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RESTON, VA (July 21, 2015)—On June 25 and 27, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) honored seven exemplary individuals this year’s Lowell Mason Fellows. This distinction is one of music education’s most important honors, and is designed to recognize the accomplishments of music educators, music education advocates, political leaders, industry professionals, and others who have contributed to music education in their unique way.

Read more: NAfME Honors Seven Distinguished Music Educators and Leaders as 2015 Lowell Mason Fellows

The College Music SocietyThe College Music Society is pleased to announce open calls for its 2016 National Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico, October 27–29, 2016.

Read more: 2016 National Conference Calls for Program Participation

NAfME announced that the U.S. Senate passed the bipartisan Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization proposal, the Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177).

Read more: Senate Passes Every Child Achieves Act, with Music and Arts as Core Subjects, in Tact

William ChristieJuilliard415 will welcome William Christie, David Hill, Nicholas McGegan and other esteemed conductors to lead the ensemble this fall. The first west coast tour for Juilliard415 will appear in Berkeley and Palo Alto, CA, as well as the Vancouver Academy of Music.

Read more: Juilliard415 Welcomes Esteemed Conductors for Fall Performances and Tours

Pablo Heras-Casado makes his debut appearance with the Juilliard Orchestra on November 12, 2015. (c) Felix Broede

Juilliard Orchestra has released details for its 2015-2016 Season. Shows witll include debuts from Pablo Heas Casada and Gianandrea Noseda, as well as performances from Alan Gilbert, Itzhak Perlman and guest conductors.

Read more: Juilliard Orchestra Announces 2015-16 Season

Music In Schools Today (MUST) announced the appointment of ABC-7 News Anchor Dan Ashley to Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Read more: Music In Schools Today Announces New Chairman of the Board of Directors

JFW logoJAZZed proudly announced the launch of, a comprehensive online database for jazz festivals located worldwide.

Read more: JAZZed Launches JazzFestivalsWorldwide Online Database

United Sound EuphoniumYamaha announced its sponsorship of United Sound, and will provide major support by integrating Special Education students into Band Programs via peer mentoring system.

Read more: Yamaha Becomes Major Sponsor of United Sound

The NAMM Foundation’s annual grant program represents one part of the Foundation’s annual multimillion-dollar reinvestment into scientific research, advocacy, philanthropic giving, and public service programs related to making musicThe NAMM Foundation announced a $600,000 investment in grant funding for organizations working to advance music education, interest and participaton around the world.

Read more: NAMM Foundation Grants $600,000 to Global Nonprofit Music Making and Music Education Programs

Frost School of Music at the University of MiamiUniversity of Miami Frost School of Music welcomes Dr. Aaron Tinddall to its faculty as its new professor of tuba and euphonium starting August 15th of this year.

Read more: Dr. Aaron Tindall Hired as New Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at University of Miami

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!

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