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Vandoren hosted more than 20 Vandoren Regional Artists (VRAs) this August at the 2016 VRA Summit in Chicago, IL.

Read more: Vandoren Holds Chicago Regional Artist Summit

MusicFirst announced the arrival of Music First Junior, a dynamic and easy-to-use online learning management system for teaching elementary music.

Read more: MusicFirst Junior

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) was named one of 21 organizations to receive a Library of Congress grant on Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS). Seventy-six organizations applied for the grant—including higher education and cultural institutions, school districts, and other educational organizations. For fiscal year 2017 the Library of Congress awarded NAfME a $112,527 grant.

Read more: NAfME Receives Library of Congress Grant

D’Addario Woodwinds announced the expansion of their Clinician Program to involve nine new countries, including Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxemburg, The Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden.

Read more: D’Addario Woodwinds Clinician Program Adds Nine European Countries to Curriculum

Music Director Riccardo Muti returns in September to lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) in two programs which open the Orchestra’s 2016/17 season (September 22-October 1).  

Read more: Music Director Riccardo Muti Opens
 Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 2016/17 Season

Through the successful merger with its new parent company, Eastman Music Company, S.E. Shires has developed a more affordable class of professional brass instruments, named “Q Series” after Eastman founder Qian Ni.

Read more: The “Q Series” from S.E. Shires Co.


A statewide network of arts leaders and advocates met to help insure student access to music and arts education in Indiana. Led by a steering committee made up of NAMM Chairman Mark Goff of Paige’s Music, Mike Kamphius, managing director, division of education services at Conn-Selmer, John Wittmann, manager of education and artist relations for Yamaha, Lane Velayo, executive director of the Indiana Music Educators Association and Matt Carter, vice president of destination development for Visit Indy, the newly formed Indiana Arts Education Network (IAEN) seeks to aid in the organization of arts advocacy efforts in the state. 

Read more: State Coalition Forms to Advance Arts Education in Indiana

D’Addario announced that SJC Custom Drums will now exclusively use Evans Drumheads on all their custom-made drum kits shipping from their factory.

Read more: Evans Drumheads Announces Exclusive OEM Partnership with SJC Custom Drums

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) releases its seventh recording with Music Director Riccardo Muti on its own CSO Resound label—Schoenberg: Kol Nidre and Shostakovich: Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti—in the United States via retail and online outlets on September 30, 2016. The new release becomes available internationally on October 7, 2016. The recording is also available now for advance orders on Amazon, iTunes and ArkivMusic.

Read more: CSO Releases New Recording by Riccardo Muti

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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