Assistant Conductors

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Born in Tripoli - Lebanon on the 17th of September 1998 to a Lebanese mother and Syrian father, Adel Assaf was raised in Tripoli, but a segment of his life was spent in Homs - Syria, from 2006 to 2011.

Adel joined Fayha Choir at the age of 17 as a baritone singer, participating in almost all concerts since then.

Driven by a passion for music, he started developing his musical, conducting and sight reading skills. Soon enough, Maestro Barkev Taslakian assigned Adel as an assistant conductor in NRC choir and War Child choir afterwards.

Fatma Racha Shehadeh , was born on August 21st, 1994 in Los Angeles, CA to a Lebanese mother and a Palestinian father. She grew up in Tripoli, Lebanon. Fascinated by music since childhood, she joined Fayha Children’s Choir in 2005. At the age of 13, she was able to finally join Fayha Choir.

Throughout the first two years, Fatma Racha developed a love for choral music, and soon she was trusted by Maestro Barkev Taslakian to work on the first Fayha Choir social project: the Unesco Children Choir, in Tripoli, Saida and Tyr. Under the supervision and guidance of Maestro Barkev Taslakian,

Born on 16/08/1995 in Tripoli, Lebanon.

Graduated from Antonine university with a bachelor's degree in Musicology, and a master's degree in Education from the Lebanese International University.

 Learning conducting with Maestro Barkev Taslakian since 2013, and been conducting several choirs all over Lebanon under his surveillance and guidance (S.O.S. Villages, NRC Choir, Sonbola Choir, SSS Choir and Unesco Choir).

Mahmoud Mawass was born on January 1st, 1986 in Tripoli.

He joined Fayha Choir as Base singer since 2010.

 After two years he started to take private lessons in music and conducting with Maestro Barkev Taslakian.

In 2013 he started training “Sonbola Choir”, a Syrian refugees’ choir in Beqaa valley as an assistant conductor with 200 children.

One year after, also in Beqaa valley, he worked with “Social Support Society” as an assistant conductor for another Syrian refugees’ choir with 100 singers.

In 2016 he became a music teacher at Azm school and the conductor of “Azm Choir”.

He also worked as assistant conductor in 2019 for “Nagham Choir” (a project between two areas with conflict in Tripoli with GIZ, German Cooperation).

Mawass also worked as a music trainer for several summer camps in Tripoli.

Finally, Mahmoud is one of the assistant conductors of Maestro Barkev Taslakian in Fayha Choir.

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