The Beta Gamma chapter currently has 20 beautiful members!
2016-2017 Editor/Historian Clara Capriotti was initiated in the Spring of 2013. She started as Music Performance major and added Music Education her junior year. Although flute is her primary instrument for ensembles such as the Bradley Symphonic Winds and the Bradley Symphony Orchestra, she also plays recorders in the Collegium Musicum and the tenor saxophone in the Bradley Jazz Ensemble. She was attracted to SAI because the people seemed nice and because she had a love for music: “Little did I know how strong the bond in SAI is. I love my sisters and watching them flourish in SAI makes me so proud. I know this organization has helped me grow and I love seeing it do the same for new sisters. Keeping that opportunity available for future sisters is so important for me.” After college, Clara plans on teaching music in a school while maintaining a private flute studio, maybe eventually returning to school for graduate studies. Most importantly, she hopes to befriend many cats. We love you, Clara!
Kayla Michaels was recently 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’s also a member of Kappa Delta Sorority. 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!
2016-2017 Chapter president Maggie Sloter was initiated in the Spring of 2013. She graduated with a degree in trombone performance last spring, but she is back to pursue her graduate studies in Non-Profit Leadership! In her time at Bradley, she has truly utilized her many talents in several ensembles, including the Bradley Symphonic Winds, the Bradley Jazz Ensemble (lead trombone and featured vocalist), the Bradley Symphony Orchestra, the Collegium Musicum (where she has also been known to play some recorder), the Bradley Trombone Quartet, and the Bradley Brass Ensemble. In addition to singing and playing, she’s been a strong voice in student organizations on campus, previously president of Musicians in Business and Vice President of 24 Hours of Music. She was drawn to SAI because her older sister, Dana, was president of Pi chapter at Drake! She is thankful to SAI for helping her make stronger connections with people, whether she’s meeting them for the first time or with someone she already knows. After college, Maggie would like to work for the Make a Wish Foundation. We love you, Maggie!
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, Jordan Avellino is a Vocal Performance and Marketing double major. She sings with the Chorale, Community Choir, and Chamber Singers, while also being a member of the Chi Omega, 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. Eventually, she wants to market theatre or music-so she can always be a part of what she loves. 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!
2016-2017 Vice President, Ritual Molly Wilson is a junior 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 involved with Cru, the Campus Crusade for Christ. She joined SAI because she wanted to have that special bond of music and friendship with her colleagues in the music community. She feels SAI has helped her appreciate the beauty in the everyday tasks of music classes and practicing as it really instills gratitude for being able to pursue music, but Molly’s favorite part about SAI is her fellow members. “They encourage me, make me laugh, and make me a better person.” She loves meeting new faces during recruitment and knowing those faces might soon be a new sister in SAI! 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 plans to attend graduate school to get a masters degree in violin performance. She will also be drinking lots of Coca-Cola. We love you, Molly!
2016-2017 Treasurer 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!
Autumn Bitner is an Accounting and Music Business double major who was initiated in the spring of 2016. She plays flute and piccolo in the Bradley Symphonic Winds, Bradley Symphony Orchestra, and Basketball Band. Autumn’s favorite part of SAI is “spending time with all of these wonderful ladies. I joined SAI to get close to the people that I have common interests with, that understand what it’s like to have a passion for music.” She loves recruitment and getting to see the chapter grow. After Bradley, Autumn would like to get involved with the financial aspect of a music company. We love you, Autumn!
2016-2017 Corresponding Secretary Natasha Alley was initiated in the spring of 2014. She is a music education major who plays viola, but in addition to playing her viola in ensembles like the Bradley Symphony Orchestra or in Bradley String Chamber Ensembles, she has sung in Women’s Choir and Voce Femine! Natasha joined SAI because she wanted to become closer to people in the music department, and now her favorite part about the organization is the people, and how they are like her family. “SAI has helped me grow more comfortable with being myself around others. Because I’m so close with many of the girls in our chapter, I can be goofy and comfortable around them, which I was never able to say before joining.” She looks forward to seeing the chapter grow, as well as the love of music in the young women that choose to join our organization. After college, Natasha would like to teach either junior high or high school orchestra, and eventually teach collegiate music theory. We love you, Natasha!
2016-2017 Sargent-at-Arms 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!
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!
Kelsey Chapman was initiated in the spring of 2016. She is a Music Business and Marketing double major. She has sung in the Women’s Choir, Community Chorus, and even the Gospel Choir. This year, Kelsey will also be a member of the Bradley Chorale! 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 the marketing department of a record label. She also hopes to have a dog/s, as she really, really, really, loves dogs. We love you, Kelsey!
2016-2017 Vice President, Membership 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 or become a full time staff member at Camp of Champions USA. 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!
Kollyn 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, Kollyn!
2016-2017 Recording Secretary Julia Dunne is a sophomore nursing major and she sings alto in the Bradley Chorale. Julia joined SAI in the spring of 2016. She also belongs in a social sorority on campus and takes part in a women's empowerment monologue show. “I became a part of SAI because I wanted to know more about Bradley's music department and have relationships with the professors and students in the department. I love being in SAI because all the members are very close and I can be completely comfortable with myself around everyone. So far the women of SAI have entrusted me as their recording secretary, which was very exciting for me because I accepted the position as a freshman. “ The philanthropies are what stood out most to her while going through the new member education. The philanthropies along with the values are what made her want to be apart of the sisterhood. In the future, she hopes to be a pediatric nurse and eventually get her nurse practitioners degree. “I am not your average member but I love music so much so I couldn't imagine my college career without it!” We love you, Julia!
Hannah Gudeman is another recent initiate from the Spring of 2016. She is a sophomore 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!