Welcome to the Alpha Chapter web site of Mu Beta Psi, a National Honorary Musical Fraternity!
One of the nation's oldest music Fraternities, Mu Beta Psi has been dedicated to music service, excellence, and fellowship for over 80 years. Because we do not require our members to be music majors, Mu Beta Psi's Alpha Chapter provides an opportunity for all music lovers to serve NC State's campus and the surrounding community.
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Mu Beta Psi was founded at North Carolina State University on November 5, 1925 by Major Percy W. Price. Percy "Daddy" Price was in charge of the military band at first, and became the founder and director of the Music Program at the University. He founded Mu Beta Psi with the goal of bringing together the musicians in different ensembles and creating a family within the Music Department.
Until his death in the 1930s, Price was a leader of Mu Beta Psi, working on expanding the Fraternity into nearby colleges. He succeeded in colonizing at Davidson College and the College of William and Mary.
In the years after Price's death, Alpha Chapter continued to evolve. Helped through the difficult times of the Depression and World War II by Brothers such as Major Christian Kutschinski, Alpha Chapter managed to stay active and to help other Chapters to do the same.
Over the years, the focus of the Fraternity shifted from mostly honorary to social, taking on duties of service to music and to the North Carolina State Music Department. Today the Fraternity has active Chapters in North Carolina, Virginia, Michigan, New York, and New Jersey.
Mu Beta Psi is founded on four purposes, which we try to include in everything we do. They are the heart and soul of our organization, providing a solid basis for us to continue to serve music and the music community. From our social gatherings to our scholarship, whatever we do has at least one of these admirable principles in mind.
The purposes of Mu Beta Psi are to honor outstanding musicians, stimulate interest in musical ensembles, advance music to its proper place as an educational subject, and to actively promote fellowship among musicians everywhere.