The oldest musical club at Harvard of which there is any record, is the Pierian Sodality, which was founded in 1808. Starting out as a society in which the social aspect was predominant, the Pierian has gradually made more and more serious attempts in orchestral music until it has reached a degree of excellence, which considering the extraordinary difficulty of finding all the instruments needed, among members of the University, is quite remarkable.
The Pierian Sodality is, we believe, unique among college musical clubs. Only the larger colleges could possibly have the material for an orchestra on so large a scale, and in none does there appear to have been made any such ambitious attempt as at Harvard.
The Pierian offers the best possible opportunity for the man of musical taste who enjoys practice in orchestral work. We call attention to the second trial of candidates which takes place tonight.