Community Gamelan

Join the only Canadian Community Balinese Gamelan Music Ensemble with a teacher from Bali, Indonesia: Grebel/UWaterloo Artist-in-Residence I Dewa Made Suparta.  We are glad to announce that the Community Gamelan will take place in person in Winter 2023, in accordance with any updated pandemic guidelines from the University of Waterloo.

Do you want to play music, participate in a satisfying group music-making experience, and learn about another culture and its music at the same time? This is a rare and excellent opportunity!

You are invited to come experience a wonderful kind of collaborative learning and music-making on an ensemble of bronze instruments from the island of Bali. No previous experience with Gamelan or reading music is necessary. Come for a free trial. All are welcome! 

Rehearsal & Concert Dates

Rehearsal Location: Room 1209 at Conrad Grebel University College in Winter 2023.

In Winter 2023 the group will start on Thursday, January 19 and meet every Thursday from 6 to 8pm.

Concert: , Saturday, April 1 2023 at 7:30pm.  Location: UWaterloo Humanities Theatre  Note: Concert/Recording Attire – black button shirt or blouse (no T-shirts), black pants (no jeans), black socks. 

This concert will be held jointly with the End-of-Term student Ensemble Concert. There will be a live audience.

For more information, contact Dewa Suparta or Professor Maisie Sum.

Spring 2023 will be an Intensive Course, running from May 23 to June 14.  Registration will open April 1.

Registration and Fee payment


The Grebel Community Gamelan Program is one way in which the College and Department of Music strive to promote an open and inclusive environment for community and life-long learning and music making. We appreciate donations from ensemble members and the broader community that further support our initiative.  Donations are separate from the fee, but definitely appreciated to further support the Community Gamelan. You may donate:

  1. By submitting a cheque (payable to "Conrad Grebel University College" with memo "Community Gamelan"), or
  2. On-line by credit or debit card. Choose designation "I would like to choose multiple funds" and select "Gamelan/Music Equipment".