Asian Music Ensemble on stage
Asian Music Ensemble performing on gamelan

The Macalester Asian Music Ensemble performs chamber genres and repertoires from across Asia. Students may choose or be advised to specialize in one or more of the music traditions represented by the department’s instrument collections and faculty expertise. These include, but are not limited to, Javanese gamelan, East and Southeast Asian chamber instrumental music, as well as Indian, Middle Eastern, and Central Asian traditions. The ensemble is open to all Macalester students by audition.

Contact Director Chuen-Fung Wong, Associate Professor of Music, at [email protected] for more information and to schedule an audition. Prior experience in music performance is welcome but not always required.


Registration for ensembles is taken care of by the directors of the ensembles during the first week of classes. Be aware there is some lag time between when students turn in registration information to the director and when the class appears on records.

Course Credits

  • 1 credit per semester, but only after two consecutive semesters of enrollment.
  • Study abroad does not count as an interruption.
  • Credits for ensembles do not count towards the College’s 18-credit limit.
  • Ensemble credits count towards the Fine Arts requirement, but only if the student has registered for four consecutive semesters of the same ensemble.

Rehearsal Schedule

Rehearsals are approximately two hours per week; times and dates to be arranged based on schedule availability.


There will be one major performance per semester, with various smaller performances as the opportunities arise.


Chuen-Fung Wong, director