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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|

The “Back to Better” Project

With students reporting significantly greater mental health issues as the impacts of COVID-19 continue to wear on, we have seen an increasing need for mental wellness resources for our membership. Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia has partnered with EVERFI, to offer our Brothers a chance to participate in the "Back to Better" Project -

September 19th, 2020|

50 Year Anniversary – Formal Opening

A Golden Anniversary After the Fraternity moved into the property at 10600 Old State Road in Evansville, Indiana, the next month was spent remodeling, decorating, landscaping, installing a road sign, and getting the staff settled into place. 50 years ago, today, on September 18, 1970, a small reception was held to announce

September 18th, 2020|

The Fourth Annual 100 Nights of Taps

From Memorial Day through Labor Day, you can hear the familiar sound of our National Song of Remembrance, TAPS echoing across Gettysburg National Cemetery. For one hundred days straight, the melody is produced by a lone bugler, sounding from the Soldier’s National Monument. Organized by our partner TAPS FOR VETERANS, each evening, at

September 7th, 2020|

Two Premieres, Three Brothers, and a Musical Legacy

This Friday, August 14, 2020, Brothers Kevin Day and Chad "Sir Wick" Hughes will have their works premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Low Brass Quartet as part of the Tanglewood Chamber Festival. Due to COVID-19, the traditional outdoor summer concert festival has been transformed to adapt to the virtual world. The festival includes both free-of-charge

August 13th, 2020|

20-21 Scholarship Winners!

Congratulations, Brothers! The Sinfonia Educational Foundation's Scholarship program promotes academic excellence and encourages lifelong learning in the Brothers of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity. Scholarship winners are selected based on the quality of their written essays, their academic performance, and their Fraternity, campus, and community involvement.  The Sinfonia Educational Foundation's Scholarship Program is

July 31st, 2020|

A Message from President Lichtenberg

Dear Brothers, Some of us will never know what it is like to be treated differently only because of the color of our skin, and we may even feel a certain inadequacy in any attempt to provide support and comfort to our Brothers who are struggling with what is happening in our society.

May 31st, 2020|

National Headquarters Transitions to Emergency Mobile Operations

IMPORTANT NOTICE National Headquarters Transitions to Emergency Mobile Operations Evansville, Indiana – Tuesday, March 24, 2020 In response to Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s statewide “Shelter in Place” executive order, issued on March 23, 2020, the National Headquarters will close to all public access effective at 11:59 PM Central Daylight Time today, and

March 24th, 2020|

2020-2021 SEF Scholarship Applications Available

Enriching Lives. Advancing Music. The Sinfonia Educational Foundation is proud to announce the availability of scholarship applications for the 2020-2021 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

March 3rd, 2020|

2020 Award Nominations

Signature Sinfonian Award WHAT IS IT? The Signature Sinfonian Award recognizes alumni members who have achieved significant accomplishments in their chosen fields or professions, thereby bringing honor to Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. The award can be presented to alumni Sinfonians with a record of excellence in any field of professional endeavor. Those who

March 1st, 2020|

Spring 2020 Issue of The Red & Black Now Available

Spring 2020 Issue Now Available The digital copy of the Spring 2020 issue of The Red & Black is now available online for your reading pleasure. This edition focuses on the incredible work being done around the country by our Brothers. With stories about music festivals, instrument donations, and

February 29th, 2020|

Phi Mu Alpha mourns the passing of Dr. Philip E. Autry

Our hearts go out to the friends, family, colleagues, and Brothers of Dr. Philip Autry, who passed away this morning after battling a rare form of cancer for the past year. Brother Autry’s dedication to music, his students, his community, and his Fraternity Brothers was apparent throughout his life, and many

February 20th, 2020|

Spring 2020 Lyrecrest Retreat Dates Available

Throughout the school year, chapters have the chance to visit the National Headquarters in Evansville, Indiana and spend a weekend enjoying the truly unique experience of a Lyrecrest. Brothers who come on a retreat will be given a tour of the National Museum & Archives, will make an impact in the local community with

January 15th, 2020|