Monday, March 18, 2013

Music in Our Schools Month

If you’re an aspiring musician, then Carolina’s got you covered. From a Music Department where students can focus on areas such as jazz and composition and participate in ensembles such as The Olympic Sport Pep Band and The Carolina Choir to student organizations such as Samaa, an a capella group that fuses the sounds of Bollywood with contemporary chart toppers, music is alive and well at Carolina. So it’s befitting in March that we celebrate Music in our Schools Month. Check out the UNC Symphony Orchestra (pictured above) serenading the crowd with a little Brahms Symphony No. 2.

There’s no doubt that Brahms is pretty amazing, but perhaps the most unique sounds you’ll hear as you stroll through campus are those of the Carolina Ukulele Ensemble (CUE), which just happens to be the world’s first collegiate ukulele ensemble. And yes, we know how extremely awesome this is. “Since we started in 2011, we’ve been playing covers of popular songs in The Pit and on the steps of Wilson Library,” said group member Ryan Aves, a junior. February was a busy month for CUE, pictured bottom right. The group performed during the UNC Dance Marathon, a benefit to raise money for the North Carolina Children’s Hospital and at the Catalyst Conference, which invites high school students to Carolina to explore issues of diversity and social justice.

And if you want more music at Carolina, visit the UNC Bands YouTube Channel to hear the sweet sounds of The Marching Tar Heels entertaining the crowd before a football game and more.