Sphinx President and Artistic Director Afa S. Dworkin and student Joselyn Hernandez accepted the award on behalf of Sphinx Overture, which provides free violins and lessons to elementary students in Detroit and Flint, MI.Sphinx was honored with the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award at the White House. Sphinx's Overture program was one of 12 organizations nationally to receive this distinction from First Lady Michelle Obama and the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. 

Read more: First Lady Honors Sphinx at White House

NPR’s “From the Top” young musicians collaborate with eight vocalists, ten visual artists and one rapper. 

Read more: NPR’s “From the Top” Young Musicians and Artists Collaborate

BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons—expanding his commitment to Tanglewood—leads ten programs over four weeks, including the opening and closing BSO concerts—Mahler's Symphony No. 2 on July 7 and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, August 27—as well as the BSO's first full-length concert performance of Wagner's Das Rheingold, an unprecedented undertaking for the Festival, on July 15.

Read more: Tanglewood Announces 2017 Season

The NAMM Foundation is pleased to announce that it has recognized 60 college music students with the organization’s prestigious President’s Innovation Award. The annual award provides outstanding college music students exploring a career in music education, music business and/or music products a stipend to attend The 2017 NAMM Show, the annual global music products tradeshow held in Anaheim California, January 19-22, 2017.

Read more: The NAMM Foundation Announces The 2017 President’s Innovation Award Recipients

North Bridge Winds completed another "music education" tour with Paul Edmund-Davies, that visited; Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport, State College, and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; as well as Wilmington, Delaware, and Murray, Utah. The Mission Possible Tour partners included Robert M. Sides Music, Summerhays Music, Windworks Studio, and Warfield's Fine Flutes.

Read more: North Bridge Winds Completes Third Music Education Tour With Paul Edmund-Davies

 From left: John Wittmann, director, Artist Relations and Education, Yamaha; Legacy in Education Award winner Bret Kuhn; Rick Young, SVP, Yamaha; Legacy in Education Award winner Steve Houghton.Yamaha presented the company’s Legacy in Education Awards to Steve Houghton and Bret Kuhn during this week’s annual Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC16) being held in Indianapolis. The annual award recognizes distinguished Yamaha Artists and music educators for their extraordinary service to and impact on the field of music education.

Read more: Yamaha Honors Two Artist-Educators at PASIC 16 With Prestigious Legacy in Education Awards

Earlier this year, leading school music retailer, Music & Arts, opened nominations for its annual Music Educator of the Year award. Applications poured in from across the country, but after an extensive review, only 25 nominees were selected as semi-finalists for the 2016 honor.

Photo: Gordon Snyder from Kannapolis, N.C. received the 2015 Music Educator of the Year award.

Read more: Music & Arts Announces Semi-finalists for 2016 'Music Educator of the Year'

Iron Mountain Incorporated® Entertainment Services has renewed its continued support of L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs (Literacy, Arts, Culture, Education, and Recreation).

Read more: Iron Mountain Entertainment Services Supports L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs

The 94th season of the New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts (YPCs) will continue on Saturday, December 3, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. with “Classical,” the second 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.

Read more: New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts All-Mozart Program

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) announced that Thom Hannum, University of Massachusetts Associate Director of the Minutemen Marching Band and Director of the Marimba Band and Marimba Ensemble program, is the recipient of the 2016 George N. Parks Award for Leadership in Music Education. Thom will receive the award during the Opening Ceremony at the Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis on Saturday, November 12, 2016.

Read more: Director Thom Hannum Named Recipient of 2016 George N. Parks Award


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This year, our primary major band travel is for:

Festival Competitions - 42.5%
Public Performances - 30%
Educational Workshops - 5%
Some of All of the Above - 20%

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