The Chi Omega Symphony has reflected the purposes of Chi Omega members since its composition in 1904 by Ethel Switzer Howard on the eve of her initiation into the Xi Chapter of Chi Omega at Northwestern University.

The Chi Omega Symphony was written in 1904 by Ethel Switzer Howard, a pledge of Xi Chapter at Northwestern University.  She write the poem in preparation for her initiation and felt that the words exemplified goals to which Chi Omegas aspired.  The friendships of Chi Omega are compared to a symphony.   While one musical instrument playing alone is pleasant, when all instruments are blended together, they make beautiful harmony.  So it is with Chi Omega...   

To live constantly above snobbery of word or deed; to place scholarship
before social obligations and character before appearances; to be in the
best sense democratic rather than "exclusive," and lovable rather than
"popular"; to work earnestly, to speak kindly, to act sincerely, to choose
thoughtfully that course which occasion and conscience demand; to be
womanly always; to be discouraged never; in a word, to be loyal under
any and all circumstances to my fraternity and her highest teachings and
to have her welfare ever at heart so that she may be a symphony of high
purpose and helpfulness in which there is no discordant note.