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Renewing the American Music Challenge

Phi Mu Alpha has renewed the American Music Challenge to the Fraternity's collegiate chapters. This contest, which awards cash prizes totaling $1,800, seeks to encourage enthusiastic pursuit of the Fraternity's commitment to advancing music in America. Below is the text of the notification to chapters regarding the American Music Challenge. For the entirety of

August 30th, 2013|

Interim Executive Director Hired

In order to provide stability and minimize operational disruption during the current transition in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia's national staff, the Fraternity has retained the services of Brother Edward A. Klint, Alpha Xi (University of Illinois) 1978, to support national headquarters operations. Brother Klint was named Interim Executive Director, effective Monday, July 22, 2013, and will

August 21st, 2013|

Sinfonia Educational Foundation Announces $5,000 Grant to the MusicianShip

As a part of its mission to enrich lives and advance music, the Sinfonia Educational Foundation (SEF) is pleased to announce its support of The MusicianShip. The MusicianShip is a charitable non-profit organization that facilitates music lessons, experiences and opportunities for primarily at-risk youth, as they benefit most from positive outreach and music scholarship

August 12th, 2013|

2013 Alumni Directory

Periodically, the Fraternity undertakes large-scale efforts to update our alumni database to include the most up-to-date information available. To do this, we have enlisted the aid of Harris Connect, a company that specializes in this type of information acquisition. The most recent time we undertook this project was in 2007.  In the coming days

July 16th, 2013|

Robert J. Rogers, Dead at 91

In January of 1990, the Robert J. Rogers Lifetime Service Award was created and presented for the first time. The first recipient of the award was its namesake, Robert J. Rogers, Gamma Theta (North Texas) '40. The award was intended to honor men such as Rogers who had dedicated many years of selfless service to the

May 14th, 2013|

Michael Colgrass to Become National Honorary at Leadership Institute 2013

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is pleased to announce that internationally acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Michael Colgrass will be in attendance at Leadership Institute 2013 to become our newest National Honorary member. At the event, he will also be a featured speaker. Colgrass won 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Music for Deja Vu, which was commissioned and

May 13th, 2013|

Lefkowitz Hired as Retreat Coordinator and Programs Associate

Garrett A. Lefkowitz, Beta Iota (Albion) '08, has been hired as Retreat Coordinator and Programs Associate (RCPA) for the 2013-2014 academic year. Lefkowitz is currently finishing his Master�s Degree at Ohio State, where he will graduate in May. He has been involved with Sinfonia in numerous roles, at both Beta Iota and Beta Xi in

April 17th, 2013|

Spring 2013 Reactivations/Installations

Below a list below of all colonies that are scheduled to have their installation or reactivation this semester, along with the most recent contact information for the colony. Please join us in congratulating these brothers on their impending brotherhood and completion of the colony process! Delaware Beta (Delaware State University) Installation Date: 04/28 Contact:

April 11th, 2013|

Southern Mississippi Disaster Relief Donations

On February 10th, a tornado touched down on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. All of the School of Music's facilities sustained damage, with two of the buildings completely destroyed. In order to aid the music community at the University of Southern Mississippi, the Sinfonia Educational Foundation has established

March 1st, 2013|

Brother Van Cliburn – Dead at 78

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is saddened by the loss of a great musician, the eminent pianist Van Cliburn. Brother Cliburn was awarded the Fraternity’s Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award at the 1962 Convention, where he was also made a National Honorary Member. Pianist Cliburn proved himself a capable banquet speaker when he

February 28th, 2013|

Director of Programs Hired

Mark Helmstetter, Theta Upsilon (Delta State) ’03, has been selected to serve on the National Staff as the Fraternity’s new Director of Programs. Brother Helmstetter holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education with emphasis on euphonium performance, and brings professional experience as head of the music department at Pillow Academy in Greenwood, MS. He served

February 21st, 2013|

Digital Songbook Available for iPad

The Sinfonian Songbook is now available for digital download for iPad devices. This download is absolutely free, and the download also comes with accompanying audio for many of the tracks. We're happy to make this available to all brothers. We hope it becomes a handy supplement for chapter rehearsals and impromptu Sinfonian gatherings. Click

January 23rd, 2013|

Sinfonia Challenge Coins Now Available to Veterans Through Chapters and Alumni Associations

Brother Christopher A. Patterson, Kappa Sigma (Valparaiso) 2010, was killed in action on January 6, 2012, in Kandahar, Afghanistan. His sacrifice, like so many others, is one of the truest examples of the kind of brotherly love that Sinfonia stands for. Before his death, Brother Patterson had been working on an idea for Sinfonian Challenge Coins.

November 12th, 2012|

Fall 2012 Reactivations/Installations

Below a list below of all colonies that are scheduled to have their installation or reactivation this semester, along with the most recent contact information for the colony. Please join us in congratulating these brothers on their impending brotherhood and completion of the colony process! Florida Theta (Rollins College) Installation Date: 12/07 Contact: Chad

October 29th, 2012|

Committee Appointees Announced

At their most recent meeting, the National Executive Committee ratified the appointments National President John Mongiovi made for committees for the 2012-2015 triennium. Below, you can review a list of these committees, their appointees and each committee's charge. This list is not complete - later in the triennium, a legislative committee and nominating committee

October 19th, 2012|