Qatar Youth and Junior Choirs

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  • Choir Description:
    Qatar Youth Choir Qatar Youth Choir founded in 2013 by Irish-born conductor Alena Pyne, is for mixed voices aged 14–18+ years, now in its 8th year.  This is an ambitious choir that is always ready for a new challenge.  Our motto is “Carpe Diem”.

    We perform music from all epochs and in many world languages.  Our favorite genre is folk songs from all corners of the world and we are especially happy to sing Arabic repertoire.  We were awarded 1st prize in the inaugural Qatar National Music Competition in October 2017 in the Youth Category, and in our short existence have toured to Germany, Latvia, Croatia and Austria and represented Qatar at the World Choral Expo in Lisbon in July 2019. We have also done a recording and performed frequently with Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Qatar Junior Choir, formed in 2015, is for younger boys and girls aged 10–13 years. Rehearsals are twice weekly for 1 hour together with one single hour of music theory each week. This choir performs in local concerts with the Qatar Youth Choir and receives basic choral training in preparation for joining the Youth Choir at age 14.

    Both ensembles aim to deliver polished and unique performances, every time, and to have good fun along the way!

    QJC runs a younger starter singing group for children aged 7–9 years. They rehearse together once every week. 
  • Conductor: Alena Pyne
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  • Conductor Biography:
    Irish born, Alena has studied and been involved in music all her life and is passionate about music education especially for children. She read music in Trinity College Dublin, is a qualified piano teacher and also studied the Irish harp for a while.

    Alena is founder and conductor of Qatar Youth and Junior Choirs who celebrated their 5th birthday in the 2018-19 season. She is also Deputy Choirmaster with Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. Alena is also Head of Music at the prestigious Kings College Doha school.

    Qatar Youth and Junior Choirs perform regularly in Qatar and travel internationally every year. Under her direction Qatar Youth Choir won 1st place at Qatar’s inaugural National Music Competition in 2018 and were awarded the Special Judges Prize and financial bursary sponsored by the German Embassy of Doha for the best performance of a song by a German composer. Qatar Junior Choir were placed 2nd in their Junior category. Both choirs have been awarded many distinctions in the accredited ABRSM choral singing exams. Alena also prepares her students to take formal written music theory exams.

    Alena offers much international experience having taken her choirs on international tours to Germany, Latvia, Croatia and Poland.  She offers choral workshops and has experience leading large-scale choral singing festivals like the annual Qatar Choral Festival. She conducted large scale singing also at the enormous Europa Cantat festival in Hungary in 2016.

    Alena continues to study choral conducting with the Association of British Choral Conductors and has started on her journey in orchestral conducting with American Maestro George Pehlivanian, an orchestral and opera conductor.
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  • Contact Person: Alena Pyne
  • Foundation: 2015
  • Age group: Adolescent choir (secondary school age)
  • Choir voices: Mixed Choir
  • Choir type: Community
  • Number of choristers: 25-60 voices
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