In celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, conductor Marin Alsop will lead performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on five continents with nine acclaimed orchestras as part of “All Together: A Global Ode to Joy,” a far-reaching year-long project running from December 2019 to December 2020.

Read more: Marin Alsop Presents ‘All Together: A Global Ode to Joy’

This year, the International Music Education Summit, in partnership with SmartMusic is striving to help more worthy students participate in honor ensembles, regardless of costs.   

Read more: International Virtual Honor Ensembles Provide Unique Opportunity for Band and Orchestra Students

Conn-Selmer, in partnership with their authorized dealers, is now offering used instruments to their education network.

Read more: Used Instruments Now Available Through Authorized Dealers and Conn-Selmer

Educational music software company MusicFirst has announced that it has reached a new milestone of half a million unique paid users.

Read more: MusicFirst Reaches 500,000 Users Milestone

The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) have joined forces to create the JAS Academy Presented by Jazz Aspen Snowmass In Collaboration with Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. 

Read more: The Frost School of Music and Jazz Aspen Snowmass Join Forces

When Wenger Corporation got the call from a producer at “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” about participating in a music room makeover to help two local drummers at a Baltimore High School, they had to say yes.

Read more: Wenger and ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ Help Renovate Baltimore Music Room

Eleven musicians have been named the winners of the 2019 Yamaha Young Performing Artists (YYPA) Competition presented by the Band & Orchestral division of Yamaha Corporation of America. In addition to this year’s 11 winners, six individuals were awarded honorable mentions.

Read more: Eleven Outstanding Musicians Selected in 2019 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition

This year, six award-winning conductors will lead the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) premier All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) in Orlando, Florida. NAfME has announced the addition of a Modern Band ensemble to the ANHE program, and the Guitar Ensemble returns for its second year.

Read more: Renowned Conductors to Lead the 2019 NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles

TAMA has welcomed Mark Ford as a concert endorser and educational director for TAMA/Bergerault.

Read more: TAMA Welcomes Ford as Concert Endorser and Educational Director

The centerpiece of the 2019 Virginia International Tattoo will be a moving Salute to Women in the Military, taking place from April 25 to 28 at Scope Arena in Downtown Norfolk.

Read more: Virginia International Tattoo Announces Details for 2019

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