Program Director: Moshe Aharonov-Sarouk
The Program for Classical Music is one of the school’s oldest. During its sixty years, the Program’s faculty has promoted and nurtured young adults who have chosen to dedicate their time and energy to the world of classical music, whether vocal, instrumental or composition. The Program is run according to a unique curriculum and offers students the opportunity to specialize in theoretical studies and to gain practical experience – all alongside the study of core subjects at the highest level.
In regard to theoretical studies, the program offers ear training, theory, harmony, literature and the history of music. The practical studies offered by the school include the option to participate in the symphony orchestra’s rehearsals, choir and workshops.
All the Program’s students complete theoretical and practical studies at the 5-unit bagrut (final exams) level in Musical Studies. They are also given the option of taking the bagrut examination in instrumental music, vocal or composition (individual recital) at a similar level.
The Program for Classical Music works in close cooperation with leading musical institutions, chief among them the Buchman-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University, the Jerusalem Music Center at Mishkenot Sha’ananim, the Young Philharmonic Orchestra, The Art School – Tel Aviv, Campus Arison, and conservatories all over the country. As part of the cooperation with the Buchman-Mehta School of Music, the Program’s orchestra and choir rehearsals as well as its workshops take place on the Tel Aviv University Campus. In addition, the Thelma Yellin workshop instructors are members of the University’s staff and faculty.
The Program’s performing bodies (orchestra and choir) hold an annual series of public concerts as part of the schools’ Annual Arts Festival; another series of events by the Program for Classical Music only is held shortly before the spring break. Every year the Program’s students participate in a concert tour, either local or international, and appear before a variety of audiences at prominent locations. In January 2020 the students performed at Berlin’s Gedächtniskirche as part of the main ceremony marking International Holocaust Day.
Many of the Classical Music Program’s new alumni serve in the IDF in the Outstanding Musicians’ Program or as musicians in the IDF Orchestra. The Program’s senior alumni are active in all the prominent musical institutions in Israel, while others pursue international musical careers.