Register for Spring 2016 Arab Music Ensembles

Posted On:
12 December, 2015
Past EventsTeaching


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 January 14, 2016:

• 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:* $375 for Spring Semester (15 sessions):

Jan 14, 21, 28; Feb 4, 11, 18, 25; March 3, 17, 24, 31; April 7, 14, 21, and April 28: Concert at 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)

Photos from Fall 2015:


Comments from Fall 2015 participants:

– … Arabic ensemble was one of my favorite classes as it brightened my mood every Thursday. The dedication and expertise of Professor Khoury coupled with the students’ united effort to learn songs created a blissful atmosphere that I loved being a part of. I’m incredibly grateful to my friends for recommending the class to me as it’s an incredible outlet for me to pursue something creative. – Richa

– The last few classes of choir are always my favorite. It is at this point of the semester that all the work and effort we have been putting in throughout the semester begins to culminate and our hard work really begins to feel like it is paying off. – Khaled

– I really enjoyed the poetry reading event I went to earlier in the semester and wish I was able to stay on Thursday to hear Dalal Abu Amneh. I think one of my favorite things about the Arab ensemble class is the fact that we are able to have such great singers come talk to us and we have the pleasure of singing with them. – Yousra

– I was glad that I had the opportunity to listen and sing with our wonderful performer Dalal Abu Amneh! – Olly