The Texas Bandmasters Association has presented its 2012 Lifetime Administrator Achievement Award of Outstanding Commitment to Music Education to Amarillo’s Cody Myers.The Texas Bandmasters Association has presented its 2012 Lifetime Administrator Achievement Award of Outstanding Commitment to Music Education to Amarillo’s Cody Myers. Myers, the Amarillo Independent School District director of fine arts, has taught music across Central Texas in towns like Tulia, Dimmitt, Dumas and Midland. He has served as director in Amarillo for 15 years and oversees all of the district’s music education and fine arts programs.

Myers has also served on local arts boards for years, including those of the Amarillo Symphony, the Greater Southwest Music Festival, the Amarillo Youth Orchestra, the Tri-State Fair Parad, an the steering committee for Window on a Wider World.

http://www.texasbandmasters.org/

The creator of the popular Merker-Matic French Horn recently passed at the age of 88. The creator of the popular Merker-Matic French Horn recently passed at the age of 88. Merker, a Chicago native, pioneered the role of working women in music in a variety of contexts, from symphonic performances to radio and TV jingles. She was at home playing jazz and pop music as well, and throughout her career backed up artists like Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones, and the Rolling Stones.

Find segments of her oral history project at NAMM’s site here

A group of former students recently gathered in a Baltimore church to celebrate the 100th birthday of their former teacher, Lucille Marcus Brooks. A group of former students recently gathered in a Baltimore church to celebrate the 100th birthday of their former teacher, Lucille Marcus Brooks. The crowd of reportedly 150 joined Brooks as admiring students, some of whome had studied under her over half a century ago at Dunbar, Carver, and Lake Clifton high schools in the area. McCallum herself was the first African-American to graduate from Baltimore’s esteemed Peabody Preparatory School. She later attended the Peabody Conservatory.

Read a full report in the Baltimore Sun here.

NAfME staff members recently attended the “Rally to Restore Balance” in Washington, D.C.’s Upper Senate Park to advocate for a balanced approach to the nation’s nondefense discretionary spendingNAfME staff members recently attended the “Rally to Restore Balance” in Washington, D.C.’s Upper Senate Park to advocate for a balanced approach to the nation’s nondefense discretionary spending. On January 2, 2013, the vast majority of federal nondefense discretionary (NDD) programs will face deep, across-the board cuts. These cuts will impact a variety of core government functions. Ralliers added their voices in support of balanced education spending.

Among the featured guests at the rally of several hundred were the Honorable Tom Harkin (U.S. Senate), Rita Ngabo (a working parent), Martin Knott (president of Knott Mechanical), and many others. All spoke about the importance of maintaining America’s commitment to funding federal education.

http://vimeo.com/46423685

As part of a celebration of the 130th anniversary of the founding of Banco Sabadell, a city-wide promotional campaign culminated recently with a 100-person flash mob performing the famous final movement of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.As part of a celebration of the 130th anniversary of the founding of Banco Sabadell, a city-wide promotional campaign culminated recently with a 100-person flash mob performing the famous final movement of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. The mob includes members of the Vallès Symphony Orchestra, the Lieder, Amics de l'Òpera, and Coral Belles Arts choirs.

Watch the video, below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBaHPND2QJg

Professional Oboist Rachel Seiden recently posted a great insider’s look at the long and complicated road to building a career in classical music at the Vail Valley Music Festival website. Professional Oboist Rachel Seiden recently posted a great insider’s look at the long and complicated road to building a career in classical music at the Vail Valley Music Festival website. She includes the steely advice of an early instructor: “Why do we take auditions? To become accustomed to failure.” From there, Seiden goes through an enlightening run-down of a life of private lessons, college educations, ensemble playing, and one-on-one coaching. “Becoming part of an orchestra is a laborious and demanding process,” she says. “But the eventual ideal goal of winning an orchestral job, and therefore making money by making music, sustains us.”

Seiden’s full post can be found here and it’s a worthwhile read for anyone looking for a peek into this process.

Famed singer Barry Manilow (and SBO cover artist) recently donated a new Yamaha piano to help launch a music instrument drive in Kentucky’s Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, the state’s largest school district. Famed singer Barry Manilow (and SBO cover artist) recently donated a new Yamaha piano to help launch a music instrument drive in Kentucky’s Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, the state’s largest school district. He also announced that he would offer two free concert tickets (he performs in Louisville on July 27) to anyone else who donated an instrument of their own to the district.

Learn more about Manilow’s Music Project here.

Music director Marin Alsop recently led an army of amateur musicians through a week-long immersive music program alongside members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.Music director Marin Alsop recently led an army of amateur musicians through a week-long immersive music program alongside members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The program invited 104 willing students to rehearse, socialize, take lessons, and study intensive lectures with the orchestra in what amounted to a classical music lover’s fantasy camp. The move marked another step toward connecting with the orchestra’s audience as well as a strong new source of revenue – fees for academy students ranged from $1,750 to $3,000.

The New York Times ran a glowing in-depth report from a music camper here.

Famed 25-year-old violinist Nicola Benedetti, who is set to perform this year at the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms, recently attacked the British school system for what she sees as a declining commitment to music education. Famed 25-year-old violinist Nicola Benedetti, who is set to perform this year at the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms, recently attacked the British school system for what she sees as a declining commitment to music education. According to UK program Radio Times, Benedetti told reporters that “decisions have been made, especially in the light of funding cuts, that are, I think, catastrophic to our future as a nation." Benedetti began studying violin at five years old and began attending formal music academy when she was 10 at the Yehudi Menuhin School. She rose to fame after being named the BBC Young Musician of the Year at 16.

Washington DC orchestra The National Philharmonic recently announced that it will begin partnering with the William E. Doar Public Charter School for the Performing Arts in an effort to get every student from kindergarten to 8th grade involved in music education.Washington DC orchestra The National Philharmonic recently announced that it will begin partnering with the William E. Doar Public Charter School for the Performing Arts in an effort to get every student from kindergarten to 8th grade involved in music education. According to the Washington Post, the program will include violin instruction for the youngest students, leading into piano and voice lessons with a concentration beginning in the 6th grade.

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