"Singing Armenia" is holiday children's choral music

"Singing Armenia" is holiday children's choral music"Music has the Power of producing a certain effect on the moral character of the Soul, and if it has the power to do this, it is clear that the Young must be directed to music and must be Educated in it."

Aristotle

 

On April 5 - May 3, the 7th Republican Junior Choir Competition "Singing Armenia - 2014" dedicated to the 145th birth anniversary of Komitas, the founder of Armenian classical music, will be held with the support of the RA Ministry of Culture, on the initiative of the Armenian Musical Society and the International Association “Little Singers of Armenia”.

Great musician paid much attention to issues of artistic education of the younger generation. He attached great importance to meaningful children's singing. Komitas believed that every song has to do with heart and was routed directly to the human soul.

First competition “Singing Armenia” was held in 2001 with the participation of children and youth choirs from secondary, music and art schools in Armenia, Karabakh and Javakhk. Every year the number of participants increases. 77 choirs are presented in this year's competition. The first round of the competition will be held on April 5-15, and the second one will be held on April 26 and 27. Gala concert and awards ceremony will be held on May 3, 2014 in the grand concert hall after “Aram Khachaturian”.

Choral singing can be considered an important form of the child’s spiritual education; this art has a deep spiritual meaning, a huge impact on the emotional and moral system of both performers and listeners. V.A.Sukhomlinsky wrote, “If the beauty of a musical work is brought to a child’s heart in early childhood, and if a child feels multifaceted shades of human emotions in sounds, he/she will achieve the top of culture that cannot be achieved by any other means”.

According to David Ghazaryan, the chairman of the Musical Society of Armenia, RA honored culture worker, the professor of choral conducting chair and the dean of the vocal and theoretical faculty of Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas, teaching polyphonic performance to children is of great importance in the process of art education. It is through choral singing that children become more advanced, educated, and even if they do not become professional musicians, they will become literate audience. D. Ghazarian released a special collection of "Children's Choirs" for all the participants of this contest which included Armenian folk songs for children, written and arranged by Komitas for polyphonic choir.