Helen Abbott, a member of the Carolina Ukulele Ensemble, likes to call it "Carolina's happiest club."
The Carolina Ukulele Ensemble became the world's first collegiate ukulele ensemblein 2010, and is now an audition-based group that performs at gigs and at an end of semester concert.
Abbott, a junior global studies major, said she enjoys the fun atmosphere the group provides for its members.
“It's definitely sort of a funky little Tuesday night activity that always sort of is a stress relief," Abbott said. “Not every club needs to be about something related to your resume. I think it's important to like take time every week to just have fun, and why not play the ukulele every week with a group of other college students?”
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President of the Carolina Ukulele Ensemble Chiazo Agina said she first joined the ensemble during the fall 2019 semester. The ensemble has 14 members this semester — eight of which are active, she said.
Agina, a senior computer science major, said that the group taught her about the power of using fun to motivate college students.
"When you're only meeting once a week for a music group, it's very easy to lose focus on why you joined in the first place," Agina said. "And I think people are most incentivized to come to rehearsal and show up when they're having a good time."
Music director Matt Wasyluk, a senior computer science and statistics and analytics major, said the fall 2019 concert was one of his fondest memories with the ensemble.