Posted on May 05, 2018

A collaboration of musical talent saw Doha College join forces with the American School of Doha (ASD) to put on a spectacular musical recital, in what is hoped to be the beginning of a series of ongoing, meaningful cultural exchanges between the two schools.

A small group of talented musicians from both schools took to the stage of the ASD Fine Arts Theatre and delighted the audience with a varied repertoire. The students, aged from 14 to 18, played violin, cello, piano, a variety of woodwind and percussion instruments. The programme also included a stunning soprano aria from a DC student. Three of the performers also featured recently with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra at the Qatar National Convention Centre in March.

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Director of Music at Doha College, Ms Steph Gomaa, and ASD Instrumental Music Instructor, Mr Mark Seay, collaborated to create a significant enrichment experience for aspiring musicians from both schools. Steph Gomaa summarised the evening: “It is important for me to engage with the wider community to embed a real sense of belonging and team ethos with music colleagues, in addition to supporting our students with their endeavours within the field.  We feel that there is a real breadth of talent in our respective schools and that this is something worth highlighting and celebrating.”

To continue with the celebration of musical talent, in the same weekend, Doha College hosted the students of Musiqaa who took to the stage in their Al Waab Auditorium. Musiqaa is an instrumental music academy that was launched in September 2017 and works closely with Doha College to bring music tuition to the students of DC and the community. The students, some of whom had also taken part in the DC - ASD recital the night before, presented a programme of individual and group performances on a variety of instruments.

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Over 50 students from six schools performed to a full-house and displayed some of the academy’s finest instrumentalists. The successes of Musiqaa are numerous, listing two first places and one third place in the Qatar National Music Competition, excellent results in the ABRSM and Rock School examinations, as well as students and teachers being regularly invited to perform at various prestigious events around Qatar.

To find out more about the music curriculum on offer at Doha College and its affiliated academy Musiqaa, visit www.dohacollege.com.

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