Excelcia Music Publishing Acquires Kendor Music

Michael Raine
August 2, 2022

Excelcia Music Publishing has announced its acquisition of prominent music publisher, Kendor Music. Kendor Music is a well-established publisher of educational editions for jazz ensemble, string orchestra, instrumental solo and ensembles, and text/method books. Excelcia Music Publishing says it will maintain the brand and continue to  publish editions throughout all of Kendor Music’s core educational product lines. Through this acquisition, Excelcia Music Publishing says it plans to expand and amplify the presence of – and access to – all that Kendor Music offers for the music education community. Kendor will continue to serve as the distributor for Doug Beach Music and Sammy Nestico Music.

Kendor Music President Craig Cornwall says, “the wonderful legacy of Kendor Music lies in publishing accessible and educationally-minded music, especially for Jazz Ensemble and String Orchestra.  Excelcia Music Publishing is the perfect fit to carry our music into the future.”  Cornwall, who took over the reins of Kendor Music from his father, Ramon Cornwall, continues, “from its inception, like Kendor Music, Excelcia Music Publishing was started by and focused on music educators.  I am extremely confident that our music, our composers, and our legacy will be in good hands with Larry and his team.  Their passion for print and desire to become the caretaker of the Kendor Music brand confirmed my confidence that passing the torch to Excelcia Music Publishing was the perfect move for the company.”

“We are thrilled to be adding Kendor Music, now Kendor Music Publishing, to our roster of exemplary publishing brands,” adds Excelcia Music Publishing President, Larry Clark. “As an established leader in jazz ensemble and string orchestra music, Kendor Music has a long history of publishing quality, educational and accessible pieces from highly-talented composers.  We are excited to carry that legacy forward and expand Kendor’s reach to more students, teachers, directors, and audiences.”

In addition to Kendor Music Publishing, Excelcia Music Publishing also owns Wingert-Jones Publications and RBC Publications. Excelcia Music Publishing will continue to publish, market, and sell each of the four brands separately to emphasize their unique offerings.

For more information, go to www.excelciamusic.com.

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Michael Raine

Michael Raine is the Editor-In-Chief at NWC, publisher of Canadian Musician, Professional Sound, Professional Lighting & Production, and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Podcast. Michael has extensively covered nearly all aspects of the Canadian music business, as well as the pro audio, musical products, and the lighting and production industries.