Chapter Advisor
Dr. Alison Brown Sincoff
Initiating Chapter: University of Illinois, Sigma Delta, 1989

About Us

Our office is located in the Ohio University School of Music (Glidden Hall). We hold weekly chapter meetings on Sunday evenings in the School of Music. We have 19 active members and two members in training this semester. Sigma Beta Chapter of SAI is part of Sigma B province.

Sigma Alpha Iota is an organization which promotes interaction among those who share a commitment to music. Members of SAI are active in all areas of campus music and campus life, working closely with faculty, administration, campus and community groups, music professionals and patrons. In addition to personal encouragement and support, members may receive scholarships, loans and awards in many areas and at all levels of music-related study. Sigma Alpha Iota has long been recognized as a leader in the field of music and provides a lifetime of fraternity contact.

A Brief History
Sigma Alpha Iota was founded on June 12, 1903 at the University School of Music in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The founders were seven upperclassmen and graduate students: Elizabeth Campbell, Frances Caspari, Minnie Davis Sherrill, Leila Farlin Laughlin, Nora Crane Hunt, Georgina Potts, and Mary Storrs Andersen.

SAI originated when seven young musicians pledged themselves to help each other with sisterly affection, stand for the highest music scholarship, for nobility and uprightness of character, and for the maintenance of friendly relationships among women in the musical profession. The requests for SAI to become a professional fraternity occurred when student groups brought the installation to Northwestern University.

Sigma Alpha Iota Symphony

  • To study and practice the goodness of life, the beauty of art, the meaning of music.
  • To sing the song of sincerity and universal peace.
  • To speak the words that build, that bless and comfort.
  • To play the harpstrings of loving kindness, tolerance, appreciation, and genuine gratitude.
  • To strive for the joy of simplicity, for the noble, to be faithful over a few things.
  • To listen, to be still and know the harmony from within.
  • To falter never in seeking loving service, wisdom, and understanding.
  • In a word, to be loyal to Sigma Alpha Iota and her teachings; to find joy, hope, inspiration; to remember that "every good gift and every perfect gift is from above" and "whatsoever ye do, do it heartily as to the Lord, and not unto men."
  • And again to practice.
  • This is to be our Symphony.
  • SAI Chorale
    by - Margaret Blackburn, Alpha Mu

    Daughters of a great and singing nation,
    Let your voices rise in dedication,
    Music tells unspoken noble creeds;
    Music beautifies the simplest deeds;
    Sing we now to Sigma Alpha Iota.

    Sing the greatness of the soul and spirit,
    Sing the joy of peace and friendship's merit,
    Music is a kind and truthful speech;
    In a language out of mere word's reach,
    Sing we now to Sigma Alpha Iota.

    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.