Chester Children's Gamelan Project

Tom Whitman teaches Chester schoolchildren about gamelan instruments in Lang Concert Hall.

Sponsored by the Lang Center for Social Responsibility and the Office of the President of Swarthmore College, the Chester Children's Gamelan project introduces young children from Chester, Pennsylvania to the rich performing arts traditions of Bali, Indonesia. Student and faculty volunteers from Swarthmore College teach third- through sixth-graders to play Gamelan Angklung, a small percussion ensemble. The instruments were made by I Wayan Berata, a master instrument maker in Denpasar, Bali. Since 2006 the program has been based at Stetser Elementary School in Chester.

Prospective volunteers who would like to participate as teachers in the program should contact Tom Whitman.