Photo Credit: Jesse Grant/GettyImages for NAMM 2016Carlsbad, CA– The music industry returns home to businesses worldwide with innovative ideas and products that will bring the power of music to the masses. Held January 21-24, NAMM welcomed a record number of exhibitors and registrants to Anaheim, CA. Hundreds of new-to-NAMM companies paired with an increase in global interest, and those quintessential “only at NAMM” moments made for what many NAMM members called the most exciting NAMM Show in the association’s 115-year history.

Read more: Music Industry Hits High Notes at 2016 NAMM Show

Monica Hugget (photo by Hiroshi Iwaya)NEW YORK - Violinist Monica Huggett leads Juilliard's period-instrument ensemble Juilliard415 in "The Prodigies: Music of Mendelssohn and Mozart" on Monday, February 8, 2016, at 7:30pm in Alice Tully Hall.

Read more: Violinist Monica Huggett Leads Juilliard's Period-Instrument Ensemble

Shai GolanChicago, IL – Vandoren has announced the winners of the 2016 Emerging Artist Competition.  The Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition (or VEA) is for clarinetists and saxophonists between the ages of 18 and 23 performing at the very highest technical and musical level.

Read more: Vandoren Announces 2016 Emerging Artist Competition Winners

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

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