Alma Richeh, CAC Executive Director & Choir Conductor
Alma was born in Damascus, Syria and holds a law degree from Damascus University and an LL.M. degree in international legal studies from the American University, Washington College of Law in Washington D.C. She worked at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Damascus as an advocate to determine the refugee Status. In Syria, in 2001-2005, Alma studied singing with and trained by the best music and singing teachers at the Syrian Higher Institute For Music. Between 2000 and 2008, Alma was a conductor of Al Farah Choir in Damascus. She conducted the Choir’s youth division concentrating on concerts to fundraise for humanitarian causes and children’s rights.
During her LL.M Studies, she worked as a teaching assistance to Arab League Ambassador to the UN and Professor Clovis Maksoud at the American University, Washington College of Law.
After moving to Boston, she worked as a research intern at the Boston Consortium for Gender Security and Human Rights at the University of Massachusetts. Her research concentrated on the rights of women in Arab and Middle countries from legal, historic, cultural, religious and humanitarian perspectives.
In Boston, Alma was invited to perform at events to support refugees in the US and abroad. She preformed with Bassam Saba and the New York Arab Orchestra during their concerts in Boston. She also performed with the Boston Arab Music Ensemble (BAME) in residence at CAC under direction of Layth Sidiq.
Alma founded CAC Children Choir in 2014 the first Arabic Children Choir in New England.