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The 94th season of the New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts (YPCs) will continue on Saturday, December 3, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. with “Classical,” the second program in this season’s series, The Ages of Music — each program exploring the sound, composers, and culture of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras, respectively.

Read more: New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts All-Mozart Program

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) announced that Thom Hannum, University of Massachusetts Associate Director of the Minutemen Marching Band and Director of the Marimba Band and Marimba Ensemble program, is the recipient of the 2016 George N. Parks Award for Leadership in Music Education. Thom will receive the award during the Opening Ceremony at the Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis on Saturday, November 12, 2016.

Read more: Director Thom Hannum Named Recipient of 2016 George N. Parks Award

Yamaha Band and Orchestral division announced it will be partnering with, an online nonprofit platform where teachers seek the resources their music students need most, to fund music education projects for the new school year.

Read more: Yamaha Partners with to Supply Music Essentials for Classrooms

Reinforcing its longstanding commitment to music education, Yamaha Corporation of America has launched the Yamaha Master Educator Program, an exciting new initiative that will provide inspiring professional development opportunities and artistic music collaborations for music educators at the local, state and national levels. 

Read more: Yamaha Master Educator Program Equips Music Directors

NY Philharmonic Young People’s Concert Photo: Michael DiVitoThe New York Philharmonic has launched Young People’s Concerts Play!, a new online learning platform making Young People’s Concerts (YPCs) — the Philharmonic’s signature concert series that introduces young audiences to musical topics through repertoire of all periods — available for on-demand streaming, enhanced by innovative interactive lessons for classrooms (grades 3–6). The first releases include YPCs focusing on Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, available for free at

Read more: New York Philharmonic Launches Young People’s Concerts Play!

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.

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!

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