Youth Gamelan performance April 28, 2011

The Youth Gamelan at Wesleyan will conclude their Spring 2011 session with a performance at 7pm on Thursday, April 28, in the World Music Hall. The Wesleyan Beginner Gamelan and Javanese Dance classes are also on the program.

Spring 2011 session begins Sat., Jan 29

The Spring 2011 session of the Youth Gamelan at Wesleyan will begin on Saturday, January 29. Rehearsals are held on Saturday mornings from 10-11am on the campus of Wesleyan University, in the World Music Hall, Wyllys Ave., Middletown CT. We will conclude the semester with a performance on the evening of Thursday, April 23, together with Wesleyan student gamelan groups (free admission).

The group is open to all ages 7 and up, no prior musical experience is needed. Registration is required; please contact Kirsten Olson at the University Box Office, tel 860-685-3310, email Call soon, since space is limited.

Kids may try playing the instruments on the first day, and then sign up if they would like to continue. There is a registration fee of $30 (with no other fees or expenses), which can be paid at the Jan 29 class. However, since space in the group is very limited, please call Kirsten to register before the first rehearsal. Thanks!

Youth Gamelan performance at 7pm, Thur Dec 9, 2010

The Youth Gamelan at Wesleyan will have its end-of-session performance at 7pm on Thursday, December 9, 2010, in the World Music Hall, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut (USA).

Our 19 members will play selections of traditional Javanese gamelan music that we’ve been learning this semester. Please join us for this free concert, which will also feature performances by the Wesleyan undergraduate Balinese gamelan and Beginning Javanese gamelan, both including dancers.

Youth Gamelan rehearsal and post-concert, May 2010

Audio of Youth Gamelan from May 2002 concert

Prahu Layar (Youth Gamelan 2002)

Youth Gamelan from May 2007 concert

Youth Gamelan from Dec 2009 concert

Join the Youth Gamelan at Wesleyan!

Youth Gamelan is open to all, aged 7–15, with no prior experience necessary.

Classes begin on Saturday, Sept. 18th.
Visit us on the first day and try the Gamelan—if you like it, sign up!

The Javanese Gamelan Orchestra is an essential accompaniment to puppet shows, dances, feasts and ceremonies in parts of Indonesia. Wesleyan University owns one of the finest sets of these beautiful instruments in the world. Housed in the World Music Hall, most of the Gamelan instruments are gong and metallaphone instruments made of bronze. The Fall 2010 session begins on Saturday, September 18th and will end with a performance for all on Thursday, December 9 at 7pm.

Rehearsals are held on Saturday mornings, from 10–11am in the World Music Hall, Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University, located on Wyllys Avenue (off of High Street).

There is a registration fee of $30, made payable to Wesleyan University, but the lessons and rehearsals are free.

TO LEARN MORE call the University Box Office at tel. 860-685-3310, or send email to:

The Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble is supported by a grant from the Middletown Commission on the Arts.