The Armenian Mirror Spectator daily informs that YerazArt held its annual gala fundraiser on November 17, at the home of Hrip and Charlie Minasian. The event, featuring dinner and an intimate concert with two YerazArt veterans, raised about $18,000.
Before the concert, YerazArt board president, Nicole Babikian Hajjar, spoke about YerazArt, its focus and the needs that the donations would address.
She said that last year YerazArt distributed $12,000 through the Instrument Donation Program to three music schools in Armenia, one in rural Kapan, to the Kapan Arts College, and two to top schools in Yerevan, the Spendiaryan Music School and Tchaikovsky Music School.
In Kapan, our initiative included a comprehensive donation ranging from trumpets and flutes to cello, violin, clarinet, synthesizer and guitar. In Yerevan, we donated much-needed oboes to Spendiaryan and Tchaikovsky Music Schools,” she said.
In addition, she said, YerazArt this year supported four students at the Komitas Conservatory in Yerevan by giving them each an instrument for a total of $3,500. Also, financial support in the same amount was given to 10 students in Armenia. And finally, master classes were offered with visiting artists through the Yerevan International Music Festival and several top students were given the opportunity to participate in international competitions.