Indonesia: Musical Training for Young People

Many young people from different regions of the country live on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. They often struggle with identity issues at their new place of residence. The church music laboratory run by the Donggala church offers them new prospects and musical training.

The services held by the Protestant Indonesian Church in Donggala (GPID) on the island of Sulawesi are very lively: this is largely down to the colourful mix of churchgoers from Bali, Java and the north of Sulawesi. The fact that so many different cultures come together under one roof is by no means matter of course. Many young people find it difficult to find their feet in their new place of residence. They often feel they have no prospects and some turn their back on the church. The musical training offered to young people builds a bridge, with which to connect Indonesia’s different cultures.

Music provides identity

Twice a year, the Donggala church offers courses in church music. The integration projects each last two months and span the period when youngsters are waiting for the next school year, vocational training or university. On the courses, they learn to play instruments, take singing lessons, and find out more about musical theory and conducting. Here, they can bring their different musical traditions and styles to play – a real asset for church life!


255 million inhabitants, of which 5% are Protestants

Music you can feel and touch

The focus is obviously on practical application: during the training, the participants play in services or at festivals. Many of them have also taken on responsibility for church music in their Indonesian communities.

To ensure an even higher quality of training, instruments, recording equipment, music books and technical equipment are available in the church music laboratory. 

Project goals

To bring together different cultures and people through the medium of music – that is the goal of the project, which is run by the Protestant Indonesian Church in Donggala. Many young people from all over Indonesia come to Donggala. They have all grown up with different influences and cultures. The musical training builds bridges, uncovers common ground and forges friendships.


Project work

A training course lasts two months, during which time experienced teachers train participants in the broad field of church music. They not only learn instruments, but are also given singing and music theory lessons, and taught how to read music. They also learn how to conduct a choir or band, in order to be able to participate in their communities and enhance services after completing the course.

Project partner

The Protestant Indonesian Church in Donggala (GPID) is a young church. It was founded in 1965, with the aim of bringing together Christians from different ethnic groups. The GPID is trying to use work in schools and training courses to improve the level of education in the region and to promote Christian conscience. Another area of its work includes looking after and raising orphans. The GPID currently has roughly 32,000 members in 170 parishes.

We are pleased to hear that you are interested in this project. If you have any general questions, please use the contact form below. We are also happy to help you personally if you have any questions or require further information – by phone or by E-mail.


Djoko P. A. Wibowo

Liaison Secretary Indonesia

+49 711 636 78 -36

Angelika Jung

Head of Unit Fundraising

+49 711 636 78 -63

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