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The History of Sigma Alpha Iota


Sigma Alpha Iota was founded on June 12, 1903 at the University School of Music, Ann Arbor, Michigan.


It was founded by seven women:       

                                                                Elizabeth Campbell

                                                Frances Caspari

                                                Minnie Davis Sherrill

                                                Leila Farlin Laughlin

                                                Nora Crane Hunt

                                                Georgina Potts

                                                Mary Storrs Andersen

Purpose of Sigma Alpha Iota

  • TO FORM chapters of women college students and alumnae who have a sincere interest in music.
  • TO UPHOLD the highest standards of music.
  • TO FURTHER the development of music in America and throughout the world.
  • TO GIVE inspiration and encouragement to members.
  • TO ORGANIZE the cultural life of Sigma Alpha Iota members as a contributing factor to their educational growth.
  • TO SUPPORT the ideals and goals of the member's Alma Mater;
  • TO ADHERE to the highest standards of citizenship in school, community and fraternity life.

National Objectives:  2003 - 2006

The following Objectives were formulated by the National Executive Board following the 2003 National Convention:

  • Strive for excellence and effectiveness in chapter activities through creating and achieving chapter goals.
  • Promote awareness and support of SAI Philanthropies, Inc. and involve members in its activities.
  • Encourage community projects that reflect a positive fraternity image.
  • Advocate for music education through collaboration with local school systems.
  • Celebrate music as a vital art form by supporting quality performances of works by living composers.
  • Recognize the contributions of women in all fields of music.
  • Inspire members to pursue a lifetime commitment to the fraternity through increased fraternity education and interaction between college and alumnae members.


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