“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.
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.
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.
April 17, 2015: Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow Conservatory
Classes are conducted by teachers from the Galina Vishnevskaya College of Music and Performing Arts: T.Y. Yasenkov (choirmaster), V. Zhdanov (piano accompanist).
The Department of Social Protection of the Population of Moscow
Centre for Development of Social Programs
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.
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.