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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|

Brother Heidenreich named Louisiana Tech’s new Director of Bands

Brother Christopher Heidenreich (Delta Eta Chapter - Youngstown State University - 2007) will join the faculty at Louisiana Tech University this fall. He will take up the baton after Brother Jim Robken (Mu Nu Chapter - Louisiana Tech University 1969), who decided to step down after 30 years of service to the

August 20th, 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|

Brother Douglas Overmier named Director of Bands at UWA.

Congratulations to Dr. Douglas Overmier on being named the Director of Bands at the University of West Alabama. Brother Overmier will work alongside Assistant Director of Bands, Brother Michael Tignor (Zeta Kappa Chapter - 2011), who served as the Interim Director of Bands over the past few years while the university

May 26th, 2021|

Brother Taylor Rambo To Be The Next GSO Executive Director

Congratulations to Brother Taylor Rambo, who will be taking on the role of Executive Director of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra this summer! Brother Rambo will succeed Executive Director Susan Stensland, who will retire after 15 years of distinguished service and join the GSO board of directors. A native of Marietta, Georgia,

May 5th, 2021|

Taps Across America 2021

Phi Mu Alpha is proud to partner with our Brothers and friends in Taps for Veterans for the upcoming Taps Across America project taking place on Memorial Day. This annual project calls on musicians across the country to honor those who are on the front lines by sounding Taps on May

May 1st, 2021|

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|