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Student Organizations

Student Organizations

There are several student organizations within the School of Music. Please review the information below to find out more. 

Student Organization Handbook

American Choral Director's Association

ACDA is the largest professional organization dedicated to choral music and choral musicians in the world.  The UNI Chapter of ACDA consists of vocal education majors and B.A. majors. ACDA aspires to provide vocal majors with useful knowledge applicable to teaching in the classroom, starting a vocal studio, enhancing performance situations, and many more vocal-related topics.

In the past, ACDA has hosted state conventions, attended national conventions, booked speakers for various subjects, and has become a strong social experience for vocalists. ACDA at UNI is a great overall experience due to the knowledge obtained by members and the immeasurable tools that make each member a vital asset to the vocal world.

For more information contact faculty member Dr. Amy Kotsonis.


American String Teacher Association

ASTA gathers for meetings about once a month and talk about ways of teaching string music and methods. We also have special meetings learning about new styles of technique and ways of incorporating it into our own teaching. Other topics have included new ways of practicing  and getting a hold of stage fright.

For more information contact Dr. Julia Bullard.


George Walker Society

The George Walker Society is the only branch in the state of Iowa of the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc. (NANM,Inc.). The national organization is an historic society of music educators, scholars, performers, and composers dedicated to the preservation and promotion of classical composition and Negro spirituals composed by African Americans for all to enjoy. GWS is a college branch and seeks to expose the wealth of musical literature to its fellow students.

For more information contact Celeste Bembry.


Kappa Kappa Psi - Eta Pi Chapter

KKP is a co-ed national honorary band fraternity that promotes the college and university band programs. The fraternity believes that by fostering a true spirit of brotherhood, outstanding service, musicianship, and leadership, each member of the band will strive for the highest level of excellence.

The Eta Pi chapter was chartered in 1981. They provide many service projects including annual preparation and organization for the Panther Marching Band's pre-season training and volunteering each year to  help with the smooth operation of the Northern Iowa Band Festival. The members of the Eta Pi chapter come from a wide variety of majors, but all share a deep love for music made possible through the band medium.

For more information contact Dr. Danny Galyen

Music Teachers National Association - UNI Chapter

The University of Northern Iowa Collegiate Chapter is in affiliation with the Iowa Music Teacher’s Association, and with Music Teachers National Association. MTNA is to advances the value and study of performing and teaching to the local community and to the piano majors UNI. The goal of the UNI collegiate chapter through MTNA is to serve as the foundation of professional, educational, musical, and social experiences for UNI piano majors throughout their course of formal study and to help open doors through performing, teaching, and presenting research and teaching ideas at state and national conferences. 

For more information contact Dr. Robin Guy


National Association for Music Education

NAfME is a music organization primarily for future music educators, both instrumental and vocal. Our goal is to equip UNI music education majors to be the best possible and provide tools to be successful in the professional field. Many current educators from all over the nation are members and are still gaining valuable knowledge to help them in the field. 
Some events have included the following:

  • Finale
  • Software Workshop, Iowa Music Educators Conference, First Year Teachers
  • Panel Discussion
  • Stress Management Workshop
  • Music Education
  • The Internet Workshop

For more information contact Dr. Kevin Droe.

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia - Beta Nu Chapter

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is the largest American men's music fraternity. The primary purpose of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is to encourage and actively promote the highest standards of creativity, performance, education, and research in music in America.

The Beta Nu chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at UNI is responsible for the oldest and largest high school jazz festival in the country, The Tallcorn Jazz Festival / Sinfonian's Dimensions in Jazz. Phi Mu Alpha also co-sponsors a Contemporary Composers Concert and an American Composers Concert each year and is responsible for stage handling for all UNI School of Music events. Membership is open to all male musicians enrolled at UNI, regardless of major.

For more information contact Mr. Chris Merz.


Sigma Alpha Iota - Alpha Upsilon Chapter

Sigma Alpha Iota is the largest professional international music fraternity for women. SAI promotes interaction between those who share a love for and commitment to music. This bond of musical interest and understanding is shared by students, teachers and professionals throughout the world.

Established in 1936, the Alpha Upsilon chapter at UNI is active in ushering concerts and recitals in our performance halls and for the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra. This chapter also provides receptions and sponsors the Contemporary and American Composers Concerts. All women, regardless of major, are invited to be members.

For more information contact Ms. Diane Vallentine


Tau Beta Sigma - Zeta Nu Chapter

TBS is a nationally recognized honorary service and social co-ed sorority serving the band program at the University of Northern Iowa. While service to the bands is our main focus, community service projects and social activities are also part of the experience.

The Zeta Nu chapter encourages the advancement of men and women in the band profession, and promotes and enriches an appreciation of band music through recognition, leadership development, and education of its members.

For more information contact Dr. Danny Galyen


UNI Iowa Bandmasters Association

The UNI Iowa Bandmasters Association chapter is a student affiliate of the state Iowa Bandmasters Association. Comprised of instrumental music education majors who plan to pursue careers as band directors, the student IBA attends annual conferences and provides services to school band programs locally and statewide.

For more information contact Dr. Danny Galyen


UNI Guild of Carillonneurs

The UNI Guild of Carillonneurs is a student group committed to preserving and enhancing the tradition of carillon music on UNI's campus. This student-led group is responsible for playing the carillon instrument housed in the UNI Campanile, as well as facilitating tours of the historic 1926 structure and promoting carillon music to the campus and Cedar Valley communities. The group is limited to 10 members by audition, but students from any major are welcome to audition. Activities include seminar meetings, annual Campaniling concert, Friday lunch time concerts, special concerts and activities throughout the year and hosting the semi-annual Midwest International Carillon Festival.  

For more information, contact Dr. Randall Harlow or send an email to unicarillonneur@gmail.com