In 2008, CiH traveled to Qatar in a project made possible by a grant from ConocoPhillips and facilitated with logistical assistance by the U.S. Embassy and the Doha Community Orchestra.. The project involved numerous interactive concerts at schools in Doha and Al Wakra, two public concerts, and media appearances, meetings, and dinners. Highlights included a concert for visually impaired students at the Al Noor Institute and a cultural exchange concert alongside Egyptian, Iraqi, and Syrian musicians at the Youth General Authority Music Arts Center, attended by Sheikh Khalid Bin Hamad Al-Thani. The musicians also performed some American music, including a commissioned work by Chris Burton.