Javanese Gamelan Ensemble


The St. Olaf Javanese Gamelan Ensemble was established in 2019 after Mary Shamrock ’58 generously donated the instruments to the College. A gamelan consists of a large number of bronze gongs and metallophones of different sizes, a set of drums, as well as elaborating instruments such as a zither, a bowed fiddle, and a flute. Each set of instruments receives an individual name — the St. Olaf set, first commissioned by Shamrock, is Gamelan Kyai Kumbul, with “kumbul” meaning “growth.” 

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It’s been gratifying to broaden students’ exposure to non-Western music and see the joy they have in joining together.Mary Shamrock ’58

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The Gamelan class entertained at the Taylor Center open house in 2019.


Rehanna L Kheshgi

Rehanna L Kheshgi (she, her, hers / they, them, theirs)

Assistant Professor of Music - Ethnomusicology; Gamelan

Christiansen Hall of Music 236

Office Hours: MWF 2:00-3:00pm; Let's meet in my office (CHM 236) or virtually in my Zoom Room ( Make an appointment at this link

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Rehanna Kheshgi introduces the Inaugural Kyai Kumbul Concert

Mary Shamrock (’58) describes the journey of this particular set of gamelan instruments

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Lagu Dolanan Pemut Slendro Manyuro and Bubaran Udan Mas

Ladrang Kagok and Lancaran Serayu Pelog Pathet Limo

Lagu Dolanan Pemut Slendro Manyuro and Bubaran Udan Mas