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Matching Grants Project 2015

Recipients for the 2015 PKL Matching Grant for Special Projects have been selected. Visit the Grants page for further details.

Spring 2015

It is time to prepare for Spring inductions of new members. All materials may be downloaded from this site. Don't hesitate to contact the PKL National Office if you have questions or need assistance.

Commissioned Music Project 2015

Nominations are being accepted now for the PKL Chamber Work Commissioned Project 2016. Visit the Commissioned Music Project page for further details.

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About PKL

Purpose of Pi Kappa Lambda

The purpose of this Society is  to provide an organization dedicated to the furtherance of music in education and education in music in colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning, which offer music degree programs in one or more fields.

The primary objective of the Society is the recognition and encouragement of the highest level of musical achievement and academic scholarship.

The Society is convinced that recognizing and honoring persons who have enhanced their talents by serious, diligent, and intelligent study will stimulate others to do the same.

Historical Sketch

Since the aim of the educative process is the stimulation of the student toward the highest level of achievement within his or her capabilities, outstanding accomplishment should be accorded particular recognition.

In an attempt to provide such recognition, the Alumni Association of the School of Music at Northwestern University in 1916 appointed a committee to consider the feasibility of installing an honor society in the field of music.  Serving on the committee were Carl Milton Beecher, Louis Norton Dodge, and Walter Allen Stults.  As a result of their labors, Pi Kappa Lambda was granted a charter by the State of Illinois in 1918.

The first member was Peter Christian Lutkin, Dean of the School of Music at Northwestern University.  His initials in their Greek equivalents were selected for the name of the Society: Pi Kappa Lambda. Dean Lutkin was issued key number one of the Society.

The course of the organization has been one of continuing expansion.  Election to membership in Pi Kappa Lambda has been indicative of superior attainment in music, together with the personal qualifications pertaining to an outstanding exponent of the art.

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