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
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.
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
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
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.