Talin Music School Project
The town of Talin, with a population of about 5,400 people, is located in the Aragatsotn Region of Armenia and is considered one of the oldest residential areas of the region. Currently, Talin houses a music school in a building in poor condition without any proper practice or performance spaces for its 120 students and 15 teachers. The building lacks access to proper health and safety standards, and severely limits the school’s dedicated staff from doing their jobs. These horrible conditions also prevent the students’ ability to learn. The town of Talin is in need of a modernized school, offering a safe, comfortable and appropriate environment to study and teach classical and folk instruments and music.
The reconstruction will be a complete remodel of the existing building consisting of new individual practice and classrooms for students, western toilets and construction of a concert hall with ample seating. With these renovations the Talin Music School can properly assume its leadership capacity in the community. Furthermore, the professional environment of a newly renovated facility will encourage students to reach higher standards of excellence in their musical ambitions including: education, performance, and creative service. A positive and more creatively stimulating environment will also help instill confidence in performers, teachers, and the Talin community. Furthermore, the town of Talin has committed to support this project to the extent that they are able.
The school will be completed in three phases: The construction of the new concert hall, the renovation of the third floor and finally, the renovation of the second floor.
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Ms. Heva MangasaryanArcadia, CA
Ms. Sofie CorbettGlendale, CA
Mr. Andranik SoghomonianNewhall, CA
Mr. Henry KanlianDarien, CT
Ms. Olivia NelsonBrooklyn, NY
Ms. Matilda NelsonBrooklyn, NY
Thanks to the generous support of Vasken Ekmekjian and his family, funding is now available to begin the construction of the concert hall at the Talin Music School. After interviewing several contractors in Armenia, we chose our firm, and today they broke ground!
Exterior work on the concert hall is complete. The job comprised of raising the entire roof and ceiling for acoustics, combining several small rooms to create a larger concert hall, installing new windows, doors and a new fire escape.
Work on the interior of the concert hall has begun. A stage will be constructed along with beautiful tiled flooring, appropriate lighting, paint and new chairs will complete the hall.
A foggy and snowy visit to the Talin Music School today showed what terrific progress the crew is making on the interior. The walls are being completed now and the painting work will begin soon.
Vasken Ekmekjian and his family visited the Talin Music School to see the newly constructed concert hall in honor of his parents.
With funding secured to complete the renovation of several classrooms and one set of bathrooms, SERVICE Armenia spent several days at the Talin Music School working along side the Paros crew to renovate the second story of the school.
Students began this school year with an entirely renovated second floor. In 2020, the hope is to have enough funding to complete the entire first floor of the school.