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Nebal Maysaud is a composer based in the Washington D.C. Metro Area. Since buying his first notation software in 2009, Nebal has grown to become an impactful, award-winning composer. His music is a convergence of faith and identity, asking the big questions in his most personal way. Nebal is a strong activist, who uses his artwork to advocate for the traditionally silenced. His music is influenced by different artists of various traditions, including Vaughan Williams, Khalil Gibran, Arvo Part,  Walt Whitman, Fairuz, and J.S. Bach.

Nebal Maysaud is a deeply spiritual thinker. He minored in Religious Studies while at Lawrence University, and maintained a steady fascination with how the universe is perceived and understood. His fascination with the mysteries of the universe, combined with his dedication towards justice and equality, creates a sound profile that is unique and universal. His works emphasize openness across religions and identities, revealing religion as a source of spirituality while also a source of suffering through abuse of power.

Nebal Maysaud has composed for a number of ensembles and won numerous awards, including the Alexandria Choral Society Carol Competition in 2012. Nebal was also a recipient of the first Kluge Young Composer’s Competition, in which his work, O Great Mystery, was performed in concert by the Alexandria Symphony. Nebal was taught under famed Wind Band composer Mark Camphouse during high school before entering the studios of John Benson, Joanne Metcalf, Andrew Cole, Asha Srinivasan. Nebal has just finished his undergrad at Lawrence University and is now a freelance composer in the Washington DC area. 




Have an artistic idea that requires music? Looking to learn about composition? Need someone to do your engraving? Or a performer looking for someone to commission? I can help! 

  • 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.