HORNS TO HAVANA

 

PARTNER MUSIC SCHOOLS IN HAVANA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSERVATORIO AMADEO ROLDÁN

Founded in 1903, the Amadeo Roldán Music Conservatory is a prestigious music high school in Cuba. It is located within a beautiful neoclassical building in Centro Habana and has been led by great Cuban musicians and educators including Roldán, Guillermo Tomás, Gonzalo Roig and Diego Bonilla. The Conservatory has educated and shaped some of the most significant international Cuban composers and performers including Bebo Valdés, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Leo Brower, Ernán López-Nussa, and Harold Lopez-Nussa. Horns to Havana has worked closely with Amadeo Roldán since 2010. We have sponsored scholarships to study in the U.S. and have brought student musicians from the school to New York City, New Orleans and the San Francisco Bay Area for residencies and Jazz Amistad exchanges with major U.S. performing arts organizations. We have donated more than 100 instruments to the school and have sponsored the professional development of the jazz conductors at the school. In addition, Horns to Havana has sponsored visits and residencies by U.S. professional jazz musicians that have contributed to the creation and development of the school’s jazz band. Several former members of the jazz band recently graduated and now are serving the school as teachers, which helps build the school’s jazz legacy. Working closely with Horns to Havana, Amadeo Roldán  is developing a jazz studies curriculum, which will be shared with other music schools throughout Cuba.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ESCUELA ELEMENTAL DE ARTE ALEJANDRO GARCIÁ CATURLA

Located in Marianao, west of Havana, this school, founded in 1968, educates about 250 elementary students in music each year. Many talented Cuban musicians began their studies in this school. Horns to Havana has donated supplies and musical instruments and has helped repair hundreds of instruments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ESCUELA NACIONAL DE MÚSICA (ENM) EN LA ESCUELA NACIONAL DE LAS ARTES (ENA)

Opened in 1962, The National School of the Arts (La ENA) is the flagship center of artistic education and has five specialties: ballet, music, theater, dance and fine arts. Students come from all regions of the country and are admitted after passing rigorous tests.

The music school, the National School of Music (La ENM), oversees the learning of more than 400 high school level students who study more than twenty instruments with prestigious instructors. World-renowned graduates include Arturo Sandoval, José Luis Cortés, X Alfonso, Victor Rodríguez and Orlando Valle "Maraca".

Horns to Havana works closely with La ENM to bring U.S. jazz educators to lead residencies, which has resulted in the creation of the school's jazz band. Through our sponsorship and production, the band traveled to New York City twice for Jazz Amistad exchanges with our ongoing partner Jazz at Lincoln Center. The band performed for the public at the prestigious Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola and as the invited guest at the yearly Essentially Ellington Festival, an esteemed annual high school band competition.

And like our other partner music schools, La ENM and its students benefit from our scholarship program, our instrument donation program and the repair work of our instrument repair workshop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ESCUELA ELEMENTAL PAULITA CONCEPCIÓN

Elementary level school founded in 1981 for the study of dance, plastic arts and music, which after several years, only remained as a music school.

With an enrollment of around 200 students, it teaches young musicians who later continue their studies in the Amadeo Roldán or Guillermo Tomás Conservatories, and the National School of Music, depending on their performance levels.

H2H has contributed to this school by donating supplies and musical instruments, as well as facilitating the repair of hundreds of instruments that were broken or defective in their inventory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSERVATORIO GUILLERMO TOMÁS BOUFFARTIGUE

The conservatory which is located in Guanabacoa, teaches musical performance to over 280 elementary students on more than 20 types of instruments. An average of 40 students graduate each year. Many continue their musical studies to become professional musicians and/or instructors.

The school benefits from the donation and repair of instruments by Horns to Havana and from the visits we sponsor by U.S. jazz musicians.

In 2017 the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory will work with Horns to Havana and the conservatory to create the Guillermo Tomás Conservatory Jazz Band, with the intention of deepening the study of jazz as a core genre. Jorge Sergio Ramírez, a former member of the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory Jazz Band, will lead the effort.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ESCUELA ELEMENTAL DE MÚSICA MANUEL SAUMELL

The Manuel Saumell Elementary music school, built in 1925 and located in Vedado is named for the well-known Cuban pianist. The school instructs elementary students on a seven-year or a five-year track. Celebrated graduates include Gonzalo Rubalcaba, X Alfonso, Aldo López-Gavilán, and Harold López-Nussa. Horns to Havana has had a long, close relationship with the school and has helped repair hundreds of musical instruments and donates supplies and musical instruments ongoing.