Flores said she was tired of reading articles about music majors living poor lives, saying, “That’s just not true.”
She also hoped to show her peers that music holds career options beyond performance. Mu Phi Epsilon seemed to be the answer.
The Lake Forest College chapter, Zeta Pi, is official as of December 8 thanks to Flores’ efforts. Eight students already are members. They were welcomed into the chapter during an induction ceremony followed by a recital in which each member performed solo or in a small group. Family members and faculty from the Department of Music attended the event, including fraternity advisor and Professor of Music Chris White.
“We are excited to bring a chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon to Lake Forest College,” White said. “Our first concert was a great success. The students shared their talents and had fun making music together. It was a great bonding experience, and we plan to have more concerts at the school and in the community in order to bring awareness to the fraternity and to promote the scholarship, compositional, and performing talents of Lake Forest College music students.”
Flores said she came across Mu Phi Epsilon by doing a simple Google search about a year ago. The fact that the fraternity is coed and international was appealing to her, so she began communicating with the organization.
Members must be music majors or minors, must have a 3.0 grade point average in their music classes, and must have completed Music Theory I.
Flores said she hopes the chapter members will utilize the fraternity’s function as a network of both music professionals and students. According to the Mu Phi Epsilon website, the organization comprises more than 200 chapters, including 85 active collegiate chapters and 58 active alumni chapters.
The Lake Forest chapter also plans to host fundraisers and two or three music events on campus each semester such as open mic nights. Plans for a “Lake Forest’s Got Talent” event in the spring – a spin-off of the television show America’s Got Talent – already are in the works.
“We have so much talent, and we could do more with it,” Flores said.
The first item on Flores’ “to do” list, though, is to spread the word about the chapter’s existence on campus.