Marana Saad, OLM, is a nun of the Lebanese Maronite Order. She is the Founder, President and Music Instructor at Saint Rafqa’s Institute of Music, a Theology professor at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik and a member of the Maronite Patriarchal Committee for Liturgy (Music committee).
She has a PhD in monastic theology from St. Anselm’s University - Rome, and a PhD in sacred music from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik - Lebanon.
She studied choral conducting under Maestro Walter Marzilli, at the Institute of Sacred Music in Rome. In 2010, she founded Saint Rafqa’s Choir (youth and children), where she now teaches and conducts it.
Under the direction of Sr Marana Saad, Saint Rafqa’s Choir has established its reputation as one of the leading choirs in Lebanon. She directed several liturgical and musical celebrations: masses and concerts celebrated at the presidential palace in Baabda, at the Maronite Catholic Patriarchate in Bkerke, and at different churches and theatres all over Lebanon . In addition to the participation in 25th Physicians Annual Symposium (Al Bustan Hotel 2016) and in the Beirut Energy Forum (Biel 2016). Sister Marana and the choir have participated in concerts where she directed prominent orchestras and other leading choirs, and has received many invitations to festivals. She directed the children’s choir during their participation in “La Contrebasse Voyageuse” in Opera Montpellier, France (June 2013), as well as the “Friendship between choirs” Festival in Cyprus (September 2013), the celebrations to Saint Maroun feast in Rome (February 2016), the World Youth Day in Krakow – Poland (July 2016), and Saint Anthony Maronite Catholic Church Festivities in Virginia – USA (October 2016) . She conducted the orchestra and choir at Rafqa’s musical theatre (Operette), as well as the choir in their recording of many soundtracks for tv and movies, such as “Ghadi” written by Georges Khabbaz. She also conducted Saint Rafqa’s choir and different orchestras in concerts with prominent artists such as Magida El Roumi (Christmas Concerts in The Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal - Ashrafieh), Charbel Rouhana (Batroun International Festival and in the event “Let your light shine” at the Casino du Liban) and Alexandra Gravas (“Let your light shine at Casino du Liban). In summer 2014, she organized a “Friendship between choirs” festival in Lebanon where she hosted music and choral workshops and invited leading choirs in Lebanon. She also directed five different choirs during the festival. She has participated in the last International Cedars Festival with Magida Roumi and with Saint Rafqa’s Choir (Youth and Children) (August 2016).
She has participated in different conferences and workshops, and has published several articles about sacred music. She directed TV programs as administrator, writer and director (Bmiladak niyyi hdiyyi – LBCI / December 2014), (Kermal el Insan – MTV / December 2015) and she is also the author of several theological and musical texts, and has composed and directed several religious chants and albums such as Alliance of Love and prayer (2007), The Mass according to the rite of the Syro-Maronite Antioche church (2008), Miladyat: Christmas chants (2008), Fawh Al Qadassa (2010), Mother, Mirror of the Sky (2011), and Rafqa Musical Theatre CD (2014), Ya bayyi – father day CD (2015), Easter card & Song (2016), 31st WYD (2016).