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2021 applications are now available for NYO-USANYO2, and NYO Jazz, each ensemble designed to nurture and showcase the talents of exceptional young American instrumentalists.

Read more: 2021 Applications Now Available for Carnegie Hall’s Three Acclaimed National Youth Ensembles

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) today announced recent hires to new administrative positions and the creation of a board-led Detroit Strategy Taskforce.

Read more: DSO Makes New Investments in Social Impact Programs, DEI Initiatives, Music Education

Alfred Music remains dedicated to supporting music educators by providing a broad range of content for all levels to assist with remote learning.

Read more: Alfred Music Offers New Downloadable Classroom Resources, Perfect for Remote Instruction

Berklee has named composer, producer, and sound designer Jeanine Cowen as interim assistant chair of the Film Scoring Department.

Read more: Cowen Named Interim Assistant Chair of Film Scoring at Berklee

Encouraging players to get off the sidelines and “get back in the game,” Hit Like A Girl (HLAG) has announced that its revamped and rescheduled Marching Percussion contest will open for entries on October 1, 2020.

Read more: Hit Like A Girl Announces Marching Percussion Contest

Excelcia Music Publishing’s new E-book subscription program provides music educators with digital online access to the publisher’s popular and flexible books, launching with its Adaptable Ensemble Series and Accessible Solo Repertoire books. For the price of a single year-long E-book subscription, educators obtain the ability to virtually distribute the books to all of their students.  

Read more: Excelcia Music Publishing Introduces Digital E-books With Virtual Distribution To Students

New England Conservatory’s Jazz Studies Department has hired renowned drummer, composer and educator Nasheet Waits to join the jazz faculty beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year.

Read more: Waits Joins NEC Jazz Studies Faculty

Chris French has joined the jj Babbitt Company’s team of professional craftsmen and women as director of engineering, according to an announcement by Steve Rorie, president.

Read more: French Joins jj Babbitt Co. as Director of Engineering

In addition to its recent release of instrument bell covers, Gator introduced new double-layered wind instrument face masks. The masks allow for full playability while greatly reducing the spread of aerosols. Gator’s instrument face masks pair with their instrument bell covers to help provide full protection for students and educators.  

Read more: Gator Releases Instrument Face Masks for School Band and Music Programs

Michael C. Mason, Ph.D., has been named Chair of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Department for Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

Read more: Mason Named Chair of Berklee’s Liberal Arts and Sciences Department

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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