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57th National Convention Registration Now Open

Sinfonia’s National Convention is the premier event of the Fraternity, and you and your family are invited! Our National Conventions are a celebration of Brotherhood, an opportunity for education and personal development, a time to recognize Sinfonians who have achieved prominence, and to make music together. July 20-24, 2022 St. Louis, Missouri Hyatt

December 1st, 2021|

The Sinfonia Educational Foundation’s End-of-year Goal

Sinfonia’s $100,000 Challenge The end of the year is quickly approaching - and it is a time that is crucial to Sinfonia. The pandemic has been extremely difficult for Sinfonia, our Brothers, and our collegiate chapters. Many collegiate Brothers lost campus employment due to the extended shutdowns and have suffered financial hardships.

November 30th, 2021|

Man of Music Carlisle Floyd Sounds The Final Chord

Phi Mu Alpha mourns the passing of our Brother Carlisle Floyd, the opera composer extraordinaire deemed by many to be the "Father of American Opera," who sounded the Final Chord on Thursday, September 30, 2021, at the age of 95. Among the leading 20th-century American opera composers, Floyd is often cited

October 1st, 2021|

Sinfonia Celebrates 123 Years

Phi Mu Alpha Founder's Day 2021 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

September 30th, 2021|

Brother Craig Juricka joins the voice faculty at Boston Conservatory

As Boston Conservatory at Berklee makes a full in-person return to campus this fall, it welcomes a robust roster of dynamic artists, educators, and industry leaders to its esteemed faculty, including Brother Craig Juricka (Epsilon Phi Chapter - Capital University - 2013) who will join the voice faculty. Praised by OperaToday as

September 20th, 2021|

Brother Todd Stoll to lead the 2021 NAfME All-National Honor Jazz Ensemble

The NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) represent the top-performing high school musicians in the United States. So much more than a musical showcase, the ANHE program is a comprehensive and educational experience. Brother Todd Stoll (Alpha Theta Chapter - Miami University-Oxford - 1982) is no stranger to the program as he

September 16th, 2021|

Sinfonia Offers Mental Well-Being Program to Collegiate Members

According to Active Minds, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising mental health awareness among college students, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among college students. Following National Suicide Prevention Week, Phi Mu Alpha is proud to announce that we will be partnering with EVERFI to offer our collegiate Brothers a chance

September 14th, 2021|

Sinfonia Recognized for Commitment to Creating a Safe and Healthy Environment

During the Annual Campus Prevention Network Summit, Phi Mu Alpha was recognized as one of only 25 Greek Letter organizations across the country to receive the 2021 CPN Official Seal of Prevention. The CPN Seal represents the highest standard for online prevention education and evaluates recipients with a rigorous set of criteria to

September 13th, 2021|

Fall 2021 Per Capita Taxes and Fees Assessed

All current listed collegiate members have been charged $82.00 for the Fall 2021 National per Capita Taxes and Fees in accordance with the National Constitution & Bylaws. Any accounts that were in arrears from Spring 2021 have been assessed a $15 Late Fee. Brothers may begin paying the financial obligation for Fall 2021 directly

August 6th, 2021|

Conducting the Next Generation of Musicians with Brother Jonathan Rush

First opened on August 15, 1904, Ravinia remains the oldest and most programmatically diverse music festival in North America, attracting about 600,000 guests to over 140 events each year.  These concerts run the gamut from Yo-Yo Ma to John Legend and hold an annual summer residency of the nation's finest orchestra, The Chicago Symphony

August 1st, 2021|

Brother John Kusku to Compete in Upcoming Paralympic Games

After being postponed a year due to COVID-19, the Paralympic Games are scheduled to take place this August in Tokyo, Japan. Brother John Kusku (Delta Iota Chapter – Western Michigan University – 2003) will be returning to the world stage as one of only ten people representing Team USA in

July 20th, 2021|

Brother Gabriel Arnold named Director of University Bands at Savannah State

Congratulations to Dr. Gabriel Arnold on being named the Director of University Bands at the Savannah State University! In this role, Brother Arnold will direct the Savannah State University Band Program including the Powerhouse of the South marching band, pep, jazz, and symphonic wind ensemble bands in rehearsals and performances. He will

July 16th, 2021|

Brother Bill Witcher awarded the Edwin Franko Goldman Award from the ASBDA

At its 63rd National Convention in St. Augustine, Florida, the American School Band Directors Association named Brother William "Bill" Witcher (Rho Tau Chapter - Appalachian State University - 1971) the Edwin Franko Goldman Award. The award is the highest honor that the association can present to one of its members. The award

July 13th, 2021|

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|