Kappa Gamma Psi (ΚΓΨ) is a performing arts fraternity in the United States that was founded in 1913. Its last surviving collegiate chapter (Iota) went inactive in 2008, but the National Organization continues and is founding alumni chapters. Its membership was restricted to males, before it became coeducational in the 1970s.
The fraternity o had chapters at 13 universities throughout the United States (the New England Conservatory, the University of Michigan, Ithaca College, the Boston Conservatory, the University of Utah, Pennsylvania State University, Boston University, the University of Alabama, Louisiana State University, Louisiana Tech University, the Chicago Musical College, the Cincinnati School of Music, and DePaul University). Iota Chapter, at Ithaca College in upstate New York (founded in 1929), the last active chapter, went inactive in 2008. Members of several former chapters remain in contact and gather periodically.
Kappa Gamma Psi Iota chapter (Ithaca College) used to sponsor a competition for new compositions. The widely performed band composition The Leaves Are Falling, by the American composer Warren Benson, was commissioned by Kappa Gamma Psi in 1963. Deux Preludes, a work for flute, clarinet, and bassoon by the Czech-born composer Karel Husa, was commissioned by the Iota chapter in 1966. Elie Siegmeister's Sextet for Brass and Percussion was commissioned in 1966. In 1974, the Iota chapter commissioned Alfred Reed's Double Wind Quintet.
William L. Whitney