‘Journey with a Master’ Series

We are delighted to announce the following Masters:

Maestro Jurica Petar Petrač
Jurica Petar Petrač is a graduate MA in Choral and Orchestral Conducting
From the Music Academy of the University of Zagreb, Croatia. Maestro Petar Petrač is a very charismatic and capable master conductor who instantly connects with all musicians no matter their level and singers adore him. On the podium his ability to direct and extract the color of the texts and the sound in his imagination is simply beautiful for the eyes and ears of all present. As a professional singer having long studied the voice as his instrument, demand for his vocal coaching skills is ever increasing. We are honored that he will return to Doha for a 2nd series of masterclasses and will also work with our student conductors.

Maestro Petar Petrač choirs have won many prestigious awards

  • 2 golds, Bratislava, Slovakia 2013
  • 1st place, Zagreb, Croatia 2013
  • 1st place, Zagreb, Croatia 2014
  • 1st place, Ohrid, Macedonia 2015
  • 1st place, Zagreb, Croatia 2015
  • 2 golds Zagreb, Croatia 2016
  • 2 golds in Riga, Latvia, European Choir Games, 2017
  • 1st place, Prijedor, Bosnia & Herzegovina 2018
  • 1st place, Zagreb, Croatia, 201


‘Journey with a Master’ Series 2020:

Maestro Zoltan Pad, Chief Conductor of Hungarian Radio Choir
Maestro Zoltan Pad is an internationally renowned artist, who in recent years received the opportunity to conduct outstanding ensembles including the SWR Vocal Ensemble in Stuttgart, the MDR Radio Choir in Leipzig, the French Radio Choir, the Chor Werk Ruhr, the Polish Radio Choir, the Arsys Bourgogne Chamber Choir, the Croatian Radio Choir and the World Youth Choir.
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Maestro Jurgis Cabulis, Master Conductor with Riga Cathedral Choir School in Latvia
One of the greatest upcoming choral conductors is Jurģis Cābulis. He is passionate about his career. His adult mixed choir comprising professional singers won many competitions and is reputably one of the best choirs in the world currently. 
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Moira Smiley, Choral Composer and Performer
Singer, composer, and song-collector Moira Smiley has sung in arenas, cathedrals, kitchens, back porches, sound stages, and on glaciers. She’s performed with the likes of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Tune-Yards, Tim O’Brien, Eric Whitacre, Los Angeles Master Chorale, New World Symphony, Solas, and The Lyris String Quartet. Moira’s original compositions, choral arrangements, and folk music are being sung by millions of voices around the world today. Original sheet music for more than 170 pieces are available through her website and Moira’s sheet music library.
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Maestro Barkev Taslakian, Conductor of Fayha Choir, LebanoMaestro 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.

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