Donia Jarrar

Donia Jarrar

Donia Jarrar is a composer, pianist, and multimedia artist. ​​She ​holds Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Musical Arts degrees in composition from the University of Michigan​ School of Music, Theater and Dance​. Born to a Palestinian fatherand an Egyptian-Greek mother, Donia grew up between Kuwait, Egypt, the West Bank, and the United States​.​​ ​Her personal experiences have strongly shaped her compositional works, ​leading her to explore the themes of​ Arab and refugee diasporic memory​, identity​, exile, and cultural narratives. Her latest work is a documentary and multimedia song-cycle blending photography, raw and archival footage with live chamber orchestra and dance performances, and featuring the collected oral histories of women and girls from her community. Donia enjoys reading, rollerblading, and snuggling with her cat Leonard Bernstein.