Arab Music Ensemble

In keeping with Penn’s vision for community partnership, the Arab Music Ensemble represents a collaborative effort between Al Bustan, a Philadelphia-based community organization dedicated to education, the Greenfield Intercultural Center at Penn, and the Department of Music. Open to all students in the Penn community as well as to members of the greater Philadelphia community, this ensemble explores a wide range of Arab music and provides students with the opportunity to learn through coachings provided by several professional performers of Arab music. The Arab Music Ensemble participates in performances hosted and organized by Al Bustan and members will also have the opportunity to perform at functions and events around Penn’s campus.

Director’s Bio

Hanna Khoury, an Arab-Israeli, is a violinist and violist trained in both Western classical and Arabic classical music styles. In addition to directing the Arab Music ensemble at Penn, which intersects with his work as an Artist-in-Residence and Music Director with Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture in Philadelphia, Khoury is the Artistic Director of the Arabesque Music Ensemble, with whom he has led nationwide tours, performing traditional Arab music in major venues and universities. He is also a violinist and Arab music advisor with Intercultural Journeys, frequently performing with cellist Ohad Bar-David. Khoury recently toured with Lebanese superstar Fairuz and played lead violin with Iraqi singer Kazem Al-Saher and Grammy winner Youssou N'Dour. In addition, Khoury can be heard on several pop recordings including Grammy-nominated song "Beautiful Liar" (featuring Beyonce and Shakira), and "Love and Compassion" (featuring Paula Cole and Kazem Al-Saher).  Khoury recorded strings for Shakira’s Grammy performance of "Hips Don’t Lie," and he has collaborated with musician/composer Roustom on multiple projects, including an Arabic jazz album with Al-Zafeer Ensemble. A recipient of the America-Israel Scholarship and Qattan Foundation Award, Khoury graduated Magna Cum Laude with departmental honors from UCLA with a Bachelor's in Economics and Music Performance, and obtained his Master's degree in Music from Temple University.

Rehearsal Schedule

Arab Music Ensemble: Mondays, 6:00-9:00; Music Building 101, 102

Upcoming Performances

Schedule TBA. Please check back later.