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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|

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|