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Brother Brandon West Named Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Virginia

Brother Brandon West will join the University of Virginia Faculty as the new Assistant Director of Bands and as a Marching Percussion Instructor. After graduating from Grays Creek High School, Brandon enrolled at the University of North Carolina - Pembroke, where he received his Bachelors in Music Education. In 2013, Brother

January 13th, 2022|

Brother Mike Nicholson Re-Elected as Mayor of Gardner, MA

On January 3, 2022, Brother Mike Nicholson (Sigma Alpha Chapter - University of Massachusetts-Amherst - 2013) was sworn in for his second term as the Mayor of Gardner, Massachusetts. Brother Nicholson was first elected in June 2020 as part of a special election in which he received 70% of the votes

January 12th, 2022|

Spring 2022 National per Capita Taxes and Fees Assessed

All current listed collegiate members have been charged $82.00 for the Spring 2022 National per Capita Taxes and Fees in accordance with the National Constitution & Bylaws. Any accounts that were in arrears from Fall 2021 have been assessed a $15 Late Fee. Brothers may begin paying their financial obligation for Spring 2022

January 7th, 2022|

Brother Leo Williams elected to Durham City Council

Congratulations to Brother Leo Williams on his recent election to the Durham City Council in North Carolina. As a local small-business owner, Brother Williams hopes to translate first-hand entrepreneurial experience into positive change and greater prosperity for the Durham community. In 2006, Leo was initiated into Phi Mu Alpha by the

January 6th, 2022|

Brother Rudy Currence Receives Key to the City

Congratulations to Brother Rudy Currence (Zeta Rho Chapter - Fisk University - 2014) on being recognized by the city of Greenville, South Carolina! On November 27, 2021, Councilwoman Lillian Brock Flemming presented Brother Currence with the Key, recognizing him as a friend of the city. Rudy is an award-winning singer, Grammy

December 17th, 2021|

Brother Joseph Missal Named to Oklahoma State Higher Education Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Missal on his recent induction to the Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society Hall of Fame! Although he didn’t graduate from Oklahoma State University, he served as the director of bands and regents professor of conducting there for 35 years before retiring last spring.   Brother Missal earned

December 10th, 2021|

Join Phi Mu Alpha at the 75th Annual Midwest Clinic

We are excited to return to Chicago, Illinois this December for the upcoming 75th Annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Barring any state or city mandates, the clinic is planned to be held in person from December 15-18, 2021.  We are also looking forward to seeing the high number of Brothers who

December 8th, 2021|

Sinfonia Educational Foundation Received $45,000 Matching Grant

On Giving Tuesday, the Sinfonia Educational Foundation kicked off an end-of-year goal, seeking to raise $100,000 by December 31, 2021, for the SEF General Fund. This marked the SEF’s first-ever appeal launched on Giving Tuesday, which happened to fall this year on the 67th anniversary of the creation of our Foundation. We

December 7th, 2021|

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|