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Kappa Kappa Psi

Kappa Kappa Psi operates primarily as a student service and leadership recognition society whose chief aim is to assist the Director of Bands in developing the leadership and enthusiasm that is required of his/her band. Our goals are to provide the band not only with organized and concentrated service activities, but to give our membership valid and wholesome experiences in organization, leadership and social contracts. The honorary nature of membership is based on our premise that "it is an honor to be selected to serve" this band, its department of music, its sponsoring institution, and the cause of band music in the nation's colleges and universities.

The Fraternity is presently located in over 150 colleges and universities. Since 1919 more than 50,000 interested band members have devoted their efforts to strengthening their bands through group and individual service projects. The Fraternity's program of continued service to Music has attracted the attention of the best in American band tradition. We number among our ranks John Philip Sousa, Karl King, Frank Simon, Herbert L. Clarke, Harold Bachman, William D. Revelli and many other contemporary composers, conductors, and music educators.


Tau Beta Sigma

Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority provides service to collegiate bands, encourages the advancement of women in the band profession, and promotes and enriches an appreciation of band music through recognition, leadership development, and education of its members.

Tau Beta Sigma operates primarily as a student service and leadership recognition society whose chief aim is to assist the directors in developing the leadership and enthusiasm that they require of their band. Our goals are not only to provide the band with organized and concentrated service activities, but also to give our membership valid and wholesome experiences in organization, leadership, and social contacts. The honorary nature of membership is based on our premise that “it is an honor to be selected to serve”—this band, this music department, and Ohio Northern University.

Chapter responsibilities include concentrated service activities as well as providing the intangible items of morale, spirit, enthusiasm, atmosphere, and attitude within the band. The cultivation and maintenance of an agreeable and enthusiastic attitude is mandatory for all of our members, and this serves to foster the wholesome and cooperative spirit that each director wants for his/her band.

Membership in Tau Beta Sigma thus becomes an educational and service activity as well as a social one. And it is this kind of endeavor that enriches the band student’s life and sharpens an appreciation for both the best in music and what it takes to achieve it.



Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

On November 15, 2009, a four year endeavor finally came to fruition. The Rho Pi chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity for musical men was officially established and made part of the fabric of Ohio Northern. It started with a single spark of interest in 2005. What started as humble thoughts grew steadily in to a major project. Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is a fraternity devoted to the unification of musical men and advancement of music in America. The organization as a whole is devoted to spreading music to everyone and bettering communities through its talents and traditions. This is accomplished through the bonding of musical men from all over campus and alumni members throughout the community.

The Rho Pi chapter is extremely progressive and enthusiastic about advancing and becoming a more influential part of the Northern family and as part of the Ohio community as well. They will be hosting the spring district convention called the Spring Fling for Phi Mu Alpha here at Ohio Northern. The group was chosen based on their amazing effort and dedication that has already been exhibited even before becoming an official organization. Along with this, Northern students will be seeing more of Phi Mu Alpha around campus in the form of projects, concerts, and other musical endeavors. 

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Delta Omicron - Gamma Chi Chapter

Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity is a professional fraternity in the field of music with collegiate chapters established throughout the United States and abroad. The fraternity was founded in 1909 at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music by three undergraduate students. The objectives of the organization are:

  • to promote American music and musicians
  • to further the work of composers
  • to stimulate appreciation of good music at the community level
  • to advance high ethical standards of professional conduct in the musical world
  • to encourage understanding of the cultures of all nations
  • to do any and all things conducive to the service, betterment, and ultimate welfare of musicians



Sigma alpha iota Colony

Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity is a professional music organization for women.  Our mission is to encourage, nurture, and support the art of music and our vision is as follows:

The Vision of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity is to be recognized throughout the world as the foremost fraternity that:

  • Supports and encourages women musicians of all ages, races, and nationalities
  • Supports and promotes successful and innovative educational programs in music for all stages of life
  • Cultivates excellence in musical performance
  • Promotes programs and activities that stress the love and importance of music in our lives
  • Recognizes technological advances in the field of music
  • Dedicates financial resources that ensure the continuation of programs necessary to support the objectives of the fraternity in perpetuity
  • Has as its members people who exemplify professional and ethical behavior in the spirit of the Sigma Alpha Iota founders

We are currently in the process of becoming a chapter here at Ohio Northern University.  As of October 2015 we were granted colony status, and our goal is to become an official chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota this upcoming fall.  Our colony is very excited and working hard to achieve chapter status, and our sisterhood only continues to grow.


OMEA/OCMEA at Ohio Northern


Ohio Northern University’s music education faculty members are all active members of the National Association for Music Education and The Ohio Music Education Association, our state division of NAfME. Both full- and part-time faculty members are adjudicators for solo, ensemble and large group adjudicated events for OMEA in addition to being committee members at the state level.

Not only have ONU ensembles performed at state Music Education Association conferences, but faculty have presented and presided over clinic sessions as well. Dr. Denise D’Arca presented a clinic session and was a panelist for two discussion sessions at the NAfMe conference in summer 2012.

ONU’s Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association chapter of OMEA is a strong and active group of future music educators of all types. Guest speakers and other programming enhance meetings, and chapter members participate in service projects that provide them with professional experience including assisting at local adjudicated events, working as stage hands for Presser Hall music events, teaching free private lessons to students from the Lima, Ohio, area schools and assisting in audition days and recruitment events for the music department. The OCMEA members serve as leaders in many of the ONU ensembles and are a supportive network for one another.

The OCMEA chapter has been recognized with awards for chapter growth and members have won state awards. Two ONU OCMEA members have won the OMEA Student Teaching Award in the past four years.

For more information about the Ohio Music Education Association or the Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association, please visit

ONU OCMEA Chapter:

Department of Music

Patty Warner

Presser 202
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed