Christiane Karam

  • Career Highlights
    • Founder, leader, and vocalist of Boston-based world/Middle Eastern music band ZilZALA
    • Founder of the Shades of Orient concert series at Berklee, 2001–2003
    • Cofounder of the Berklee Music and Peace Initiative
    • Founder and leader of the Annual Berklee Middle Eastern Festival
    • Collaborations and performances with the Assad Brothers, Atlas Soul, Ran Blake, Jamey Haddad, Bobby McFerrin, the Millenium Gospel Choir, the New York Arabic Orchestra, the NY Gypsy All-Stars, Yanka Rupkina, Bassam Saba, Hüsnü Senlendirici, and .WAV 
    • Performances/recordings with the Boston Pops and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus
    • Solo recordings include award-winning EP I'm Alive with producer Angel Angelov and self-produced Songs of the People with ZilZALA
    • Features on VH1 and PBS
    • Kimball P. Stickney Scholar, NEC, 2004–2006
  • Awards
    • Recipient of the SESAC Award 2003 
    • First prize, USA Songwriting Competition, 2001 
    • Finalist, John Lennon Songwriting Contest 2004 
  • Education
    • B.S., American University of Beirut
    • DEUG, Université Saint-Joseph
    • B.M., Berklee College of Music
    • M.M., New England Conservatory of Music

In Their Own Words

"I deeply believe in music's endless potential to connect us with one another and bring us to this peaceful place of oneness from where we all come. Berklee is a vibrant environment that offers its students a miraculous opportunity for making music across cultures and differences."

"Sound is vibration, and the human voice in particular, when sung from a place of truth, has an incredibly intimate and healing ability to communicate emotion, tell a story, and transform lives. It is a joy and a privilege to assist students in their musical journey, and help them awaken to the beauty and potential of their unique gifts. By nurturing these gifts, they find and develop their unique voice and can then sing their truth. And by sharing their truth, they can bring love and healing to the world."