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What is Sigma Alpha Iota?

Sigma Alpha Iota was founded on June 12, 1903 at the University School of Music, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Incorporation papers, under the laws of the State of Michigan, were signed December 1, 1904, and recorded December 15, 1904. Our founders were seven young students and teachers looking to create an organization that upheld high standards for women in music around the world.

Members of SAI are active in all areas of music and campus life, working closely with faculty, administration, and campus groups. Alumnae members are teachers, performers, professionals, and patrons of local and national arts organizations. In addition to personal encouragement and support, members may receive scholarships, grants, and awards in many areas of music-related study. Sigma Alpha Iota has long been recognized as a leader in the field of music.

Today, our fraternity has more than 220 active chapters on college campuses as well as more than 100 active alumnae chapters across the United States.


SAI Philanthropies

Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc., created in 1974 as a tax-exempt, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is the charitable arm of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity. Its mission is to promote all aspects of music creation, performance and scholarship; and encourage service for and through music on the campus, in the community, in the nation, and throughout the world.

For more information on the amazing projects of our philantrhopic arm click here.

Becoming a Member of SAI

Most of our members are initiated as college students, however, there are options for membership if you attended a school that did not have an SAI chapter. Contact us in the form below about becoming a patroness member of our chapter. 

If you are looking for information on starting a chapter on your campus, please visit our national website and contact our National Vice President, Extension here

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