Since it's inception in 1981, the Shostakovich School of Music, Art and Sport, has grown from a dream envisioned by a small group of Russian immigrants, to a vibrant multifaceted music and art institution with three centers in the metropolitan New York area. The Shostakovich Music, Art and Sport School is a non-profit, non-sectarian institution dedicated to high quality instruction in art, music, theater and sport for individuals ages three to adult. The School serves over 500 students in a diversified multi-arts program.
The Shostakovich School of Music, Art and Sport is licensed by the New York State Department of Education. The school does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, national origin, or marital status in its admission, employment, financial aid, placement or recruitment practices and policies. The Shostakovich School of Music, Art and Sport is an equal opportunity-affirmative action institution.
The Shostakovich School of Music, Art and Sport is named after one of the most important Russian composers of our time. The School is both named in tribute to him and in the hope that our students will emulate his artistic talent.
Dimitriy Shostakovich (1906-1975) was born in St. Petersburg and attended the Leningrad Conservatory. He was a brilliant pianist but chose to concentrate on composing.
Many critics believe his bold, expressive style represents modern Russian music at its finest. Shostakovich became best known for his 15 symphonies but also won fame for ballets, concerto's, string quartets, songs and an opera.
His sophisticated modern style displeased Soviet authorities. However, after the death of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin in I953, his work attained international recognition. Both in his professional and personal life, Shostakovich was an advocate for human rights and against social injustice. His work serves as an example for all those who aspire to improve the human condition and study the arts.
The Shostakovich Music, Art and Sport School was established to fill a vital need for a new kind of cultural education in the United States. The School has embraced the European principle that true talent in the arts depends upon a thorough grounding in all of the artistic disciplines, and that this strong foundation is best developed in ones early years.
At the core of the School's program is the faculty's desire for their students to acquire a deep love for the learning of the arts. This love, ideally learned at an early age, is essential so that each student can grow to his or her full artistic ability.
Thus, to promote the artistic development of the individual, and to nurture these ideals in each student, Ms. Diana Trost founded the School in 1981.
The faculty recognizes, however, that students of any age can grow and learn from enrollment in the schools programs and exposure to the arts. Regardless of age, all students who enroll at the school are taught with equal enthusiasm and in the best of European traditions.
As the program met with success and earned respect throughout the metropolitan area, two additional centers were founded in Brooklyn, New York.
Students enrolled at the Shostakovich School are encouraged to achieve their maximum potential and to experience the satisfaction that comes from the study and mastery of the arts.
The curriculum has been designed to motivate students to participate fully in the educational process and to relate their studies to life, to society, and their own personal development.
This philosophy of education gives inspiration to our students throughout their lives, whether they become professional artists or active amateurs.
Course materials and instructional methods have been devised to make the disciplines come alive in the students minds, so they can comprehend and internalize the mode of inquiry characteristic to each of the artistic endeavors.
Students are encouraged to undertake independent study or tutorials in accordance with their personal interests.
Students from all backgrounds are welcome.
On behalf of the entire faculty and Board of Trustees of the Shostakovich Music, Art and Sport School! would like to welcome you to the study of the arts and to our school. We are sure that you, your family, and your friends will recognize the many new talents that you will acquire as you pursue your studies.
Your studies will be both challenging and time consuming. However, they certainly will be rewarding. As your interests and abilities grow, so do the talents of our faculty and the diversity of our course offerings. Put simply, our program has something of interest to everyone and is geared so that each of us may acquire a new taste for the arts.
Each year more than 40 pupils of our school acting in prestigious schools, such as Bay Academy and Mark Twain School. 7 pupils are accepted in the best comprehensive school of arts of New York - LaGuardia School of Performing Art.
In the same 2004 the school had been lead two concerts in Steinway Hall. The pupil of our school Stephen Ionov (8 years old) has won first place at competition of Association of teachers of New York. Michael Pais (14 years old) has won first place at the international competition of pianists in New Jersey, acquired thus the right of solo execution in the Carnegie Hall.
The school, under the contract with department of education of New York, constantly carries out concerts in comprehensive schools, banks, houses for aged. Our pupils give representation on the holidays devoted to Day of a Victory, to Israel, on Nayana's festivals. More than hundred learning our schools have taken part in television competition "Our talented children " and twelve numbers have left in a semifinal.
As you read the information contained in the pages of this bulletin, please know that we are always available to answer any questions you may have about the Shostakovich School.
Welcome to our family and to our school.
Sincerely, Diana Trost, Founder