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Zaki Nassif Music Program

The Zaki Nassif Music Program seeks to preserve and promote the musical heritage of Zaki Nassif and to strengthen music education and programs at AUB. It organizes school competitions, concerts, and seminars to encourage greater knowledge and appreciation of Lebanese oriental music. The program has archived more than 1,000 of Zaki Nassif’s music scores that were part of a donation from the composer’s family to AUB that granted the University legal title and intellectual property rights. Read more.

During the 2015-2016 academic year, the AUB Zaki Nassif Program for Music celebrated the centennial of the beloved Lebanese composer Zaki Nassif. This celebration coincided with the 150th anniversary of the American University of Beirut.  On that occasion, “The Arabic Music Ensemble of AUB Zaki Nassif Program” was launched in Assembly Hall on February 17. It was a highly successful event that gathered nearly 1000 people, signaling the start of a new era for the Program. Following its launch, The Ensemble performed in Amman on April 9 and in Douma’s Festival on August 6. 

Several other events were organized by the Program, including the Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble, which featured Armenian music on the first and the second of August; the Quatuor Musique Del Tempo that performed on Thursday, October 1, 2015, in honor of President Fadlo Khuri, with AUBites Salvator Arnita, Toufic El Bacha and Zaki Nassif performing; and Syrian Children refugees patrolled by the NGO Sonbola Chanting for Peace on Sunday, November 1.

In addition, The Lebanese Conservatoire band of young musicians presented in Assembly Hall a "Hawana Zaki" Concert on Tuesday, November 10, 2015; "SOMEWHERE” Soufi Music performed with Sami Hawat and his Rahhala Band on Saturday, November 28, 2015; "Zakirat Watan" concert by the Lebanese Interior Forces Band with children from Montana College on April 7, 2016; and The "Music from Jordan” concert performed by a group of Musicians from Amman on Thursday, April 28, 2016


Salma Dannawi Oueida
Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations


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AUB English Professor Sausan Maktabi says she is not a natural fundraiser but she was persuaded to put her doubts aside when asked to help the Zaki Nassif Music Program.  The notion of reintroducing music programs into AUB was enough to convince her.  “This is part of our heritage,” she explains, “and it is important that today’s youngsters are exposed to it”.  The Committee organizes a variety of fund-raising concerts, as well as others that are free.  “Culture is harder to sell than social or health issues,” Sausan says, “but it is vital that we save our musical heritage in the way that the Nassif archive has been preserved in the Jafet Library.”  As difficult as the task is, the Nassif Program also hopes to help commemorate other important Lebanese musicians.  “There is a lot of satisfaction from supporting something rare like this”, Sausan says, “even if is tough to convince people of its value.”  Calling all music lovers – isn’t it time to prove Sausan wrong?

The Executive Committee

Dr. Ali Ghandour - President

Dr. Nabil Nassif - Vice President

Mrs. Salma Dannawi Oueida - Treasurer

Dr. Maher Jarrar - Secretary

Mrs. Leila Bissat - Events Subcommittee

Dr. Malek Tabbal - Academic Affairs


Mr. Rami Nemr

Dr. Wadih Jureidini

Mrs. Sawsan Maktabi 

Ms. Dalal Nassif

The Events Subcommittee

Mrs. Leila Bissat – Chair

Ex-Officio members

Dr. Ali Ghandour

Dr. Nabil Nassif

Mrs. Salma Dannawi Oueida

Committee Members

Mrs. Roula Douaidy 

Mrs. Bushra Itani Issa 

Mr. Guy Manoukian 

Dr. Nadim Munla 

Mrs. Hoda Salameh 

Mrs. Diaa Salha 

Zaki Nassif Music Program Committee
Zaki Nassif Music Program Committee

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