Photo by Byba Sepit

About Us

Gamelan Dharma Swara is New York City's village Balinese gamelan ensemble. Our group studies and performs Balinese performing arts, including traditional, contemporary, and original works for Balinese gamelan ensemble. We are a community ensemble whose members come from a variety of artistic, professional, and academic backgrounds.

For over a decade, Gamelan Dharma Swara has performed around New York City and throughout the tri-state area, and in 2010 became the first non-Balinese group to compete against professional Balinese ensembles in the annual "battle-of-the-bands" concerts at the Bali Arts Festival.

Our Organizers

President Bethany Collier
Vice President Tori Lo
Secretary Elizabeth Behrend
Treasurer Lela Chapman

Interested in learning and playing with Gamelan Dharma Swara?

Rehearsals are held on Saturday afternoons at Queens College.

Taking lessons and workshops: Dharma Swara hosts two beginner's music workshops every year: in mid January and late August. We also offer specially scheduled workshops to various organizations and universities in the greater New York City area. Please email for more information about our classes and workshops.

Performing: Gamelan Dharma Swara performs regularly throughout New York City and the greater tri-state area. We accept new members at the beginning of September and January. Our rehearsals are always open to the public, but being part of the performing troupe is at the discretion of the directors and depends, ultimately, on one's ability and commitment. Please email for more information about joining the group.

Past Balinese Guest Artists

I Nyoman Saptanyana, Ida Ayu Ari Candrawati, Putu Krisna Saptanyana, Kadek Bhayu Bagus Saptanyana, Ni Ketut Suryatini, I Nyoman Catra Desak Suarti Laksmi, I Nyoman Suadin, I Nyoman Windha, I Wayan Dibia, I Gusti Putu Sudarta, I Madé Bandem, I Madé Sidia, Ni Madé Pujawati, Ni Swasthi Bandem, I Nyoman Sedana, I Gusti Nyoman Darta.