BSO Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink returns for one week during the BSO’s 2016-17 season, leading four concerts Thursday, March 16-Tuesday, March 21.

Read more: BSO Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink Returns

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and 50 of its State Federated Music Education Associations have submitted letters to the leadership of both Federal Congressional Committees on Appropriations.  

Read more: NAfME and 50 Federated Associations Ask for Maximum Title IV, Part A Funding

Sphinx founder Aaron P. Dworkin and president & artistic director Afa S. Dworkin to receive 2017 Human Spirit Award at the Kennedy Center

Read more: Sphinx Founder and President to Receive 2017 Human Spirit Award at the Kennedy Center

Heid Music, with stores located throughout Wisconsin, is aiming to put more than $30,000 into area school music programs during Music in our Schools Month this March.

Read more: Heid Music’s ‘The Big 10+ Contest’ Aims to Put More Than $30,000 into School Music Programs

During its most recent National Executive Board meeting in January 2017 in Anaheim, CA, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) approved the bylaws and constitution of the Western Music Education Association (WMEA) and formally approved affiliation with the organization, which serves music educators in India.

Read more: NAfME Welcomes New Federated Association Serving India

The New York Philharmonic will return to Bravo! Vail in Colorado, celebrating its 30th season, for the Orchestra’s 15th annual summer residency, July 21–28, 2017.

Read more: New York Philharmonic To Return To Bravo! Vail

D'Addario Woodwinds adds sampler packs to their premium lines of Reserve and Select Jazz Reeds. Now the reeds that are ideal for students, teachers and professionals are available in 16 total sampler pack options (8 for Reserve, 8 for Select Jazz) in order for musicians to try a spectrum of options while finding their sound without breaking their budgets.

Read more: D’Addario Woodwinds Reserve and Select Jazz Reed Sampler Packs Available April

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Vandoren’s annual VandoJam at NAMM was a success. Once again held in the Hilton Avalon Room, the event enjoyed a fresh new format resulting in the event’s highest attendance in its 10-year history. 

Read more: VandoJam Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Applications are being accepted to the 2017 Sphinx Performance Academy (SPA) program. SPA is a full-scholarship intensive chamber music and solo performance program designed for aspiring Black and Latino string players, ages 12-17, who demonstrate aptitude toward but lack the resources for and access to quality music education. Students participate in a rigorous private lesson and coachings schedule, in addition to daily monitored practice sessions, masterclasses, and performances.

Read more: Sphinx Performance Academy Accepting Applications

The National Association for Music Education's (NAfME) CEO and Executive Director Mike Blakeslee and President Denese Odegaard released the following statement expressing NAfME's opposition to the Trump Administration's rescinding of Title IX guidelines regarding transgender students. 

Read more: NAfME Opposes Rescinding of Transgender Guidelines for Schools


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SBO Web Poll

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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