Winner And Nine Finalists to Receive Cash Honorariums, with Generous Support and Resources Provided by the Grammy Foundation®'s Education Champions Converse, Disney Performing Arts, Ford Motor Company Fund, Journeys and Microsoft

Read more: Nominations Open for Third Annual Music Educator Award

Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program announces its deadlineThe applications deadline for YYPA is February 28th. 

The Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program (YYPA) was designed in 1988 to recognize outstanding young musicians from the world of classical, jazz and contemporary music. Hundreds of applicants, ages 18-22, apply annually and undergo a rigorous taped audition process for a panel of internationally acclaimed musicians.

Winners of the YYPA competition are invited to attend an all-expense paid weekend as part of the Music for All™ Summer Symposium. Through this experience, they receive a once-in-a-lifetime performance opportunity in front of thousands of students with national press coverage, are honored at an awards ceremony, receive a recording and photos of their live performance, and participate in professional workshops and clinics designed to launch a professional music career. The 2015 winners will join more than 200 other talented musicians who have earned the distinction since the program’s inception.

Read more: Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program Deadline on Feb. 28th

Emmanuel Villaume to conduct the Juilliard Orchestra

Emmanuel Villaume returns to conduct the Juilliard Orchestra on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 8 p.m. in Alice Tully Hall. The program features Stravinsky’s Feu d’artifice (Fireworks), Op. 4; Ravel’s La valse; Glazunov’s Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 82 with Juilliard violinist Lifan Zhu; and Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky (arr. Ravel).

Read more: Emmanuel Villaume Returns to Conduct the Juiliard Orchestra in Works by Stravinsky, Ravel,...

Huber SmithGrammy Honors Music Educators

A total of 10 music teachers from 10 cities across nine states have been announced as finalists for the second annual Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. In total, more than 7,000 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states.

Read more: Ten Music Teachers Finalists For Grammy Music Educator Award

Carmel Bach Festival and Monterey Museum of Art Celebrate Bach's 330th Birthday at

Carmel Bach Festival, an immersive festival of music and ideas celebrating the works, inspiration, and ongoing influence of J.S. Bach, and the Monterey Museum of Art (MMA) invite the Monterey Peninsula community to honor Bach's 330th birthday March 21 at MMA's La Mirada location. "Bach's Birthday Bash" celebrates the composer's ongoing influence in the arts with an evening of musical performances, food and drink, a raffle, door prizes and more.

Read more: Carmel Bach Festival and Monterey Museum of Art Celebrate Bach's 330th Birthday at March 21...

Belleville, Illinois residents William and Cynthia Shirley, winners of the Yamaha Silence is Golden contest winners, holding a SILENT Brass practice system for trumpet at the 2015 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, the largest musical instrument trade convention in North America. During their all-expenses paid, four day and five night stay, the couple also visited Disneyland Park and Disneyland California Adventure Park. Standing to their left, Roger Eaton, director of marketing, Yamaha Corporation of America, Band & Orchestral Division.Belleville, Illinois residents William and Cynthia Shirley, winners of the Yamaha Silence is Golden contest winners, holding a SILENT Brass practice system for trumpet at the 2015 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, the largest musical instrument trade convention in North America.

Read more: Illinois Couple Wins Trip to Disneyland

Julliard String QuartetThursday, February 5, 2015 at 8 p.m. in Alice Tully Hall

Presented as Part of Juilliard’s Daniel Saidenberg Faculty Recital Series

Read more: Julliard String Quartet Performs Quartets by Beethoven, Haydn, & Shulamit Ran

Dave Gerhart, Product Manager, Percussion Instruments - YamahaYamaha today announced the appointment of Dave Gerhart as product manager for the company’s Percussion Department, Band & Orchestral Division. He will report to Troy Wollwage, marketing manager, Percussion Instruments.

Read more: Yamaha Appoints Gerhart as Product Manager, Percussion Instruments

(Left to Right): Tabor Stamper, President of KHS America, awards Chauncey Kleveland $1,000 scholarshipSan Antonio, TX – January, 2015 – Tabor Stamper; President of  KHS America, awards Chauncey Kleveland with a $1,000 scholarship to help her pursue her dream of becoming a Music Educator. 

Read more: KHS America Awards a Future Music Educator with $1K Scholarship

David E. Smith Publications, LLC is pleased to make available the latest upgrade of their 2014 Catalog, and to announce the acquisition of “River Song Productions” to their company holdings, which includes “Majestic Music Publications” and “Psalm 150 Publications.” In addition they continue to be the exclusive distributor for: “Stockton Music Services,” “Ken Bauer Productions,” “Light Of The World Music,” and “Rich Heffler Music.”

Read more: DESPUB acquires River Song Productions

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