Lambda Delta Chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda

Pi Kappa Lambda

The national music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda was founded in 1918 at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and has grown to over 200 active chapters dedicated to the fostering of artistic excellence and scholarly inquiry in the field of music. The Society is the only music organization recognized by the National Association of College Honor Societies. Unlike a fraternity or an honorary recognition society, membership in Pi Kappa Lambda must be earned: invitation by a chapter is duly voted on and extended in accordance with the Society’s Constitution. 

Tennessee State University’s installation of the new Lambda Delta Chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda and induction of the founding student class were held on March 25, 2020. The Covid-19 crisis necessitated that the founding ceremony be held completely via Zoom, making it the first ever virtual installation of a Pi Kappa Lambda chapter. The ceremony was officiated by Pi Kappa Lambda Regent Dr. Mark Wait, and was attended virtually by many students, faculty, University administrators, and Society Executive Director, Mark Lochstampfor.   

Lambda Delta Chapter

The objective of the Lambda Delta Chapter is to recognize artistic and academic excellence and encourage outstanding musicianship and academic achievements in music education, music entrepreneurship, performance studies, and music scholarship. The Chapter also recognizes academic integrity as an important ethical consideration in the review process. Students are elected to membership in Pi Kappa Lambda by the Chapter’s Faculty Committee, which annually reviews and nominates the candidates from among the top 20% of junior and senior classes and the top 10% of the graduate class. 
Music students are encouraged to contact the chapter officers or the Music Office with any inquiries about membership criteria.  Please peruse the national society web link for further information: https://www.pikappalambda.org/about

Tennessee State University Inductees of Pi Kappa Lambda

2020 Founding Class Inductees

Junior: 
Jabril Muhammad (Music Education)

Senior: 
Natasha Maclin (Music Education)
Andrew Walker (Commercial Music)
Jakori Hollinger (Music)
Julien Dooley (Commercial Music)
Devin Pride (Commercial Music)
Darien Phillips (Commercial Music)

Graduate: 
Michelene McKinney (M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction–Music Education)
Jordan Thomas (M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction–Music Education)

2021 Class Inductees

Junior: 
Torrance Buntyn (Music Education)
Sydney Verge (Music)
Katelynn Virgous (Commercial Music)

Senior:
Calandrea Williams (Music)

Lambda Delta Chapter Officers
Dr. Ljerka Rasmussen, President
Dr. Joseph Van Dyke, Secretary
Dr. Kaylina Madison Crawley, Treasurer