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The Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music is a public institution of higher learning located in the historic Miramar section in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Its focus is on “the harmonious development of musicians in the fields of music interpretation and composition, and teaching.” It has hosted a number of international musicians as students as well as faculty, and has a longstanding relationship with the classical music movement in Puerto Rico, including the annual Casals Festival and the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra (PRSO).
The Conservatory offers a variety of post-secondary degrees in music, the post-graduate program offers bachelor’s degrees in:musical composition, music education, voice, classical guitar, symphony instruments, jazz, Caribbean music, and piano. The graduate program consist of: master’s degrees in music education, voice, classical guitar, symphony instruments and piano, as well as artists diplomas in voice, classical guitar, symphony instruments, jazz, Caribbean music, and piano. It also offers continuing education programs, and teacher certifications. In addition to its regular academic programs, it organizes various international student exchange programs with music schools all around the world.
The Conservatory’s Preparatory School offers programs for children, teenagers and adults with the purpose of encouraging music appreciation within the local community. These programs do not offer degrees or certifications, but provide basic to near expert level teaching to regular citizens who are not in its formal academic program.
The Conservatory is composed of three main buildings:
- The Historic Building. Formerly known as Mothers of the Sacred Heart Private School (Spanish: Colegio de las Madres del Sagrado Corazón) and Miramar’s Old Refuge for Girls (Spanish: Antiguo Asilo de Niñas de Miramar), is part of the United States National Register of Historic Places. The building’s reconstruction lasted from 2001 to 2008, and it’s operating since 2009. It hosts the administrative offices, computer and piano labs, classrooms, practice rooms, the Luis A. Ferré Patio (north), and the Pablo Casals Patio (south).
- The parking lot and green-roof. Hosts the Rafael Hernández Amphitheater and the Laguna Plaza which offers to the academic community and visitors an incredible view of the Condado lagoon, and it’s the biggest green-roof in Puerto Rico.
- The Academic Building. Inaugurated in August 2012, consist of the following facilities:
- First floor: The Amaury Veray Library, a unit of the Ángel Ramos Foundation Center for Learning Resources (Spanish: Centro de Recursos para el Aprendizaje Fundación Ángel Ramos), the Cecilia Negrón de Talavera wing, practice and rehearsal rooms.
- Second floor: The Bertita & Guillermo L. Martínez Theater (Concert and rehearsal halls: Jesús María Sanromá Concert Hall, the Anthony “Junior” Soto Hall, and the José “Pepito” Figueroa Hall), individual classrooms, practice cubicles, and lockers.
- Third floor: More individual classrooms, practice cubicles, and lockers.
The facilities hosts a variety of concerts for the nearby communities featuring students, teachers, the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, and famous international performers.
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