The Passionfruits Association
The Passionfruits Association is a group of young, creative people who come from different backgrounds and professions, but have one thing in common: a passion in life that they want to pursue – and share it with others. They started out back in 2015 as a group of friends who were united by a love for folk dancing. Gradually, the organization started to grow – the initial group was joined by enthusiasts of photography, music, singing and mountain climbing, strategic games and fencing, people passionate about history and those for whom the path in life is physical activity. Today the Association is a shared destination for all those who wish to do more in their life than just a 9 to 5 job.
“We have no limits – the only condition for joining the Association is the will to do what you love in life. We help to implement it, provide tools and resources, and share knowledge and advice. All you need is an open mind and a heart full of enthusiasm.”
The aim of the Association’s activities is to promote the model of work-life balance among young people and adults by supporting them in their pursuit of exploring and fulfilling life passions, in accordance with the guiding principle of the organization – “Do what you love. Love what you do”.
Chopin University of Music
The Chopin University of Music is Poland’s oldest and largest institution of higher education constantly developing collaboration with the biggest music centres in Poland and around the world.
Our students are taught at nine departments in Warsaw and at the UMFC Branch in Białystok and they can choose between nine majors: Composition and Theory of Music, Conducting, Instrumental Studies, Vocal Studies, Artistic Education within the Art of Music, Church Music, Dance, Jazz and Stage Music, and Sound Engineering.
The University offers first and second cycle studies as well as Doctoral School. Other forms of education at the UMFC are fee-based postgraduate studies and artistic training. The University awards its graduates with the professional title of ‘licencjat’ – upon completion of first cycle studies, and the professional title of ‘magister sztuki’ – upon completion of second cycle studies.
At the UMFC, we feel responsible for the future of our alumni. We pay special attention to supporting the initiatives undertaken by students and appreciating their initiative-oriented attitudes. Students who pursue intense artistic and academic activity, prepare for participation in international competitions and other significant artistic and academic undertakings, and also students with particularly difficult living conditions or temporary health problems may follow an individual curriculum and plan of study.
Additionally, our alumni also have an opportunity to improve their competencies as part of the Initiative Centre and during monthly courses called Reach the Stars enabling them to develop their skills under the supervision of the most renowned artists from all over the world. Among musicians and ensembles originating from our institution we can find leading Polish and world-famous artists.
Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre
The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre is a public university offering higher education in all major fields of the musical and dramatic arts at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels. Although with its approximately 550 students, of whom 20% are foreign, EAMT is the smallest among six Estonian public universities and university-level higher education institutions, internationally it can be compared to medium-sized music and theatre academies.
Founded in 1919, today the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre is a world-class institution boasting an impressive roster of alumni including composers Erkki-Sven Tüür, Helena Tulve and the world’s most performed living composer Arvo Pärt, pianists Ivari Ilja, Peep Lassmann and Kalle Randalu, as well as conductors Olari Elts, Tõnu Kaljuste, Anu Tali and Arvo Volmer. The vast majority of the actors performing in Estonian theatres are also alumni of our Drama School. Research into a multitude of subjects takes place under the musicology, education, pedagogy, and dramatic art departments.
Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre is a member of many international organisations and an active participant in educational programmes financed by the European Union and the Nordic Council of Ministers. The number of partner universities, including several leading European music and theatre universities, exceeds 140. Short-term master classes by visiting professors have become an integral part of the study programme.
EAMT participates as an organiser or partner in international intensive courses with a number of universities and continues to participate in specialist collaborative networks such as Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Academies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC), Association of Nordic Music Academies (ANMA), European League of the Institutes of Arts (ELIA), European Arts Management Education Network (ENCATC), Arts Management Society (AIMAC), and International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ).
Tito Schipa Conservatory of Music
The “Tito Schipa” Conservatory of Music in Lecce was founded as a music school in 1930. Currently, it is the Institute of Higher Artistic and Music Education of the Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research. It’s activities are aimed at students of all levels of higher education, researchers, music producers and spreads the Italian music culture in the country and abroad.
The educational program of the Conservatory covers all music disciplines, including early music, conducting, band music, jazz, composition, musical theory and analysis, electronic music, sound engineering and modern acoustic technologies. Currently, over 700 students study at our University in 64 undergraduate and graduate programs. We have a staff of over 130 teachers and employees who, in addition to conducting educational classes, prepare and support international projects, music productions and are actively devoted to developing the talents of our students.
The department dealing with Erasmus + projects is also very active in our Conservatory. Thanks to numerous projects, we have a large group of partner institutions located in 20 European countries.