The Fraternity

Sigma Alpha Iota History
Sigma Alpha Iota was founded on June 12, 1903 at the University School of Music, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Incorporation papers under the laws of the State of Michigan were signed December 1, 1904 and recorded December 15, 1904.

The seven founders of Sigma Alpha Iota are:
  • Elizabeth Campbell (d. 1949)
  • Frances Caspari (d. 1948)
  • Minnie Davis Sherrill (d. 1972)
  • Leila Farlin Laughlin (d. 1921)
  • Nora Crane Hunt (d. 1949)
  • Georgina Potts (d. 1972)
  • Mary Storrs Andersen (d. 1946)
As of August 2012, there are 222 active college chapters, 120 active alumnae chapters, and 1 active International Chapter of SAI. Each chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota is grouped with local chapters contained within one of 63 provinces. Each province is grouped with other provinces within one of 8 national regions. Since its founding, Sigma Alpha Iota includes over 116,000 initiated members, 9,668 of which are currently active.

A number of different memberships are possible. Please visit the national website at http://sai-national.org for more information.


Our Purpose

The purpose of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity is:
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.

Mission Statement & Vision
  • The mission 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