LeBAM, Transforming Lives Through Music Education

Choir and orchestra wearing white clothes on stage

Love at First Concert We first came into contact with The Lebanese Band Association for the Promotion of Music (LeBAM) when HOME Magazine was invited to hear its band perform in the village of Baskinta, in the district of Metn, many years ago. Not knowing what to expect from a young orchestra, we sat among […]

From Los Angeles, Joanna Nachef 1st Maestra of the Middle East

When conductor Joanna Medawar Nachef, Ph.D., takes the podium, her dress sparkles. As the first female orchestra conductor from the Middle East, she is known for her sense of style, among other things. “I wear glittery dresses and use my feminine traits,” said the Ashrafieh-born, Los Angeles-educated, Lebanese American musician. “I don’t want to look […]