The Nai Children’s Choir was founded in April 2016 by a team of passionate staff and volunteer musicians at CultureLink. The Nai Children’s Choir is a place for healing, learning and rejoicing, with its programs focused on the well-being of refugee families. The word Nai means “the sound of the flute” in Arabic. According to Gibran Khalil Gibran, a great poet of the Arabic-speaking world, “singing is a fine prayer and the sound of the flute remains even after life ends” ( Al-Nai) .
Refugee children age 6-12 receive free weekly music education with our musicians at locations across the GTA.
Monday Outreach: COSTI
Tuesday Choir: Victoria Village Public Library, 184 Sloane Ave, North York, 4 – 5 p.m. Homework help and snacks, 5 – 6:30 p.m. Choir rehearsal, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Optional Instrument lessons
Wednesday Choir: Eatonville Care Centre 420 The East Mall, Etobicoke, 4-6 p.m. Rehearsal, snacks and homework help
For more information, please contact:
Bryna Berezowska, Nai Choir Manager, email: firstname.lastname@example.org for performance requests, partnership, volunteering, donation and media contact.
Nadeen Abu Shaban, Choir Coordinator (Arabic, French and English trilingual) email: email@example.com, phone at 647 338 5334 for general inquiries and enrolling children into the Choir. Please call to arrange a parent interview and child’s audition.
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“I witnessed firsthand how music can soothe much of the stress we experienced during the war. My career as a professional musician was interrupted by the war and I did not play my beloved violin for a long time worrying that snipers would shoot me if they heard the sound the instrument, or noticed me standing in my room, but my passion for music never diminished. Having lived through fears and horror, I treasure the peaceful life I have now and want to give back by helping refugee children here. I firmly believe the art-based model that Nai utilizes is the most effective way to help these children integrate. I hope the best for this choir and for all the Nai children. Programs like Nai are vital to our children’s future. Please help Nai to grow.”
-Salam Khorshid, Nai Choir Volunteer
“I cannot say enough great things about the Nai choir! They are providing opportunities and support to our children. Most importantly, Nai gives us hope for a better tomorrow after all the bad things that happened to us back home. This is such an awesome place. Thank you Fei, Nadeen and everyone else involved in the Nai choir for everything you did to make this choir happen.”
Check out the Nai Choir website for more information.