May 29, 2013 | Press Releases

AGBU’s Musical Armenia Program in Yerevan Welcomes Applications for its Second Summer Session

The Musical Armenia Program is still receiving applications for its three-week summer program in Yerevan, Armenia, from July 15th to August 4th.

Following a successful debut last summer, MAP offers master classes and lessons in the applicant’s field of study. There will be classes for Western classical and Armenian traditional instruments as well as voice, conducting and composition taught by well-known musicians.

The program will also offer specialized lectures on the history of Armenian music throughout different periods and across genres –medieval, minstrel, classical, Soviet, contemporary, jazz– and the ancient music notational system, khaz, which was one of the main topics of interest of the preeminent master of Armenian music, Komitas. Social activities, sightseeing and excursions, including visits to historic landmarks, will complete the experience.

Whether their passions lie in singing, the piano or string instruments, MAP participants enhance each of their talents during the trip. The musicians attend concerts, lectures and classes with experts, visit local institutions such as the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory and Sayat Nova Music School, as well as museums, including Aram Khachaturyan’s and Alexander Spendiaryan’s. 

The participants of MAP conclude their three-week stay in the homeland by performing side by side with their peers and teachers at the program’s gala concert.

Last summer, while attending AGBU’s Musical Armenia program, pianist Shoushy Nakashian and violinist David Melkonian were also invited to participate in the celebrated “Im Hayasdan” (“My Armenia”) festival of Armenian Performing Arts, held under the patronage of the Diaspora Ministry.

“My experience in Armenia as part of MAP last summer was truly unforgettable and provided me with many exciting opportunities,” said percussionist and composer Joseph Bohigian, who joined MAP’s first course last year. “Being able to study and perform my own music in Armenia and learn about the country’s wealth of musical culture has greatly expanded my approach to writing and playing music. In addition, I made many friends with whom I explored the country and hope to return in the future.”

The AGBU Musical Armenia Program is open to applicants ages 18 and up who have training in vocal, instrumental (piano, violin, cello, duduk, percussion, horn, guitar, etc.), conducting or composition studies.

The deadline for applications has now been extended until June 15, 2013. For more details and an application form, please visit http://www.agbu.org/musicalarmenia/

The Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) is the world’s largest non-profit organization devoted to upholding the Armenian heritage through educational, cultural and humanitarian programs. Each year, AGBU is committed to making a difference in the lives of 500,000 people across Armenia, Artsakh and the Armenian diaspora. Since 1906, AGBU has remained true to one overarching goal: to create a foundation for the prosperity of all Armenians.

To learn more visit www.agbu.org.

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