Carnegie Hall recently announced details for the inaugural July 2013 tour by the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. Beginning this summer, annually brings together some of the most talented young orchestral players from across the United States, ages 16-19. NYO_USA_Gotham_A_LargeCarnegie Hall recently announced details for the inaugural July 2013 tour by the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. Beginning this summer, annually brings together some of the most talented young orchestral players from across the United States, ages 16-19. The NYO-USA’s 2013 summer schedule includes five performances in the US and abroad from July 11-21.

Capping a two-week summer residency at Purchase College, SUNY in Purchase, New York, world-renowned conductor Valery Gergiev will lead the NYO-USA in its first public performance at Purchase’s Performing Arts Center on Thursday, July 11. From there, the orchestra embarks on its first tour, traveling to the nation’s capital to make its debut at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, July 13.

Following these two engagements, Maestro Gergiev and the NYO-USA will travel overseas for two concerts in Mr. Gergiev’s home country: in Moscow, at The Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory on Tuesday, July 16 and, in St. Petersburg, at the Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall on Thursday, July 18. The orchestra’s first tour culminates with a concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Sunday, July 21, part of the BBC Proms. The NYO-USA’s Proms performance will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and recorded for a later television broadcast, scheduled to air on BBC Four on July 26.

The orchestra’s concert program for all summer 2013 performances includes Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell as soloist; Shostakovich’s Symphony No, 10 in E Minor; and Magiya, a new work by American composer Sean Shepherd, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall and BBC Radio 3, specifically for NYO-USA. As part of their travel schedule, the NYO-USA players will also have the exciting opportunity to tour the cities in which they will be performing, as well as the chance to interact with local young musicians at stops along the way.

James Ross, associate director of The Juilliard School’s conducting program and director of orchestral activities at the University of Maryland, will lead the NYO-USA faculty in 2013. The 2013 faculty members will be: Robert Chen, concertmaster, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Alison Harney, principal second violin, St. Louis Symphony; Carrie Dennis, principal viola, Los Angeles Philharmonic; John Sharp, principal cello, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Jeffrey Turner, principal bass, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Jeffrey Khaner, principal flute, The Philadelphia Orchestra; Elaine Douvas, principal oboe, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Ricardo Morales, principal clarinet, The Philadelphia Orchestra; William Short, principal bassoon, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; William VerMeulen, principal horn, Houston Symphony; David Krauss, principal trumpet, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; R. Douglas Wright, principal trombone, Minnesota Orchestra; Carol Jantsch, principal tuba, The Philadelphia Orchestra; Cynthia Yeh, principal percussion, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; and Jauvon Gilliam, principal timpanist, National Symphony Orchestra.

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A recent CNN story reported on the thriving Bezzi’s Youth Brass Band, based in Limpopo, South Africa, which utilizes music to get teens involved in the performing arts rather than the danger of youth gangs.A recent CNN story reported on the thriving Bezzi’s Youth Brass Band, based in Limpopo, South Africa, which utilizes music to get teens involved in the performing arts rather than the danger of youth gangs.

The band’s organizer, Janet Bezuidenhout, set up the group three years ago after her nephew tried unsuccessfully to find a local band to join.  Bezuidenhout had been a drum majorette and decided she’d help him start his own band buy buying 10 instruments with her pension fund. By the time he’d called his first meeting, kids from neighboring towns had heard about the band. About 30 boys and girls showed up for the first rehearsal. This year, the band boasts 60 members who share 16 trombones, six side drums, four tubas, and a bass drum.

Read the original story here. 

California’s Allan Hancock College recently received the largest financial gift to the college in school history, and it came from the estate of former faculty member Patty Boyd. California’s Allan Hancock College recently received the largest financial gift to the college in school history, and it came from the estate of former faculty member Patty Boyd. Boyd, who died last year at the age of 91, had been a popular local piano teacher and was a member of the pioneering Rice family, who were among the earliest settlers of Santa Maria Valley.

Boyd’s gift of $10-12 million is reportedly one of the largest in the history of any California Community College, and was made to ensure that doors will always be open to music and fine arts students at the college. A reception in Patty Boyd's honor is planned for April 15 at 3pm on campus.

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Entertainer Al Simmons recently visited the Marysville Public Library in Marysville, Kansas, for a workshop that introduced objects like tin cans and wrenches as musical instruments to about 30 excited elementary school students.Entertainer Al Simmons recently visited the Marysville Public Library in Marysville, Kansas, for a workshop that introduced objects like tin cans and wrenches as musical instruments to about 30 excited elementary school students.

“Music is everywhere,” Simmons said.  “The main thing is not to be afraid to make music and try new musical instruments.” Simmons’ workshop, “Sounds Crazy,” instructed students on how to make a wide variety of instruments and noise-makers using everything from drinking straws to wet strings.  He demonstrated easy ways to build rainsticks out of Styrofoam tubes, toothpicks, and corn kernels.  He led the group in a jam session and, at the event’s conclusion, donated to the library his “Al Simmons Collection,” which included three CDs, his book Counting Feathers, and his DVD, I Collect Rocks.

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Students at Hopewell, Virginia’s Patrick Copeland Elementary School were one stop on a “Music in Our Schools” tour recently undertaken by the 392nd Army Band of Fort Lee.Students at Hopewell, Virginia’s Patrick Copeland Elementary School were one stop on a “Music in Our Schools” tour recently undertaken by the 392nd Army Band of Fort Lee. In that program, band members showcase various instruments, as well as lots of old and new music.

The band finds its way to various schools every year with the mission of providing young students with the experience of a live band.  It also hopes to highlight music as a real-world career option.  The band is set to perform at five schools this month, through April 19. The program will eventually provide over 6,500 students with the chance to see the band perform.

Music In Our Schools Month

The Support Music Coalition, led by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the National Association for Music Merchants (NAMM), reacted quickly when the Lansing, Michigan School Board voted to cut music, art and physical education elementary teaching positions from the 2013-14 budget. The Support Music Coalition, led by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the National Association for Music Merchants (NAMM), reacted quickly when the Lansing, Michigan School Board voted to cut music, art and physical education elementary teaching positions from the 2013-14 budget. The district wants to replace the teaching positions with “consultants.”

On March 29, SupportMusic.com issued a strongly worded statement that says in part:

“On behalf of the SupportMusic Coalition, we, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), strongly advise the Lansing School Board and Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul to carefully review the concerns of the greater Michigan arts education community regarding the recent decision to cut music, art and physical education elementary teaching positions from next year’s budget.

“Put simply, this is the removal of highly qualified, certified educators in favor of contract teachers who will operate under the guise of arts integration. Those of us who work within this world know that arts learning as an integrated subject is just not the same as standards-based, sequential learning.  We urge you to reconsider this decision.

“Such a decision would be, perhaps, understandable in light of the fiscal woes that currently beset many of our nation’s urban areas. It is, however, neither understandable nor defensible in terms of our collective responsibility to provide a full, balanced education to all of our children.”

Chris Woodside, NAfME assistant executive director, Center for Advocacy and Public Affairs, and Mary Luehrsen, executive of the NAMM Foundation signed the letter.

Read the full letter here: NAfME

Three individuals were inducted this year into Music for All’s Bands of America (BOA) Hall of Fame. Three individuals were inducted this year into Music for All’s Bands of America (BOA) Hall of Fame. The 2013 inductees are James Campbell, Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Kentucky; Bruce K. Dinkins, a nationally respected and recognized band director most recently at James Bowie H.S. in Austin, Texas and Irmo H.S. in Columbia, S.C.; and Vic Firth, founder of leading stick and mallet manufacturer Vic Firth, Inc, music industry legend and former principal timpanist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

The Bands of America Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have greatly impacted Bands of America, which is a program of Music for All, as well as the nation’s band activity and music education. These new recipients were inducted during the Gala Awards Banquet, Saturday evening, March 16 at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis during the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Hall of Fame members are recognized permanently in the Bands of America “Hall of Fame” in Music for All’s corporate headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana.

James Campbell’s history with Music for All spans more than three decades, as an adjudicator, clinician and evaluator. He has previously served as the Bands of America Chief Judge and as percussion coordinator at the Music for All Summer Symposium, developing and naming the student National Percussion Symposium division and creating the Drum Instructor Academy (now the Percussion Specialist Academy), which provides training and professional development for percussion educators. Currently Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Mr. Campbell also holds the positions of Principal Percussionist with the Lexington Philharmonic.

Bruce Dinkins was a respected band director, whose ensembles were among the finest to participate in Music for All programs, including Bands of America Championships and the Music for All National Festival. His bands, including at Irmo H.S. in Columbia, S.C. and James Bowie H.S. in Austin, Texas, are recognized as some of the finest in the country and are many-time BOA Regional Finalists and Champions and National finalists. Mr. Dinkins passed away June 22, 2011 in Ashland, Oregon at the age of 60. His wife, Hildy Dinkins, accepted the award on his behalf, with his two children and other family and friends in attendance.

Vic Firth is the Founder of Vic Firth, Inc., percussion stick and mallet manufacturer, Mr. Vic Firth has been a has supporter of Music for All’s programs as a sponsor through Vic Firth, Inc., a donor and a clinician. The Principal Timpani Chair of the Honor Orchestra of America is endowed by Mr. Firth, an example of his desire to support young musicians and Music for All’s educational programs.

LudwigMasters Publications and The Lorenz Corporation recently announce the sale of Latham Music to LudwigMasters Publications. LudwigMasters Publications and The Lorenz Corporation recently announce the sale of Latham Music to LudwigMasters Publications. String Editor Lynne Latham will be responsible for all new editions to the Latham catalog. The sale was completed in March.

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The long-running Mondomusica conference brought its unique blend of violin manufacturer networking, education seminars, industry discussions, world class performances, and international buying power to the U.S. last weekend for the first time ever. The long-running Mondomusica conference brought its unique blend of violin manufacturer networking, education seminars, industry discussions, world class performances, and international buying power to the U.S. last weekend for the first time ever.  Mondomusica New York included 162 exhibitors in a packed hall in the heart of Manhattan.

CremonaFiere president Antonio Piva told SBO that the organization is taking a different approach with their American show. “In Italy, the show is focused on dealers and buyers,” he said.  “The show in Italy is bigger at around 300 exhibitors. But this is an American show for the American public. The American market, composed of musicians, schools, and orchestras, is huge.  I hope this exhibition will better work for such targets.”

The three-day festival included an exhibit hall open all day and master classes given throughout the day, including those from La Scala Theater concert master Francesco De Angelis and Verdi Conservatory quartet professor Roberto Tarenzi.  A lecture organized by the American Strings Teachers Association (ASTA) explored methods for avoiding “Performance Quicksand,” as cellist Jeffrey Solow described pros and cons of strategies for performance practice.  Discussions included a lecture on how to ensure correct string choices from Connolly Music and a panel on high-end violin investment options, and the weekend also featured performances by groups like the Shanghai Quartet and the Verdi Quartet. A special program put on by Japanese television network NHK presented a “scientific blind taste test,” where the audience and a panel of experts rated the sounds of genuine Stradivarius violins alongside modern instruments played from behind a screen.

www.mondomusicanewyork.com

Venezuelan music education pioneer Jose Antonio Abreu will receive an honorary doctorate during the Cleveland Institute of Music's 88th Annual Commencement Ceremony in May in recognition of his work with the groundbreaking “El Sistema” music education program.Venezuelan music education pioneer Jose Antonio Abreu will receive an honorary doctorate during the Cleveland Institute of Music's 88th Annual Commencement Ceremony in May in recognition of his work with the groundbreaking “El Sistema” music education program.

The 73-year-old Abreu founded El Sistema in 1975 and it has since become famous for providing education and social opportunities for thousands of Venezuelan youths of all classes. The program has been widely emulated throughout the world. Among its alumni is Gustavo Dudamel, music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Cleveland Orchestra violinist Isabel Trautwein founded an El Sistema program at Cleveland's Rainey Institute in 2011 and will receive an alumni award from the institute at this same upcoming commencement ceremony.

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