I am a new student on an exchange from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. I have been involved in musical activities for a long time and play two musical instruments. When I decided to find out about music extracurriculars at Emory & Henry College, I realized there were fewer options than I had imagined. I thought this was detrimental, not only to the student seeking a wide range of opportunities, but also to the college itself.
I was told that the variety of activities is less than in Exeter “due to the size of the college”, but this is no valid excuse. Colleges of the same size such as Bates, Middlebury, Bowdoin, Wellesley, Haverford, etc. all have tons of extracurricular opportunities. For instance, the University of Exeter has 8 A Cappella groups for a total of about 10,000 students; Vassar College, on the other hand, has 9 A Cappella groups for a total of 2,500 students. In addition, I have met enough students willing to undertake new projects to maintain that the small size of this college is not an obstacle to variety. This is America, and as we say back home, in an American campus, being bored is unforgivable (and impossible). Therefore, I call all
players to contact me at the email address above if they are interested in contributing to the foundation of a symphony orchestra. I know the student population involved in music, whether for credit or not, is large enough, but I am also aware that other commitments might be an obstacle to the materialization of this enterprise.
In addition, if anyone is interested in setting up the orchestra along with me, you are also welcome to send me an email. I have informed Dr. Matthew Frederick, the Head of the Music department.
Finally, if your instrument is not on the list above and you think you can contribute to the making of the orchestra, I encourage you to send me an email as well.