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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|

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|