CAC Youth Orchestra Program

Under Direction of Layth Sidiq


The CAC Youth Orchestra Program welcomes students between the ages of 6-16 - who already have some experience playing a musical instrument - to study and perform Arabic music in an interactive group environment, learning from a line-up of award-winning artists.
The program consists of two ensembles, one for students with one year experience and the other for intermediate and Advanced students.

The Program consists of:

Bayyat Orchestra (For students with one year experience)

Hijaz Orchestra (For Intermediate and Advanced Students)

Orchestra group lessons will be held once a week on Sundays following CAC Arabic School Calendar


Click Here To Read the Program and Registration Details

A Message From the Orchestra Director

“An orchestra is a community, a gathering of like-minded individuals with the aim of making music together as well as reinforcing the shared human values that make us a better society. At the Center for Arab Culture Youth’s Orchestra, students will benefit from studying with some of the best Arab musicians in the country, both privately and as a group, as well as being part of a dedicated ensemble that will prepare and perform Arab music from its traditional repertoire to its contemporary.

The future is in the hands of our youth. With the goal of preserving and integrating Arab music within the community, this orchestra will be an essential educational experience that will bring the youth closer to the roots of Arab music in both traditional and non-traditional formats. It will also be a space where they build their character, meet other peers, appreciate and play Arab music instruments and develop the skills they’ll need to become future leaders in their fields.”
-Layth Sidiq, CAC Youth’s Orchestra Director

CAC Youth Orchestra in Picture!

CAC Youth Orchestra in Concert

CAC Youth Orchestra- Building Bridges Through Music

CAC Instructors Ensemble- CAC Youth Orchestra Concert MFA Sound Bites.

Hijaz Ensemble- CAC Youth Orchestra Concert MFA Sound Bites.

Bayat Ensemble- CAC Youth Orchestra Concert MFA Sound Bites

The Orchestra Teaching Team:

Click on Each Image for Bios and Videos of the Instructors

Layth Sidiq, Orchestra Director

layth sidiq-violin

Ghassan Sawalhi, Oud, Senior Orchestra Conductor

Bengisu Gökçe, Violin, Orchestra Administrative Director

Afarin Nazarijou, Qanun

Rami Abuolaya, Nay

Naseem Alatrash, Cello

Tareq Rantissi, Percussion

If you would like to support the Orchestra Program you can donate using the donation button below. Your donation will help CAC in sustaining the first Arab Orchestra Program for the youth and children in New England.
Your tax deductible donation will be used for the sole purpose of improving, sustaining, and expanding the Youth Orchestra Program at CAC.
Any amount will make a difference!