Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

The Magnificat Institute: Playing the Correct Note

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

The Magnificat Institute: Playing the Correct Note

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At a time when much dissonance surrounds the Holy City of Jerusalem, one can hear harmony at the Magnificat Institute- the Music School of the Custody of the Holy Land. Countless hours of practice bore fruit when students and teachers shared their heavenly sounds from July 12 to 16 in Washington, DC, at the Shrine of St. John Paul II, the Museum of the Bible and the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America, and in Baltimore at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Magnificat, inspired by Fr. Armando Pierucci, OFM, has operated in the Old City of Jerusalem for more than two decades. It is "a laboratory of coexistence, as the Magnificat's website states, where students bring their diverse cultures and experiences in order to enrich each other and those who attend their performances.

Directed by Fr. Alberto J. Pari, OFM, the Magnificat provides high academic education in music for the local children of Jerusalem, irrespective of gender, language, race or religion. The long roster of Magnificat courses includes: violin, viola, cello, piano, guitar, voice, flute, trumpet, bassoon, music theory and history of music. These courses enhance the students' knowledge and performance practice in classical and contemporary music. According to Fr. Alberto, the Magnificat "creates an active academic environment that is conducive to cooperation and harmony among the teachers, students, staff, and the larger society. …

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