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Photo: Robert Smith with the Sphinx Virtuosi. Credit: Brian Hatton PhotographyDuring the October 20 Sphinx Virtuosi performance at Carnegie Hall, the Sphinx Organization was thrilled to present Robert Smith with the first Sphinx Trailblazer Award, in recognition for his commitment to social justice and the arts. The award was presented by Aaron Dworkin, Dr. William H. Carson, and Afa S. Dworkin. 

Read more: Robert Smith Presented with Sphinx Trailblazer Award

:Philip Smith leading the NY Philharmonic  Brass and Percussion at the 2014  Holiday Brass concert   Photo: Jennifer TaylorThe New York Philharmonic’s 2016 holiday season presents classical and seasonal favorites, the return of a former Philharmonic Principal musician, and a milestone for Music Director Alan Gilbert in his farewell season.

Read more: The New York Philharmonic’s 2016 Holiday Season

Conn-Selmer announced the launch of newly designed, mobile-friendly websites for two historic brands—C.G. Conn and King. The new sites provide superior user experiences while highlighting a portfolio of products, videos, artists and manufacturing processes, and detailed histories of each respective brand.

Read more: Conn-Selmer Launches New C.G. Conn and King Websites

Things got pretty scary over the weekend as the Purdue All-American Marching Band's Halloween-inspired halftime spectacle spooked the crowd with their ghastly cast of characters at the Penn State vs. Purdue football game Saturday night.  The band morphed into Frankenstein stomping on the Ross-Ade Stadium field, a witch flying on her broom, a jack-o-lantern, and more.

Read more: Purdue AAMB Halloween Halftime Show Posted by Big Ten Network

On October 16, four insightful and talented young musicians shared the stage with the Handel and Haydn Society's Young Women's Chamber Choir for a delightfully live recording of NPR's From the Top with host Christopher O'Riley.

Read more: NPR's From the Top Podcast: Great Kids. Great Music. Listen to the Future.

Jiří Bĕlohlávek returns to the New York Philharmonic to lead Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, with Kun Woo Paik as soloist in his Philharmonic subscription debut; Dvořák’s Symphony No. 6; and Janáček’s House of the Dead Overture, Thursday, December 8, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, December 9 at 11:00 a.m.; and Saturday, December 10 at 8:00 p.m.

Read more: Jiří Bĕlohlávek to Return to New York Philharmonic

This month Manhattan School of Music (MSM) and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) launch their inaugural Conductors’ Project, a “podium partnership” that will see two recent MSM conducting graduates chosen as conducting fellows to work with DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin, the MSM Symphony Orchestra, and the DSO in a two-week, home-and-home educational exchange.

Read more: Manhattan School of Music and Detroit Symphony Orchestra Launch Inaugural Conductors’ Project

The New York Philharmonic, conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert, will pay special tribute to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he prepares to conclude his 10-year term at the helm of the world body at the end of December. The concert will also be an opportunity for a musical welcome to his successor, António Guterres, who will take office on January 1, 2017.

Read more: New York Philharmonic To Perform at the United Nations

St Louis Music announced that it will donate ten Austin brand guitars to the Great Circle “Starry Starry Night” Charity Event, which takes place in November at the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis.

Read more: St Louis Music to Sponsor Great Circle Charity Event

Hal Leonard has announced that effective immediately they have acquired Schaum Publications, the publisher of educational piano materials.

Read more: Hal Leonard Acquires Schaum Publications

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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