Magnificat Institute of Music
Who we are The Magnificat Institute was established in 1995 by a decision of the Custodial Chapter of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land. The Magnificat has an agreement with the Conservatory of Music "A. Pedrollo" of Vicenza (Italy), whereby the Institute has adopted the programs of the Conservatory for all first degree classes (levels I, II, III). On June 23, 2010, the Conservatory decided to create a foreign branch of the Conservatory abroad in cooperation with the Magnificat Institute, for providing academic level education in specific musical disciplines (piano, organ, voice). Academic classes have been created at the Magnificat in this context. Presently, the school has about 200 students and 28 teachers of different backgrounds, Christians, Muslims and Jews. Two of its students have recently obtained the Academic and Master’s Degrees at the Conservatory of Vicenza in piano and in the organ; other students have graduated from other international and local universities. Objectives The Magnificat provides broadly based educational opportunities in music from early childhood through adulthood. It increases the students' knowledge of music history, theory, instrument, voice and performance practice in classical and contemporary music. It offers and maintains an internationally recognized academic program delivered by highly qualified professional staff. Its students pursue higher degrees and careers in music. The Magnificat creates an active academic environment that is conducive to cooperation and harmony among the teachers, students, staff and the larger society. It engages the local and international community through live performances that aim at entertaining and educating.