April 16, 2014 | Press Releases

Applications Now Being Accepted for AGBU Musical Armenia Program

Three New Custom Packages Introduced for Summer 2014

The AGBU Performing Arts Department is now accepting applications to its flagship summer initiative, the Musical Armenia Program (MAP). This year, MAP is introducing three new program packages and is encouraging international artists of all backgrounds, in addition to Armenian musicians, to participate. The deadline to apply is May 15, 2014.

MAP offers an exciting three-week cultural immersion experience and a comprehensive curriculum that connects aspiring and professional artists with Armenia’s rich musical heritage. While living in Yerevan, participants take master classes and specialized lectures, train and network with top musicians, perform at local venues, and attend concerts and festivals. They also tour the country, visiting historical landmarks and traveling to the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic on an optional trip.

Several past MAP participants have extended their stay in Armenia, taking advantage of the many opportunities the program presents. Violinist Wanes Moubayed is currently teaching at two music schools in Yerevan, collaborating with the Sistema Armenia Children’s Orchestra, and studying at the Komitas State Conservatory. Arni Guiragossian is also studying at the Komitas State Conservatory and plays the flute in the State Youth Orchestra. While violinist Arpi Dekrmenjian is enrolled at Yerevan State University, pianist/singer Berna Karagulian is leading tours at the Matenadaran Institute of Ancient Books.

Shaghig Amy Kazandjian, a native Canadian and MAP 2013 participant, landed a contract with the Yerevan State Opera and Ballet Orchestra after meeting its director at a MAP event. She comments, “Through MAP, I was able to explore Armenia and embrace my culture, history and identity in ways I never could have imagined. Being able to play the French horn with the orchestra is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I know I will look back on years from now as one of the highlights of my career—thanks to AGBU.”

In just three years since its launch, MAP has already expanded rapidly and in summer 2014 applicants may choose from three new customized packages. The Full Immersion package is open to students ages 18 and older, who live with peers in an AGBU residence and enroll in all MAP courses and activities. The MAP Academy is open to students ages 15 and older who secure their own housing and enjoy all the benefits of the Full Immersion package. The MAP Lecture Series package also welcomes participants 15 and older who secure their own housing and enroll in 12 lectures exclusively on the history of Armenian music.

MAP applicants must have training in composition or conducting or as instrumentalists or vocalists. The program dates are July 14-August 3, 2014 and the application to apply for financial aid is June 5, 2014.

The AGBU Performing Arts Department is happy to introduce prospective participants to MAP alumni to learn more about their experiences with the program. For more information, please email musicalarmenia@agbu.org or call (212) 319-6383 extension 106.

To apply today, please visit 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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