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As COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines have curtailed much of in-person music instruction, the soldiers of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” have developed several platforms to help music educators.

Read more: The United States Army Band ‘Pershing’s Own’ Shares Resources for Educators

The Florida Education Association (FEA), as well as educators and parents, filed suit Monday (July 19) against Gov. Ron DeSantis, Commissioner Richard Corcoran, the Florida Department of Education, the Florida State Board of Education and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez to protect the health and well-being of public school students, educators, and the community.

Read more: Florida Educators File Lawsuit to Protect Health, Well-Being of Students, Educators and Communities

Today, Music For All issued a statement explaining that the organization will not present the 2020 Bands of America Championships due to COVID-19.

Read more: Music For All Will Not Present 2020 Bands of America Championships

In these challenging times, Scott Lang and the BAND App have joined together to offer music teachers a completely free five-week leadership curriculum designed to make their ensemble better by making their students better.

Read more: BAND and Scott Lang Present Free, Five-Week Leadership Curriculum for Music Programs

Today, members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) begin a weeklong online training intensive featuring private lessons and masterclasses for college-level and pre-professional musicians. Conceived and developed entirely by DSO musicians with administrative support from DSO staff, the DSO Summer Institute will run July 20-25, 2020.

Read more: Detroit Symphony Orchestra Musicians Offer Online ‘DSO Summer Institute’

Today, Conn-Selmer, Inc. launches a completely new digital solution to include professional development tools for educators, online learning programs, and digital event management strategies for both music industry professionals and local educational communities.

Read more: Conn-Selmer Launches New Online Learning Initiative

Virtual Choir 6: "Sing Gently," an original composition from Eric Whitacre, will make its global debut on Sunday, July 19, at 10:30 a.m. PDT on YouTube.

Read more: Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir 6: "Sing Gently" Film to Debut July 19

The Adjudication Committee for the Lift Up Our Voices Scholarship for Underrepresented Composers has announced that the inaugural scholarship is awarded to KiMani Bridges.

Read more: Lift Up Our Voices Scholarship Announces Inaugural 2020 Recipient

World-renowned violinist Joshua Bell, soprano Larisa Martínez, and pianist Peter Dugan will offer the live premiere of their new work “Voice and the Violin” on August 14.

Read more: ‘Voice and the Violin’ Makes Live Debut August 14

The Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) shared commissioned study results on COVID-19 in a letter on July 13.

Read more: Ohio Music Education Association Shares Commissioned Study Results on COVID-19

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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