25th Anniversary of the Gyumri Branch of the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory



Yerevan State Conservatory, Gyumri branch, professional musical education, traditions, progress


Gyumri branch of Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory was founded in 1997 to provide quality music education, training of professional music personnel and development of musical-cultural life in the northern region of the Republic of Armenia with the most important mission of assistance. Being the bearer and successor of the principles of the state policy of education, the university was formed on the basis of the traditions of Yerevan State Conservatory, the forge producing professional Armenian musicians, and the musical and historical heritage of Shirak. The primary role of an educational institution is the full application of the principles of professional musical knowledge, mastering the necessary skills, their transmission and popularization.
The article is devoted to the milestones of establishment and development of the university, achievements of dedicated founders and teachers. Today, the system of musical standards of higher education at the university is in the process of continuous modernization with a clear consideration of international experience and requirements. They will contribute to the development of the university. It can be stated with confidence that the Gyumri branch of Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory, intensively developing with Alma Mater, may become one of the competitive universities of the Republic of Armenia.

Author Biography

Hasmik Hayk Harutyunyan, Yerevan State Komitas Conservatoire; Shirak Center for Armenian Studies of the NAS of Armenia

Musicologist, PhD in Arts, Associate Professor (since 2019). She graduated from YSC in 1987 (class of Prof. R. Atayan). In 2005 she defended her PhD thesis on Armenian medieval music. She has been teaching at Gyumri branch of YSC. She also worked as a researcher at Kumayri Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve (1987 - 1994), taught theoretical musical subjects at Gyumri State Music College after Kara-Murza (2014-2019). Since 1997 she has been working at the Research Centre on Armenological Studies of the NAS of Shirak as Academic Board Member. Ethnomusicology is in the scope of her interests. She participated in Republican and International conferences on Armenian music. In 2018 she was appointed Director of Gyumri Branch of YSC. She published a monograph (Music in Armenian Ancient Manuscripts in V-XV Centuries) and 56 scientific articles, among them: Alexandrapol traditional music in Al. Spendiaryan's works ("Scientific Works" of the Shirak Centre of Armenological Studies, NAS RA, Gyumri, 2021/1), On Some Stylistic Features of Shirak Dance Songs Written in the Early 20th Century (International Journal of Innovative Technologies in Social Sciences. Warsaw, N6, 2021), Modern Manifestations of Shirak's musical Folklore (Komitas Museum-Institute Yearbook, Vol. 7, Yerevan, 2022. Patriotic Songs of Ashugh Jivani (Sciences of Europe, N 102, Praha, 2022), The Ashugh Art in the Musical Life of Alexandrapol (Sciences of Europe, N 93, Praha, 2022).


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How to Cite

Harutyunyan, H. H. (2023). 25th Anniversary of the Gyumri Branch of the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory. Musical Armenia, (2), 8–16. Retrieved from https://yerazhshtakanhayastan.am/index.php/ma/article/view/216