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Encyclopedia > Mu Phi Epsilon
ΜΦΕ – Mu Phi Epsilon
Founded November 13, 1903
Metropolitan College of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio
Type International
Scope Promotion of musicianship and scholarship
Motto Music, Friendship, Harmony
Colors Purple
Symbol Triangle
Chapters 128 collegiate chapters, 74 Alumni chapters
Headquarters 4705 N. Sonora Avenue Suite 114
Fresno, CA, 93722-3947, United States
Homepage muphiepsilon.org

Mu Phi Epsilon (ΜΦΕ) is a co-ed international professional music fraternity and honor society. It boasts over 75,000 members in 128 collegiate chapters and 74 alumni chapters in the US and abroad. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 317th day of the year (318th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1900 (MCMIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Friday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... Nickname: Motto: Juncta Juvant (Strength in Unity) Location in Hamilton County, Ohio, USA Coordinates: , Country United States State Ohio County Hamilton Founded 1788 Incorporated 1802 (village) - 1819 (city) Government  - Type Mayor-council government  - Mayor Mark L. Mallory (D) Area  - City 79. ... Professional fraternities, in the North American fraternity system, are organizations whose membership is restricted to students and faculty members in a particular field of professional education. ... In the USA, an honor society (or honour society) is an organization of rank, the induction into which recognizes excellence among ones peers. ... An alumnus (masculine) or alumna (feminine) of a college, university, or school is a former student. ...



Mu Phi Epsilon was founded November 13, 1903 at the Metropolitan College of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio by a professor at the school, Dr. Winthrop Sterling, and his 19-year old assistant, Elizabeth Matthias Fuqua as a way of recognizing the musicianship and scholarship of those eligible. The first chapter, now Alpha chapter, included thirteen women. is the 317th day of the year (318th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1900 (MCMIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Friday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... Nickname: Motto: Juncta Juvant (Strength in Unity) Location in Hamilton County, Ohio, USA Coordinates: , Country United States State Ohio County Hamilton Founded 1788 Incorporated 1802 (village) - 1819 (city) Government  - Type Mayor-council government  - Mayor Mark L. Mallory (D) Area  - City 79. ...

Originally chartered as a national music sorority, it changed status in 1936 to become an honor society, and again in 1944 to function as a professional music sorority. US federal regulations (specifically Title IX in the early-1970s opened all such societies to coeducational membership, and in 1977 its official status changed for the final time to operate as a co-ed professional music fraternity. 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, now known as the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act in honor of its principal author, but more commonly known simply as Title IX, is a 76-word United States law enacted on June 23, 1972 that states: No person... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Coeducation is the integrated education of males and females at the same school facilities. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ...

Today, Mu Phi Epsilon has chapters both nationally and internationally. The fraternity supports achievement in music through the awarding of grants and scholarships, as well as music competitions, concerts, and summer music programs. Much of this work has been supported by the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, an orignization that has been in existence since 1963, as well as fundraising and donations.

Mu Phi Epsilon maintains communication with its members through The Triangle, the official quarterly journal of the fraternity. Materials appropriate for publication include articles on any phase of music education; scholarly articles reflecting research in the various fields of music; articles on pedagogy, performance, biography, or music therapy; and feature articles centering on the outstanding accomplishments of members. News from chapters and individual members may also be submitted for the "Applause" and "Encore" sections. Photographs are welcome. Color is best but black and white will be considered. Electronic submission in high resolution (300 dpi) is preferred, but prints may be mailed. Photo prints cannot be returned unless specifically requested and a self-addressed stamped envelope is included with submission.

Aims and Purposes

In its own words, the fraternity aims for the advancement of music throughout the world and promotes scholarship, musicianship, and friendship, along with encouraging each member's loyalty to their Alma Mater. Beyond that, members of Mu Phi are to provide support for music in the community in whatever way possible. The International Bylaws of Mu Phi Epsilon state that its aim is “the advancement of music in the community, in the nation, and in the world, through the promotion of musicianship, scholarship, and music education, with an emphasis on service through music.” // Music is an art form consisting of sound and silence expressed through time. ... Alma mater is Latin for nourishing mother. It was used in ancient Rome as a title for the mother goddess, and in Medieval Christianity for the Virgin Mary. ...

It is a part of the National Interfraternity Music Council, which includes six other professional music fraternities: Delta Omicron, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Beta, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Sigma Alpha Iota, and Tau Beta Sigma. It also carries affiliations with many other national organizations that provide support for music, notably MENC: The National Association for Music Education. Delta Omicron was founded to create and foster fellowship, to develop character and to arouse and encourage the appreciation of good music and performance among musicians during their student days so that the highest degree of musicianship might be attained individually. ... Kappa Kappa Psi is a national honorary band fraternity dedicated to serving college and university bands. ... Phi Beta Fraternity: National Professional Association for the Creative and Performing Arts is an American national professional college fraternity for the creative and performing arts. ... Phi Mu Alpha (ΦΜΑ) Sinfonia is a collegiate social fraternity for men of musicianly character. ... Sigma Alpha Iota (ΣΑΙ) is a music fraternity for women. ... Tau Beta Sigma is a co-educational national honorary band sorority dedicated to serving college and university bands. ...


Membership is limited to music majors and minors, music faculty not already initiated as members in another professional music fraternity, and musicians of achievement who have never joined a professional music fraternity and who desire membership through Special Election of active chapter members. Members are drawn from a diverse range of musical fields, including education, performance, therapy, and technology. Members of Mu Phi Epsilon are not permitted to be involved in any other national music fraternities or sororities.

Those seeking membership must first ensure that they meet the academic requirements for members of Mu Phi Epsilon. Candidates will then go through a process that involves several activities. This process is intended to get candidates better acquainted with the members, as well as to give them the knowledge about the fraternity that all members should know. Activities include, but are not limited to, service projects, fundraising, music making, and other forms of outreach. This process can vary slightly from chapter to chapter based upon local tradition, but the essentials of it remain the same. Once through this process, candidates enjoy full membership in Mu Phi Epsilon as long as they remain in good standing academically and professionally.

Chapters and Administration

Collegiate chapters continued taking their names from the original Alpha Chapter, progressing through the Greek alphabet and then used the prefixes Mu, Phi, Epsilon, Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta. As of 2005, the prefix Zeta is used for new chapters. International chapters have been Alpha Tau (Philippine Women’s University 1962), Beta Xi (University of the Philippines 1967) and Delta Iota (University of Western Ontario, Canada 1990).

Since 1903 there have been 201 chapters of Mu Phi Epsilon installed on college campuses. After graduation or leaving school the collegiate members are encouraged to affiliate with a nearby alumni chapter or with the International Fraternity as an Allied Member.

The administration of Mu Phi Epsilon is made up of three main bodies: The executive board, the foundation, and the district directors. The executive board is made up of eight people, including the President (currently Dr. Frances Irwin), five vice presidents, the executive secretary-treasurer, and the editor of the Triangle. The Foundation is established for the benefit of philanthropic projects suitable to commemorate the aims and purposes of the Fraternity. Finally, the district directors are appointed to oversee the Fraternity Chapters in geographical divisions of the United States. They meet personally with the collegiates and alumni, answer questions, give support and help them work through problems. Currently the collegiate and alumni chapters are divided into twelve Provinces and thirty-three Districts within those Provinces.

Benefits of Membership

Mu Phi Epsilon Fraternity offers a Musicological Research Contest, an Original Composition Contest, the Marian Bowker Davidson Accompanying Award, the Katherine Doepke Creative Programming Award, the Mary Alice Cox Grant for Lifelong Learning, and various awards for its members and chapters. The Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, established to honor the Fraternity’s founders and other deceased members, funds the philanthropic, scholarship and educational activities of Mu Phi Epsilon. Some of the many scholarships and grants are:

 -Awards and scholarships for undergraduate and graduate musical performance -Music Education awards -Scholarships for study at recognized summer programs -Doctoral grants -Foreign study grants -Scholarships for voice, instruments, music therapy, jazz, music business, and others -An international performance competition with the winner sponsored in a two-year concert tour 

Summer tuition scholarships are offered to members of Mu Phi Epsilon attending music programs at Aspen, Banff Music Centre, Brevard Music Center, Chatauqua Institution, Encore School for Strings, Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony, Music Academy of the West, Round Top, and Tanglewood Music Center. Philanthropic gifts are made to community music schools through the Music Outreach Project.

To celebrate the 75h Anniversary of Mu Phi Epsilon the Fraternity and the Foundation cooperated in building and endowing a cottage/studio for a composer-in-residence at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. The first Composer-In-Residence selected was Emma Lou Diemer, Mu Delta. She accepted but later found it necessary to decline the appointment, so Elie Siegmeister was named as the composer to occupy the Chair of Composition at Brevard Music Center. Notable composers to follow include W. Frances McBeth, Elliot DelBorgo, Walter Hartley, Fisher Tull, Don Freund, and many others.

External links

  • Mu Phi Epsilon National Website

  Results from FactBites:
Mu Phi Epsilon - Zeta Chapter - DePauw University (329 words)
Mu Phi Epsilon was founded at the Metropolitan College of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio, on November 13, 1903, by Professor Winthrop S. Sterling, Dean of the college, and Elizabeth Mathias a member of the faculty.
First he considered associate membership in Phi Mu Alpha, but decided to establish an organization for women only, to advance the cause of music in America and at the same time develop fine young women bound together in friendship through their common interest in the art of music.
Mu Phi Epsilon became a co-educational Professional Music Fraternity in 1977 in compliance with federal regulations of Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972.
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