Semi-centenary Jubilee

 Semi-centenary Jubilee Yerevan State musical-pedagogical college recently turned 50 years old. All incepted in 1967, when a musical school, the second in Yerevan, opened its doors in the northern part of the city.

Many disputes at governing bodies preceded the opening of the new educational institution - is it worth opening a second school in the capital? The most difficult period in the life of the new educational institution was ahead - was necessary to strive for prestige, and to find the own place in the musical life of the country, proving the right to exist.

The inception was not that simple. Only 33 teachers offered tuitions to 127 students. The teaching personnel was formed basically from the graduates of Yerevan State Conservatory named after Komitas. The education was realized in all basic disciplines: piano, string instruments, wind and percussion instruments, folk instruments, choral conducting, singing and music theory. In 1984, the college was named after the great composer, Arno Babajanyan.

50-years-old college is now proud of its famous graduates. There are Gegham Grigoryan, world famous tenor, People's Artist of Armenia and Honored Artist of Lithuania and laureate of international competitions, opera singers Emma Papikyan and Gayane Grigoryan, who are laureates of international competitions, conductor Ruben Asatryan, Honored Artist of Armenia, violinists Anna Harutyunyan and Lusine Aghababyan, laureates of international competitions, Susanna Safaryan, Papin Pogosyan and Manik Grigoryan, favorite performers of national songs,  together with duduk players Mkrtich Karapetyan and Kamo Seyranyan. Other graduates - renowned pop singers Inga and Anush Arshakyans enjoy great popularity and favor among music professionals and public. Archbishop Natan Hovhannisyan, head of international relations department of Armenian Apostolic Church is also among college graduates.

The Babajanyanis celebrated their 50th anniversary all around the year. The Jubilee events culminated in a festive concert in the crowded metropolitan National Center of Chamber music after Komitas. The evening began with the first night of the documentary film "Semi-Centenary Jubilee", telling about the college passed way. Outstanding and honorable guests, famous musicians, former graduates, teachers and students, as well as representatives of Armenian Ministry of Science and Education attended the event. Vahram Mkrtchyan, the deputy minister, congratulated the whole staff of the College and read Mr. Minister Levon Mkrtchyan’s order on awarding the Yerevan State Musical and Pedagogical College with the highest reward of the Ministry - the Gold Medal. In conjunction with the Jubilee number of teachers were awarded by Prime-Minister and the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Armenia. With various honors such as credentials and letters of appreciation.

The gala evening ended with performance of students – current listeners of the college. The Babajanianis demonstrated their entire musical arsenal “Tale on Armenian people” by Alexander Harutyunyan in the performance of the choir, string orchestra and assemble of folk instruments of the College sounded as a sort of hymn to their “Alma mater”.