Exploring new Forms of artistic expression

Nebal Maysaud is an award-winning queer Lebanese Druze composer based in the Washington D.C. metro area. A recipient of the first Kluge Young Composer’s Competition and the James Ming Prize in Composition at Lawrence University, Maysaud converges Western and Middle Eastern classical music styles to explore questions of faith, identity, and power. Their music has been performed by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, Juventas New Music Ensemble, and Lawrence University Wind Ensemble and Opera Department; and also featured in Art Song Lab 2016 and the District New Music Conference 2018. They have contributed articles about diversity and classical music to NewMusicBox and convened community music workshops at YallaPunk 2019. Maysaud studied with composer Mark Camphouse before entering the studios of John Benson, Andrew Cole, Dirk D’Ase, Joanne Metcalf, and Asha Srinivasan. They hold a B.M. in Music Composition from Lawrence University.


  • Commission- I work hard for my commissioners so that their experience is enjoyable and memorable. I make sure the commissioner gets exactly what they want and more from their piece, so that they can look back on the experience not just as payment for a new work, but a valuable journey with another artist to create something extraordinary.
  • Engraving- I also do engraving work for folks who would like to take their score to publishing quality. I mainly work in Sibelius but I also know Finale and use Adobe Illustrator for any graphic design.
  • Collaboration- I love working with other artists and believe it’s essential for any musician. If you’re a poet, artist, writer, dancer, or whatever, and you would like to work together, please let me know, I’m always happy to meet other artists and find creative ways to work together.
  • Private Lessons- I strongly believe that art is for everyone, not just for those who can afford lessons or afford the risk of an unstable degree or career path. You can bet that I fought tooth and nail as a low income minority to get to where I am today (and I’m only just starting). The best for me to give back is to offer what I learned to as many folks as possible. If you want to learn about the art of composition, please email me! I will never turn down a student because of their inability to pay! I offer both in person and skype lessons.