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Gift of Music


Vanadzor is the third largest city in Armenia and was almost completely destroyed by the 1988 Spitak Earthquake. The Vanadzor Art School (a.k.a. Vanadzor Music School #3) was completely rebuilt with the support of the All Armenia Fund and the Arshak II Opera Committee in 2003. The School currently provides music instruction to more than 250 students on both classical as well as folk instruments and dance classes. This school is the best in the region and feeds many students to the Music College and ultimately to the Yerevan Conservatory. Many students from the Vanadzor Art School have competed in national contests and have placed well. Some of these students have gone on to compete abroad representing Armenia. Current and potential students who could excel in this field cannot afford to pay the monthly tuition. Scholarships are needed for these children.

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One year from start date

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

The Need
Prior to the devastating 1988 Spitak Earthquake, Vanadzor had several large factories employing its local population. Most of these factories are now closed or only partially working. The resulting high level of unemployment or underemployment makes it difficult for most in this city to provide the extra funds needed for music education for their children.
Short Term Impact
Ten children will receive the scholarships they need attend classes at the Vanadzor Art School
Long Term Impact
The long-term impact of this project on Armenia’s culture is not known as the potential of these future students’ impact will not be felt immediately. However, the potential is great both for Armenia’s culture and for potential employment opportunities for students that excel in music.
Sponsors Benefits
All donors will be recognized on all relevant press regarding this project and on The Paros Foundation and Vanadzor Art School websites. Visits to the Vanadzor Art School will be arranged for sponsors traveling to Armenia.
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Ms. Syuzanna Petrosyan

Los Alamitos, CA December 22, 2015
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Mr. & Dr. Arman & Alenush Bernardi

La Canada, CA December 14, 2015
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Mr. & Dr. Harout & Lena Soghomonian

Los Angeles, CA March 29, 2015
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Mr. Mark Olson

Joshua Tree, CA April 1, 2014
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Ms. Ellen Sarkisian Chesnut, Ms. Lucille Sarkisian

Alameda, CA
In Memory Of Maritza Kiramijian November 7, 2013