Register for Fall 2015 Arab Music Ensembles

Posted On:
23 April, 2015
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Led by music director and violin virtuoso HANNA KHOURY with percussionist HAFEZ KOTAIN and cellist/maqam theory specialist KINAN ABOU-AFACH, the Philadelphia Arab Music Ensemble and Philadelphia Arab Percussion Ensembles are community ensembles open to middle/high school and college students and adults. Singers and percussionists of all skill levels and intermediate to advanced instrumentalists (must read music) of strings and wind are invited to join. No audition is necessary. See post by Penn student Ariel Koren about the Spring 2015 semester.


To Register: 

Classes are held on THURSDAY EVENINGS starting August 27, 2015:

• Choir: 6-7:00pm with Hanna Khoury

• Percussion: 6-7:00pm (advanced level) and 7-8:00pm (beginner-intermediate level) with Hafez Kotain

• Instrumentalists (wind/string & select percussionists): 7-8:30pm led by Hanna Khoury with Kinan Abou-afach and Hafez Kotain


Location: University of Pennsylvania Department of Music, 201 South 34th St, Philadelphia

Fees:* $350 for Fall Semester (14 sessions):

Aug 27; Sept 3, 10, 17, 24; Oct 1, (no class Oct 8- Fall Break), Oct 15, 22, 29; Nov 5, 12, 19, (no class Nov 26-Thanksgiving Break); Dec 3, and Dec 10: Concert at Bodek Lounge, UPenn

• No fee required for enrolled UPenn students who can take it for .5 credit: Arab Music Ensemble Course–MUSC 007
• DISCOUNTED FEE FOR NON-PENN COLLEGE STUDENTS: $200 (inquire about payment options)


Comments from past participants:
– It was truly a great experience having the opportunity to see Oumeima El Khalil perform live and even better having the chance to sing alongside her.

– I loved the passion, dedication, and soulful musicianship of all the instrumentalists and instructors.

– I learned many Arabic songs that taught me about elements of Arabic history and language.

– It was a great experience that allowed me to sing alongside other native and non-native Arabic speakers.

– Hanna’s focus on pronunciation was critical to approaching the musicality of the pieces. I learned a lot and had fun.

– This experience showed me how much I want to continue learning and making Arab music, it touches me deeply.