Each semester, members have the opportunity to develop playing technique on a variety of traditional instruments, including metallophones, pitched gongs, gong chimes, bamboo flutes and drums. The ensemble plays a range of styles and repertoires, including pieces for Balinese angklung, Balinese gender wayang, Javanese soran-style pieces, adapted works and new pieces for gamelan.
Bethany Collier, a music professor, is director of Bucknell’s Gamelan Ensemble. She is a specialist in the area of Indonesian culture. Her interests include the representation of “Chineseness” in contemporary Balinese performance and intersections of Balinese performance, ritual and politics. An active researcher, performer and proponent of gamelan music, she is recipient of several international research grants, including Fulbright-Hays and FLAS fellowships.