Dozan wa Awtar Singers
Formed in 2008, Dozan wa Awtar Singers is the leading secular choir in Jordan, with a diverse membership and repertoire. We welcome people of all nationalities and faiths, who want to experience the joy of singing and exploring music as a way of building community based on love and respect. The choir performs several major concerts each year; its Christmas and Spring concerts in Amman are highly anticipated events.
Dozan wa Awtar’s repertoire includes a wide range of sacred music, from Byzantine hymns through the chorale classics of Western music to the present day and Islamic anasheed. The choir also enjoys performing secular music, including folk songs from around the world, Broadway hits and arrangements of popular, contemporary music in many languages. A sub-group of the choir, called “Dozan,” is specializing in performing traditional and contemporary music in Arabic. Some of Dozan wa Awtar’s original arrangements – such as a fusion of the Muslim call to prayer (athan) with Christian hymns calling the faithful to worship—break new ground.
The Dozan wa Awtar Singers include 40-60 members from Jordan and all over the world. Representing different professions, ages and interests, they all share a deep love of music and singing. Each choir member is encouraged to enrich the group with his or her own ideas, skills and resources. Most important is the educational role that Dozan wa Awtar is playing by introducing new workshops, courses and conferences at all types of institutions for people of various ages and professions. We enjoy sharing what we know and passing it on to future generations. Selections from major concerts are often adapted for children’s matinee events, where interactive components engage young children in appreciating and making music. Dozan wa Awtar singers is much more than a choir – it is a vibrant community. Every year, a number of community service events are organized by choir members to offer a meal, gifts and participation in songs and musical games for refugees, children with physical and mental challenges, and nursing home patients, among others. Our love of music, our colleagues, our audiences and our community illuminates our singing.