“It (auditioning) isn’t particularly rigorous, however it’s definitely aggressive simply because now we have 30 folks auditioning and we are able to solely fill about 5 or 6 spots,” stated Kate Aberman, a senior and president of the ensemble. 

Aberman stated there is no such thing as a required talent degree, and auditioning is supposed to spotlight every individual’s distinctive expertise and character.

“Don’t doubt what you are able to do,” Aberman stated. “We simply need somebody who’s nicely rounded and has the identical passions concerning the ukulele that we do.”

In addition to being the world’s first collegiate ukulele ensemble, CUE has gained the casual title of the happiest group on campus, Aberman stated. 

“The folks we’re surrounded with and the songs that we sing go hand in hand in giving us that identify. The ukulele can be typically considered a cheerful instrument. It’s very laborious to play a tragic or an offended music on it,” Aberman stated. 

“I feel, despite the fact that we wish to placed on a very good present and all of us take what we do critically, we wish to have enjoyable and we wish the viewers to have enjoyable too,” stated Erin Scannell, a senior and the group’s gig coordinator.

Scannell, who joined the group her junior yr after not being accepted throughout her first yr or sophomore yr, stated the Carolina Ukulele Ensemble was one of many many causes she selected to return to UNC.

“They got here to play at my highschool once I was a senior,” Scannell stated. “Seeing them was one of many causes I needed to return right here, however not one of many important causes, after all.”

Richardson-Piche stated CUE’s important purpose on campus is to offer folks with a spot the place they will play the ukulele, have enjoyable and hone their abilities.  


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