The Michael N. Stassinopoulos – VIOHALCO (MSVF) Public Benefit Foundation offers scholarships for the Attiko Conservatory of Tripoli to a significant number of Tegea students.
The purpose of this endeavor, which was introduced in 2003, is to cultivate the musical education of the young and to create a Music Department, which can musically accompany various events of the Foundation.
The Attiko Conservatory of Tripoli was founded in 1983 by the composer and teacher of music theory, Giorgos Katralis, and his teacher Ioannis Christofilos, a composer. It is recognised by the state as an educational institution, which is controlled and supervised by the Ministry of Culture. It is an art school. Music studies there are one of the few primary and secondary education subjects that can ensure a professional diploma at a young age. Students are taught classical instruments (piano, guitar and violin), traditional instruments (bouzouki, clarinet and lute) and singing. At the Attiko Conservatory, a sense of fair competition is developed and musical experience is gained.
The Attiko Conservatory operates with a sense of sincerity, discipline, organisation and planning. All students, regardless of age, who learn a specific instrument or signing, also attend a series of courses consisting of theory, solfeggio, ear training, choir, music history, etc., which ensure a well-rounded knowledge of music. Throughout the years, many young people have advanced to the higher levels of music and have obtained certificates and diplomas, studied at university music departments and won distinctions in Pan-Hellenic and international competitions
Students from Tegea and Tripoli, who attend the Attiko Conservatory, give an annual student concert every year. This event is held in the theatre of the Cultural Center in Stadio, Tegea, under the responsibility and supervision of K. Katralis, and is open to the general public. Throughout the year, they also take part in many other events, musical evenings and concerts featuring traditional and folk songs, as well as popular, classic, rock-pop and jazz music. They organise tributes to great personalities from the world of art (Kostas Karyotakis, Manos Loizos, Manos Hatzidakis, Maria Kallas, Mikis Theodorakis, Dimitris Mitropoulos, etc.), poetry set to music, opera, religious music, etc. The choir performs both in Arcadia and elsewhere. The students of the Attiko Conservatory of Tripoli have successfully performed at the Athens Concert Hall, and have taken part in various choir and other festivals.
Some titles of the annual student concerts organised in recent years include: “Concert dedicated to Nikos Gatsos” (2007); “Participation in the tribute to Odysseas Elytis” (2011); “Concert with poetry set to music” (2014); “Anthology of Greek songs” (2015 & 2016); “Musical journey from the past to the present” (2017); the “Greek song in the colours of Efterpi” (2018).