Visiting professor of ethnomusicology
Rev. Prof. Elias Kesrouani is fluent in English, French, Arabic, Syriac, and Italian, with internationally reputed compositions in Syriac and Arabic. He has participated in many international conferences, concerts, and colloquia, among them an international conference at Yale Institute of Sacred Music in 2007; a concert at Royaumont Research Center in France, 2007; and the scientific colloquium of the Arab Academy of Music in Cairo (annually since 1996). He recently represented Lebanon at a meeting of experts in New Delhi, organized by UNESCO, which discussed the “Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage”.
A brief survey of his CV reveals high-level participation in a plethora of academic activities that have taken him to Italy, Algeria, Greece, Morocco, Oman, Jordan, the Netherlands, Bahrain, Tunisia, Syria, Turkey, Kuwait, United Kingdom and Spain. His many publications include his piece on the “Hymnological Thesaurus (Bet-Gazo) of the Syriac Church,” in Nos Sources, Arts et literature Syriaques, Coll: Sources Syriaques, ed.: CERO 1, Centre d’Etudes et de Recheerches Orientales, Antélias Liban, 2005; and his “The Syriac Octoïchos, in the book Aspects de la Musique Liturgique au Moyen Age, Rencontres à Royaumont, Editions Creaphis, 1991.
In addition to being a member in a number of significant scientific committees with UNESCO and the Arab Academy of Music attached to the Arab League, Reverend Kesrouani has occupied many prestigious posts in the past, among the most important being the Deanship of the Jordan Academy of Music, and professorships at the University of the Holy Spirit, Kaslik, and the Higher Lebanese Conservatoire of Music, Beirut. His present position finds him as the founder and Research Professor of NDU’s Department of Music and Musicology where, since 2002, he has achieved what is one of his most notable accomplishments: the creation of a new university discipline called “Musimedialogy” registered Intellectual Property in 163 countries. Professor Kesrouani is also co-director of Ph. D. research at the Sorbonne Paris IV University for Oriental Ethnomusicology. B.A., University of the Holy Spirit; M.A., Lebanese University; Ph.D. Sorbonne Paris IV University.