Head of the Department of Academic Choir of the Faculty of Arts of the St. Petersburg State Institute of Culture, a member of the Union of Composers of Russia and the Union of Concert Figures, winner of the St. Petersburg Government Prize and the Metropolitan of St. Petersburg and Ladoga Award in the field of spiritual culture and art, professor.



Joanna Medawar NACHEF is recognized as the first woman conductor from the Middle East. Born in Beirut (Lebanon), she moved to Los Angeles in 1976. Dr. Nachef is Director of Choral Activities at El Camino College. Doctor of Musical Arts and Master in Music degrees in Choral Music from the University of Southern California. The founder and Artistic Director for JOANNA MEDAWAR NACHEF SINGERS (JMNSingers). The Artistic Director and Conductor of the Torrance Pops Orchestra. Her numerous awards include “Excellence in Arts Award” in Music, Living Legend Award for the African Diaspora of Sacred Music and Musicians,  the «2017 Mercury Award» from Torrance Performing Arts Consortium for the JMNSingers “Lux Aeterna” Concert.



Head of the Choral Conducting Department of the Institute of Music, Theater and Choreography of the Russian State A. I. Herzen Pedagogical University, Professor of the Academic Choir Department of the St. Petersburg State Institute of Culture, Honored Master of Arts of the Republic of Belarus, PhD (Art History), winner of the St. Petersburg Government Prize.