Carnegie Hall has announced that music director and conductor Lü Jia and the China NCPA Orchestra will present the U.S. premiere of Qigang Chen’s Luan Tan in place of his previously announced work, Itinéraire d'une illusion, during the orchestra’s concert on Monday, October 30 at 8:00 p.m. 

Read more: Carnegie Hall Announces Replacement Performance for 'Itinéraire d'une illusion'

Nicholas McGegan will return to conduct Juilliard415 in "Le monde galant,” featuring musical depictions of foreign lands by European composers Campra, Gluck, Gow, Lalande, Leclair, Rameau, Scarlatti, and Telemann on Wednesday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Alice Tully Hall. 

Read more: McGegan Returns to Conduct Juilliard415

The University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music will award Honorary Doctor of Music degrees to drummer Steve Gadd (BM ’68) and to jazz keyboardist and composer Chick Corea on October 13 at their performance at Kodak Hall.

Read more: Eastman School of Music Honors Gadd and Corea

Yamaha Artist Services has announced that cellists Jacob Szekely and Mike Block, as well as bassist Charley Sabatino have been welcomed to the Yamaha Artist family. All three musicians currently use Yamaha electric string instruments.

Read more: Yamaha Adds Szekely, Block, and Sabatino to Artist Family

The Eastman School of Music will be hosting “Machine-Reading and Crowdsourcing Medieval Music Manuscripts,” a half-day symposium that focuses on a thirteenth-century manuscript currently on exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago, on Thursday, October 26.

Read more: Eastman School of Music to Host ‘Machine-Reading and Crowdsourcing Medieval Music Manuscripts’...

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will continue the 2017-18 Classical Series with concerts conducted by music director Leonard Slatkin that spotlight DSO musicians as featured soloists.

Read more: Featured Soloists Announced for DSO Classical Series

Juilliard has announced the schedule for the school’s upcoming livestreamed master classes.

Read more: Juilliard Announces Schedule for Upcoming Livestreamed Master Classes

Yamaha Artist Services has honored both David Smith, music professor, and Dr. Michael Varner, former director of Percussion and World Music at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Read more: Yamaha Honors Smith and Varner

On Wednesday, November 1, Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES will host a Music Educators Technology Symposium featuring Barbara Freedman, James Frankel, and Adam Goldberg.

Read more: Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES to Host Music Educators Technology Symposium

There is still time to submit your nominations for SBO’s 20th annual “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” honor. As we celebrate 20 years of recognizing outstanding band, orchestra or other instrumental program educators, you can help celebrate a co-worker, former teacher you may have been influenced by, or another amazing director who brings music to the life of students.  

“We have honored 950 amazing directors over the past 19 years, selected from submissions from students, colleagues, alumni, band parents, administrators and more,” says SBO editor Mike Lawson. “This country has so many great music educators. This year, we will reach the milestone of 1000 directors honored! We have band directors nominating their assistants, assistants nominating their directors, it's a wonderful process. Reading the submissions and working with our nomination team to make the final selections each year is a difficult but heartwarming process.”

School Band and Orchestra magazine will honor a director from each state, so even if you work in Texas but were raised in Florida and want to nominate your middle school director from your home state, you can do that. 

Nominations are accepted through October 31, 2017, for this very special issue.

Visit http://sbomagazine.com/directors-who-make-a-difference.html to nominate a director who is making a difference! 

To view last year's 19th annual issue, visit http://http://sbomagazine.com/digital-archives.html.

 


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