North Indian Classical Music Ensemble
The Emory North Indian Classical Music Ensemble was formed in Fall 2007. The ensemble comprises students who sing and play the sitar, harmonium, and tabla. This is a dynamic, dedicated and motivated group of individuals who are eager to learn the intricacies of the Hindustani classical music tradition. The Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies (MESAS) currently oversees this ensemble and conducts rehearsals in the Burlington Rd. Building.
The Emory Gamelan specializes in the musical traditions of West Java (Sunda). The group was formed in Fall 2007 after being chosen by Dr. Andrew Weintraub (Professor of Ethnomusicology, University of Pittsburgh) as one of five recipients of a set of gamelan degung, generously donated by Dr. Tony Lydgate. That same year, Emory College officially purchased a set of Central Javanese gamelan, making us one of only a handful of universities in the United States with resources to perform both the gamelan degung and gamelan salendro traditions of West Java.
Our ensemble members are selectively chosen based first on their ability to work in a group setting, and then with consideration of their musical proficiency. Hence, our members represent a varied cross-section of the Emory community, and they maintain a strong sense of group identity.