Dedicated experts with a passion to help
Hussein is a guest conductor and artistic adviser with Nai Choir. He is a Toronto-based choral artist, composer, and music facilitator and conductor. He is pursuing doctoral studies in music education at the University of Toronto focusing on the role choral music can play to support Muslim youth identity in dialogue with a diverse Canada. Huseein is the first recipient of the B.C. Choral Federation Malcolm McDonald Youth Achievement Award for his distinguished service, community building, and inspirational leadership.
Recently arrived in Canada as a refugee, Hanna already made his name as an oud player and singer in his native country Syria and the neighboring Lebanon before he had to fled that war-torn area.
A graduate from a Damascus music school and trained as music teacher, Hanna enjoys working with children and has been assisting our choirs' rehearsals and music camp activities since March 2018. Although still very new in the GTA communities, Hanna has already been very active performing. He is a lead singer of a local church in Markham and formed the Jawa band with Esmaeel and other Syrian newcomer musicians.
Mexican pianist Miguel is currently working as accompnaist with Nai. Miguel has a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano Performance from the University of Toronto (2018) and a Master of Music in Piano degree from the University of British Columbia (2012). His principal teachers have been the professor Nancy Weems (University of Houston), Aquiles Delle-Vigne (CODARTS), the concert-pianist Mauricio Nader in Mexico City and professor Rena Sharon (UBC) from whom Miguel received mentorship within the area of iano solo and chamber music. Miguel worked from 2012 to 2016 as a piano teacher and collaborative pianist in the city of Vancouver, especially for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music (VSOSofM) , and as repetiteur for the opera productions at the Vancouver Academy of Music (2013-2015).
Adham Al Kuntar
As a refugee children's choir, we are dedicated to promoting talents within the refugee community. We are very fortunate that a team of committed Syrian musicians joined us, and continue to be the backbone of the choir. We are also grateful that Regent Park School of Music was Nai's music education partner between October 2016 and May 2018. RPSM's high quality teaching faculty worked with the children and mentored Nai's Syrian musicians on a weekly basis