National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
The Winthrop University Collegiate Chapter of the National Association for Music Education is primarily comprised of students majoring in music education. Other music majors with a strong interest in music education may also join. Student members are eligible to attend state, regional and national conferences and run for various offices. Members also receive the three official NAfME publications: Music Educators Journal, Teaching Music, and South Carolina Musician. The Winthrop chapter meets four times each semester and features interactive workshops and discussion panels of professional music educators from all teaching areas and specializations. Student members also voluntarily assist the organization with state-sponsored events and provide various services to public and after-school music programs.
Membership in Winthrop's Gamma Kappa chapter of Delta Omicron is limited to female students by invitation only. To be eligible for membership, a student must have a GPA of at least 2.0 overall and a GPA of at least 3.0 in music courses. Delta Omicron provides service to Winthrop University and the Department of Music, promotes music (especially that of American and female composers), and encourages high scholastic and musical standards among its members.
Pi Kappa Lambda - The National Music Honor Society
The national music honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda, was established on the Winthrop campus to recognize those students who have attained the highest level of academic and musical achievement within the Department of Music. Student membership is open to eligible junior, senior, and graduate students who are chosen by vote of the music faculty as:
1) Being outstanding in scholarship and musicianship,
2) Having been in residence at Winthrop University the at least four semesters,
3) Ranking in the highest 20% of the graduating class [seniors], or a graduate student with grades of A for no fewer than two-thirds of graduate credits required for the degree.
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
Membership in Winthrop's Nu Kappa chapter of Phi Mu Alpha (Sinfonia) is limited to male students by invitation only. Members may be music majors, music minors or others whose demonstrated involvement with music reflects attitudes and goals compatible with those of Sinfonia. To be eligible for membership, a student must have a GPR of at least 2.0. Sinfonia provides service to Winthrop University and the Department of Music, promotes music (especially American music), and encourages high scholastic and musical standards among its members.
Sigma Alpha Iota
The music organization Sigma Alpha Iota promotes interaction among those who share a common commitment to music. Membership in Winthrop’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota is open to music and non-music major females by invitation only. To be eligible for membership, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Members work closely with faculty, administration and other campus and community groups in philanthropic and professional work. Members also devote talents to national and international projects, such as the SAI Quarterly , Pan Pipes, the triennial Inter-American Music Awards, which commissions and recognizes contemporary compositional work by Western composers and the People to People Music Committee which sends music, instruments and educational materials to deserving musicians world-wide. Members may also receive scholarships, grants, loans and awards for study, as well. Sigma Alpha Iota has long been recognized as a leader in the field of music and also provides important connections for its members.