Lief Ove AndsnesThe Juilliard School will confer honorary doctorates on five remarkable artists during its 111th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 20, 2016, at 11am in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center (Broadway at 65th Street, New York City).

Read more: Leif Ove Andsnes and Wayne Shorter to Receive Honorary Doctorates at The Juilliard School's 111th...

Jupiter Music provides free piece in response to band directors.

Read more: Need A Free Performance Piece For Your Band?

Entry deadline for the Solo Division our 2016 Percussion Ensemble Showcase is April 30th!  The solo division is open to college individuals. Full competition details are on our website, linked below.

Read more: 2016 BSP Percussion Ensemble Showcase

Verona QuartetThe Verona Quartet, Juilliard's graduate resident quartet, will make its Alice Tully Hall recital debut on the 23rd annual Lisa Arnhold Memorial Recital, Saturday, May 7, 2016, at 7:30pm.

Read more: Verona Quartet Makes Alice Tully Hall Recital Debut on the 23rd Annual Lisa Arnhold Memorial...

Blue launched a completely redesigned website at

Read more: Blue Launches New Website

MusicFirst introduces MusicFirst Junior, an easy-to-use online learning management system for teaching elementary music.

Read more: MusicFirst to Launch Online Platform for Elementary Students, Music First Junior

Carnegie Hall announced the names of the 78 young musicians selected from across the country for the inaugural season of NYO2, a two-week, intensive summer program for outstanding American instrumentalists ages 14-17, which begins June 18, 2016.

Read more: Carnegie Hall Announced The Names Of The 78 Young Musicians Selected For The Inaugural Season Of...

 Photo Credit: Ching YeoNew England Conservatory recently announced that the estate of world-renowned violinist, educator and NEC alum, Si-Hon Ma has gifted the 1714 "Joachim-Ma" Stradivarius violin to the school.

Read more: Estate of Si-Hon Ma Gifts Three-Hundred-Year Old"Joachim-Ma" Stradivarius Violin to New England...

Alfred + PeakswareAlfred Music, the leader in music education for 94 years, is now paired with MakeMusic, to transform how music is composed, published, taught, learned, and performed.

Read more: Alfred Music Joins Peaksware 
To Help The World Experience The Joy of Making Music

Gina Scheer  Vandoren Account SpecialistDANSR, Inc. is pleased to announce that they have added Gina Scheer as a Vandoren Account Specialist in Texas. Gina lives in the DFW area and is a graduate of University of North Texas. After completing her studies, she became the Assistant Band Director at Killian Middle School in Lewisville, a position she held for four years. In 2013, Gina formed the Lone Star Clarinet Camp which has since expanded into Austin and is sponsored by Vandoren. She was one of the first Vandoren Regional Artists and has been performing clinics on a regular basis. In her role as an Account Specialist she will be responsible for in-store training, new product introductions, sales events and attending TMEA and TBA.


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Festival Competitions - 42.5%
Public Performances - 30%
Educational Workshops - 5%
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