Carnegie Hall has announced that Vartan Gregorian will receive the Carnegie Hall Medal of Excellence at a gala benefit on Monday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m. at The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom.

Read more: Vartan Gregorian to Receive Carnegie Hall's Medal of Excellence

Timeless Communication has announced that Lauren Byrge has joined the sales team.

Read more: Lauren Byrge Joins Timeless Sales Team

VanderCook College of Music has announced Alex Kaminsky as the new Director of Bands for their music education program.

Read more: VanderCook College Welcomes New Director of Bands Alex Kaminsky

Carnegie Hall has announced that the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) will return to the BBC Proms in London for the first time since the orchestra’s inaugural 2013 season, performing on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.

Read more: NYO-USA Announces Five-City European Tour

Berklee College of Music has named Philip Lima assistant chair of the Voice Department.

Read more: Berklee Names Lima Assistant Chair of Voice Department

David Robertson, director of conducting studies, will lead the Juilliard Orchestra, Juilliard pianist Tengku Irfan, and ondes martenot player Cynthia Millar in Messiaen’s rarely performed Turangalîla-Symphonie on Friday, May 3, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. in David Geffen Hall.

Read more: David Robertson Conducts the Juilliard Orchestra in Messiaen’s ‘Turangalîla-Symphone’

The MET Orchestra returns to Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage for a series of three concerts this May and June.

Read more: The MET Orchestra Returns to Carnegie Hall for Three Concerts

Benjamin Tweedt of Cincinnati, Ohio earned the Grand Bohemian Prize at the 5th annual American Jazz Pianist Competition (AJPC) held at Yamaha Artist Services in Manhattan.

Read more: Benjamin Tweedt Takes Home Grand Prize at 2019 American Jazz Pianist Competition

Yamaha-equipped ensembles made a strong showing at the 2019 Winter Guard International (WGI) Percussion and Winds World Championships, with nine awards going to groups exclusively using Yamaha marching instruments.

Read more: Yamaha Ensembles Win 9 Medals at 2019 Winter Guard International Championships

Berklee has named saxophonist Walter Smith III as chair of the Woodwind Department. Smith, a Berklee alumnus who recently released his fifth album as a leader, is widely recognized as an accomplished performer and composer, and an inspired educator.

Read more: Smith III Joins Berklee As Chair Of Woodwind Department

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