Lili Sarayrah


Hometown: Knoxville, TN and Amman, Jordan
Alma mater: Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester: BM Violin Performance, Arabic-English Literary Translation Studies Certificate, Arts Leadership Program Certificate, Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year Program Scholar
Awards/Competitions: Critical Language Scholarship, U.S. Department of State; Susan B. Anthony Prize for Women’s Leadership; Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society; Celentano Excellence in Chamber Music Award; Messinger Chamber Music Fellowship, Eastman School of Music
Appearances: Norfolk Chamber Music Festival; Woodstock Chamber Orchestra; Binghamton Philharmonic; Symphoria; Amman Symphony Orchestra; Ensemble Signal; Aspen Summer Music Festival; Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival
Favorite composer fact: Stravinsky went to see Charlie Parker play in a club. The latter realized who was in the audience and included a quote from The Rite of Spring in his solo. Stravinsky was so excited he knocked over his scotch.
Last book read: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie