Schools and districts across the country are invited to participate in the NAMM Foundation’s 2015 Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) survey. The BCME program applauds community efforts to provide high-quality music education for all students. Teachers, parents, school administrators, and board members can complete the updated and refined 2015 BCME survey now through Friday, January 30, 2015.

Read more: 2015 Best Communities for Music Education Survey Now Open

After eight wonderful years sharing inspiring and insightful stories of remarkable music educators in programs across the U.S. and seeking out the most relevant, practical, and useful editorial content I could possibly think of, I’m moving on. The next step in my career will take place at Longy School of Music of Bard College, a progressive conservatory in the Boston area that is actively rethinking how music education can be delivered on a global scale. I’ll be serving in a communications role there, so don’t hesitate to look me up and keep me informed about the wonderful activities that you and your programs are engaging in. Hopefully we’ll have an occasion to work together again soon.

Read more: Changing of the Guard

Berklee College of Music has teamed up with Avid® to utilize Pro Tools®music production software as the foundational digital audio workstation application for an accredited, non-profit, online music production bachelor degree program. Berklee Online is offering a 120-credit Bachelor of Professional Studies degree in two areas: music production and music business. A high level of collaboration between online music production students is central to this new degree program.

Read more: Berklee Online Partners with Avid for Bachelors Program

Longy School of Music launches innovative orchestra-based M.M. program in NYC

Longy School of Music of Bard College has announced the formation of a new training orchestra that provides a Master of Music degree, recently approved by the State of New York and designed to prepare students for the mounting challenges facing today’s orchestra players. The training orchestra, recruited from the finest postgraduate musicians, will offer advanced orchestral and leadership training and grant a Master of Music degree in Curatorial, Critical, and Performance Studies. All applicants accepted into the three-year degree program will receive a fellowship, which includes the full expense of tuition, as well as an annual stipend. Applications are now being accepted. The orchestra will begin performing during the 2015-16 academic year.

Read more: Introducing the NYC Training Orchestra

With the college marching band season in full swing, student musicians are once again delivering some spectacularly creative and well-executed performances. Here are a few recent performances worth checking out.  


OSU's tribute to classic rock from October 18th:


Read more: College Marching Season 2014

The music educators' conference comes to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, October 26-29

The NAfME 2014 National In-Service Conference will be taking place this upcoming weekend at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. The highlights of the conference will include performances by the Boston Brass and the U.S. Army Field Band and Chorus, and a keynote address delivered by musician and music advocate Ben Folds. 

The four-day event is also slated to include:

Read more: 2014 NAfME National In-Service Conference

Winners to receive free music from Alfred Music Publishing

This November, SBO is partnering with Alfred Music Publishing to give away new music from Alfred’s 2014-2015 catalog. During the week of November 17-21, 2014, music educators can visit or to enter the sweepstakes.

Read more: Pick Your Piece Sweepstakes

Tony Woodcock to leave the New England Conservatory in 2015

In the following letter addressed to the New England Conservatory's Board of Trustees on October 2, 2014, NEC president Tony Woodcock explains his decision to move on following the 2014-2015 academic year: 

Dear NEC Trustees,

I hope you have all had an opportunity to read my recent Board Update containing some exciting news about the achievements of our amazing students. This is becoming routine for us at NEC, but their successes never cease to amaze me.

Read more: NEC President to Step Down

President Stanley Romanstein steps down amid labor dispute

The Board of Directors of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) has announced that Stanley Romanstein, Ph.D., has resigned as president and CEO of the orchestra.

Following Dr. Romanstein’s decision, the Executive Committee of the ASO Board appointed Terry Neal, a current ASO Board member and a retired executive of The Coca-Cola Company, to serve as president of the ASO on an interim basis. Mr. Neal will manage the day-to-day operations of the Orchestra until a permanent replacement can be found. Dr. Romanstein will be available to the organization through the end of October to assure a smooth transition.

“I believe that my continued leadership of the ASO would be an impediment to our reaching a new labor agreement with the ASO’s musicians,” Dr. Romanstein said. The previous collective bargaining agreement between the ASO and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Players Association expired September 6.

Read more: Atlanta Symphony President Resigns

Emil Khudyev, winner of the first Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition, will be joining the staff at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy as a full time instructor of clarinet. Since winning the Vandoren Emerging Artist Classical Clarinet category, he has made appearances with The Cleveland Orchestra, Opera Naples Orchestra, and Pacific Symphony, as well as receiving the Gino B. Cioffi Memorial Prize at the Tanglewood Music Festival, where he was principal clarinet.

Read more: Emil Khuydev Joins Faculty of Interlochen Arts Academy

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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