About SAI (History)
It was June 12th, 1903, at the University School of Music in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where SIGMA ALPHA IOTA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FRATERNITY was established. The seven founders of this professional Greek organization included: President, Minnie M. Davis (Sherrill); Vice President, Elizabeth A. Campbell; Secretary/Treasurer, Frances Caspari; Leila H. Farlin (Laughlin); Nora Crane Hunt; Georgina Potts; and Mary Storrs (Andersen).
The first annual initiation of the Alpha Chapter was held March 7th, 1904, at which time Mrs. William Howland was initiated as the first Patroness and Blanche Abbott as the first active member. Madame Louise Homer was later initiated by the Alpha Chapter in May 1904 as the first National Honorary Member. Sigma Alpha Iota was incorporated December 1st, 1904 and was recorded as a non-profit organization on December 15th, 1904.
Since its institution, Sigma Alpha Iota has initiated a diverse array of members consisting of collegiate and alumnae initiates as well as Distinguished Members.
Distinguished Members are nominated by chapters and are comprised of:
Member Laureates who are initiated members that have achieved international musical distinction.
Honorary Members who are not initiated members, but have achieved international musical distinction.
National Arts Associates who may be a man or woman that is nationally recognized for contribution to the arts.
Friend of the Arts who may be a man or woman that is locally or regionally supportive and involved in the arts.
Furthermore, chapters may invite women who support arts in the community to become Patroness members.
Sisters of Sigma Alpha Iota span the globe as both national affiliates and members of the International Chapter.