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The Virginia Arts Festival’s top priority continues to be the health and safety of all patrons, artists, volunteers, and staff. In conformance with Governor Ralph Northam’s statewide ban on events over 10 people, and due to the increasing threat of COVID-19, Virginia Arts Festival events through June 14 will be rescheduled, postponed, or canceled effective Friday, April 3, 2020.

Read more: Virginia Arts Festival Postpones All Events Through June 14

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jazz at Lincoln Center is making available a robust, curated and weekly program of offerings to reach people all over the world and bring the healing power of jazz music into homes and communities.

Read more: Jazz At Lincoln Center Launches New Portal 

Carnegie Hall today announced its decision to cancel the remainder of its 2019-2020 season, including all events in its three performance venues through July 2020, as part of ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Read more: Carnegie Hall Cancels Remainder of 2019-2020 Season

Jupiter Winds, Mapex Drums, and Majestic Percussion are pleased to announce The Virtual Education Series for students and music teachers throughout the world, presented in partnership with the International Music Education Summit.

Read more: Jupiter, Mapex, Majestic Announce Virtual Education Series

SBO columnist Bobby Owsinski – who writes our AudioTech section – has shared resources that might be useful for teachers who are currently employing distance learning techniques. These resources include eBooks, PDFs, and videos, as well as a free course called “Vocal Mixing Technique.”

Read more: Free Teacher Resources Available from SBO Columnist

The Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020, scheduled to take place May 14-24, has been postponed one year to May 13-23, 2021.

Read more: Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020 Postponed

In accordance with local and national directives concerning public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nashville Symphony has suspended all ticketed performances at Schermerhorn Symphony Center through May 12.  

Read more: All Nashville Symphony Performances Through May 12 Suspended 

With school closures around the country putting music educators on new ground for reaching students with music education in a new way, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) has been working diligently the past two weeks to bring much-needed resources and ideas to their membership of 60,000 music educators, preservice teachers, and teacher-educators.

Read more: NAfME Shares COVID-19 Resources for Music Educators

Richard Crain, president of the Midwest Board of Directors, has shared a statement regarding the status of the 2020 edition of the annual conference.

Read more: Midwest Clinic Shares COVID-19 Statement

Directors who make a Difference

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!

Do you know a fantastic K-12 instrumental music educator who is deserving of recognition in SBO? Tell us why he or she should be featured in SBO’s annual "Directors Who Make a Difference" report.

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