Community Happenings

To submit your community happenings announcement for consideration, please email details to [email protected] Please send information at least two weeks in advance of the event.


The Cunningham Piano Show – Exploring Life Between the Keys

“The Cunningham Piano Show” is a new weekly web TV show that features pianists of all ages and genres and explores “life between the keys”. Shot on location at Cunningham Piano in King of Prussia, PA, the show is a wonderful opportunity for local music teachers to provide greater exposure for their students and school music programs, and for the public at large to fall in love with music. The only prerequisite is that the piano be featured prominently, either in a solo or ensemble setting. View the CPS Press Release for more information.
New episodes can be viewed at
Season 1 will comprise of approximately 30 episodes. For information on auditions for season 2, please contact show host and producer Hugh Sung at [email protected].

Pittsburgh Chapter National Society of Arts and Letters Competition

It is the Year of Music for The National Society of Arts and Letters and the special discipline for 2018 is Woodwinds; oboe, clarinet and flute students can begin competing for these two prizes on March 10, 2018 at Pittsburgh CAPA.

The Pittsburgh Chapter of NSAL is the only chapter in Pennsylvania and our competition in March will enable its first place winner of $2,500.00 to compete in the National Competition in Chautauqua, New York in May for the $12,000.00 award. There are additional Pittsburgh awards of $1,500.00 and $750.00.

This society will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary next year in Washington, D.C. with a drama competition for young actors.

I am attaching all of the necessary materials for your perusal and very much hope you will be able to make this information available to Pennsylvania students so that they might apply to the Pittsburgh Chapter Competition in good time.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2018

2018 NSAL Pittsburgh Chapter Repertoire

2018 NSAL Pittsburgh Chapter Rules & Adjudication

2018 NSAL Pittsburgh Chapter Application


Penny Turner Young Artist Award

Created to provide recognition and support for female brass players age 12-18.

Deadline: March 1, 2018

For more information, see the Young Artist Award Flyer.


Young Musicians Invited to Apply for 2018 Caprio Competition 

Prizes for classical music students in NY, NJ and PA

 The Riverside Symphonia, based in Lambertville, NJ and celebrating its 28th season, invites young musicians to apply and audition for the 2018 Caprio Young Artists Competition. Classical music students (excluding keyboard) who live or study in New York, New Jersey or Pennsylvania and who will be no more than 22 years of age on May 19, 2018 are eligible to apply.  The application and audition deadline is Monday, March 5, 2018 and the live final event -open to the public – will take place on Sunday, May 20, 2018, 3:00pm at South Hunterdon Regional High School, Lambertville, NJ.  The Caprio competition provides a unique opportunity for young musicians to win cash prizes, perform with a professional orchestra and work with international conductor Mariusz Smolij, Music Director and Conductor of the Riverside Symphonia.  Over $32,000 has been awarded to outstanding musicians since the first competition in 1998. 

The Caprio Young Artists Competition honors the life and legacy of John-Michael Caprio, Founding Music Director and Conductor of the Riverside Symphonia. He was the director of music for the Archdiocese of New York and Choir Director at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, NY.  John-Michael shared his love of music with people of all ages, and his career is documented in the book Fifth Avenue Famous: The Extraordinary Story of Music at St. Patrick’s Cathedral by Salvatore Basile.

The following sponsors are recognized and appreciated for their leadership and commitment to support The Riverside Symphonia and the 2018 Caprio prizes: The Arts & Letters Foundation of New York, NY: $2000 First Prize; Provident Marketing, Inc of Bucks County, PA: $1000 Second Prize; and the Ruth and Hans Cahnmann Memorial Fund of New York, NY: $500 Third Prize. This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Learn more at:, or email: [email protected].


East Coast Band Conference

Join us at the 7th annual East Coast Band Conference (ECBC) on Saturday, March 10, 2018.  Starting at 9 am, hear historical band themed lectures and discussions such as the Robert Hoe band collection, playing march and dance music the Vandercook/Revelli way, and life and music of Paul Vranitsky (Paul Wranitzsky).  A unique rare treat, the ECBC also provides an open rehearsal featuring Carl Ziehrer’s Galop – Flirt, Isaak Dunayevsky’s Sports March-Song, and never played pieces by Philip Teperov.  Make sure to bring your instruments!  ECBC is free to the public at:
Ringgold Band Hall
3539-A Freemont Street
Laureldale, PA 19605. 

Check out our Facebook page or contact Joshua Long at [email protected] for more details.


GRAMMY Music Educator Award

Music teachers: you can advocate for music education in schools and potentially win a grant for you and your music program by applying for the GRAMMY Museum’s Music Educator Award. 

The Music Educator Award was created five years ago to recognize and celebrate the affirming role that
music teachers play in the lives of their students.

  • The award honors current, full-time music educators (kindergarten-college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in schools.
  • Winners receive a $10,000 honorarium, a matching grant for their school, and a trip to the GRAMMY Awards Telecast.
  • Nine finalists each receive a $1,000 honorarium and a matching grant for their school. 15 semifinalists receive a $500 honorarium with a matching grant for their school.
  • Please visit: to apply today!

For more information, please see the Program Summary.

Deadline to nominate: March 15, 2018
Deadline to complete application: March 30, 2018


Public Schools Invited to Join In for 4th Annual Teach Music Week

Philadelphia/PA – The 4th Annual Teach Music Week will be celebrated this year from March 19-25. Formerly known as Teach Music America, this annual week-long holiday invites musicians & music schools everywhere to offer a free lesson or class to new students (for kids and adults). In 2017, there were over 600 participating music school and retail locations in all 50 States and Canada. Anyone interested in learning to play an instrument is encouraged to seek out a participating music school or musician. Teach Music Week is held every year during the 3rd week of March to coincide with National “Music in Our Schools Month” (MiOSM). Beginning this year, Teach Music Week is also inviting public, private and charter schools to schedule activities that will encourage more students to sign up for band and chorus classes. Ideas being suggested include “Bring a Friend to Music Class” and “Invite a Friend to Band or Chorus Practice”.  

Vincent James, co-founder of Keep Music Alive states: “We all know that the biggest hurdle to doing something is often just getting started. With Teach Music Week, we are hoping to inspire a multitude of new musicians who will continue reaping the educational, therapeutic and social benefits of playing music long after the month of March is over.”

In addition to hundreds of independent music schools and retail stores, some of the largest chains in the nation will be participating with many of their locations, including Music & ArtsKindermusikMusic Together and the legendary School of Rock. For more information or to find participating locations please visit  or contact Vincent James at (610) 874-6312 or [email protected].

Keep Music Alive is national 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to promoting the value of music: educationally, therapeutically and overall making us a happier society. To support this mission, they founded two music holidays: Kids Music Day (1st Friday in October) and Teach Music Week (3rd week in March). Each year, the organization partners with hundreds of music school and retail locations to celebrate by offering free music lessons and holding numerous celebratory events including open houses, student music performances, community jams, instrument donation drives, instrument petting zoos and more. For more information, please visit


Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Ovation Award

Applications will be accepted beginning on Monday, February 19, 2018.

The application deadline is Friday, March 30, 2018.


American Orff-Schulwerk Association Call for Digital Posters

Digital Poster submissions are sought for the 2018 American Orff-Schulwerk Association Professional Development Conference. The submission deadline is April 1, 2018. Notification of acceptance will be made to the primary author by April 15, 2018. Details: AOSA Call for Digital Posters


Susquehanna Chorale to Perform in May

The award-winning Susquehanna Chorale will conclude its season with “Roots & Wings,” its spring concert series, on May 11 and 12, 2018.

The Susquehanna Chorale, founded in 1981 by Linda L. Tedford, is a nationally-recognized adult chamber ensemble of 35 singers, chosen by audition. It has been cited by critics and audiences alike for its “velvet” blend, its precision, versatility, and ability to communicate emotionally with its audiences.

The spring concerts, sponsored by University Music Service in Hershey, are on Friday, May 11 at Derry Presbyterian Church in Hershey, and Saturday, May 12 at the High Center on the campus of Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, both at 8 p.m.

For more information, see the Spring 18 Concert Press Release.


American Young Voices

Attention Philadelphia Choral/General Music Educators: American Young Voices is excited to announce that our program is expanding to your area! Our culminating concert will be on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 at the Liacouras Center at Temple University! Last week, we had nearly 15,000 students sing in our concerts in NJ, NY, MA, and VA, and now we’re expanding to the City of Brotherly Love! We support you as a music teacher to give your students an amazing performing opportunity, and together, we make music education matter on a massive scale!

Registration is open now!


Intrepid Air and Space Museum to Host Inaugural Veterans Day Choir

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, in partnership with Festivals of Music, will host the first-ever Veterans Day Honor Choir during its Veterans Day weekend celebrations, November 11 at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, located at Pier 86 (46th Street and 12th Avenue). The museum is currently looking for choirs to perform at museum during this event.

The event will bring together choirs selected from across the country, culminating in a massed Veterans Day Honor Choir of 250-300 singers performing aboard the legendary aircraft carrier, Intrepid. An evening performance open to the general public will focus on service and honoring veterans.

The guest conductor will be Dr. John Sinclair, past conductor for the annual Candlelight Processional at EPCOT at the Walt Disney World® Resort. He is the choral conductor and chair of the Music Department at Rollins College and artistic director and conductor of the renowned Bach Festival Society of Winter Park. He has also served as the conductor at the Berkshire Choral Festival.

The concert will also include a special performance by Voctave, a professional vocal ensemble based in Central Florida. Voctave consists primarily of current and former members of Voices of Liberty, who have regularly performed at the American Experience Pavilion at EPCOT at the Walt Disney World® Resort ( The concert will end in a combined performance by Voctave and the Veterans Day Honor Choir.

If you are interested in having your choir perform at the Intrepid Museum, please contact Festivals of Music at 1-800-305-7565 or email [email protected].

The choirs will work with the guest conductor throughout the weekend, rehearsing music they received in advance. The rehearsal schedule will allow for sightseeing apart from the event. Participants will have the opportunity to spend one morning in a leadership workshop with veterans of the armed forces. There will also be public events at the Intrepid Museum connected to Veterans Day, including the annual Veterans Day Ceremony.


  “Singing Equality Across America”

Given the social and political climate in America World Unity, Inc.’s campaign, “Singing Equality across America,” is needed now more than ever!  Two years ago we sponsored a national songwriting contest inviting singers songwriters across the country to write a song to help individuals become more self-aware and overcome their prejudices and biases. The winning song, “We All See the Stars,” by John Ciambriello was performed at the United Nations Sept. 26, 2015.  It was first performed in Massachusetts by 100 students from the Plymouth public schools and the South Shore Conservatory in a fundraising Concert for the African Children’s Choir.

We’re reaching out to the directors of Music and Fine Arts in school districts across the country to invites them to introduce our song to the teachers in all their schools. Imagine if all the students in your community, your state and the nation heard this song what could happen? 

 Video of song: This video is of 100 students performing the song in a concert at the Plymouth North HS April 2015. 

Register for a copy of the music sheet at:

Please consider:  While we are offering this free to everyone if you believe more children and communities across this nation needs to be exposed to this song we hope you’ll consider offering whatever donation you’d like to empower us to reach out to school districts, charters schools, colleges, universities, institutions and organization across the country.  No one right now is looking for a song to help us overcome our prejudices and biases  We’re offering this powerful song to help our nation and world value all people. Whatever donation you’d like to make is appreciated.  Thanks for your consideration.  You can just donate here.