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The Jazz Education Network will present its 8th Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA, January 4 - 7, 2017, with world-class performers and presenters.  GRAMMY® Award-winning saxophonist/recording artist Kirk Whalum will be keynote speaker.

Read more: Jazz Education Network Presents it’s 8th Annual Conference and Concert

Audio-Technica System 10 Pro Digital Wireless components, as used by students at Nashville’s Hull Jackson Montessori Magnet School. Pictured are ATW-RC13 Rack-mount receiver chassis, ATW-RU13x2 receiver unit, ATW-T1002 handheld dynamic unidirectional microphone/transmitter and ATW-T1001 UniPak® transmitter with MT830cW lavalier microphone.The Hull Jackson Montessori Magnet School in north Nashville offers a theater arts programs and Disney has become a regular contributor of grants towards it, through the Disney Musicals In Our Schools program. Disney’s program provides performance rights, educational support materials, and guidance from teaching artists, specially trained by local educators and the Disney Theatrical Group (Nashville was the pilot city for the program, in 2010). Last year’s musical, The Little Mermaid, was one of the first productions to employ the newly acquired the System 10 Pro Digital Wireless Microphone system from Audio-Technica.

Read more: Audio-Technica System Helps Nashville’s Hull Jackson Montessori School

The New York Philharmonic Very Young People’s Concerts (VYPCs), for children ages 3 to 6, will begin its 12th season Monday, January 9, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday, January 15 at 12:30 and 3:00 p.m. at Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street.

Read more: NY Philharmonic Families Theme Begins with “Strings”

Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic performed a historic concert at the United Nations Wednesday, December 14, paying tribute to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the conclusion of his ten-year term and welcoming his successor, António Guterres.

Read more: Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic Perform at the United Nations

Cameron CarpenterVirtuoso American organist Cameron Carpenter makes his BSO subscription series debut in three performances Thursday, January 12-Saturday, January 14, joining the BSO and guest conductor Bramwell Tovey for performances of Terry Riley’s elaborate and wide-ranging 2014 organ concerto, At the Royal Majestic.

Read more: American Organist Cameron Carpenter Makes BSO Debut

National Endowment for the Arts chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $50,000 to Jazz at Lincoln Center to curate the Jazz & Popular Song Series. The Art Works category focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

Read more: Jazz at Lincoln Center to Receive $50,000 Grant from The National Endowment for the Arts

KHS America is proud to introduce the KHS America Academic Alliance, a program designed to support the Music Education Community by fostering the symbiotic relationship between School Music Programs, School Music Dealers, and the KHS portfolio of school music brands. 

Read more: KHS America Launches’ the Academic Alliance Program

Paulo Szot performing with the New York Philharmonic Photo: Chris LeeTony Award winner and Metropolitan Opera baritone Paulo Szot will join Music Director Alan Gilbert, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, and the New York Philharmonic for the Orchestra’s New Year’s Eve celebration, Saturday, December 31, 2016, at 8:00 p.m., an evening of American classics including music by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, Copland, and J. Strauss II. The concert will be telecast live nationally on Live From Lincoln Center on PBS stations. 

Read more: Baritone Paulo Szot To Join New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve Concert

Grammy Award-winning drummer Jack DeJohnette spent four days on Berklee’s campus this week giving clinics on drumming and performing and leading the panel Music, Health, and Healing, focused on the music he’s written for wellness and relaxation, and joined by practitioners from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Berklee’s Music Therapy Department.

Read more: Jack DeJohnette Spends Four Days on Berklee’s Campus

MakeMusic, Inc. announced the formal release of the new SmartMusic, a web-based redesign of the interactive music practice platform for music students and educators.

Read more: MakeMusic, Inc Announces the New SmartMusic Interactive Practice Platform

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