I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think." - Rumi
Dr. Feryal Qudourah is a soprano of Indo-Caribbean and Arab heritage. She maintains an active career performing internationally throughout the United Arab Emirates, the United States of America, the Caribbean and Europe. In 2018, she performed and served as the Key Note Speaker and featured artist at the AUS International Music Festival in Sharjah. She made her Orlando Philharmonic debut singing the Flower duet from Lakme, and How Far I’ll go from Disney’s Moana. She made her debut with Jacksonville Symphony singing as the soprano soloist for Dvorak's Te Deum and Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass. In 2015, she made her debut with Sarasota Opera as an Apprentice Artist, for their production of La Bohème, and was featured as a soloist in their Forbidden Jewish Music Concert. She sang the FSU premier of Mark Klistofte’s White Album for Florida State University’s Festival of New Music and premiered the role of She in Madeleine Dring’s opera, Cupboard Love. She has received awards from various competitions such as the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions and Caribbean Tarang. Dr. Qudourah made her Florida Opera debut during the 2012–2013 season as Lucy in Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Telephone. Qudourah’s opera role highlights include Cunegonde in Candide, Monica in The Medium, Pamina in The Magic Flute, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Tiresias in Les Mamelles des Tiresias, Juliette in Romeo et Juliette, First Witch in Dido and Aeneas, Micäela in Carmen, Barbarina in Le Nozze de Figaro, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, and the title role in Handel’s Berenice. Major works performed as a Soprano soloist include, Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass and Paukenmesse, Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, Handel's Messiah and Solomon, Vivaldi's Gloria, Mozart's Coronation Mass, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 3.In addition to opera, Dr. Qudourah has studied Indian Ragas under the tutelage of Dr. Ruby Malik at the Mahatma Ghandi Institute in Trinidad and Tobago. She also enjoys singing New Music, Music Theater, Middle Eastern, Popular and Jazz. Dr. Qudourah holds a Doctorate of Music in Vocal Performance with a concentration in Ethnomusicology from Florida State University. Her dissertation entitled, Enabling Arabic Art Song into the Applied Voice Curriculum includes an introduction to this new genre as well as a beginner’s diction guide with proposed IPA for singers to sing the Arabic language. In October 2019, her contributing chapter on “Integrating Arabic Song into the Western Art Song Recital” was published as part of the NATS book, So you want to sing World Music. She continues to research, perform and give lectures on Arabic Art Song and Islamic Qaseeda.In 2019, she served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music, where she taught Applied Voice. In 2015, she served as Adjunct Voice Faculty and Interim Choral Conductor for Valencia State College, where she taught Voice Class, Aural Training II, Valencia Singers, and Applied Voice. As a voice teacher, she encourages her students to think of music as a means to express shared culture. She works with singers to help grant them the freedom to form an opinion about their own unique sounds and breath, as she creatively gives them the tools to become self-sufficient, respectful, and emphatic artists. Dr. Qudourah is looking forward to her first year teaching at Coastal Carolina University.
D.M.A., Voice Performance/Ethnomusicology emphasis Florida State University, 2018
Primary Instructors: Prof. Shirley Close and Dr. Wanda Brister-RachwalTreatise: Arabic art Song: Enabling Integration of Arabic Art Song into the Applied Voice Curriculum
M.M., Voice Performance, Florida State University, 2015
Primary Instructor: Prof. Shirley Close
B.M., Voice Performance, Stetson University, 2012
Primary Instructor: Dr. Lloyd Linney
Chapter on Arabic Art Song for the NATS "So you want to sing World Music"
I enjoy cooking food from around the world.
Applied Voice Instruction, Voice Class
Arabic Art Song, Islamic Qaseedas (Islam's version of hymns)