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Donia Jarrar (b. 1986) is a Palestinian-American composer, pianist, and songwriter whose work spans the genres of classical, electronic, experimental and pop music with undertones of Arabic influence. She often appears as a performer in her own work, highlighting the importance of personal narrative and storytelling to her compositional structure through lyrics and poetry.
Her work has been performed and premiered across America, Europe and the Middle East to positive reviews, including in Paris, Kuwait City, Palestine, Egypt, and South Africa. In 2012 she was awarded first prize in the Marcel Khalife Competiiton for the Young Palestinian composer.
Jarrar has also taught theory and piano at the Edward Said Conservatory of Birzeit University in Ramallah, as well as the non profit organization of Al-Kamandjati(the violist), where she worked with Palestinian youth from refugee camps, as well as different villages and cities across the West Bank. She also served as a music appreciation teacher for UNRWA elementary school children in Jalazon and Qalandia refugee camps as a part of the Terre Des Hommes project “Music bridges West Bank, Italy and France," giving workshops to United Nations Relief Works Agency school teachers on how to teach music in primary schools.
She is currently pursuing a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in Composition from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance.