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Shires Partners with Southeast Trombone Symposium
    S.E. Shires has announced the release of a new recording featuring S.E. Shires artists. The recording, entitled Legacy, features players from the New York Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, and the university trombone professors who make up the faculty of the Southeast Trombone Symposium. The symposium, which will be held on June 22-27 at Columbus State University in Georgia, has become one of the largest and most successful trombone events in the United States. The new album is a snapshot of what happens at the symposium with music ranging from Debussy to Star Wars. S.E. Shires partners with the event by sponsoring the S.E. Shires Solo and Orchestra Excerpt competitions. The winner of each competition receives a new custom Shires Trombone. (

VanderCook College of Music Receives $2.5 Million for Performance Center
    Chicago’s VanderCook College of Music has received the largest donor gift in its history, courtesy of Keith Mardak, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Hal Leonard LLC in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The $2.5 million challenge gift requires the college to raise an equal amount from other donors, with all funds designated to help the college complete renovations of its performance center. The center, located on the college’s campus at the Illinois Institute of Technology, will be the college’s first dedicated performance space. The focus of the project is on renovating the Great Hall, which will be used for performances and events. Success is contingent upon the college meeting Mardak’s challenge.

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San Francisco Conservatory of Music Launches Channel on Apple Music
The San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) announced the launch of a new channel on Apple Music. The Conservatory will begin to publish playlists on a weekly basis, highlighting the commercial recordings of SFCM’s guest artists, faculty members, and other musicians within the SFCM community. SFCM faculty members will also create playlists pertaining to timely curricular focuses and concert planning at the institution, a reflection of the Conservatory’s recent initiative in bridging performance and classroom experiences through semester-long thematic programming. (

Paul Noble Granted First Publication Rights to Ralph Vaughan Williams Composition
A previously unpublished composition by British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams has been offered for its first publication to Paul Noble’s online publishing business,, by the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust and Oxford University press. The piece, originally scored for Military Band but offered in concert band as well, is entitled England’s Pleasant Land. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958) is one of the greatest British composers in recent memory, and is known by band directors for compositions such as English Folk Song Suite, Toccata Marziale, and Flourish for Wind Band.

Honors and Appointments and Other Music News
Buffet Crampon Appointment

    Buffet Crampon USA has announced the appointment of John Hadden to the newly created position of Brass Development Coordinator. His task will be to identify markets for growth of the company's six brass brands - Besson, B&S, Antoine Courtois Paris, Hans Hoyer, Melton Meinl Weston, and J. Scherzer. He will work the Buffet Crampon product specialists, performing artists, and dealers. His extensive musical background includes a BM in tuba performance from the University of South Florida and a Master's Degree in Music Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied with B&S artist Dan Perantoni. He has performed with such groups as the Sarasota Opera, Terra Haute Symphony, Florida Wind Band, and the First Brass of Sarasota. For more information on the ten brands distributed in North America by Buffet Crampon, visit

University of Michigan’s M-Prize Winner Announced


    After two days of semifinals and finals concerts at the University of Michigan, Russian Renaissance has won the $100,000 for the second annual chamber arts competition. Russian Renaissance, an ensemble from Moscow that presents “high caliber traditional folk music through a modern lens,” debuted in October 2015, performing with world-renowned director Emir Kusturica. As part of the grand prize package, Russian Renaissance will be included in upcoming season programming for Interlochen Presents and University of Florida Performing Arts. The announcement was made at Hill Auditorium after the grand prize gala competition, which also featured senior strings division winner, the Argus Quartet and senior winds division winner, the Donald Sinta Quartet. (

Conductor Thomas Wilkins Appointed to Jacobs School of Music Faculty
    Thomas Wilkins will be appointed professor of music in orchestral conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, pending approval of the Trustees of Indiana University. Wilkins' appointment will begin on August 1. Wilkins is recognized for his talent at communicating and connecting with audiences. Following his first season with the Boston Symphony, the Boston Globe named him among the “Best People and Ideas of 2011.” He also received the Outstanding Artist award at the 2014 Nebraska Governor’s Arts Awards for his contribution to music in the state. 

Cleveland Institute of Music Announcements
    The Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) announces the launch of the Cleveland Institute of Music Center for Innovative Musicianship. The Center for Innovative Musicianship will build on the Institutes’ reputation as a center for innovative musicianship, where professional preparation and expert mentorship serve as the trademark of CIM’s faculty. Launching and leading this effort is Joyce Griggs, who will serve as Vice President and inaugural Director.
    The Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) also announced that violinists Ilya Kaler and Olga Dubossarskaya Kaler will join the Institute’s String Faculty at the start of the 2018-19 academic year. Ilya Kaler will be teacher of violin at CIM. His career encompasses solo and chamber music performance, recording, and string pedagogy. Olga Kaler, who will also teach violin at CIM, has toured three continents as a soloist, chamber musician, and artist-teacher.

Yamaha Announced Winners of Young Performing Artists Competition
    Yamaha Artist Services Indianapolis, in conjunction with the Band & Orchestral division of Yamaha Corporation of America, has named the winners of the 2017 Yamaha Young Performing Artists (YYPA) Competition. Winners will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the YYPA Celebration Weekend where they will have the opportunity to play in front of thousands, and participate in workshops designed to launch a professional music career.
2017 YYPA Winners Include:
• Victor Hernandez Ramirez – Flute
He Zhang – Clarinet
Hannah Hickman – Classical Saxophone
Howard Dietz – Jazz Saxophone
Michelle Hembree – Horn
Altin Sencalar – Jazz Trombone
Cameron Leach – Concert Percussion
Stephen Morris – Drumset
Derek Louie – Cello
Nathan Ben-Yehuda – Piano

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