Conductor Speranza ScappucciNEW YORK --- The Metropolitan Opera and The Juilliard School Present a Concert Performance of Bellini's La Sonnambula in February 2016  Conducted by Speranza Scappucci. Featuring singers from the met opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development program and Juilliard's Marcus Institute for vocal arts with the Juilliard Orchestra

Read more: The Metropolitan Opera and The Juilliard School Present Bellini's La Sonnambula

About 780 fifth-graders will visit Missouri Western State University’s Potter Hall by the end of the week with one goal: to discover what musical instrument suits them best.

Read more: Fifth Graders Experiment with Music

For three decades, very determined young musicians and their leader have participated in a unique opportunity with the Utah Youth Orchestras.

Read more: Young Musicians Come Together for Opportunity of a Lifetime

School of MusicFor more than 15 years, hundreds of budding musicians have been perfecting every note and chord at the Northeast Iowa School of Music in Dubuque. Now some of those graduates are professional musicians.

Read more: Students Thrive at Northeast Iowa School of Music

Charleston Jazz FestivalCHARLESTON, SC – January 13, 2015 – The second annual Charleston Jazz Festival is approaching and the final day will shift its focus to our community’s youth music programs. The annual festival brings together hundreds of jazz lovers from across South Carolina for three days of jazz performances by award-winning artists. The festival will take place January 22 – 24, 2016, with events at multiple locations throughout downtown Charleston, including the Gaillard Performance Hall, the Sottile Theatre, Woolfe Street Playhouse, and Barsa Restaurant. However, this year the final day of the festival is devoted to our community and youth music programs with performances by The School of The Arts Jazz Band and debuting The Charleston All-Star Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Read more: The 2nd Annual Charleston Jazz Festival

Demarre McGill and Elizabeth KijowskiDallas Symphony Orchestra Flutist and Merit Music Alum Demarre Mcgill Comes Home to Inspire Chicago's Next Generation of Talented Musicians

Read more: DSO Flutist and Merit Music Alum Demarre Mcgill Comes Home to Chicago

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.  — January 8, 2016 — WorldStrides, the largest educational travel company in the United States and the leading experiential education provider, has acquired Explorica, Inc. of Boston, Ma.  Explorica is one of North America’s premier student travel companies, providing innovative international travel programs for more than 35,000 U.S. and Canadian middle and high school students annually.   The company is also a leader in domestic student trips for Canadian students through its Keating-Explorica division. 

Read more: WorldStrides and Explorica Join Forces

December 2015, Chicago, IL – The small West Texas town of Crosbyton has many student accomplishments to be proud of over the past several years. However, the band program had fallen on difficult times over the last 30 years, scoring 3's and 4's at contests and playing on very poor equipment. In two short years, the program has turned its fortunes around, crediting JUNO Reeds as a crucial part of this success.

Read more: Small Texas High School Credits JUNO As Crucial Part Of Program’s Turn Around

Each year, EdWeek takes a look at Curriculum Matters' most-read blog posts, and in 2015 it seems two major themes got readers clicking: common-core testing and math instruction.

Read more: Testing, Math, and Music: Top 10 Curriculum Matters Posts for 2015

Vandoren Artist Jon Manasse PerformsGRAMMY award winning composer Gordon Goodwin premiered his latest composition, The Single Step: Concerto for Piano and Clarinet, at the opening concert for the Cape Cod Symphony season. 

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