Ensemble tryouts are in full swing at the beginning of the semester, as you may have noticed. Some of these have flown a little under the radar, though, and like any good indie music tumblog, Wesleying aims to bring you the coolest opportunities before Pitchfork does. Hark:
Middle Eastern Music Interest Group [MEMIG] is a WSA registered student group (est. 2009) whose aim is to educate the Wesleyan community about the music of the Near East, with an emphasis on the classical music of Egypt and the Levant. The ensemble is open to all students, with or without formal training in music. Thanks to the financial support provided by the SBC and SALD we were able to have a successful and active last year under the tutorship of esteemed musician and composer Sami Abu Shumays. MEMIG holds weekly ensemble rehearsals and private lessons, which culminate in an informal performance at the end of each semester. With the rapid growth of Arabic and Middle Eastern studies at Wesleyan, we feel that MEMIG is well poisoned to offer students the unique opportunity to engage in and explore the expressive culture and traditions of the Arabic-speaking world, an opportunity that they would otherwise not have. Not only does MEMIG nicely compliment Mideast Studies on campus. it adds a rich and new dimension to Wesleyan’s world music offerings.
All interested parties should contact Aaron Paige (apaige[at]wesleyan[dot]edu) for more info.