The Orquesta Escuela offers a two-year training program.

In the first year, participants study the major orchestral tango styles from the 1940s and ‘50s using original arrangements from the period. In the second year, the student orchestra works with an invited orchestra director each month.

In this way, students are able to share the stage with the genre’s leading figures.

Rehearsals are held from 2:30-5:00pm twice weekly from April to December.

Beginning in the third month of study, up to four performances are scheduled each month. A break is taken between January and March.

Students are allowed up to 15 minutes tardiness, beyond which half an absence is calculated.

To successfully advance to the second year of study, students must have achieved a minimum of 75% attendance.

Tuition is free, but transportation is at the student’s expense. Certificates will be awarded.

The program of study is as follows:

Year 1:
A study of the most important tango orchestra styles from the 1940s and 50s. Students work with original arrangements from the great orchestras of the era (one style per month).

Periodically, invited orchestra directors offer specific instruction on each style. In the following order, the styles studied are:

-Carlos Di Sarli. students work with the tango "Milonguero viejo," which he wrote, and "A la gran muñeca," by Jesús Ventura and Miguel Osés.

-Aníbal Troilo, with his tango "Responso" and "Chiqué" by Ricardo Luis Brignolo.

-Osvaldo Pugliese, with his tango "La Yumba," as well as "Bandoneón arrabalero" by Contursi and Deambroggio in an arrangement by Lavallén.

- Juan D` Arienzo, with "Loca" by Manuel Jovés, as well as "La Puñalada" by Pintín Castellanos.

- Alfredo Gobbi, with his tango "Redención" and "Camandulaje."

- Horacio Salgán, with his "La llamo silbando," as well as his arrangement of "Gallo Ciego" by Agustín Bardi.

- Astor Piazzolla, with his tangos "Villeguita" and "Melancólico Buenos Aires".

While studying this repertoire of styles, students also work with music by Emilio Balcarce, such as "La Bordona", "De Contrapunto" and "Si sos brujo," as well as works by the orquesta's current musical director Víctor Lavallén. Finally, lectures on music analysis and the historical context of each style are given.

Year 2:
In addition to musical direction by Víctor Lavallén, students in the second year also receive guest directors who guide the orquesta in varied performances using their own original material. Such directors may include the maestros Raúl Garello, Mauricio Marcelli, José Colángelo, Carlos Pazo and Ernesto Franco, among many others.

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