School of Music

Student Organizations

There are many ways to become involved.

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity was founded in 1899 at the New England Conservatory of Music and has become the largest professional fraternity in the world. There are over 300 active chapters within the United States whose purposes are to advance the cause of music in America, to foster the mutual welfare and brotherhood of students in music, to develop the truest fraternal spirit among its members, and to encourage loyalty to the Alma Mater. The Kappa Psi Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia was founded at Western Illinois University in 1963 and has a current membership of 35, together with an alumni chapter.

Faculty Advisor: Professor Terry Solomonson
Student Council

The Music Student Council is a body of students responsible for representing the music major student body in matters that pertain directly to them. It meets with the School of Music Director and is made up of the Presidents of the various student organizations, the Presidents of the major ensembles, and elected graduate student representatives. Members of this group will present student views on various faculty committees and/or directly to the School of Music Director.
American String Teachers Association

ASTA is a national organization of string teachers to which WIU string students can become affiliated and form a student organization for the purpose of better understanding and promotion of string teaching.
NAfME (Previously called ICMEA)

WIU's Chapter of the National Association for Music Education aims to provide members varied opportunities for professional development in all areas of music education, acquaint members with the privileges and responsibilities of the music education profession, and provide all members with the opportunity to become acquainted with leaders in the music education profession through participation in programs, demonstrations, discussions, workshops, and performances planned by this chapter, the Illinois Music Educators Association, and the Music Educators National Conference.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Richard Cangro
Mu Phi Epsilon

Mu Phi Epsilon was founded in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1903 and has grown to include 110 collegiate chapters, 83 alumni chapters, and more than 30,000 members. The Beta Omicron Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon was initiated at Western Illinois University in 1968 with 12 charter members. The purposes of Mu Phi Epsilon are: to recognize scholarship and musicianship, to promote friendship within its brother and sisterhood, to encourage loyalty to the Alma Mater, and to advance the cause of music throughout the world.

Faculty Advisor: Professor Charolette Megginson
Music and Miracles

Music and Miracles is a group of interested students whose purpose is to learn more about music therapy techniques and recent developments in other related health fields. The club meets twice monthly and sponsors various fund-raising activities so int erested persons may attend music therapy conferences and workshops.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Jones
Student Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association

The student chapter of the ACDA is a professional student organization, which fosters the art of choral music and the profession of choral conducting at Western Illinois University and throughout the State of Illinois. Student chapter members organize and host choral events on the campus of Western Illinois University such as the Illinois Music Educators Association District IV Workshop, the Illinois Music Educators District VIII Workshop, and the Illinois American Choral Directors Association High Sc hool Men's Choral Festival. Additionally, they sponsor the annual choral conductors competition.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. James Stegall

The mission of Music Teachers National Association is to advance the value of music study and music making to society and to support the professionalism of private music teachers. WIU's Chapter of MTNA focuses on inspiring, training, and molding private teachers for the betterment of America's music community to create enthusiastic, well-educated teachers for future generations.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tammie Walker