Mu Beta Psi

Mu Beta Psi
Founded November 5, 1925
North Carolina State University
Type Service
Scope National
Colors      Red and      White
Flower Red and White American Beauty Rose
Chapters 19 lettered, 1 alumni
Headquarters Raleigh, North Carolina
United States

Mu Beta Psi National Honorary Musical Fraternity (ΜΒΨ) is a service and music fraternity with chapters and colonies at universities throughout the eastern United States.

Although an honorary fraternity, Mu Beta Psi views itself as primarily a music service group. Several of the chapters run scholarship programs and pride themselves on providing service to their music departments.

Any member of the fraternity is referred to as a "Brother" without regard to the member's sex. This practice comes from the fraternity's beginnings and is used in context as a designation of membership status, not gender.


Founding and Early Years

Mu Beta Psi National Honorary Musical Fraternity was founded on November 5, 1925 at North Carolina State College by Music Director Percy W. "Daddy" Price and a group of 12 men from the Class of 1926 who were involved in campus music organizations. The purposes of the Fraternity were to promote music in its proper place as an educational subject, foster a fellowship among musicians, and stimulate interest in music across the college campus. In the next few years, Price determined that the Fraternity was different from the other music groups on campus and deemed it worthy of growing into a national organization with multiple chapters.

With the addition of Beta Chapter at Davidson College in early 1929, Mu Beta Psi started to grow. Meetings of the two chapters in late 1929 and early 1930 resulted in the adoption of the Fraternity's Constitution, the founding of the National Organization, and the elections of the first National Officers. With a strong desire for Mu Beta Psi to realize its true potential, Price pushed hard for the Fraternity's expansion. Some of the earliest prospects included Wake Forest and William & Mary.

Unfortunately, Price's life was cut short by a heart attack in 1933. His successor as Music Director, Christian D. Kutschinski, continued to promote Mu Beta Psi. He became National Executive Secretary in the mid-1930s and sought to expand the Fraternity wherever and whenever possible.

Despite the challenges of the Great Depression and Beta Chapter going inactive, Delta Chapter was established at Clemson College in 1937. Alpha and Delta Chapters would remain active side-by-side for the next 68 years.[1]

World War II and the 1950s

World War II brought about new challenges for Mu Beta Psi. As many students graduated and others entered the armed forces to fight overseas, Chapter activity was limited. With the war's successful conclusion, Kutschinski helped Delta Chapter reorganize and increase its active membership. Alpha and Delta Chapters met for a National Convention in 1949.

The 1950s saw the majority of Chapter activities take place on the local level, with minimal collaboration between the Chapters. Despite a desire to meet for a Convention every year, they would not do so until 1957.

The 1960s and the Era of Development

The 1961 National Convention marked an important milestone for Mu Beta Psi. It was at this meeting that the National Constitution was amended to allow membership to women. Additionally, a national publication was created, which would become known as The Clef. New expansion efforts were also put into place. This Convention also became the first of an unbroken chain of annual Conventions that continues to this day.

The 1960s is considered the first Era of Development. The Fraternity saw additional changes in both leadership and expansion. Kutschinski stepped down as National Executive Secretary in 1962. Three years later, Ralph W. Daniel was elected to the position and would serve for the next 18 years. Two new Chapters were installed, the first in nearly two decades. One was Epsilon Chapter at Washington & Lee University in 1965, which would remain active for nearly 20 years. The other was Zeta Chapter at Michigan Technological University in 1967, which was the result of a successful merger with Tri-Beta. Zeta remains active to this day. 1965 also saw the adoption of the Editor of The Clef as a National Officer. "Hail the Spirit," written by Milton C. Bliss, was adopted as the Fraternity Song in 1967.

The 1970s and 1980s

The Fraternity continued a period of gradual growth in the 1970s and 1980s. The Alumni Association was formally established in early 1970, providing college graduates with a Chapter to continue their participation in the Fraternity's activities. The short-lived Eta Chapter was installed at VMI in mid-1970. Theta Chapter was established at Saint Augustine's College in 1973, and remained active for 13 years. Iota Chapter was established at Duke University in 1981 and went inactive 3 years later. Kappa Chapter was established at Wofford College in 1989 and stayed active for 7 years. The mid-1980s also saw the creation of the Permanent Board of Trustees for the purpose of ensuring stability in the organization. The first members of the Permanent Board included Wallace DesChamps, Charlie Emki, David Wilson and Bryan Reamer.

Reorganization and Expansion in the 1990s

A second Era of Development began in the early 1990s. The National Organization underwent a reorganization with the division of responsibilities and the creation of new national offices, including the Vice President of Chapter Maintenance, Vice President of Expansion, National Treasurer, and National Historian. The National Constitution was revised and approved in 1996. Three members of the Permanent Board resigned and were replaced by Joseph Bledsoe, Timothy Kudlock, and Gayle Kirby. Another resignation a few years later resulted in confirmation of Benjamin Griffeth to the Board. In terms of expansion efforts, Lambda Chapter was established at Anderson College in 1991, only to go inactive a year later. Mu Chapter was established in 1993 at UNC-Chapel Hill, and it would remain active for 19 years. The Fraternity also extended northward with the establishment of Nu Chapter at SUNY Oswego in 1994 and Xi Chapter at Saint Vincent College in 1996. Nu is currently active and Xi remained active for 10 years.

The 21st Century

The 2000s saw Matthew Zander and Andrew Fleming confirmed to the Permanent Board. The Fraternity also saw the establishment of five new Chapters—the largest period of growth to date. Omicron Chapter was established at Roanoke College in 2001. In 2007, the Brothers of Mu Upsilon Alpha at Rutgers University merged with Mu Beta Psi to establish Pi Chapter. Rho Chapter was established at Northern Michigan University in 2008. A year later, Mu Beta Psi crossed the Mississippi River for the first time with the establishment of Sigma Chapter at Saint Louis University in 2009, although it would quickly go inactive. In 2011, Mu Beta Psi established Tau Chapter at American University in Washington, DC.

Over the years, through the accomplishments and the challenges, the purposes of Mu Beta Psi have remained the same. Brothers remained steadfast as musicians on their college campuses, and sought to promote, advance, and celebrate music in both their schools and their communities. They remained committed to service and volunteered their time and talents to ensure that their musical programs were successful. Mu Beta Psi brings together individuals from every background imaginable, united through a common love of music and a desire to advance it wherever possible.


The chapters were named in order of their acceptance to Mu Beta Psi. Chapters are:

ChapterLocationCharteredStatus (Inactive Date)
Alpha (Α)North Carolina State UniversityNovember 5, 1925Active
Beta (Β)Davidson CollegeFebruary 9, 1929Inactive (ca. 1935)
Gamma (Γ)Never Chartered†N/AN/A
Delta (Δ)Clemson UniversityJanuary 16, 1937Inactive (2005)
Epsilon (Ε)Washington and Lee UniversityApril 11, 1965Inactive (ca. 1986)
Zeta (Ζ)Michigan Technological UniversityNovember 23, 1967Active
Eta (Η)Virginia Military InstituteMay 5, 1970Inactive (1971)
Theta (Θ)St. Augustine's CollegeNovember 22, 1973Inactive (ca. 1987)
Iota (Ι)Duke UniversityMarch 1, 1981Inactive (ca. 1984)
Kappa (Κ)Wofford CollegeFebruary 19, 1989Active
Lambda (Λ)Anderson UniversityApril 24, 1991Inactive (1992)
Mu (Μ)University of North Carolina at Chapel HillApril 4, 1993Inactive (2012)
Nu (Ν)State University of New York at OswegoApril 10, 1994Active
Xi (Ξ)Saint Vincent CollegeNovember 17, 1996Inactive (2006)
Omicron (Ο)Roanoke CollegeMarch 31, 2001Active
Pi (Π)Rutgers UniversityOctober 7, 2007Active
Rho (Ρ)Northern Michigan UniversityNovember 16, 2008Active
Sigma (Σ)St. Louis UniversityNovember 7, 2009Inactive (2010)
Tau (Τ)American UniversityApril 10, 2011Active
Alumni Association‡N/AMarch 21, 1970Active

† Gamma Chapter was never formally designated; Percy W. Price died before a school could be finalized and a Charter issued, and the effort was lost. Records indicate that Gamma Chapter was to be established at The College of William and Mary, but colonization efforts were ultimately unsuccessful.

‡ The Mu Beta Psi Alumni Association is a separate organization, but considered an active chapter. The Alumni Association is open to alumni of all Mu Beta Psi chapters, active or otherwise.

National Presidents

The following is a list of the National Presidents of Mu Beta Psi since the establishment of the Fraternity's National Organization in 1929. The Office was vacant on two separate occasions. The first was from 1932 through 1957, although Christian D. Kutschinski used the title National President interchangeably with National Executive Secretary during that time. The second instance was between 1958 when Wade Hicks resigned and the 1961 National Convention.

1Joseph Carson Matthews, Jr.Alpha1929-1930
2Paul Brown FryBeta1930-1931
3John Perkins RabbAlpha1931-1932
*Office Vacant*1932-1957
4Wade H. HicksDelta1957-1958
*Office Vacant*1958-1961
5George M. "Buddy" O'KelleyDelta1961-1963
6Ralph W. DanielAlpha1963-1964
7Horace E. HudsonDelta1964-1965
8Thomas J. TisdaleDelta1965-1966
9Robert B. KirkpatrickDelta1966-1967
10Owen CordleAlpha1967-1968
11James W. ChaneyAlpha1968-1969
12Jacob A. HouckAlpha1969-1971
13William M. AgeeEpsilon1971-1972
14David A. Powers, IIIEpsilon1972-1973
15Thomas L. "Larry" SloanDelta1973-1974
16Timothy LipseyDelta1974-1975
17Tony R. StapletonDelta1975-1976
18Quentin JacksonTheta1976-1977
19Jeff PaulsonZeta1977-1978
20Kerney D. SmoakDelta1978-1979
21Jeff SmithZeta1979-1980
22Richard D. WittDelta1980-1981
23Cindy SharpAlpha1981-1982
24Larry PerryAlpha1982-1983
25Gayle E. "Charlie" MurrayAlpha1983-1984
26Mary A. SeabrookDelta1984-1985
27Wallace P. DesChamps, Jr.Delta1985-1987
28Laura RencontreZeta1987-1988
29Tamron L. "Tammy" TantDelta1988-1989
30Timothy S. KudlockDelta1989-1991
31James K. BrockAlpha1991-1992
32Timothy "Tyler" ClarkAlpha1992-1994
33Jeffrey R. BodwayZeta1994-1996
34Allison SchwambergerAlpha1996-1997
35Matthew RushingAlpha1997-1998
36Kelly SmithNu1998-1999
37Christopher D. RodkeyXi1999-2001
38Jonathon R. FielbrandtZeta2001-2002
39Ryan R. HauckDelta2002-2004
40Phillip G. StatenOmicron2004-2007
41Andrew J. FlemingZeta2007-2009
42Garrett CoopermanNu2009-2011
43Christopher CiarlarielloPi2011-2013
44Ariane OsterwaldTau2013-2014
45Ian SchaeferRho2014-2015
46Sarah FeutzAlpha2015–2016
47Chrissy L. FlemingMu2016–Present

Notable alumni


  1. Craver, Curtis (2000). The History of Music at North Carolina State University. NCSU Music Department: NCSU Department of Music.
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