Frequently Asked Questions
What are the top reasons students join PMO?
- Love of singing and performing
- Creating a support network of new best friends with common interests
- Scholarship opportunities
- Love of travel
What are the top rewards to students who graduate from Purdue as members of PMO?
- Life-long friendships
- Refined time management skills
- Professionalism and etiquette training
- Professional networking
- Memorable performances - Purdue Christmas Show, international travel, etc.
- Travel memories
- Serving as an ambassador for Purdue University
- Leadership opportunities
- Reducing in-college and post-college debt
What is the top concern students have before joining PMO?
Overcommitting during the first year at Purdue.
Are there scholarship opportunities available?
Yes. For example, new Glee Club members with financial need are eligible for up to $5,000 of scholarship assistance with a dozen or so full tuition scholarships available beginning the following year.
For all other ensembles, in 2013, each of the 113 returning students who applied for scholarship assistance was offered $1,000 or more. A total of $319,500 was awarded by PMO.
How much time does it take?
Each ensemble has a different level of time commitment. Opportunities are available for students to rehearse anywhere from one to five days per week. Glee Club and Purduettes rehearse five days per week, Heart & Soul and University Choir rehearse three days per week, Purdue Bells rehearses twice per week and AC3 rehearses once per week. Ensembles that rehearse more frequently will have more performances.
How often will I perform?
Purduettes and Glee Club perform an average of 18-25 times each semester, or an average of 1.5 times per week. Purdue Bells, Heart & Soul and University Choir perform an average of 6-8 times per semester. AC3 performs twice per semester with the option of participating in the Purdue Christmas Show. Performances are anywhere from 5-90 minutes in length.
I have a difficult major. Should I avoid joining a PMO ensemble during my first year?
Academics should always be the focus of your time and attention at Purdue. Involvement in an activity that creates opportunities and develops necessary skills outside of the classroom needs to be a part of your focus, too. PMO meets a unique combination of needs not paralleled by other activities on campus. Determine which ensemble best fits your taste and audition for that ensemble during or before your freshman year if at all possible.
Can I join more than one PMO ensemble?
Yes. However, first year students are encouraged to limit their participation to one ensemble during their first year at PMO.
Is it hard to keep up with academics as a part of PMO?
If you manage your time well, you will be successful. If you don’t manage your time well, you will have a difficult time with academics whether or not you are a member of PMO. You will occasionally miss a class, much like athletes do, but the system is in place to allow for this without penalty, provided you take advantage of it.
Additionally, PMO offers a number of resources to help students stay on track with academics. Forging friendships with and being surrounded by other students who are successful and dedicated typically outweighs the risk of the added responsibility of being engaged in a PMO ensemble.
Will I have time to be involved in other organizations on campus?
Yes. New students are encouraged to get involved on campus, but during the first year, getting involved in one or two things is probably the smart way to go. As students advance at Purdue, and begin to learn their limits, getting involved in additional activities becomes easier and more advisable.
Can I still join a fraternity or sorority?
Yes. Many PMO students find their performing ensemble functions much like a fraternity or sorority and do not feel the need to join one. However, many other PMO students are also members of a fraternity or sorority.
What types of leadership opportunities are available through PMO?
There are ample leadership opportunities within PMO. Nearly every student is given the opportunity to lead in some fashion. Students are given the opportunity to lead small ensembles, committees, sectionals, choreograph tunes, host events, lead a crew for equipment, communicate with our donors and alumni, manage an ensemble and more.
Will PMO help prepare me for the real world?
PMO graduates who return tell us that they owe much of their post-graduation success to their experiences in PMO. The etiquette and mingling skills not covered in the classroom that they refined while in PMO gave them a tremendous advantage over their non-PMO counterparts in landing that first internship, first interview and first job. A number of our students were connected directly with representatives, leaders and even CEOs of companies who make a habit of hiring PMO students. The hands-on leadership opportunities that PMO provides are priceless in the post-college job market.