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Practicing Musician has released a complete beginner program for low brass instruments created by an all-volunteer cohort of educators, hosted exclusively on the Practicing Musician platform.

Read more: Practicing Musician Releases Beginner Program for Low Brass Instruments

Today, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced the cancellation of this week’s two new, live DSO Digital Concerts due to a positive COVID-19 test result received by conductor, violinist, and countertenor Dmitry Sinkovsky.

Read more: This Week’s Detroit Symphony Orchestra Digital Concerts Cancelled

The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) has announced a new partnership with Sony Music Group (SMG), making them the first music company to support the museum’s mission and values ahead of its opening on January 18.

Read more: National Museum of African American Music Announces Partnership with Sony Music Group

From January 18 to 23, 2021, renowned soprano Renée Fleming will mentor six pairs of aspiring young singers and pianists from around the world in the third year of SongStudio, an innovative program exploring the future of the vocal recital.

Read more: Fleming Leads Third Year of SongStudio Workshop

Arts ARE Education, a new national campaign designed to support the ongoing value of arts education for PreK-12 students in the post-pandemic era, is rolling out its message and strategies in a virtual town hall on January 19, via Zoom, 2:30 PT and 5:30 ET.

Read more: ‘Arts ARE Education’ Campaign Kicks Off with Virtual Town Hall

Amazon has announced a $1 million donation to the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM).

Read more: NMAAM Receives $1 Million Donation From Amazon

Yamaha Drums has announced the signing of New York-based drummer, arranger, composer, and educator John Sturino to the roster of Yamaha Artists.

Read more: Yamaha Drums Welcomes Sturino to Artist Roster

ProMark Drumsticks has donated over 6,900 pairs of drumsticks and stick bags to 43 music education programs in need across the United States and Canada.

Read more: ProMark Drumsticks Donates Product To 43 Music Education Programs

The Nashville Symphony celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King this week with special online programming. Titled “Let Freedom Sing,” the week of special events runs from January 11 to 17.

Read more: Nashville Symphony Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr with ‘Let Freedom Sing’

All National Music, in conjunction with the RWS Music Company, will hold the PreFormance National Clinics Virtual Preparation Festivals on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from January 25 to March 4, 2021.

Read more: All National Music Hosts Virtual ‘PreFormance’ National Clinics

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For over 20 years, School Band & Orchestra Magazine has been honoring amazing music educators from all 50 states. That's more than 1000 educators recognized for their outstanding contributions to music education programs!

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