Instruments of Peace is a nonprofit founded from Maestro Armand Diangienda's dream of utilizing music to teach Peace and Reconciliation in central Africa. We are dedicated to bringing music education to the most volatile regions globally, especially to those who have limited or no access to instruments, education, or outlets for their talents.
Our goal is to expand upon Armand's vision by building music schools, hosting benefit concerts, and distributing donations such as instruments, sheet music, and other supplies. While our fundraising involves establishing nominal endowments to support them, it is essential that each school is ultimately self-sustainable
Instruments of Peace is a charitable partnership between;
- USA for Africa (usaforafrica.org)
- Architecture for Humanity (architectureforhumanity.org)
- Any Lengths Productions (gotoanylengths.org)
Anthem: Crystal Cathedral Choir - "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling" Composer Charles Wesley, Rowland H. Prichard. Arranger Mack Wilberg. The Crystal Cathedral Choir is directed by Michael Skigdel while Don Neuen is out of town.
Interview: Armand Diangienda - Armand is the grandson of Simon Kimbangu, founder of Kimbanguism, the third religion of Congo. Armand is the acclaimed founder and conductor of the Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 1992, Armand created this group, the first all-black symphony orchestra in the world, and the only symphony orchestra in Central Africa. Armand is a self-taught musician. He began playing piano at the age of five and today his knowledge encompasses almost all of the instruments of classical and modern music. Today, a small representation of the orchestra's 200+ members perform "Air (On the G-String)" by J.S. Bach.
Music Guest: Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra "Air (On the G-String)." Composer J.S. Bach. Directed by Armand Diengienda. This group consists of self-taught musicians, many of whom travel two hours by foot for rehearsals and play on home-made instruments. This orchestra’s very existence provides hope and promotes peace in a country full of poverty and war.
Music Guest: Freddie Ravel "Sunny Side Up." Composer F. Ravel. Adpt M. Riley. Freddie is a Grammy nominated composer and pianist. He is known around the world as the "Motivational Maestro." At the age of 23, Freddie began his music career performing with Sergio Mendes, and today, has woven his musical talents into what he calls "Tune Up to Success!" seminars. Today, Earth, Wind and Fire bassist Verdine White also plays on Freddie's two pieces, along with the Hour of Power orchestra with Marc Riley.
Music Guest: Freddie Ravel "Blissin'." Composer F. Ravel. Adpt M. Riley.
Bobby Schuller is the son of Robert A. Schuller, and is the grandson to Crystal Cathedral founder Robert H. Schuller. Bobby is a graduate of Oral Roberts University, and has a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. Bobby has a ministry in Orange, California, called The Tree of Life Community. He is the Hour of Power pastor. Today, Bobby will deliver the message, "Christ in You."