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20th Anniversary of the M. Balakirev Children's School of the Arts, Petrozavodsk

In November 2011 the Children School of Arts will celebrate 20th anniversary!  What kind of school is this school? It is the Children School of Arts.

Big, young and very creative, positive, endlessly energetic and cozy, this is the way the Children School of Arts.  It is not just an educational institution but also an institution that gives concerts and holds other events. During the whole academic year the School holds concerts, exhibitions, competitions, conferences and master classes, theatre performances, press clubs. 18 creative groups form the School are a kind of School’s “Visiting Card”.  These groups include the Brass Band (led by Mr. K. Kolessov), Folklore Groups “Veresok” (led by Ms. E. Potamoshneva) and “Skomoroshina” (led by O. Gabukova), the String Orchestra “Northern Light”, Choruses “Vdoknovenie” and “Podsnejnik”.

New and interesting initiatives have been implemented in School’s concerts and creative projects, including the Children’s Music & International Festival  ”Golden Keys” and the Youth Festival of Arts Movement “Vmeste! Together!”. These projects let people of arts share their experience and achievements.

The Children School of Arts has been involved in international cooperation for more than 10 years. Karelia is located close to Finland and this fact has facilitated studies of both countries’ cultures more deeply and shared experience between them. As an example, a first joint educational project was devoted to studies of pedagogical technologies and innovations and was held by the Children School of Arts from Petrozavodsk and Niinivaara School from Joensuu (Petrozavodsk). As a result pedagogical staff from each school has got new knowledge in the field of teaching process.

An individual approach to each child and the use of new technologies has made learning processes more bright and interesting. It is well known that children involved in Arts have better academic achievements; they are more adapted to modern life and open to new dialogues. Graduates from the school have continued their studies in High Educational Institutions of Arts; they have been awarded with Grand Prix at international festivals; they have become laureates and received grants at prestigious competitions. During 12 years Ms. Valentina Markova has been School’s Director.

Since 2011 the Children School of Arts has been  a member of the European Chamber Music Teachers’ Association.

A Gala concert devoted to 20th School’s anniversary was held 11 November 2011 in the Big Hall of the Petrozavodsk State Conservatorium. The list of Anniversary events can be found on the Children School’s webpage www.shkolaiskusstv.ru.