The Edward Said National Conservatory of Music (ESNCM)

”The Edward Said National Conservatory of Music is the first and largest of the institutions driving a Palestinian musical renaissance.” Maya Jaggi, FINANCIAL TIMES.

The Edward Said National Conservatory of Music is the leading national music institution in Palestine, teaching music and delivering musical performances to all Palestinians wherever they are.

It was established in 1993, in Ramallah, as the National Conservatory of Music under the umbrella of the Board of Trustees of Birzeit University, after the result of a study that highlighted the huge gap in music education within the Palestinian society. In 2004, as a symbolic tribute to the late intellectual Edward Said, a honorary member of the Board, the name of the Conservatory was officially changed to ”The Edward Said National Conservatory of Music”

Today, the Conservatory has five branches in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Nablus and Gaza with an enrollment of over 1000 students. It offers a solid music education program for children and young people in both Arabic and Western music. It also runs an outreach program in small towns and villages, engaging children and young people in their own communities.  The Conservatory has several orchestras and ensembles, ranging from beginner to professional level, and they offer a wide variety of performances for the Palestinian public and beyond.

For more than 20 years, the ESNCM strives to disseminate the musical culture across Palestine, contributing towards the consolidation of Palestinian identity and the education of future generations. The Conservatory plays a vital role in the cultural life of the Palestinian people and offers hope and inspiration both to aspiring musicians and to lovers of music.

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