• Armenia
Subject Areas
Arts Music Performing Arts

Program Details

Program Type
Direct Enrollment
Jan 24, 2020
Mar 07, 2019
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About Program

AGBU's Musical Armenia Program (MAP) is a three-week summer initiative that connects aspiring and professional artists with Armenia’s rich musical heritage.

Since 2012, AGBU’s Musical Armenia Program (MAP) has been inviting musicians of all backgrounds, levels, and nationalities to come together and explore Armenia’s rich musical traditions. From folk to contemporary, liturgical to jazz, classical to blues - come explore the many faces, personalities, rhythms and notes of Armenian music through this one of a kind experience.

Get inspired by the unique flavor that is Armenian music through three weeks of masterclasses, lessons and lectures with prominent Armenian musicians and musicologists, cultural activities and concerts, and weekly excursions outside of the city. Discovering Armenia - its nature, its city life, its cuisine, its people - are as essential to understanding its music as the technique, musical history, and instruments that distinguish its heritage.

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Program Highlights

  • MAP is open to applicants of all nationalities and heritages
  • Each participant is paired with a teacher based on their level of musicianship and style
  • Your one-on-one lessons are tailor-made for you to help you improve as much as possible during our three-week program
  • Students can pursue more than one outlet, for example; piano and conducting
  • July 6th-26th 2020

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Once in a lifetime, eye-opening experience!

The AGBU Musical Armenia Program opened my eyes to Armenia's incredible people, landscapes, culture and music. This was my first time visiting Yerevan, and all I can say it was too short! I can't believe all the things there are to see and do, and the amazing opportunities, which MAP gave me a taste of, there are for professional musicians.

I spent three weeks at the AGBU dorms with other Armenian diaspora and non-Armenian youth participating in AGBU's various summer programs. The rooms were clean and spacious, had AC, same-day laundry service, breakfast, wifi... anything you'd need. I worked and studied with some of the best musicians Armenia has to offer, attended lectures on the history of Armenian music (the lectures included a simultaneous translator for those of us who don't speak Armenian or Russian!), got to perform and jam with the local musicians, and of course all the cultural tourism! We got to visit so many museums, attend numerous concerts and take day trips. Gyumri was definitely a highlight!

I would recommend this program to anyone who has a passion for music and is interested in deepening their knowledge on Armenian music and culture - whether you're Armenian or not!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
The food in Armenia is delicious. I will say that it's not the most 'unfamiliar', but rather all the familiar Armenian dishes I knew really did taste so much better in Armenia! The mante, lahmajun, the bread. However, I had never had sturgeon before, and when we went to Gyumri for the day, we had the freshest, most delicious sturgeon...
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