Now in its fourth year, the Mizzou International Composers Festival will take place July 22 through July 27. Now in its fourth year, the Mizzou International Composers Festival will take place July 22 through July 27. The MICF is one of the most noteworthy contemporary music events in the Midwest, attracting attention from composers, musicians, music educators, and media around the world.

This year's grand finale will feature the world premieres of eight new works written by the festival's resident composers and performed by the acclaimed new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound. The festival's other two public performances include “Mizzou New Music,” featuring music by MICF guest composers Daniel Kellogg and Augusta Read Thomas and by MU faculty members, performed by the Mizzou New Music Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. July 26 at Missouri Theatre. Alarm Will Sound is also set to perform.

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra has presented John Harbison with the Mark M. Horblit “Merit Award” for distinguished composition by an American composer.The Boston Symphony Orchestra has presented John Harbison with the Mark M. Horblit “Merit Award” for distinguished composition by an American composer. The award was created in 1947 by the late Boston attorney Mark M. Horblit to, in his own words, “foster and promote the writing of symphonic compositions by composers resident in the United States… in recognition of meritorious work in that field.” Mr. Harbison is the 22nd recipient of the award, which includes a cash prize of $5,000.  The Horblit Award was first presented to Aaron Copland in 1947, and most recently to Elliott Carter in 2007 (Mr. Carter also received the award in 1988). In connection with the BSO’s presentation of the Horblit Award to John Harbision, the orchestra will release the composer’s six symphonies as digital downloads, available at the orchestra’s website. These live recordings of all six symphonies were made during the BSO’s 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.

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Culture and arts blog Open Culture recently took time to delve into the unique relationship that Albert Einstein had with his violin, which he’d affectionately named “Lina.” Culture and arts blog Open Culture recently took time to delve into the unique relationship that Albert Einstein had with his violin, which he’d affectionately named “Lina.” The blog even suggests he might have favored music over all other aspects of his creativity.  “Life without playing music is inconceivable to me,” he’s quoted as saying.  “I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music…  I get most joy in life out of music.” Einstein began taking music lessons at the age of five, growing up in Munich.

http://www.openculture.com/2013/06/the_musical_mind_of_albert_einstein.html

After an avalanche of slashed sports and arts programs, along with scores of administrative and cafeteria positions, Philadelphia public schools will look a lot different when students return this September. After an avalanche of slashed sports and arts programs, along with scores of administrative and cafeteria positions, Philadelphia public schools will look a lot different when students return this September. Parent Mike Mullins decided the cuts, due to the deficit’s $304 million deficit, weren’t getting enough attention. So he went on a hunger strike.

“What led us here was the catastrophic budget they put out which devastates the schools and our city, but specifically eliminates — just completely abandons — all of the safety monitors in lunchrooms and in recess,” Mullins told the Washington Post on Monday.

Mullins’s program, “Fast for Safe Schools,” is one of many projects that advocates are hoping will draw attention to the schools’ problem, which is capped by a layoff of 3,800 employees as of next week.

Read the full story here.

Conn-Selmer recently presented its 2013 Centerstage Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Fred Hemke. Conn-Selmer recently presented its 2013 Centerstage Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Fred Hemke. Dr. Hemke has been one of the most significant educators in saxophones, retiring this past year from Northwestern University after 50 years of service. He has played and been a partner with Conn-Selmer and Henri Selmer Paris saxophones and mouthpieces throughout his career.

Dr. Hemke received this honor at the Conn-Selmer Institute ceremony on June 10th 2013 at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana. “When I was ten years old, I began to play my Dad’s old alto saxophone,” he said.  “At eleven, my parents bought me a new Conn Constellation alto. At seventeen I received my first Selmer saxophone and have played a Selmer ever since.  Conn and Selmer have shaped my entire musical career for the best part of the past sixty-seven years.”

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The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) announced that the first draft of the revised PreK-8 National Core Standards for Music Education will be posted online for public comment on June 30, 2013.The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) announced that the first draft of the revised PreK-8 National Core Standards for Music Education will be posted online for public comment on June 30, 2013. NAfME seeks input from music educators, arts administrators, music teacher educators, and the general public on this document, which will be posted online here. “Our nation’s first standards for arts education were published in 1994, and have served for nearly two decades to guide improvements in the structure, delivery, and assessment of arts education,” said Mike Blakeslee, deputy executive director of NAfME. “With the increasing emphasis on core standards as drivers for our education system in areas ranging from curriculum development to teacher assessment, we need music standards that match current and future policy needs.”

The new standards intentionally connect students’ music achievement with thinking processes and other skills that not only align with Common Core standards, but also contribute to success in later life. They provide compelling philosophical foundations, “enduring understandings” and “essential questions,” and anchor and performance standards to guide instruction and curriculum.

The high school music standards draft is scheduled for release in January 2014. Detailed release of the standards, and the beginning of fieldwork for implementation, will occur around April 2014.

“It’s important for music teachers to get involved in this process,” said NAfME’s Blakeslee. “The standards will help professional music educators hone their curricula, and also help administrators and parents deepen their understanding of why music is good for students.”

http://nccas.wikispaces.com/NCCAS+June+30th+Public+Review

The Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame will induct four top percussionists during the 39th Annual Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) from November 13-16. The Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame will induct four top percussionists during the 39th Annual Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) from November 13-16. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, honoring the four newest members, will be held Thursday, November 14, before the PASIC Thursday Evening Concert at the Indianapolis Convention Center. The Class of 2013 includes Clifford Alexis, Harold Jones, Dr. Gary Olmstead, and Salvatore Rabbio.

Alexis has performed all over the world for such luminaries as Queen Elizabeth II, the Emperor of Ethiopia and President Senghor of Senegal. Moving to the United State in 1965, Alexis became an important educator and clinician, ultimately becoming co-director of the internationally acclaimed Northern Illinois University Steelband.

Jones is a prolific jazz drummer noted for his straight ahead style of playing during the big band era. Jones has performed with many of the top names in the jazz industry throughout his illustrious career; including Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennet, Frank Sinatra and many others, in addition to many symphony orchestras around the world.

Olmstead is a highly-regarded percussion educator who developed the Indiana University of Pennsylvania percussion studio. Rabbio is a noted world-class performer, clinician and educator. www.pas.org

Columnist Jamesetta M. Walker had a recent experience with live music in the halls of her hospital that left her singing the praises of therapeutic music in a recent piece for Hampton Roads newspaper The Virginia-Pilot. Columnist Jamesetta M. Walker had a recent experience with live music in the halls of her hospital that left her singing the praises of therapeutic music in a recent piece for Hampton Roads newspaper The Virginia-Pilot. Of her unexpected encounter with harpist Karen Stowe while on the way to an appointment with her podiatrist, Walker writes: “I can’t remember what she was playing, only that by the time she finished, my body had relaxed.”

Walker interviewed Stowe later and learned a lot about the lives of therapeutic music practitioners. Stowe speaks of lowering blood pressure in heart patients and easing the wait for visitors while loved ones were in surgery.  Walker puts it simply: “I didn’t want to be at the hospital that day, but I am glad I wound up there while Stowe was playing.”

Find the full story at the Virginia-Pilot.

Chuck and Lisa Surack of Sweetwater Sound pledged a $150,000 Endowment to support music programs. A portion of the endowment will be used immediately to upgrade musical equipment used by 300clients. Chuck and Lisa Surack of Sweetwater Sound pledged a $150,000 Endowment to support music programs. A portion of the endowment will be used immediately to upgrade musical equipment used by 300clients.

Easter Seals Arc (ESA) created eight new programs for people who have a disability in the last year which all involve some type of music curriculums. The Transition Programs host "college like" classes for youth. Youth are served during summer and holiday breaks, after school and those exiting high school. The 13-to-30-year-olds rotate from class to class such as home-ec, exercise, music, computers, library, arts, and sensory rooms. There are similar rooms set up for the older participants in the Adult Day and Project Drive Group work facility. The request stems from immediate needs to enhance the music equipment in the Adult Day area. Donna Elbrecht, ESA President and CEO, comments, "We are really lucky we have the Surack’s to secure our music programs indefinitely through the permanently restricted endowment. We strive to provide different services which match the needs of our youth or adults. Music is just one of many newlearning and growth opportunities that we offer."

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A violin originally belonging to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was recently brought overseas to Boston for a Boston Early Music Festival performance at the New England Conservatory, allowing many to hear the composer’s early music in the very instrument he had performed on. A violin originally belonging to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was recently brought overseas to Boston for a Boston Early Music Festival performance at the New England Conservatory, allowing many to hear the composer’s early music in the very instrument he had performed on.

Boston Globe critic Jeremy Eichler wrote an engaging story on the instrument’s background and our ever-increasing interest in Early Music.  “But of course tone and craftsmanship are not the main draw here. These are Mozart’s instruments. As such the aura surrounding them is unmistakable, and yetit’s still tempting to prod that aura, to dip into the instruments’ history, and to wonder, at an event like Monday’s concert, what exactly are we hoping to hear?”

Read Eichler’s full story at Boston.com

 


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