About the Founder and Director

                                                           Gabriel S. Aydin

Gabriel Aydin was born and raised in Tur‛Abdin, southeastern Turkey, where he was trained in the Syriac chant tradition of the Syriac Orthodox Church. He was exposed to Church music and started serving the altar of God at the age of 5. He obtained his first education in Syriac culture, classical Syriac, liturgy, and liturgical music in his home parish of Mor Abrohom and advanced his chanting skills and liturgical music repertory by attending both Deyrul Al-Za‛faran (Mardin) and Mor Gabriel (Midyat) seminaries in Tur‛Abdin for eight years.

Later, he familiarized himself with the various chant traditions of the Syriac Church while doing his Master’s thesis analyzing the complete chant tradition of Edessa and his Diplôme D'études Approfondies (Diploma of Profound Studies) thesis on the chant tradition of Mardin at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK), Lebanon.

He has been practicing and teaching various chant traditions to choirs in several countries: Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, and the United States. In addition to the Syriac chant traditions, Gabriel is also an expert in Maronite, Byzantine, and Indian Christian chant and musical traditions.

In 2013, he graduated from Yale Divinity School and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and has since been researching and lecturing in various universities on Syriac sacred music in its historical, textual, theological, and musical context. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Syriac Sacred Music at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Lebanon.

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