The Nominating Committee of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, chaired by Immediate Past National President Dr. Darhyl Ramsey, met in November 2005 to consider nominations for four National Executive Committee positions open for election during the 2006 National Convention. The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce its selections for the official slate of nominees for these important positions.
Other nominations will be welcomed from the National Assembly floor during the legislative sessions of the National Convention. For more information on the procedure by which one can be nominated from the floor, please refer to the National Constitution and/or contact the National Headquarters.
—–Nominee for National President—–
Dr. Richard A. Crosby, Eta-Omicron (Cincinnati) ’75
Richard Crosby holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education (1979), a Master of Music degree in Piano and Wind Conducting (1981) and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano (1990) from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Dr. Crosby was appointed to the faculty of Eastern Kentucky University in 1986 where he serves as Professor of Music. Initiated in 1975 into the Eta-Omicron chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the fraternity for men in music, Dr. Crosby served as Collegiate Province Representative for the fraternity’s Province 3, and has served since 1988 as Governor of Province 25. He was a trustee of the Sinfonia Foundation from 1988-97, served as committeeman-at-large and National Secretary/Treasurer on the National Executive Committee from 1988-94, and served as National President from 1994-97. He was once again elected National President in 2003 and is currently a trustee on the Sinfonia Educational Foundation.
Dr. Crosby’s compact disc/cassette recording, “An American Portrait,” released in 1994, features works of Charles Griffes, Amy Beach, William Grant Still, David Guion, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Lee Hoiby and George Gershwin. In addition, his new edition of William Grant Still’s “Seven Traceries” has been published by William Grant Still Music.
Dr. Crosby is the composer of a number of art songs and a Trombone Sonata which is being published by the ITA Press. His latest project is a large-scale symphonic band work entitled, “Appalachian Variations,” written in celebration of the Centennial of Eastern Kentucky University.
—-Nominee for National Vice President—–
John A. Mongiovi, Upsilon Psi (South Florida) ’94
John Mongiovi was initiated in April 1994 into the Upsilon Psi Chapter at the University of South Florida in Tampa, and into the Mu Chapter at University of Oklahoma in April 2003. He joined the Fraternity as a graduate student in music theory after receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology/pre-med. from Rollins College. Brother Mongiovi served as President of Upsilon Psi Chapter from the fall of 1994 until 1995, at which time he was elected Collegiate Province Representative of Province 13. During his second term as CPR, Brother Mongiovi served as a delegate to the 1997 assembly and was elected Chairman of the CPRs’ Council for the triennium 1997-2000. The 2000 National Assembly elected Brother Mongiovi to a six-year term as committeeman-at-large, at which time he was also appointed National Historian. He currently serves in both of these positions and is also a Trustee of The Sinfonia Educational Foundation. As the originator of the Ossian Everett Mills Music Mission and author of many articles, guides, and ceremonies that are central to the Sinfonian experience, Brother Mongiovi has been instrumental in articulating the identity and the philosophy of the Fraternity and has traveled the country to speak at over 160 gatherings of Sinfonians.
Brother Mongiovi is a nationally certified and state licensed hypnotist and owner of Mind-Body Dynamics, LLC, which provides educational and therapeutic services in hypnosis, intuitive development, and energy techniques. In his profession he helps other use the power of the mind to bring about positive change in their lives and transform the world around them. Brother Mongiovi currently resides in Evansville, Indiana.
—–Nominee for Committeeman-At-Large—–
Walter C. Riley, Zeta Iota (Howard) ’98
Walter C. Riley, originally from Detroit, Michigan, received his B.A. in Music Education, percussion, from Howard University (2005), in Washington, D.C. He was initiated into the Zeta Iota Chapter in 1998, and served his chapter as President, Treasurer, Historian, and Alumni Secretary, and also served as the chartering Fraternity Education Officer to the Pi Eta Chapter at Morgan State University.
Walter was elected as the Province 27 Collegiate Province Representative in 2001 and Chairman of the CPRs’ Council in 2003. As Chairman, he has led the Council in the development of Guidelines for Documentation of Probationary Membership Programs. He has also furthered the cause of diversity awareness education through his involvement in chapter, province, and national events. As Chairman of the CPRs’ Council, Walter has also planned and hosted the past three annual CPR Convocations for fraternity education, officer training, leadership development, and legislative business of the Council.
Walter has worked as the Mid-Atlantic Urban College Marketing Representative for SonyBMG Music Distribution, Inc., a Product Consultant for Franklin Covey, Inc. and currently serves as the Director of Bands and Orchestra at Watkins Mill High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland. In his leisure, Walter enjoys tennis, reading, writing, movies, travel, and of course, music. Walter is the father of Walter C. Riley, II and also enjoys spending time with family, friends, and brothers.
—–Nominee for National Collegiate Representative—–
Javier Betancourt, Xi Kappa (VanderCook) ’00
Hailing from McAllen, Texas, Javier I. Betancourt is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music at the University of North Texas. He has been studying Cello for twelve years and has actively performed in the University as well as the Dallas/ Ft. Worth metroplex. His experience includes four years of performing with the UNT Chamber Orchestra, UNT Symphony Orchestra, UNT Opera and in various chamber music ensembles. Professional engagements include performances with the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Garland Symphony, New Symphony of Arlington, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Josh Groban, recording in Ryan Cabrera’s newest album and most recently performances in the Czech Republic which he will repeat in March of 2006.
Brother Betancourt was initiated in the Fall of 2000 to the Xi Kappa Chapter at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, IL. In the Fall of 2001 Brother Betancourt transferred to the University of North Texas and is actively involved in the Gamma Theta chapter. There, he has served as Social Committee Chair, Secretary, and currently is in his second term as Vice-President. He currently serves as the Collegiate Province Representative for Province 32.