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NEW Course - MUS 194-028: Gamelan Ensemble, offered Spring 2014
Author: Institute for Asian Studies
Posted: February 17, 2014


Beginning Spring 2014 the PSU School of Music will be offering a Javanese gamelan ensemble class, open to music and non-music majors and community members.

MUSIC 194 / 394 / 594
Chamber Music:  Gamelan Orchestra

1 credit

Tuesday evenings, 7:00 - 8:50 PM

LOCATION:  PSU Lincohn Hall room 37 (basement)

INSTRUCTOR:  Mindy Johnston 

MUS 194-028 -- CRN 62619
MUS 394-028 -- CRN 62666
MUS 594-028 -- CRN 62738

Open to both music and non-music majors and members of the general public.  No prior experience is required.

Interested students, PSU faculty/staff, and the general public are invited to learn more at a Gamelan Unveiling Event, Friday, February 28,  6:00 PM.  Location:  PSU Lincoln Hall room 37, 1820 SW Park Ave.

The Javanese gamelan is a traditional instrument ensemble from Indonesia, typically composed of several bronze percussion instruments including metallophones, xylophones, kendang (drums), gongs, bamboo flutes and bowed and plucked strings.

Mindy Johnston, Director of Venerable Showers of Beauty at Lewis and Clark College, will be the lead instructor in this beginning gamelan course, the first of its kind at PSU.

Johnston studied the gamelan ensemble before embarking in an overseas program, living and studying in Indonesia for four years. Returning to Portland, she has directed the instrument’s teaching at Lewis and Clark since 2007. Johnston is excited that she will be teaching her first course at PSU, which non-music majors and auditing community members are invited to take.

For more information, contact:

The PSU School of Music at 503-725-3011 or by email at;
or  PSU Professor, Dr. 
Wynn Kiyama at 503-725-3195 or by email at