In 1999 the Slovene Ministry of Sport and Education
first granted a programme of secondary musical education to the
Primorska region. Within the Koper High School the Art School was
established consisting of the visual arts and the music departments.
The five years of consistent work has brought about outstanding
results, which are the evidence of the quality and high standard of
our work – the work of our pupils, teachers, parents, expert workers
and the Ministry. Our first graduates are pursuing their music studies
at the academies in Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Germany and France.
The expert workers at the Koper High School and the Koper Music School
are well aware of the fact that the future of the young lies in
education, therefore we strongly keep in touch with the individual
needs of the young artists. The pupils of the Art School have been the
reason for inviting numerous distinguished visiting lecturers from
Slovenia and abroad to the Koper Music School.
The Slovene Istria is growing into the third
Slovene university centre, which will need a more coherent cultural
scheme than exists now. The founding of the University of Primorska is
the fact which will in the following years attract a growing number of
the young to our town.
The coastal towns have been profoundly marked by
the activities of the composers Antonio Tarsia, Giuseppe Tartini,
Vladimir Lovec, Ivan Šček, Aldo Kumar, Ambrož Čopi, Bojan Glavina,
Tatjana Jercog. The lack of the Art School would
greatly impair the artistic pulse of our town and would lead to a
cultural apathy, which would seriously undermine the town's identity.
Artistic creativity will remain the symbol of regeneration, growth and
new life. We are aware that we are responsible for the young artists
in achieving their high goals and we have years ago set our minds to
helping them in their pursuits. Some of the young artists might not
continue their studies at the university level, but all of them will
be distinguished by the rich and invaluable dimension, which is art.