Welcome to Sigma Alpha Iota Phoenix Alumnae Chapter
Sigma Alpha Iota was founded at the University School of Music in Ann Arbor, Michigan on June 12, 1903, to “form chapters of music students and musicians who shall by their influence and their musical interest uphold the highest ideals of a music education; to raise the standard of productive musical work among the women students of colleges, conservatories and universities.” To date, its membership includes over 212 active college chapters and 120 active alumnae chapters throughout the United States, and an International Chapter. The total membership has reached over 107,000 initiated members.
Phoenix Alumnae Chapter
On April 27, 1959, twenty initiated members of Sigma Alpha Iota gathered to become installed as the Phoenix Alumnae Chapter, a part of Delta Province, by Sigma Alpha Iota’s National President Jeannette Kirk, National Secretary Myrla Smith, and Past National Chaplain Dorothy Hamilton. Through growth in the state and in the region, Arizona later became part of Omicron Province. Today Omicron Province encompasses all of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and the westernmost part of Texas.
Our members reside all throughout the metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona area, from East Mesa to Sun City West, Chandler in the south to Paradise Valley in the north. We also have members who live in Prescott and Vernon, AZ. We are very active within our communities. We sing and play instruments, teach private music lessons and teach in local public schools and colleges, compose music, conduct and are members of orchestras, bands and choruses, and in addition, find the time to care for families and loved ones, as well as joining together for sisterhood.
The Phoenix Alumnae chapter regularly supports community outreach through its Silver Tea Benefit Concert, which is open to the public, and through various Ways & Means projects. Each year, the chapter sends a generous donation to Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc., the national philanthropic arm of the fraternity, for the various programs, scholarships, and grants it provides to its members. In the past, our chapter has provided funds to collegiate chapters in our province and has provided musical equipment and supplies to Title I schools in the Metropolitan Phoenix Area. Recently the chapter donated funds to the Beatitudes Lifecare Campus for the purchase of equipment necessary for the expansion of their Music and Memory program to the residents of Assisted Living. So, with its philanthropic endeavors, the chapter continues to support music therapy and encourage music education.
The Phoenix Alumnae Chapter is a thriving, vital organization which prides itself in continuing an over-60-year association with Sigma Alpha Iota. It is our hope that our members will leave a legacy both in the community and within the fraternity. We keep SAI in our lives.
Last updated on November 7, 2021 by Heather Featherstone, Webmaster