Students of any major are welcome to join the University Chorus. Photo courtesy of University Marketing & Communications

Some students may be under the impression that in order to become involved with certain college organizations it is necessary to have a related major. The University of Montevallo’s department of music proves this is not the case. 

Out of UM’s Concert Choir, University Chorus and Wind Ensemble, 21 percent of the total students involved are non-music majors, and the reasons why they join these groups varies greatly. 

Dr. Melinda Doyle, director of both the UM Concert Choir and the University Chorus, said she feels many non-music majors join the choir and chorus because of the benefits the organizations offer. 

“It gives a break in the day from their elected major, their ability to build their musicianship skills and overall enjoyment of singing,” said Doyle. 

Dr. Joe Ardovino, who is currently on sabbatical from his position as director of the UM Wind Ensemble, said he feels many non-music majors join the ensemble because of the community aspect it provides. 

“It is a group or a team that serves as a family that is accepting of everyone, no matter their background. Most like the friendships that get forged as well,” said Ardovino. 

A similarity many non-music major students share is that they have backgrounds in music because of other similar organizations they were a part of prior to joining UM’s versions. 

“I started chorus in high school, but I didn’t want to give it up when I got to college,” said Kaytlen DeSimone, University Chorus member and elementary education major. 

Previous musical experience can be a factor in deciding how qualified a student is for these organizations.  

However, Dria Hawkins, University Chorus member and sociology major, feels that students who lack previous experience should not be deterred from trying to join if they have a passion for music. 

“It’s really simple. If you enjoy singing, join,” said Hawkins, when discussing the UM Chorus program. 

Maggie Connick, UM Wind Ensemble member and theatre major, also had words of encouragement. 

“You get the opportunity to meet these people and gain skills with an instrument. Even if you don’t have a lot of background you can always learn and get better,” said Connick, regarding the UM Wind Ensemble. 

These are just a few examples of non-majors who have found fulfillment in musical organizations. 

The University Chorus meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. 

The Concert Choir meets Monday through Thursday from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. 

If you are interested in joining the University Chorus or the Concert Choir, contact Dr. Melinda Doyle at mdoyle2@montevallo.edu for further information. 

The Wind Ensemble meets Monday and Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. as well as Tuesday and Thursday from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. 

If you are interested in joining the Wind Ensemble, contact Dr. Lori Ardovino at ardovinl@montevallo.edu for further information.