Frequently Asked Questions
Why is SAI considered a fraternity?
SAI was first established in 1903 as a sorority at the University School of Music in Ann Arbor, Michigan; however, that was later voted on and changed a few decades later.
An amendment was made to the SAI Constitution in 1926 stating: The following resolution passed by the Kappa Alpha Theta Convention merits the attention of all members of women's fraternities: "Inasmuch as the word fraternity is derived from FRATERNITAS, an abstract feminine noun (Latin) meaning brotherhood, applying to both men and women, and inasmuch as there is no corresponding Latin word derived from SOROR, be it resolved that we avoid sorority, an incorrect word, and instruct freshmen to this effect".
Essentially, fraternitas refers to not only men but ALSO women as it pertains to the idea of brother/sisterhood. The word soror was avoided at that time, and it didn't really catch on until later (not to mention the etymological connection is less pronounced).
Today, all Greek-letter music organizations are called fraternities.
What is required as a member?
Each semester, the sisters are required to complete the following:
- Perform musicales
- Participate in group events such as AMR (American Music Recital)
- Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA
- Pay dues
- Attend weekly meetings
- Perform community service
**Note that mandatory events will be distinguished from non-mandatory events.
Why join SAI?
There are many reasons to join SAI. Here are a few:
- Performance Opportunities
- Service Opportunities
- Social Opportunities
- Leadership Opportunities
- Resume Builder
- Lifelong friends
- Sense of belonging
- Last, but not least: FUN!
Does SAI haze?
SAI has a strict no hazing policy. All SAI members sign a no hazing policy at the beginning of each semester. All members-in-training sign a form which denotes that they understand what hazing is, are not required to perform any actions which make them uncomfortable, or to witness any such events.
How do I join as a Collegiate Member?
All majors are welcome into membership of SAI.
- 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA
- Completion of at least one semester at UW-Platteville
- Completion/Concurrent enrollment of one or more credits in Music (Academic or Performance)
- Participation in at least one recruitment event for the current semester
- Genuine interest in Music
If you have completed ALL of the above items, you may be invited to participate in the Final Dinner.
How do I contact you?
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|Platteville, WI 53818|
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