PARTNER MUSIC SCHOOLS IN HAVANA
Horns to Havana partners with CNEART, the Centro Nacional de Escuelas de Artes (National Center for Arts Schools), which administers programs in Havana’s music schools. Over the years, we have developed relationships with a number of music schools in Havana and the surrounding area including the following:
CONSERVATORIO AMADEO ROLDÁN
The Amadeo Roldán Conservatory is Cuba’s premiere academy of music. The school was founded in 1903 and is located in a lovely neoclassical building in Central Havana, where it has been housed since 1942. Distinguished musicians including Gonzalo Roig, Diego Bonilla and the great composer/orchestra leader/musician Amadeo Roldán it is named for have guided many of the most gifted and able musicians to come out of or remain in Cuba. Its influence extends around the world.
THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC AT THE NATIONAL SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
La ENA (La Escuela Nacional de Arte) is Cuba's national arts school.. The secondary school serves middle and high school aged students, who are selected by audition from across the 15 provinces in Cuba. Students travel from across the island and live at the school, studying music, dance, visual arts or theater. Located in the Havana suburb of Cubanacán, La ENA shares a campus with the Instituto Superior de Arte, the university level art school. The campus is on a former country club, which was converted to the arts campus after the revolution.
CONSERVATORIO GUILLERMO TOMÁS
Conservatorio Guillermo Tomás is located just outside Havana in Guanabacoa. Gifted students enter the school at an early age and study academic and musical subjects for the next 10 years. There are 500 students ranging in age from 8 to 19 and 90 professors. Many of the students who graduate every year go on to join the best symphony, chamber and popular orchestras or become music professors for new students.
ESCUELA ELEMENTAL DE MÚSICA MANUEL SAUMELL
The Manuel Saumell Music School is an elementary music academy located in Havana. It’s named after the 19th century pianist and visionary Manuel Saumell, the first composer to introduce elements of Creole and Cuban music into his work. Legendary Cuban musicians like Chucho Valdés, Argelia Fragoso, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Aldo Lopez Gavilán learned their instruments here before continuing on to higher levels of education at Conservatorio Amadeo Roldán.
ESCUELA ELEMENTAL DE ARTE PAULITA CONCEPCIÓN
The Paulina Concepción Elementary School is an elementary music academy located in the Cerro neighborhood of Havana. The school was founded in 1981 as a school for visual arts, but currently focuses on music.
ESCUELA ELEMENTAL DE ARTE ALEJANDRO GARCIÁ CATURLA
Located in the Marianao neighborhood of Havana, the Alejandro Garciá Caturla Elementary Art School was built in the 1970s.