Under the direction of Sr Marana Saad, Saint Rafqa’s Choir has established its reputation as one of the leading choirs in Lebanon. The choir has participated in concerts alongside prominent orchestras, received many invitations to festivals, and has also collaborated with other leading choirs. The choir provides education in the field of sacred music —specifically Maronite sacred music and Lebanese classical music, for both choir and solo.
Since its foundation in 2010, Saint Rafqa’s choir has celebrated Mass held on varied occasions, in churches large and small, all across Lebanon. The choristers’ main objective is to be servants of the prayerful expression of the Word through the medium of beautiful music. Music plays an essential role into the work of God that is the liturgy: It leaves an indelible expression on the minds of all who take part in the worship, as the choir’s conductress Sr Marana Saad believes. The choir has created and contributed to numerous recitals across Lebanon. It has also participated in “La Contrebasse Voyageuse” in Montpellier, France (June 2013), as well as the “Friendship between choirs” Festival in Cyprus (September 2013).
Several festivals and occasions each year allow the choir to showcase their work, vocally and musically. Recent performance engagements include:
Sister Marana Saad, OLM, is a nun of the Lebanese Maronite Order. She studied choral conducting under Maestro Walter Marzilli, at the Institute of Sacred Music in Rome. She has a PhD in monastic theology from St. Anselm’s University - Rome, and is currently a PhD candidate in sacred music at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik - Lebanon. In 2010, she founded Saint Rafqa’s Institute of Music, where she now teaches and conducts Saint Rafqa’s choir (young and children). She is renowned for her dynamic conducting style and compelling musical integrity.
Under the direction of Sr Marana Saad, Saint Rafqa’s Choir has established its reputation as one of the leading choirs in Lebanon. She directed several liturgical and musical celebrations: masses and concerts celebrated at the presidential palace in Baabda, at the Maronite Catholic Patriarchate in Bkerke, and at different churches and theatres all over Lebanon. Sister Marana and the choir have participated in concerts where she directed prominent orchestras and other leading choirs, and has received many invitations to festivals. She directed the children’s choir during their participation in “La Contrebasse Voyageuse” in Montpellier, France (June 2013), as well as the “Friendship between choirs” Festival in Cyprus (September 2013.) She conducted the orchestra and choir at Rafqa’s musical theatre, as well as the choir in their recording of many soundtracks for movies, such as “Ghadi” written by Georges Khabbaz. She also conducted Saint Rafqa’s choir and different orchestras in concerts with prominent artists such as Magida El Roumi and Charbel Rouhana.