| Oct 26, 2016
Arquetopia Music Programs and Tremendous Growth in 2016
New Students in the Camerata, with Mr. Davis
Warmest greetings from Arquetopia Foundation in Puebla and Oaxaca, southern Mexico. It is because of you, our generous Global Giving donors, that our outstanding young music students have had a truly exceptional year of progress and growth.
Since our last report, we were privileged again to have our dear friend, esteemed clarinetist and music educator Jenny Wright-Tolen from Las Vegas, Nevada here for two memorable weeks during the late summer to work in classes and rehearsals with our music students, culminating in a well-received recital of La Camerata de Clarinetes Juvenil de México (The Youth Clarinet Camerata of Mexico), Arquetopia’s advanced performing ensemble of the top students of the studio, with Ms. Wright-Tolen as special guest artist. Pieces performed in the recital at Arquetopia Foundation include Symphony No. 25 in G minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, “Pavane for a Dead Princess” by Maurice Ravel, “Carmen Suite” by Georges Bizet featuring Ms. Tolen as soloist, “The Elf-King” by Franz Schubert featuring solos by all members of the ensemble, and “Lekho Neraneno,” a Jewish traditional featuring 16-year-old Ángel, the ensemble’s principal clarinetist. About the experience, Ángel, who makes a five-hour trip twice a month from Oaxaca to study music at Arquetopia in Puebla, said, “Working with Ms. Tolen was one of the highlights of this year. I learned a lot in a short amount of time. She was so much fun, I hope she will come back every summer.”
We are pleased to announce that having already been awarded Aquetopia’s Carlos Chávez Award for outstanding contribution to the arts, human rights, and international cultural exchange in Spring 2011, Ms. Tolen was named to the Board of Directors of Arquetopia for her consummate professionalism, longtime support, and hands-on participation in the programs and activities that benefit Arquetopia’s serious music students.
This fall, we offered another open-enrollment term and scholarship auditions in Puebla which enabled more serious but financially limited young students to access quality one-on-one instruction and ensemble training at little to no cost. From over 20 applications we received, we grew significantly as a studio after accepting several new students into the program including Raul, Erik, Daniel, Aranza, Karla, and Pablo. As with the rest of Arquetopia’s music students, these new students now receive intensive weekly individual instruction as well as the competitive opportunity to perform as full members of the Camerata. Currently, the ensemble is rehearsing to record several difficult pieces as a demo series in audio and video to debut its new members and advanced repertoire.
We will soon be opening an open-enrollment term in Oaxaca in order to provide these opportunities to even more students in southern Mexico.
With the donations we received via Global Giving since our last report, we were able to upgrade the lighting system in the music studio with movable LED fixtures to minimize energy use and eliminate eye strain. We purchased for the studio a much-needed stereo sound system for using the 15 new volumes of “Music Minus One” and Dowani/Hal Leonard Series Play-Along practice software programs we also purchased which provide orchestral and piano accompaniments to the students’ serious repertoire. We were able to have four student instruments beautifully fixed that direly needed serious repairs due to various problems such as cracks, deteriorated pads, and even broken keys. We were able to supply many accessories including good mouthpieces and high-quality reeds, chromatic tuners, metronomes, thumb support cushions, and maintenance supplies to the students who were also trained in an intensive workshop on the care and maintenance of their equipment. For each student, we were able to print and provide a 45-page volume created by our director Chris Davis of conservatory warm-ups, technical exercises, and important orchestral excerpts. We also obtained new method books and incidentals such as notebooks, pencils, and sturdy folders for each student.
For your continued support of our music programs and opportunities for dedicated but marginalized youth through your generous donations via Global Giving, thank you from all of us at Arquetopia, and have a marvelous autumn.
Raul in Individual Lesson with Mr. Davis
New Student Kits incl. Method Books, Software, CDs
Angel and Emmanuel in Rehearsal Session in Oaxaca
Arquetopia Music Studio w/Upgraded Lighting System
Students in Recital with Ms. Tolen and Mr. Davis