The Circle of Meshk: A Workshop in Turkish Classical Music

Our friends, the Society for Turkish Classical Music,
led by Dr. Timuçin Çevikoğlu will hold classes in Seattle in 2018.


This workshop is a rare opportunity for intensive instruction in Turkish Classical and Sufi musical traditions with Dr. Timuçin Çevikoğlu, a master musician, recording artist, and educator based in Ankara, Turkey who performs and teaches worldwide.

Students will learn makam (melodic theory) and usul (rhythmic theory) in the context of study and performing Ottoman classical and devotional repertoire, including the ayin music of the Mevlevi ”whirling dervish” ceremony (sema). Dr. Çevikoğlu will also offer instruction in singing, percussion, and Turkish ney flute.

Vocalist of all levels, players of Turkish and Middle Eastern classical instruments, percussionists, and players of western instruments (such as the string family) capable of playing outside the system of equal temperament are all welcome.

Contact Dr. Timothy P. Kinsella at or at (206) 499-5065 for more information.



  1. Percussion class—bendir (frame drum), kudum (kettle drum), usul (rhythmic patterns), percussion technique
  2. Vocal class—ilâhi (devotional Sufi songs), na’at (Mevlevi prayer), ayin (Mevlevi “whirling dervish” music), Fasıl songs (secular Turkish art songs), vocal technique
  3. Instrumental Repertoire–pesrevi, saz semaisi (Ottoman classical music)
  4. Ayin class (Mevlevi “whirling dervish” music) for instrumentalists and vocalists
  5. Ney Class–beginner to advanced (Turkish end-blown reed flute; if you would like to purchase a ney, please let us know in advance)

Plus a one-class general introduction to the theory and practice of Ottoman classical music.


Thursday, Nov. 8

2:00-3:00         Ney Class

3:15-4:15         Ayin Class

4:15-5:00         Break

5:00-5:50         Percussion Class

6:00-6:55         Vocal Class

7:15-8:15         Intro to Theory, Culture and Practice of Ottoman Classical Music

Friday, Nov. 9

2:00-3:00         Instrumental Repertoire

3:15-4:15         Ayin Class

4:15-5:00         Break

5:00-5:45         Ney Class

6:00-7:00         Vocal Class

7:15-8:00         Percussion Class

Saturday, Nov. 10

12:00-12:50     Ney Class

1:00-2:15         Instrumental Repertoire

3:00-4:00         Ayin Class

4:15-5:00         Vocal Class

5:00-6:00         Rehearsal for Concert

6:00-7:30         Break

7:30-9:30         Concert, Dessert and Tea Social

Sunday, Nov. 11

12:00-12:50     Ney Class

1:00-2:50         Ilahi Intensive

3:00-4:00         Break

4:00-4:50         Percussion Class

5:00-6:00        Taksim (instrumental improvisation)  and Kaside (vocal improvisation)

6:15-8:00         Ayin and Fasıl Class


The price of the full four-day workshop, all classes and concert included, is $350.00

One full day of classes costs $90.00

Individual classes cost $30.00 each.

The lecture on Thursday evening, Nov. 8 is free of charge.

Admission to the concert and dessert social for those not attending the workshop is by suggested donation of $15-20.

Participants may pre-register and pay for classes via PayPal by contacting Dr. Timothy Kinsella by email at: Please specify which classes you would like to attend, and you will be sent an invoice. Participants may register and pay upon arrival at the workshop as well. Please notify us of your intention to participate.


Classes will be held at the
Interfaith Community Sanctuary
1763 NW 62nd Street
Seattle, Washington 98107

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Contact Timothy at or by phone at 206-499-5065 for more information




We invite you to join master musician Timuçin Çevikoğlu from Ankara and friends on Saturday, November 10th at the Interfaith Community Sanctuary in Ballard for an evening of exquisite Ottoman Turkish Classical and Sufi Music beginning at 7:30 PM, with a dessert and tea social to follow. Dr. Çevikoğlu is in Seattle once more to offer instruction at The Circle of Meshk: A Workshop in Turkish Classical Music from Nov. 8­–11 at the ICS (visit for details). Admission is by suggested donation of $15–$20, with all proceeds benefitting the continuing educational projects of The Society for Turkish Classical Music (STCM), an organization devoted to promotes public awareness and appreciation for this unique musical and cultural form through concerts, lectures, demonstrations, and publications. Please join us for a unique evening of sweet music, poetry, and desserts, and the opportunity to meet a master Turkish musician.

Dr. Timuçin Çevikoğlu, Ph. D.timucinney-2

Conductor, researcher, educator, vocal artist, player of the Ney, Kudum, and Bendir.
Dr. Çevikoğlu has worked at the Turkish Ministry of Culture since 1986, as vocal and instrumental artist, ensemble vice-director (Konya Turkish Sufi Music Ensemble), conductor (Ankara State Classical Turkish Music Ensemble), and the General Director of Classical Turkish Music Research and Performance Ensemble (Ankara). Active in the establishment of state conservatories at Konya Selçuk (1994) and Afyon Kocatepe (1999) Universities, he worked at these institutions as instructor and department chair.

Dr. Çevikoğlu has prepared music programs and documentaries on radio and TV channels, directed several audio recordings of the Turkish Ministry of Culture, and performed in numerous concerts all over the world. He has published books on the Mevlevî music tradition. He received his M.A. (1999) and Ph.D. (2010) in the field of Music Education and Musical Sciences at Selçuk University, Konya

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