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Whistling Club Kotolip We do ensembles with whistling, a familiar and surprisingly deep instrument!

Ayumi Imanari, Third year, School of Creative Science and Engineering

Ayumi Imanari, Third year, School of Creative Science and Engineering

Ayumi Imanari
Secretary General
Third year, School of Creative Science and Engineering

Have you ever tried to whistle? Of course, many people can whistle, and even more who cannot have heard others whistling around town. Our group, the Kotolip Whistling Club, uses the familiar musical instrument that is whistling to perform ensembles. We practice daily in preparation for appearing in various events such as the Waseda Festival and the Waseda-Earth Thanksgiving Festival. The idea of a whistling ensemble might sound difficult, but it is after all whistling, which means that anyone can perform in perfectly beautiful harmony. Although the level of musical experience each club member has varies, even beginners can perform a diverse array of songs, from pop music and golden oldies to more technical jazz and classical pieces. Actually, people tend to hear about us and think whistling is a very simple instrument, but those are just the type of people I want to hear us perform. It is easy for anyone to start whistling and expressing yourself. However, once you are hooked, you will discover that it is even more interesting than you expected.

The club’s whistling ensemble performance at the Waseda-Earth Thanksgiving Festival 2015

The club’s whistling ensemble performance at the Waseda-Earth Thanksgiving Festival 2015

As you might imagine, just like the entertaining atmosphere whistling has, our club is relaxed and fun. While some members joined because they have always liked to whistle, many others came because they just wanted to get together with people and try something new. Many of our members also attend other universities and have diverse hobbies and interests. I feel that performing ensembles with people of such varied backgrounds and encouraging each other will truly be something I will treasure forever.

  • Organization category:  Student club
  • Genre:  Music (vocal)
  • Members: 41 in total (ratio of men to women approx. 1:1)
  • Established: 2011
  • Activities held: Every Monday and Thursday, 4:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
  • Activity location: A music practice room, the Student Union Building, 1F
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