Joanna Medawar Nachef

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Personal information

Title: 
Music Conductor, Professor

Contact information (private)

Address: 
549 Via Del Monte
State: 
Calofornia
City: 
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
Country: 
United States of America
Landline: 
1 310 3788456
Personal email address: 
JNachef@elcamino.edu

Contact information (work)

Organization/Institution: 
El Camino Community College
Department: 
Music
Address: 
16007 Crenshaw Blvd
State: 
California
City: 
Torrance, CA 90506
Country: 
United States of America
Landline: 
1 310 6603593 Ext: 3713
Fax: 
1 310 6603792
Work email address: 
JNachef@elcamino.edu

Education

Doctorate Degree, Musical Arts/Choral and Instrumental Conducting, 1983-1985, University of Southern California, United States of America.
Master's Degree, Music/Church Music, 1981-1983, University of Southern California, United States of America.
Bacehlor Degree, Music/Piano Performance, 1978-1980, California State University at Dominguez Hills, United States of America.

Areas of Expertise

Conducting
Choral Music
Vocal Music
Church Music
Music History
Languages: 
English
Arabic
French

Work history

Professor and Director of Choral Music, 1996 - present, El Camino Community College.

Adjunct faculty (Professor) at the Humanities Department, 1993 - present, California State University at Dominguez Hills.

Music Director, 1992 - present, California Academy of Mathematics and Science.

Artistic Director and Conductor, 1991 - present, Los Cancioneros Master Chorale.

Choir Director, 1980 - present, Peninsula Community Church.

Honorary office and memberships

Founding Member, Vice President and Cultural Chair of the LA/Beirut Sister City Organization, 2006-present.

Member of the American Choral Directors Association, 1985-present.

Member of the Lebanese Ladies Cultural Society, 1995-present.

Charter Member of the African Diaspora of Sacred Music and Musicians, 2002-2011.

Productions

Publications highlights: 
  • Medawar Nachef, J. (2010). Arabic choral series. Monrovia, California: Emerson Music Publications.
  • Medawar Nachef, J. (2010). Ambassadors of harmony: original choral composition by Dr. Nachef. Monrovia, California: Emerson Music Publications.
  • Medawar Nachef, J. (2003). Reflections of a Beacon: ethnic and multicultural repertiore and standards chair. Cantate California, 15 (2), 16-17.
  • Medawar Nachef, J. (2002). An interview with Moses Hogan: R&S chair for multicultural and ethnic choral music. Cantate California, 13 (2), 6-7.
  • Medawar Nachef, J. (1997). Whom to ask? where to go? is this an authentic sound?: multicultural perspectives.Cantate California, 7 (2), 6.
Major achievements: 

Traveled under the auspices of the United States Department of State as a speaker and citizen diplomat to implement the "Global Education through Technology" project (GETT) in Italy, Ukraine and Lebanon.

Exhibitions, Lectures, & Performances: 

Guest Conductor, "Mozart's: Vesperae Solennes" performance organzied by Mid America Productions Series, Stern Auditorium, Carnigie Hall, New York, May 2010.

Living Legend Honoree and Guest Conductor, "Living Legends Concert" organized by the African Diaspora of Sacred Music and Musicians Series, Peninsula Community Church, Rancho Palos Verdes, California, April, 2010.

Lecturer and Conductor, "Gospel in summer Time" peformance organized by Al-Bustan Festival, Emile Bustani Auditorium, Lebanon, July 2009.

Guest Conductor, "Ambassadors of Harmony" performance organzied by the Mid America Productions Series, Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, New York, March 2007.

Chorus Conductor and performer, "Andrea Bocelli's Las Vegas Performance", MGM Auditorium, Las Vegas, Nevada, December, 2007.

Awards and Distinctions

The "Living Legends" Award by the African Diaspora of Sacred Music and Musicians for her efforts in promoting nationally and internationally two living legends that have preserved cultural awareness of musical exchange, April 2010.

"Making a Difference" Director's Award by the Daily Breeze Newspaper for her contirbutions to the arts as a conductor in the South Bay Area, Los Angeles, California, April 2008.

Global Peace and Security Certificate Awardee by the U.S. Institute of Peace for her participation in the community college faculty and administrators seminar on "Global Peace and Security in Community Colleges and the Communities They Serve, June 2008.

"Excellence in Arts" Award by the City of Torrance Cultural Arts Commission for her cultural events/performances/lectures/choral exhanges and musical contributions to the Torrance community and its surrounding cities, April 2005.

Recognized as the first woman conductor of Lebanese-Arab descent.