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Make Music Day, the worldwide music celebration held each June 21, is going virtual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers officially announced today.

Read more: Global ‘Make Music Day’ to Go Virtual This Year

Steinberg today announced the highly anticipated release of the latest version of its professional scoring software, Dorico 3.5. With updates to the whole family of products — Dorico Pro, Dorico Elements, and the free Dorico SE — there are improvements across every area of the application, building on the ground-breaking features introduced in Dorico 3.0.

Read more: Steinberg Dorico 3.5 Expands with Notational Capabilities and Workflow Customization

Due to current Kentucky guidelines, the Great American Brass Band Festival will be postponed until the weekend of September 11-12, 2020. The festival was initially postponed to July 24-25 due to COVID-19 from its original date in June. 

Read more: Great American Brass Band Festival Postponed Until September

Building on the long and storied history between Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), DSO musicians will work closely with Interlochen students this summer as part of Interlochen Online’s virtual Arts Camp, which will take place from June 28 to July 19, 2020.

Read more: Detroit Symphony Orchestra to Join Interlochen Online for Virtual Arts Camp

Forging ahead with new band titles from favorite veteran composers as well as talented newcomers, Excelcia Music Publishing introduces its 2020 Concert Band music, along with an innovative digital catalog for educators to use from home to listen, plan and select new music for when their ensembles can come back together.

Read more: Excelcia Music Publishing Shares Concert Band Music Release with Digital Catalog

Although Rovner Products’ production department has been idle since the end of March due to Governor Larry Hogan’s COVID-19 state mandate closing all non-essential businesses, in late April some of the company’s manufacturing equipment was redeployed.

Read more: Rovner Products Seeks To Relieve PPE Shortage In Maryland With Face Shield Donations

Leaders from two of the largest and most influential education organizations, the National Education Association and the National PTA, along with teachers and education support professionals, will join together on Thursday, May 14 at 10:30 a.m. ET to talk about the future of public schools.

Read more: Leaders of NEA, National PTA Announce Education-Centric Media Conference Call

On April 30, over 140 organizations across 31 countries came together with student-run organization YOUnison to host the first-ever “Worldwide Day of Gratitude. The day was spent giving thanks through the arts to honor all the heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic by posting unique renditions of Bill Wither’s iconic song “Lean on Me.”

Read more: Worldwide Day of Gratitude Showcases How the Arts Can Heal

In the interest of public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nashville Symphony has extended the suspension of all concert activity at Schermerhorn Symphony Center through July 3, 2020. 

Read more: Nashville Symphony Suspends All Concert Activity Through July 3; Community Concerts Series Cancelled

Carnegie Hall today announced that the annual summer residency with its three acclaimed national youth ensembles—the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), NYO2, and NYO Jazz—will move to an all-digital programming format this summer in light of the ongoing effects of COVID-19.

Read more: 2020 Summer Residency of Carnegie Hall's Three National Youth Ensembles Moves to All-Digital Format

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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