Wenger Corporation took home three awards at the annual Worship Facilities Expo in Nashville, TN. Wenger’s groundbreaking Transcend Active Acoustic System won the award for Best Other Audio Product, while the Transform Motorized Acoustical Banner brought home two honors: Best Acoustical Treatment Product and the prestigious Best Overall Building Treatment award.

“The judging panel responded to the versatility of Transcend for spoken word and music. The system has very appealing qualities for churches,” said Jim Wagner, Managing Director of Worship Facilities Expo, adding, “The Transform Motorized Acoustical Banner could provide flexibility to a wide variety of church spaces. The judging panel was impressed with the versatility of applications and placement for churches.”

Read more: Wenger Transcend Active Acoustics and Transform Acoustical Banners Win Best Product Awards

Juilliard presents cellist Jay Campbell at Weill Recital Hall on Sunday, December 6, 2015, at 7:30pm as the winner of Juilliard's 4th annual Leo B. Ruiz Memorial Recital. The program features Elliott Carter's Figment I for cello alone (1994); David Fulmer's Original Wood (2015) with Juilliard alumnus, pianist Conor Hanick; the world premiere of Jason Eckardt's Practical Alchemy (2015); Matthias Pintscher's Janusgesicht (2001) with Juilliard alumnus, violist David Fulmer; and Charles Wuorinen's Orbicle of Jasp (1999) with pianist Conor Hanick. Mr. Campbell is currently in the Artist Diploma program at Juilliard where he studies with cellist Fred Sherry.

Read more: Cellist Jay Campbell Performs at Weill Recital Hall on December 6th, 2015

2015 GRAMMY Music Educator Award recipient Jared Cassedy of New Hampshire joined a lucky group of his high school music students in a world-class Disney Performing Arts workshop.

Read more: GRAMMY Educator of the Year from New Hampshire Wins Disney Performing Arts Workshop for Local...

Music instructor Emily Athman has 34 students in the high school orchestra class – so large they are too big for her classroom and the students set up in the lunch room, between meals. “We make the most of our time available,” said Athman. “The students set up the rehearsal space and then reset for lunch.”A grant program that was set up in remembrance of a local musician is now providing new musical opportunities for students at Corvallis High School and Middle School. The Corvallis orchestra program has received a generous grant from the Aaron Bolton Memorial fund.

Read more: Music Grant Provides New Instruments for Corvallis Students

Knoch HSMaking music has evolved. Musicians for centuries played with rhythms and melodies and scribbled on paper. Today, virtually anyone can formulate a song track with multiple instruments on a computer.

Read more: Knoch High School Students Use Tech To Make Music

Liam RobbinsSABIAN congratulates Liam Robbins of St. Johns, Newfoundland, winner of the 2015 SABIAN/PASIC Scholarship In his second year at Memorial University, the fluently-bilingual Liam has won a number of academic awards and is also a former Canada Games athlete.

Read more: Sabian Announces 2015 PASIC Scholarship Winner

Scott Lang, YamahaMusic advocacy group Be Part of the Music announced the launch of its program and web site, which aims to inspire one million new students to enroll in America’s public school music programs annually.

Read more: Be Part of the Music Aims to Enroll One Million New Students Annually in School Music Programs...

Toyota announced a new interactive festival activation and social media campaign to benefit VH1 Save The Music, a national organization committed to ensuring that music instruction is a core component to a complete education. Beginning at Lollapalooza on July 31 in Chicago, Toyota is slated to activate on-site at some of the nation’s most prominent festival destinations, engaging with festivalgoers and raising funds for VH1 Save The Music.

Read more: VH1 Save The Music and Toyota Partner in Support of Music Education

After 3 years of steady growth in the US, Nuvo has opened the doors of its new sales and distribution center in Boston, MA. “It’s been exciting to come to NAMM, win awards and meet new customers over the past 3 years,” said Max Clissold, Nuvo CEO, from his office in Hong Kong. “Now that we have a base in Boston we can reduce lead times, improve terms and offer our retail customers the back up they need to successfully bring our products to local schools.” Nuvo produces a range of innovative instruments designed with the young beginner in mind. By designing instruments that are lighter, more durable and more suitable for kids, Nuvo presents an opportunity to bring real band experience to Elementary and Middle Schools without blowing too much budget. “The idea is to capture the imagination of kids as early as possible with real instruments that are more suitable for a school environment and that don’t cost a lot at the outset or in long-term maintenance.” 

Read more: NUVO opens US Sales and Distribution Center

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