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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

KRUTZ, Inc. in Kansas City has launched Global Strings Alliance, an online platform to unite and empower strings teachers, students, and parents with free, trusted resources, in response to the new reality of distance learning.

Read more: KRUTZ Introduces New Resource for Strings Teachers

The Eastman School of Music (of the University of Rochester) has created the Eastman Connects virtual concert series to bring their community together during this challenging time.

Read more: Eastman School of Music Launches ‘Eastman Connects’ Virtual Concert Series

Thirty-two new string orchestra pieces from favorite veteran composers as well as talented, up-and-coming composers make up Excelcia Music Publishing’s 2020 String Orchestra music release. 

Read more: Excelcia Music Publishing Forges Ahead with Digital Catalogue

While schools across the nation remain closed to slow the spread of COVID-19, the joyous sounds of music continue to ring out as districts and schools celebrate their recognition as "Best Communities for Music Education."

Read more: The NAMM Foundation Recognizes 754 School Districts and 148 Individual Schools in 21st Annual Best...

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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