Organized, non-institutional choral music is one of the most dominant music-making genres in Indonesia. Originating in Christian missionary activity in the sixteenth century, first by the Portuguese and then by the Dutch, choral music grew in intensity as a form of minority community mobilization for Christians and Chinese particularly in the latter part of the twentieth-century. The patterns of organization, the musical content, the connections with political protest, and the marginalization of Chinese and Christian minorities mark this form of music-making as distinct in the Asia-Pacific region. The Manado State University Choir, a North Sulawesi youth community choir connected with a university, explores hybridity in musical genres and community identity. This paper will examine this genre of music-making through the activities of this choir. We comment on the inherent representation of colonial music now interacting with globalizing forces and investigate the internal extra-musical mechanisms of this group. The paper will also consider the relationships between the choir and its immediate communities, its aspirations, and its alignment with the dominant paradigms of choral communities in Indonesia. The research is a direct result of fieldwork undertaken in several visits over a fifteen year period and draws partly on historical and post-colonial paradigms of enquiry.