Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Carnegie Hall will present two performances of We Chose to Go to the Moon—a music and multimedia presentation that reignites the unforgettable moments of the historic mission—on Tuesday evening, July 16 and Saturday evening, July 20 in Zankel Hall, created and narrated by historian John Monsky.

Read more: 'We Chose To Go To The Moon' Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing This July at Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall today announced the names of the 80 young musicians selected from across the country for NYO2, a three-week, intensive summer orchestral training program for outstanding American instrumentalists ages 14 to 17.

Read more: Outstanding Teen Musicians Selected for NYO2 in Summer 2019

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) welcomes kids of all ages and their families for two events this month: a Tiny Tots performance by family folk duo Fox & Branch, and a Young People’s Family Concert presentation of the Classical Kids LIVE! production Beethoven Lives Upstairs.

Read more: Detroit Symphony Orchestra Plans Family-Friendly March Events

Enrico Lopez-Yañez has been named principal pops conductor of the Nashville Symphony. In his new position, which begins officially in September, Lopez-Yañez will play a key role in programming the FirstBank Pops Series, while also continuing to conduct Pops and Family Series performances, as well as select Movie Series concerts and special events.

Read more: Lopez-Yañez Named Principal Pops Conductor of the Nashville Symphony

In celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, conductor Marin Alsop will lead performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on five continents with nine acclaimed orchestras as part of “All Together: A Global Ode to Joy,” a far-reaching year-long project running from December 2019 to December 2020.

Read more: Marin Alsop Presents ‘All Together: A Global Ode to Joy’

This year, the International Music Education Summit, in partnership with SmartMusic is striving to help more worthy students participate in honor ensembles, regardless of costs.   

Read more: International Virtual Honor Ensembles Provide Unique Opportunity for Band and Orchestra Students

Conn-Selmer, in partnership with their authorized dealers, is now offering used instruments to their education network.

Read more: Used Instruments Now Available Through Authorized Dealers and Conn-Selmer

Educational music software company MusicFirst has announced that it has reached a new milestone of half a million unique paid users.

Read more: MusicFirst Reaches 500,000 Users Milestone

The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) have joined forces to create the JAS Academy Presented by Jazz Aspen Snowmass In Collaboration with Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. 

Read more: The Frost School of Music and Jazz Aspen Snowmass Join Forces

When Wenger Corporation got the call from a producer at “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” about participating in a music room makeover to help two local drummers at a Baltimore High School, they had to say yes.

Read more: Wenger and ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ Help Renovate Baltimore Music Room

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