The Jerusalem Music Centre is an institute for musical education in Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Jerusalem. The centre offers programs, courses, and master classes. The centre also hosts musical events for the public, including concerts, workshops and seminars.
The Jerusalem Music Centre was established in 1973, by Isaac Stern and the Jerusalem Foundation. The Program for Excelling Young Violinists was established in 1980. The Excelling Musicians Program in the IDF, which allows young musicians to continue their studies during their military service, was established in 1985 together with the Jerusalem Music Centre.[clarification needed] The Jerusalem Quartet, Israel’s first professional chamber group, was formed under the auspices of the centre and other institutions in 1997. In 2000, the Jerusalem Music Centre and the Ministry of Education established a program for teaching string instruments in elementary schools in and around Jerusalem.
Programs for excelling young musicians
The programs for excelling young musicians are programs intended for children, focusing on children aged 14–18, and aim to enhance the musical education that the participants receive from other sources, such as private teachers or the local conservatory. These programs focus on playing chamber music.
In the beginning of every school year, participants form ensembles and meet regularly for rehearsals with coaches. Six to eight times a year, participants gather for an intensive weekend, which include special topical workshops, lectures by experts, and concerts in which the participants play in ensembles for each other and for their teachers. Twice a year, the participants take part in an intensive 3-week summer course, at end of which they form the Young Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra and perform in central halls in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Special programs include teaching string instruments in elementary schools, which introduces violin and cello to second- and third-grade students attending ten schools in and around Israel, and the Classical Arabic Music Ensemble, which comprises 10 musicians, Arabs and Jews, specializing in Arab and Mediterranean music.
Location and facilities
The centre houses a hall for lectures, concerts and lessons; smaller studios; and an audio and video recording studio. The Jerusalem Music Centre is part of the Mishkenot Sha’ananim complex in the neighborhood of Yemin Moshe in Jerusalem.
- The Jerusalem Music Center site
- The Jerusalem Music Center Archived 2010-12-27 at the Wayback Machine The Jerusalem Guide at JerCity.com. Retrieved 13 February 2011
- The Jerusalem Music Center Site of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 13 February 2011
- Jerusalem Foundation (2009), The Jerusalem Music Center - Annual Report 2009 (PDF), archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-26, retrieved 2010-04-26