Online Training

Online Master in Arab World Singing

A journey into the musics of the Arab World that will transform your musical vision and performance

Invest in your artistic growth


This Master aims to help you grow as an artist through an exploration of the musics of the Arab world, by developing and perfecting your vocal and musical style, and by acquiring new resources that will allow you to build your own creative, musical language. 

To achieve this: 

  1. You will hone your understanding of the styles and performance of the musics of the Arab world. 
  2. You will expand your musical vision and broaden your sonic horizons by exploring them in-depth. 
  3. You will build musical bridges that will help transform you into a unique and memorable artist. 
  4. You will learn methodologies and ways of working that you can apply to all musical styles and at all levels of expertise. 

Advantages of this Master

Course content

Course content overview

After several years of design and preparation, the Arab World Singing Master, created by Irene Shams, will launch in 2023. This pioneering new Master, the first of its kind worldwide, integrates the oral traditions of the Arab world with the latest musical and vocal pedagogies and science. 

This Master’s comprehensive program combines theory and musical-cultural immersion with a major focus on practice sessions. These sessions are grounded in the Cantantes PRO Method, which is designed to help singers explore their maximum vocal, musical, creative, and personal potential. 

The program includes over 130 hours of live teaching sessions, recorded lectures and videos, course materials, guidance and support, and access to an online community.

+130 hours of live teaching sessions

+ 20 hours of recorded content

Guidance and support

Online community

Course materials

5 months of musical immersion

Course syllabus

1. Theory and practical lessons

You will receive theory and practical lessons taught by Irene Shams, which will give you a solid foundation in the subject areas of Musics of the Arab World, Singing, and Voice and Music Pedagogy. Includes learning materials, and recorded lectures and videos. 

  1. Music and culture. 
  2. Music components. 
  3. Introduction to the musics of the Arab world.
  4. Rhythm and rhythmic patterns grouped by country and musical style. 
  5. Organology and timbre in the Arab world. 
  6. Melodic and modal systems in the Arab world. 
  7. Musical structure and form in the musics of the Arab world. 
  8. Musical texture in the musics of the Arab world. 
  9. Musical analysis and methodologies. 
  10. Genres, styles, and countries (I). Classical-art music. 
  11. Genres, styles, and countries (II). Traditional-folk music. 
  12. Genres, styles, and countries (III). Urban and popular music.  
  13. Music, sound, and religion 
  1. Contemporary hybridization. 
  2. Compositional, vocal, and stylistic resources. 
  3. Final Project.
  1. Introduction to singing and the voice. 
  2. Cantantes Pro Method. 
  3. Vocal technique applied to the musics of the Arab world. 
  4. Vocal development methodologies and tools. 
  5. Vocal analysis. 
  6. Singing challenges, repertoire, and practice sessions. 

2. Live Masterclasses

22 Masterclasses (44 hours) with world-class instructors where you will work on the repertoire and vocal styles of the different countries of the Arab world, from the oral tradition approach. You will also learn how to hybridize them and integrate them into your own style.

“History of Andalusian classical music” 

“Forms, rhythms and modes of Al Ala Andalusian classical music 

“Vocal style and repertoire of Andalusian classical music” 

“Songs from the Gharnati repertoire”  

Sana’a so songs of Algeria

The Tunisian Maluf: rhythms and modes 

Music and rhythms of Sudan


“Oriental classical singing: Egypt, Syria, Lebanon”  

“Vocal improvisation” 

Traditional Arab song: from tradition to fusion”  

Qudud and songs of Aleppo”

“Musics of the Great Ladies of Arab Song: Oum Kulzum, Fairuz, Asmahan

“La ughniya tawila de Oum Kulthum”

Khaliji and songs of Jordan

Al ghina al Sanani and songs of Yemen” 

Songs of the Iraqi Maqam”

“Songs of Iraq and Jordan”  

“Revisiting traditional repertoires: hybridization” 

The Iraqi Maqam

3. Classes and workshops with expert instructors

22 workshops (44 hours) and classes with experts in Arab world musics and culture, where you will hone your performance skills and learn about the anthropological and socio-cultural context of these musics.

The Maqamat Practice. Golden Era.

“The Duff technique 

“Rhythms of the Arab world”

“Modern history of the Arab world” 

“Culture and society in the Arab world” 

Arab and Andalusian classical poetry and literature

Islamic thought and spirituality”

Working with musics of the Arab world

“The Arabic Alphabet. Pronunciation, reading, and writing of Fusha Arabic.

“Introduction to the Arab world

Bedouin Nabati poetry

“Discovering the Arab world through the 5 senses

4. Live group mentoring sessions

Each week you will have a live session with Irene Shams, dedicated to Q&A, methodology and monitoring your progress. These sessions are designed to offer you all the help and support you need to achieve your goals. 

We will answer your questions and hone your vocal style and technique, helping you to integrate what you learn and to overcome challenges. 

Also, these sessions are designed to be a space where you can create synergies with other singers and be part of a support group.

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Master Instructors

Dr. Ghada Shbeir

- Lebanon -

Ustad Charbel Rouhana

- Lebanon -

Ustad Amin Chaachoo

- Morocco -

Ustad Layth Sidiq

- Jordan/Iraq -

Ustada Farida Mohammad Ali

- Iraq -

Dra. Syrine Ben Moussa

- Tunisia -

Ustad Khaled Alhafez

- Syria -

Ustad Fouad Didi

- Argelia -

Ustad Wael Sami Elkholy

- Dubai/Egypt -

Dr. Mohammad Gomar

- Iraq -

Ustad Abdallah Mhoul

- Jordan/Qatar -

Linda Alahmad

- Syria -

Muhammad Al Hejry

- Yemen/Egypt -

Ustad Basel Saleh

- Spain -


- Sudán -

Luis Taberna

- Spain -

Samu Abu Shumays

- Palestine/USA -

Dra. Manuela Cortés García

- Sudán -

Sara Mosleh Moreno

- Spain -


- Spain/Egypt -

Dr. Antonio de Diego

- Spain -

Marina Barrionuevo

- Argentina -

Mohammad Tarraf

- Syria -

Wasim Rabah Naser

- Syria/Spain -

Irene Shams

- Spain -

Specialized instructors


Student Feedback

Qanun player

Lene Dalen​

«There is a “before” and an “after” Irene. She is unique – active musician, with a deep knowledge of Arab music, a great teacher and also knowledgeable about the dances of the Arab world, so she understands the needs of the dancers. She has opened my ears and made me a much better musician and dancer. Thank you, Irene»


Singer, songwriter and educator

Looping Greis

«Irene is a great voice teacher. She also has a vast and deep musical knowledge. If you add to this a rigorous research on the voice in the various traditions of the world, you get an inexhaustible source of inspiration. For me, as a singer, composer and teacher, Irene’s influence has been transversal.»


Master in Contemporary Arab and Islamic Studies

Javier Lanchetas Sánchez-Guzmán

Javier Lanchetas Sánchez-Guzmán

«This course has helped me delve further into the musics of the Arab world; although I had already performed some pieces and I knew the main ajnas of the Maqamat, after completing this course I have a much broader understanding of other rhythms and musical genres. It’s a much richer and broader musical diversity than I imagined, which inspires me to continue learning about these musics. Shukran!»


Singer, singing teacher, voice physiotherapist

Alexandra Montón

«I felt a bit stuck and Irene brought out in me an energy and a way of working that was completely new to me. Sharing the experience with other people facing the same challenge was both motivational and inspiring, not only as I got to observe how they work, but also because I could see them achieving the goals of the course and making progress as each day went by.

I think you can learn a lot from this group approach, as a singer and as a vocal coach, to develop a different way of working on YOUR goals from a new and, dare I say, wiser and more creative perspective.»


Singer, actress and vocal coach

Leora Glaslow

«Singing is a very peculiar artform where you’re the instrument. It isn’t something exterior or different from you. YOU are the singing. Singing is intrinsically connected to our physical, mental, and emotional state. I believe that singing is spiritual – in the truest and broadest sense of the word. And if you take that as your starting point, you can do anything. I’m saying all of this because I think that Irene also knows and understands this. I believe it’s the main principle that guides everything she does. 

 Irene Shams helped reignite my passion for this artform, and for the work and routine it requires. She made me think about who I am as a singer and as an artist, and about who I want to become.»


This master is for you

Who is this master ideal for?

Singers – vocal coaches and singing teachers – composers and instrumentalists 


This Master is for you if you are a singer who is interested in any of the following:

Oral tradition

Arab world

Personal style



Vocal coaches and signing teachers

This Master is for you if you are a vocal coach or singing teacher who is interested in any of the following:


Vocal analysis


Composers and intrumentalists

This Master is for you if you are a composer or instrumentalist who is interested in the musics of the Arab world and/or looking for resources and inspiration to apply to your vocal repertoires. 

 IMPORTANT: During this Master the instrument we will use is the VOICE. Except for the workshops on the Duff method, this Master does not cover instrumental techniques. 

All your questions answered

Frequently asked questions

The Arab World Singing Master starts on Friday, April 7, 2023, and ends on Saturday, September 2, 2023. It lasts 5 months.

All the live sessions are recorded and uploaded to the platform. If you cannot attend a live session, you will be able to stream it afterwards.

You do not need to speak Arabic to study this Master, although if you are an Arabic speaker – Marhaban!  

 Pronunciation is a technical aspect that every singer needs to work on. This is why this Master includes 3 sessions specifically focused on pronunciation, phonetics, and reading Fusha Arabic. This way, you will have a solid base to work from and you will be able to read song titles and lyrics. 

 Additionally, in the Masterclasses you will work on the pronunciation and specific dialects of each case. 

With the live sessions (6 hours), recorded lectures and videos, and singing practice, on average you should allow for 10-12 hours a week.  

Remember: this is a Master in singing and music! Getting the best results will depend on your commitment to practicing carefully. 

In addition to the proposed activities of this course, we will also suggest extra activities, such as watching documentaries, films or concerts, reading articles and books, etc. 

Although all of this will require a lot of time, it is essential if you want to have a truly immersive musical and cultural experience! 

Yes, places are limited (50). 

 We want to guide and support you in the best way possible, to give you the opportunity to actively participate in the classes, and to attentively take care of your needs. For this reason, there must be a limit on the number of students enrolled on the Master. 

 So that you can answer questions such as “Is this Master suitable for me?” or “Am I suitable for this Master?”, we offer an interview to assess whether your needs and goals are aligned with the Master.

The price of the master is €2,300. There is a registration promotion at €1,900 for webinar attendees and another €100 discount for those who pay the master’s degree in a single payment.

You can pay the master in 5 installments of 380€/month.

LEGAL NOTICE: once you have enrolled on the Master and paid the first instalment, you will be contractually obliged to pay the remaining instalments. Breach of contract will result in the loss of your rights and access to the Master, in addition to possible legal action. Under no circumstances will any paid instalments be refunded.

Yes, once you have completed the Master and the proposed activities of the course within the deadline, you will receive a Master completion certificate. 

If you do not complete the Master within the deadline or you fail to complete the planned activities of the course, you will receive a Master attendance certificate

En caso de que no termines en el plazo o que no completes las actividades propuestas, recibirás un diploma de asistencia.

The timetable of the live sessions is (UGT +1, Central European Summer Time): 

FRIDAY from 5:00 PM. Q&A and voice sessions with Irene Shams.  

SATURDAY from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM: Classes and workshops. 

SATURDAY from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM: Masterclasses.

This Master is aimed at singers with some musical and singing experience. 

 Regarding singing, you will need to have a certain degree of vocal control and some singing experience. Most importantly, you should be able to sing in tune and have some level of ear training skills. 

 Regarding music theory, although all the concepts will be explained in an accessible way so you can understand them regardless of your level, some music reading experience and basic knowledge of music theory are an asset. 

The Master includes group guidance and support in the weekly Friday sessions. In these sessions, we will address your specific needs, monitor your progress, and help you individually. However, this Master does not include one-to-one singing / vocal technique lessons. 

 If you need one-to-one singing / vocal technique lessons:  

  1. to help you gain more vocal balance and face the vocal challenges of the Master more easily; 
  2. to achieve better results and make faster and more solid progress; and / or 
  3. to have more personalized and detailed feedback, 

 you can purchase lessons or packs of lessons with Irene Shams or a member of her vocal coaching team on a one-off or regular basis during the Master. 

If you have some singing and musical experience, then you will know that this is impossible! Mastering your vocal technique and mastering any musical style takes hours of dedication, training, maturity, and exposure to the music in question. It also largely depends on your level of commitment. 

The aim of this Master is not for you to become an expert in all the styles you will discover and study, not even in one of the styles! 

By the end of this course, we want you to have an in-depth overview of the musics of the Arab world and their context. We want you to experience these musics, gain new musical and vocal tools, enrich your style, broaden your musical horizons… All of this in itself is a great deal! 

If after completing this course you plan to deepen your knowledge of one of the musical styles in particular or of how to integrate them into your own style, we guarantee that this Master will provide you with the best starting point for doing so.

The Master is stored on a platform. You will be able to access the platform a few days before starting the Master so that you can familiarize yourself with it.  

The live sessions are via Google Meet in the first session.

No, the Master is an independent qualification. It does not have the validity of a university master’s degree.

We hope so! Although you will have to wait a little, probably until mid-2024…Can you really wait that long? 😉 

Remember, this first edition of the Master has a special discounted price; we cannot guarantee that the next edition will have the same price. 

Payment method

Payment options

Master fees:2,300 (one-time payment or in 5 instalments)

One-time payment

Pay in installments

Founding Director of the Arab World Singing Master

Irene Shams

“My ultimate purpose is, on the one hand, to help singers explore their maximum technical, musical, artistic and creative potential and, on the other, to help build bridges between people and cultures, through the voice, singing and music and by opening minds and hearts to new horizons, which allow for greater closeness and human understanding.”

This master includes:

2.300 €

2.300 €

Dr. Ghada Shbeir

Ghada Shbeir es doctora en Ciencias Musicales y diplomada en canto árabe por la Universidad del Espíritu Santo de Kaslik.

Actualmente enseña canto árabe oriental y sus teorías, así como historia de la música árabe en la misma universidad. También es directora del coro árabe oriental de la Universidad del Espíritu Santo de Kaslik.

En 1997 obtuvo el primer premio en el Concurso de la Mejor Canción Árabe de Egipto. También fue galardonada con el BBC World Music Award tanto para Oriente Medio como para el Norte de África por su CD titulado “Mouachahat” en 2007. Además, ganó el primer premio internacional de interpretación de cantos andalusíes (Mouachahat).

Más tarde, Ghada Shbeir lanzó varios CD árabes titulados “Qawaleb”, “Al Qasida”, “Andalucía”, y numerosos CD de cantos siríacos; ” Syriac Chants “, ” Passion “, ” Chants Syriaques- Noel ” y ” Chants Syriaques- Vol 4 “.
Recientemente ha lanzado un libro titulado “Al Mouashahat”; un currículo académico para estudiantes de canto oriental distribuido a lo largo de cinco años.

Su segundo libro, titulado “Al Maqamat Al Arabiya”, se publicará próximamente. Se trata de un plan de estudios para estudiantes de canto oriental, distribuido a lo largo de cuatro años.

Además, Shbeir ha realizado numerosas investigaciones sobre música árabe como Mouashahat y sobre música siríaca. Como resultado, pudo anotar más de 700 melodías de cantos siríacos maronitas y católicos entre 2004 y 2007.

Ghada Shbeir ha viajado a muchos países dando numerosos conciertos y participando en congresos internacionales de música dando charlas y conferencias. También ha participado en festivales internacionales en Europa y en muchos países del mundo, como Líbano, Egipto, Grecia, Eslovaquia, Francia, Londres, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Canadá, Bolonia, Qatar, Alemania, España, China, América, Sarajevo, Suiza, Jordania, Turquía, Omán, Bahréin, Argelia, Azerbaiyán y Mascate, entre otros. Los logros y la carrera artística de Ghada Shbeir incluyen:

– Compuso numerosos poemas y mouashahats y los interpretó en numerosos conciertos en el Líbano y en el extranjero. Shbeir compuso poemas para “Wallada”, “Ya telak riqqi”, “Yom l doja”, “Yakoutat al ghaymat” y un ramillete de poemas para Abdul Aziz Saoud Al Babtain.

– Participación en el “Festival de Cantos de Beirut” durante doce años consecutivos a partir de 2007.

– Participando en cinco programas de televisión como “La Voz” durante su primera temporada en 2012, en la que participó como coach de los participantes.

– Impartiendo conferencias sobre canto árabe en varios países como Líbano, Omán, Bahréin, Argelia, Egipto y Grecia.

– Participando en varias obras musicales, entre ellas: “La tierra de la inmortalidad”, en Bahréin en 2014, e “Ibn Battuta” en Mascate y Milán en 2015.

– Participación en el Festival “Al Bustan” durante tres años consecutivos: 2002, 2003 y 2004 interpretando conciertos de cantos siríacos.

– Publicando numerosos artículos educativos como un artículo sobre Wadih El Safi publicado en el periódico Al-Nahar en diciembre de 2013. Además, publicó un artículo sobre F. Youssef Al-Ashkar en 2012, otro sobre F. Youssef El Khoury en 2011 y un artículo sobre Los Hermanos Rahbani en 2014.

Ustad Charbel Rouhana

Charbel Rouhana is one of the finest oud players in Lebanon. Born in 1965 in Aamchit (a town north of Beirut), Charbel pursued his music education at the Holy-Spirit University in Kaslik and obtained his diploma in oud instrumentation in 1986 and his M.A. in Musicology in 1987.


One of his major achievements is establishing a new methodology in playing the oud. This method was published and adopted by the National Conservatory of Music and the Faculty of Music in the Holy Spirit University where he has been teaching oud courses since 1986.

This method was revisited, published and adopted by Philokalia Institute in 2016 under the name of “Maqam AL Oud”.

Charbel Rouhana has been performing live events since 1984, touring several countries, venues, and festivals. He also collaborated in composing musicals for choreographer Abdul Haleem Caracalla’s shows. Winner of several national awards, Charbel also won the first prize at the Hirayama Competition in 1995 in Japan, for Best Composition entitled “Hymn of Peace”.

According to Charbel, Oriental-Arabic music is facing a renaissance period incarnated by traditional instruments, especially the oud which is ancient and always related to traditional singing and classical instrumental Arabic music. Charbel’s musical writings succeeded in transforming this Arabic traditional instrument into a multinational, modern instrument able to communicate with other cultures and music, with an emphasis on the Oriental-Arabic style.

Ustad Amin Chaachoo

Amin Chaachoo (Tetouan, Morocco) is a musician, musicologist, author, and speaker specializing in modal music.

He holds the Andalusian Classical Music Award, a Diploma in Andalusian Classical Music and Violin and the Andalusian Classical Music Honor Award from the Tetouan Conservatoire of Music and Dance. He holds an Ethnomusicology Expert Diploma and a Degree in Hispanic Language and Literature from Tetouan’s Abdelmalek Essaadi University with a thesis on “The kharja”, and a Master’s Degree in French and Francophone Literature with a thesis on “Semiology in Andalusian Classical Music”. At present, Amin Chaachoo is completing his PhD at Abdelmalek Essaadi University, working on his doctoral thesis “Aesthetics in Classical Andalusian Music. Philosophy and metaphysics of the music of al-Andalus”.

In 2019, Amin Chaachoo was awarded the Medal of Honor from the Spanish-Arabic Intercultural Circle (CIHAR) in Madrid.

While pursuing his academic studies, Amin trained with some of the great masters of Andalusian classical music, following traditional methods – an essential route for acquiring authenticity in the tradition.

In 1997, Amin founded the Al-Haiek Association for Research on Andalusian Classical Music Heritage.

In 2002, he founded the Tetouan-Asmir Music Club which specializes in the teaching and dissemination of Andalusian classical music. In 2006, he founded the Founoun Music Conservatoire, where he taught the music for many years.

In 2013, Amin created the Tetouan-Asmir Centre for Musicology Research and the Preservation of Musical Heritage which promotes music science and musicology education. That same year, Amin founded the first orchestra of Andalusian classical music comprising Spanish musicians: the Malaga Andalusi Orchestra.

During his long stay in Seville, he was able to have direct contact with the traditional musics of Spain and Europe.

As a performer, he is a member of the Tetouan Conservatoire of Music Orchestra, Cinema Español. He has performed at international festivals in Morocco, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, and France.

 He has been invited to speak at conferences and courses in Spain, Morocco, France, and Abu Dhabi, among others.

 Author of:

– “La Música Andalusí – al-Ála. Historia – Conceptos – Teoría musical”. Almuzara, Cordoba, 2011. Published in Arabic, French, and Spanish.

Al-Qawà`id annadhariyya lilmúsiqa al-Andalussiyya al-Maghribiyya, al-Ala, Tetuán, 2019. (en árabe)

– Author and co-author of several research articles on Andalusian classical music.

Ustad Layth Sidiq

Layth Sidiq is a grammy-nominated violinist, composer, and educator and the current artistic director of the New York Arabic Orchestra. He has toured the world and shared the stage with major artists such as Simon Shaheen, Danilo Perez, and Jack Dejohnette, as well as performing in prestigious venues like the London Jazz Festival, Boston Symphony Hall, WOMEX Expo, Panama Jazz Festival, and more. He is featured on multiple award-winning albums and his first record Son of Tigris premiered at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2016. 

 In 2018, Layth won 2nd place at the Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition as the first Arab to ever participate, and he was also recently awarded ‘Best International Artist’ at the 2020 Boston Music Awards. He also directs the Center for Arabic Culture’s Youth Orchestra Program in Boston and was a faculty member at Carnegie Hall’s ‘Music Educators Workshop’. Layth is the lead vocalist and violinist for the new Assassin’s Creed game ‘Mirage’, which will be released in 2023.

En 2018, Layth ganó el 2º lugar en el Concurso Internacional de Violín de Jazz Seifert, siendo el primer árabe de la historia en participar, y recientemente ha sido galardonado como ‘Mejor Artista Internacional’ en los Boston Music Awards 2020. También dirige el Programa de Orquesta Juvenil del Centro de Cultura Árabe de Boston y fue miembro del profesorado del “Taller de Educadores Musicales” del Carnegie Hall. Layth es el vocalista y violinista principal de “Mirage”, el nuevo juego de Assassin’s Creed , que saldrá a la venta en 2023.

Ustada Farida Mohammad Ali

Born in Kerbala (Iraq).

Art Diploma from Musical Studies Institute 1990 .

Member of Iraqi Musical Heritage Group 1986-1989 .

Member of Iraqi Artists Union 1987 .

She has estabilshed a reputation throughout the Arab world for her brilliant performances of the classical Maqam, aform of Arab art music traditionally song by men.

Her powerful voice and her extensive training in the Iraqi and Arab maqam have enabled her to perform some of the most challenging maqam of Arab music.

She studied with Munir Bashir, the late Iraqi Ud (lute) Master, who encouraged her to perform classical Iraqi Maqam despite the traditional barrier to women.

She has also studied with Sha Ubi Ibrahim,Hussein Al-Athami and Mohammad Gomar.

She graduated from the Institute of music in Baghdad,Became the first women teacher of classical Iraqi Maqam, and currently specialized in twenty Maqam.

Her CD( Mawal & Maqamat ) p&s by New Samarkand is chosen as(Top of theWorld)by the International Music Maqazine(SongLines) published in London in October2000. Farida has one of the most distinguished female voice Nowadays especiallyin Iraqi song, and she stands in the formost position.

Dra. Syrine Ben Moussa

Artist, singer, and musicologist, Syrine Ben Moussa is truly passionate about music. Her love of this artform and her dedication to numerous projects between Tunisia and France serve her one essential and deep-rooted purpose: to disseminate, bring together and merge cultures, and, most importantly, to transcend our preconceptions about them.”

Quentin Bultez | Revista París Túnez – July 2017

Originally from Testour, a mecca of the Tunisian Malouf, Syrine Ben Moussa is one of the few voices on Tunisia’s Andalusian classical music scene today. Musicologist, songwriter, composer, and performer, through her melismatic voice she takes us on a journey to an ideal Al-Andalus that symbolizes tolerance and co-existence.

Encouraged by her parents, she enrolled in a conservatoire to study music at a very young age. Talented and ambitious, she has excelled in both her artistic and academic careers. Today she holds a PhD in Music and Musicology from the Sorbonne, a Joint Master in Audiovisual Heritage Management from INAsup, and an MBA in e-Business from the ESG business school in Paris.

After many artistic collaborations with the Tunisian capital’s orchestra, in 2005 Syrine Ben Moussa began a solo career as a singer, making her mark through her interest in the classical repertoires of the Maghreb. She soon began performing at prestigious venues and collaborating on major artistic projects:  Institut du Monde Arabe, Théâtre de la Ville de París, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Théâtre Municipal de Túnez, Théâtre Mohamed V de Rabat, Festival International de Hammamet, Festival Arabesques de Montpellier, Salle Ibn Zaydoun y Théâtre le Mougar de Argel, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, l’Olympia, among others.

She has also performed with some of the great masters of Andalusian classical music, and international artists such as Enrico Macías, among others.

She has many years of experience in the arts and cultural sectors; from 2016 to 2019 she was artistic director of the Festival des Musiques Sacrées de París. She is also the president and founder of Tuni Culture, a cultural association for the advancement and dissemination of Tunisian heritage, culture, and art in France. Since 2012 she has taught Andalusian classical singing in collaboration with Paris’s City Council.

Ustad Khaled Alhafez

Classical oriental singer and improviser, Ustad Khaled Alhafez born in Aleppo 1981.

Studied oriental traditional singing (muwashahat) in Aleppo with the masters of this art.  Teacher in the Conservatory of Damascus and in Aleppo until 2013. Since that year he is resident in Belgium.

Member of bands as Ramal Band (Oriental Music), Nawa band (Oriental and Sufi music) and  Wajd ensemble, recording their first album, Musique d’Alep (MUSIQ3).   

He participated in many  International Festivals in the Arab world: Beiteddine Festival Beirut with the Turkish master Kudsi Erguner , Jerash Festival Tunisia, The Opera House in Kuwait, Damascus Opera House, Pistachio Festival in Gaziantep, Bahrain Opera House. 

In Europe he has participated in festivals as the Arab World Festival of Montreal, and collaborated with many musicians and projects, as Belgian pianist Free Decimeter and with Fabrizio Cassol in the Oración Project (Belgium , Festival d’Avignon, Algeria ,Italy) between others. 

Ustad Khaled has participated in workshops and concerts in Syria, Lebanon, Bahrain, Kuwait, Algeria, Turkey, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Canada, and Belgium, teaching Muwashahat and the origins of Classical Arabic singing.

Ustad Fouad Didi

Born in Tlemcen in Algeria, Fouad Didi has been singing, playing the violin and the oud since his childhood. He is recognized as one of the most brilliant representatives of Andalusian music.

For him, the art of music and the art of speech are intuitively linked. His interpretation is clean and warm, merging meanings and sensations.

He holds a Higher National Diploma (D.E) and a Certificate of Aptitude (C.A) in Traditional Music (Algeria).

Through her diverse experiences, she continues to develop her art through concerts and teaching. With passion and generosity, he teaches Andalusian music at the Conservatory of Toulon and at the Cité de la Musique in Marseille. As a pedagogue, he conducts training courses, Masterclasses and workshops of Andalusian music.

Founder of the TARAB orchestra, specialized in the classical Andalusian Sana’a repertoire, respecting the ancestral oral tradition.

His rigor, his enthusiasm, his seriousness and his work capacity allow him to connect very easily with his audience.

He has made several visits to the associations of Tlemcen, recovering the heritage of Sheikh Larbi BEN SARI. He has studied the repertoire and technique of the masters AbdelKrim DALI and Redouane BEN SARI. He has studied with Cheikh Redouane BEN SARI, Cheikh Mustapha BRIXI, Cheikh Ahmed MALTI and Cheikh Salah BOUKLI HACENE who encouraged him in his thirst for learning.

It will be the master Yahia EL GHOUL , who will nurture his passion for the violin, becoming Fouad Didi’s favorite instrument, although he also enjoys playing the mandolin and the oud.

Ustada Wael Sami Elkholy

Wael Sami Elkholy was raised in Dubai among sand, sunshine, the smell of the sea and Arabic coffee. He grew up in a musical family, hearing traditional Arabic music, classical western Music, Arabian Gulf music, and Indian and Persian Music.

At the age of seven he started his career in Cairo as he played the lead role in Egypt’s first children’s Operetta. At 14, he had solidly established himself as a well-known singer and actor on the Arab culture scene, which gave him the opportunity to visit many countries and to perform on numerous stages, from London to Shanghai.

Wael Sami studied with Ratiba Elhefny, Violet Maqar, Mohsen Farouq at the Cairo Opera House.

Bachelor in Music: Composition, Oud und Music theory  in the Academy of Arts/Higher Institute of Arabic Music Cairo by Atteya Sharara, Michael Al-Masry, Dr. Rageh Daoud, Dr. Mohamed Abdel Wahab Abdel Fattah, George Michel (Oud), Hussein Saber (Oud).

Postgraduate degree: Composition Classic/Arabic Musik Academy of Arts/Higher Institute of Arabic Music Cairo.

Master’s degree in Music: Composition for Théâtre Musical and Reseach in arts Hochschule der Künste Bern/University of Arts Bern.

Master’s degree in Music: Composition and Theory, Jazz and Media arts Hochschule der Künste Bern/University of Arts Bern.

He also has completed CVT Singer Course and the Certificate of advanced Studies – Creative Management (University of Arts Bern)

He has an active and creative career as performer, composer and artistic consultant.

“(…) Today, I follow every chance to discover new sounds and to explore new ways to perform in an attempt to “be” this blend and to transmit its magical frequency to my audience.”

Ustad Mohammad H. Gomar

Author, educator, composer, and prizewinner Djoza player. 

Mohammad H. Gomar is considered one of the best Iraqi players on Djoza nowadays.Founder of Iraqi Maqam Ensemble.

Born in Diala, Iraq, he studied with Tajikistani master Mahmodov and with Hasan Al Nakeb and Dakhel Ahmad. He was taught the principles of the Iraqi Maqam by the expert Sha’ubi Ibrahim, in addition to the eastern Musical theories sciences by the great Artist Rohi Al Khammash

* PhD degree in Musical Science (University of North America) 

*  B.A Musicologe (Art Academy, Baghdad)

* Art Diploma from Iraqi Institute of Melodic Studies 1981.               

As interpreter, Ustad Mohammad Gomar has been a member of the Iraqi Musical Heritage Group, founded by Munir Bashir and re-established in 1989 under his own direction, to continue its mission to preserve and develop Arab classical music in Iraq.

Ustad Mohammad Gomar also has been member of acclaimed Al Kindi ensemble.

Head of the Department of Music in Musical  Studies Institute (Baghdad), and teacher in the Iraqi  Melody Studies Institute and the Music &  Ballet School.

He has given lectures about music & Iraqi Maqam in universities,  institutes and  cultural centers in almost all over the world: Harvard University (USA), Belfast  University (Ireland),  Jordanian Academy for Music, Yarmouk   University (Jordan), Higher Institute for Music in Tunis (Tunisia),  World Cultures House (Netherlands). Rasa, American University (Beirut, Lebanon) and Higher Institute for Music (Damascus/ Syria).

His composition style mixes the Iraqi Maqam with the contemporary academic style. He was highly influenced by the style of the well known Kurdish Artist – violin player Anwar Karadaghi who was really considered one of the musical movement pioneers in Kurdistan – Iraq. He followed his style by relying on the Kurdish Singing Folklore mixing it with the instrumental music, in compositions as Thraya, Hadel, Roueda Giayan, Thraya Hayati …. between others. Composer in Iraqi Radio & T.V since 1984.

He founded the Iraqi  Maqam  Foundation in the Netherlands  in 2000, supported by Dutch Cultural & Art Establishments, which aims to show and  teach the Iraqi  Music.

A lot of brilliant Djoza players have graduated from his school recently. He was characterized by a special style in teaching this instrument, combining the Iraqi traditional characteristics with the advanced Western instrumental technique.

Ustad Abdallah Mhoul

Abdalla Mhoul grew up in Irbid/ Jordan with an absolute passion for music from an early age. He was driven by his passion for Arab musical heritage, which led him to accomplish his BA and master’s degree in Fundamentals of Oud Playing and Traditional Arabic Singing Techniques at Yarmouk University, Jordan.

Abdalla got his experience teaching Oud and Arabic Singing for over ten years with the Jordanian Ministry of Education, teaching in different cities, in addition to taking part in various local international festivals such as Jerash 2007-2009, The Jordanian Singing competition 2007 with Arab Music Ensembles as a soloist in local festivals in Jordan and Bahrain international festival 2006.

Since 2015, Abdalla has joined Qatar Music Academy and contributed to adding different methods in Oud and traditional Arab Singing Teaching. His contribution approached the Qatari community on various occasions and contributed to preserving Oud and traditional Arab Singing heritage.

Linda Alahmad

Linda Al-Ahmad graduated from the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Damascus / Syria in 2000. 

She was trained as a singer by the Syrian-Armenian singer Araks Shikajian from (2011-2016). 

Linda gained experience in the origins and history of oriental singing and maqamat through her studies under Professor Haitham Qatrib. 

She participated as a singer in the Syrian theatrical show “Caricature” in 2000, directed by the Syrian director Rafi Wahba. 

She also participated in the Syrian series Four Seasons, in the role of a singer, directed by the Syrian director Hatem Ali. Linda Al-Ahmad has five solo songs that were recorded and written by Rafi Wahba, including two songs, “Her Name is Homs” and “A Hymn to Aleppo”. 

Linda participated in the Women of Arab Singing Project in Spain with the participation of many Spanish, Syrian, Iranian and Tunisian musicians, where she sang Asmahan, Umm Kulthum and Fairouz. Linda also performed vocals with Spanish tenor singer Nacho Bass. Linda left Syria in 2012 for Lebanon, then moved four years later to settle with her family in Spain, where she lives today.

Muhammad Al Hejry

Muhammad Al Hejry, Yemeni Oud soloist and music composer, based in Cairo, studied at the
high Institute for Arabic music and graduated 2022/2023 for bachelor degree. did many activities in some foreign embassies in Yemen and attended to play in some events of UNDP in Yemen. First abroad performance was in Lebanon in 2015 ( Soor arts festival), composed and recorded a track for Yemeni documentary film made by ICRC named Yemen Panorama in 2016. Played in TedEx Taiz 2015. Composed Ten Oud tracks for animation series for the same organization ICRC (international committee of the red cross) Egypt branch . Performanced in Turkey in October 2021 in a Yemeni musical event for peace. And Was chosen to present Yemen to play Oud of in Al-Fujirah international Oud festival 2019, created multi-national band to play Yemeni music in 2018.

I am willing to spread Yemeni Sanaani music since it has rich and deep culture and history .

Ustad Basel Saleh

A Syrian conductor, composer, singer and oud player and a member of The Ivors Academy of Music Creators (formerly known as the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors – BASCA).

Previously a professor of Oriental singing at the High Institute of Music in Damascus and a Conductor of the Orchestra and Choir Artists Association in Syria, he currently lives and works in the UK, and is the conductor of the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians  and Academy of Art and Arab Heritage‘s Choir in London.

He studied Qanoun and Classical Singing in The High Institute of Music in Damascus and holds a Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of Damascus.

He has performed internationally in a number of globally acclaimed festivals, including Glastonbury Festival in the UK and Festival Roskilde in Denmark and conducted concerts that featured cross cultural collaborations with renowned orchestras including Liverpool’s Philharmonic Orchestra alongside global Artists like Damon Albarn of Gorillaz.

Throughout his 20 year international career, he has been particularly admired for his works as a composer, including the piece Salabtany, which was performed by the BBC Singers Choir and From The Barada to The Thames, performed by