Samia Ibrahim

Samia Ibrahim

Soprano, music teacher, and choir conductor. Initiates her music studies in Juan Manuel Olivarez’s Music Conservatory at a young age and was a member of the Cantoría Alberto Grau under the leadership of Ma. Maria Guinand for several years. She also took singing lessons with Ma. Manuela Velo and Ma. Lucy Ferrero.

In the following years, Samia attained a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a major in Music Education from Instituto Universitario de Estudios Musicales (IUDEM) in Caracas, where she also took intensive lessons in Choir and Orchestra Conduction with maestros María Guinand, Alfredo Rugeles, and Rodolfo Saglimbeni. During this period, she carried out studies with maestros Luigi Agustoni and Johannes Göschl in Gregorian Chant Interpretation, Semiology, and Paleography, a subject that she later taught in Portugal and Venezuela.

In 1999, she received a scholarship from the Greek Government to study Byzantine Music under the tutoring of Mo. Lycourgos Angelópoulos in Athens. During this period, she also spent a season in Rome receiving singing lessons from renowned bass Paolo Montarsolo in 2001.

In 2000, Samia performed as the soprano soloist in the worldwide première of Golijov’s “The Passion according to St. Mark” in Stuttgart, Germany. The première was live recorded by the label Hänssler Classic and later nominated for the 2001 Grammy and Grammy Latino Awards. Thereafter, she participated in many presentations of this masterpiece across the globe, including a USA major tour in 2002, the 2003 Sydney Festival at the “Sydney Opera House”, the Oregon Bach Festival in 2005 at the “Hult Center for the Performing Arts”, and the “Sala Ríos Reyna” of Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas in 2008. Most recently,in 2017, Samia performed again as the soprano soloist for this masterpiece together with theOrquestaSinfónica Nacional de México in “Palacio de Bellas Artes” in Mexico City, conducted by Mo. Carlos Prieto. After her return to Venezuela in 2003, she took an active role on the board of teachers and conductors of“El Sistema” (National Network of Youth and Children’s Choirs and Orchestras of Venezuela) where she counted on the mentoring of Mo. Gerald Wirth, a longtime guide and referent for all choir conductors across the country.

Samia has taken leadership and mentoring roles in a handful of initiatives throughout her career. Among these, we can highlight her role as the Director of the “Coro Regional Juvenil de Los Altos Mirandinos” (2017-2019), of the Boys Choir “Niños Cantores de Los Teques” (2007-2019), and as the Regional Coordinator for the choirs in the Miranda State (2009-2019). She has also performed as a Vocal Coach for the Programade Formación Académica para Jóvenes Docentes y Directores Orquestales (2012-2018) and as a teacher of Music Theory and Audio-perception at IUDEM (2003-2006) and of Musical Initiation in the “Núcleo SanAgustín” (2003-2006). She also had active involvement in the board of conductors for children’s choirs integrating the Schola Cantorum of Venezuela (2005 – 2006).

Samia has imparted classes to choir singers and directors across LatAm through the “Programa MúsicaPara Crecer Voces Latinas a Coro”, an initiative propelled by Fundación Schola Cantorum of Venezuela and its director, María Guinand, and supported and promoted by the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF).Since 2019, she has increased her interest in volunteering. She has collaborated with the charitable organization “Art Bridges Greece” in the Kará Tepé refugee camp, imparting singing lessons to Greek Romani children in Lesbos, and with El Sistema Greece in Athens. Samia joined the team of teachers and choir directors at the Vienna Boys Choir Summer Music Academy carried out in Hong Kong in 2019. She has been concurrently contributing to the formation of emerging leaders giving masterclasses to young directors and singers across the LatAm region.

Since her recent move to Florida, she has been giving singing lessons and vocal coaching both remotely and in person. Samia constantly endeavors to contribute to the development of music across the globe.In 2021, Samia co-founded the Plantation Choir and Orchestra together with Mo. Gregory Carreño.