In a testament to a neighborhood dedication and generations’ of hard work, the Brooklyn Music School celebrated its 100th anniversary this past December. The school’s mission throughout: to grant access to the performing arts to anyone.In a testament to a neighborhood dedication and generations’ of hard work, the Brooklyn Music School celebrated its 100th anniversary this past December. The school’s mission throughout: to grant access to the performing arts to anyone.

The Brooklyn Music School has maintained a policy of open enrollment, meaning anyone can register at any time during class sessions.  The school says that more than 200 students every year enroll at the school for music and dance classes. It was founded in 1912 with the explicit goal of helping “the poor, the blind . . . the handicapped.” By 2009, the school faced mounting difficulties with debt, which it responded to by expanding after-school classes and developing a summer institute that included morning classes and afternoon educational trips. The school’s executive director, Frank Alvarado, also instituted a new program called “Arts Reaching Youth,” designed to instruct children in singing and dance at low tuitions. He says the program has helped the school’s enrollment grow from 100 students per year to over 250 per year, as he’s seen over the last three years.

The music school also rents its 1924 playhouse to theater schools like the Brooklyn Children’s Theater in efforts to raise funds for a projected building restoration.

www.brooklynmusicschool.org

Rhode Island’s Olivia Culpo, a cellist and self described "band nerd," bested 88 other contestants in the finals of the Miss Universe competition on Dec 19, 2012. Rhode Island’s Olivia Culpo, a cellist and self described "band nerd," bested 88 other contestants in the finals of the Miss Universe competition on Dec 19, 2012. Culpo, a sophomore at Boston University, grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island with two professional musicians for parents and has played the cello alongside world-renowned classical musician Yo-Yo Ma and onstage at Carnegie Hall.  On the Miss Universe page, she said she hopes to pursue a career in film or television and that her role model is Audrey Hepburn  The Miss Universe pageant was streamed live to more than 100 countries.

Boston.com checked in with Culpo’s family here: http://www.boston.com/names/2012/12/21/olivia-culpo-parents-proud-their-miss-universe/SCIOlHE92jDgnkjVD0qtdM/story.html.

The 66th Annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago wrapped up last week...The 66th Annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago wrapped up last week, featuring an array of exciting performances by ensembles from around the world, along with a full schedule of clinics on a wide range of topics pertaining to music education and performance. In addition, the exhibit area saw excellent traffic throughout the entire weekend.  This year’s recipient of the Music Industry Award was Rick Young of the Yamaha Music Corporation,  honored for his support of music education.  The Medal of Honor recipients were David C. McCormick, H. Owen Reed, conductor Leonard Slatkin, and John Whitwell.  The international award recipient was Guido Six.   The 23rd College Night featured representatives from over 70 college music programs who helped students learn about their institutions and gather first-hand information on choosing the right music school.

www.midwestclinic.org

Noted music publisher LudwigMasters recently announced that it will now distribute Lake State Publications. Noted music publisher LudwigMasters recently announced that it will now distribute Lake State Publications. All Lake State Publications pieces can now be ordered through LudwigMasters Publications.

www.ludwigmasters.com

The Eastman School of Music professor and Brighton, N.Y. resident David Higgs was recently awarded is awarded St. Malachy’s – The Actors’ Chapel’s Paul Creston Award for his contributions to the organ music community. The Eastman School of Music professor and Brighton, N.Y. resident David Higgs was recently awarded is awarded St. Malachy’s – The Actors’ Chapel’s Paul Creston Award for his contributions to the organ music community. The award was presented in November at the Beacon Theatre in New York City during a Voices United Benefit Concert. The award is said to be awarded to those who “embody excellence in the arts and are significant figures in church music, media, and the performing arts.”

Higgs has performed at Christmas concerts in both San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall and Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall. He also regularly appears at events throughout the world, including the International Organ Festivals and Competitions of Bremen, Calgary, Dublin, and more. He has also served on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and is now chair of the Organ Department at the Eastman School of Music.

Find more info at the Brighton Pittsford Post Online. [http://www.brightonpittsfordpost.com/feature/x1783180058/Newsmaker-Q-A-David-Higgs]

A record 51 college students pursuing careers in the music products industry are making plans to attend the 2013 NAMM Show having received the NAMM Foundation’s President’s Innovation award. A record 51 college students pursuing careers in the music products industry are making plans to attend the 2013 NAMM Show having received the NAMM Foundation’s President’s Innovation award. Cash grants of $600 are awarded to graduate and undergraduate students who have expressed commitment and aptitude for business leadership and innovation in the music products industry. Recipients hail from colleges across the country, including the University of Colorado at Denver, Northeastern University, University of Miami, Indiana State University, and more.

Students will convene in Anaheim, Calif. from Jan. 24-27 to explore careers in the music industry by learning firsthand from industry leaders in sessions designed just for students and with access to retailers and manufacturers from around the world attending the NAMM Show. The President’s Innovation Award recipients also participate in the NAMM Generation Next program. The program offers daily educational sessions and volunteer opportunities with leading music product and pro-light and sound brands during the trade show.

College music majors interested in registering for the “NAMM Generation Next” collegiate program can RSVP here.

A video began making the rounds last week featuring a group called The Recycled Orchestra in Paraguay. A video began making the rounds last week featuring a group called The Recycled Orchestra in Paraguay. The group provides at-risk youth with opportunities to play music by sourcing instrument materials from the land beneath their feet, which happens to be a landfill.  The video is a trailer for an upcoming feature-length documentary.

http://vimeo.com/52711779

Software developer Touchpress recently unveiled the new comprehensive iPad app The Orchestra, which combines in-depth video, audio, musical scores, and performances from the London-based Philarmonia Orchestra for an immersive and eye-opening experience. Software developer Touchpress recently unveiled the new comprehensive iPad app The Orchestra, which combines in-depth video, audio, musical scores, and performances from the London-based Philarmonia Orchestra for an immersive and eye-opening experience. Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen is on hand along with the musicians for in-depth commentary and an interactive guide to every instrument in the orchestra.  A feature dubbed the “Blinking Lights Panel” envisions the entire orchestra as a series of individual dots, each representing an individual instrument that lights up during the performance whenever that instrument is playing.

Check Touchpress’s design blog post about the app here. http://www.touchpress.com/blog/2012/12/our-creative-director-waxes-lyrical-about-orchestra/

Influential Indian sitar musician Ravi Shankar died this week at the age of 92. Shankar came to prominence in the West after he collaborated with the Beatles on hits like “Norwegian Wood” and “Within You, Without You.” George Harrison referred to him as “The Godfather of World Music.”  Shankar’s career spanned nearly 80 years, performing at great venues throughout the world and seeing his compositions performed by groups like the London Philharmonic. He went on to work with musicians and composers as diverse as Philip Glass, John Coltrane, and flutist Jean-Pierre Rampa. Shankar was also the father of pop singer Norah Jones.

A program for training and providing inner-city Atlanta students with quality instruments has seen its enrollment increase nearly four times over in the two years since its founding.A program for training and providing inner-city Atlanta students with quality instruments has seen its enrollment increase nearly four times over in the two years since its founding. The Atlanta Music Project, started by classical bassoonist Dantes Rameau, now provides over 87 students at three different sites with a great way to get involved in music. All that’s required of the students is that they attend all rehearsals and performances. Parents pay for the classes on a sliding scale, according to their financial capabilities. The program has a budget of $500,000, generally funded by donations.

This past year, the group won a grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation for over $120,000 which is planned to be used to create the Atlanta Music Project Academy, designed to offer private lessons to the top 22 players in the project and to offer them master classes. www.atlantamusicproject.org

 


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