Under the direction of Sr Marana Saad, Saint Rafqa Institute Choir (Children and Young) 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, oriental and Lebanese classical music, for both choir and solo. Since its foundation in 2010, several occasions each year have allowed the choir to showcase their work technically, vocally and musically.
The choir has participated in concerts with orchestras and has received invitations to international festivals and big celebrations and events, such as: “Let Your Light Shine” at Casino Du Liban (November 2016), Saint Anthony Maronite Catholic Church Festivities in Virginia – USA (October 2016), World Youth Day with The Pope Francis in Poland (August 2016), Celebrations of Saint Maroun’s feast in Rome (February 2016), Cyprus’ Young Festival (September 2013), Concert at the Maronite Catholic Patriarchate in Bkerke (February 2013), Christmas concert at the presidential palace in Baabda (December 2011). Saint Rafqa Institute choir presented big events with different orchestras in concerts with prominent artists such as Magida El Roumi, Marcel Khalifeh, Charbel Rouhana, and Georges Khabbaz.
Saint Rafqa’s Choir has also presented an operette with live orchestra. It has recorded and performed many soundtracks for TV and movies. It has recorded CD’s of sacred and oriental music and performed in TV programs as actors and choristers.
Marana Saad, OLM, is a nun of the Lebanese Maronite Order. She is the Founder, President and Music Instructor at Saint Rafqa Music Institute. A professor at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik and a member of the Maronite Patriarchal Committee for Liturgy (Music committee).
She has a PhD in monastic theology from St. Anselm’s University – Rome, and a PhD in sacred music from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik – Lebanon.
She studied choral conducting under Maestro Walter Marzilli, at the Institute of Sacred Music in Rome. In 2010, she founded Saint Rafqa’s Choir (youth and children), where she is currently teaching and conducting it.
Under the direction of Sr. Marana Saad, Saint Rafqa Institute Choir has established its reputation as one of the leading choirs in Lebanon. She directed several liturgical and musical celebrations, masses, concerts and festivals at different churches and theatres all over Lebanon and abroad. Sister Marana and the choir have presented concerts and Operette where she directed prominent orchestras and other leading choirs, and have received many invitations to international festivals, honoring and events in France, Cyprus, Italy, Poland and USA. She also conducted the choir in their recording of many soundtracks for televisions and movies. In summer 2014, she organized a “Friendship between choirs” festival in Lebanon where she hosted music and choral workshops and invited leading choirs in Lebanon.
She has participated in different conferences and workshops in Lebanon and abroad, and has published several articles about sacred music, choir management and leadership. She directed TV programs as administrator, writer and director (Bmiladak niyyi hdiyyi – LBCI / 2014), (Kermal el Insan – MTV / December 2015). She is also the author of several theological and musical texts, and has composed and directed several religious chants and six albums.