Middle East Music Ensemble


Wanees Zarour, Director

The Middle East Music Ensemble explores a variety of classical, neoclassical, and popular musical forms from throughout the Middle East, encompassing compositional and improvisational techniques unique to non-Western musical cultures. Members perform on traditional instruments, often in company with noted guest artists, and present multiple concerts both on and off campus. No previous experience in the genre is required, but the ability to read music is necessary. Membership in the Middle East Music Ensemble includes undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff of the University, as well as community members interested in the art and music of the region.

2018-19 Concert Dates

  • Saturday, November 23 at 7:00 p.m., Logan Center Performance Hall
  • Friday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 29 at 7:00 p.m. (encore performance), Logan Center Performance Hall
  • Sunday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m., Logan Center Performance Hall


  • Thursdays, 7:00-9:30 p.m., Logan Center Penthouse

How to Participate

In lieu of auditions, the Middle East Music Ensemble hosts an Open House each year at the beginning of Autumn Quarter. All interested musicians as well as intrigued novices are invited to attend.