One of Oberlin’s best-kept secrets lies in the basement of Asia House: the music of Indonesia. Oberlin's gong music ensemble is usually made up of tuned percussion instruments from the Sumatran Talempong and Javanese Gamelan traditions, and sometimes includes flutes, bowed and plucked strings, or vocalists. Oberlin students have been learning how to play these instruments since 1971 in a course now taught by ethnomusicology professor Jennifer Fraser.
Seán Hanson ’11 says his involvement changed how he views everything around him. “It brought me into contact with Shansi, a program promoting cross-cultural interactions between Oberlin and much of Asia. It helped me realize balance was the key to my personal success.”
Photograph by Yingran Zhang ’16
Send homepage image suggestions to email@example.com.
Browse the archive of homepage photos.
35 miles west of Cleveland
Nearest Airport: CLE
9% in-state, 84% out-of-state,
7% from abroad
and 40+ theater & dance
productions every year
Oberlin graduates go on to earn
than alumni of other undergraduate colleges
Steinway grand pianos,
1,500 instruments of highest quality
in grants awarded to
students each year