Drew Students Fill September Night with DUMS Karaoke

By Shannon Thoma | Copy Editor

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Image of DUMS Karaoke Night courtesy of Shannon Thoma

Do you remember the 21st night of September? The Drew Music Society sure did, as they kicked off another music-filled year by hosting a fan favorite activity—karaoke. In honor of the famous date from the Earth, Wind, and Fire song “September,” the Drew Music Society hosted  a karaoke night in Crawford Hall.

From 7:30-9:30 p.m., Crawford Hall was open to anyone interested in singing. Participants were not required to have a song in mind or to audition beforehand, and students were encouraged to sign up at any time throughout the night. While some singers had specific visions in mind, others took crowd requests, making for some great repartee between singers and the audience. 

A night full of singing, canvas painting and a whole lot of cheering engulfed the Ehinger Center. Performances ranged from musical theater, such as “Satisfied” from hit broadway musical Hamilton, to more mainstream pop choices like Taylor Swift’s “Love Story”  and the recent “I’m Just Ken” from “Barbie.”

Maddie Ortiz (’24), president of the Drew Music Society, poses at the DUMS Karaoke event. Image courtesy of Shannon Thoma

“This event was super successful,” said DUMS President Maddie Ortiz (‘24). “We created a really safe environment for everyone to feel comfortable performing. Everyone was cheering each other on and singing together. Anyone who came in nervous ended up singing! I am so proud of our first event of the semester.” 

This event marks the first for DUMS of the 2023 fall semester, with many more events upcoming. Ultimately, the night was a perfect example of how welcoming DUMS is and the work they do to make for an inclusive community that welcomes all music lovers at Drew. 

DUMS’s next event will take place Monday, Oct. 2, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event will be held in The Space partnering with the Art History Club, and will feature art, live music and desserts. Unlike karaoke, this event will be preapproved acts only, but no audition is necessary. To sign up in advance, email mortiz1@drew.edu.

Shannon Thoma is a senior majoring in English literature and political science.

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