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Omar El Okdah
Board of Directors, Co-Chair

Omar El-Okdah is a policy analyst at the International Peace Institute in New York.  Born in New York but raised in Egypt, he began singing as a member of the Chamber Musicians at the British International School in Cairo as well as directing and appearing in various musicals including Chicago and Sweeney Todd. He started training his voice as a classical bass-baritone in 2009 while reading history at Oxford University (Magdalen College) under the direction of Bronwen Mills. During this time, he also appeared in productions of Into the Woods, Kiss Me Kate and Carmen. Between 2011-2012, received a Master’s in Political Science at Columbia University while continuing musical training under the tutelage of Jane McMahan and Jean-Paul Björlin. His most recent engagements include Rigoletto for Columbia’s Opera Untapped, the bass solo in Verdi’s  Requiem at Union Theological Seminary and an all-Lieder recital at the International Cultural Center of Jeunesses Musicales in Grožnjan, Croatia.