Music Clubs & Organizations
Puget Sound students are a proactive lot. They take initiative and actively pursue avenues to contribute to and improve their community. These music student organizations serve as some of the more visible examples of the positive, hands-on involvement that characterizes our student body.
Students need not be majors to participate in these groups; all have members who are music majors, minors, and general students active in music.
Puget Sound has a chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, an all-female music organization. Our chapter has a long and honorable history with missions that promote music and music service to communities. Chapter activities are varied in nature and strike a balance between community service, professionalism, and sociability. The members of Sigma Alpha Iota are also very diverse with women studying everything from Psychology to Music Performance and coming from all areas of music band, orchestra, vocal and piano. In the past, philanthropy projects have included a music marathon, singing valentines, and music camps at the YWCA and Boys & Girls Club.
Music Organizations Supported by ASUPS (Student Government)
Logger Pep Band
The Logger Pep Band is a student-run ensemble and recognized ASUPS club. Any student, undergraduate or graduate, or faculty members of the greater University of Puget Sound community are welcome to play! Rehearsals are weekly and they perform at home football and basketball games. The Logger Pep Band exists to inspire Logger pride at Puget Sound sporting events, as well as to provide a performance opportunity to those who are looking for a way to continue their musical development. To learn more, please visit our website.
Begun in 1997 with a handful of students, Underground Sound now has well over two dozen members and two different ensembles. One group specializes in acapella performance, while the other performs with standard jazz instrument accompaniment. Each performs twice every year for the campus community and also opens for other music groups like the Grammy Award-winning Gospel Hummingbirds as well as occasions for university organizations. Most recently, Underground Sound opened for the vocal acapella group M-Pact. The ensemble has around 14 members with four sopranos, four altos, three tenors, and three basses with alternating vocal percussion.
Curtain Call is a student organization dedicated to the passionate, quality production of musical theater at Puget Sound. and is completely produced, directed, and performed by students. Formerly "UPSStageM," it was founded in 2003 on the initiative of a few students with a particular interest in Broadway musicals. Currently with 79 registered members, Curtain Call produces a musical theater revue every semester ranging from themed shows to scripted productions. Other opportunities for club members include Broadway movie nights, local school performances, and group outings to see professional musicals in Seattle. Our faculty advisor, Professor Duane Hulbert, accompanies for Curtain Call revues (and he also has written several original musicals with his wife). The club’s long-term goals include promoting greater appreciation of musical theater on campus, getting more students involved in our activities, and performing student-written original musicals. Puget Sound students can also learn about musicals by taking "The Broadway Musical," a course by Professor Geoffrey Block, an internationally recognized scholar in this area, or participate in the musical jointly produced by the School of Music and the Theatre Department every three years.
New Music Society of Puget Sound
The mission of the New Music Society is to create an environment that facilitates the understanding and appreciation of new music, focusing on recent developments in music in the last 30 years; to provide a forum for composers and performers to exchange musical ideas; and to promote new music through interdisciplinary cooperation, public performance, and lecture.
What She Said
What She Said is a student developed, directed, and managed all-women's a cappella group. Originally formed in the spring of 2008, What She Said focuses on performing, composing, and arranging a cappella pieces from the pop, doo-wop, jazz, choral, and classical genres. Since its creation, What She Said has performed in a multitude of on and off-campus events, ranging from end-of-semester concerts to conventions to benefit events. Noteworthy performances include those for Puget Sound's Relay for Life and Log Jam.
Begun in 2003, The Music Student Advisory Committee includes students who meet regularly with Dr. Keith Ward, the Director of the School of Music. Representatives are invited from all major ensembles, Sigma Alpha Iota, and the keyboard studios, although membership is open to all interested music students. Meetings provide the opportunity for Dr.Ward to keep students apprised of upcoming events or important developments within the School of Music and for students to inquire about issues that come up during the course of the academic year. Members also undertake projects, many on their own initiative, for the benefit of all. Special projects MuSAC has or is undertaking include Instrument Appreciation classes, collaborations with the Business Leadership Program, design of a bulletin board for student organizations, advise on painting the student lounge, and posting guidelines for practice room etiquette.