The mission of Sigma Alpha Iota is to encourage, nurture, and support the art of music. Its purposes are to foster interest in music and to promote interaction among people who share a commitment to music.
Sigma Alpha Iota is an international music fraternity for women that was founded in 1903 at the University of Michigan. Hillsdale’s Sigma Mu Chapter was founded in 1925. Throughout the school year, Sigma Alpha Iota organizes events such as the Fall Charity Ball and Singing Valentines in order raise money for local high school music programs. SAI also organizes a concert every semester that showcases the musical talents of our members as well as other members of the Hillsdale College community. SAI fosters a deep connection of sisterhood in its members through a common passion for musical growth. In addition to personal encouragement and support, members may receive scholarships, loans, and awards in many areas and at all levels of music-related study.
Qualifications for membership include: completion of one or more academic semesters, including one or more music courses (first-semester freshmen and first-semester transfer students are required to wait one semester to join); a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.500; and a music grade-point average of 3.000.
Members are required to attend weekly chapter meetings and assist with the Charity Ball in the fall. Each semester, members must serve on a committee and must either perform in the SAI concert or perform a musicale at a chapter meeting. Members also assist with fundraisers and the upkeep of the SAI house.