DEC 19 / 6:00 PM



Khalil Rahme, Conductor.

The notre dame university choir

The Notre Dame University Choir – Louaizé was first formed in October of 1993 under the direction of Reverend Fr. Khalil Rahme, a Mariamite monk, and with the encouragement and support of the Maronite Mariamite Order. The choir is formed of a number of professionals as well as students of the School of Music. The NDU Choir won the Gold Medal and the Audience’s First Prize – Adult Category – in the Third International Choirs Competition held in Laval, Quebec 2007.


Notable appearances

International Loreto Festival (1993, 1999)

Baalbeck International Festival (2000)

Pantheon, Roma (2000)

Santa Maria Maggiore, Roma (2004)

Al-Bustan International Festival (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015)

Mondial Choral Loto Québec (2007)

Beirut Chants International Festival

Beiteddine International Festival (2009)

Al Arz International Festival (2015)

Carnegie Hall (2010, 2015)

Oblia in Canto (2015)



Notable repertoire

Mansour Rahbani: Socrates (1998)

Naji Hakim: Saul of Tarsus (2000)

Marcel Khalifeh: Mouachahat (2000)

Mansour Rahbani: The Maronite Mass (2000)

Zad Multaka: Song of Songs (2000)

Abed Azrieh: The Gospel of Saint John (2001)

Mgr. François Eid: The Maronite Requiem (2003)

Johannes Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem (2006)

Paco Peña: Requiem Flamenco (2007)

Joseph Haydn: Missa In Tempore Belli (Paukenmass) (2009)

Marcel Khalife: Ahmad Al-Arabi (2009)

Giacomo Puccini: Messa di Gloria (2010)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Vesperæ solennes de Confessore (2010)

Fr. Khalil Rahme: The Maronites and the Glory of Lebanon (2011)

Iyad Kanaan: Fakhreddīn Athani Alkabīr (2011)

Giuseppe Verdi: Messa di Requiem (2013)

Fr. Khalil Rahmeh / Iyad Kanaan: Paulus (2015)

Valentino Miserachs: Beata Virgo Maria (2016)

Fr. Khalil Rahmeh

Composer, founder and director of the Notre Dame Univeristy Choir. Born in Bcharre, Lebanon in 1962, he was ordained priest of the Maronite Mariamite Order in 1987.



The Pontifical University of “Laterano” in Rome, studied philosophy and theology. Studied musical theory and notation, piano, classical and Gregorian singing, and earned degrees from the School of Music “T.L. La Victoria”, and from the conservatory “Santa Cecilia” in Rome. Pursued studies in music composition for the organ with Maestro Valentino Miserachs.


Post held

Founder and director of the School of Music at Notre Dame University – Louaizé which he established in 1992. Founder and director of the “Notre-Dame University Choir of Louaize” since 1993. Founder of the children’s choir at Notre-Dame of Louaizé School. He is also an instructor of musical theory, notation, and choir singing at the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music.


He wrote many religious chants and hymns for various occasions (the Nativity, the Passion and Resurrection, the Holy Virgin, the Saints, etc…), as well as a mass for children. He has written the music for the documentary “Close to Heaven”, he put the melodrama “l’Espoir” in music, he also wrote the music to the Oratorio of Father Yacoub the Kabbouchi, two theatre pieces for Deir El Kamar and the religious operas: “Ana Maakom”, “Mariamu fi masirati shaabi llah”, “The Oratorio of St. Paul, the Apostle of Nations”, a play for Fr. Genadios: “He Looked at Him and He Loved Him” and “The Maronites and the glory of Lebanon”. He recorded many CD’s with the NDU choir.




1. Overture: Christmas Carols | Ramzi Kandalaft
2. Mille Cherubini In Coro | Franz Schubert
3. La Marche Des Rois | Michel Rondeau
4. Ave Maria | Fr. Boutros Bou Nassif / Iyad Kanaan
5. Sing Alleluia |
6. The Little Drummer Boy | Katherine Davis
7. Canzone Dei Zampognari | Traditional
8. A Tribute Of Carols | Philip Gordon / Iyad Kanaan
9. خلّينا نشوفو ليسوع | Fr. Khalil Rahmeh / Iyad Kanaan
10. ليلة الميلاد | Fr. Mansour Labaky / Iyad Kanaan
11. مغارة وقلبي شو صلّى | Fr. Khalil Rahmeh / Joseph Fakhry
12. حلاّ هالدنيي | Fr. Khalil Rahmeh / Iyad Kanaan
13. ألله جايي لعنّا زيارة | Fr. Khalil Rahmeh / Joseph Fakhry
14. أجراس الميلاد | Fouad Aouad / Iyad Kanaan
15. We Wish You A Merry Christmas | John Rutter / Joseph Fakhry