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National Center for Social Action through Music

Publicado por Prensa FundaMusical Bolívar.

The conservatory of the 21st century

One of maestro Abreu’s dreams is to change the conception of conservatories and traditional music schools; not only from a theoretical and organizational point of view, but also in terms of their mission and purpose. Hence, it has been of fundamental importance for El Sistema to plan and build appropriate facilities for bringing youth and children into contact with all art forms, and helping them to come into contact with national and international artists.
C	National Center for Social Action through Music

With that idea in mind was built the National Center for Social Action through Music (NCSAM), a modern and unique music and cultural center located in Caracas.

According to José Antonio Abreu, a key purpose at the NCSAM is to encourage children and youth to learn how to interact with each other through the arts. “A place characterized by the confluence of all the arts, using music as a connecting thread,” explained maestro Abreu.

Even though the main purpose of the NCSAM is to promote music and musicians internationally, it also aims at becoming a center for the cultural integration of Latin America.

The use of music to address social need is a top priority at the NCSAM, as well as the training of music educators for at-risk children.

Leonardo Méndez, trumpet played educated at El Sistema, is its current academic director and responsible, along with Maibel Troia, of planning the schedule of activities in which over 700 people participate every day (without taking into account those who attend the center on weekends).

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A joint effort


Una apuesta en común

The National Center for Social Action through Music was created by the System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras and Choirs of Venezuela and financed by the National Housing Institute of Venezuela and the Inter-American Development Bank for the purpose of promoting music, orchestras and virtuosi internationally; and developing music academic programs and training courses for orchestral conductors, performers and music experts.

Conceived as a university for specialized music education, the NCSAM has hosted the greatest number of academic and artistic exchanges in the Americas.

The NCSAM was also funded by the Ministry of People’s Power for Participation and Social Development; the Ministry of People’s Power for Finances; the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Centro de Arte la Estancia; Bancaribe; Banesco; diplomatic delegations from Austria, Germany and South Korea; Fundación Polar, and the Society of  Friends of the Simón Bolívar Music Foundation, among others.


Designer and builders of the NCSAM


The NCSAM was designed by the Venezuelan architect Tomás Lugo and built by engineer Otokar Kondrat along with engineer Aurelio Manzano and resident architect Marco Pitrelli.

Tomás Lugo graduated in architecture from the Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV).  He entered the competition to design the NCSAM with Jesús Sandoval and Dietrich Kunckel, and won it. Lugo has a wide experience designing art spaces. The Corp Banca Concert Hall, the auditorium of PDVSA Zulia, the theater of the Cículo Militar de Caracas, the auditorium of the Banco Central de Venezuela in Maracaibo, and the auditorium of PDVSACIED were designed by this talented Venezuelan architect. He also designed, along with D. Kunckel, the Teresa Carreño Cultural Complex.

Otokar Kondrat graduated from the UCV in 1959 and has designed and built aqueducts, roads, multi-family residential buildings, office buildings, shopping malls, passenger terminals and auditoriums. Kondrat served as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the UCV from 1975 to 1978.

 


Indoor spaces and works of art


El Centro puertas adentro

A work by kinetic Venezuelan artist Jesús Soto titled El gran virtual amarillo greets the visitors at the entrance of this 14,750 square-meter building made of reinforced concrete. The floor art on the ground floor titled Inducción cromática a doble frecuencia was designed by Carlos Cruz-Diez, a renowned exponent of Venezuelan kinetic art who also designed the tapestry covering the seats of the NCSAM’s Simón Bolívar Hall.

The National Center for Social Action through Music is an eleven-story building with music instruction areas, instrumental and choral rehearsal rooms, libraries, concert and theater halls, chamber music halls, an outdoor acoustic shell, recording rooms, music instruments workshops, changing rooms, cafés, and administrative offices.


Simón Bolívar Hall


Sala Simón Bolívar. Foto extraída del libro digital Venezuela en el cielo de los escenarios (Fundación Bancaribe, 2013)

With a seating capacity of 1,100, the Simón Bolívar Hall is where the top orchestras of El Sistema give their concerts. The hall has a modern lighting system and the stage consists of three electronically-controlled modular platforms that can be configured for an orchestra, for dance and for opera performances.

The Simón Bolívar Hall houses a pipe symphony organ which was especially designed and built by Orgelbau Klais for the Youth and Children’s Orchestras of Venezuela. It has 36 feet high and 42 feet wide and was donated by Fundación Polar.

The organ has three keyboards or manuals and a pedalboard, and 74 pipes made of alloys of tin, copper and zinc. It is the only one in Latin American specially designed for a concert hall.


Salas de conciertos y de ensayos


Concert halls and rehearsals rooms

There is a wide range of different rehearsal rooms: for a single musician and a professor (single rehearsal rooms); for two or three musicians and a professor (double rehearsal rooms); piano rehearsal rooms; section rehearsal rooms for strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussions; and many general rehearsal rooms, so each instrumental section has a space designed for its specific requirements.

The doors of the rooms are made ​​of heavy gauge steel with a reinforced internal structure and acoustic fibers of varied densities. Their rubber frames and double glass structure block sound transmission in both directions. Wall surfaces, floors and ceilings are soundproofed.

Fedora Alemán Hall

Sala Fedora Alemán

The chamber music hall of the Center for Social through Music was named after Fedora Alemán, a Venezuelan singer who has left a fundamental opera legacy.  Located on the first floor of the CSAM, the Fedora Alemán hall has opened its doors for soloists, and orchestral and chamber musicians. The hall has a seating capacity of 400.


Audiovisual National Center


The NCSAM is also home to the El Sistema’s National Audiovisual Center, which documents the daily activities held at the CSAM such as concerts, educational concerts, academic events, etc; as well as the concert tours by El Sistema’s ensembles and many other activities carried out by El Sistema in and out of Venezuela. The NAC has currently a catalogue of over 10,000 titles.

Contact information:

Address: Centro de Acción Social por la Música, Boulevard Amador Bendayán de Quebrada Honda, Los Caobos.

Telephone: (58) 212-5970511

 

Simón Bolívar Conservatory of Music

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Founded in 1975 for the purpose of advancing the academic education of El Sistema’s members, the Simón Bolívar Conservatory of Music (SBCM) operates under a concept different to that of the Venezuelan traditional conservatories: the collective practice of music is an essential part of its teaching program. Leer más

Latin-American Academies

Publicado por Prensa FundaMusical Bolívar.

Violonchelo

The Latin-American Violoncello Academy aims to provide comprehensive music education to those talented violoncello players from Venezuela and Latin-America who want to deepen the study of the violoncello.

The faculty of the Violoncello Academy is made up of artists with wide and valuable performing and teaching experience, whose methods – focused on the present and future of the Latin-American music and inspired by El Sistema’s three decades of achievements – combine experience, tradition, history and evolution in the art of playing the violoncello.

Faculty:

  • Director: William Molina.
  • Maestros: William Molina, Ana Ruth Bermúdez, Marek Gajzler, Andrés Herrera.
  • Professors: César Noguera, Horacio Contreras, Yury Rodríguez, Oswaldo Herrera, Haydeé Hernández, Alejandra Willinski, Rafael Jiménez, Walter Carbonara, Carlos Arias, Enn René Díaz, Leandro Bandres, Aimon Mata, María Gabriela Oropeza, Asdrubal Castillo, Luis Giménez, Rodolfo Echegaray, Israel garcía, Efreen Chirinos, José Meza, Carlos Cobos, Benito Liendo, Manuel Hernández.

Contact information:

  • Address: Avenida Lecuna, Residencias Parque Central, Edificio Mohedano, Piso 5, Apartamento 5 D, Urbanización El Conde, Distrito Capital, Caracas, Venezuela.
  • Telephones: (58) 212- 5746504 / (58) 212-5781318.
  • E-mail: alvioloncello@fundamusical.org.ve

Violin

The Latin-American Violin Academy was founded on September 16, 1991 by maestro José Antonio Abreu in order to consolidate in Venezuela and Latin-America the successful violin school program created by José Francisco Del Castillo.

Since its foundation, this Academy has organized competitions, festivals and summer courses of international renown in Caracas and the interior of the country; and has brought status and prestige to its violinists in Latin-America.

Internationally renowned violinists such as Aaron Rosana, Albert Markov, Ilia Seller, Yossi Zivoni, Roberto Valdez, Thomas Moore, Ivry Gitlis and Francesco Manara have been invited by the academy to teach special courses.

The Latin-American Violin Academy, directed by maestro José Francisco Del Castillo, serves 65 students who study under the guidance of three top professors . Many skilled violinists have graduated from the academy; many of them have continued their studies at renowned institutions, some others are working as professors in the conservatories and núcleos of El Sistema, and many others have joined Venezuela’s major orchestras.

Faculty:

  • Director: José Francisco Del Castillo
  • Professors: José Francisco Del Castillo, Sergio Celis, Mercedes Salazar, and Víctor Vivas.

Contact information:

  • Address: Avenida Bolívar, Torre Oeste, Parque Central, Piso 1, Sala 5, Distrito Capital, Caracas, Venezuela.
  • Telephone: (58) 212-5722409
  • E-mail: alviolin@fundamusical.org.ve

Trumpet

Commissioned by the Simón Bolívar Music Foundation, trumpet players Francisco Flores and Gaudy Sanchéz established in 2006 the Latin-American Trumpet Academy.

The academy serves over 100 students weekly from all around Venezuela, and aims at unifying pedagogical and artistic criteria regarding trumpet teaching at El Sistema. The faculty is made up of 12 members of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, and the visiting staff consists of maestros from Venezuela and abroad. All of them work under the direction of maestros Jairo Hernández and Alexander barrios.

The only entry requirement is to be a student at one of El Sistema’s educational centers.

  • Professors: Edwin González, Wilfrido Galarraga, Ricardo Osorio, Tomás Medina, Andrés González, Román Granda, Andrés Ascanio, Leafar Riobueno, Giancarlo Castro
  • Address: National Center for Social Action through Music
  • E-mail: altrompeta@fundamusical.org.ve

Piano

The Latin-American Piano Academy aims to provide comprehensive music education to those talented pianists from Venezuela and Latin-America who want to deepen the study of the piano.

The faculty of the Piano Academy is made up of artists with wide and valuable performing and teaching experience, whose methods – focused on the present and future of the Latin-American music and inspired by El Sistema’s three decades of achievements – combine experience, tradition, history and evolution in the art of playing the piano.

Flauta

Founded in 2004, the Latin-American Flute Academy aims to provide comprehensive music education to those talented flute players from Venezuela and Latin-America who want to deepen the study of the flute.

The faculty of the Flute Academy is made up of artists with wide and valuable performing and teaching experience, whose methods – focused on the present and future of the Latin-American music and inspired by El Sistema’s three decades of achievements – combine experience, tradition, history and evolution in the art of playing the flute.

Double Bass

The Latin-American Double Bass Academy aims to provide comprehensive music education to those talented double bass players from Venezuela and Latin-America who want to deepen the study of the double bass.

The faculty of the Double Bass Academy is made up of artists with wide and valuable performing and teaching experience, whose methods – focused on the present and future of the Latin-American music and inspired by El Sistema’s three decades of achievements – combine experience, tradition, history and evolution in the art of playing the violoncello.

Renowned Venezuelan double bassist, Edicson Ruiz, is a graduate of the Double Bass Academy and member of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Faculty:

  • Director: Félix Petit
  • Professors: Nora Arena, Andry González, Mylene Zambrano, Carlos Bazán y Luis Guillermo Pérez.

Contact Information

  • Address: Conservatorio de Música Simón Bolívar. Callejón Sanabria con Av. El Ejército, No. 5-03, El Paraíso, Caracas, Venezuela. Código postal 1020.
  • Telephones: (58) 212- 4827728 / 212- 4826731 / 212- 4827733.
  • E-mail: conservatoriosb@cantv.net

Clarinet

The Latin-American Clarinet Academy aims to provide comprehensive music education to those talented clarinet players from Venezuela and Latin-America who want to deepen the study of the clarinet.

The faculty of the Clarinet Academy is made up of artists with wide and valuable performing and teaching experience, whose methods – focused on the present and future of the Latin-American music and inspired by El Sistema’s three decades of achievements – combine experience, tradition, history and evolution in the art of playing the clarinet.

Lutherie Academic Center

Publicado por Prensa FundaMusical Bolívar.

The Lutherie Academic Center (LAC) was established in 1982 by the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras and Choirs of Venezuela with the aim of preparing professionals with the skills necessary to make, repair and maintain the symphonic and popular musical instruments used by its orchestras and ensembles.
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Montalbán Children’s Academic Center

Publicado por Prensa FundaMusical Bolívar.

The Montalbán Children’s Academic Center is one of the most innovative educational centers established by the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras and Choirs of Venezuela.
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