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Sinfonia 2.0 is ready to launch!

Brothers! We are proud to announce that we are embarking on another step in our evolution from the current web presence to our new website; Sinfonia 2.0! The new web presence that was over seven years in the making is finally a reality, brothers. We have received many positive comments from the sneak preview we

September 9th, 2014|

Ruben Studdard explores the Negro Spiritual: Then and Now

Brother Ruben Studdard was initiated in 1997 into the Delta Omicron chapter at Alabama A&M University. He is an American R&B, pop, and gospel singer. Ruben also was the winner of the second season of American Idol and received a Grammy Award nomination in December 2003 for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "Superstar." Please

August 27th, 2014|

USMC Announces a Vacancy for Mellophone/Baritone Bugle

Auditions for mellophone/baritone are scheduled through the District Musician placement Director for the Marine Corps Music Program. Applicants can submit their current resume using the contact information below or by contacting a local Marine Corps Recruiter. Once a resume has been submitted, the applicant will be contacted to schedule a specific audition time and location.

August 8th, 2014|

Six Brothers Chosen for Summer Internships

The Fraternity has chosen six brothers for the inaugural summer internship class in 2014. Seventeen brothers applied for the positions, and the decision process was made doubly difficult by the quality of the applicants. The summer interns assist the National Staff in the completion of projects that benefit the Fraternity and improve resources available

June 27th, 2014|

Leadership Institute Travel Grants Available

Leadership Institute Travel Grants Now Available The Sinfonia Educational Foundation is once again offering travel grants to brothers who will be attending Leadership Institute this summer. In 2013, we hit a record attendance for the event, and the expanded Fraternity Education Pre-Conference and Music Conference promise to bring in even more brothers this year. The

June 6th, 2014|

Assistant Director of Programs Search

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS SEARCH ANNOUNCED Position Description Formerly identified the Retreat Coordinator and Programs Associate, the Assistant Director of Programs will be responsible for assisting the Director of Programs in the performance of his duties. He serves as the first-level primary contact at the National Headquarters for collegiate members, and should be familiar with

April 25th, 2014|

Spring 2013 Reactivations/Installations

Below a list below of all colonies that are scheduled to have their installation or reactivation this semester, along with the most recent contact information for the colony. Please join us in congratulating these brothers on their impending brotherhood and completion of the colony process! Delaware Beta (Delaware State University) Installation Date: 04/28Contact: Marcel Sawyer - mj.sawyer08@gmail.comPhi

April 11th, 2014|

Anniversary of the passing of J. Clifton Williams, Jr.

Feb. 12 marked the anniversary of the passing of Brother J. Clifton Williams, Beta Omega (Louisiana State) 1946, a noted and revered composer of the 20th century. His works include several well-known orchestral and band pieces. He first achieved prominence in 1955, when he won the American Bandmasters Association's inaugural composition award for original band literature. He

February 13th, 2014|

Percy Jewett Burrell – Commemoration Year 2014

Brother Percy Jewett Burrell - Commemoration Year 2014 February 10th marked the 137th birthday of Percy Jewett Burrell! Please join us in celebrating his life, as we also commemorate the 50th anniversary of his passing. Please scroll down to see how you, your alumni association, or your chapter can take part in

February 10th, 2014|

Composition Contest Judges Announced

The Phi Mu Alpha Composition Contest features a $5,000 grand prize, the premiere of the winning work at the 2015 National Convention, and a publishing contract to the winning entrant. And now, Sinfonia is excited to announce the judges for this competition, each a prominent figure in American music: Brother Adler's mark on

February 3rd, 2014|

National Staff Restructuring

Interim Executive Director Edward Klint today announced a series of changes to the structure of the National Staff. Elizabeth (Liz) Rader, formerly serving as Administrative Assistant on a part-time basis, has been promoted to the full-time position of Fraternity Services Associate. In this expanded role, Liz will provide enhanced membership services and will support queries

December 2nd, 2013|

Fall 2013 Reactivations/Installations

Below is a list of all colonies that are scheduled to have their reactivation this semester, along with the most recent contact information for the colony. Please join us in congratulating these brothers on their impending brotherhood and completion of the colony process! Alpha Upsilon (University of Arizona) Reactivation Date: 10/27Contacts: David Adams: dadams10@email.arizona.edu Phi Mu Alpha

October 16th, 2013|

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity Announces $5,000 Grand Prize for Composition

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia has a long history of supporting new American music with composition contests. Our first composition contest took place in 1912, and the tradition continued until 1960. At our 2012 Convention, on the hundredth anniversary of our first such effort, we revived our tradition with the announcement of a Composition Contest with a

February 4th, 2013|

Membership Awards Now Available for Distribution to Chapters, Alumni Associations and Provinces

In the 2009-2012 triennium, the National Executive Committee wanted to provide more opportunities for brothers to reconnect and celebrate with Sinfonia throughout their lives. For collegiate members, interaction with alumni helps to create the expectation of ongoing alumni engagement. At the 2012 National Convention, the Fraternity announced membership awards that recognize Sinfonians who have passed

October 3rd, 2012|