AGBU's Musical Armenia Program (MAP) is a three-week summer initiative that connects aspiring and professional artists with Armenia’s rich musical heritage.
Since 2012, AGBU’s Musical Armenia Program (MAP) has been inviting musicians of all backgrounds, levels, and nationalities to come together and explore Armenia’s rich musical traditions. From folk to contemporary, liturgical to jazz, classical to blues - come explore the many faces, personalities, rhythms and notes of Armenian music through this one of a kind experience.
Get inspired by the unique flavor that is Armenian music through three weeks of masterclasses, lessons and lectures with prominent Armenian musicians and musicologists, cultural activities and concerts, and weekly excursions outside of the city.
Discovering Armenia - its nature, its city life, its cuisine, its people - are as essential to understanding its music as the technique, musical history, and instruments that distinguish its heritage.
Join us on this journey to explore a country full of contrasts: old and new, traditional and avant-garde, east and west…
Get inspired - make it your own!
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APPLY FOR MAP 2019
All applicants applying to Full Immersion must have training as instrumentalists or vocalists, composition or conducting (no musical training is required to participate in the MAP Lecture Series).
Program is open to professional and amateur musicians.
Ages 15 and up.
MAP is open to applicants of all nationalities and heritages.
Applicants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by and reside with a legal guardian throughout the duration of the program
Program Dates: July 8 – July 28, 2019
Inaugurated in 2015 the AGBU Vahe Karapetian Center is a 5500-square-meter building at 1 Zakaria
Kanakertsi Street. The center is a spacious, state-of-the-art, fully furnished multi-purpose
residence hall designed to foster closer ties between Armenia and diasporan youth from around
the world, who stay at the center while participating in AGBU summer programs, such as Discover
Armenia, the Yerevan Summer Internship Program (YSIP) and the Musical Armenia Program (MAP).
The center also provides a venue for cultural and educational programs along with conferences
The building has WIFI, air conditioning, 24 -hour security, laundry service,
food hall and kitchen, and communal areas including library, chess room, game room, and TV room.
PACKAGES AND PRICING
The application fee is $50.
MAP applicants may choose from one of three customized packages.
Financial aid is available only for applicants to the Full Immersion with Housing Package.
Please note that program fees do not include airfare.
Applicants are responsible for securing their own flights to and from Zvartnots International Airport in Yerevan.
An optional four-day trip to Artsakh is available to all participants for an additional, all inclusive $200. Please note that participants under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by a legal guardian for this trip (for an additional $200).
Musical Armenia Application PDF
Musical Armenia Financial Aid Application PDF
Pianist and Composer, Lecturer on Armenian Composers of the Ottoman Empire,
Director of AGBU Performing Arts
Composer, Pianist, MAP Artistic Coordinator
Lecturer on Armenian Folk Music
Ethnomusicologist and Lecturer on Armenian Folk Music
Musicologist, Lecture on Armenian Sacred Music and the Eight-Mode System, Armenian Composers Yekmalian, Komitas, Kara Murza
Saxophone, Lecture on the History of Armenian Jazz
Piano and Lecturer on the Music of Aram Khachaturyan
Ethnomusicologist and Lecture on Armenian Classical Music, and Khaz Notation (9th-16th centuries)
Folklorist and Lecturer on the Armenian Folk Epic and Armenian Women in Mythology
Composer and Lecturer on the Music of Spendiarian
Musicologist and Lecturer on Armenian Medieval and Sacred Music & Armenian Composers of the 19th century
Folk Singer, Folklorist and Lecturer on Armenian Ashough (minstrel) Music
“The Musical Armenia Program is an excellent opportunity for young musicians to explore the
beauty of Armenia, a nation full of life with deep-rooted cultural traditions. I left full
of experiences that I will cherish for the rest of my life. From lessons, to trips and
visits to museums, MAP combines all aspects that can make a musician grow in a personal
and professional level.”
MAP 2017 participant
Alexandros Petrin, Russia
“Participating in the Musical Armenia Program provided a fantastic opportunity to become
immersed in the Armenian musical community. Studying with well-known teachers, attending
numerous concerts and lectures, going on outings, and meeting some remarkable people
gave participants a rich picture of Armenian musical life.”
MAP 2017 participant
Steven B. Thomson, USA
“It is enormous and practical program, because if you want to learn the music, you have to learn the
culture, history of the country. I believe, I had some past connection with Armenia. I didn’t expect this
type of great Armenian teachers. I am lucky to have such teachers, who care about us, give us affection.
AGBU is giving the best for us. I really loved this program and want Armenian music to develop, because
Armenia has something deeply touching in soul.”
MAP 2016 participant
Dinesh Subasinghe (Sri Lanka)
“This program played an incredibly big role in my life, I felt professional growth from the first day of the
program. It also gives us an opportunity to discover sightseeing places of Armenia.”
MAP 2016 participant
Ripsime Sekhelian (Russia)
“The AGBU musical program bestows students with excellent teachers and provides an Armenian
experience that you cannot forget.”
MAP 2015 participant
Yukinoro Kinoshita (Japan)
“Thanks to AGBU for giving this wonderful and dream of an opportunity to our daughter Roubina, she
will never forget it. We are proud to be a part of AGBU, and we recommend every young musician from
around the world to be a part of this experience.”
MAP 2015 parent
Raffi Artinian (Syria)
“My teacher taught me how to express my feelings through my instrument, my flute, and most
importantly, how to live out my music, especially Armenian music. I still am so overwhelmed by the
amazing welcome we had from AGBU. MAP 2014 was a way to reconnect with my roots— my
homeland—through what I love doing most: playing music.”
MAP 2014 participant
Alik Jébéjian (Cyprus)
“My participation in MAP was a unique experience. Academically it was very fulfilling, I left Armenia
having learned a great deal, and the program’s coordination team was extremely thoughtful and took
care of every detail, allowing us to simply enjoy and immerse ourselves in the different activities. But
most importantly for me was the cultural aspect of the trip: MAP really opened my mind and showed me
new things I had never expected. Seeing the beautiful landscapes of Armenia, meeting new people and
making new friends definitely made this experience unforgettable.”
MAPG 2014 participant
Ignacio Pintos (Uruguay)
“Through MAP, I was able to explore Armenia and embrace my culture, history and identity in ways I
never could have imagined. Being able to play the French horn with a professional ensemble such as the
Yerevan State Opera and Ballet Orchestra is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I know I will look back
on years from now as one of the highlights of my career—thanks to AGBU.”
MAP 2013 participant
Amy Shaghig Kazandjian (Canada)
“My three weeks with MAP was inspirational, eye-opening, breathtaking, and grounding. It was so
encouraging to be with talented, motivated, and bright individuals who are so dedicated to their craft. I
hope to have the opportunity to return to Armenia soon and to continue the journey that I started this
summer-- one Komitas song at a time.”
MAP 2012 participant
Alene Aroustamian (USA)
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I’m really interested in the program, but I’m not Armenian.
Can I still participate?
Of course! MAP is open to musicians and music lovers of all heritages and backgrounds.
We are so proud of our Armenian culture that we want to share it with everyone.
I love to perform and play music, but I don’t consider myself a professional musician.
Will I be overwhelmed
by the program?
Each participant is paired with a teacher based on his or her level of musicianship and style (that’s why we ask a video or recording of you performing). Your one-on-one lessons are tailor-made for you to help you improve as much as possible during our three-week program.
I’m interested in taking
piano lessons, but also want to work on conducting.
Can I do both?
Yes, MAP participants are able to take one-on-one lessons in their instrument of choice, voice, composition, conducting, or a combination. However, we don’t recommend that you choose more than three, that way you’re able to do in-depth work with your teacher and make progress during MAP.
My son/daughter is under 18 and I’ll be accompanying him/her to Yerevan for the three weeks. Is there any way I can participate with the group?
Parents or guardians traveling to Yerevan with their children usually choose to participate in the MAP Lecture Series. You’ll be enrolled in the lectures on the history of Armenian music, which your son/daughter will also be attending. You’ll also be able to participate in select MAP activities and tours at an additional cost.