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[FAR Schools]: Octet Concert Series Ends 2015 on a High Note image

The talented students of Gyumri’s Octet Music School continue to perform throughout Armenia, with their most recent show held at the end of November at United World College (UWC) in Dilijan. The concert was part of a year-long series of performances dedicated to the centennial commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, which took Octet students to Gyumri, Echmiadzin, Charentsavan and Stepanavan, as well as Dsegh Village in Lori Province where the great Armenian poet and humanist Hovhannes Tumanyan was born. While the UWC concert was the final for 2015, Octet’s administration has decided to continue performances throughout 2016 as well. “Saying I liked the concert would be an understatement,” said Vivek Gandhi, a UWC math teacher from India. “It was absolutely amazing. I ...

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[FAR Schools]: FAR Support Opens New Horizons for Young Musicians of Armenia standard

Fourteen-year-old Katarina Bazeyan has loved singing since she was 8. Back then she would use her comb as a microphone and perform in front of the mirror, imagining herself as a famous pop star. Her parents decided to support their daughter’s passion and sent her to the Octet Music School in Gyumri. Katarina was among the students who would diligently study in cramped aluminum trailers – a temporary fix, which became permanent following the 1988 earthquake – until a group of generous musicians and donors helped to build a new two-story building for her and her classmates in 2013. The best thing students like Katarina can do to pay back the generosity of such donors is to study hard and ...

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[FAR Partnerships]: Building Connections that Last a Lifetime standard

This summer, a group of young adults from Armenian Church Youth Organization of America (ACYOA) had the opportunity to explore their homeland while giving back to the people of Armenia through the Armenia Service Program. Under the guidance of Der Abraham Malkhasyan and this year’s trip leader Deanna Cachoian-Schanz, the group traveled throughout Armenia and partnered up with FAR for the service portion of the program. The ASP participants volunteered at FAR’s Atinizian Soup Kitchen in Gyumri in what proved to be an incredibly rewarding and wonderful experience. According to Ms. Cachoian-Schanz, “The staff is lovely” and “participants felt rewarded in their work and interactions with the elderly there.” The participants also joined the construction effort in Gyumri’s Octet Music ...

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[FAR Schools]: Dozens of Instruments to Be Sent to Octet Music School standard

Canadian Tim Irving loves music. He also loves Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, which led him to support WhoCares – an initiative led by the lead singers of both of these groups to rebuild and refurbish the Octet Music School in Gyumri. The shipment of the dozens of instruments Irving collected is being carried out and covered by FAR. Gyumri will soon witness the opening of Octet’s brand-new school building, which is being constructed thanks to the concerted efforts of Mediamax, FAR and the Australian Do Something organization, which manages the WhoCares project. Click here to read the Mediamax article.

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[FAR Schools]: Despite Snow, Music Will Ring Soon standard

Since the construction commencement ceremony at the Octet Music School in Gyumri less than three months ago, the site has undergone extensive development. Even in the face of recent snowfall, dedicated workers from “Kanaka” OJSC have continued to work tirelessly to bring Gyumri a transformed cultural center. Thanks to the efforts of FAR benefactors Mr. and Mrs. Edward and Janet Mardigian, construction of the Music School is to be completed in June 2013. Please watch the video filmed just yesterday, December 11, to witness the construction process.

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