Womens' Choir with Gaida

Mar 04, 2012-May 20, 2012

Teachers: Gaida

Sundays 11:00am-12:50pm
March 4-May 20, 2012
10 sessions: No class Easter Sunday (4/8), or 4/29; Class will be held Wednesday 5/16 from 5-7pm instead of Mother's Day (5/13)
**Class will be held from 1-3pm on April 15, not 11-1pm

Study Arabic vocal repertoire and perform in a choir for female vocalists of all levels with or without previous knowledge of Arabic. All students have the option to attend 30 minute diction study at the beginning of each session, especially helpful for students who do not have experience singing in Arabic.

Class Structure: Gaida leads the class in learning how to pronounce Arabic lyrics in the 30 minute diction portion of each session. Then, the group learns to sing melodies together.


Group Instruction Pricing:

Single/Trial $20
4 classes $75 ($18.75/class)
8 classes $140 ($17.50/class)
10 classes $170 ($17/class)

*Students are encouraged to enroll in the full 10-session semester for this course, as the group will build on material every week and perform in an end-of- semester recital.
**Alwan members receive 10-15% discounts on lessons! Click here to learn more about membership options and view discount levels.

Group Instruction Policies

  • *One trial class may be taken per student. If a student decides to enroll in a package of classes, the trial session will count as the first lesson of the package and its price will be deducted from the overall cost.
  • Students enrolling in a single class or package of 4 or 8 may choose to attend any session throughout the semester.
  • If a student decides to enroll in a package after taking one single trial class, the trial session will count as the first class of the package and its price will be deducted from the overall cost.
  • Combination packages available and customizable to student’s preferences
    (e.g. 4 classes Womens' Choir + 4 classes Iraqi Maqam=$150)
  • Class will be held so long as a minimum number of students is met by the end of the registration period.


To register for classes or private lessons (click here to learn more about private instruction) for the March 3-May 25 semester, email with:

  • Class(es) you're interested in taking
  • Number of sessions in which you'd like to enroll
  • Level and/or experience (so we can get an idea of the class composition, all levels encouraged to attend!)

Make sure to mention if you are a member of Alwan - many of our membership levels receive 10-15% discounts on lessons! Click here to learn more about membership options and view discount.

Ongoing registration throughout the semester -email for details 

**Students may attend classes without registering by paying the "single" class price of $20 cash or check made payable to the Alwan Foundation, but please check the website to confirm that class is meeting on the day you decide to attend, and, if possible, email to let us know when you plan to attend.

Please feel free to email with any questions related to music instruction at Alwan.

Gaida (vocal instruction) is one of the most “effusive and charming vocalists in the New York world music scene.” Gaida performs “entrancing” innovative interpretations of Syrian folk songs, originals, and freestyle improvisations over Arabic grooves. The wide range of musical styles heard within Gaida’s music reflects the diversity of her background. One song may capture the vocal finesse and tenderness of Fairuz, or highly ornate vocal stylings reminiscent of Oum Kalthoum, contrasted by a slow, sultry blues number, followed by a Brazilian, samba-like piece. These various styles flow together organically and naturally; tied together by Gaida's depth of soul and her evocative and expressive voice, which transcends genre and drives directly into the listener's heart. Gaida and her band were featured in Jonathan Demme’s, Rachel Getting Married and Jimmy Carter Man from Planes. Gaida recorded with Robyn Hitchcock, Gillian Welch and Alejandro Escovedo. She performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, BAM, Joe’s Pub, Le Poisson Rouge, and many world music festivals. Please visit her website for more information.

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