Assyrian Cultural Foundation Arizona

Music

At ACF, we feel that education and engagement in the musical arts are a vital part of the development of each individual. Music is a part of the cultural heritage of every human being, serving as a common thread for people around the world.

The Nebu J. Issabey Music Program is an intensive program intended to train students in their instrument of study. Our program offers both private lessons in piano, violin, cello, clarinet, flute, and group lessons in guitar. We also offer voice lessons.

Our goal is to identify Assyrian Americans with exceptional talents at an early age, encouraging them to develop their talents in order to become effective cultural leaders. We strive to empower Assyrian students and provide them with the tools they need to excel in pursuing artistic studies and careers. Our mission is to produce excellent Assyrian American musicians in a four-year study program.

Staff

Tiglat Issabey, Program Director

Stella Sweiss, Program Manager


Apply

Email finearts@acf-us.org to apply.

E: stella.sweiss@acf-us.org

P: 224-935-2366

to apply.


Current Students


Semester Schedule

Winter

January 5 - March 13

Break: March 15 - March 22

Spring

March 23 - June 12

Break: June 14 - June 21

Summer

June 22 - September 11

Break: September 13 - September 20

Fall

September 21 - December 18

Break : December 20 - January 3


All questions regarding the Nebu J. Issabey Music Program should be directed to:

finearts@acf-us.org
E:  stella.sweiss@acf-us.org
P:  224-935-2366
Remembering Maestro Nebu J. Issabey 
1930-2014
The late Nebu J. Issabey was born in Tabriz, Iran in 1930. He began violin lessons at age four, taught by his mother. In the next few years, he taught himself to play the piano. He later went on to study under the tutelage of the famous Italian violinist Luigi Pazanari, French violinist Tina Montofel, and later Joachim Blume and Carl Kaufhold while attending the Music Academy of Cologne, Germany.
In 1955, he founded the first Assyrian choir in Tehran, called the Nineveh Choir, which was later considered the leading choir in Iran. In 1966, the Iranian Fine Arts Institute was named the top-ranking choir in the country. Maestro Issabey and the Nineveh Choir performed for the Shah of Iran, where he was recognized.
After leading a notable career abroad as a musician, composer, and instructor, Maestro Issabey moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1973 and brought with him his dream to create an Assyrian national choir. He revived the Nineveh Choir, which later became known as the Assyrian National Choir. Also among his many contributions to the Assyrian community, Maestro Issabey composed “Roomrama” which he hoped would be recognized by Assyrians worldwide as the national anthem, unifying the Assyrian nation.
Maestro Issabey’s goal to share Assyrian culture through the international language of music was evident throughout his career. The music program at the AUAF is named in his honor and shares his mission of identifying and supporting Assyrian talents.


Art

At ACF, we recognize the intrinsic value of art, and the many ways it can illuminate our inner lives and enrich our world. We also understand the resulting impact art has on a wider scale, and seek to provide opportunities for Assyrian children to experience and embrace the arts.

The ACF Fine Arts Program is designed to help foster an Assyrian American community that is rich with social and intellectual diversity. Our programs are designed to give our students an intensive professional education in his or her artistic craft, and to prepare each student with a solid foundation in the arts. Our courses include the practice of various mediums.

Our goal is to identify Assyrian Americans with exceptional talents at an early age, and enable them to engage their talents to become effective cultural leaders. We strive to empower Assyrian students and provide them with the tools they need to excel in pursuing artistic studies and careers. Our mission is to produce excellent Assyrian American artists.

Joseph Badalpour, Fine Arts Director

Art Competition

Click here to view this years ACF Art Competition rules and regulations.


 Staff

Joseph Badalpour, Director
Stella Sweiss, Program Manager


Semester Schedule

Winter

January 5 - March 13

Break: March 15 - March 22

Spring

March 23 - June 12

Break: June 14 - June 21

Summer

June 22 - September 11

Break: September 13 - September 20

Fall

September 21 - December 18

Break: December 20 - January 3


Apply

Email finearts@acf-us.org to Apply.

Email stella.sweiss@acf-us.org to apply


Art for Adults

We are excited to introduce our newest class, led by instructor. Registration is open to Assyrian students age 18+.

Email finearts@acf-us.org to Apply.

Email stella.sweiss@acf-us.org to apply


Current Students


Assyrian Artists Directory

We are excited to introduce our Assyrian Artists Directory for emerging and working artists within our community.

Working Artists page

Emerging Artists Page

To be featured in the Assyrian Artists Directory, please email us at finearts@auaf.us with images of your work along with a bio and link to your website or social media page.

 

All questions should be directed to finearts@acf-us.org
All questions should be directed to stella.sweiss@acf-us.org