ΣΑΙ Sigma Alpha Iota 

International Music Fraternity 


Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, is a Greek music fraternity. Founded at the University School of Music in Ann Arbor, Michigan, it is an organization whose purposes are to foster interest in music and to promote social contact among persons sharing an interest in music. It is a specialized Fraternity which confines its membership to persons interested in the single academic discipline—music—in accredited colleges and universities. Sigma Alpha Iota organizes its group life specifically to promote competence and achievement within its field.

Sigma Alpha Iota uses the soft “i” for the last word in its name in order to produce a more musical and euphonious name. Its colors are crimson and white, and its flower is the red rose. Sigma Alpha Iota’s motto is Vita Brevis, Ars Longa, Latin for Life is short, but Art is long.

The Purpose of SAI

TO FORM chapters of women college students and alumnae who have a sincere interest in music.
TO UPHOLD the highest standards of music.
TO FURTHER the development of music in America and throughout the world.
TO GIVE inspiration and encouragement to members.
TO ORGANIZE the cultural life of Sigma Alpha Iota members as a contributing factor to their educational growth.
TO SUPPORT the ideals and goals of the member's Alma Mater.
TO ADHERE to the highest standards of citizenship in school, community and fraternity life.

The Sigma Alpha Iota Chorale

Daughters of a great and singing nation,
Let your voices rise in dedication,
Music tells unspoken noble creeds;
Music beautifies the simplest deeds;
Sing we now to Sigma Alpha Iota.

Sing the greatness of the soul and spirit,
Sing the joy of peace and friendship’s merit
Music is a kind and truthful speech;
In a language out of mere word’s reach;
Sing we now to Sigma Alpha Iota.

~ Margaret Blackburn, Alpha Mu

2012-2015 National Objectives

We, the members of Sigma Alpha Iota, will:

  1. Recommit ourselves to the fulfillment of Fraternity responsibilities and ideals, while also nurturing an atmosphere of sisterhood.

  2. Celebrate and respect the diversity of our membership through appreciation of our varied educational, musical, occupational, generational, and cultural experiences.

  3. Actively support SAI Philanthropies, Inc., our charitable arm, by learning about and participating in its projects, and by making chapter and individual donations a priority.

  4. Honor and respect our Ritual, both its music and words, through careful study and dedication to excellence in its presentation.

  5. Strengthen our lifelong commitment to SAI through active membership in chapters and the national Alumnae Association.

  6. Promote music education through ongoing volunteerism, performance attendance, and support of local programs.

  7. Advance American composers, especially women, through new commissions, performances of their works, and concert attendance.

Mission Statement and Vision

The Mission of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity is to encourage, nurture, and support the art of music.

The Vision of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity is to be recognized throughout the world as the foremost fraternity that:

  • Supports and encourages women musicians of all ages, races, and nationalities
  • Supports and promotes successful and innovative educational programs in music for all stages of life
  • Cultivates excellence in musical performance
  • Promotes programs and activities that stress the love and importance of music in our lives
  • Recognizes technological advances in the field of music
  • Dedicates financial resources that ensure the continuation of programs necessary to support the objectives of the fraternity in perpetuity
  • Has as its members people who exemplify professional and ethical behavior in the spirit of the Sigma Alpha Iota founders
  • For more information on Sigma Alpha Iota, check out the SAI Nationals homepage.

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