10-12 NOVEMBER 2012

Dear colleagues,
We are pleased to announce that the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatoire has been given an honour of hosting the AEC Annual Congress 2012.

Our conservatoire has been a member of AEC since 2004 and our representative Dmitry Chasovitin has been a regular attendant of the association’s activities. Together with his team he has already organized five international conferences, including the ABAM Rectors’ Conference, and four Conferences on Music Education.

At the conservatoire, we are devoted to enhancing the quality of education and strengthening the international communication within the field of music education.

Thematic day - Sunday, 11 November

Artistic Integrity: Incentives and Challenges provided by the Music "Market", the Regulatory Sector, and Arts (or Cultural) Institutions

While there may be little agreement as to a precise definition of integrity, let alone artistic integrity, it's safe to say that artistic integrity refers to an to an individual’s relation towards the standards of his or her profession , including artistic ideals, commitments and values. Apart from exploring the concept itself, its meaning and application, this year's thematic day will be looking at how artistic integrity fares in regard to three different sectors: the music “market” , the regulatory sector and the arts institutions. In particular, we would like to discuss how these sectors may provide incentives that may challenge or even undermine the artist’s pursuit of integrity. A better understanding of these issues can doubtless prove beneficial to the future of art music.

For further information, please contact Anna Opochinskaya on
phone +7 (921) 653 80 54

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Please visit the AEC website for detailed information on the Congress.

The European Association of Conservatoires (AEC) is a European cultural and educational network with 280 member institutions for professional music training in 55 countries.

AEC Congress

Each year in November, the AEC Annual Congress takes place in a different country, during which representatives of all member institutions meet to discuss specific themes, to exchange information and to broaden their professional and personal networks. The AEC Annual Congress is also used as a platform to inform AEC members about the work done in the AEC projects and about the latest developments in higher education at European level. The annual General Assembly of AEC members is another important part of the annual congress, including the Information Forum. At the Annual Congress, which is normally visited by 220 – 250 participants from all over the world, the AEC provides simultaneous translation in English, French and German, reflecting the multi-lingual approach of the Association. In addition to plenary sessions, discussion groups and workshops, the AEC Congresses are famous for their musical components.

About AEC

The AEC is a European cultural and educational network, which was established in 1953 (see AEC History). It represents the interests of institutions that are concerned with training for the music profession. Today, the AEC includes 280 member institutions in 55 countries.

The AEC works for the advancement of European Higher Music Education and, more generally, of music, the arts and culture in contemporary society and for future generations. It does this through providing support, information and expert advice to the specialist institutions offering Higher Music Education, through engaging in advocacy and partnership-building at European and international levels and through measures to raise understanding and enhance standards of Higher Music Education across the European Higher Education Area and beyond.

Whilst Music is the primary focus of the AEC, Dance and Drama are often taught alongside Music in the specialist institutions represented by the Association and, under those circumstances, its mission actively embraces these disciplines.

The statements made here, and in the Aims, Objectives and Values of the AEC, should therefore be regarded as also applying, where relevant, to these sister performing arts.