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The 66th Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition

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December 2-6, 2019 San Diego, CA International Congress on Acoustics
January 8-11, 2020 Cleveland, OH National Opera Association Annual Convention
January 10-14, 2020 New York, NY Arts Presenters Conference
January 16-19, 2020 Anaheim, CA National Association of Music Merchants Show
January 16-19, 2020 New York, NY Chamber Music America
January 21-23, 2020 New York, NY International Ticketing Association Annual Conference
February 5-7, 2020 Montreal, QC Conductors Guild Annual Conference
February 22-26, 2020 Denver, CO National Association for Campus Activities National Convention
February 26 - March 1, 2020 Norfolk, VA Music Library Association Annual Meeting
March 4-7, 2020 Orlando, FL American String Teachers Association National Conference
March 4-8, 2020 Biloxi, MS American Bandmasters Association Annual Convention
March 17-20, 2020 Dallas, TX American Choral Directors Association National Conference
March 21-25, 2020 Chicago, IL MTNA National Conference
April 1-4, 2020 Houston< TX US Institute for Theatre Technology Annual Conference
April 18-22, 2020 Las Vegas, NV National Association of Broadcasters Show
May 11-15, 2020 Chicago, IL International Congress on Acoustics
May 13-17, 2020 Seattle, WA Opera America
May 20-22, 2020 Hamilton, ON Orchestras Canada National Meeting
May 21-25, 2020 Minneapolis, MN Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference
May 25-28, 2020 Vienna, Austria Audio Engineering Society Convention
June 3-5, 2020 London, ON Canadian University Music Society Conference
June 4-6, 2020 Phoenix, AZ Theatre Communications Group National Conference
June 10-12, 2020 Twin City, MN League of American Orchestras Annual Conference
June 14-21, 2020 New York, NY International Computer Music Conference
June 17-20, 2020 Miami, FL Chorus America Conference
June 17-20, 2020 Denver, CO Dance/USA Annual Conference
June 21-24, 2020 Orlando, FL American Harp Society Conference
June 22-27, 2020 Indianapolis, IN Guitar Foundation of America Convention
June 23-27, 2020 Iowa City, IA International Double Reed Society Annual Conference
June 24-28, 2020 Reno/Lake Tahoe, NV ClarinetFest Conference 2020
June 26-28, 2020 Washington, DC Americans for the Arts Annual Convention
June 26-30, 2020 Knoxville, TN National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference
July 2020 Cleveland, OH League of Historic American Theaters Annual Conference
July 5-9, 2020 Atlanta, GA American Guild of Organists
July 12-16, 2020 Atlanta, GA The Hymn Society Annual Conference
July 26-29, 2020 Long Beach, CA International Association of Venue Managers Conference
July 29 - August 1, 2020 Orlando, FL Piano Technicians Guild Convention
August 6-9, 2020 Dallas, TX National Flute Association Conference
August 12-14, 2020 Riverside, CA Association of California Symphony Orchestras Conference
August 23-26, 2020 Seoul, South Korea InterNoise Conference 2020
August 28-30, 2020 Portsmouth, NH National Council of Acoustical Consultants Conference
August 31- September 3, 2020 San Diego, CA Western Arts Alliance Conference
September 9-12, 2020 Omaha, NE Arts Midwest Conference
October 12-15, 2020 Spokane, WA Arts Northwest Annual Conference
October 22-24, 2020 Miami, FL College Music Society National Conference
October 22-25, 2020 Ottawa, ON Society for Ethnomusicology Conference
November 5-8, 2020 Minneapolis, MN American Musicological Society Annual Conference
November 5-8, 2020 Minneapolis, MN Society for Music Theory Annual Meeting
November 9-14, 2020 Montreal, QC CINARS (International Exchange for the Performing Arts) 
November 18-21, 2020 New York, NY Conference for Community Arts Education 
November 20-24, 2020 Scottsdale, AZ National Association of Schools of Music Annual Meeting
June 11-13, 2021 Los Angeles, CA Americans for the Arts Annual Convention

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Edna LandauEdna Landau—doyenne of the music business, long-time managing director of IMG Artists and director of career development at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles—writes Ask Edna exclusively for MusicalAmerica.com to provide invaluable advice to music students and young professional artists. Read more about Edna’s impact on the performing arts.

Send your questions to Edna Landau at AskEdna@MusicalAmerica.com and she’ll answer through Ask Edna. Click the links below to read Edna’s recent columns on the critical aspects of launching and managing and professional music career.

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Edna believes young musicians can grow their own careers, with “hard work, blind faith, passion for the cause, incessant networking and a vision that refuse[s] to be tarnished by naysayers.”

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Musical America Names Salzburg Fest as Festival of the Year

October 15, 2019 | By Susan Elliott, Musical America

Celebrating its centennial next summer, the Salzburg Festival has been chosen Festival of the Year for the 2020 Musical America International Directory of the Performing Arts. Only once before has an institution, rather than an artist, been chosen for MA’s “Of the Year” honor, and that was in 2000, when Carnegie Hall was deemed “Concert Hall of the Century.”

Also to be recognized in December at the annual awards ceremony in Carnegie Hall are the Danish String Quartet, Ensemble of the Year; Sharon Isbin, Instrumentalist of the Year; Peter Mattei, Vocalist of the Year; and Joan Tower, Composer of the Year.

Each is the subject of a feature story in the annual Directory of the Performing Arts, set for December print publication, with much of it already posted on MusicalAmerica.com

Widely regarded as the preeminent arts festival in the world, the Salzburg Festival was launched in 1920 as "a project for freedom," in the words of Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler. Intended to bring hope and cultural stability to post WWI Europe, Festival Founders, she says in the Directory tribute article, sought to  combat "crises—the crisis of meaning and loss of values, the crisis of identity of the individual human being as well as entire nations."

The festival today comprises some 200 opera, concert, and drama performances, jam-packed into six weeks and 16 venues. Boasting performances by some of the top names in the field—Riccardo Muti, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Simon Rattle, Anna Netrebko, to name a few—it attracts thousands of guests every year, from 80 countries, half of them from outside of Europe.

Ensemble of the Year, the Danish String Quartet--Frederik Øland (violin); Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen (violin); Asbjørn Nørgaard (viola); Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin (cello)—made its debut in 2002 and by 2006 had been named Artist-in-Residence by Danish Radio. Its first recordings, of the Nielsen string quartets, garnered high praise from critics. Having demonstrated its special affinity for Scandinavian composers early on (and winning the Carl Nielsen Prize in 2011), the group has since broadened its repertoire and reputation, and this season embarks upon its greatest challenge to date, the complete Beethoven cycle, honoring the composer's 250th year. DSQ also plans to crisscross the U.S. as part of three different tours.

Sharon Isbin is the first guitarist to be named Musical America's Instrumentalist of the Year. Celebrating her virtuosity as a musician, the designation also recognizes her wide range of commissions for the instrument, adding to the repertoire works by John Corigliano, Lukas Foss, Tan Dun, Joan Tower, Aaron Jay Kernis, Ned Rorem, the late Christopher Rouse, among others. She is also the first guitarist to record as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, and her breadth of stylistic range is reflected in some of her performing and recording collaborators—Antonio Carlos Jobim, jazz guitarist Larry Coryell, folk singer Joan Baez, country fiddler Mark O'Connor, and rock guitarists Steve Vai and Steve Morse. She has also sought to bring her instrument to a wide public, writes Allan Kozinn in his tribute article, “updating the ways classical guitarists present themselves and their instrument."

Vocalist of the Year Swedish baritone Peter Mattei made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2002 singing the Count in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. A consistently solid and assured presence on stage, he is as adept at bringing out the comic side of that ineffectual lord of the manor as he is the arrogant side of Don Giovanni, the role that first brought him to international prominence. Other notable roles have included Amfortas in Parsifal, and his sexy if slightly dangerous characterization of Figaro in Rossini's The Barber of Seville. Opening two days after Christmas, Berg's Wozzeck, his tenth Met Opera role, will showcase his ability to find beauty while delving into the dark side. "The more you work with this music, the more beauty you find in it," he tells Heidi Waleson in her tribute piece.

Long before women composers grabbed the public by the lapels, Composer of the Year Joan Tower was busy working in the trenches, a pioneer in a oft-neglected field. In 1990, she became the first woman to receive the prestigious Grawemeyer Award, for Silver Ladders, and earlier this year the League of American Orchestras honored her with its Gold Baton award. Also a teacher and a pianist, she founded the Da Capo Chamber Players in 1969, among the very first contemporary music ensembles to gain any traction. She has been composer-in-residence with major ensembles, boasting a vast and varied list of commissions. One of them, Made in America, was performed in the early 2000s by more than 65 orchestras in all 50 states. Her six Fanfares for the Uncommon Woman have been performed worldwide by over 500 ensembles. 

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