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Omicron Gamma’s songbook covers the spectrum

By Christopher Miller I Staff Reporter
On April 20, 2019

The brothers of the Omicron Gamma chapter closing the recital with a group song.
Photo submitted by Christopher Miller 

The Omicron Gamma chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity performed on Florida A&M University’s campus at the Sinfonia Rhapsody recital Thursday. The event was held at the Foster-Tanner Recital Hall.

The Omicron Gamma chapter is known for being the only fraternity on FAMU’s campus that is solely dedicated to the advancement of music in America since its founding on April 21, 1995.

The show was hosted by FAMU’s Jakela “Hollywood” London. The show ventured through the various genres that were greatly influenced by Americans who paved the way for young artists today.

Terrance Christian, president of the Omicron Gamma chapter and an SBI student from New Iberia, LA., explained the purpose of the event:

“Sinfonia rhapsody served as our American music recital. American music recitals showcase music created by American artists, aligning with our national object of ‘advancing music in America.’ With this recital, we chose to perform top hits of many different genres to emphasize the brilliance of American musicians and impact that we as a country have made musically. Having songs from such diverse genres as country, rock, neo soul, classical, gospel, jazz, etc., there was truly a song for everyone in the audience to enjoy.”

Christian also explained how the media-related controversy surrounding music In today’s society influenced the showcase.

Audience members enjoyed the hits sung by the members of Phi Mu Alpha by the American artists with renditions of Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA” India Arie’s “Ready for love” and so much more.

Raven Butts, a sophomore business administration major from Port St. Lucie, expressed the importance of witnessing her favorite performance of the night.

“Terrance was my favorite performance. I’m not saying that because I know him personally, but because he sings so beautifully. My girlfriend and I were floored.”

This was the final recital that Phi Mu Alpha will put on this academic year. They made sure to make it one for the books.

The upcoming song leader for the next academic year, Khyree Thurman, is a senior music major. He explained what he has in store for the position of song leader.

“The American music recital was an intimate ‘Tiny Desk’ themed musical adventure with the brothers of Οmicron Gamma through time, exploring the beautiful genres of music birthed here in America. From early classical to jazz, and all the way to modern pop and hip-hop. With each performance came a new and authentic energy that captivated the audience. As it is our mission to advance music in America, the brothers of Οmicron Gamma incorporate each of their own individual and unique styles into every performance. As the song leader it is my duty to ensure that we not only stay true to our mission, but to continue to think outside the box and perform the music we love in the most creative Sinfonian style."

For more information about FAMU’s chapter of Phi Mu Alpha organization and their upcoming performances follow them on Instagram at OG_Sinfonia.

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