Nineteenth Annual Arabic Music Retreat

The Nineteenth Annual Arabic Music Retreat
will be held from August 8-15, 2015
at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

Simon Shaheen invites students, performers, and scholars of Arabic music to the Nineteenth Annual Arabic Music Retreat at Mount Holyoke College. The Retreat is honored to present an accomplished faculty roster including Associate Director Dr. A.J. Racy. This year we welcome back Charbel Rouhana from Lebanon.

The Retreat includes seven days of Arabic music instruction in both chamber music and large orchestra performance. The Retreat also offers private lessons and classes in Arabic music theory, analysis, and ear training. The structured format, along with the relaxed academic atmosphere of Mount Holyoke's beautiful rural campus, makes the Retreat an ideal setting for the serious study of Arabic music.

Please click here to view and download the 2015 Retreat registration form and description of Retreat activities.

 Registration materials (including the audition recording and $100 deposit) are due by July 1st, 2015; final payment is due by August 1, 2015.

There are a limited number of partial work scholarships available to those with demonstrated financial need.
Please click here to view and download the scholarship application form. (note: scholarship applications are due on June 15, 2015).

Feel free to direct any inquiries to Kay Campbell at or (617) 512-8122.

To stay informed about Retreat news, join our e-mail list, by clicking here, then hit the "send" button and you'll be added to our list. 
Also, feel free to join our group on Facebook.  In addition, Simon Shaheen has a facebook page,

The 2015 poster can be viewed as a jpeg here and as a PDF here.  Click here to download the retreat poster.

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