West African Music Ensemble

The Bowdoin West African Music Ensemble is an opportunity for students to expand their understanding of musical composition and performance by learning outside the Western tradition (Music 2701/2702).

The West African Music Ensemble’s repertoire focuses on traditional West African music and is usually learned without notation. Formal performances occur once per semester, with additional performance opportunities ranging from informal concerts on campus to processions at College events. The ensemble is a group of students with varying backgrounds, including some with no prior music experience. Auditions are not required.

Jordan Benissan
Director of the Bowdoin West African Music Ensemble

Course Credit

Two consecutive semesters of participation in an auditioned ensemble for credit fulfills the Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) distribution requirement. All ensembles count for one-half credit per semester and are graded on a Credit/D/Fail basis.
West African Music Ensemble 2018
West African Music Ensemble 2018
West African Music Ensemble 2018
West African Music Ensemble 2018

Practices and Performances

The Ensemble is a group of students with varying backgrounds, including some with no prior music experience. Music is usually learned without notation, and performances can vary from informal concerts to processions at College events.