How to Enjoy Music on Campus
By Ryu Seung-hyi, Guest Reporter
Campus clubs may provide the first opportunity for freshmen to pursue their interests and many students feel like joining some of them. At university, we need to have a variety of experiences through campus club activities. Chonnam Tribune would like to introduce four clubs related to music and they are very notable on campus. Presented are small tidbits about the clubs’ story and its activities.
Wind and String Music, CNU Orchestra
CNU Orchestra is an amateur orchestra that only consists of students who want to learn orchestral music, except those who specialize in music. As a club with 30-years of tradition, this club has a systematic teaching system. This well organized system called the ‘tutor system’ is that freshmen are taught by juniors and then, sophomores are succinctly instructed by specialists who play in the National Orchestra. In this club, everyone can freely practice anytime on weekdays with all of the musical instruments used for orchestral music and they prepare a string orchestra all together on vacation.
Two main activities of this club are ‘the Welcome Concert for Freshmen’ in March and ‘the Subscription Concert of CNU Orchestra’ in September. The latter is an elaborate performance for family, friends and their fellow students. To be a member of this club, you should pass the club selection test composed of four parts to verify your ability. Jang Kyung-jun (Junior, Dept. of Chemical Engineering) said, “If you want to be touched by a chord and to be in a homelike atmosphere more than any other club, please come to us!?In case of male students, your activities as a club member will help you in your career and you can serve in the army as a talented man of music.”
Sound of Korean Spirit, UCPG
The Union of CNU Pungmul Groups(UCPG), passed by the name of Jeonpungyeon, has succeeded in installing a traditional culture of community through playing Pungmul instruments, especially Pilbong
farm music which is a representation of Pungmul Gut (invocatory rite). This union is separated into each college’s club. Each club plays various Pungmul instruments everyday respectively and, they all practice together on campus every Wednesday. On summer and winter vacations, 100 members of the union stay in a camp for training in certain places like closed schools around Jeollanam-do and practice together for about eight days. During this period, they play Pungmul instruments to pray to God for mercy in front of villagers who live nearby. The union leader said that the camp surely made members come into a closer relationship with each other.
This union plays Fall Gut to pray for CNU students at the end of the CNU festival, Daedongjae and stroll around all sides of school playing Pungmul. Two years ago, they won a prize at the Naganeupseong Contest. The leader, Kim Hyun-jin (Senior, Dept. of Public Administration) said, “I’m sure you can tell that our members are warmhearted and playing Pungmul instruments promotes a relationship if you join our club. We welcome anyone who has a passion and a strong physique.”
Indescribable Harmony, CNU Chorus
CNU Chorus has a mixed chorus with an over 40-year tradition. There are about thirty people, who are divided into four parts: soprano, alto, tenor and base. When they sing, first they have vocal exercises and then train by singing notes individually, and then all join in singing a choral with listening to each verse under a conductor. Usually gospel music is chosen to sing and sometimes short pieces of songs are arranged for choral music. For making a perfect chorus, members gather twice a week. Also, the time for meeting is fixed for one hour but it can be extended.
As one of festivals for which CNU Chorus prepares, the Subscription Concert is held annually at the end of the year. It provides the chances to show talents of CNU Chorus members who take vocal lessons and practice singing for a year in front of their fellow students, family and friends. Two years ago, they participated in a family singing contest and won a prize. The leader, Go Seok-il (Junior, Dept. of Electrical Engineering) said, “It is an indescribable feeling for us to tune up each sound and try to harmonize our emotions. In this respect, our motto is to strengthen the unity among club members through singing in chorus. We’d like to make you feel like us. Hurry up and join our club!”
Powerful Music, Bison
Bison club is a band that plays rock music like Yoon Band. Bison, the name of this club, is taken
from a large hairy animal which used to be very common in North America and it means power and passion. The team has about 180 members and is made up of five parts: drums, keyboards, vocals, bass and guitar. Only regular members are given chances to perform, but it is possible for inactive members to freely learn how to play musical instruments.
This club is very active on and off campus. Off campus, Bison often performs at invitation concerts that companies or other universities make requests for them to play. And, on campus, they regularly prepare public performances at the CNU Gate (east) once a year. This performance shows Bison members’ effort and talent in music in front of many CNUians. Park Woo-jin (Sophomore, Dept. of Metallurgical Engineering) said, “Even though you have no idea of music and playing musical instruments, you don’t have to worry, just enjoy our club. We can help you to find the meaning of your campus life through music we love, which is our motto.” He also said that a closer tie within Bison club is the best feature.
* CNU Orchestra
Location: Student UnionⅠ, 304
Contact address: 010-6590-0885
Qualification: Everyone who is passionate about music
Period: From the opening of a course till October
* Union of CNU Pungmul Groups
Location: A building between Athletic Fields and Subsidiary Fields
Contact address: Contact club room in each college
Qualification: Men and women who have a strong physique
Period: All year around
* CNU Chorus
Location: The 2nd floor in CNU Auditorium
Contact address: 010-7268-9845
Qualification: Everyone who likes singing with a passion
Period: All year around
Location: Underground in College of Agriculture and Ⅱ
Contact address: 062-530-0343
Qualification: Junior for vocals and freshman all other parts
Period: All year around
From the 284th issue, Chonnam Tribune will introduce the activities of several clubs at CNU through this new column. We shall strive to get you information on and become more interested in campus clubs.
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