Community Music Center Coordinator
Building C, Room C216
Issa Boulos is an international award-winning composer, lyricist and songwriter. His works have been performed by various groups and orchestras around the world. He studied piano, ‘ud and voice at an early age and later pursued music composition with Gustavo Leone, Athanasios Zervas, and William Russo at Columbia College Chicago and with Robert Lombardo and Ilya Levinson at Roosevelt University.
Throughout his career, Issa has injected new life into his music by incorporating
traditional instruments in innovative ways. He has composed music for full orchestra,
chamber, mixed ensembles, and written hundreds of songs including several hits. Among
his commissions are four pieces for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, composition/performance
for the Silk Road Ensemble, and original scores for award-winning documentaries, plays,
feature films and musicals. Through these efforts, Issa has gained recognition in
the United States, the Middle East, and Europe. He has served as a lecturer at the
University of Chicago for nearly a decade and co-founded the Qatar Music Academy and
acted as its Head of Music since its inception in 2010.
Mr. Boulos serves as Coordinator of the Harper Community Music and Arts Center.