UE Music Department Alumni Day
On April 12, 2014, over 100 music alumni and spouses reunited at UE to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the music department! As a senior music major, it was fun to experience this alumni day on the student side so close to being an alum myself. The day consisted of mingling with other alumni, viewing department memorabilia, rehearsing in various ensembles, lunch with Dr. Kazee, a showcase recital, campus tours, and a UE opera performance that evening.
In the lobby where alumni gathered in the morning, mingling with each other and sharing memories, each music degree program had a display, and current students were available to share about life at UE today. A 1980 marching band performance was shown as well. Past recital programs, music displays, and various newspaper and magazine clippings were available, and Sigma Alpha Iota and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the women’s and men’s professional music fraternities, respectively, shared memorabilia as well. I loved looking at the past happenings of the department, seeing professors in their younger years, and getting a feel for what life as a music major at UE was like throughout the past 80 years. It made me proud to be part of such a great tradition.
Several fun facts about the group were announced at the luncheon. Attendees came from thirteen states, and the longest distances traveled included from Hong Kong, Virginia, and Texas. Seven alumni graduated in the early 1950s, and even one grad from 2010 and 2011 joined the celebration, with many alumni from years in between!
The showcase recital was a great time for all! The UE trumpet ensemble, Meghan Pund (clarinet), Payton Judd (soprano), and I (violin) were honored to perform representing the current students at UE. Alumni performances included piano four hand pieces, solo guitar, and a Dixieland band. The alumni ensembles that practiced earlier in the day included the jazz ensemble directed by Dr. Edwin Lacy and the alumni choir, directed by Dr. Johnny Poon. All of the performances were wonderful, and it was a fun and enjoyable event.
Alumni Choir and Jazz Ensemble
The rest of the day was spent visiting, taking tours of campus, and attending the UE opera performance of The Barber of Seville. The day was a great success and celebration for the UE Music Department, which has a rich history and will have a strong future.