MTD Student Organizations

The following student organizations are affiliated with the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance. 

Other performing arts student organizations can be found on Laker Link.

Theatre at Grand Valley

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Dance at Grand Valley

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Music Student Organizations

American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) student chapter at Grand Valley State University. Together, we strive to expand the choral curriculum beyond the classroom and provide practical experience for students as conductors and choral educators. The purposes of this organization shall be those as set forth in the National Constitution of the American Choral Directors Association, and are state as follows:

1. To foster and promote choral singing which will provide artistic and spirited experiences for the participants.

2. To foster and promote the finest types of choral music to make these experiences possible.

3. To foster and encourage rehearsal procedures conducive to attaining the highest level possible in musicianship and artistic performance.

4. To foster and promote the organization and development of choral groups of all types in schools, colleges, and churches.

5. To foster and promote the organization and development of choral societies in cities and communities.

6. To foster and promote the intelligent understanding of choral music as an important medium of artistic expression.

7. To foster and promote significant research in the field of choral music.

8. To foster and promote composition of superior quality in both music and text for all choral combinations.

9. To cooperate with all organizations dedicated to the development of musical culture in America.

10. To disseminate professional news and information about choral music.

The American String Teachers Association is a national professional organization dedicated to promoting string education and performance. As a student chapter of this organization, we hope to strengthen the string/orchestra community of GVSU and area schools, provide development opportunities for string players and teachers at GVSU, and much more.

Opportunities for support, growth, and professional development to current and future private music teachers through university and community events and state and national MTNA conferences.

GVSU MTNA Collegiate Chapter Facebook

The purpose of membership of NAfME Collegiate is to afford students an opportunity for professional orientation and development while still in school, and to enable students to gain an understanding of: • The basic truths and principles that underlie the role of music in human life; • The philosophy and function of the music education profession; • The professional interests of members involved in the local, state, division, and national levels; • The music industry’s role in support of music education; and • The knowledge and practices of the professional music educator as facilitated through chapter activity.

The Mu Kappa chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, in its devotion to the five purposes of the fraternity, strives to simultaneously develop the character of its members, promote the advancement of Grand Valley State University Bands, and engage the music community at large, through: • providing meaningful leadership opportunities, facilitating the development of holistic personal musicianship, and implementing worthwhile service projects for the entire band program in its diverse and ever-changing needs; • promoting intimate fellowship amongst musicians of all fields of academic study; • upholding an honorable representation of the brotherhood; All the while guided by an everlasting commitment to the love and appreciation of music; the value of brotherhood; the equal importance of all band members; a diverse musical experience; an unwavering professional attitude; and effective, passionate leadership; for the benefit of its members and society.

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is the world’s oldest and largest secret national fraternal society in music. Sinfonia was born on October 6, 1898, at the New England Conservatory in Boston, when a group of thirteen young men under the guidance of Ossian Everett Mills "to consider the social life of the young men students of that institution [and] to devise ways and means by which it might be improved." Sinfonia became a national fraternity on October 6, 1900, with the admission of a group of men at the Broad Street Conservatory in Philadelphia. For over a century, Sinfonians in nearly every field of study and professional endeavor have transformed music in America. The opportunity of becoming a Sinfonian is offered to as many men as possible who, through a love for music, can assist in the fulfillment of the Fraternity’s Object and ideals either by adopting music as a profession, or by working to advance the cause of music in America. The Object of this Fraternity shall be for the development of the best and truest fraternal spirit; the mutual welfare and brotherhood of musical students; the advancement of music in America and a loyalty to the Alma Mater.

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Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI)

Sigma Alpha Iota is an organization which promotes interaction among those who share a commitment to music. Members of SAI are active in all areas of campus music and campus life, working closely with faculty, administration, campus and community groups, music professionals and patrons. In addition to personal encouragement and support, members may receive scholarships, loans, and awards in many areas and at all levels of music-related study. Sigma Alpha Iota has long been recognized as a leader in the field of music and provides a lifetime of fraternity contact. ~ SAI Website

Theatre Student Organizations

Alpha Psi Omega is a national honorary theatre society created to recognize exceptional work of the students at the university level. It serves to supplement the university's theatre education with additional opportunities and leadership development for its theatre students. The Phi Beta chapter hosts workshops and events throughout the year for the students of Grand Valley State. Membership is based upon participation in the university's theatre program.

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Dance Student Organizations

MOMENTUM is a student-service organization focused on providing dance experiences to the wider GVSU and Grand Rapids communities. MOMENTUM is focused on teaching excellence in technique and performance. Our goal is to serve as an outlet for students to work on their dance technique and serve the community through the art of dance. This is a great way to meet new people interested in brightening the community and sharing the passion for dance. MOMENTUM will showcase student choreography and dance in an end of the semester performance, where all donations collected will be given to the charity of the organization members choosing. 


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