Music student organizations are an important part of the fabric and culture of the ODU Department of Music. Consider joining with your colleagues and becoming a part of one or more of these fine groups. Information about these organizations is posted below and in various areas of the department.
The student chapter of the American Guild of Organists is open to all students interested in organ and church music. The AGO is the national organization for musicians in the church music field. Dr. Kosnik, faculty sponsor.
The National Association for Music Education is a nonprofit organization representing all phases of music education in schools, colleges, universities, and teacher-education institutions. Active ODU Collegiate NAfME membership is open to all music majors and a required professional membership for music education majors. Membership provides opportunities for professional orientation and development in music education activities as part of the ODU Music Education curriculum. Dr. Owens, faculty sponsor.
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is a music fraternity. The Iota Tau Chapter at Old Dominion University was founded on November 5, 1960. The primary purpose of Sinfonia is to encourage and actively promote the highest standards of creativity, performance, education, and research in music in America. The Iota Tau Chapter conducts an extensive membership campaign at the beginning of each semester. Further information on the fraternity and its activities may be obtained from any member of Iota Tau Chapter. Musical talent, academic standing and personal attitudes are among attributes taken into consideration for membership. Professor Zeisler and Dr. Teply, faculty sponsors.
Sigma Alpha Iota is an internationally incorporated fraternity for women in the field of music. The purpose of the fraternity is to uphold the highest ideals of music, to give inspiration and material aid to its members, and to cooperate wholeheartedly with the ideals and aims of the Alma Mater. Membership, by invitation, is open to University graduate and undergraduate students in music and to the music faculty. Scholarship, musicianship, personality, and character are considerations for membership. Professor Agnes Fuller, faculty sponsor.
On April 13, 1994, the Eta Upsilon Chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda was chartered to Old Dominion University. Since the aim of the educative process is the stimulation of the student toward the highest level of achievement within his or her capabilities, outstanding accomplishment should be accorded particular recognition. In an attempt to provide such recognition, the Alumni Association of the School of Music at Northwestern University in 1916 appointed a committee to consider the feasibility of installing an honor society in the field of music. As a result of the committee's labors, Pi Kappa Lambda was granted a charter by the State of Illinois in 1918. The first member was Peter Christian Lutkin, Dean of the School of Music at Northwestern University. His initials in their Greek equivalents were selected for the name of the society: Pi Kappa Lambda. Election to membership in Pi Kappa Lambda has been indicative of superior attainment in music, together with the personal qualifications pertaining to an outstanding exponent of the art. Dr. Teply, president, Dr. Nedvin, secretary, Dr. Hall, treasurer.
The American String Teachers Association promotes excellence in string and orchestral teaching and playing. The ODU student chapter was founded in October, 2002. Music students who plan to teach strings privately or in the classroom are encouraged to join. Dr. Kim, faculty sponsor.