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PROFESSIONAL MUSIC FRATERNITIES
There are three professional music fraternities with chapters at Ithaca College. Mu Phi Epsilon, Phi Mu Alpha, and Sigma Alpha Iota all do much to enrich the music, professional and social lives of their members, and provide service to the school and community. They are all members of the Council of Music Fraternities and do not haze their pledges/members, nor do they endorse hazing of any kind. Freshman must wait one semester before joining one of the fraternities, in order to establish a G.P.A. (grade point average). The best way to express your interest in a music fraternity is to contact/talk to a member and to attend open fraternity functions.
Mu Phi Epsilon
Professional, international, coeducational, service-oriented music fraternity.
Mu Phi Epsilon is a professional, international, coeducational, service-oriented music fraternity that has been active at IC for more than 90 years. Lambda Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon is housed in Terrace 4 on the Ithaca College campus. Members benefit musically through various performance opportunities both on-campus and off, which include recitals in the Whalen Center. Members are challenged to seek other ways of bringing their gift of music to the general public. Music service projects include visits to local nursing homes and retirement communities in Ithaca, as well as hospitals and childcare centers. The group offers many scholarship opportunities, fosters an inter-fraternal spirit, and promotes music through education, service and therapy.
Phi Mu Alpha
Professional fraternity for men in music.
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is a social fraternity for men in music, founded in 1898. Delta Chapter at IC, founded in 1901, is the oldest continuous chapter nationwide. Their goals include supporting outstanding composition, performance, teaching, and providing musical services to the community. The PMA fraternity resides in T12. A lounge with a stereo, record player, projector, printer, music library, and grand piano are available for the brothers’ use. Formal and informal recitals and events are presented each year. Brotherhood, friendship and fun are what Phi Mu Alpha is all about.
Sigma Alpha Iota
International music fraternity for women.
Sigma Alpha Iota is an international music fraternity for women. It was founded at the University of Michigan School of Music in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1903. Epsilon Chapter at IC is located in Terrace 9. The fraternity functions on both an international and local level with the primary goal being the advancement of American music and musicians. Some of their national projects include: Bold Notes, Music Therapy, Community Action Music, the maintenance of a cottage at the McDowell Colony for Creative Artists, and the sponsorship of a music competition for young American composers.