Two Reports on Campus Activities
for 1963-64 and 1964-65.
There is one stapled enclosure in the
"Chapter Histories" file which represents two distinct narratives on
chapter history. The first two pages are carbon copy, the second two
typewritten originals. The first two pages, headed KAPPA SIGMA--
CHAPTER REPORT ON CAMPUS ACTIVITIES and CHAPTER REPORT CONTINUED deal
with the year 1964-5. The second two are on slightly different
letterhead, were produced with a different typewriter, and appear to be
an incomplete "Campus Affairs" report for 1963-4; both pages bear the
heading CAMPUS AFFAIRS report continued. It is not clear why the two
reports have been stapled together. Since they do represent separate
documents, they are here placed back into chronological order.
CAMPUS AFFAIRS report continued
[for 1963-64, attributable to President Richard Kraemer]
[...] We have found this to be our most
successful year in concerts. Charging admission at our Fall Musicale
and American Musicale, we received as sizeable amount of money from
ticket receipts. The concerts have been well organized. Every effort
has been made to obtain professional standards of performance. In
addition to the two formal concerts given on campus, the male chorus
and ensembles performed for a sorority engagement on October 19, 1963,
the intercollegiate women's A.W.S. convention on November 2, 1963, the
local business women on December 9, 1963, a Lenten concert for the
North Shore University Guild in Chicago on February 23, 1964, and the
Gary Women's Club quarterly meeting on March 9, 1964. Also there was
Christmas caroling done in local hospitals.
The music committee has been doing an
adequate job in taking responsibility for coordinating the program for
each appearance; this has been due in part by the executive board's
insistence that programs be submitted at least one month before each
engagement so as to assure the chapter of each individual's
responsibility for the oncoming program. I might add that we have
received $150 from appearances in concert.
As in years past, Kappa Sigma Chapter
continues its weekly radio show on the campus radio station WVUR. Our
radio committee is staffed with
four three announcers who have
coordinated a program of music this year in historical sequence from
the 11th century to the present with appropriate background material
for the education of the listening audience. When the show closes this
May we shall have presented to the campus everything from sacred and
classical music to progressive jazz.
Kappa Sigma Chapter has continued its
policy of ushering for concerts sponsored by the music department,
ushering during the year for over 12 events.
We had to maintain a light rushing
program last fall due to a lack of eligible men. The rush program for
the spring semester began with a Christmas party held in early
December. The rushing period was resumed at the beginning of the
spring semester with three events held in early February. The first of
these was a short coffee hour after the Philharmonia Hungarica concert
on February 3, 1964. The second event was an informative smoker at the
house on February 5th. This was followed by a date party on February
8th, after which the balloting for invitation to pledgeship washeld.
Of the seventeen invited, fourteen responded positively. These
fourteen were initiated into pledgeship on February 11th and were
initiated by ritual on March 14, 1964. This pledge class consisted of
ten freshmen and four upperclassmen; all fourteen with the exception of
one are music majors and/or members of the touring Chapel Choir or
Concert Wind Ensemble.
This, then, gives Kappa Sigma Chapter an
active membership of thirty-five members including three faculty
members; in addition there are four chapter honoraries including a new
honorary this semester, Dr. William Eifrig, Director of Music of the
As president now and treasurer during
the first year and a half of this chapter's existence,
I have been able to watch the progress of
Kappa Sigma Chapter rather closely. The success of our chapter's
program this year as in the past has been due largely to the full
cooperation of all of the brothers. Over half of the members are
majoring in fields other than music; as a consequence, our members
continue to extend the influence of the Music Department into many
areas of campus life that might not have been reached. Furthermore,
our organization is known on campus not only for its versatility, but
also for excellence in musicianship and academic acheivement [sic].
Our academic average for the entire fraternity is 2.01 in a 3.00
system, the highest scholastic average of any fraternal organization on
campus. Our present pledge class has attained an overall average of
Many chapters of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfornia
have endeavored to put out a news publication for local members and for
alumni. We have decided not to adopt such a policy on this campus, but
instead to remain in personal contact with our alumni through letters
from the executive alumni secretary. On campus we have been using the
campus newspaper as a sounding board taking every opportunity to
editorialize or to submit reviews on musical events containing subtle
reminders to the university family of lagging attendance at events when
it is low. We have found positive results of this procedure.
Furthermore, we are endeavoring to place one of the brothers on the
editorial staff of the school newspaper to edit news and publicity from
the music department, to insure the correction of names and terms
published and to assure descretion [sic] in editorial cuts from
reviews. We have two men on the Valparaiso Lyceum Committee. This
committee selects and books outside professional talent for
presentation to the campus. This year we brought such distinctive
groups to campus as the Philharmonia Hungarica and the New York Pro
Musica. As we spread our influence to the campus through service to
the arts in general and music in particular, we continue to obtain
faculty support from many faculty members in all fields of the arts and
humanities. We have utilized many media of communication in support
and augmentation of the music department's program and have maintained
fine relations with the music Department faculty in consequence. With
high standards of musicianship as our continual guide and source of
unity we have extended the Greek ideals of harmony and excellence to
cover our activities in and out of the practice room to the development
of Kappa Sigma Chapter. We have reached the point of increasing
communication with other chapters of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia in the area
and have a projected schedule to do an exchange or joint concert with
another chapter next year.
 This demonstrates that the report was made by Richard
KAPPA SIGMA--CHAPTER REPORT ON CAMPUS ACTIVITIES [for
The activities of Kappa Sigma chapter
continue to take on new facets as the chapter continues to mature in
stature. Since its organization in 1961, many aspects of this growth
have emerged. This year has contributed a great deal to this
continuation of growth.
To the structure of Kappa Sigma chapter
this year have been added new refinements with regard to organization.
One of these is the Fine Arts Committee, responsible largely for the
arrangements necessary to provide the chapter with an outside extension
of its musical experience. The appointment of this committee has
extended the entire brotherhood the opportunity to attend performances
of the Chicago Symphony, and other similar musical events in the area
of Chicago. Much interest has arisen from the chapter, and undoubtedly
this committee will become a vital and permanent part of the chapter's
committee structure in the future.
The year 1964 saw Kappa Sigma acquire
its first Sinfonia house; this year the possession of the house has
gone far in establishing an even greater unity and sense of
responsibility among the brothers of the chapter, contributing greatly
to progress in all facets of its operation. The house continues to be
a meeting place for our weekly meetings, our weekly rehearsals, music
department events, recital receptions, chapter social events, and our
rushing and pledge programs.
In order to further this sense of unity
and to establish new relations with the university faculty, the chapter
held a successful open house for the faculty on Sunday, March 7, 1965.
This year has been a successful one for
the musical activities of the chapter in concert. Through the
implementation of the chapter's Music Committee and its chairman, the
men of Kappa Sigma performed a successful Fall Musicale on October 30,
1964. On April 30, 1965, the chapter will present its American
Musicale, which has been in preparation for some time. In addition to
these two formal concerts given on campus, the chapter also has
performed for the local business women on December 3, 1964, a Christmas
concert for the South Shore University Guild in Chicago on December 6,
1964, and a Musicale for the North Shore University Guild in Willmette,
Illinois, on February 14, 1965. The chapter also did Christmas
caroling in local hospitals prior to the Christmas recess. Several of
the actives performed in the opera Mikado, presented by
Valparaiso University Opera, on March 5-6, 1965.
The Radio Committee continues to present
the chapter's weekly radio show on the campus radio station WVUR.
Three men compose the committee, which provides a 3-hour weekly program
for the campus audience composed of material from almost every era of
music from the 11th century to the present.
The Usher Committee continues to work in
conunction [sic] with the music department in providing ushers for all
department events. At the end of this year, the brothers shall have
ushered for over 25 events.
Both semesters have been a strong
rushing program being implemented by the chapter. Three men, 1
sophomore, 1 junior, and 1 senior composed the fall pledge class. The
rush program for spring semester began with a Christmas party held in
early December. The final rushing events were held in early February.
Among these was an informal smoker, a spaghetti dinner, and a coffee
hour after the Ronald Turini concert on January 8, 1965. After the
invitations to pledge were extended, ten men responded and were
initiated into pledgeship. This pledge class shall be initiated into
active membership on April 3, 1965. The spring pledge class is
composed of eight freshmen and two sophomores, all but three being
members of the Chapel Choir or Concert Wind Ensemble. This brings the
active membership of the chapter to 42 members at present, which
includes three faculty members; Kappa Sigma also has four chapter
This year the chapter has published its
first alumni newsletter. It is hoped that this newsletter will go far
in initiating new alumni support for the chapter, which is now becoming
more mandatory as the number of alumni continues to rise.
Chapter contact on the campus has been
forwarded this year, as the head of the Publicity Committee has been
given a position on the staff of the school newspaper. The move has
afforded a closer collaboration between review writers for concerts and
the publication itself, along with a noticeable lack of publication
mistakes in terms of names of musical terminology. The efficiency of
the Publicity Committee can be seen in the fact that plans have already
been crystallized for publicizing our American Musicale.
Campus communication has also been
extended by the fact that three of the brothers are members of the
Lyceum Committee, which is responsible for bringing to the campus such
organizations as the Roger Wagner Chorale and the Prague Chamber
Orchestra, both of which were a part of the program this year.
New complexities of the chapter's
operation have forced it to take a new step. On October 22, 1965, the
chapter became Kappa Sigma Chapter, Inc., Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
Fraternity. At that time we received our articles of incorporation
from the Secretary of the State of Indiana. This culminated several
months of work which was done with the help of our legal counsel, Dean
of the School of Law of the University.
As Kappa Sigma continues to progress, it
expands itself into various areas of campus life, all of these being
based on the highest standards of musicianship that the chapter can
maintain. Along with these various developments has come an increasing
amount of communication between the various chapters of the province,
which we hope will lead in the future to new exchanges on various
levels of chapter activity.