Music Honoring Our Military on Memorial Day

The idea for Memorial Day stemmed from one of the most trying times in the history of the United States. During the Civil War...

Composer Patrick Hawes’ Spiritual Path

British composer Patrick Hawes gives an unusual answer when asked if there’s anything career-wise he wishes he could do better. His response: “Nothing.” The...

Jazz with Pepper: The DIVA Jazz Orchestra

Nearly three decades ago, a group was started with a simple mission – to play contemporary big band jazz, rooted in a traditional style....

“Deep Field”: Exploring the Connections Between Science and Music

Grammy-winning composer Eric Whitacre and the late “Mother of Hubble” Nancy Grace Roman had something in common when they were children: they both enjoyed...

12 Jazz Hot Spots for Your Bucket List

Since 2001, April has been recognized as Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM). Certainly one of the best ways to learn about jazz and explore its...

Inspiring Our Youth: Music Programs That Celebrate Diversity

Aaron Dworkin says he did not know about many black classical composers before he went to college. Long before he was named a MacArthur...

The Women in the Brass Section: How They Found Success

Trombonist Amanda Stewart compares it to a slow-moving glacier – the gradual acceptance of talented women playing brass instruments in the United States’ most...
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Composer Rollo Dilworth: Remembering Moses Hogan

March 13th marked the 62nd birthday of late composer and musical pioneer Moses Hogan. He is considered a pioneer of the modern spiritual, bringing...

Ways to Celebrate Music in Our Schools

What started as a single day of music advocacy by the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) back in March of 1973 has grown into...