ARTICLE I. Name and Purpose
SECTION 1. Name
The name of this organization shall be the Society of Pi Kappa Lambda.
SECTION 2. Purpose
This Society is established 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. This objective is to be achieved through selection and recognition of those juniors, seniors, and graduate students who have demonstrated superior achievement in a program of instruction offered by the institution in which the chapter is established.
ARTICLE II. Chapters
SECTION 1. Locations
Chapters of this Society may be established in institutions of higher learning which are accredited by a recognized accrediting association, and which maintain curricula leading to degrees in music that have been considered acceptable by the officers of this Society.
SECTION 2. Petitions
SECTION 3. Installation Expenses
At the installation of the chapter, the President, or a duly authorized agent, will represent the Society; installation and travel expenses are the responsibility of the applicant institution.
SECTION 4. Charter
The form of the charter shall be as follows:
TO ALL WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME, GREETING:
Be it known that a charter for the establishment of a charter of the Society of Pi Kappa Lambda at xxxx is hereby granted to the following named persons as Charter Members, conveying to them and to their elected associates and successors all the privileges conferred by the Constitution of the Society (list of 6 charter members)
In witness whereof, the signature of the President and the Executive Director and the Seal of the Society are hereunto affixed on this, the date_ day of month in the year of our Lord 20xx.
SECTION 5. Officers
The executive officers of each chapter shall be a president, a vice president, a secretary and a treasurer, or a secretary–treasurer, who shall hold office for two years, or until their successors are elected. Faculty members of the chapter shall serve as officers with the exception that alumni, emeriti, and graduate students are eligible for office at the discretion of the chapter.
SECTION 6. Faculty Committee
The Faculty Committee of each chapter shall consist of members of the music faculty who are members of the Society of Pi Kappa Lambda.
SECTION 7. Meetings
Each chapter shall have at least one meeting during the year. The quorum required at a meeting shall be determined by the chapter bylaws.
SECTION 8. Chapter Bylaws
The bylaws of each chapter shall conform as reasonably as possible to the Suggested Bylaws provided in the Handbook of the Society. The Executive Director must be notified of any major deviations. See the note following Article VI of the Suggested Bylaws.
SECTION 9. Revocation
ARTICLE III. Membership
SECTION 1. Eligibility
The membership of the Society shall be open to music faculty, junior, senior, and graduate students majoring in music, subject to the following restrictions:
SECTION 2. Election Procedure
SECTION 3. Chapter Report
SECTION 4. In Absentia
Under special conditions approved by the Faculty Committee, a candidate for membership in Pi Kappa Lambda may be accepted in absentia provided the person has been fully informed concerning the purpose, goals, and procedures of the Society as outlined in the Handbook.
SECTION 5. Transfers
A member of any chapter who may become connected with another institution in which there is a chapter shall be entitled to enroll as a member of the latter chapter. To accomplish the transfer, request must be made to the Executive Director providing member's original chapter and key number or year of induction. When the transfer has been completed and recorded in the national roster, the chapters concerned will be notified.
SECTION 6. Honorary Members
The conferral of honorary membership in the Society is the responsibility of the Board of Regents. Each chapter may nominate for election to Honorary Membership musicians of unquestioned national eminence in the profession who have rendered signal service in the advancement of the art. No candidate whose faculty status ensures eligibility for election in accordance with the stipulations in Section 1.a. of this same Article may be elected to such membership. Furthermore, no chapter shall nominate for Honorary Membership a graduate of another institution in which there is a chapter of the Society without the consent of the chapter. The Secretary of the chapter proposing such elections shall submit in writing to the Executive Director and through that officer to the Board of Regents, the names, records and affiliations of said nominees for consideration and approval. The approval of a two–thirds majority of the Board of Regents shall be necessary for election. Honorary Membership shall be conferred only when the recipient is present for the induction ceremony. While Honorary Membership is a national honor conferred by the Board of Regents, local chapters may recognize other individuals as their officers deem appropriate.
b. Honorary members shall be entitled to all of the benefits of the Society including the right to attend and partake in meetings and conventions. They shall not have the right to vote or to hold office.
ARTICLE IV. National Officers
SECTION 1. Officers
The officers of the Society shall be a president and a vice president elected by the General Convention for a term of two years and who may not serve more than two terms successively. An Executive Director shall be appointed by the Board of Regents for a renewable three–year term and shall serve as an ex officio member of the Board.
SECTION 2. Duties
ARTICLE V. Board of Regents
SECTION 1. Membership
The Board of Regents shall consist of the national officers, all past
presidents so long as they actively hold a full–time academic position, and two associate regents elected by the General Convention for four–year terms staggered to provide a succession of a new associate regent in each convention year. The terms of office shall begin the first of January following the General Convention. The President and the Executive Director shall be chairman and secretary of the Board respectively.
SECTION 2. Duties
SECTION 3. Committee
The President, in consultation with the Vice President and Executive Director, shall appoint committees to assist the Executive Director in carrying out society initiatives, such as Finance, Nominating, General Convention, and Commissioning Committees. During the intervening years between conventions an Executive Committee consisting of the President, Vice President, immediate Past President, Executive Director, and one Associate Regent may meet at the call of the President to discuss other business that shall come before the Convention, subject to the approval of the Board of Regents.
ARTICLE VI. General Convention
SECTION 1. Authority
The supreme authority of the Society is vested in a General Convention consisting of the members of the Board of Regents and elected delegates from the several chapters. The General Convention shall have jurisdiction over all the affairs of the Society, and shall establish such offices and officers not herein provided for as may be found expedient. In addition the Convention shall have power to interpret all provisions of the Constitution, and shall elect by majority vote the national president, vice president, and associate regents of the Society. The General Convention may be held using online conferencing technology, should that be determined by the Board of Regents to be an appropriate or cost-effective way of conducting the business of the association.
SECTION 2. Chapter Representation
Each chapter shall be represented by one delegate chosen from its members.
SECTION 3. Delegates and Expenses
The expense of each delegate attending a General Convention shall be paid by the individual or his/her chapter. When attending a General Convention the expenses of the Board of Regents shall be paid by the Society.
SECTION 4. Voting
In the General Convention, each Regent and each chapter shall have one vote.
SECTION 5. Time of Meeting
The General Convention (or an online equivalent) shall convene once every two years at such time and place as may be determined by the Board of Regents. A special convention shall be called by the President on the written request of two–thirds of the chapters, and three months' notice shall be given each chapter of the date and special objects of such convention.
SECTION 6. Order of Business
The suggested order of business at any convention may be as follows:
SECTION 7. Quorum
A majority of the registered delegates shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at the convention.
ARTICLE VII. Fees, Dues, Fiscal Year
SECTION 1. Membership Fee
Before admission each candidate shall pay to the Society of Pi Kappa Lambda through its chapter treasurer a membership fee as established by the Board of Regents. The registered member shall receive the insignia key, the certificate of membership and national membership registration.
SECTION 2. Chapter Dues
Each chapter shall have the authority to determine its own dues.
SECTION 3. Fiscal Year
The fiscal year of the Society shall be from January 1 to December 31, with which dates the chapter fiscal year shall coincide.
ARTICLE VIII. Distribution of Assets Upon Dissolution
Upon dissolution of the Society of Pi Kappa Lambda for any reason whatever, the assets of the Society regardless of their nature or location, or proceeds from sale thereof, shall be applied to the establishment of scholarships for the study of music or for other purposes for the furtherance of the study of music as the Board of Regents designate.
ARTICLE IX. Insignia and Seal
SECTION 1. Insignia
SECTION 2. Seal
The official seal of the Society shall consist of the badge, enclosed with a circle around which shall be a row of stars with the words:
"Incorporated, A.D. 1918."
ARTICLE X. Amendments
This Constitution may be amended by a three–fourths favorable vote of any General Convention or by a majority favorable vote of any General Convention supported by a three–fourths favorable vote of all the chapters. It shall be the duty of the Executive Director to submit to the chapters any amendments which have received only a majority vote of the General Convention, and the action of the several chapters will be reported by the Executive Director of the Board of Regents, who shall forward same to all chapters of the Society attested by the President.