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Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association (OCMEA)

OCMEA is an organization for future music educators.  Regular meetings are held to discuss current trends in music education and guest lecturers are brought to campus to share "real world" stories.  OCMEA also attends the annual Ohio Music Education Conference held during late January/early February.

American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)

The American Choral Directors Association is a national organization dedicated to the advancement of choral singing.  Its members include public and private school music teachers, church musicians, children's choir and community choir directors, and singers of all types.  The Muskingum student chapter of ACDA exists to support the Muskingum choirs and promote choral music through its meetings, seminars, guest lectures, clinics, and concerts.

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is a professional men's fraternity, founded on October 6, 1898 at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.  The purposes of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia are: to encourage and actively promote the highest standards of creativity, performance, education, and research in music in America; to develop and encourage loyalty to the Alma Mater; to foster the truest fraternal spirit among its members; and to instill in all people an awareness of music's important role in the enrichment of the human spirit.

Sigma Alpha Iota

Sigma Alpha Iota, an international women's music fraternity, was founded on June 12, 1903 at the University School of Music in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Elizabeth Campbell, Frances Caspari, Minnie Davis Sherrill, Leila Farlin Laughlin, Nora Crane Hunt, Georgina Potts, and Mary Storrs Andersen joined together in their love of music and desire to spread that love to women all across the world to found SAI.  According to, as of August 2008, there were 212 active college chapters and 118 active alumni chapters.

The Alpha Gamma Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota at Muskingum University was originally chartered on October 1, 1927.  The chapter's first activites were initiated in May of 1928.  However, during the late 1950's the chapter became inactive on Muskingum's campus, but was reactivated in 1990 and has since instilled important values and service into the Music Department at Muskingum University.  They continue to serve as ushers and lighting technicians at all Music Department concerts, and also perform a fall and spring musicale.

Membership is open to women who show a sincere interest in music, have taken at least one music course at the collegiate level, and have a GPA of at least 2.5 at the time of initiation.  While many women of the Alpha Gamma chapter are music and music education majors, the chapter welcomes women from a wide variety of majors ranging from journalism to accounting.

The SAI house is located at 115 Lakeside Drive and currently houses 6 students and hosts activities that are open to the entire campus.