1 YEARBOOK 1 ST YEAR 2011/2012
2 GREETINGS Siri Sletner Norwegian Ambassador to Hungary This yearbook is a proof of the impressive achievements of the Snétberger Music Talent Center s first year of existence. Over 60 young Roma students have received musical training throughout the inaugural year. I have had the privilege to hear their wonderful music on several occasions and every time I am overwhelmed by their extraordinary talent. Norway takes her share of creating a Europe of solidarity, inclusion and equality through the Norway Grants. With 2.7 million in support through the Grants, I am glad to say that this project goes to the very core of our contribution. By creating a venue where talented Roma children and youth can develop their musical abilities, the Roma minority s musical culture is strengthened and revitalized. Perhaps even more importantly, the college, with the help of some of the best musicians in the world, provides inspiration and knowledge for young Roma to develop their talents and to build their professional careers. I hope that I will have the chance to hear the talented students from the centre on many more occasions. I wish you all the best for the coming years! Zoltán Balog Minister Ministry of Human Resources It has been a year since the center opened its gates. This was a significant year for cultural life in Hungary, not only because a truly unique and irreplaceable value was established, but also because the Snétberger Music Talent Center, with its quiet work and immense diligence, has been guiding talented young people along their individual, ongoing paths. It has been a year since these talented youngsters have not had to walk this road on their own, a year in which they became students of their idols, world renowned Roma musicians, who have turned quiet work and serious learning into music, and diligence into a game. In time, these young talents will become artists rough gemstones that transform into gems adorning the finest jewellery. Ferenc Snétberger and his colleagues are doing invaluable work. It is a pleasure to hear and see the progress, a pleasure to simply imagine the heights to where the center's pupils are heading although this may only be possible to comprehend if one is a musician. What else could I wish for after the successes you have earned on your first anniversary through so many hardships: good health, and that more rough gemstones may make their way onto the jeweller s workbench.
3 OUR MISSION is to create a strong model school, recognised on both local and international levels, in which we help disadvantaged, young Roma musical talents commence their musical careers via world class tuition and mentoring. A long-cherished dream of mine has become reality. I would like to thank everyone who supported us in achieving this. Our first academic year has ended and my conviction, that we are on the right track, is stronger than ever. I experienced amazing moments here at Felsőörs, not only in the area of music, but also amazing human moments. Our students support and respect each other. They explore different musical styles, simultaneously developing their own expertise while also motivating their peers. Hence my greatest thanks goes to our students, because they showed us that our work has meaning. I see the same determination in them that once drove me, through all obstacles, in the pursuit of finding my own path on the stages of the world. However, to continue our multifaceted task, we require your support. Indeed, music uplifts, in the noblest sense of the word, and that not only applies to the students, but to all of us as well. Loving greetings: Ferenc Snétberger Artistic Director I never thought that after more than 20 years of the most varied undertakings and cultural projects, I would in the end revert to my original profession and draft a welcome speech on the first anniversary of an educational institution. This center is, of course, much more and far different than an everyday school. Every day I realise that we have built not only a school, but we have also created a community. Not a day goes by without a text message, a Facebook post, or a like about the school, our performances, or our pupils. From one day to the next, all this became a part of my life: responsibilities and tasks related to our 60 children. Today, our institution is a large scale European enterprise with which we must carve our own path. I would like to say thanks for all of this not only to our supporters but also to each member of our small team, our crew; because even the best ideas fade into oblivion if we do not work together to realize them. Everyone that was with us and beside us over the past two years shares in this realization. Thanks to you all. Zoltán Mészáros Managing Director
4 THE ESTABLISHMENT AND OPERATION OF THE CENTER AT FELSŐÖRS The concept for the Talent Center came from ist and composer Ferenc Snétberger, who is of Hungarian Roma origin and now lives in Berlin. Early in his career he taught at a music secondary school in Germany which embraced musically talented Sinti and Roma youth. After meeting Roma youngsters and their families at his concert tours in Central and Eastern Europe, it became clear to Snétberger that this region also needed a similar type of specialised musical institute to embrace and mentor talented, but disadvantaged Roma youngsters, thus filling a void and providing them with this unique form of support. Plans became reality in the summer of The center at Felsőörs with its new, modern building complex annually provides an opportunity for at least 60 talented, mainly Roma youngsters between the ages of 12 and 20 to further develop their musical skills. The free training course lasts for 12 weeks (a 6 week summer period, a 3 week autumn, and a 3 week spring period) and can be carried out simultaneously with primary and secondary school education. Local and international interest and recognition in the program are indicated by the funding of the 2100 m² development, financed in part by the Norwegian Fund (85%) and the Hungarian government (15%). The Open Society Institute provides significant financial and professional support for the operation of the center, and the implementation of the professional program is also supported by the European Social Fund.
5 WHY IS THERE A NEED FOR THE SNÉTBERGER MUSIC TALENT CENTER? Artists belonging to the Roma minority play significant roles on international music stages and in many famous orchestras. For most of them, their musical education began at home with the family. Today, there are many talented Roma children who can only get a place in traditional music schools with great difficulty, if at all. And even if they can, their cumulative competitive disadvantage represents another problem altogether. In many cases their teachers, with varying degrees of professional training, cannot adjust their methods and classes to the children s former skills and methods learnt within Roma families. Photo from the film Music Saves You (under production) by Tamás Almási Our center's method is based on what these children have learnt at home and have brought with them: we encourage and teach them so that their talent and skills may evolve. We provide our students with support unavailable elsewhere, so that they may stand their ground in their musical studies and later on the stages of the world. photo: baon.hu
6 SELECTION OF STUDENTS Those youngsters who would like to study at the center and can already play some kind of musical instrument may participate in auditions held annually in numerous towns within Hungary and in the Hungarian populated regions outside Hungary s borders. The majority of applicants play, or violin, but the cello, bass, cimbalom, and percussion and wind instruments are also popular. Of the 350 applicants, Ferenc Snétberger and his musician colleagues personally chose those 65 children who started their studies in the summer of OUR MENTORS Our network of mentors helps in finding students and assisting them into our talentnurturing program. Our mentors search for and aid talented, disadvantaged, mainly Roma youths not only inside the borders of Hungary, but also in the Hungarian-speaking regions of neighbouring countries. Our mentors help develop the talents of specific students through personal development study plans in collaboration with the students families. This mentoring also involves the families of the students, and, if necessary, also provides help in determining and solving problems that fall outside the field of music. Transdanubia: Szabolcs Baráth. Northern-Plain Region, Southern-Plain Region Békés County: Valéria Dósa. Central-Hungarian Region, Northern-Hungarian Region Nógrád County: Erzsébet Anita Németh. Central-Hungarian Region, Slovakia: Mária Nyerges. Central-Hungarian Region, Southern-Plain Region Bács-Kiskun and Csongrád Counties, Serbia: Melinda Rafael. Northern- Hungarian Region Borsod and Heves Counties: Andrea Tóth. STATUS CHARACTERISTICS OF OUR FIRST YEAR STUDENTS The majority of our students come from disadvantaged small regions, depressed regions, and underdeveloped settlements where the rate of unemployment is significantly higher than the national average. They usually live in housing development projects or segregated parts of town. The average age of our students is 17. According to Roma traditions, instruments are mainly played by boys, and this is reflected in the makeup of our students, 85% of whom are boys. The average family consists of 5 people. Two-thirds of their parents are unemployed, and the children rate their family's economic status at 3.4 (on a scale of 10).
7 EDUCATION Throughout the 12 week intensive course, apart from individual instrument classes, our students also participate in band practice, and hearing and improvisational exercises. Musical mentoring, stage presence, jazz and classical musical theory are also important parts of their training. Students also learn English, information technology, and media-art. The curriculum includes regular small group discussions lead by contributing professionals on traditions and culture related to Roma identity, as well as human rights. Daily individual practice sessions are also an indispensable aspect of the nurturing of their talent. Via our marketing and management classes, self-awareness and career counselling small group activities, our students can acquire the knowledge and skills to attain and maintain a successful musical career. Based on their individual interest and talent, we train our students in the fields of jazz, world music and classical music. In our talent development training, musical boundaries are traversable; we had students who first encountered the world of improvisation at our center, and it was a cathartic experience for them to become acquainted with jazz music. Our first year students have formed numerous jazz bands. At their final concert (31 March 2012, at the Palace of Arts, ) these bands mostly played their own compositions with great success. WHAT HAPPENS TO THE STUDENTS AFTER THE PROGRAM? photo: Zoltán Tuba (origo) Naturally, we do not abandon our students after their studies at the center. Firstly, there are some students who we re-invite for another year of study based on the suggestions of our teachers and mentors. Secondly, we provide graduate students further possibilities to perform in the center's own and external events. We believe that our students learn and develop so much during this one year that they can successfully utilise the knowledge and experience gained with us, either in the field of music or in other fields in life, thus progressing with a better chance to successfully advance into the next stage of their lives. During their first year of education here, many students receive opportunities to perform at concerts and events, or to participate in further education. We also plan to establish a permanent orchestra, which would expand year by year with new members from our students. Besides all of the above, our mentors, if necessary, maintain contact with their mentees.
8 OUR TEACHERS Our teachers play a key role in the program, spending their days in direct contact with the Roma students. Their knowledge and experience, along with their constant, personalized assistance as patrons, mentors and music teachers is indispensible Our teachers have a unique understanding of Roma music culture and the socio-cultural environment of Roma arts. Hence our center facilitates the fostering of special connections and relationships that truly help the fulfilment and development of the Roma youth both professionally and psychologically. The professional musical training program is lead by Ferenc Snétberger, with the cooperation of locally and internationally acknowledged musicians and music teachers, and the occasional invitation of guest musicians and workshop teachers. SUBJECT TEACHERS IN THE 2011/2012 ACADEMIC YEAR: Jazz Guitar: Ferenc Snétberger, Attila László, Dávid Lamm, Mátyás Tóth. Classical Guitar: Edit Nagy. Cimbalom: Miklós Lukács, Rózsa Farkas, Tamás Kökény, György Vass. Jazz Piano, Improvisation: Béla Szakcsi Lakatos, Kálmán Oláh, Árpád Oláh Tzumó, Péter Rozsnyói. Classical Piano: János Balázs Jr., András Suki. Double Bass, Bass Guitar: József Barcza Horvát. Drums: András Mohay, Toni Snétberger. Cello: Marcell Vámos, Georgina Lakatos. Classical Violin: György Lakatos, Nándor Farkas, Éva Kebiszek. Jazz Violin: Zoltán Lantos. Clarinet: Péter Vámos, Péter Molnár. Flute: Szilárd Hajas. Composing: Árpád Barabás. Jazz Theory, Ear-training: Balázs Neumann. Ear-training: Eszter Demel. Jazz History: Róbert Maloschik. Classical Music History: Eszter Szalai. English: Michael Webb, Mrs. Zsuzsa Czukelter Pőcze. Marketing, Management: László Fazekas, Ákos Dominus, Zoltán Mészáros. Democracy: Ferenc Arató. Information Technology, Multimedia: Bertalan Uher, Pál Gyurik. Roma Culture: Tímea Junghaus. Career Guidance: Gabriella Szabó, Dóra Torkos. Learning Methodology: Mrs. Irén Glatz Gyömörei. WORKSHOP GUEST TEACHERS IN THE 2011/2012 ACADEMIC YEAR: Classical Violin: Péter Kováts. Percussion, Improvisation: Paolo Vinaccia. Vibraphone, Improvisation: David Friedman. Saxophone, Improvisation: Peter Weniger. Violin: Roby Lakatos. Singing: Bea Palya.
9 OUR STAFF: Julianna Tromposch Chief Operating Officer Judit Kőműves Networking and Fellowship Coordinator Max Peer Technical Manager Réka Szeberin Head of Communications László Wéber Social Policy Expert, Supervisor ANIMATORS Our animators are volunteer university students who help the students of the center throughout the 12 weeks of training. Besides organising recreational programs, they also function as helpers, educators and community builders. The first year animators were: Rezső Dér, Bálint György, Dóra Hete, Andrea Ignácz, Zsuzsanna Kalányos, Krisztián Kovács, Krisztina Kőszegi, Erika Pálosi, Réka Szandi, Eszter Tóth, Sára Czeglédy (secondary school volunteer).
10 PICTURES FROM OUR FIRST YEAR photo: Zoltán Tuba (origo) I held lessons, band and improvisational training at Felsőörs. The students were of various ages and had differing levels of experience. It was interesting and exciting to consider whether it was possible, and to what extent it was necessary, to harmonise this diversity. Thanks to the brilliant faculty and the kids, I believe that we were successful, and everyone found his or her own role and musical orientation. Apart from their talent, the students cooperated brilliantly, and it was a general tendency that they produced true music on the instruments they played. The whole camp became very homelike, and the atmosphere of the classes was splendid. Of course, there were cases when someone couldn t replace a broken string due to financial difficulties, but the circumstances here at camp are good, and such problems could easily be resolved. I think that during the course we managed to maintain and strengthen an important goal that we set during the auditions: that the students should become loveable talents. It was an exciting task for me too, because, amidst this pleasant atmosphere, it sometimes felt as if this was the center of the world. Attila László Jazz Guitar Instructor, Associate Professor of the Liszt Academy of Music photo: Zoltán Tuba (origo)
11 Dear Maestro... We too thank you that our children received such an opportunity, which, until now, unfortunately, neither they nor we dared dream of. My gratitude can truly not be expressed in words. We will never be able to repay you or the entire camp for the self-sacrificing work and love that our children received from you over the past 12 weeks, not to mention the knowledge... And to those parents whose children will start their training this year, I wish them the same breathtaking experience which we experienced at the concert on Saturday... p.s. I hope that we will meet again... I would really like to... and Music truly uplifts, to the skies thank you... thank you...thank you (quote from Facebook, from a letter written by one of our student's father) Dear Founder and Participants! They say a genius is one who knows more than he has learnt. This concert was brought together by love, collaboration and will. Its quality was ensured by talent, and its framework was provided by the endless belief, diligence and persistence of Ferenc Snétberger... I was sitting in the audience full of joy and faith, and I gained something which is truly a rare treasure: the hope that this is necessary and worthwhile! Dear Ferenc Snétberger! Do not regret the album that slipped away. There will be hundreds and thousands more to come: your own and many more made by your students, because the invested work and effort never gets lost. Thank you for the experience. I will follow the events closely, and encourage everyone to start making their dreams come true. Here is an example: You will succeed! Thank you! (quote from Facebook, after the closing concert at the Palace of Arts)
12 CONCERTS 2011: Exhibition opening at The House of Arts, Veszprém Valley of Arts, Kapolcs Rosé, Riesling and Jazz Days, Veszprém Village Days at Felsőörs Children's Christmas (event held by the National Roma Council) Roma Night at Europe Point, Millenáris Park Christmas '11 & Hanukkah '72 (organised by Music Against Racism ) RÉV Festival (concert at Révkomárom) St. Martin s Day concert, Lovas Romani Design fashion show, Museum Of Fine Arts Snétberger New Generation Concert, Palace of Arts The American Chamber of Commerce's Thanksgiving Dinner The German Chamber of Commerce's Christmas Party 2012: Ceremony of European Sinti and Roma Civil Rights Awards, Berlin "Roma Women in Europe" panel discussion in Berlin held by the Hungarian Embassy, Berlin Snétberger Students and Guests closing concert, Palace of Arts Almond Festival, Alsóörs Civic Picnic, Séd-valley, Veszprém Pentecostal Flower Feast, Ráday Street, Jazz Festival, Göd Rosé, Riesling and Jazz Days, Veszprém Village Days, Felsőörs, Lovas, Alsóörs Valley of Arts, Kapolcs Palya garden Sziget Festival: Roma tent Siemens End of Year Party
13 Tickets are available at the Palace of Arts and at ticket sales offices: 1095, Komor Marcell u. 1. Tel: (1) , 1061, Andrássy út 28. Tel: (1) Snétberger CONCERT StudentS and GueStS Benefit Concert celebrating Snétberger Music Talent Center s first graduating class March 31st, 2012 Palace of Arts Bartok Béla National Concert Hall Guests: 7PM Performers: Ferenc Snétberger and his students Attila László Péter Rozsnyói Dávid Lamm Árpád Tzumo Paolo Vinaccia János Balázs Toni Snétberger Rózsa Farkas Peter Weniger György Lakatos
14 STUDENTS OF THE YEAR 2011/12 We laughed a lot. I think I ve made a lot of progress. The classes were never boring. My favourite class was improvisational training. This was the first time I d ever tried anything like that. It s always been my plan, but now I m absolutely sure that music will be my life. Pál Antóni Békés István Babindák Csata clarinet Szilveszter Bangó Szalmatercs cimbalom Beatrix Berki Karancsság violin Károly Berki Sarolta Bíró Apátfalva flute Ernő Bodóczki Békés double bass, bass Imre Juhász Géza Kállai Gábor Kemenczei Szolnok Michael Kurina Szabadka violin, Viktória Kurina Szabadka violin Antal Kuru Edelény Ádám Lakatos Nyíregyháza András Pepe Puporka Csákányháza Jenő Rácz cello Richárd Rácz Sajókaza Roland Rácz bass József Raffai Szabadka István Rézműves Szendrőlád Béla Rózsa
15 I think I managed to truly understand what the phrase "Music Uplifts" means. The atmosphere, the environment, the students, and the buzz were fantastic. Jazz means everything to me, and I feel that I ve been given a great, great opportunity. 15 Norbert Bogdán Nagykanizsa Renátó Botos Ragyolc violin Boldizsár Burai Szekszárd violin Sándor Csipkés Domoszló drums Róbert Csiklya Krisztián Csonka Karancsság cimbalom Tibor Danyi Ragyolc Attila Lakatos Ladislas Lakatos Méhi Zoltán Lakatos Karancskeszi Sándor Lázi Borsodbóta Simon Máté drums József Nagy Hajdúszoboszló Krisztián Oláh Fülek Sándor Rózsa drums Elemér Róbert Sándor Richárd Sándor József Sárközi Lili Sárközi Tamás Siska Makó drums Olivér Sztojka Celldömölk cimbalom
16 I had an opportunity to perform at the Palace of Arts, and since then I also performed my own composition in Berlin, which was an amazing experience. I ve made a lot of new friends, and uncle Feri is not only a great artist, but a cool guy as well. We had very famous teachers, to whom I am very grateful. Antal Farkas Eger Attila Farkas Tornalja bass, double bass Ernő Farkas Kecskemét violin József Farkas Heves Elemér Fehér Gödöllő clarinet József Horváth Miskolc Márió Horváth Tornalja Alexandra Orsós Szedres violin Gergő Bálint Palásti Gödre bassoon Máté Julián Palásti Gödre Mihály András Palásti Gödre cello Zsófia Zea Palásti Gödre flute Ferenc Pintér Melánia Puporka Recsk Zotán Talpas Karancslapujtő Kamilla Tóth Sáta Vivien Alexandra Vadászi violin László Váradi Eger violin Károly Varga Szabadka violin Tivadar Varga Békés To be continued
17 FINANCING The financing of the Snétberger Music Talent Center rests on four pillars: Hungarian and EU grants NGO grants (i.e. Open Society Institute) Incomes of the Malomvölgy Center Felsőörs (www.malomvolgy.hu), the location of the Snétberger Music Talent Center Company and individual donations, sponsorship In order for the continued operation of our center from the search and selection of talented Roma children, to the cost of their education, mentoring, meals and accommodation, to providing opportunities for them to perform at concerts thus furthering their musical careers the involvement of external sources and sponsors is essential. That is why we have established the Snétberger Music Talent Public Foundation, which supports the operating costs of our center and the long-term development of our Roma students. All support is welcome! From 2013 we will have the opportunity to accept 1% of individuals personal income tax through our foundation. Information about our Foundation: Name: Snétberger Zenei Tehetség Kiemelten Közhasznú Alapítvány (Snétberger Music Talent Public Foundation) Address: Hóvirág u. 28., 8227 Felsőörs, Hungary Founder: Ferenc Snétberger Representative: Zoltán Mészáros, President of the Advisory Board Taxation number: Bank: Kinizsi Bank, Óváros tér. 22., 8200 Veszprém, Hungary Transfer Information: Beneficiary: Snétberger Foundation Forint account number: IBAN: HU SWIFT/BIC code: TAKBHUHBXXX Euro account number: IBAN: HU SWIFT/BIC code: TAKBHUHBXXX
18 Our institution operates within the Malomvölgy Educational and Recreational Centre at Felsőörs, which apart from the 12 training weeks of the Snétberger Music Talent Center is ideally suited to all types of corporate and private events. The income of the Malomvölgy Centre supports the Snétberger Music Talent Center's operating costs. In this way, every one of our guests supports a noble cause. Further information: Supporters KIM Európai Szociális Alap Roma fiatalok zenei és munkaerőpiaci kompetenciáinak fejlesztése Felsőörsön, a Malomvölgyben TAMOP / Professional Partners Norwegian Jazz Association, Roma-Sinti Union, Freundenberg Foundation, The Liszt Academy of Music, Zentralrat Deutscher Sinti und Roma Communications Partner Media Supporters Development Supporters Hóvirág u. 28., 8227 Felsőörs, Hungary Edited by Réka Szeberin, Krisztina Szily Designed by Tünde Mészáros Photo: Zsolt Melczer