Music Fraternities and Service Organizations
Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity
Kappa Kappa Psi was founded on November 27, 1919 at then-called Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College with the purpose of promoting the existence and welfare of the College and University Bands. It is a co-ed National Honorary Fraternity that is dedicated to providing service and leadership to band programs across the country. The Mu Eta Chapter at the University of North Carolina was founded on September 6, 2008 and is a constantly growing and developing organization.
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
Phi Mu Alpha is a national, social fraternity with a strong emphasis on service through music. With more than 35 active members, the Alpha Rho chapter is one of the strongest in the state and has had a massive impact inside and outside the Music Department. Each year, our members work with the faculty to usher events, organize performances, raise funds for good causes, and positively influence younger musicians.
First started at the New England Conservatory in 1898, Phi Mu Alpha came to North Carolina on February 24, 1926 with the chartering of the Alpha Rho chapter at UNC-Chapel Hill. Since that time, many notable Tar Heels have had the experience of becoming Sinfonians, including Andy Griffith and Woody Durham. Our chapter is as strong as ever and we encourage you to speak with our active brothers, attend interest sessions, and formally rush in the spring semester.
Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity
Our mission is to encourage, nurture, and support the art of music. Since its founding, the sisters of Sigma Alpha Iota have dedicated more than 100 years to the highest musical scholarship, most esteemed character building, and friendly relations among female musical professionals.
Today SAI claims more than 110,000 initiated members belonging to more than 300 college and alumnae chapters. The chapter at UNC-CH is named Iota Tau and was installed on April 29, 1946. The founding chapter was formed in 1903 at the University of Michigan School of Music.
Over the past few years, Iota Tau has successfully aided in numerous service projects such as assisting with instrument petting zoos, donating stands to the music department, visiting the Children’s Hospital, and participating in Relay for Life. They also fund a music department scholarship that they raise money for throughout the year and they provide receptions for music concerts, events, and recitals. There are currently more than 40 active sisters at UNC who are bonded together by a love for music and a desire to further music throughout the world.
Tau Beta Sigma – National Honorary Band Sorority
Tau Beta Sigma is a co-educational national honorary band sorority dedicated to serving college and university bands. Comprised of more than 160 collegiate chapters and more than 3,800 collegiate members with a balanced representation of women and men, TBS was founded on March 26, 1946, on the campus of Texas Tech University. Since 1947, Tau Beta Sigma has been recognized by Kappa Kappa Psi as “an equal affiliated organization with a parallel purpose, function, and role in the college and university band setting.” Our mission statement is to provide exceptional service to collegiate bands and promote equality and diversity, including empowering women in the band profession. We cultivate leadership, educational achievement, music appreciation, and community development. We are actively engaged in the community through music. The Iota Lambda chapter of TBS was founded on April 19, 2008 and has served the UNC Band Program through the completion of national service projects such as Women in Music, in addition to serving the outside arts community such as the Playmakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill.