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Carnegie Hall’s Musical Explorers program introduces students in grades K–2 to different cultures through music.

Read more: Carnegie Hall’s Musical Explorers Program

Emanuel Ax with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic  Photo: Chris LeeMusic Director Alan Gilbert will lead the New York Philharmonic in the World Premiere of HK Gruber’s Piano Concerto — a Philharmonic co-commission with the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic orchestras — with pianist Emanuel Ax as soloist; Weill’s Little Threepenny Music for Wind Orchestra; and Schubert’s Symphony No. 2. The performances will take place Thursday, January 5, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, January 6 at 8:00 p.m.; and Saturday, January 7 at 8:00 p.m.

Read more: New York Philharmonic Co-Commission of HK Gruber’s Piano Concerto with Emanuel Ax

Sphinx President and Artistic Director Afa S. Dworkin and student Joselyn Hernandez accepted the award on behalf of Sphinx Overture, which provides free violins and lessons to elementary students in Detroit and Flint, MI.Sphinx was honored with the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award at the White House. Sphinx's Overture program was one of 12 organizations nationally to receive this distinction from First Lady Michelle Obama and the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. 

Read more: First Lady Honors Sphinx at White House

NPR’s “From the Top” young musicians collaborate with eight vocalists, ten visual artists and one rapper. 

Read more: NPR’s “From the Top” Young Musicians and Artists Collaborate

BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons—expanding his commitment to Tanglewood—leads ten programs over four weeks, including the opening and closing BSO concerts—Mahler's Symphony No. 2 on July 7 and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, August 27—as well as the BSO's first full-length concert performance of Wagner's Das Rheingold, an unprecedented undertaking for the Festival, on July 15.

Read more: Tanglewood Announces 2017 Season

The NAMM Foundation is pleased to announce that it has recognized 60 college music students with the organization’s prestigious President’s Innovation Award. The annual award provides outstanding college music students exploring a career in music education, music business and/or music products a stipend to attend The 2017 NAMM Show, the annual global music products tradeshow held in Anaheim California, January 19-22, 2017.

Read more: The NAMM Foundation Announces The 2017 President’s Innovation Award Recipients

North Bridge Winds completed another "music education" tour with Paul Edmund-Davies, that visited; Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport, State College, and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; as well as Wilmington, Delaware, and Murray, Utah. The Mission Possible Tour partners included Robert M. Sides Music, Summerhays Music, Windworks Studio, and Warfield's Fine Flutes.

Read more: North Bridge Winds Completes Third Music Education Tour With Paul Edmund-Davies

 From left: John Wittmann, director, Artist Relations and Education, Yamaha; Legacy in Education Award winner Bret Kuhn; Rick Young, SVP, Yamaha; Legacy in Education Award winner Steve Houghton.Yamaha presented the company’s Legacy in Education Awards to Steve Houghton and Bret Kuhn during this week’s annual Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC16) being held in Indianapolis. The annual award recognizes distinguished Yamaha Artists and music educators for their extraordinary service to and impact on the field of music education.

Read more: Yamaha Honors Two Artist-Educators at PASIC 16 With Prestigious Legacy in Education Awards

Earlier this year, leading school music retailer, Music & Arts, opened nominations for its annual Music Educator of the Year award. Applications poured in from across the country, but after an extensive review, only 25 nominees were selected as semi-finalists for the 2016 honor.

Photo: Gordon Snyder from Kannapolis, N.C. received the 2015 Music Educator of the Year award.

Read more: Music & Arts Announces Semi-finalists for 2016 'Music Educator of the Year'

Iron Mountain Incorporated® Entertainment Services has renewed its continued support of L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs (Literacy, Arts, Culture, Education, and Recreation).

Read more: Iron Mountain Entertainment Services Supports L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs

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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