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  • NAMM Announces that Some “Believe in Music Week” Online Content is Still Available; In-Person Summer NAMM Set for July 15-17

    Frank Hammel | March 3, 2021NAMM announced that while its Believe in Music Week online portal has officially closed as of Feb. 28, some of  the educational and entertainment content lives on, and those interested in accessing on-demand articles and videos can do so by going to namm.org. NAMM is welcoming attendees in person at its next major event, Summer […] Read More...
  • New Philharmonic Presents Pianist Wael Farouk in Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos No. 1, 2 and 3

    Frank Hammel | March 2, 2021  GLEN ELLYN, Ill. – Internationally acclaimed pianist, Wael Farouk joins New Philharmonic, the professional orchestra in residence at the McAninch Arts Center (MAC), for “Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos.” This unprecedented concert program, conducted by Maestro Kirk Muspratt and recorded at the MAC’s Belushi Performance Hall stage, will premiere at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17, then […] Read More...
  • Michael Mayo, Theo Bleckmann, and Human Rights Campaign to Join DC Jazz Festival’s “OutLoud!” Event on March 11

    Frank Hammel | March 2, 2021WASHINGTON D.C. – DC Jazz Festival and the Embassies of Finland and Sweden in Washington, D.C. are hosting a panel on LGBTQI+ experiences in the music industry. We are excited to announce the addition of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRCF) as a collaborative partner, and international singer and Mack Avenue recording artist, Michael Mayo, and […] Read More...
  • In Memoriam: Laurie Austin

    Frank Hammel | March 1, 2021The RPMDA shared the following sad news recently about the passing of RPMDA past president Laurie Austin at her home in Portland, Oregon, on Feb. 22. She also served on the RPMDA board for many years. Read More...
  • Ten U.S. Schools Named ‘Yamaha Institutions of Excellence’

    Frank Hammel | March 1, 2021Yamaha has named 10 distinguished colleges and universities to its inaugural Yamaha Institution of Excellence program, recognizing extraordinary commitment to innovation in the study of music. Read More...
  • NAMM Foundation and Industry Leaders Announce Bernice Ash Memorial Award

    Frank Hammel | March 1, 2021Industry leaders Fred and Dinah Gretsch, Jerry Ash, and members of the Ash Family and The NAMM Foundation are announcing the creation of the Bernice Ash Memorial Award. Read More...
  • Applications To Perform or Present at JEN’s 13th Annual Conference Now Open

    Frank Hammel | February 28, 2021The Jazz Education Network (JEN) invites those who are interested in performing or presenting at the group’s 13th annual conference to apply. The conference is set for Jan. 5-8, 2022. Applications are being accepted in the following categories: PERFORMANCES School Community Professional CLINIC PRESENTATIONS Classroom Teaching / Education Composition / Arranging Technology Improvisation Instrument Technique […] Read More...
  • NEC presents “Grow Your Art” Music and Business Residency and Performance with Maria Schneider

    Frank Hammel | February 19, 2021Multi-Grammy Award-winning composer and bandleader Maria Schneider will work with NEC students through Grow Your Art, a collaborative music and business residency and performance series set for March 2, 3 & 4. Maria Schneider and the NEC Jazz Orchestra will also perform on March 10. Read More...
  • The Atlanta Music Project Presents Music of the African Diaspora Festival

    Frank Hammel | February 17, 2021The Atlanta Music Project’s virtual Music of the African Diaspora Festival takes place Feb. 25-28 on Facebook Live. The series of concerts kicks off Feb. 25 with The Next Generation: A Recital by the Young Musicians of the AMP Academy. Next up is Studio Sessions: An Evening with the Faculty of the Atlanta Music Project on Feb. 26. Then on Feb. 28, Songs of Solidarity: Chamber Music Ensembles of the Atlanta Music Project. All concerts start 7pm EST. Read More...
  • PracticeFirst and Excelcia Music Publishing Announce Collaboration

    Frank Hammel | February 17, 2021To provide their subscribers with a robust selection of educational content, music software company MusicFirst has entered into a new collaboration with educational music publisher, Excelcia Music Publishing. This joint effort allows MusicFirst customers who have subscribed to their performance assessment software, PracticeFirst, to access Excelcia Music Publishing’s concert band, orchestra and choral titles in the app at no additional cost. Read More...
  • 2021 DCJazzPrix Applications Now Being Accepted Through April 27

    Frank Hammel | February 16, 2021The DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) announced that applications can now be submitted for its annual international jazz band competition, DCJazzPrix. Bands must be comprised of 2-9 members. Each band member must be at least 18 years old, but not older than 45, as of April 1, 2021. The application deadline is before midnight EST on April 27, 2021. Potential applicants will find guidelines and submission requirements at www.dcjazzfest.org/dcjazzprix. Read More...
  • Wenger Corporation Announces Campaign to Thank Music Educators for their Efforts during Pandemic

    Frank Hammel | February 13, 2021Wenger Corporation announced a "thank you" campaign to recognize the creative efforts made by music educators to keep the music alive during the Covid-19 pandemic. Toward that end, Wenger is asking people to nominate an educator by March 12 to be highlighted and for a chance to win several prizes. Read More...
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