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.

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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.

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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

Participants and spectators at Music for All’s Bands of America Grand National Championships donated more than $11,000 during the November 8-10 event at Lucas Oil Stadium. Participants and spectators at Music for All’s Bands of America Grand National Championships donated more than $11,000 during the November 8-10 event at Lucas Oil Stadium. Music for All asked attendees to support all of the victims of Hurricane Sandy by making donations in the name of all of the bands in America to the American Red Cross. All of the funds were presented to the Indianapolis office of the American Red Cross in honor of Music for All and ALL of the band and music students and boosters in Americaduring a presentation at Avon High School on November 20, 2012.

The Hurricane Relief initiative started with a $100 donation from Music for All’s President and CEO, Eric Martin. Additional funds were accepted at the Music for All Information & Awareness Booth on the concourse of Lucas Oil Stadium. On Saturday during Semi-Finals and Finals of the Championships, volunteers from Avon High School Orchestra from Indiana came through the stands with buckets to accept donations.

Music for All hopes that this Grand National’s initiative becomes a catalyst to inspire a student participant lead and driven commitment to create, determine, and support a special Bands of America project benefiting others at each Grand Nationals, beginning November 2013.

www.musicforall.org

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) in partnership with the Montgomery County Public Schools has announced OrchLab, a music-in-schools program for elementary, middle and high school students in Maryland’s Montgomery County.The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) in partnership with the Montgomery County Public Schools has announced OrchLab, a music-in-schools program for elementary, middle and high school students in Maryland’s Montgomery County. For the 2012-2013 academic year, OrchLab will be piloted in 23 of the schools located in the Downcounty and Northeast Consortia of the MCPS System. To launch the program, student musicians from the A. Mario Loiederman Middle and Wheaton High Schools had the unique experience this month of sitting onstage adjacent to their instrumental counterparts for the BSO’s rehearsal of Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 8” under the direction of Maestra Alsop at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. In advance of this session, the BSO Library provided parts and scores to the students for study.

OrchLab is an outgrowth of BSO on the Go, the Orchestra’s education outreach program that has provided more than 12,000 students with classroom instruction and performances from BSO musicians since that program’s start five years ago.

www.bsomusic.org

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