The Cascais Music Conservatoire, an official music school linked to the Cascais and Oeiras Chamber Orchestra (OCCO), was inaugurated on April 19, 2008. It is located on a fully recovered old building named Chalet Madalena, a former hostel in Monte Estoril. It is the direct successor of the earlier Concertino Music School (functioning since 2002) under the scope of the OCCO Association.
The opening of the Cascais Music Conservatoire was a relevant happening in the municipality of Cascais, and also the fulfillment of one of the major goals of the Association. In July 2008, the Cascais Music Conservatoire was officially recognized by the Ministry of Education as the first official music school in the Municipality of Cascais.
In 2014, the Conservatoire expanded its offer with the opening of the Dance Department, which official Dance Course was also recognized by the ministry of Education in 2017.
The aim of the OCCO Association is clear: to render the Cascais Music Conservatoire as an example of the dissemination of national art and culture, and to make it a long lasting institution, reaching a large range of ages and throughout the whole region.
With its excellent location, building of quality and welcoming garden, the Music Department of the Cascais Conservatoire has fully equipped and soundproof rooms, offering the best conditions for the development of a quality educational project. Evidence of this is that after only one year from its inauguration, the Conservatoire had over 300 students both in official and free courses.
The Music Department of the Cascais Conservatoire has been working in partnership with the Cascais Municipality and other institutions on various projects within the music field, a collaboration that comes since the former Concertino Music School: coordination of time extensions for students, educational presentations for the Municipality’s schools and concerts in partnership with OCCO, among other initiatives.
The Dance Department facilities have natural light, two fully equipped rooms, and modern showers and locker rooms. With qualified teachers, all the classes include evaluation periods and public presentations. The adult classes may or may not have these evaluation components, according to the student’s preferences.
Both facilities of the Cascais Conservatory are located in a neighbourhood where the cultural and artistic offer is rising. Near to the Teatro Mirita Casimiro, to the newly opened Cascais Design School and to the Cruzeiro-Sol (the building of the first shopping center in Portugal which will go through a rehabilitation to become the Estoril Arts Academy), the Cascais Dance and Music Conservatory is located in one of the most beautiful places in the Country, and close to one of the main arteries between Cascais and Lisbon, the Estrada Marginal – one of the “best coastal roads in Europe”.