Flutist and new-music trailblazer Claire Chase ’01 has been named a 2012 MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which carries a $500,000 award dispersed over the next five years.Flutist and new-music trailblazer Claire Chase ’01 has been named a 2012 MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which carries a $500,000 award dispersed over the next five years. Commonly known as “genius grants,” the MacArthur Foundation’s annual awards support “exceptional merit and promise of continued creative work.”

Chase is a 2001 graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music. That year, she co-founded the revolutionary International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) in Chicago. Chase has focused on opening new avenues of artistic expression for the 21st–century musician, as well as providing students in public schools whose music programs have been cut with innovative music education programs.

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The 2012 Percussive Arts Society Industry Awards class represents five individuals and one international chapter, each of whom has developed important careers and service to not only PAS, but the percussion world as a whole. The 2012 Percussive Arts Society Industry Awards class represents five individuals and one international chapter, each of whom has developed important careers and service to not only PAS, but the percussion world as a whole.

The Outstanding PAS Service Award went to Kathleen Kastner, professor of Music at Wheaton College who has served PAS in roles including PAS Board of Directors, Scholarly Research Committee Chair, associate research editor for Percussive Notes, and more. The Outstanding PAS Supporter Award went to Christopher Smith, a drummer and Senior Product analyst for FinishMaster, Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana who serves as PASIC volunteer coordinator.

The PAS President’s Industry Award recipient is Dave Black, who has been the director of Percussion Acquisitions at Alfred Music Publishing over the past 27 years and has received two Grammy nomination certificates and over 20 consecutive ASCAP Popular Composer Awards. The Outstanding PAS Chapter Award goes to the PAS Australia Chapter. Finally, the Percussive Arts Society Lifetime Achievement Award in Education was given to Marty Hurley and Alan Shinn. Hurley served most notably as instructor and arranger for the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps, as well as director of bands at Brother Martin High School in New Orleans from 1974 until his death in 2011. Shinn’s work as an educator and performer has spanned over 30 years, with the majority of those years spent teaching at Texas Tech University. Currently serving as principal timpanist with the Santa Fe Pro Musica and Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, Shinn has always maintained an active performing schedule providing students with a ‘working musician role model.’ The recipients will be honored in an awards presentation during PASIC 2012 on Friday, November 2 in Austin, Texas at the Austin Convention Center. www.pas.org

Korg USA’s Education Division, consisting of SoundTree, the SoundTree Institute, and SoundTree.com, is expanding in multiple areas that will provide music educators of all types with a variety of products and services to enhance their curriculum and personal development.Korg USA’s Education Division, consisting of SoundTree, the SoundTree Institute, and SoundTree.com, is expanding in multiple areas that will provide music educators of all types with a variety of products and services to enhance their curriculum and personal development.

Founded in 1995, SoundTree is a leading provider of products and turnkey learning systems for music education. They provided advice, sales, installation and support to music educators and learning institutions. Its new initiative, the “NAfME Learning Network powered by SoundTree,” is the result of an alliance with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME, formerly MENC). The NAfME Learning Network is available to educators via an annual subscription; NAfME members will be able to subscribe at a discounted rate. With this subscription, educators will receive access to high-quality, online professional development with the opportunity to receive continuing education credits at a fraction of the cost offered by traditional learning systems.

Find more information at institute.soundtree.com/nafme.

Arts advocates in the National Association of Music Merchants took to Tampa, Florida and Charlotte, N.C. recently for the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Arts advocates in the National Association of Music Merchants took to Tampa, Florida and Charlotte, N.C. recently for the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Both conventions saw the organization of ARTSspeak panel and ARTSjam concerts, co-sponsored by NAMM. The events included conversations on arts and arts education with elected officials and prominent artists like Bernie Williams and His All-Star Band.

For more information, go to www.namm.org.

A Vancouver, Washington college has announced that it will soon rededicate its music building in honor of longtime musician and arts advocate, the late Dale Beacock. A Vancouver, Washington college has announced that it will soon rededicate its music building in honor of longtime musician and arts advocate, the late Dale Beacock. 

After graduating from Clark College in 1950, Dale Beacock earned a master’s degree in music performance and education from the University of Portland. He started teaching in 1956. In 1970, Beacock brought high school musicians to Clark College for the first time for what is now known as the Clark College Jazz Festival.  The competition, which had been established in 1962, had been held at local high schools on a rotating basis before Clark College became its permanent home.  In 1998, he was honored as one of the first inductees into the Washington Music Educators Hall of Fame. In 1976, Beacock and his wife Susan established the Beacock Music and Education Center, which his son Russ and daughter Gayle continue to operate. He died in Aug. 2011.

Learn more at www.clark.edu.

A Mexican cultural center in the capitol of Mexico City recently announced plans to open the nation’s first every school completely dedicated to mariachi music. A Mexican cultural center in the capitol of Mexico City recently announced plans to open the nation’s first every school completely dedicated to mariachi music. The well-known style of folk music has typically been passed down through family members, but educators say there has been an increasing demand recently for instruction in the art. The Ollin Yoliztli Cultural Center will open the mariachi school next month in downtown Mexico City on a plaza known for its public mariachi performances.

Read more from the Washington Post.  

In yet another sign of tough times for the country’s orchestras, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is now hoping to shrink the size of its orchestra as well as cut pay for the remaining musicians. In yet another sign of tough times for the country’s orchestras, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is now hoping to shrink the size of its orchestra as well as cut pay for the remaining musicians.  The orchestra also plans to truncate its performance season, according the musician’s union’s negotiating committee.  The deal will reportedly cut wages by 45 percent and get rid of 16 weeks of performances at the ISO.  The orchestra is one of the few in the country that currently offer a full 52-week schedule of performances.

Read more at the Indianapolis Star.

A first-of-its-kind study outlines the actual costs of a comprehensive k-12 music education program. A first-of-its-kind study outlines the actual costs of a comprehensive k-12 music education program. The research funded by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation’s Sounds of Learning research initiative, calculates a cost for music education averaging $187 per student annually in the sample school district.

Based on total enrollment, the study reveals that the music education costs average $187 per student annually. Costs averaged $195 per student at the elementary level (grades 1-5) where general music, a 45-minute music class per three-day cycle, is mandatory. Per student spending in middle school averaged $189 and $143 in high school, as music instruction is elective at the secondary level.

More info can be found at www.namm.org.

In recognition of what it called ever-tightening arts budgets in schools, music publisher Carl Fischer recently held a contest in which winners would be provided with a free year’s worth of band or orchestra music.  In recognition of what it called ever-tightening arts budgets in schools, music publisher Carl Fischer recently held a contest in which winners would be provided with a free year’s worth of band or orchestra music. 

Winners of the Music for Your Schools Giveaway contest were announced  recently and included the Chopticon High School Orchestra in Morganza, Md.,  the Palm Springs High School Orchestral Strings Program in Palm Springs, Calif., the Susan E. Wiley Elementary School Band in Copiague, N.Y., the American School of Antananarivo Band in Madagascar, and the Falmouth High School Band in Falmouth, Mass. Pictured are 2011 winners,  the Riverside High School Band in El Paso, Texas.

To learn more, visit www.carlfischer.com.

National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is co-hosting arts events at the 2012 national political conventions in partnership with Americans for the Arts, The Recording Academy, The United States Conference of Mayors and the local arts councils.National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is co-hosting arts events at the 2012 national political conventions in partnership with Americans for the Arts, The Recording Academy, The United States Conference of Mayors and the local arts councils. The events, including a policy conversation and a concert, are designed to highlight the important role of arts and arts education in public policy as the major political parties lay out their visions for the future. 

At the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee served as lead moderator with speakers including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch, and former New York Yankee and Latin Grammy Award-nominated artist Bernie Williams.

At the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina on September 4th, ARTSSpeak will take place from 3-4:15 p.m. at the Mint Museum. Featured speakers include N.C. Secretary of Cultural Resources Linda Carlisle; Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley; Lynch and Williams.

To learn more, check www.artsactionfund.org.

 


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