Topeka, Kan. – Washburn University’s Theta chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, an international music fraternity, earned the 2016-2017 Katherine Becker National Collegiate Chapter Achievement Award. Formed to "uphold the highest standards of music" and "to further the development of music in America and throughout the world", Sigma Alpha Iota provides musical and educational resources to its members and the general public.
In order to win this national award, a chapter’s officers and members must achieve distinction in fulfilling national objectives and completing local and national obligations. Washburn’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota was selected out of 227 chapters across the country to receive this award. It’s the first time in the Washburn University chapter’s history.
Ginger Patterson, a region officer who nominated the chapter, said “Theta chapter had an exceptional year. Using the national objectives to guide them, they excelled in ritual, community service and supporting SAI Philanthropies. Their SAI Philanthropies concert featuring Judy Coder netted $567 and spotlighted American women composers. I was proud to nominate them for this award."
In the 2016-2017 school year, Washburn’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota presented an instrument petting zoo and a Girl Scout music workshop in the community. They host an annual middle school solo and ensemble festival in March. As part of their philanthropy, Sigma Alpha Iota presented performer Judy Coder and spotlighted American women composers, with proceeds to promote the creation and performance of music.