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Spring 2021 Issue of The Red & Black Now Available

The Spring 2021 issue of The Red & Black is now available online for your reading pleasure. This edition focuses on finding a path forward despite the hardships we've all faced in recent times. You'll find stories about the power of music and community, turning a problem into an opportunity, and

June 10th, 2021|

2021-2022 SEF Scholarship Applications Available

Enriching Lives. Advancing Music. The Sinfonia Educational Foundation is proud to announce the availability of scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. Individual scholarship amounts that will be awarded to deserving applicants will range between $500 and $7,500. Each applicant will need to submit the online application, upload a completed Academic Achievement

June 9th, 2021|

Brother Douglas Overmier named Director of Bands at UWA.

Congratulations to Dr. Douglas Overmier on being named the Director of Bands at the University of West Alabama. Brother Overmier will work alongside Assistant Director of Bands, Brother Michael Tignor (Zeta Kappa Chapter - 2011), who served as the Interim Director of Bands over the past few years while the university

May 26th, 2021|

Brother Taylor Rambo To Be The Next GSO Executive Director

Congratulations to Brother Taylor Rambo, who will be taking on the role of Executive Director of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra this summer! Brother Rambo will succeed Executive Director Susan Stensland, who will retire after 15 years of distinguished service and join the GSO board of directors. A native of Marietta, Georgia,

May 5th, 2021|

Taps Across America 2021

Phi Mu Alpha is proud to partner with our Brothers and friends in Taps for Veterans for the upcoming Taps Across America project taking place on Memorial Day. This annual project calls on musicians across the country to honor those who are on the front lines by sounding Taps on May

May 1st, 2021|

A Passing of the Baton at The University of Southern Mississippi

Congratulations to Brother Colin McKenzie on being named as the next Director of the School of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi! Currently, Brother McKenzie serves as Associate Director of Bands, Associate Professor of Music, and Director of the Pride of Mississippi at the University of Southern Mississippi.  At The

April 6th, 2021|

Chapters May Claim Additional Free Face Masks

Phi Mu Alpha is continuing to provide each chapter with FREE face masks. These free 3-ply cotton masks that feature the Fraternity' lyre are meant to help Probationary Members, Collegiate Members, and Faculty Advisors adhere to health and safety regulations on campus in addition to following our safety protocols for the Initiation Ritual.

March 10th, 2021|

The 57th National Convention Postponed Until 2022

The past several months have been spent reviewing present conditions in the Fraternity and St. Louis, consulting with Brothers, representatives of our hotel site, meeting with planning consultants, and working to bring forward alternative plans of action. Recognizing that the Fraternity’s primary responsibility must be the health and safety of our Brothers,

March 1st, 2021|

Spring 2021 National per Capita Taxes & Fees Assessed

On January 27, 2021, all listed collegiate members were charged $82.00 for the Spring 2021 National per Capita Taxes and Fees in accordance with the National Constitution & Bylaws. This is made up of a National Per Capita Tax ($70.00) and Insurance Fee ($12.00). Bylaws. Title I. Article X. Section 1. Each collegiate

February 1st, 2021|

A Century Ago – The Passing of Father Mills

A century ago, the world was changing rapidly, and both the Fraternity and the United States were facing many significant challenges. In 1917, America entered World War I, and the Fraternity was facing a crisis. Chapters had been delinquent in paying per capita tax and filing reports. Chapters and alumni had received copies

December 25th, 2020|

Join Phi Mu Alpha During the 2020 Virtual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic

Throughout history, Sinfonians have played an integral role in the Midwest Clinic. Despite the change in format this year due to COVID-19, you will still find several Sinfonians involved in the event. “Always Something New” was the motto and philosophy of Brother Dr. Albert Austin Harding (Alpha Xi Chapter – 1925). During

December 17th, 2020|

2021 Music Educator Award Finalists

On December 10, 2020, the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum announced the 10 finalists to be considered for the 2021 Music Educator Award. To be eligible for the award, these music educators must have made significant and lasting contributions to the field of music education while also demonstrating a commitment to the

December 14th, 2020|

Sinfonia Celebrates 122 Years

Phi Mu Alpha Founder's Day 2020 On October 6, 1898, our beloved Sinfonia was founded at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Since then, we have grown to over 125,000 living members and nearly 250 chapters. Today, we have a greater knowledge of our history, our symbols, and

October 2nd, 2020|

The Red And Black Brass Band Brings Joy to St. Louis

The Red and Black Brass Band continues to make waves in St. Louis and across social media as they bring the power of music to the streets at a time when it is needed most. In recent weeks, the Brothers in the band were featured on Nine Network of Public Media and even

October 1st, 2020|