Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity 

ΘΛ Theta Lambda Chapter


During the 1994-1995 school year, a group of women recognized the need for an organization at Furman University which would unite women in music. From this desire, the idea grew into a mission to find a sisterhood which would allow for fellowship with fellow female musicians. The answer to this quest was Sigma Alpha Iota, an organization that stands for service, music, and sisterhood.

The group of women became known as Sigma Alpha Omicron. With the help of local advisor Sally Anderson, SAO began their journey to becoming a part of Sigma Alpha Iota. On February 15, 1997, the Theta Lambda chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota was established at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. The first Members in Training (MIT) class was made up of eighteen of Furman’s finest women musicians.

Theta Lambda has received help from women in Greenville who share the same sincere interest in music. Our Patroness Members include: 

Kate Huff

Barbara Brockman

Carolyn Eigel

Theresa S. Stouffer

Sally Anderson, the first MIT class mother, was instrumental in getting Theta Lambda started. Miss Anderson and Jen Ward, the first president of Theta Lambda, were the first recipients of the Sword of Honor within this chapter.

Theta Lambda has also recognized many other individuals by initiating them as Distinguished Members.

Friends of the Arts

Dr. John S. Beckford
Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Initiated 2004

Dr. Robert C. Chesboro
Professor of Clarinet
Initiated 2005

Charles A. Dillard
Professor Emeritus of Piano and Music Theory
Initiated 2004

Dr. Bingham "Bing" Lafayette Vick, Jr.
Professor Emeritus, Director of Furman Singers
Initiated 2005

Dr. Les Hicken
Director of Bands and Coordinator of Music Education
Initiated 2013

National Arts Associates

Dr. Keith Lockhart, conductor
Principal Conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra
Initiated 2002

Jay A. Bocook, composer and arranger
Director of Athletic Bands 
Initiated 2006

Theta Lambda is an established part of Furman’s music department. Every year, the Sisterhood puts on a holiday concert in the winter with Phi Mu Alpha and a benefit concert in the spring. Sisters serve as ushers for concerts and events within the music department, perform on student recitals and concerts, and organize and serve at receptions for senior musicians and guest artist recitals. Theta Lambda’s other services have included visits to the Woodlands at Furman, visits to local schools to work with music classes, and assisting with the university wide Poinsett Project. The Sisterhood has also held bake sales and can-food drives throughout the year to support different organizations; such as Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP) and the Triune Mercy Center. The Sisterhood also holds an annual Music Matters event in March to help local Junior Girl Scouts earn their Musician Skill Building Badge.

Theta Lambda also organizes social events throughout the year.  The Sisterhood hosts a Semi-Formal in the Fall, Viennese Ball in the Winter, and a joint Formal with Phi Mu Alpha in the Spring. We also participate in Homecoming festivities with PMA and all of the department's large ensembles.

In the fall of 2011, Theta Lambda received the Katherine Becker National Collegiate Chapter Achievement Award. This award is given annually to a chapter who has achieved distinction in fulfilling the National Objectives, completion of the chapter’s local obligations, and completion of the chapter’s national obligations. 

Theta Lambda currently has 36 active members.

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Last Updated on: 2/26/2014

Theta Lambda Chapter
Furman University
Greenville, SC
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