I remember the morning my mom told me I had received the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. I was so happy! I knew my mom struggled to pay for my musical training, so it was a huge relief for my family and me.-Oscar Paz-Suaznabar, age 9Since 2005, From the Top and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation have awarded more than $2 million in scholarships to exceptional young musicians with financial need.

Read more: Apply for the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award

Give a Note Foundation, Radio Disney, and CMA Foundation join together again to present grants and celebrate school music programs. Daily voting to select the 6 schools takes place through Dec. 9, midnight Pacific.

Read more: Voting Is Open to Select Six Schools for the 2017 Music In Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour

Six Rice University students have been selected to participate in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program. The program is part of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy partnership between Rice’s Shepherd School of Music and the New York Philharmonic that was launched in fall 2015.

Read more: Rice Shepherd School Musicians Selected for NY Phil Global Academy Fellowship Program

Cover of December 2016 Playbill Photo: David DrebinPhilharmonic trumpet player Ethan Bensdorf will be featured in On the Cover, the Philharmonic’s multi-platform series bringing audiences closer to the virtuosos who make up the Orchestra.

Read more: Trumpet Player Ethan Bensdorf To Be Featured in NY Phil's On the Cover

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) strives to provide music educators and education leaders with engaging professional development opportunities to support best practices. Now, NAfME and MusicFirst have come together to bring music educators a state-of-the-art learning management system, available 24-7. 

Read more: NAfME and MusicFirst Partnership Offers “NAfME Academy”

D’Addario’s Evans Drumheads continues its campaign for their new UV1 drumheads with featured artist Omar Hakim kicking off the performance video series this week.

Read more: D’Addario’s Evans Drumheads Features Omar Hakim Playing UV1 Drumheads

NPR's From the Top show 329 highlights an all-Minnesota lineup of award-winning and articulate young musicians on clarinet, violin, and piano (including a brother-sister duo) as well as the College in the Schools Stillwater Concert Choir. 

Read more: From the Top Hosts Young Musicians from Minnesota on Podcast

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) announces a program change for its subscription concerts on April 6-11, 2017.  Igor Stravinsky’s recently rediscovered Funeral Song (Pogrebal’naya Pesnya), replaces Glinka’s Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila in these concerts. Conductor Charles Dutoit leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) in the U.S. premiere of the Stravinsky work on Thursday, April 6 at 8 p.m. Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with Truls Mørk as soloist and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 remain on the program, as previously announced.

Read more: Rediscovered Stravinsky Work—Funeral Song—To Be Featured In CSO Program

 Insights at the Atrium Photo: Chris Lee In a special 175th anniversary Insights at the Atrium event, New York Philharmonic musicians past and present will offer an insider’s look at the Philharmonic during their tenures, recalling everything from milestone events to enduring traditions.

Read more: New York Philharmonic Insights at the Atrium: “Inside the Orchestra: Living History”

The GRAMMY® Charity Giving Tuesday Sale — a post-Thanksgiving auction featuring unique experiences, including a GRAMMY Awards® ticket package and celebrity autographed memorabilia starting at $30. The auction launched on Nov. 29 and will continue through Dec. 9 via www.ebay.com/grammy. Presented in partnership with eBay for Charity and Matchfire, all proceeds raised through this special auction will benefit programs and services of the MusiCares and GRAMMY Foundations. Since 2002, GRAMMY Charity Online Auctions have raised more than $4.2 million on eBay for Charity.

Read more: Grammy Foundation And MusiCares Announce Online Auction On Ebay For Charity

 


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