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This June and July, Carnegie Hall’s critically-acclaimed national youth jazz orchestra—NYO Jazz—returns for its third season of extraordinary music-making, highlighted by its first-ever tour to South Africa from June 24-July 7, 2020.

Read more: Carnegie Hall's National Youth Jazz Orchestra to Make Debut Tour to South Africa

Eleven exceptional musicians have been named the winners of the 2020 Yamaha Young Performing Artists (YYPA) Competition presented by Yamaha Corporation of America.

Read more: Eleven Young Musicians Named Winners of 2020 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition

Fans of The Nashville Symphony can celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday with special programming from Thursday to Sunday, February 20 to 23 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Read more: The Nashville Symphony Celebrates ‘Beethoven's Birthday Bash’ This Week

The Richmond Symphony has announced its eclectic lineup of programming for 2020 and 2021.

Read more: Richmond Symphony Announces 2020-2021 Season Programming

The CMA Foundation and The Music Man Foundation have added their voices and financial resources to the Arts Education Data Project — a research campaign that’s revolutionizing the understanding of, and increasing participation in, arts education in the United States.

Read more: Arts Education Data Project Accelerates from Partnerships with CMA Foundation and The Music Man...

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.

Read more: Six Renowned Conductors to Lead High School All-National Honor Ensembles

Over 40 school music programs across America have been recognized for their outstanding music advocacy initiatives as recipients of Music for All’s 2020 Advocacy in Action Awards.This year’s award winners are recognized online at

Read more: Music for All Advocacy in Action Award Winners Announced

Eric Hofbauer has been appointed chair of the Jazz and Contemporary Music Department at Longy School of Music of Bard College.

Read more: Hofbauer Appointed Chair of the Jazz and Contemporary Music Department at Longy School of Music of...

Universal Orlando Youth Programs now offer even more options to its STARS Performance Program workshop, Sound Design: Music and the Art of Foley, with the addition of Illumination’s “The Secret Life of Pets” and DreamWorks Animation’s “Trolls.”

Read more: Universal Orlando Resort Youth Programs Debuts Newly-Enhanced, Next-Level Performance Workshop

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will honor celebrated pianist André Watts and longtime orchestra supporter and cultural leader Chacona W. Baugh at the annual Arthur L. Johnson-Honorable Damon Jerome Keith Classical Roots Celebration. 

Read more: DSO Honors Watts and Baugh at Annual Classical Roots Celebration

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.

Click here to nominate a director 

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Do you have a story to tell about taking your school music groups on the road? SBO wants to hear about it!

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