Fuad Foty

Fuad Foty

Co-Director of Music Performance & Instruction

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Fuad Foty is an oud instrumentalist and a vibrant vocalist with over thirty years of performance and musical instruction experience.  Born in Ramallah, Palestine, an integral part of Fuad’s childhood involved learning the classical Arabic songs of the musicians and composers of the time.  But it wasn’t until Fuad left Ramallah in 1974 and arrived in Houston, Texas that he reconnected with his memories of his homeland by teaching himself how to play the oud at age fifteen.  His passion for the oud quickly evolved and he joined various Arab bands, and started playing music to inform the American public about Palestine and the Palestinian cause.  Despite engaging in formal studies, obtaining his Masters of Science in Computational Mathematics and later practicing for over thirty years as a mathematical statistician, Fuad has continued to embrace his true passion, performing around the country and teaching Arabic music to Arabs and non-Arabs alike.  He has also frequently lectured on topics involving Arabic music, the most recent of which chronicled the resistance songs of the Palestinian struggle in honor of the annual Nakba Commemoration.