Arquetopia provides structured, scholarship-based classical musical training to talented but marginalized youths in southern Mexico. The Clarinet Camerata of Mexico is a permanent, high-level and international cultural showcase that not only provides intensive, professional experience to serious and exceptional young musicians but also prepares them for university and conservatory scholarship auditions, orchestral auditions, and future career opportunities.
Mexico has a long musical tradition stifled by poverty and lack of investment in the arts and education. Thousands of talented and hardworking youths are marginalized, without access to serious music education in or outside of schools. Mexico is virtually invisible in the classical music world because the level of musical training and education in its state-sponsored institutions (which, for most, are the only option to study music) is so low, especially in Puebla, one of the poorest states.
Students involved receive continual music instruction at university Master's level, developing self-esteem and skills in communication; cooperation and teamwork; concentration; mathematics; setting and meeting goals; as well as increased likelihood of graduating from high school; educational and professional international connections in classical music; a broader understanding of local and extended culture(s) and cultures abroad; and a safe, inclusive, and productive outlet for their free time.
The success of this intensive educational program and The Camerata spreads to other fine musical organizations, raising the enrollment and talent level of university music programs. The series of free concerts held in various spaces ensures welcome access for thousands in Puebla regardless of financial status. It creates a sense of pride for Mexico, also bringing unique and positive recognition in the national and international classical music community to a country sorely underrepresented.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).