Professional Organizations

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Collegiate Chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME)

The student chapter of NAfME exists to provide opportunities for professional development for students, and to acquaint them with the privileges and responsibilities of the music education profession. NAfME gives its members opportunities to become acquainted with leaders in the music education profession as gained from participation in programs and demonstrations, discussions, and performing groups planned by this chapter, the state Music Educator's Association, and the National Association for Music Education. Included in the dues are the monthly Music Educator's Journal, the national publication NAfME, as well as the Iowa Music Educators' Journal, recognized as one of the finest of its kind. NAfME meets about various issues pertinent to future music educators. Interested music education majors should join at the link above and contact the Music Education area with any questions.

Music Therapy Student Association

The Music Therapy Student Association is an organization that offers friendship and support, reinforcement of music therapy concepts through interaction with music therapists and other music therapy students, sharing of activity ideas, and lecture workshops by music therapy professionals. The main goal of the Music Therapy Club is to improve the student's knowledge of music therapy as a practice and a profession. Membership shall be open to declared music therapy majors, all persons enrolled in classes pertaining to the use of music as therapy, and all persons engaged in the professional use of music in therapy. Membership in the Music Therapy Club does not restrict eligibility for any other organization; be it social, professional, student government, or otherwise specified. Interested persons should contact the faculty from the Music Therapy area.

American Choral Directors' Association

The American Choral Directors Association, founded in 1959, is a non-profit professional organization of over 17,000 members whose active membership is composed of choral musicians from schools, colleges and universities, community and industrial organizations, churches, and professional groups. This membership represents 1.5 million singers in the USA. Its highest purpose is to encourage the finest in choral music and to promote its development in all ways, including performance, composition, publication, and research. ACDA has nearly 100 student chapters in many universities and colleges which provide opportunities for future choral directors to be involved with their professional organization while in college. The University of Iowa ACDA Student Chapter, which meets monthly, has a variety of service activities which include sponsorship of choral concerts and workshops, assistance in university choral and honor choir events, and guest speakers and conductors. The chapters provide learning opportunities outside the classroom, and encourage student leadership in the discovery of the choral art.

American Guild or Organists

The University of Iowa chapter of the American Guild of Organists is open to membership for organists, choral directors, and others interested in the areas of organ and church music. The chapter is funded by the CAC and sponsors annually public workshops and recitals. For further information contact the Organ Department.

Sigma Alpha Iota

Sigma Alpha Iota is an international music fraternity open to any woman. The Iowa chapter is dedicated to furthering high-quality musical endeavors at the University, sponsoring "A Week of Women in Music" and funding a commission from a woman composer. In addition, the chapter supports national SAI philanthropies such as Bold Note Music, People- to- People Music Committee, and MacDowell Colony; also, the Iowa chapter performs service projects in the Iowa City area and participates in the fund raisers to benefit the School of Music. Women are eligible beginning the second semester of the freshman year. A minimum grade point of 2.50 overall and 3.00 in music is required. After both informal and formal rush, pledges spend four to six weeks learning about the fraternity before initiation. Interested women should contact any SAI members.

Pi Kappa Lamda

Pi Kappa Lambda is an honor society in the field of music. Students with exceptional grade-point averages and acknowledged musical excellence are issued invitations once a year. Questions should be directed to the Associate Director of Graduate Studies.