The Rafael Mendez Brass Institute

The Rafael Mendez Brass Institute is an intensive one week summer seminar that focuses on technical skills, chamber music performance, and careers in music. Our world-renowned brass faculty provide unparalleled opportunities to learn, perform, and collaborate with both peers and successful professional players.

We are able to offer substantial scholarships to individuals and preformed brass quintets, and would love to share this opportunity with the brass players of your community. We also offer a professional fellowship program for aspiring quintets looking to gain a competitive edge in performance expertise, as well as valuable business insights. We think this could be especially valuable for post college students looking to turn their school quintet into a successful and professional ensemble.

Deadline: June 1


2019 Claude T. Smith Memorial Band Composition Contest

The Lambda Chapter of Phi Beta Mu established a triennial composition contest in 1982 under the leadership of the well-known composer Claude T. Smith. The continuing purpose of the contest is to encoura ge young composers to write music for concert band at the grade III-IV level with standard instrumentation. The winner receives $5,000 and expenses to attend the Phi Beta Mu annual meeting in Osage Beach, MO, in January 2019. Composers must be 30 years of age or younger on or before January 1, 2019. The composition must be original and unpublished. The entry must include a full score (no parts) and high quality CD recording.
Deadline: August 1, 2018
Contact: Dr. Russell Coleman, Committee Chairman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

International Women’s Brass Conference

IWBC exists to educate, develop, support, and inspire all women brass musicians. For over 20 years, IWBC has successfully worked towards its mission by:
• Hosting seven international conferences
• Supporting outstanding musicians through the Susan Slaughter Solo Competition, many of whom have moved on to successful careers in the music field.
• Commissioning new pieces for brass
• Publishing NoteWorthy, the biannual newsletter of the IWBC

Maud Powell Society

The MPS has announced that the four-volume Maud Powell Favorites collection of Violin transcriptions, Brahms Concerto Cadenza, Music Analyses and Editions, and Music Dedicated to, Commissioned by or Associated with violinist Maud Powell is available to all SAI chapters, school libraries, and string teachers at a discounted price of $95.

Musical America Career Center

Musical America, the leading resource in the performing arts, has a Career Center offering a place to find jobs in the performing arts.  Set up a free job seeker account and search today!

The Music Teachers National Association

The Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) offers numerous composition, performance, and chamber music competitions, with age requirements ranging from elementary school through adult. Entrants must study with a MTNA member teacher or pay a non-member fee, as well as be a US citizen or hold a US Visa or resident card.