Middle Eastern Ensemble

The Middle Eastern Ensemble, formed in 2006, performs music from the Arab world, Turkey, Armenia, and the Middle East more generally.(Music 2705/2706)

inline!important;">The Bowdoin Middle Eastern Ensemble (BMEE) performs Turkish, Arabic and Armenian music from the folk, classical and Sufi traditions. BMEE is open to students who read music and are at an intermediate to advanced level on their instrument -  most instruments are welcome -  or who wish to learn Middle Eastern percussion (the percussion section is limited, and is first come first serve). Going on its 15th year, the BMEE has become a Bowdoin institution whose end of the semester recitals are always well attended and well received by its loyal and supportive fan base.

Eric LaPerna
Co-Director of Middle Eastern Ensemble
(207) 725-3321


MEE performs at least one concert per semester, often in collaboration with the Bowdoin Belly Dance ensemble, or with other World Music ensembles on campus.

Course Credit 

Two consecutive semesters of participation in an auditioned ensemble for credit fulfills the Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) distribution requirement. Returning students need not normally audition again. All ensembles count for one-half credit per semester.

Middle Eastern Ensemble 2018
Middle Eastern Ensemble 2015


Some concerts are streamed live and archived footage may be available as well at "Bowdoin Talks."