Roger Boutry (February 27, 1932 – September 7, 2019) Pianist, composer, conductor and honorary president of the Garde Républicaine’s Wind Orchestra, Roger Boutry passed away last Saturday at 87 years of age. Besides his outstanding musicianship, he was a great mentor and an engaged pedagogue. Roger Boutry studied at the Paris Conservatory, beginning on 1944, where he would obtain several degrees: Theory (Class of Lucette Descaves), Piano (Class of Jean Doyen), Harmony (Class of Henri Challan), Chamber Music (Class of P. Pasquien), Accompaniment (Class of Nadia Boulanger), Counterpoint (Class of Noël Gallon), Orchestral Conducting (Class of Louis Fourestier) and Composition (Class [...]
The International Music Festival, on its 9th edition, is a very big and appreciated international musical event and meeting. During last years the participating groups came from all over the world: Spain, Finland, France, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Bulgaria, Portugal, Hungary, Germany, Switzerland, Scotland, England, Russia and United States.The most important events will be performed in the heart of Genoa town centre but there will be also concerts in resorts along Ligurian East and West Riviera. Click on the pdf link for more information. spot IX ENG
The National Band Association will be hosting the 2019 Young Composers/Conductors Mentor Project on June 17-21, 2019, in Washington, D.C. at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. Their hosts for the event, and ensemble-in-residence, will be the United States Air Force Band.Talented young composers and conductors can apply to be a part of this unique opportunity. Individuals selected to participate will work one-on-one with accomplished mentors throughout the week. Composer participants will have their music performed by the United States Air Force Band, while conducting participants will have the opportunity to conduct this outstanding ensemble.Conducting Mentors for the 2019 YCCMP will be Dr. Linda [...]
American composer Carolyn Bremer passed away very suddenly on September 2, 2018. She was well known for her piece "Early Light" but composed also for many other genres of music.
The Valencia City Council has been holding the International Wind Band Contest "City of Valencia", the most important such contest in the world, since the late nineteenth century. The purpose of the Contest is to promote and encourage musical activity as a fundamental part of their cultural heritage, maintaining this tradition, and to give Valencians access to a rich, diverse program of musical activities. This festival is now known worldwide and has just finished. See this year´s winners at: http://www.cibm-valencia.com/eng/I_Ganadores.aspx
The overall artistic management of the “World Music Contest” (WMC) in Kerkrade (NL) will, from the coming autumn, be in the hands of conductor Björn Bus. Henk Smit, currently a jury member, will take over the artistic direction of the marching and show contests and the concert contests for percussion ensembles. These appointments were confirmed unanimously by the WMC board of directors in the last week. Harrie Reumkens, responsible for the artistic direction of the WMC since 1987, will remain available part time as a consultant, while dedicating his time primarily to the documentation of the festival. ‘We are delighted [...]
British composer and conductor Oliver Knussen passed away aged 66. More information on https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jul/09/oliver-knussen-dies-aged-66-composer-conductor http://www.fabermusic.com/news/oliver-knussen-1952201809072018-1
Izola, from 19th to 25th August 2018 Summer band camp organized by the Association of Slovenian Wind Bands is almost a 40-year long tradition. In all these years, participants have had the opportunity to gain additional knowledge, to be educated by top-level foreign and Slovenian musicians and to playing in a band on a higher level. deadline for application: July 10, 2018 information sheet and application
The Artistic Planning Committee for the 2019 WASBE Conference invites submissions of proposals for presentations at the 18th Biennial Conference, which will be held in Buñol, Spain from the 10th to the 13st of July 2019. More information here.