We are thrilled to announce our new Patron for Arabic Song. We have been so fortunate to spend time doing amazing workshops with Maestro Barkev Taslakian of Fayha Choir Lebanon, together with his assistant Roula Abou Baker. We are thrilled to announce that this incredibly inspiring teacher has agreed to be our Patron for Arabic Song. We cannot wait until his return in March 2020.
Maestro Barkev Taslakian pioneered a new concept of Arabic choral singing using polyphonic arrangements, heretofore not available. He is devoting his life to spreading this new school of Arabic music around the Arab region and the world. In addition to leading Fayha Choir in concerts all over the world, he also leads a choral programme for refugee children in Lebanon in cooperation with local and international organisations. He has won many awards for Best Conductor, Best Choir, the "IMC Music Rights 2015" award and others. He is invited to speak at many international music conferences and workshops.
World Choral Expo
Qatar Youth Choir on stage during one of their performances on the world stage of the World Choral Expo, presented by the International Federation of Choral Music, July 2019
Call for singers
The Qatar Youth Choir have exciting plans for the coming season. If you can sing in tune, love singing and can commit to our rehearsal schedule then WE WANT YOU! > Register here
Qatar Youth Choir invited to World Choral Expo, Lisbon in July
Later this year in July, Qatar Youth Choir has been invited to perform in Lisbon at the World Choral Expo as one of eight youth choirs selected from across the globe. While this is an honour that few talented choirs have the privilege of, Qatar Youth Choir will need support from patrons across Doha’s business community. Individuals or companies interested in encouraging the choir along this exciting path, or are interested in exploring collaborative opportunities with Qatar Youth Choir, should email email@example.com.
Qatar Junior Choir Tour 2019
Our younger choir is working really hard in rehearsal studio currently, preparing a large choral programme to perform in Wolfenbüttel, Germany in September. There is a wonderful sense of excitement about this trip, being meticulously planned by our parent committee. Eurotreff'19 will be a highlight in the memories of these young singers. They will participate in workshops with experience choral conductors, and will have to perform every day at different venues over the 5 days. They will need a huge amount of stamina to do all of this, and hopefully, they will hear the most amazing examples of choral singing for their age group and return to Doha with renewed love for their craft and pride in what they do.
Qatar Youth Choir performs at the Museum of Islamic Art
On Thursday April 4, as a special concession for visiting delegates from the International Federation of Choral Music, a short choir performance was permitted for the first time at the beautiful Museum of Islamic Art on the Corniche. This honour was bestowed on Qatar Youth Choir who chose to showcase a short repertoire of Arabic songs for the visitors.
Qatar Junior Choir soloists at the mics for the song Wings of the Falcon composed by Qatari composer Dana Alfardan and arranged by Giovanni Pasini. This is the adopted anthem for Qatar Primary Schools Choir of the Year Competition #QPSCoY2019
Patron’s Visit in February
Pictured is Qatar Junior Choir working with our patron, international touring soprano Felicitas Fuchs who spent an afternoon at rehearsal with both choirs.
Start in Something Amazing
“When all the parts of the puzzle start to look like they fitThen I must remember there'll be days like this” - Van Morrison
To celebrate its fifth birthday, Doha Youth & Junior choirs will be renamed Qatar Youth and Junior Choir. Choir Director Alena Pyne sees this change as a natural progression because of the choirs’ raised performance level and most importantly because these choirs travel abroad extensively and are great ambassadors for Qatar. (more…)
New team members
We welcome new vocal coach Nohemi Jaime in our team! Nohemi is an opera soloist and has performed many challenging operatic roles.
2019 QYC Tour Destination : Vienna
Qatar Youth Choir confirms workshops and concerts with the world famous Austrian Vienna Boys Choir.
QYC performs for HH Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani
At the opening of Qatar National Library, April 2018
Receiving at the Embassy
Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser Al-Thani, State of Qatar Ambassador to Croatia, receiving Qatar Youth Choir at the Embassy in Zagreb, April 2018
1st prize in the Qatar National Music Competition
Qatar Youth Choir has won 1st prize in the inaugural Qatar National Music Competition (secondary level). And in more great news our brilliant Qatar Junior Choir was pipped at the post, but came honourable 2nd in their category.
We are over the moon at choir HQ.
Auditions can be held at any time, but the main times to join are either early September or January of that academic year.
For further information
Qatar Youth and Junior Choirs are ambitious audition choirs for the community of Doha, for mixed voices (male and female). We are recruiting singers with good voices, good energy and are interested in joining a group of like-minded musical singers. Our group works hard so that we can progress, and do exciting choir trips abroad and we have a lot of fun along the way. If you think you or 'yours' fit this description then please contact us for more information.
The Polish choir Don Diri Don will visit us end October, and our host Croatian choir plans to visit us next March. In addition, we have a great variety of concerts, corporate event performances, Qatar National Music Competition, a tour for each of our choirs, including to Austria to perform and workshop with the world famous Vienna Boys Choir.
For our 5th anniversary we plan to do our first full recording at the end of the year.
International Opera Star
International soprano Ms Felicitas Wittekindt-Fuchs has become Honorary Patron of Qatar Youth and Junior Choirs (QYJC). This announcement offers a great boost to these two choirs to have the interest and support of such an experienced performer.
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