The Saint Mary’s music fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia-Eta Nu, is preparing for the annual Blue Angel student concert with practice underway and exciting new acts coming to the stage.
Blue Angel has three shows: one at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13 and two on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets cost $6 in advance and $7 at the door. Tickets may be purchased with cash, check, or by charging to a student account. This event is a variety show that will consist of 17 acts, which will include Phi Mu Alpha’s very own Oldie Moldie All Stars band.
Blue Angel is a 49-year tradition at Saint Mary’s
Photo by Janie Maki
The majority of the proceeds will be donated to charity. “Movember, a men’s cancer research non-profit, is usually one of the charities we donate to because of Dr. Paulson’s battle with prostate cancer,” said Phi Mu Alpha President Nick Novotny. Dr. John Paulson is an adjunct tenured professor in the music department who has taught at Saint Mary’s for 24 years. Blue Angel will also be donating to St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which funds childhood cancer research, the Kevin P. O’Connell music scholarship, and the national fraternity scholarship through the Sinfonia Education Foundation.
Michael Flicek, Jr. sang in the 2014 show
Photo by Janie Maki
Throughout the auditions process, a panel of five or six judges pick among Saint Mary’s talent to assemble the best show possible. In the past few years, student participation has dropped. “Our goal is to get 500 people through this year,” said Phi Mu Alpha Vice President Dylan Harris.
Aidan Goodman, the Phi Mu Alpha quartermaster, is in charge of all behind-the-scenes action, including auditions, practice times, ticket sales, and setup. Hundreds of man-hours go into preparing for Blue Angel. “This show all comes down to music and putting on the best show possible,” said Goodman.
“This 49th year is really the hype build for next year being the 50th, so we are trying to ramp up the excitement super hard, because it is going to be absolutely bonkers,” said Novotny.