AOSF Invites you to Audition

1:44 pm Music

The Arab Orchestra of San Francisco is looking to expand its membership. We will be holding auditions on Sunday March 16th 3-6PM at our regular rehearsal space at La Pena cultural center. Please feel free to forward..

Who we’re looking for

  • Professional string players (no Arabic music experience is required, though it certainly is a plus). OR
  • Advanced string students in a conservatory or university music program (no prior experience in Arabic music need. We train). OR
  • Advanced players of Arabic instruments (oud, qanun, nay, percussion)


  • Confidence and stage presence (everyone plays solos, no exceptions)
  • Curiosity and willingness to take chances
  • Open-mindedness, interest in Arabic music, and courage to improvise (we train!)
  • Commitment to attend rehearsals (Sundays 3-6 PM, at La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley), to practice, and to listen to Arabic music (especially the repertoire we’re working on)
  • Love for working in a group, help other players, give constructive feedback, be engaged in the group as a though it was your own project.

What we give

  • Training in Arabic music theory and practice
  • Training in improvisation in the Arabic style
  • Repertoire training
  • Experience in performing Arabic music
  • Honorarium for performing in concerts
  • Recommendation/invitation letters for grant applications, reports for receiving academic credit (per arrangements between you and your school)

How do you do audtion

More information is available here

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