The National Arab Orchestra (NAO) is a 501 c3 nonprofit organization that that aims to preserve and integrate Arab culture through music education, outreach, and performance.
Founded in 2009 and established in 2010, the National Arab Orchestra is home to the NAO Orchestra, the National Arab Orchestra Takht Ensemble (NAOTE), and the National Arab Orchestra Community Choir (NAOCC). The NAO is dedicated to preserving and performing the classical and contemporary traditions of Arab music, and provides opportunities that will bridge social and cultural barriers through music.
A Metro-Detroit native, Michael Ibrahim, founder and music director of NAO, was born into a Syrian immigrant family of humble origins. He began his musical studies on the ‘Ud, and later studying the Bassoon and Nay as his musical training progressed. Michael has always believed in concepts of self-awareness, honesty, and personal growth, which have proven to be useful tools in his development as an artist both personally and in the professional realm. Michael hopes that through his educational efforts he will be able to instill a wider appreciation for Arab music, and its heritage.