21st Annual Competition for the CHARLIE PALMIERI MEMORIAL PIANO SCHOLARSHIP

Dear Friends:

HARBOR CONSERVATORY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS is pleased to announces the Twenty First Annual competition for the CHARLIE PALMIERI MEMORIAL PIANO SCHOLARSHIP established by Tito Puente.  The competition is scheduled for Saturday, February 19, 2011 from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm at the Harbor Conservatory located at One East 104th Street in Manhattan .  For applications and guidelines and to schedule an audition, call (212) 427-2244 Ext. 557.

Serving as competition jurors are pianists Sonny Bravo, Pablo Mayor , and Gustavo Casenave.

The Charlie Palmieri Memorial Piano Scholarship is awarded to intermediate and advanced pianists ages 12-25 for the study of Latin style piano.  Applicants must demonstrate their talents in Classical and/or Popular Latin styles. The winner will receive one year’s training free of charge at Harbor Conservatory with one of our specialists in the field of Latin piano. The Scholarship in memory of Charlie Palmieri was established by Tito Puente to further the inspirational musicianship of the great pianist.  In style, versatility and instrumental virtuosity, bandleader/pianist/arranger Charlie Palmieri had few equals. In addition to recording, arranging and performing he taught music and Puerto Rican history in the CUNY system.  The late great Tito Puente, the “King of Latin music”, master timbalero, arranger, composer, and bandleader, also cared deeply about education for young students and the need for youngsters to continue and/or begin their musical studies, as well as to reaffirm pride in Hispanic culture.

At the Conservatory students enjoy the unique opportunity to learn while playing classic music made popular by artists such as Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco and others.  Profiled in People Magazine, New York Times, Daily News and on Channel 13 in the documentary, “Mi Mambo!”; the Conservatory’s Latin Music program has been a recipient of the Tito Puente Scholarship Fund, Celia Cruz Foundation, Johnny Pacheco Scholarship Fund, Carlos Santana’s Milagro Foundation, Phish Fan’s Mockingbird Foundation, D’Addario Music Foundation and the NAMM Foundation.

Hope to See You There!

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Celebrating Tito Puente

Dear Friends,

It’s been almost 10 years since the passing of one our country’s greatest multi talented musicians, the great El Rey—Tito Puente, but his music and memory are being kept alive by Joe Conzo, Sr., Ramon Rodriguez, Director of Harbor Conservatory’s Latin Music Program and Codigo Records with their new release of the complete Tito Puente TICO 78s and Tito Puente El Rey. To learn more about the maestro’s enduring love for Harbor Conservatory– the leading school for Latin Music and his great friend Joe Conzo’s memories of the man behind the music as told in his upcoming book “Mambo Diablo My Journey with Tito Puente”, and the new Codigo release– set your television sets for WABC Channel 7’s “Tiempo” scheduled for November 21st at 11:30 am.  Hosted by Joe Torres, “Tiempo” is a weekly round-table discussion show about topics affecting and relating to Hispanic citizens.

A master timbalero, arranger, composer, bandleader, and proud son of East Harlem, Tito Puente cared deeply about education for young students and the need for youngsters to continue and/or begin their musical studies, as well as to reaffirm pride in Hispanic culture. Up until his death in 2000, The Conservatory was an annual recipient of Mr. Puente’s own scholarship Fund, and with permission from the Puente family we have continued the scholarship in his memory. The Tito Puente Scholarship Fund provides support for Latin percussion students as well as piano students through the Charlie Palmieri Memorial Scholarship which was established by Mr. Puente at the Harbor almost twenty years ago.

Nina Gale Olson
Senior Portfolio Manager

Three Palmieri Scholarships Awarded!

Dear Friends,

To pay tribute to piano master Charlie Palmieri and to honor his memory, the 20th Annual competition for the Charlie Palmieri Memorial Piano Scholarship established by Tito Puente was held on Saturday, March 6th, 2010.  From a total of eight applicants, the Jury selected the following three young contestants: Tony Suero, Brian Olivo and Kevin Rentas, all of whom will receive half-scholarships to study Latin style piano at the Harbor Conservatory for a full year. The Jurors in this year’s competition were Sonny Bravo, Pablo Mayor and Gustavo Casenave, who reached a unanimous decision.

ABOUT THE RECIPIENTS

Tony Suero, age 19, a self taught musician, has been formally studying music at the Harbor Conservatory since 2007, with Pablo Mayor, Gustavo Schartz, and Gustavo Casenave. He is a three time Palmieri Scholarship recipient, who  enjoys the artistry of musicians like Pappo Luca, Sergio George, Michel Camilo and Gustavo Casenave because of their diversity in styles and creativity.  Tony’s goal is to become a composer, arranger, and to create his own musical institution in order to help others. He was given highest scores for his understanding and performance of the Latin style.

Brian Olivo, age 18, has been a student of Mohsan Rasool. He admires musicians such as Michel Camilo, Sergio George, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock. When asked about his goals, Brian stated: “Music is my passion and I want to be the best that I can be. I want to learn to compose and arrange, and become a music producer.” Brian was given high scores for his understanding and performance of the Latin style.

Kevin Rentas, age 15, has studied piano at the Bloomingdale House of Music as well as at the Harbor Conservatory, under the direction of Pablo Mayor. He received highest scores in his preparation for the Competition. As part of the prize, Kevin will continue working with Mr. Mayor as a scholarship student.

Over the course of its 20 year history, a host of talented young pianists have received the invaluable support provided by the Palmieri scholarship enabling them to pursue in-depth training and preparing many of them for entry into leading conservatories such as the Berklee School of Music, and the Jazz Program at the New School.  The Conservatory is proud that the majority of Palmieri recipients are currently active professional musicians who represent the legacy of the great Charlie Palmieri and the generosity and vision of the King of Latin Music, El Rey Tito Puente.

Previous recipients include: Danny Kader, Yecenia Gaitan, Dominick Agostini, Migdio Dominguez, Crystal Triay, Victoria Hoyos, Richy Rojas, Christopher Holder, Zacai Curtis, Luis Irizarry, Ruben Flamenco, Yeisson Villamar, Dennis Guevara, Mauri Frosio, Silvio Delis, Harold Gutierrez, Luis Gomez, Jr., Miguel Vargas, Matthias Bublath, David Santiago, Luis Fernandez, Angel Echevarria,
Roy Assaf, and Christian Sands.

Nina Gale Olson
Director of External Affairs

Date Change for Charlie Palmieri Competition

Dear Friends,

The date of the competition for the Charlie Palmieri Memorial Piano Scholarship has been moved from February 27th to Saturday, March 6th due to poor weather conditions.  The competition is now scheduled for March 6th, 2010 from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm at the Harbor Conservatory located at One East 104th Street in Manhattan.  For applications and guidelines and to schedule an audition, call (212) 427-2244 Ext. 557.

Serving as competition jurors are pianists Sonny Bravo, Pablo Mayor, Gustavo Casenave and Dr. Martin Soderberg, Director of the Conservatory’s Classical Music Program.

The Charlie Palmieri Memorial Piano Scholarship is awarded to intermediate and advanced pianists ages 12-25 for the study of Latin style piano.  Applicants must demonstrate their talents in Classical and/or Popular Latin styles. The winner will receive one year’s training free of charge at Harbor Conservatory with one of our specialists in the field of Latin piano. The Scholarship in memory of Charlie Palmieri was established by Tito Puente to further the inspirational musicianship of the great pianist.  In style, versatility and instrumental virtuosity, bandleader/pianist/arranger Charlie Palmieri had few equals. In addition to recording, arranging and performing he taught music and Puerto Rican history in the CUNY system.  The late great Tito Puente, the “King of Latin music”, master timbalero, arranger, composer, and bandleader, also cared deeply about education for young students and the need for youngsters to continue and/or begin their musical studies, as well as to reaffirm pride in Hispanic culture.

Charlie Palmieri Memorial Piano Scholarship

20th ANNUAL COMPETITION FOR THE
CHARLIE PALMIERI MEMORIAL PIANO SCHOLARSHIP
Established by TITO PUENTE
Saturday, February 27, 2010, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce the Twentieth Annual competition for the CHARLIE PALMIERI MEMORIAL PIANO SCHOLARSHIP established by Tito Puente.  The competition is scheduled for Saturday, February 27, 2010 from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm at the Harbor Conservatory located at One East 104th Street in Manhattan.  For applications and guidelines and to schedule an audition, call (212) 427-2244 Ext. 557.

Serving as competition jurors are pianists Sonny Bravo, Pablo Mayor, Gustavo Casenave and Dr. Martin Soderberg, Director of the Conservatory’s Classical Music Program.

The Charlie Palmieri Memorial Piano Scholarship is awarded to intermediate and advanced pianists ages 12-25 for the study of Latin style piano.  Applicants must demonstrate their talents in Classical and/or Popular Latin styles. The winner will receive one year’s training free of charge at Harbor Conservatory with one of our specialists in the field of Latin piano. The Scholarship in memory of Charlie Palmieri was established by Tito Puente to further the inspirational musicianship of the great pianist.  In style, versatility and instrumental virtuosity, bandleader/pianist/arranger Charlie Palmieri had few equals. In addition to recording, arranging and performing he taught music and Puerto Rican history in the CUNY system.  The late great Tito Puente, the “King of Latin music”, master timbalero, arranger, composer, and bandleader, also cared deeply about education for young students and the need for youngsters to continue and/or begin their musical studies, as well as to reaffirm pride in Hispanic culture.

Nina Gale Olson
Director of External Affairs

Con Sabor Latino: Latin Music Classes at the Conservatory!

Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts
CELEBRATING HISPANIC HERITAGE
12 Months a Year

Registration for Latin Music Classes began September 8, 2009, 1:00 pm–7:00 pm, classes begin September 21, 2009.

Since 1970, the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts has been the leading school to offer a curriculum ranging from Contemporary Salsa to traditional Afro-Caribbean folkloric music, taught in a comprehensive conservatory style by a world-class faculty of professional musicians.  In addition to private and group classes for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, the Conservatory hosts a variety of ensembles, master classes, and a two-week summer intensive for teens.  Along with ensemble work, students study theory, harmony and sight-reading along with private instruction in their instrument.  Our students study a variety of musical forms such as Danzon, Son, Cha Cha Cha and Mambo, as they learn music illustrating different periods and artists in Latin music history. Using the Raices Latin Music Museum’s extensive collection of parts, scores, and arrangements as its foundation,  Conservatory students enjoy the unique opportunity to learn while playing classic music made popular by artists such as Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco and others.

Ramon Rodriguez and Louis Bauzo

Ramon Rodriguez and Louis Bauzo

Each season a number of internationally renowned artists are invited to present master classes at Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts. Master classes give students the opportunity to supplement their studies through interaction with legendary guest performers whose insight and experience exemplify the highest levels of musical achievement.  Throughout the years, classes given by important artists have been regular events, including visits by the great bassist Israel “Cachao” Lopez, NEA Jazz Masters Candido Camero and Paquito D’Rivera, bassist Andy Gonzalez, pianist/bandleader Larry Harlow, trombonist/violinist Lewis Kahn, vocalist Willie Torres, Cuban Folklorist/percussionist Vicente Sanchez, Cuban percussionist Roman Diaz, and composer/conductor Tania León.

SCHOLARSHIPS
In 1989, Tito Puente established The Charlie Palmieri Memorial Piano Scholarship for young pianists ages 12-25, awarded via competition. The winner of the competition receives a full scholarship for one year’s training at the Harbor.  Inspired by the memory of the great Latin pianist, Charlie Palmieri, the purpose of the competition is to stimulate the interest and promote the knowledge of Latin popular music in young pianists. The Conservatory also awards the Tito Puente Scholarship for Latin percussion.

Charlie Palmieri Memorial Piano Scholarship Recipients Angel Echevarria and Tony Suero

Charlie Palmieri Memorial Piano Scholarship Recipients Angel Echevarria and Tony Suero

ENSEMBLE/PERFORMANCE CLASSES
Students demonstrating intermediate or advanced level ability may participate in Harbor Ensembles which study and rehearse the original arrangements of such great Latin artists as Rene Hernandez, Ray Santos and Tito Puente from the Orchestras of Machito, Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Ray Barretto, Larry Harlow, and others, which are kept in the Harbor’s Raices Latin Music Museum.

These ensembles and workshops include :

Latin Rhythm Section Workshop- Latin percussion group sectional rehearsal, learning functions of each drum and how they interact with one another in a band situation.  Basic chart reading with a focus on playing “TIME”.

Chart Reading for the Rhythm Section “Following the Road Map” A follow-up to the Rhythmic Reading Class, this class gives students the opportunity to practice basic chart reading skills while learning how to function in the band.

Latin Performance Ensembles – Top students in the Harbor Latin program:  two trombones, two trumpets, tenor and baritone saxes, Latin rhythm section and vocalists comprise the group.

Afro/Cuban Folkloric Workshop – Yambu, Guaguanco, Colombia, Abakua, Bakoso are some of the rhythms taught.  For Conga and hand percussion instrumentalists.  Intermediate Conga skills required.

Standards Workshop – This workshop is dedicated to learning the compositions that have become “classics” in the Latin repertoire.

Harbor Latin Big Band – A 21 piece Latin Big Band featuring advanced Harbor students, several faculty members and other professional musicians. The Big Band pays tribute to Frank “Machito” Grillo, Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Eddie Palmieri, Johnny Pacheco, Ray Barretto, Larry Harlow and other musical pioneers and innovators.

(2) Latin Youth Ensembles: Introduces young students ages 11 to 19 both beginners and intermediate level to the functions of each instrument and the subtleties of group playing and chart reading. Students are chosen by audition and interview by Ensemble Director Ramon Rodriguez.

Oreste Abrantes, long time student and member of Harbor Latin Youth Ensemble

Oreste Abrantes, long time student and member of Harbor Latin Youth Ensemble

Latin Vocal Training Workshop Level I, II, – Vocalists work on basic technique, ear training, applied theory with melody and harmony relationships, and performance etiquette.

Latin Vocal Training Workshop Level III – Singers work on the development of melodic and language improvisational skills and the art of “soneo”.

Descarga Workshop – Descarga is the word Latin musicians’ use for a “jam session.”  The Descarga workshop is designed for the advanced student and professional musicians. The workshop covers a vast repertoire of standards as well as the vocabulary unique to this style.

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