and that impact began in a music classroom.

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Source: NAfME

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Feb 17

Arts in the Schools Inspires Students

But Ohio County educators see the arts as necessary for the intellectual development of a student, and sometimes the means for them to find self-actualization.

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Source: The Times Leader

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Feb 17

Madison schools receive band instrument donations

Five Madison schools now have some new instruments, thanks to the generosity of Madison Area Music Association.

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Source: NBC15

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Feb 17

NAfME Welcomes New Federated Music Education Association Serving India

During its most recent National Executive Board meeting in January 2017 in Anaheim, CA, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) approved the bylaws and constitution of the Western Music Education Association (WMEA) and formally approved affiliation with the organization, which serves music educators in India.

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Source: NAfME

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Feb 17

New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts Conclude in March

The 94th season of the New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts (YPCs) will conclude on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. with “Modern,” the final program in this season’s series, The Ages of Music — each program exploring the sound, composers, and culture of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras, respectively.

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Source: School Band & Orchestra Magazine

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Feb 17

Three Quarters of Chicago Public School Music Programs to Benefit from Expansion of Innovative Music Classes

National nonprofit Little Kids Rock partners with nation’s third largest school district to double the size of its Modern Band programming

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Source: PR Newswire

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Feb 17

The ASCAP Foundation Announces 2017 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award Recipients

The ASCAP Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2017 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards.

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Source: The ASCAP Foundation

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Feb 17

Man Bikes Through North Florida to Support Music Education

A Georgia man is biking around the country to support an organization aimed at keeping music education in schools.

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Source: WTXL ABC 27

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Feb 17

Making Music Boosts Brain’s Language Skills

Musicians—from karaoke singers to professional cello players—are better able to hear targeted sounds in a noisy environment, according to research that adds to evidence that music makes the brain work better.

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Source: National Geographic

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Feb 17

The National Children’s Chorus Forms Partnership With USC Thornton School Of Music

The National Children’s Chorus (NCC), America’s leading treble chorus, proudly announces an exciting and unique educational partnership with the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California (USC).

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Source: PR Newswire

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Feb 17

Composer Sofia Gubaidulina Awarded Prestigious €400,000 Artistic Accolade

It has been announced today that celebrated Russian contemporary music composer Sofia Gubaidulina has been awarded one of six 2017 ’BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge’ Prizes in Madrid, Spain.

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Source: The Violin Channel

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Feb 17

Maren Morris, King and Aloe Blacc champion Grammy efforts to nurture young musicians

When breakout country artist Maren Morris won her first Grammy on Sunday, it wasn’t her parents, her record label or her manager who received the first shout-out. It was a summer camp.

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Source: Los Angeles Times

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Feb 17

Doctors of the Desert Concert raises money for local schools

On Sunday The Steinway Society of Riverside hosted their Doctors of the Desert Concert, an annual fundraiser aimed to raise money for music education for K-5th grade.

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Source: KESQ News Channel 3

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Feb 17

NAfME Member Emily McNeil Named 2017 National Band Director of the Year

The National Band Director of the Year Award honors the band director who has been an inspiration to students and music educators, and who by his or her actions, embodies the U.S. Army’s core values.

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Source: NAfME

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Feb 17

The Boston Symphony Orchestra Won Another Grammy

The Boston Symphony Orchestra and conductor Andris Nelsons won a Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance, for their Deutsche Grammophon recording Shostakovich Under Stalin’s Shadow, which includes Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphonies No. 5, 8, and 9.

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Source: Boston Magazine

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Feb 17

Midlands Band Wins GRAMMY Community Award

The GRAMMY Foundation and the Hot Topic Foundation gave the school $2000 to help the school’s band program.

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Source: News 19 WLTX

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Feb 17

Richmond Symphony Announces 60th Anniversary Season

The 60th Anniversary Season features a great line-up of concerts, events and world-class soloists, beginning with a special Opening Night concert with pianist Lang Lang.

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Source: BroadwayWorld

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Feb 17

Music Education Students Raise More Than $10,000 for Give a Note Foundation

Last October-December, Give a Note Foundation hosted a #MusicEdMatters giving campaign, and 18 Tri-M® and four NAfME Collegiate chapters competed to raise the most funds.

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Source: PRWeb

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Feb 17

NMPA’s S.O.N.G.S. Foundation Gives Endowments To Belmont, MTSU

The National Music Publishers’ Association S.O.N.G.S. (Supporting Our Next Generation of Songwriters) Foundation has given two endowments to Nashville area universities.

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Source: Music Row

8

Feb 17

California choral director awarded Grammy Music Educator of the Year

Chosen from more than 3,300 nominees, the winner of the Grammy Music Educator of the Year is Keith Hancock. He is the creative force behind the choral program at Tesoro High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, reports CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller.

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Source: CBS News

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Feb 17

GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session Participants To Record Album

Thirty-two of the nation’s best high school singers and musicians, representing 30 cities and 14 states across the United States, will participate in the 2017 GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session program, which is sponsored in part by the Ford Motor Company Fund.

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Source: GRAMMY Foundation

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Feb 17

Fort Worth Symphony launches campaign to raise $3 million in three years

The symphony has received a $1.5 million challenge grant from the Amon G. Carter Foundation and has launched a campaign called “Play Your Part: 3 Steps to $3 Million Challenge.” The Carter foundation will match $500,000 per year for the next three years, resulting in a potential $3 million in new revenue for the FWSO.

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Source: Star Telegram

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Feb 17

Asia’s first music creators alliance

Last November saw the launch of the Asia-Pacific Music Creators Alliance (APMA), the first regionwide body established to protect creative rights in Asia’s burgeoning music industry.

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Source: Nikkei Asian Review

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Feb 17

Concert Halls From Kansas City to Hamburg Call on This Japanese Engineer to Shape Sound

Behind some of the world’s most reputed concert halls is a Japanese engineer whose finesse in shaping sound is so perfectly unobtrusive that all listeners hear is the music – in all its subtlety, texture and fullness.

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Source: Billboard Biz

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Feb 17

Community Music School Awarded NEA Grant for Preparatory Program

The National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) has awarded a $15,000 grant to the Community Music School of Webster University (CMS) in support of its Preparatory Program for outstanding young music students.

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Source: Webster University

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Feb 17

Music student starts orchestral music company, Got Strings

Got Strings by Kristi is a music company made up of current and former JMU students who teach instrumental music and play at events.

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Source: The Breeze

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Feb 17

SBCO Releases Music Study Results on Cognitive Benefits of Classical Music

Live classical music performances offer greater therapeutic value for individuals suffering cognitive or neurological impairment than do classical music recordings, according to the results of an innovative study recently undertaken by the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra (SBCO).

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Source: BroadwayWorld

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Feb 17

10 Phila. music organizations get $2.53M grant for new initiative

Ten Philadelphia music education organizations have received a combined multiyear and multimillion-dollar grant that will go toward a new initiative involving instrumental classical music education.

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Source: Philadelphia Business Journal

2

Feb 17

‘This is what broken sounds like’: 800 Philly school instruments awaiting repair to be used for symphony

This sonic strangeness is the result of a ragtag harvest from classrooms and storage spaces across the School District of Philadelphia, where a backlog of broken instruments has piled up since funding was slashed in 2013. Today, there are more than 800 of them out of a total instrument inventory of 10,000.

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Source: Philly.com

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Feb 17

HIGH NOTE: UNC’s Marching Tar Heels reinforce scholastic music lessons

Members of UNC-Chapel Hill’s marching band, the Marching Tar Heels, visited fifth grade music classes at Ephesus to reinforce what students have learned in their music classes while also trying to inspire them to keep music a part of their lives.

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Source: The Herald-Sun

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Feb 17

ESPN Reaches Settlement in Music Licensing Dispute

On Monday, a New York judge was informed that ESPN and Broadcast Music, Inc., had reached a settlement in principle on license fees for the performance of music by the cable network.

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Source: Billboard Biz

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Feb 17

Westminster Choir College sings, not shouts, in protest

A protest of harmony began Tuesday morning, as alumni, students, faculty, and friends of Westminster Choir College launched a 24-hour series of performances in demonstration against its parent university.

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Source: Philly.com

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Jan 17

New York Philharmonic Principals Form New String Quartet

It has been announced that a newly-formed New York Philharmonic String Quartet, comprising principal players from the ensemble, is set to make their debut in March.

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Source: The Violin Channel

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Jan 17

This Symphony’s New Identity Evolves Alongside The Music

To refresh the visual identity for the London Symphony Orchestra, the global design firm The Partners forged a new route to visualizing the sounds of the symphony: Through the movement of the Orchestra’s conductor himself.

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Source: Fast Company

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Jan 17

The Minnesota Orchestra performs for Andover High School students

Andover High School was chosen as one of three metro-area high schools to host Symphonic Adventures with the Minnesota Orchestra this year.

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Source: ABC Newspapers

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Jan 17

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Announce $25,000 Composer’s Prize Winner

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center has today announced Welsh-born composer and pianist Huw Watkins as the recipient of the $25,000 Elise L. Stoeger Prize.

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Source: The Violin Channel

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Jan 17

With future uncertain, N.J. choir college to sing 24 hours straight

Alumni, students and supporters of Westminster Choir College are holding a 24-hour music marathon in hopes of gathering support amid uncertainty over the school’s future.

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Source: NJ.com

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Jan 17

American Music School to Give $10 Million in New Student Scholarships

The DePauw School of Music, in Indiana, USA has today unveiled plans to invest US $10 Million in scholarship funds for undergraduate music students over the coming 5 years.

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Source: The Violin Channel

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Jan 17

UK’s top orchestras reached more people in 2016, but made less money

A report commissioned by the Association of British Orchestras has found that the UK’s music ensembles reached 4.83m people in 2016 – a three per cent increase on 2013 – but have seen a five per cent drop in income.

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Source: Classic FM

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Jan 17

Teach a computer to sing? With UML help, Lowell students are

UMass Lowell’s “Teach a Computer to Sing” afterschool program has been going on at Lowell’s Bartlett Community Partnership School for about 18 months.

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Source: Lowell Sun

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Jan 17

Utah Symphony members to provide music education for young musicians in Haiti

Symphony members are using their own vacation time and money to host the first Haitian National Orchestra Institute from March 27-April 1 — a weeklong workshop where they will share their passion and skills with 100 young, talented Haitian musicians.

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Source: Deseret News

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Jan 17

School of Music wins $85,000 grant for music education project

Now, with an $85,000 grant from the sixth Digital Media and Learning Competition, with support from the MacArthur Foundation, School of Music associate professor Evan Tobias and the CITME are using these ideas to create six connected music learning playlists for educating youth through musical inquiry and in the context of artistic problem solving.

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Source: ASU Now

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Jan 17

Dallas Chamber Symphony Takes Classical Music to the Streets

DCS’s “Taking It to the Streets,” a series of 22 free informal concerts performed in public spaces over 18 months in partnership with the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, is partially supported by a $50,000 award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Source: NBC DFW

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Jan 17

UCLA music professor commissions Grammy-nominated classical piece

Carlson founded the Pacific Serenades, a nonprofit ensemble of local classical musicians to commission work for composers in Southern California.

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Source: The Daily Bruin

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Jan 17

Las Vegas Philharmonic Awarded NEA Grant

The Las Vegas Philharmonic has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support its Ensemble Music Community Education Initiative.

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Source: BroadwayWorld

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Jan 17

Danilo Perez: A Man, A Plan, A Festival

Danilo Perez is more than a pianist. He’s an educator, urban developer, the proprietor of his own jazz club – Danilo’s Club – in the heart of old Panama City, Casco Viejo. He’s also the Cultural Ambassador of Panama, where he presents his annual Panama Jazz Festival, which just wrapped up for the year.

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Source: WBGO

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Jan 17

Touring CSO and Muti help launch cultural landmark for a new Germany

The first shall be first. That was the operative assumption Saturday and Sunday nights, when the CSO under Riccardo Muti became the first symphony orchestra from outside Germany to perform here as part of a gala, three-week inaugural festival at Hamburg’s and the nation’s latest pride and joy.

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Source: The Chicago Tribune

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Jan 17

London’s Royal College and Shanghai Conservatory Announce New Collaboration

London’s Royal College of Music and the Shanghai Conservatory have announced the establishment of a new joint-Institute of Music in China.

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Source: The Violin Channel

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Jan 17

Sir Simon Rattle launches one-hour LSO concerts for busy, tired music-lovers

Anyone who likes an early night can rejoice, then, as the London Symphony Orchestra introduces a special series of one-hour concerts to allow audiences to fit in music and dinner before bed.

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Source: The Telegraph

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Jan 17

CMA Award Winner Little Big Town Helps Kick Off 2017 Music In Our Schools Tour at Walt Disney World Resort

In a surprise visit that was part of Give a Note Foundation’s 2017 Music In Our Schools Tour, the superstar Country quartet shared their own experiences with music education and the importance of music in the lives of all students.

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Source: NAfME

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Jan 17

What Happens When Algorithms Design a Concert Hall? The Stunning Elbphilharmonie

In the case of the Elbphilharmonie, Herzog and De Meuron used algorithms to generate a unique shape for each of the 10,000 gypsum fiber acoustic panels that line the auditorium’s walls like the interlocking pieces of a giant, undulating puzzle.

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Source: WIRED

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Jan 17

Motown Legend Smokey Robinson “Seconds That Emotion” by Presenting a $1 Million Check Donated by Niagara Cares for Music Education

On January 18, Robinson will make a special appearance to hear a new generation’s take on his timeless tunes, deliver brand new instruments, and present a $1 million check donated by Niagara Cares to support Little Kids Rock’s mission of transforming lives by restoring, expanding and innovating music education in public schools.

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Source: PR Newswire

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Jan 17

WBGO Is Giving Jazz a Higher Profile Online

WBGO, the Newark public radio station, has long been one of the nation’s premier outlets for jazz on the air. Now it wants to be a destination for the music online as well.

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Source: The New York Times

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Jan 17

New York and Vienna Philharmonics Celebrate 175th Anniversaries with Joint Exhibit

Eighteen forty-two was a good year for orchestras. As it happens, both the New York Philharmonic and Vienna Philharmonic were founded that year — about eight months, and 4,000 miles, apart.

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Source: New York Philharmonic

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Jan 17

BBC Proms launches 2017 campaign to inspire young composers

The BBC Proms has kicked off its 2017 Inspire scheme to help support young composers.

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Source: Music Week

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Jan 17

GRAMMY Museum® and The Recording Academy® Announce Plans to Develop GRAMMY Museum in China

The GRAMMY Museum®, The Recording Academy®, Beijing SEEC Culture Media Co., Ltd., Sanya Municipal People’s Government, and China Music Vision announced today their partnership to develop the first-ever GRAMMY Museum in China, expected to open within the next three years.

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Source: Business Wire

9

Jan 17

Orchestras experiment with innovative ways to reach audiences

They’re in for a very different kind of experience: SoundBox – an annual 10-concert series that runs from December through April at the San Francisco Symphony, one of the most respected in the country. Led by world-renown conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, the orchestra started a bold experiment two years ago.

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Source: CBS News

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Jan 17

London Symphony Orchestra Violinist Awarded OBE Queen’s Honour

It has been announced that London Symphony Orchestra sub-leader, violinist Lennox Mackenzie has been awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) – for his services to music.

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Source: The Violin Channel

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Jan 17

Music to Your Ears: How Licensing Tunes Through ASCAP Can Help Keep Your Customers in the Buying Mood

Studies have illustrated the psychological effect of background music on consumers and how business owners can use it to influence buying habits.

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Source: DealCrunch

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Jan 17

Jake Shimabukuro completes goal of repairing 100 ukuleles for Hawaii public schools

The new year is looking bright for many of Hawaii’s public school students thanks to the efforts of ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro. He’s completed a project he started last August to repair 100 damaged Kamaka ukuleles in Hawaii’s public schools.

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Source: KHON2

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Jan 17

Laying the groundwork for Disney in schools

Mendota is one of four elementary schools participating this year in Disney Musicals in Schools, or DMIS. DMIS awarded the Overture Center for the Arts a $100,000 grant to lay the groundwork for developing theater programs in under-resourced area elementary schools.

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Source: Madison.com

2

Jan 17

Professional musicians repay their mentors by giving free lessons to Miami youngsters

Young Musicians Unite was founded in 2013 and is led by Sammy Gonzalez, 31, a Miami Beach professional musician who learned to play guitar in the public school system.

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Source: Miami Herald

2

Jan 17

At home, chamber music in South Jersey hits all the right notes

Now on the cusp of 50 “house concerts” later, the Somers and their Maurice River Music salon series seems to be more popular than ever.

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Source: Philly.com

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Dec 16

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s New Year’s Day Concert to Air on Great Performances

While the Vienna Philharmonic, which celebrates its 175th anniversary this year, honors tradition and history with the New Year’s concert, it also looks to the future with the debut of its new concert attire designed exclusively for the orchestra by Dame Vivienne Westwood and Andreas Kronthaler.

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Source: BroadwayWorld

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Dec 16

Composer Robert J. Sherman Marches with North Carolina High School Band

Robert J. Sherman, son of American songwriter and Disney legend Robert B. Sherman, paraded down iconic Main Street U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom with the Harnett Central High School “Marching Trojans” from Angier, N.C. on Monday, entertaining thousands of Walt Disney World Resort guests.

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Source: School Band & Orchestra Magazine

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Dec 16

Northwestern Study Finds Music Education Changes The Teen Brain

A new study by the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University revealed music instruction, and studying music in general, changes the teenage brain, so long as students participate for at least two years.

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Source: WBEZ

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Dec 16

The secret of the most famous violins? A bath, say researchers on the hunt for Stradivarius mystique.

Of all the violin and cello makers throughout history, none has achieved the mystique of Antonio Stradivari, the Italian luthier who constructed the Stradivarius violins from spruce, maple and willow.

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Source: The Washington Post

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Dec 16

New York Philharmonic And Interlochen Academy Launch Partnership

The Interlochen Arts Academy and New York Philharmonic are pleased to announce a partnership that will launch in January.

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Source: BroadwayWorld

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Dec 16

David Robertson will leave the SLSO at end of 2018-19 season

Music director David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra have announced a one-year extension of Robertson’s contract, through the 2018-19 season. At the end of that season, his 14th, Robertson plans to conclude his tenure with the SLSO.

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Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Dec 16

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra gets first-ever grant from William Penn Foundation

In the City of Firsts, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra has received its first-ever grant from the William Penn Foundation that will go toward expanding one of the orchestra company’s programs.

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Source: Philadelphia Business Journal

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Dec 16

ASCAP And Nielsen Announce New Strategic Data Agreement

ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the world leader in performing rights and advocacy for music creators, and Nielsen today announced a new strategic multi-pronged, long-term data agreement that enables ASCAP to leverage the music industry’s most trusted data to deliver enhanced reporting, business tools and services to its members with increased transparency and efficiency.

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Source: ASCAP

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Dec 16

2017 Music In Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour to Present $30,000 in Grants to Six Winning Schools

After more than 60,000 views of the 12 semifinalist schools’ videos for the 2017 Music In Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour, during which viewers voted daily for their favorite schools, the six schools to be part of the Tour have been chosen.

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Source: NAfME

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Dec 16

Tween music prodigy’s “Cinderella” opera set for Vienna debut

Just 11 years old, Alma Deutcher’s talent is unmistakable. But what makes her truly extraordinary is not her ability to play music, but to write it. And not just a song or two — she composed an entire opera.

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Source: CBS Evening News

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Dec 16

Musical nonprofit offers free pianos and lessons to those in need

After the untimely death of their son, a couple in St. Louis started a nonprofit called Pianos for People that offers free lessons — and even pianos — to those in need.

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Source: Today Show

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Dec 16

Library Of Congress Seeks Public Input On Register Of Copyright Role

The public will have the opportunity to provide input to the Library of Congress on expertise needed by the Register of Copyrights, according to Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden. Input will be reviewed and will inform development of knowledge, skills and abilities requirements for the position.

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Source: Music Row

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Dec 16

See How Curtis Gives Back

Through a special service-year initiative designed for recent graduates, Curtis Artist Year Fellow Alize Rozsnyai (Opera ’15) has dedicated herself to helping rebuild the choral program at South Philadelphia High School—the alma mater of musical legends like Marian Anderson, Mario Lanza, and members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. But in recent years, the school was without any music classes at all.

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Source: Curtis Institute of Music

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Dec 16

Symphony Strings Mentor Young Musicians

A recent performance put professional string players on par with blue jeans and backpacks and high school hooded sweatshirts. Pure sound coasts out of two violins, a viola, and a cello. Teenagers sit feet away as the Dakota String Quartet shifts tempos and moves with the music.

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Source: SDPB Radio

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Dec 16

TCNJ choirs are “Home Alone” with Philadelphia Orchestra

Eighty TCNJ students will contribute vocals to the Philadelphia Orchestra’s live soundtrack performance of the classic holiday movie, Home Alone, during a three-night stint at Verizon Hall in Center City.

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Source: The College of New Jersey

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Dec 16

School gets new band instruments, thanks to Barry Manilow

Nicollet Middle School in Burnsville is the recipient of $35,000 in new instruments from Barry Manilow’s Music Project.

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Source: Superior Telegram

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Dec 16

Best Picture Winner THE ARTIST to Get Live Orchestra Treatment

Film Concerts Live! announces its latest film-with-orchestra offering, the 2011 Best Picture Oscar® winner THE ARTIST, directed by Michael Hazanavicius with its jazz-infused original score by acclaimed composer Ludovic Bource.

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Source: BroadwayWorld

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Dec 16

Classical music aids concentration, study reveals

New research carried out by the Centre for Performance Science, a collaboration between Imperial College London and the Royal College of Music, suggests that classical music helps men to concentrate on tasks.

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Source: Rhinegold Publishing

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Dec 16

Australian Music Vault to tell the whole story at Arts Centre Melbourne

This time next year Australia will have its first physical music hall of fame in the Australian Music Vault, at Melbourne’s Arts Centre.

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Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

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Dec 16

Songwriters Accuse Radio Stations of ‘Illegal Cartel’

Radio stations might be forced to pull dozens of top artists starting January 1st — or pay a $150,000 penalty per song, thanks to a contract spat now playing itself out in public.

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Source: NBC News

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Dec 16

Minnesota Symphony Orchestra Performs Live to Film Scores

The Minnesota Symphony is moving toward featuring live soundtracks to popular films, which has been a big draw for audiences. This season, they are performing live to five films, among some are ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’, ‘Disney-Pixar’s Ratatouille’, and ‘ET’.

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Source: BroadwayWorld

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Dec 16

YouTube Strikes Settlement Deal Over Unpaid Royalties with National Music Publishers Assoc.

The National Music Publishers Assn. (NMPA) has announced its newest settlement with a digital music service over unpaid royalties, revealing a deal with YouTube. The dollar amount of the settlement were not disclosed — a press release on the news says “millions of dollars in previously unclaimed music royalties” — music publisher sources had previously speculated to Billboard that it could land in the same range as the $30 million payout by Spotify.

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Source: Billboard

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Dec 16

Seattle Symphony gets two Grammy nominations for its third all Henri Dutilleux album

Seattle Symphony has just received two Grammy nominations in the classical category. Both are for the third installment of the all-Dutilleux series on the Seattle Symphony Media label. The awards are for Best Engineered Album and Best Surround Sound Album.

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Source: Puget Sound Business Journal

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Dec 16

First Proposal for Copyright Reform Arrives, Emphasizes Congressional Role

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and committee member John Conyers (D-Mich.) have released a proposal that would give the U.S. Copyright Office more autonomy, although it would stay in the Legislative Branch of government.

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Source: Billboard Biz

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Dec 16

2017 Grammy Music Educator Award finalists revealed

Only on “CBS This Morning,” here are the top finalists for the Grammy Music Educator Award. The teachers were picked from more than 3,000 nominees across the country for their significant contributions to music education in their schools.

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Source: CBS News

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Dec 16

3D-printing software reshapes musical instrument design

When most of us think of a musical wind instrument, we generally picture what is essentially a tube with a mouthpiece at one end – something like a flute, recorder or saxophone. And while that’s a tried and trusted design, the fact is that wind instruments can take almost any form. Weirdly-shaped instruments are more difficult to design, however, which is where a new computer program called Printone comes in.

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Source: New Atlas

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Dec 16

Kelsea Ballerini, CMA present Nashville schools with big donation

Metro Nashville Public Schools once again received a $1 million donation from the CMA Foundation to support music education, bringing the total donated since 2006 by the foundation to the district to $11 million.

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Source: The Tennessean

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Dec 16

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra announces $250K Community Challenge

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra recently announced its $250,000 Community Challenge, which will double every donation to the orchestra’s annual fund through 2016. “A member of our board of directors has generously committed to double the impact of every gift up to a total of $250,000, giving us the opportunity to ring in the New Year with stronger financial footing,” said Ralph Craviso, RPO president and CEO.

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Source: Webster Post

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Dec 16

Giant ‘Mozart 225’ Box Set is 2016’s Biggest-Selling CD Release

The biggest-selling CD act of 2016 doesn’t sing. He doesn’t play guitar and he doesn’t tour. In fact, no one alive has ever seen him. In a quirky result bound to appear as a question in pub quizzes for years to come, a massive boxed set of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s recordings has emerged as the biggest-selling CD release of the year.

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Source: Billboard Biz

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Dec 16

Portland Symphony Orchestra musicians enhance learning at Portland elementary schools

A recent $600,000 grant will enable the PSO Explorers program to expand and continue through 2020

Musicians partner with kindergarten and first-grade teachers at two Portland elementary schools to develop curriculum to help students with literacy, social and emotional skills.

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Source: Portland Press Herald

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Dec 16

Bach to the future: AI, meet classical music

Johann Sebastian Bach never completed his 18th-century work “The Art of Fugue,” but now a computer might do it for him. University of Washington researchers on Wednesday released MusicNet, a large-scale classical music dataset aimed at helping machines understand the basic structure of classical music — and even predict the next notes in a recording.

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Source: CNET

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Nov 16

First ever violin-making school nationwide is right here in Utah

In the heart of Salt Lake City is one of the only shops in the country that teaches students how to design and build their own violins. The Violin Making School of America first opened by Peter Prier back in 1972 – located on the corner of 200 South and 300 East. The school was the first violin making school in the United States at the time, but it’s prestige has grown from there.

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Source: KUTV

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Nov 16

Ukuleles are one of the world’s hottest instruments, including here in Chattanooga

The truth is: The tiny instrument has been around for about 140 years, and it is currently one of the hottest-selling instruments in the world, including here. And it’s not a new trend. From 2009 to 2012, annual sales of ukuleles — or ukes, as many prefer — went from 501,000 to more than 1 million in the U.S., and sales have continued at more than 1 million per year since.

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Source: Times Free Press

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Nov 16

Lyric-sharing deals aim to support songwriters

Lyrics are now largely available at the point of music consumption, integrated into music services and devices, in real time with music listening. For fans, this allows for deeper dives into the meaning of music. More importantly, many of the lyrics in use are now being acquired through proper licenses, which means royalties are more likely to make their way to whoever owns the rights to those words.

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Source: The Economist

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Nov 16

New York Philharmonic Awards $200,000 New Music Prize

Dutch composer Louis Andriessen has been announced as the winner of the 2016 New York Philharmonic Marie-Josée Kravis New Music Prize. The 77 year old Amsterdam-based composer will receive US $200,000 – and a commission to write a new symphonic work for the Philharmonic’s 2018-19 season.

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Source: The Violin Channel

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Nov 16

Philadelphia Orchestra provides the gift of music with HEAR initiative

The session was part of a collaborative learning program called HEAR (Health, Education, Access, Research) that connects orchestra musicians and music itself to the community. Designed to promote everything from wellness to music education, while eliminating barriers to enjoying the orchestra, the program was launched last April by president and CEO Allison Vulgamore and music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin

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Source: Philadelphia Weekly

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Nov 16

Instrumental music program hits city’s Free Library

On Sept. 26, the Parkway Central branch’s music department launched the Musical Instrument Collection, which allows people to rent out instruments from the library free of charge. It began with a contest, Hatching Innovation, held each year for library employees to voice their ideas for new programs, which are proposed to the strategic initiatives department.

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Source: The Temple News

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Nov 16

With change at the top of Copyright Office, a battle brews over free content

Musical artists are reacting with outrage at the dismissal of the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, calling the move an aggressive attack that is part of a larger effort to erode their creative rights and bolster advocates of free content

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Source: Los Angeles Times

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Nov 16

Best of the Bronx: Teacher turns class into musical science lab

Melissa Salguero is a teacher who is turning her classroom into a musical science lab and earning herself national fanfare. In one lesson, students say she “electrocuted” a pickle. “I do things that your average teacher wouldn’t do,” Salguero says. “I make a clarinet out of a carrot — or I am showing the kids how to electrocute a pickle because it’s making a sound.” Salguero arrived at the school six years ago. At the time, P.S. 48 hadn’t had a music teacher in 30 years. Since then, she’s raised more than $150,000 for its music program.

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Source: News 12 The Bronx

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Oct 16

Nonprofits unite to help Boston Globe pay classical music critic

As media coverage of classical music continues a decadeslong diminuendo across the United States, The Boston Globe is trying something new: On Monday it announced a pilot program in which a consortium of nonprofit groups would help it pay for a critic.

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Source: The Seattle Times

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Oct 16

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra teaches Maryland students outside the classroom

Students are taking their learning outside the classroom and into a symphony hall. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra hosted more than 6,000 students this week for educational concerts. The theme is ‘This Land is Your Land,’ celebrating the 100th birthday of America’s National Parks. It gives students the chance to experience classical music while supporting the curriculum they’re learning in the classroom, said Nicholas Cohen, the Director of Community Engagement and Education Program

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Source: WMAR

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Oct 16

Philadelphia Orchestra dives in with a streaming music service

Move over, Spotify and Deezer: There’s a new digital portal for classical music – “Orchestra on Demand” – and it’s all Philadelphian, all the time. Launched Monday by the Philadelphia Orchestra, the website offers a sprinkling of concerts from current and past seasons, dating back to Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s inaugural 2012-13 season as music director. Additional content includes concerts by former music director Wolfgang Sawallisch.

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Source: Philly.com

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Oct 16

Symphony for a Broken Orchestra

Temple Contemporary turns broken instruments from the School District of Philadelphia into a compelling exhibit. More than a 1,000 broken instruments once sat unused in basements and storage closets and on back shelves across the Philadelphia school district. Instead of letting the broken instruments go to waste, “Symphony for a Broken Orchestra,” a two-year project initiated at Temple Contemporary, seeks to give them a second chance.

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Source: Temple Now

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Oct 16

The only way an algorithm can tell if you really like a song is by scanning your brain

A team of Greek scientists has discovered how to tell how much you like a particular song by literally reading your mind. And they want to fit it into Spotify, Apple Music, and other similar online music streaming services. No more stars. No more likes and dislikes. No more hearts. It will all happen automatically.

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Source: QUARTZ

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Oct 16

Uber, But for Millennials Who Want Orchestras in Their Living Rooms

So in 2013, Bodkin started Groupmuse, a company that has hired over 1,200 young classical musicians to play small concerts in living rooms across the country. Each Groupmuse consists of two 25-minute sets of instrumental music: the first set is always from the classics, and the second is up to the performers.

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Source: WIRED

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Oct 16

Education Through Music Unveils New Music Technology Lab in the Bronx

Education Through Music (ETM), in partnership with One World Middle School M.S. 529 in the Bronx, unveiled its new, state-of-the-art music technology lab on Wednesday, October 6, 2016. The classroom, equipped with 32 student workstations, was designed to serve all students with a comprehensive and sequential music curriculum in a hands-on, project-based learning environment.

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Source: Education through Music

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Oct 16

Philadelphia Orchestra trumpeter helping Afghan teen build his chops

The Philadelphia Orchestra boasts one the best classical trumpet players in the country. And although David Bilger has played on stage for thousands, his most impressive performance happens his own basement, for an audience of one. For more than a year, Bilger has been mentoring 17-year-old Baset Azizi. Baset lives 7,000 miles away in Kabul, Afghanistan. The kid found Bilger on Facebook, and got his attention by tooting his own horn.

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Source: CBS News

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Oct 16

Orchestra board OK’s new contract; players play pop-up concerts all over town

Musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra fanned out across the region Tuesday, chatting up fans, playing in string quartets and wind quintets, and doing a little damage control. Late Tuesday afternoon, the orchestra board unanimously put its official stamp on the three-year labor deal that ended last weekend’s brief strike. Musicians voted Sunday, 73-11, to accept the deal, and the union leadership is expected to approve it Wednesday.

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Source: Philly.com

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Sep 16

The Vienna Orchestra That Makes Music With Vegetables

The idea of raiding a store cupboard to make music is cute enough, but the 10-person-strong Vegetable Orchestra has taken it to an extra level. The band, formed in Vienna in 1998, now has three albums and numerous international tours under their belts. The performers have really run with the idea that anything and anyone can make music with a little effort.

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Source: CityLab

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Sep 16

Teachers travel abroad to bring lessons back home

Maya Cunningham wants her music students at J.C. Nalle Elementary School to experience sounds and culture not traditionally found in the school’s Marshall Heights neighborhood. So she is headed to Botswana. Cunningham will spend three months researching the music of the African country and plans to return to Washington and write a new curriculum for her music classes, aimed at expanding her students’ global perspectives.

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Source: The Washington Post

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Sep 16

Record Labels Welcome Rise from Streaming, But Songwriters Aren’t Smiling Yet

“When labels negotiate, they set their terms and if they don’t like them, they get to say no,” says David Israelite, president of the National Music Publishers Association. “The songwriters and publishers are operating under a patchwork of antiquated regulations that don’t allow them to say no.”

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Source: Billboard

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Sep 16

City’s first orchestra music charter school to open in 2017

In a development that is sure to be music to the ears of city parents, a new, orchestral-themed charter school is scheduled to open in upper Manhattan next fall — the first of its kind in the Big Apple.

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Source: New York Post