LASTOCHKI CHOIRS

“Lastochki” (“Swallows”) choirs in orphanages in Russia

Following the method developed by Elena Rostropovich, each choir studies with a choirmaster and a concertmaster. Two 45-minutes classes are held weekly. Children are taught choral singing, breathing exercises, and musical articulation. The repertoire consists of Russian folk songs as well as songs by Soviet composers.

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2014

The project was carried out at 2 orphanages in Moscow, as well as at a boarding school for neglected children and orphans with disabilities.
There were 3 choirs of 80 children ages 6 to 18 years.
In May 2014 the 3 choirs performed together in a concert in Moscow.

2015

The current project is at an orphanage in Moscow as well as at a boarding school for neglected children and orphans with disabilities.
There are 2 choirs of 50 children ages 10 to 18 years.

 

Concert

April 17, 2015: Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow Conservatory

Pedagogic team

Classes are conducted by teachers from the Galina Vishnevskaya College of Music and Performing Arts: T.Y. Yasenkov (choirmaster), V. Zhdanov (piano accompanist).

Partners:
The Department of Social Protection of the Population of Moscow
Centre for Development of Social Programs

Goal:
Socialization of orphans, neglected children and orphans with disabilities, through the use of music as a tool to promote the development of their creative and artistic abilities.

OBJECTIVES

  • Identify gifted orphans, neglected children and orphans with disabilities.

  • Develop individual training programs in choral singing for children to foster the development of their creative and artistic abilities.

  • Train specialists and volunteers in art therapy techniques for children with disabilities to ensure their active participation in the project.

  • Implement programs to promote creativity in children by forming choirs “Lastochki”, integrate children in a creative team.

  • Create a social and cultural environment for children by familiarizing them with concert activities and involving them in the cultural life of society; develop a common cultural outlook.