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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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