Frequently Asked Questions


How do I join PKL?

Membership in Pi Kappa Lambda is an honor and by invitation only. Invitations are extended to undergraduate and graduate music students, and faculty by election of faculty who are members in a Pi Kappa Lambda chapter. Elections and invitations are in accordance to the Pi Kappa Lambda Constitution and Bylaws.

What are the guidelines for electing a candidate for membership?

Here are abbreviated explanations. Complete guidelines are defined in the Constitution, Article III, Section 1, found in the PKL Handbook.

College juniors who are music majors and whose academic achievements fall within the top 10% of the junior class.

College graduating seniors who are music majors and whose academic achievements fall within the top 20% of the senior class.

Graduate students (viz. Masters, Doctorate) in music whose academic grades contain no fewer than two-thirds of the credits of the grade A.

Music faculty who have completed at least two years of academic service and are deemed by the PKL Faculty Committee to be qualified.

What do new members receive?

Each new member recieves a Pi Kappa Lambda gold key, either as a pin or pendant (new member's choice), and a certificate of membership signed by the President of the Board of Regents and the Executive Director.

What are Certificates of Honor? Are these different from Certificates of Membership?

Certificates of Honor are awards that may be presented to outstanding freshman or sophomore music majors who are not yet eligible for membership. They are available as "plain" or "personalized." Plain certificates are completed and signed by the chapter President. Personalized certificates are completed with the recipient's name and date of award engraved on the certificate. Both may be ordered from the National Office using the Supply Order form. If ordering personalized certificates, you must submit the names and class rank of the student to the National Office with the Supply Order. The supply order form is available on the Forms page.

Certificates of Membership are awarded to the newly inducted members of Pi Kappa Lambda. These are complemented with a PKL key in the form of a pin or pendant.

Where is the PKL National Office?

The National Office of Pi Kappa Lambda is hosted in the Conservatory of Music on the Capital University campus. It has been at this location since 2006. Prior offices have been located at The Ohio State University and the original home at Northwestern University.

I lost my pin/pendant/certificate. How do I order a replacement?

Replacement  PKL keys (pin or pendant) and/or certificates of membership can be ordered from the National Office. Replacement Order forms, complete with prices and directions for ordering may be found on the Forms page. Please NOTE that replacement certificates will be engraved with the original induction date, but the signatures of the President and Executive Director will be the current officers.

My name is mispelled on my certificate. How do I get that corrected?

Notify the National Office immediately. If the error occurred in the National Office or the printing it can be replaced at no charge IF the National Office is notified within one month of receiving the certificate. If the error occurred in the chapter's registration, the chapter will be charged for the replacement.