Dave Gerhart, Product Manager, Percussion Instruments - YamahaYamaha today announced the appointment of Dave Gerhart as product manager for the company’s Percussion Department, Band & Orchestral Division. He will report to Troy Wollwage, marketing manager, Percussion Instruments.

Read more: Yamaha Appoints Gerhart as Product Manager, Percussion Instruments

(Left to Right): Tabor Stamper, President of KHS America, awards Chauncey Kleveland $1,000 scholarshipSan Antonio, TX – January, 2015 – Tabor Stamper; President of  KHS America, awards Chauncey Kleveland with a $1,000 scholarship to help her pursue her dream of becoming a Music Educator. 

Read more: KHS America Awards a Future Music Educator with $1K Scholarship

David E. Smith Publications, LLC is pleased to make available the latest upgrade of their 2014 Catalog, and to announce the acquisition of “River Song Productions” to their company holdings, which includes “Majestic Music Publications” and “Psalm 150 Publications.” In addition they continue to be the exclusive distributor for: “Stockton Music Services,” “Ken Bauer Productions,” “Light Of The World Music,” and “Rich Heffler Music.”

Read more: DESPUB acquires River Song Productions

Almost one year ago Jupiter launched their “Banded” campaign that highlights the common ground shared among musicians, music educators, parents of musicians, school music retailers, community supporters, and the Jupiter team. The campaign continues to grow and now has an official home: GetBanded.com.

Read more: The Jupiter “Banded” Engagement Campaign Has A New Home: GetBanded.com

What is believed to be the earliest known practical example of polyphonic music –a piece of choral music written for more than one part – has been found in London in a British Library manuscript. The inscription is believed to date back to the start of the 10th century. It is written using an early form of notation that predates the invention of the stave. It was inked into a space at the end of a manuscript of the Life of Bishop Maternianus of Reims.

Read more: Earliest Known Piece of Polyphonic Music Discovered

A total of 10 music teachers from 10 cities across nine states have been announced as finalists for the second annual Music Educator Award, presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. Steven Acciani, Diamond Bar High School in Diamond Bar, California.

Read more: Ten Finalists Announced For Second Annual Music Educator Grammy Honor

On November 9th, the Berliner Philharmoniker gave a memorial concert to mark the fall of the Berlin Wall precisely 25 years ago. In remembrance of the victims of the Wall, the orchestra, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, performed Karol Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater followed by Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the Berliner Philharmonie. Digital microphones from Sennheiser and Neumann were used to record this special event in the highest audio quality for subsequent processing in 3D sound.

Read more: The Berliner Philharmoniker in 3D Sound with Sennheiser and Neumann

As a gong strikes, sounds from 5,000 year old Chinese instruments rise to blend with a 40-piece Western orchestra. Sixty dancers take the stage in front of a 30-foot tall video backdrop as audiences embark on an adventure to long-ago dynasties through the all-new Shen Yun 2015. Shen Yun Performing Arts creates a new production every year with five separate casts that tour the world. Shen Yun returns to Las Vegas this March.

Read more: Performers Explore Dynasties of China In All New Shen Yun 2015

Tom Baker, DMA, was named the interim chair of the Music Department at Cornish College of the Arts. “I am delighted to welcome Tom to this position,” said Moira Scott Payne, Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs. “The department, and indeed the whole college, will benefit from his contributions.”

Read more: Baker Named Interim Chair of Music at Cornish College of the Arts

In three concerts Thursday, January 22nd-Saturday, January 24th conducted by rising Ossetian conductor Tugan Sokhiev – principal conductor and artistic director of Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin – young German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra as soloist in Saint-Saen’s Cello Concerto No. 1, structured in one continuous movement.

Also on the program are Berlioz’s Le Corsaire Overture, inspired by pirate novels and the turquoise Mediterranean waters in Nice, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s ever-popular Scheherazade, a musical depiction of the Thousand and One nights. 

Read more: Conductor Sokhiev Makes Boston Symphony Orchestra Debut

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