The Middle East Music Ensemble explores a variety of classical, neoclassical, and popular musical forms from throughout the Middle East and embraces compositional and improvisational techniques unique to non-Western musical cultures. Members perform on traditional instruments, often in company with noted guest artists. 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 who are interested in the art, culture, and music of the region.
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 encouraged to attend the Open House and will be invited to join the ensemble as space and repertoire allows. The Open House will begin at 6:30 p.m., with rehearsal beginning at 7:00 p.m.