Phare Music School – Let the music play! ♪♫♪

Phare Ponleu Selpak is training the next generation of Cambodian musicians, sound designers and composers.

In 2014, a section of the old music school fell apart and for safety reasons, the whole building had to be destroyed. Since they don’t have any dedicated space to learn and create, our young musicians find themselves forced to train and perform where they can find some space where to play and organise jam sessions without disturbing the other classes. Most of the time, they gather under the campus’ big trees, at the mercy of the unpredictable Cambodian weather…

Our music students need a new space and music equipment to create, perform and collaborate!

That is why we initiated the construction of a brand new building made of five classrooms and a central pavilion stage to perform and gather. All that made on a sustainable way by the famous architect Stuart Cochin, with two landscape garden corners, and covered by a bamboo canopee to protect our students from Cambodia’s burning sun and heavy rains.

Contribute to the funding of this project and help us changing lives through music and arts!

For each level of donation, get your name engraved in a piece of design or on a full building:

  • $1000: Your name engraved on the stairs (central area)
  • $10 000: Give your name to one of our lovely landscape garden corner (2 available)
  • $15 000: Give your name to one of the resources rooms (2 available)
  • $20 000: Give your name to a classroom (3 available)
  • $25 000: Give your name to the central pavilion stage (1 available – already taken)

If you would like to donate more than $10 000 and are interested in tax benefit options, please contact first our fundraising department, sending an email to: [email protected].

Obviously, all the small donations are also very important and we count on all your support to contribute and share our initiative with your friends!

To make a donation, please visit our SimplyGiving fundraising platform!

Phare Music School – figures and story!

  • The music curriculum was created in 1996
  • 21 students in our music vocational training in 2018
  • 191 students in traditional, modern and classical music leisure classes in 2018/
  • 3 teachers, occasionnally supported by volunteers

The new Music School project:

The design is based on a “Camp de Roulottes” concept, where individual rooms are clustered around an outdoor performing space, with the entire space covered by a bamboo canopy, giving shade and protection from rain. With this new design the existing trees will be preserved, keeping much needed natural shade. The cluster of rooms create natural niches for students to sit and mingle, while the central space can inspire impromptu practice concerts and be converted to host more formal events. The open spaces also allow for plenty of airflow keeping the rooms naturally ventilated.

Building design has the power to impact the culture on campus and a space that promotes interactions, creativity and cross discipline collaborations is very much needed. In addition with design, a strong message can be sent about the overall vision of the school, which in this case is to embrace the future possibilities while taking into consideration environmental impacts.

End of the construction: September 2018


Stuart Cochlin Architects

Stuart Cochlin Architects, based in Siem Reap, have been engaged to rethink and redesign the music school. Stuart Cochlin, leading the team, is a UK certified architect. He has been based in Siem Reap for 10 years and embraced design that brings value to projects with sustainable and social responsibility. He is also perhaps the only architect in Cambodia embracing the use of bamboo as a sustainable construction material.