In 1994 Armand Diangienda started the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste after teaching twelve of his friends how to play string instruments. Armand, a self-taught musician himself, has since continued to grow his orchestra to international acclaim. German filmmakers significantly helped the growth of the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste in 2010 through a documentary titled "Kinshasa Symphony". Even though the orchestra has grown and is flourishing, the need for teachers for the members of the orchestra is still very high. The majority of the orchestra has been self taught or taught by musicians who were self taught. The Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste has a desire to pursue excellence and the highest level of musicianship.
The International Artist Initiative’s work in the DR Congo will encourage and equip the 200 musicians in the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste (OSK) through instrument donations, individual lessons, group coachings, and rehearsals with the full orchestra. TIAI's plan is to continue to send teachers to the DR Congo in order to create a sustainable model of educational assistance for the OSK while the orchestra continues to grow in number and quality. In addition, TIAI's priorities lie not only in providing excellent musical teaching and performance but also in spiritual encouragement through the love of Christ.