Roula Abou Baker
Roula Abou Baker (Lebanon) is a singer and manager of the Fayha Choir from Lebanon. She is vice-president of the International Music Council, Board member of the International Federation for Choral Music and member of the Arab Choral Network.
Roula was born in Lebanon in a conservative community where music was not accepted, or at least encouraged, especially for girls. Although she discovered her love for singing at a young age, Roula didn’t have the chance to improve her talent until she joined Fayha Choir. Under the direction of Maestro Barkev Taslakian, she succeeded to develop her talent and become a soloist in the group. At university, she graduated as a social worker but ultimately chose to work in the music management field.
After joining Fayha Choir as singer in 2004, she became the manager of the group in 2007. Three years later in 2010, she succeeded to join together social work and music management by becoming the coordinator of Fayha Choir Social Projects, an organisation that won the 2015 IMC Music Rights Award. She is also the manager of the Lebanese International Choir Festival.
Roula believes in the power of collective singing on the development of societies, and through Fayha Choir she works to promote this music in the Arab region.