The Beta Gamma chapter currently has 20 beautiful members!
Kayla Michaels was initiated in the spring of 2016. She is a music business major who plays violin in the Bradley Symphony Orchestra and in the Bradley String Chamber Ensembles. She joined SAI because she wanted to have more connections in the music department. Her favorite part about the organization is the music, and how we all have a bond because of it! She is most excited for welcoming the new pledge classes and sisters until she graduates. We love you, Kayla!
Lindsay Kozlowski is a senior Music Education major who was initiated in the fall of 2014. She plays in the Bradley Symphony Orchestra and the Hilltop String Quartet as a violist. She is also active in the Bradley University chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). “I joined SAI because of the relationships I had seen form between sisters who were apart of SAI, and to also share my love of music with other young women at Bradley. There’s nothing like the bond between sisters.” Her favorite part of SAI is that bond – “we are all here to support and cheer on one another as peers, friends, and sisters.” After college, Lindsay plans on moving to Chicago to teach strings in one of their schools. We love you, Lindsay!
Alencia Norris was initiated in the spring of 2015. She sings in Chorale, Chamber Singers, Community Choir, and the Gospel Choir. Alencia was drawn to SAI because she wanted to be around all of the amazing people. “Also, being in an organization that is centered around the thing that I love most in the world, Music, brings me so much joy.” Her favorite part is the lasting connections: “Music already brings people together, but creating a group that brings people together based on their love for music is so amazing. SAI has made me feel like I’m not a misfit, it has made me feel like I belong and that is so rare.” After college, she wants to write, produce, and perform my own music and also do the same for other people. Something we might not know about Alencia is that she’s had the opportunity to sing with YoYo Ma and Renee Fleming! We love you, Alencia!
Mary Bausman was initiated in the Spring of 2017. She is a Music Business and Music Composition double major. Although voice is her primary focus for ensembles such as the Bradley Women's Choir, Voce Femine, and the Bradley Community Chorus, she also plays percussion in the Symphonic Bands Percussion Ensemble, and has composed for the Peoria Luminaire Concert. She was attracted to SAI because she wanted to be around people who share the same passion for music as she does. After college, Mary hopes to get an internship or job in LA in the music business, specifically composing or music supervision. Her goal is to get a composition in the SAI songbook! We love you, Mary!
Allie Kuypers was initiated in the Spring of 2017. She plays alto sax in Bradley Symphonic Winds, Jazz Ensemble, and Saxophone Ensemble. Allie loves being able to grow closer to other women who love music as much as she does. "When I found out that SAI was a fraternity filled with women who all adore music in the way I do, I knew I had to join. There's a beautiful history to Sigma Alpha Iota, and the ocntinued participation is what will keep the history alive." Allie looks forward to meeting new potential members and having fun at recruitment events. After college, Allie would like to be a high school or middle school band director. We love you, Allie!
A recent initiate of the spring of 2016, Becca Largent sings in the Bradley Chorale and Chamber Singers. She is Music and Psychology double major who joined SAI because of the sisterhood and great friendships that arise from this organization, and the love of music and wanting to share that with other people who feel just as passionately about it. Her favorite part about SAI is knowing she has a caring and loving group of ladies whom she can always rely on to be there for her. “Although I am from Yukon, Oklahoma and I am far away from my home and family, SAI makes me truly feel like I am at a home away from home.” Plans/goals after college are to further her studies in counseling psychology and also aide in Music Therapy becoming a new and growing option for all people to show the healing power the fine arts has on the mind. We love you, Becca!
Initiated in the spring of 2016, 2017-2018 Treasurer Jordan Avellino is a Vocal Performance major with a minor in business administration and management. She sings with the Chorale, Community Choir, and Chamber Singers, while also being a member of Chi Omega, the American Marketing Association, and the National Society of Leadership and Success. She joined SAI to grow closer to girls who share the same passion for music as she does. Her favorite part is how supportive everyone is, even with things outside of music. “As a whole, I really like the ideals that the society was built on. As a chapter, I know that if I ever need anything, I could ask any one of the girls. We are a tight knit group and I really dig that.” After college, Jordan hopes to go to grad school in either Boston or NYC and then either audition for Broadway or the Met. Jordan hopes to one day earn her doctoral degree to teach voice at a collegiate level. Something we may not know about Jordan is that she has also laid the foundation for a career as a rapper, as she once had a rap solo in her high school choir. We love you, Jordan!
2017-2018 Corresponding Secretary Molly Wilson is a senior violin performance major. She was initiated in the spring of 2015. She is a member and president of the Bradley Symphony Orchestra, but also regularly performs with Hilltop String Quartet and the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. She is also the 2017-2018 Presser Scholar. She joined SAI because she wanted to have that special bond of music and friendship with her colleagues in the music community. She loves knowing that she has sisters all around the world making beautiful music, and Molly’s favorite SAI memory is meeting other sisters at the 2015 Province Day. Her favorite part about the organization as whole is “that SAI has a valuable network of alumnae members. I take comfort in knowing that I will have sisters no matter where I move across the country.” After college, Molly's plans include graduate school, teaching violin, and beekeeping. We love you, Molly!
2017-2018 Vice President, Membership Haley Woods was initiated in the spring of 2015. She has sung in the Chorale and Women’s Choir, and Community Choir. She has also played oboe in the Symphonic Band and Symphonic Winds, with some flute in Basketball Band. She is a part of the Bradley chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). She decided to join SAI because “All of the members are just so lovely!” Her favorite part has been sharing memories with her closest friends, and she feels the organization has made her a more positive person. Something we might know about Haley is that she has a black-belt in Tae Kwon Do. We love you, Haley!
Lauren Shafer is Music Education major who was initiated in the spring of 2017. She plays trombone in the Bradley Symphonic Winds, Bradley Groove Project, and trombone quartet. She also sings in Women's Choir. Lauren’s favorite part of SAI is “what we do with philanthropies. I recently worked at a camp for people who have disabilities, and it's super important to be able to fundraise for organizations like this." She loves recruitment and getting to see the chapter grow. After Bradley, Lauren would like to teach at a low-income school for a few years before getting her Master's. We love you, Lauren!
2017-2018 Recording Secretary Caitlyn DePriest is a sophomore Music Education major. She was initiated in the spring of 2017. She sings in the Bradley Chorale and Community Choir and plays percussion in Bradley Symphonic Winds and Percussion Ensemble. She says, "I joined SAI to be a part of a wonderful organization with so many girls that share my same love of music." She can't wait to welcome new members into SAI and show them how great our sisterhood is. After college, Caitlyn plans to become a high school choir teacher in the Midwest area. We love you, Caitlyn!
Mikaela Hawkins is a junior Industrial Engineering major with a Business Administration minor. She plays the cello in Bradley's symphony orchestra, chamber ensemble, and weddings and musicals in the community. She is also a member of the Society of Women Engineers, the National Society of Leadership and Success, the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, and APICs. Mikaela joined SAI in the spring '15 semester to be apart of a nationally recognized organization that emphasizes a love and appreciation for music and promotes how far it really can take you in life, especially with a group of amazing women that support you through it all. SAI has really pushed her to become a more outgoing person and has helped her to appreciate the different skills that everyone brings to the group. After graduation she hopes to either go to grad school for Healthcare Systems Engineering or go straight into work as an Industrial Engineer and take classes along the way. Regardless of the path she chooses, she knows that she will always have SAI to lean on for love and encouragement. We love you, Mikaela!
2017-2018 Vice President, Ritual Cara Heinemann was initiated in the spring of 2016. She is an Elementary Education major and a Music minor. In the past, she has sung with the Women’s Choir and this year, she will be singing with the Bradley Chorale. Although she mostly sings, she has been known to dabble in percussion, which she will showcase through her involvement in the Percussion Ensemble this year as well! Amazingly, her grandma was one of the founding members of the Bradley chapter of SAI, all the way back in 1948. “She passed away before I started college, so I thought this would be a good way of honoring her and her musical legacy. I also joined because I knew all the members would be a great encouragement during my college journey.” Her favorite part of SAI is the aspect of fellowship and sisterhood – “I especially love how open and friendly our chapter is.” After college, Cara plans to teach elementary school. We love you, Cara!
2017-2018 Editor/Historian Kelsey Chapman was initiated in the spring of 2016. She is a Music Business and Marketing double major. She has sung in the Bradley Chorale, Women’s Choir, Community Chorus, and even the Gospel Choir. In addition to singing, she plays the trumpet in Basketball Band and is a member of Hilltop Studios, Musicians in Business, Bradley Fellows, and Serve. She joined SAI because she wanted to grow closer to other women who share her love of music. Her favorite part of SAI is the crafting we do on craft nights, of course! After college, Kelsey wants to work in marketing for a college athletics department. She also hopes to have dogs, as she really, really, really, loves dogs. We love you, Kelsey!
2017-2018 Chapter president Jaime Tollefson was initiated in the Fall of 2014. She is a senior elementary education major. Jaime’s connection to music on Bradley’s campus started with playing cello in the orchestra and continues with her wonderful involvement with SAI. She joined SAI because it became her home at Bradley. “SAI is a group of women that I know will always have my back no matter what. I’ve learned to accept everyone for who they are and been able to strive to be a rock for everyone else around me.” It also encourages her to step up and be a leader, and to become the best version of herself that she can. Her favorite part about SAI is her sisters: “It’s just the simple times where we hang out and laugh and cry with each other. Just deep connections and late night chats.” After college, Jaime will probably continue working as a Children’s Ministry Director at the encounter, but she would love to teach first grade at a public school. Last but not least, she plans on watching goat and cat videos. We love you, Jaime!
Cailey Platt was initiated in the Spring of 2016. She is an Elementary Education major who sings/has sung in the Women’s Choir and Bradley Chorale. She has also played clarinet in the Symphonic Band and Basketball Band. She joined SAI because music is a huge part of her life, and she wanted to share that with other people. Her favorite part includes the philanthropic side of SAI, and the sisterhood. “I have made many friends through SAI whether it be alumnae or current members.” She is excited to have a little and to show others what a wonderful organization and sisterhood SAI is. We love you, Cailey!
Eva Corona was initiated in the spring of 2017. She is a music education major who plays flute, but in addition to playing her flute in ensembles like the Bradley Symphonic Band or in the Bradley Basketball band, she has sung in Women’s Choir and Voce Femine! She is also a part of ALAS, a mentor program for minorities. Eva joined SAI because she loves music and wanted to be around people who feel the same, and now her favorite part about the organization is the people, and how they make it "feel like home." She looks forward to getting to do more crafts with her SAI sisters! We love you, Eva!
2017-2018 Sergeant at Arms Kollynn Rivera was initiated in the Spring of 2016 and plays violin in the Bradley Symphony Orchestra! She is an Accounting and Music Performance double major. She is also the Treasurer of CureSearch. She thought SAI would be a good way to get to know more people in the music community at Bradley. Her favorite part about SAI is being to volunteer and play music at a nursing home! After college, she hopes to work at an accounting firm and play in an orchestra. She is also low-key in love with Game of Thrones and her wiener dog. We love you, Kollynn!
Ali Stachowicz is a senior Music Education major and she sings alto in the Bradley Chorale and Chamber Singers. Ali joined SAI in the spring of 2017. She also belongs in a social sorority on campus. “I became a part of SAI because I wanted to deepen the connection I had with my classmates. I love feeling so connected with the music department and my peers." In the future, she hopes to teach high school choir at an inner-city school. Ali also loves to spend quality time with her pet rats, Sugar and Opal. We love you, Ali!
Hannah Gudeman is another initiate from the Spring of 2016. She is a junior music performance major who plays violin in the Bradley Symphony Orchestra and String Chamber Ensembles. Her favorite part about SAI is the people. “I love that my sisters have become my best friends and that I get to spend so much more time doing fun things and sharing music with all my friends.” She is most excited for SAI’s philanthropies. “I am excited for our fundraisers and the opportunities to give back to the community!” Some things we might not know about Hannah is that she has a cat named Cher, listens to showtunes exclusively, and is obsessed with Michael Scott. We love you, Hannah!
Jessica Everts is a sophomore Music Business major with a minor in International Studies from Milwaukee, WI. She was initiated in the spring of 2017. She plays violin and viola in the Bradley Symphony Orchestra and string chamber ensembles on campus. She is also a part of InterVasrity and Relay for Life. She joined SAI because she wanted to grow closer to all the women in the music department. She loves knowing that SAI is a growing group of passionate women, and Jessica’s favorite SAI memory is being initiated. She is looking forward to welcoming new members and seeing how everyone grows together through SAI. After college, Jessica plans to work in arts administration, working with symphony orchestras to keep their visions alive. We love you, Jessica!