MCAST, Jo­hann Strauss School of Music and Malta Phil­har­monic Orches­tra Academy to col­lab­o­rate

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MCAST, the Jo­hann Strauss School of Music and the Malta Phil­har­monic Orches­tra Academy yes­ter­day signed a col­lab­o­ra­tive agree­ment which will pro­vide an ac­ces­si­ble, long-term ed­u­ca­tional path­way for young mu­si­cians so that they may have the op­por­tu­nity to be­come pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians.

The Me­moran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing was signed at MCAST Main Cam­pus yes­ter­day in the pres­ence of Min­is­ters Evarist Bar­tolo and Owen Bon­nici.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the par­ties will con­tinue to strengthen and de­velop the pro­vi­sion of music ed­u­ca­tion on the Mal­tese Is­lands be­tween MCAST, the Jo­hann Strauss School of Music and Malta Phil­har­monic Orches­tra Academy in or­der to en­sure a sense of con­ti­nu­ity from the early years of music mak­ing to the music pro­fes­sional world in music per­for­mance, music ed­u­ca­tion and tech­ni­cal fields. The three en­ti­ties will li­aise with each other so that all par­ties will con­trib­ute and young mu­si­cians will gain to the max­i­mum.

Min­is­ter for Jus­tice, Cul­ture and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Owen Bon­nici con­grat­u­lated MCAST, Jo­hann Strauss School of Music and the Malta Phil­har­monic orches­tra academy on the im­por­tant col­lab­o­ra­tion for the arts sec­tor in Malta. Dr Bon­nici em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of hav­ing pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians in our coun­try, cre­at­ing a sus­tain­able arts and cul­tural sec­tor. This col­lab­o­ra­tion, he said, will en­sure that Mal­tese tal­ent is cul­ti­vated and de­vel­oped, re­duc­ing the need of im­port­ing for­eign mu­si­cians.

Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion and Em­ploy­ment Evarist Bar­tolo noted how the sign­ing marks a very special mo­ment for the fu­ture of Malta’s music ed­u­ca­tion. This col- lab­o­ra­tive agree­ment, be­tween th­ese three en­ti­ties, is the first step to­wards a long-term ed­u­ca­tional path­way for Malta’s young mu­si­cians. A path­way which we hope will en­cour­age and mo­ti­vate young mu­si­cians on their long ca­reer to­wards be­com­ing pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians.

Dr Sil­vio De Bono, Pres­i­dent of the MCAST Board of Gov­er­nors, wel­comed the ini­tia­tive and stated “MCAST is proud to con­trib­ute by pro­vid­ing pro­fes­sional op­por­tu­ni­ties for Malta’s up-and­com­ing young clas­si­cal mu­si­cians. We be­lieve that the emerg­ing mu­si­cians who come into our pro­gram de­serve the very best chance to suc­ceed and we are com­mit­ted to mak­ing this suc­cess a re­al­ity. With this col­lab­o­ra­tion we are show­ing our unerring ded­i­ca­tion to artist de­vel­op­ment and be­lieve that the pro­gram will con­tinue to grow from strength to strength in the fu­ture.”

Sig­mund Mif­sud, MPO Ex­ec­u­tive Chair­man added, “Through our joint col­lab­o­ra­tion we are of­fer­ing music stu­dents in Malta the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend MPO or­ches­tral re­hearsals and a se­lec­tion of MPO Con­certs for free, as well as to par­tic­i­pate in pro­fes­sional mas­ter classes with our vis­it­ing in­ter­na­tional mu­si­cians. We are also pro­vid­ing them with an op­por­tu­nity to have a hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in the pro­fes­sional music world as in­terns with our ad­min and lo­gis­tics teams, which are fun­da­men­tal as­pects needed for the smooth run­ning of any pro­fes­sional cul­tural or­ga­ni­za­tion. At the MPO we be­lieve that it is cru­cial for Malta’s young mu­si­cians to be given ex­po­sure to the work­ings of the pro­fes­sional mu­si­cal world, for stu­dents to ex­pe­ri­ence the level of mu­si­cian­ship that they are as­pir­ing to­wards, and for them to wit­ness the ded­i­ca­tion and pro­fes­sion­al­ism that is re­quired in or­der to achieve th­ese stan­dards. It is our hope that this col­lab­o­ra­tive path­way will pro­vide stu­dents with the en­cour­age­ment, mo­ti­va­tion and in­spi­ra­tion needed for them to be­come Malta’s fu­ture pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians.”

Mary Ann Cauchi Cen­tre Ad­min­is­tra­tor, Jo­hann Strauss School of Music Malta stated, “Jo­hann Strauss School of Music is Malta’s Na­tional School of Music – the place to be if you want to learn music – but first and fore­most it is an ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion. It is the School’s duty to ed­u­cate so­ci­ety at large from a young age and cre­ate ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties and this is a big step in help­ing so­ci­ety to grow in music and the arts.”

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