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  • October 8, 2019

    Sinfonia Mourns the Passing of Dr. Rolland H. Shaw

    The Fraternity was notified that Brother Rolland H. Shaw passed away on Saturday morning, October 5, 2019, at the age of 81. Dr. Shaw was born June 15, 1938, in Eupora, Mississippi, to Rolland and Sarah Shaw, and grew up in Greenville, where he graduated high school in 1956 Brother Shaw was initiated into Phi [...]Read More...
  • October 6, 2019

    Happy Founder’s Day!

    “Every great movement is the lengthening shadow of some great man.” One hundred twenty-one years ago this day, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia’s beloved Founder, Ossian Everett Mills gathered with thirteen young men at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts and held the first meeting of the Sinfonia Club. They gathered for sociability’s sake, hoping [...]Read More...
  • September 27, 2019

    Sinfonia Celebrates 121 Years

    Phi Mu Alpha Founder's Day 2019 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 Sinfonia is healthy, prosperous and growing. We have increased our membership, new groups continue to express [...]Read More...
  • September 25, 2019

    Risk Management Acknowledgement Renewal 2019

    Since 2012, the Fraternity has maintained a process which requires each collegiate member to review the Risk Management Policies annually and to renew the Risk Management Agreement which is signed during Probationary Membership in a process known as the Risk Management Acknowledgement, or RMA for short. All collegiate members will be expected to complete the [...]Read More...
  • September 22, 2019

    National Hazing Prevention Week 2019

    Stand Up and Speak Out Against Hazing https://www.sinfonia.org/wp-admin/post.php?post=13017&action=edit Stand Up and Speak Out Against Hazing Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is proud to join the hundreds of fraternities and sororities across the nation who celebrate the strength and courage of Brotherhood and Sisterhood by participating in National Hazing Prevention Week. When we stand up and speak [...]Read More...
  • September 15, 2019

    Fall 2019 Chapter Reports Available

    Chapter Reports Are Available Fall 2019 Chapter Report Forms are now available for submission. Chapter reporting is essential for ensuring your chapter's information stays current and an important component of keeping your chapter's roster in check. Chapter Presidents should work closely with their Secretaries, Treasurers, and Faculty Advisors to ensure their submission and payment is accurate [...]Read More...
  • September 8, 2019

    We All Have a Role in Suicide Prevention

    Suicide and mental illness continue to be growing public health issues that affect our members, our campuses, our places of work, and our local communities. Last year in response to learning that suicide is currently the #2 leading cause of death among students*, we decided it was important to incorporate National Suicide Prevention Week into [...]Read More...
  • August 30, 2019

    Introducing Sinfonia Custom

    Your Design, Your Voice, Your Fraternity. Express Yourself With Sinfonia Custom We are very excited to introduce you to Sinfonia Custom - Phi Mu Alpha's very own custom apparel design platform. Members can choose from a variety of options to customize apparel and other merchandise. With built-in designer functionality that rivals what is commercially available [...]Read More...
  • August 25, 2019

    Reintroducing the Red & Black Magazine

    Fall 2019 Issue Now Available We are pleased to announce the relaunch of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity's primary publication for the collegiate membership with the Fall 2019 issue of The Red & Black. The Fraternity has been engaged in a thorough redesign of our communications program since July 2014.  Today's options for communication are increasingly digital, [...]Read More...
  • August 20, 2019

    Fall 2019 Lyrecrest Retreat Dates Available

    Throughout the school year, chapters have the chance to visit the National Headquarters in Evansville, Indiana and spend a weekend enjoying the truly unique experience of a Lyrecrest Chapter Retreat. Brothers who come on a retreat will be given a tour of the National Museum & Archives, will make an impact in the local community with [...]Read More...
  • August 18, 2019

    Get a Sneak Peek at the New Red & Black!

    Fall 2019 Edition - Coming Soon! We are proud to announce that we are reintroducing The Red & Black magazine. The publication has gone undergone a considerable transformation in look and style, and will provide four times the content of any previous edition. The Red & Black will be back in circulation (digitally) starting next week [...]Read More...
  • August 17, 2019

    John Israel Steps Down as National Vice President

    Thank you for your service, Brother! On August 9, 2019, we received notice from Brother John Israel that he wanted to dedicate more time to his family and his career. He noted that, effective immediately, he would be resigning from his position as the National Vice President, stating, "I appreciate the opportunity that I have [...]Read More...
  • August 13, 2019

    Sinfonia Honors the Memory of Dr. Olin G. Parker

    “Music is the essence of humanness.” On August 5, 2019, Brother Olin G. Parker passed peacefully, surrounded by family at his home in Greenville, North Carolina. The Brotherhood of Phi Mu Alpha mourns the passing of a man who was of upright character and dedicated to true Sinfonian ideals. We shall forever honor his legacy [...]Read More...
  • August 2, 2019

    A Message from President Mark Lichtenberg

    President Mark Lichtenberg has issued a statement for members of the Fraternity in response to some of the questions he has received regarding the announcement he made on June 26, 2019. This new statement can be read on my.sinfonia.org along with five other items for your consideration.  Brothers who are struggling to log on to [...]Read More...
  • August 1, 2019

    Fall 2019 National Dues Assessed

    Fall 2019 National Dues Assessed All current listed collegiate members were assessed their Fall 2019 National Dues in the amount of $82.00. This is made up of a National per Capita Tax ($70.00) and the Insurance Fee ($12.00). This early assessment is in response to a high number of requests over the past few years from [...]Read More...
  • July 30, 2019

    Sinfonia to be at DCI World Championship Finals

    All roads lead to Indianapolis August 8-10, 2019, as the top corps compete for the title of DCI World Class Champion. Phi Mu Alpha will once again join fans of Marching Music's Major League nationwide at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the conclusion of the 2019 DCI Tour. This year's tour spanned 52 days, [...]Read More...
  • July 24, 2019

    Increases to the Cost of Initiation

    The National Executive Committee voted to increase the costs of the Fraternity's initiation packages at its October 25 -28, 2018 meeting at the National Headquarters in Evansville, Indiana. In recognition of supplier price increases for initiation materials over the past few years and after a comprehensive review of current costs and scheduled price increases, the National [...]Read More...
  • July 16, 2019

    Kappa Kappa Psi Centennial Celebration

    Congratulations on 100 Years of Service to Music! Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity congratulates the members of Kappa Kappa Psi - National Honorary Band Fraternity on the occasion of their Centennial Celebration at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on July 20, 2019. Kappa Kappa Psi will be turning 100 years old on November 27th [...]Read More...
  • July 14, 2019

    Celebrating 100 Years – The National Association of Negro Musicians

    Congratulations on Celebrating a Historic Milestone! Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity congratulates the National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM), Inc., on the occasion of its Centennial National Convention at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, beginning today, July 14, 2019. NANM celebrated 100 years of its fine work toward the preservation, encouragement and [...]Read More...
  • July 8, 2019

    Sinfonia Mourns the Passing of Holocaust Survivor Eva Mozes Kor

    "I want my time on this earth to count for something." Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia joins Indiana and the world in mourning the passing of Eva Mozes Kor (January 30, 1934 – July 4, 2019), who passed away peacefully at the age of 85 in Krakow, Poland, while leading the annual educational summer trip of [...]Read More...
  • July 2, 2019

    “Meet Me In St. Louis” – Phi Mu Alpha’s 57th National Convention

    Join us in St. Louis, Missouri from July 21-25, 2021, for Phi Mu Alpha's 57th's National Convention. Not only will you be able to explore the city and all it has to offer, but you'll also experience incredible music, inspiring educational sessions, and the comradery of hundreds of Brothers from all across the country. This [...]Read More...
  • June 28, 2019

    National Executive Committee Responds to Changes at the National Level

    A Statement from Members of the NEC The members of the National Executive Committee have responded to the changes announced on June 26, 2019, by National President, Mark R. Lichtenberg. The response is included as part of the enclosed documents toward the bottom of the page on MySinfonia that is linked in the button below. [...]Read More...
  • June 26, 2019

    National President Announces Changes at the National Level

    Important Notice From President Mark Lichtenberg Dear Brothers, It is with great concern for our Brotherhood, and with firm resolve to protect it, that I must inform you of a very troubling matter which requires immediate emergency action. While there will be immediate changes in leadership and spending limitations are imposed at the national level, [...]Read More...
  • June 18, 2019

    Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia to be at BHS International Convention in Salt Lake City

    The Barbershop Harmony Society will hold it's International Convention July 1-7, 2019, at the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity is excited to take part in the action and once again join Barbershoppers from across the nation in a week of camaraderie and harmony. The Sinfonia Booth will be [...]Read More...
  • June 12, 2019

    Recruitment Expert Joins Sinfonia Summit Faculty

    Angie Carr Robinett will be joining the list of presenters at this Summer's Sinfonia Summit. She has been popular amongst members who have attended previous events such as our Leadership Institute and National Convention as she makes membership recruitment easy and obtainable for Chapters of all shapes and sizes. We look forward to having her [...]Read More...
  • June 7, 2019

    American Masters: Robert Shaw – Man of Many Voices

    "Robert Shaw made us sing with one voice, and the world stopped and listened." On June 21st, 2019, PBS will feature Brother Robert Shaw as the newest addition to its series, American Masters with Robert Shaw – Man of Many Voices. Shaw was a 1945 initiate of the Alpha Chi Chapter at the University of [...]Read More...
  • June 6, 2019

    Commemorating D-Day: 75 Years

    The Invasion of Normandy "The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you." General Dwight D. Eisenhower, D-Day Message (June 6, 1944) Seventy-five years ago today, allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, on the northwestern coast of France, sparking the beginning of the end [...]Read More...
  • May 29, 2019

    SEF 2019-2020 Scholarship Winners

    Congratulations, Brothers! The Sinfonia Educational Foundation's Scholarship program promotes academic excellence and encourages lifelong learning in the Brothers of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity. Scholarship winners are selected based on the quality of their written essays, their academic performance, and their Fraternity, campus, and community involvement.  The Sinfonia Educational Foundation's Scholarship Program is made possible through [...]Read More...
  • May 23, 2019

    Legacy Website Sunsets May 31, 2019

    Sinfonia Legacy Website will be retired on May 31, 2019. While our legacy website served the Fraternity well from its introduction in 2004 until its partial decommission in 2016, the time has come to bid it a fond farewell. Almost all of the functionality offered on the legacy site or via MyDesktop had been replaced [...]Read More...
  • May 23, 2019

    Volunteers Needed: DRUMS on the OHIO

    Over the past few years, Phi Mu Alpha has taken pride in being a part of DRUMS on the OHIO. Our support of this show is an expanded commitment to our National Partnership with Drum Corps International. DRUMS on the OHIO brings in over 3,500 spectators annually to support 1,000+ performers – all while increasing traffic to [...]Read More...
  • May 21, 2019

    Phi Mu Alpha Sponsors DRUMS on the OHIO

    Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity is proud to announce that it will be the presenting sponsor for DRUMS on the OHIO this year.  As a continuation of the Fraternity's commitment to impacting the Evansville area in a way that promotes our object, we are excited to help bring a such an amazing event to the [...]Read More...
  • May 16, 2019

    Sinfonia Summit Presenter Highlights

    This summer will mark the first-ever Sinfonia Summit! The event is being hosted right down the road from our National Headquarters at the University of Southern Indiana, here in Evansville, Indiana. Join us for an extended weekend of fun, Brotherhood, and the opportunity to grow as a leader.  Phi Mu Alpha’s Summer Sinfonia Summit is [...]Read More...
  • April 30, 2019

    Volunteer Leadership Position Available

    From time to time the Fraternity has openings in its volunteer leadership ranks and conducts open searches for potential candidates. We are currently seeking candidates for the Province Governor position in Province 29, which covers Southeastern Minnesota, Wisconsin, Northern Michigan. Interested candidates will ideally be located within reasonable proximity of the chapters in the Province, [...]Read More...
  • April 23, 2019

    Music that Makes A Difference – Spring 2019

    Thank you to all the Brothers, Probationary Members, and friends of Sinfonia who participated in this Spring's National Mills Music Mission Week! Annually, the outreach efforts of Phi Mu Alpha's National Philanthropy, the Mills Music Mission, culminate with the celebration of a national week of philanthropy during the days leading up to Easter. This is [...]Read More...
  • April 16, 2019

    Phi Mu Alpha Summer Sinfonia Summit

    Join us in Evansville this summer for the first-ever Sinfonia Summit! Building Better Men On Thursday, June 27, we will convene the inaugural Sinfonia Summit event on the beautiful campus of the University of Southern Indiana. Four years in the making, this event is designed to teach collegiate leaders to capture the true spirit of [...]Read More...
  • April 15, 2019

    Phi Mu Alpha Charters at TWU

    Congratulations to the newly chartered Sigma Pi Chapter! On Friday, April 12, 2019, Sinfonians from all over gathered in Denton, Texas to charter the Sigma Pi Chapter at Texas Woman's University. The charter was presented to 15 men by National Vice President John Israel with the initiation ceremony presented by the Gamma Theta Chapter from the University [...]Read More...
  • April 3, 2019

    Lyrecrest Work Weekend 2019

    Lyrecrest Work Weekend 2019 May 24 - May 26 During Memorial Day Weekend we host the annual Lyrecrest Work Weekend, an event where Brothers will be able to volunteer their time to help improve the grounds of Lyrecrest. Brothers from all over the country travel to Lyrecrest to aid in the beautification and functionality of [...]Read More...
  • April 2, 2019

    Phi Mu Alpha Reactivates at Washington State University

    Congratulations to the newly reactivated Chi Chapter! On Saturday, March 30, 2019, Sinfonians gathered to reactivate the Chi Chapter at Washington State University. The Certificate of Reactivation was presented to 15 men by National President Mark R. Lichtenberg with the initiation ceremony being presented by the Beta Sigma Chapter from the University of Idaho.  The Chi [...]Read More...
  • March 19, 2019

    National Mills Music Mission Week

    Music that Makes a Difference "I can think of no better exemplification of Sinfonia’s ideal to uplift others with music than the Mills Music Mission. It is my sincere hope that all Sinfonians will take this opportunity to honor the work of our Founder, Ossian E. Mills, whose Flower Missions took place on Christmas and Easter [...]Read More...
  • March 18, 2019

    Celebrating a Century – Brother Joseph Beach’s Birthday

    Happy Birthday, Brother! Today marks the 100th birthday celebration of Brother Joe Beach, who was born on March 18, 1919. Brother Beach was born in Paducah, KY, and was the youngest of three children. His parents were lovers of music and decided to enroll him in the "National School of Violin" when he was in [...]Read More...
  • March 12, 2019

    Phi Mu Alpha to Charter at Texas Woman’s University

    Sigma Pi Chapter to Charter April 12, 2019 We are excited to announce that the Texas Alpha Colony has been slated for Chartering as the Sigma Pi Chapter at Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX! TWU is a co-educational university with over 10,000 undergraduate students and offers degree programs in nursing, health sciences, education, the [...]Read More...
  • March 9, 2019

    100 Nights of Taps

    100 Nights of Taps From May 27 to September 2, 2019, the notes of Taps will fill the air in Gettysburg every evening this summer as the famous 24-note call is sounded in honor of those who have served our nation. The Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania, in partnership with Gettysburg National Military Park and TAPS for [...]Read More...
  • March 8, 2019

    2019 Award Nominations

    Signature Sinfonian Award WHAT IS IT? The Signature Sinfonian Award recognizes alumni members who have achieved significant accomplishments in their chosen fields or professions, thereby bringing honor to Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. The award can be presented to alumni Sinfonians with a record of excellence in any field of professional endeavor. Those who submit candidates for [...]Read More...
  • March 7, 2019

    Phi Mu Alpha Announces a New Partnership

    Expanding our National Partnerships In October 2018, the National Executive Committee charged the National Staff with strengthening our existing partnerships and exploring new partnership opportunities that would align with Sinfonia's Object and mission. Phi Mu Alpha currently maintains National Partnerships with Drum Corps International, Barbershop Harmony Society, and the National Association for Music Education. Phi [...]Read More...
  • February 28, 2019

    Phi Mu Alpha to Reactivate at Washington State University

    Chi Chapter to Reactivate March 30, 2019 We are excited to announce that the Washington Alpha Colony has been slated for reactivation as the Chi Chapter at Washington State University! The Chapter was first chartered at WSU in October of 1921 and went inactive in 1974. It has been 45 years since the Chi Chapter [...]Read More...
  • February 25, 2019

    Sinfonia Educational Foundation Scholarship Applications Available

    Enriching Lives. Advancing Music. The Sinfonia Educational Foundation is proud to announce the availability of scholarship applications for the 2019-2020 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 Form, upload a [...]Read More...
  • February 15, 2019

    Important Notice: Spring Chapter Reports Available

    Chapter Reports Are Available Spring 2019 Chapter Report Forms are now available for submission. Chapter reporting is essential for ensuring your chapter's information stays current and an important component of keeping your chapter's roster in check. Chapter Presidents should work closely with their Secretaries, Treasurers, and Faculty Advisors to ensure their submission is accurate and on [...]Read More...
  • February 14, 2019

    Volunteer Leadership Positions Available

    From time to time, the Fraternity has openings in its volunteer leadership ranks, and conducts open searches for potential candidates. We are currently seeking candidates for the Province Governor position in Province 17, which covers Upstate New York. Interested candidates will ideally be located within reasonable proximity of the chapters in the Province, and must [...]Read More...
  • January 31, 2019

    Sinfonia Booth returns to TMEA

    This year Phi Mu Alpha will be returning for the Texas Music Educators Association's 2019 Convention, taking place on February 13th through February 16th in San Antonio, Texas. As an annual event, the TMEA Convention brings nearly 30,000 visitors from across the country. Not only can one experience terrific performances but can also have the opportunity [...]Read More...
  • January 17, 2019

    Activities of the National Executive Committee

    Dear Brothers, It is my pleasure to report to you the actions of the National Executive Committee since the Convention in New Orleans in July 2018. The NEC met on July 17, 2018, October 26-28, 2018, November 27, 2018, via telephone conference, and December 29, 2018. As is the case at the beginning of each [...]Read More...
  • January 17, 2019

    Sinfonia Booth Debuts at BHS Midwinter Convention

    As part of the growing national partnership between Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Barbershop Harmony Society, the Fraternity is excited to announce that it will be taking part in the Society's Midwinter Convention for the first time ever. Much like the Barbershop Harmony Society's yearly International Convention, the Midwinter is packed with performances and the [...]Read More...
  • January 14, 2019

    Spring 2019 Lyrecrest Retreat Dates Available

    Throughout the school year, Chapters have the chance to visit the National Headquarters in Evansville, Indiana and spend a weekend enjoying the truly unique experience of a Lyrecrest Chapter Retreat. Brothers who come on a retreat will be given a tour of the National Museum & Archives, will make an impact in the local community with [...]Read More...
  • October 23, 2018

    Radio Shout Out – WHFC

    Music and Medicine Moment on WHFC Dr. Frank Sparandero hosts a live classical music program every Friday morning at WHFC 91.1 FM from Harford Community College in Bel Air, Maryland. On October 12, he gave the Fraternity a shout out during a "Music and Medicine Moment" segment of the program in honor of our recent 120-year celebration [...]Read More...
  • October 19, 2018

    A review of changes to the National Constitution & Bylaws

    The National Constitution & Bylaws serve as the governing documents for all members and affiliates of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity and should guide all National Policies, regional policies, Chapter Policies, and Alumni Association Policies. During the Fraternity's 56th National Convention held in New Orleans, Louisiana, the National Assembly gathered to vote upon our National [...]Read More...
  • October 12, 2018

    Ossian Everett Mills: A Documentary Biography

    Ossian Everett Mills: A Documentary Biography This work, by former National President, John Mongiovi, tells the story of the life, work, and ideals of the Founder and “Father” of the Sinfonia Fraternity of America. This comprehensive work presents all available materials pertaining directly to Mills’ life and work. It considers his family and early education, [...]Read More...
  • October 1, 2018

    Founder’s Day – Sinfonia Celebrates 120 Years

    Phi Mu Alpha Founder's Day 2018 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 123,200 living members, nearly 250 chapters, 26 Alumni Associations, and 3 Colonies. Sinfonia is healthy, prosperous and growing. We have increased our membership, [...]Read More...
  • September 24, 2018

    National Hazing Prevention Week 2018

    Hazing: A Contradiction to Brotherhood Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is proud to participate in National Hazing Prevention Week during the week of September 23-29, 2018, as part of our ongoing Risk Management Education efforts. In conjunction with HazingPrevention.org, we will take this week to focus on how we can prevent hazing in our lives and [...]Read More...
  • September 21, 2018

    National Staff Update

    Over the past year, the National Headquarters has faced a number of changes due to the growth and development of the Fraternity and its programs. Lyrecrest has been buzzing with activity from an increased number of Chapter Retreats,  a new recycling program, a growing Sinfonia Store, sponsorship and support of DRUMS on the OHIO, an [...]Read More...
  • September 17, 2018

    Call a Brother. Call a Friend. Call a Lifeline

    Last week (Sep. 9-15, 2018) was the first time that Phi Mu Alpha included National Suicide Prevention Week as part of the Fraternity’s ongoing Risk Management Education efforts. We recognize that Phi Mu Alpha and its members are not immune to this growing public health issue and that we have a responsibility to become familiar [...]Read More...
  • September 14, 2018

    An Open Letter On Suicide by Ethan Roubenoff

    Throughout National Suicide Prevention Week, Brothers will share personal stories of how suicide has affected their lives in an effort to show the impact that suicide can have. The hope is that by creating awareness and shedding light on a hard truth, Brothers may be able to intervene and save a life. Brothers who want [...]Read More...
  • September 13, 2018

    An Open Letter on Suicide by Paul Downing

    Throughout National Suicide Prevention Week, Brothers will share personal stories of how suicide has affected their lives in an effort to show the impact that suicide can have. The hope is that by creating awareness and shedding light on a hard truth, Brothers may be able to intervene and save a life. Brothers who want [...]Read More...
  • September 12, 2018

    An Open Letter on Suicide by Gregory Dendy

    Throughout National Suicide Prevention Week, Brothers will share personal stories of how suicide has affected their lives in an effort to show the impact that suicide can have. The hope is that by creating awareness and shedding light on a hard truth, Brothers may be able to intervene and save a life. Brothers who want [...]Read More...
  • September 11, 2018

    An Open Letter on Suicide by Joon Park

    Throughout National Suicide Prevention Week, Brothers will share personal stories of how suicide has affected their lives in an effort to show the impact that suicide can have. The hope is that by creating awareness and shedding light on a hard truth, Brothers may be able to intervene and save a life. Brothers who want [...]Read More...
  • September 10, 2018

    An Open Letter on Suicide by Christopher Folkens

    Throughout National Suicide Prevention Week, Brothers will share personal stories of how suicide has affected their lives in an effort to show the impact that suicide can have. The hope is that by creating awareness and shedding light on a hard truth, Brothers may be able to intervene and save a life. Brothers who want [...]Read More...
  • September 10, 2018

    Sinfonia Takes on Suicide Prevention

    Earlier this year, members of the National Staff attended the annual Campus Prevention Network Summit. The CPN Summit is a three-day gathering for professionals to learn, share, and explore strategies for enhancing prevention and compliance efforts at their institutions and organizations. The Summit blends cutting-edge insights with high-impact strategies on sexual assault, alcohol and other drugs, wellness and mental health, [...]Read More...
  • August 28, 2018

    New and Improved Sinfonia Store Site Now Live

    Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America is pleased to announce the launch of our modernized and improved Sinfonia Store site, full of an increasing array of new products and updated to provide a greatly enhanced shopping experience. Our new site, available at www.sinfoniastore.com has been developed from the ground up over the past six [...]Read More...
  • August 20, 2018

    Fall 2018 National Dues Assessed

    Fall 2018 National Dues Assessed On Sunday, August 12, 2018, all current listed collegiate members were assessed their Fall 2018 National Dues in the amount of $82.00. This is made up of a National per Capita Tax ($70.00) and Insurance Fee ($12.00). This is in response to a high number of requests over the past few [...]Read More...
  • August 16, 2018

    Introducing the 2018-2021 National Executive Committee of Phi Mu Alpha

    In accordance the with National Constitution & Bylaws of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, the National Assembly met during the 56th National Convention to elect a National President, National Vice President, Committeeman-at-Large, and National Collegiate Representative. The Council of Province Governors and the Council of Collegiate Province Representatives each met to elect their respective Council [...]Read More...
  • August 14, 2018

    Daniel Gawthrop named the 25th Charles E. Lutton Man of Music

    In memory of Charles E. Lutton, Sinfonia's Supreme Secretary-Treasurer from 1919-1949, the Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award was created by  the Executive Committee on March 17, 1951 and intended to be presented to a Sinfonian who, through significant musical activity, has distinguished himself, furthered the cause of music in America, and brought honor [...]Read More...
  • August 12, 2018

    Exchange Server Migration Completed

    The work on Sinfonia's Exchange Server migration and email upgrade scheduled for August 10-11 has now been completed. We have completed testing to the best of our ability internally, and our email systems are back up and running. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we continue to move forward with improvements to our [...]Read More...
  • August 10, 2018

    Exchange Server Migration and Upgrade

    Due to work required to migrate the Fraternity's Microsoft Exchange Server and perform needed upgrades to our email solutions, National Headquarters and Fraternity email systems will be offline effective as of 6:00 PM CDT, Friday, August 10, 2018. We anticipate that the work may take the rest of Friday and the early hours of Saturday [...]Read More...
  • August 6, 2018

    Presidential Inaugural Address – 2018

    Mark Lichtenberg, Delta Nu (Bradley University) 1993, gives his first official speech after being elected to a second term as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity’s 33rd National President at the 56th National Convention. President Lichtenberg opened the new triennium with these remarks during the Closing Ceremonies of the 56th National Convention at the Sheraton New [...]Read More...
  • May 30, 2018

    Volunteers Needed: DRUMS on the OHIO

    Growing our Commitment As part of our commitment to promoting the Object of Phi Mu Alpha, we have made a conscious effort to increase the Fraternity's impact in the Evansville community - the home of our National Headquarters. Through our national philanthropy, the Mills Music Mission, nearly every chapter that visits the headquarters for a [...]Read More...
  • May 15, 2018

    56th National Convention Registration Now Open

    Join us in New Orleans for the 56th National Convention Sinfonia’s National Convention is the prime event of our triennium. In addition to hosting the Fraternity’s legislative National Assembly, our Convention is a celebration of Brotherhood in Music, an opportunity for education and personal development, a time to recognize Sinfonians who have achieved prominence, and [...]Read More...
  • May 7, 2018

    Phi Mu Alpha Reactivates at Arizona State University

    Welcome the Kappa Nu Chapter to Arizona State University! On Saturday, May 5, 2018, Sinfonians gathered to reactivate the Kappa Nu Chapter at Arizona State University. The Kappa Nu Chapter was first chartered at Arizona State on April 16, 1961, and after a period of inactivity in the 1970’s, was reactivated on March 23, 1984, until [...]Read More...
  • April 23, 2018

    Phi Mu Alpha Charters at University of Virginia’s College at Wise

    Welcome the Sigma Omicron Chapter to University of Virginia's College at Wise! On Saturday, April 21, 2018, Sinfonians gathered to install the Sigma Omicron Chapter at the University of Virginia's College at Wise. The charter was presented to 21 founding Brothers by National Vice President Dean Shatley. We are excited to see how these men grow over [...]Read More...
  • April 4, 2018

    50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Assasination

    50 years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel on Mulberry Street in Memphis, Tennessee. We take today to honor his memory as he was a man of faith, vision, and courage who dedicated his life to the principles of common brotherhood and the dignity of all people. “After [...]Read More...
  • April 3, 2018

    Lyrecrest Work Weekend 2018

    Lyrecrest Work Weekend 2018 May 25 - May 27 During Memorial Day Weekend we host the annual Lyrecrest Work Weekend, an event where Brothers will be able to volunteer their time to help improve the grounds of Lyrecrest. Brothers from all over the country travel to Lyrecrest to aid in the beautification and functionality of [...]Read More...
  • March 28, 2018

    2018 National Executive Committee Nominees

    Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity is pleased to present the professional biographies of the four Brothers whose names have been placed in nomination for National Office by the members of the National Nominating Committee, chaired by Past National President John Alan Mongiovi. The slate was previously announced on February 26, 2018. At the upcoming 56th [...]Read More...
  • March 7, 2018

    Sinfonia Educational 18-19 Scholarship Applications Available

    Enriching Lives. Advancing Music. The Sinfonia Educational Foundation is excited to announce the availability of the 2018-2019 School Year Scholarship Applications! $20,000 in scholarships are being offered for the next academic year to all eligible applicants. Individual Scholarship amounts range from $500 to $7,500. The SEF has proudly supported music programs and students since its inception. Thousands [...]Read More...
  • March 6, 2018

    2018 Award Nomination Deadline Reminder

    Signature Sinfonian Award WHAT IS IT: The Signature Sinfonian Award recognizes alumni members who have achieved a high standard of accomplishment in their field or profession, thereby bringing honor to Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Alumni of any profession, occupation, or service of work are eligible for nomination. Nominate a Signature Sinfonian Volunteer of the Year Award [...]Read More...
  • February 28, 2018

    2018 Legislative Docket Published

    Delegates to the National Assembly will gather in New Orleans this summer to review and vote on proposed legislative changes to our governing documents. The National Legislative Committee, chaired by Dr. Philip Autry, reviewed and prepared proposals submitted by the delegates for the consideration of the National Executive Committee. At the latest meeting of the [...]Read More...
  • February 28, 2018

    Call to Convention 2018

    CALL TO THE FIFTY-SIXTH NATIONAL CONVENTION Dear Brothers-- By virtue of the power vested in me as National President, I hereby appoint Tuesday, July 17, and Wednesday, July 18, 2018, as the days on which all duly accredited delegates to the National Assembly shall assemble at the Fifty-sixth National Convention of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia [...]Read More...
  • February 26, 2018

    The 2018 Slate of Nominees for National Executive Committee Announced

    Past National President John Alan Mongiovi, in his prescribed role as Chairman of the Nominating Committee, has announced the slate of nominees for office the 56th National Convention in New Orleans, July 17-22, 2018. For National President:  Mark R. Lichtenberg Delta Nu Chapter - Bradley University - 1993 For National Vice President: John M. Israel [...]Read More...
  • October 20, 2017

    2018 National Nominating Committee Ratified

    On August 23, 2017, the National Executive Committee ratified President Lichtenberg's appointments of the members of the National Nominating Committee.  The names of the Nominating Committee members are listed below. The Committee is responsible for nominating one eligible candidate for each of the following National Offices: National President, National Vice President, Committeeman-at-Large, and National Collegiate [...]Read More...
  • October 18, 2017

    Brother Carlisle Floyd to join Fireside Conference

    Those Brothers who will be in attendance at Fireside Conference Southeast later this month will have the opportunity to meet with Brother Carlisle Floyd. Brother Floyd is one of the most admired and widely performed opera composers and librettists of the last century. Known as the 'Father of American Opera,' he is credited with helping to create [...]Read More...
  • October 1, 2017

    Sinfonia Celebrates 119 Years

    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 121,000 living members and nearly 250 chapters, 26 Alumni Associations, and 6 Colonies. Sinfonia is healthy, prosperous and growing. We have increased our membership, new groups continue to express [...]Read More...
  • September 18, 2017

    National Executive Committee Update

    Brothers— I write today to share with you news regarding the National Executive Committee. Last week, due to increasing family obligations, Brother Joe Ritchie resigned from his position of Committeeman-at-large, and I am sharing his communication at the bottom of this message. Brother Ritchie has served the Fraternity at virtually all levels, including a stint [...]Read More...
  • September 14, 2017

    “The Star-Spangled Banner” – Celebrating Sinfonian History

    203 years ago today, Francis Scott Key wrote the poem "Defence of Fort M'Henry," after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships during the War of 1812. His inspiration for the poem was the sight of the American Flag that still waved in the air above the fort after the victory. His poem [...]Read More...
  • August 16, 2017

    Winning the World to Harmony: A Statement by President Lichtenberg

    Please direct any questions or comments to president@sinfonia.org Over the weekend, a senseless tragedy struck once again, this time in Charlottesville, VA. It is yet another tragedy fueled by hatred, extremism, and an inability to see beyond our differences as human beings, and this is a narrative that is far too familiar in our society. [...]Read More...
  • July 28, 2017

    Fireside Southeast Registration Open

    Fireside Southeast Registration Open Continuing their dedication to strong fraternity education practices and resources, National President Mark Lichtenberg and former National President John Mongiovi are hosting a series of regional events called Sinfonia Fireside Conferences. The program is dedicated to exploring the mission, Ritual, and ideals of the Fraternity, as well as providing tools for [...]Read More...
  • June 2, 2017

    Leadership Institute 2017 Registration Open

    REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! Registration for Leadership Institute 2017 and the Ultimate Musical Experience is now open. Leadership Institute begins on Thursday, June 29 and runs through Sunday, July 2. The Ultimate Musical Experience begins on Tuesday, June 27 and runs through Sunday, July 2. Both events will be held on the campus of the University [...]Read More...
  • May 28, 2017

    Memorial Day 2017

    Memorial Day 2017: Sinfonia Remembers Memorial Day is meant for reflection and remembrance, so we take a moment today to remember all those who have given "the last full measure of devotion" in defense of our liberty, and to give thanks for their service.  While decorating the graves of the fallen with flowers is an [...]Read More...
  • May 25, 2017

    Phi Mu Alpha Reactivated at Mississippi College

    Welcome the Theta Kappa Chapter to Mississippi College! On Saturday, April 29, Sinfonians gathered to reactivate the Theta Kappa Chapter at Mississippi College. The charter was presented to 15 enthusiastic new Brothers by Executive Director, Ed Klint. We are excited to see how these men grow over the next few years and wish them our best! Notes [...]Read More...
  • May 25, 2017

    Phi Mu Alpha Reactivated at Alabama State University

    Welcome the Delta Beta Chapter to Alabama State University! On Friday, April 28, Sinfonians gathered to reactivate the Delta Beta Chapter at Alabama State University. The charter was presented to 23 enthusiastic new Brothers by Executive Director, Ed Klint. We are excited to see how these men grow over the next few years and wish them our [...]Read More...
  • May 2, 2017

    Sinfonia Mourns the Passing of Past National President

    In Memoriam - Dr. T. Jervis Underwood March 10, 1932 - April 26, 2017 Brother T. Jervis Underwood (Gamma Theta 1954), National President of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity from 1988-91, passed away April 26, 2017 in Denton, Texas, at Good Samaritan, Denton Village, after a lengthy illness. Dr. Underwood was 85 years old. Brother [...]Read More...
  • May 1, 2017

    Lyrecrest Work Weekend 2017

    Lyrecrest Work Weekend 2017 May 26 - May 28 During Memorial Day Weekend we host the annual Lyrecrest Work Weekend, an event where Brothers will be able to volunteer their time to helping improve the grounds of Lyrecrest. Brothers from all over the country travel to Lyrecrest to aid in the beautification and functionality of [...]Read More...
  • April 21, 2017

    Phi Mu Alpha Charters at Millersville University

    Welcome the Sigma Xi Chapter to Millersville University! On Sunday, April 9, Sinfonians gathered to install the Sigma Xi Chapter at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. The charter was presented to 20 enthusiastic new Brothers by Grant Haver, the CPR Council Chairman. We are excited to see how these men grow over the next few years and wish [...]Read More...
  • April 12, 2017

    Phi Mu Alpha Reactivated at Towson University

    Welcome the Sigma Tau Chapter to Towson University! On Sunday, April 2, Sinfonians gathered at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD, the home of the Pi Eta Chapter, to reactivate the Sigma Tau Chapter at nearby Towson University. The Chapter was first active from 1967 to 1976. National President Mark Lichtenberg presented the charter to 22 [...]Read More...
  • March 30, 2017

    President Lichtenberg Issues Statement on Federal Budget Priorities

    Brothers: Earlier this month, the White House released a fiscal year 2018 budget blueprint, which outlines spending priorities that may have a significant impact on arts and arts education programs across the country if they are ultimately approved. It is important to note that the release from the Executive Branch is non-binding, and it is [...]Read More...
  • March 1, 2017

    SEF 17-18 Scholarship Applications Available

    17-18 Scholarship Applications Now Available The Sinfonia Educational Foundation is excited to announce the availability of the 2017-2018 School Year Scholarship Applications! $20,000 in scholarships are being offered for the next academic year to all eligible applicants. Individual Scholarship amounts range from $500 to $7,500. The SEF has proudly supported music programs and students since its [...]Read More...
  • February 28, 2017

    2017 Award Nomination Applications Available

    Award Nominations now Being Accepted for Signature Sinfonians & Volunteers of the Year Submission DeadlineAll Signature Sinfonia and Volunteer of the Year nominations must be received no later than April 1, 2017 to be considered for this year. The Signature Sinfonian Award recognizes alumni members who have achieved a high standard of accomplishment in their field [...]Read More...
  • February 13, 2017

    During the Month of September, President Mark Lichtenberg issued a new Sinfonia Song Challenge – Sinfonia, Sinfonia (Our Songs to Thee We Sing) written by Harris/Crosby. It seemed fitting for our Former National President, Brother Richard A. Crosby, to judge the entries for this particular challenge. Congratulations to the Gamma Theta Chapter at the University of North Texas on […]

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  • January 6, 2017

    Fireside West – Registration Open

      Fireside West Registration Open Continuing their dedication to strong fraternity education practices and resources, National President Mark Lichtenberg and former National President John Mongiovi are hosting a series of regional events called Sinfonia Fireside Conferences. The program is dedicated to exploring the mission, Ritual, and ideals of the Fraternity, as well as providing tools for […]

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  • November 28, 2016

    Brothers injured during The Ohio State University attack

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected at The Ohio State University campus attack that took place this morning. After a series of phone calls we learned that two of our Brothers had been injured during the event. Fortunately, neither of these young men sustained any life threatening injuries and are currently receiving treatment. […]

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  • November 16, 2016

    Sinfonia Song Challenge

    During the Month of September, President Mark Lichtenberg issued a new Sinfonia Song Challenge – Sinfonia, Sinfonia (Our Songs to Thee We Sing) written by Harris/Crosby. It seemed fitting for our Former National President, Brother Richard A. Crosby, to judge the entries for this particular challenge. Congratulations to the Gamma Theta Chapter at the University of North Texas on […]

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  • November 8, 2016

    A Special Message on Election Day from President Lichtenberg

    A Special Message on Election Day from President Lichtenberg Brothers – Today is Election Day across our country. It is each citizen’s opportunity to participate in our Democracy, and I encourage you to be one of those participants. If you have not already done so by taking advantage of early voting opportunities, go vote! Even […]

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  • October 28, 2016

    Fireside South – Registration Open

    November 11-13 Southwestern Oklahoma State University 2016/11/11 12:00:00 Fireside South Registration Open Continuing their dedication to strong fraternity education practices and resources, National President Mark Lichtenberg and former National President John Mongiovi are hosting a series of regional events called Sinfonia Fireside Conferences. The program is dedicated to exploring the mission, Ritual, and ideals of the Fraternity, [...]Read More...
  • October 26, 2016

    Fraternity Seeks Feedback on Transgender Membership Eligibility

    Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is currently seeking input from its membership regarding a potential change to the National Executive Committee's existing policy on the initiation of transgender individuals. At the beginning of the 2015-18 triennium, the National Executive Committee reviewed all Fraternity policies at the direction of National President Mark Lichtenberg. As a result of [...]Read More...
  • October 21, 2016

    Staff Changes at Lyrecrest

    ADP Brandon M. Smith Completes Contract Assistant Director of Programs Brandon M. Smith, Xi Gamma 2011, will end his tenure on the National Staff on Friday, October 21, 2016. Brother Smith served in the position under a two-year contract which ended in late September. During his time at Lyrecrest, Brandon helped Mark Helmstetter implement significant changes [...]Read More...
  • October 5, 2016

    Founder’s Day 2016

    Happy Founder's Day! 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 120,000 living members and nearly 250 chapters. Brothers all over the country this week have been participating in our National Philanthropy - the Mills Music Mission. [...]Read More...
  • September 16, 2016

    National Hazing Prevention Week 2016

    September 19th through the 23rd marks National Hazing Prevention Week and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is proud to participate with and support HazingPrevention.org. This week brings to light the problem of hazing in organizations ranging from athletics to Greek life and even to marching bands. Throughout the week, we will focus on how we can prevent [...]Read More...
  • September 15, 2016

    Reminder – 2016-17 Convention Tax Rate

    This is a reminder to all chapters and affiliates subject to the payment of Convention Tax that the rate in 2016-17 increases from $100.00 to $130.00 per reporting period. This will be reflected on chapter personnel reports beginning this fall. For those who may be new to office, the delegates of the National Assembly at [...]Read More...
  • September 8, 2016

    American Music Challenge 15-16 Winners

    American Music Challenge Winners 2015-2016 Academic Year First Place Sigma Alpha Chapter University of Massachusetts - Amherst 170 Eligible Performances Submitted Prize: $800 Second Place Rho Kappa Chapter Westminster Choir College 30 Eligible Performances Submitted Prize: $600 About Since 1898, Sinfonia has advanced the cause of American music in our country and abroad through a variety of genres. To encourage [...]Read More...
  • September 6, 2016

    Sinfonia Song Challenge

    Sinfonia Song Challenge President Mark Lichtenberg has issued yet another Sinfonia Song Challenge to our Brothers. The Sinfonia Song Challenge is a great way to expose chapters, alumni associations, or just groups of Brothers to music from the current edition of our Songbook that they may be unfamiliar with. Brothers are asked to upload a [...]Read More...
  • July 15, 2016

    President Lichtenberg Calls for Unity and Harmony

    Statement on Dallas Shootings During the past few weeks, our society has experienced events that have impacted many Brothers deeply, directly or indirectly. Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia has responded each time by calling for Unity and Harmony and asking its members to be a refuge to those who are hurting or fearful or confused. Last [...]Read More...
  • July 13, 2016

    Sinfonia Opposes Cuts to Military Music Funding

    White House Petition Needs 80,000 Signatures by July 19, 2016 Representative Martha McSally (AZ) added an amendment to House Bill H.R. 5293, the proposed Department of Defense budget for 2017, that stated "none of the funds made available by this Act may be used for performances by a military musical unit (as defined in section [...]Read More...
  • July 8, 2016

    Sinfonia reacts to Castile, Sterling shootings

    A Statement by President Lichtenberg Just weeks ago, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity called on its members to welcome those who need refuge in the face of an unspeakable tragedy. Today, in the wake of more violence targeting the African American community and the often inflammatory commentary that has followed, the Fraternity asks the same. [...]Read More...
  • June 20, 2016

    Bray Cottage at Lyrecrest Closed June 17 – July 1

    The Bray Cottage at Lyrecrest will be closed from Friday, June 17 through Friday, July 1, 2016 so that some needed repairs can be made to the interior. During this period, we regret that we will not be able to house traveling brothers as we normally would.  We ask your understanding during the period of [...]Read More...
  • June 15, 2016

    Phi Mu Alpha Reacts to Orlando Shooting

    Just a few days ago, countless lives were affected when 49 people lost their lives and 53 were injured at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida when a gunman attacked the club. Brothers of Phi Mu Alpha are reacting to this tragedy by emphasizing the healing power of music. A Statement by President Lichtenberg In the early morning [...]Read More...
  • June 10, 2016

    Leadership Institute Registration Closes June 15, 2016

    Registration for Leadership Institute, the Council of Chapter Presidents Pre-Conference, and the Chapter Officer Forum Pre-Conference will close at 11:59:59 PM CDT on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.  All pending registrations must be completed and paid by that deadline in order to guarantee your attendance at this popular event. We've had strong response to this event and [...]Read More...
  • May 16, 2016

    President Lichtenberg’s statement regarding NAfME

    Last week, reports surfaced indicating that NAfME Executive Director Michael Butera made inappropriate and offensive comments during a National Endowment for the Arts summit on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in the Arts. Following those comments, the NAfME Executive Committee placed Mr. Butera on administrative leave, and on Wednesday, he and NAfME agreed to part ways. [...]Read More...
  • May 6, 2016

    2016 Leadership Institute

    Marking the first Leadership Institute of the 2015-2018 triennium, Leadership Institute 2016 will be held at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana on June 23-26. Register Today! http://www.li2016.org Completely re-envisioned as a core Fraternity education component, Leadership Institute 2016 is now guided more than ever by the principles and values expressed in the Ritual. Featuring two […]

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  • April 13, 2016

    Lyrecrest Work Weekend 2016 Registration Now Open

    Lyrecrest Work Weekend 2016 May 27 - May 29 Have you ever had the desire to visit our National Headquarters but lacked the time during the school year to do so? Have you wanted to give back to the Fraternity at the national level but haven’t had the right opportunity present itself? Do you enjoy [...]Read More...
  • April 7, 2016

    Sinfonia Song Challenge

    Sinfonia Song Challenge The #SinfoniaSongChallenge for Brothers, Sing On! ended February 29th, 2016. We were happy to see increased participation in the challenge issued by President Mark Lichtenberg . Watch the videos of the winners of this round of #SinfoniaSongChallenge below. The Winners Combined Group The combined brothers of Province 19 (Missouri) and Province 28 (Northern [...]Read More...
  • April 4, 2016

    Chapter Officer Elections

    Chapter Officer Updates In accordance with the National Constitution & Bylaws, each collegiate chapter should have installed its new chapter officers by April 1st. We recognize that some chapters observe calendar year terms of office; in these cases, installation typically takes place in December, which is prior to April 1 and fulfills the requirements of the National Constitution [...]Read More...
  • March 24, 2016

    Fireside Midwest – Registration Open

    April 29 – May 1 Millikin University 2016/04/29 12:00:00 Fireside Midwest Registration Open Continuing their dedication to strong fraternity education practices and resources, National President Mark Lichtenberg and former National President John Mongiovi are hosting a series of regional events called Sinfonia Fireside Conferences. The program is dedicated to exploring the mission, Ritual, and ideals of [...]Read More...
  • March 18, 2016

    SEF Scholarship Applications Now Available

    Scholarship Applications Now Available The Sinfonia Educational Foundation is excited to announce the availability of the 2016-2017 School Year Scholarship Applications! $20,000 in scholarships are being offered for the next academic year to all eligible applicants. Individual Scholarship amounts range from $500 to $7,500. The SEF has proudly supported music programs and students since its inception. [...]Read More...
  • March 2, 2016

    A Call for Award Nominations

    Award Nominations now Being Accepted for Signature Sinfonians & Volunteers of the Year Submission DeadlineAll Signature Sinfonia and Volunteer of the Year (all categories) nominations must be received no later than April 1, 2016 to be considered for this year. The Signature Sinfonian Award recognizes alumni members who have achieved a high standard of accomplishment in [...]Read More...
  • February 15, 2016

    Spring Chapter Reports Available

    Chapter Reports Are Available We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that as of February 15 individual per capita taxes were assessed for all collegiate members. In addition, the Spring 2016 Chapter Report tool is now available for all active chapters. Please recall that chapter reports are due to be filed and completed [...]Read More...
  • February 4, 2016

    Join Phi Mu Alpha at TMEA

    Join Phi Mu Alpha at TMEA! It's that time of year again for the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio, Texas! Come join us at Booth #3019 in the exhibit hall to get your Phi Mu Alpha Sticker, hang out with Brothers, and connect with the Fraternity. Whether you're a collegiate member or an alumnus, [...]Read More...
  • February 3, 2016

    The Sinfonian Network – New Epsiode

    Mark's Remarks - Episode 2 Enjoy the latest episode of Mark's Remarks on The Sinfonian Network where Brother Lichtenberg talks about the #iamsinfonia project, new Fraternity Calendars, GinSystem, National Mills Music Mission Week, the new #SinfoniaSongChallenge, and some upcoming events to add to your calendar. Further details are below. Save the Date Keep these dates on your calendar! Check out [...]Read More...
  • January 29, 2016

    Increased Fees for 2016

    Increased Fees for 2016 The NEC voted to increase the insurance fee and initiation package costs at its Fall face-to-face meeting in Evansville. In response to increases in the Fraternity’s General Liability Insurance over the past two years, the National Executive Committee voted at its latest meeting to increase the Insurance Fee $2.00 per collegiate [...]Read More...
  • November 13, 2015

    Lyrecrest Retreat Program

    Lyrecrest Retreat Program We are pleased to announce new information on the Lyrecrest Retreat Program: where to find retreat information, the spring 2016 retreat dates, and FAQs about the program. The Lyrecrest Retreat Program Among the programs Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia offers its members, few can match the exalted experience obtained from participating in the Lyrecrest Retreat Program. [...]Read More...
  • November 13, 2015

    Ben Folds – Honorary Initiation

    Ben Folds Initiated as an Honorary Member The Beta Tau Chapter at Miami University in Florida initiated singer-songwriter Ben Folds on October 29th, 2015. The Invitation to Membership Back in August, a brother at the Beta Tau Chapter at the University of Miami proposed that the chapter initiate Ben Folds. Members knew that Ben would be [...]Read More...
  • November 11, 2015

    Honoring our Veterans

    Honoring our Veterans Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity honors the memory of the many brothers no longer with us who served in the Armed Forces of the United States and pays homage to those brothers who gave the last full measure of devotion in defense of our freedom. We salute all brothers who serve today [...]Read More...
  • October 29, 2015

    Sinfonia Song Challenge

    The Sinfonia Song Challenge, #1 In September, President Lichtenberg issued a challenge to all chapters, colonies, and alumni associations. Using the hashtag, #sinfoniasongchallenge, Brother Lichtenberg asked our affiliates to submit videos of our Fraternity brothers singing as one and winning the world to harmony through Songs Are Best at Candlelight, found in the Fraternity's songbook. With the passing of [...]Read More...
  • October 13, 2015

    2015 American Music Challenge Winners!

    Congratulations to the  American Music Challenge Winners! 2014-2015 First Place: Alpha Lambda Chapter Illinois Wesleyan University 61 Eligible Performances Submitted! Second Place: Rho Kappa Chapter Westminster Choir College 46 Eligible Performances Submitted! The annual American Music Challenge is open to all collegiate chapters. This contest, which awards cash prizes totaling $1,800, seeks to encourage enthusiastic pursuit of the [...]Read More...
  • October 7, 2015

    Founder’s Day Celebration

    Brothers - This Founder's Day our National President issued a call to all Sinfonians, and from around the country Brothers are answering. As we celebrate our recent dear Founder's Day in performing Mills Music Missions, we ask that you take a moment to share your pride by reporting on this experience. Share with us and [...]Read More...
  • October 4, 2015

    Sing as One – Founder’s Day 2015

    Beginning in 2013, we asked that chapters and alumni brothers "Sing as One" on Founder's Day, by performing group and individual Mills Music Missions on October 6.  This was a planned preview of the theme of our 55th National Convention, and much more.  We ask again this year that each chapter, colony and alumni association, [...]Read More...
  • October 2, 2015

    Founder’s Day 2015

    Founder's Day 2015! Tuesday, October 6 Phi Mu Alpha's Founder's Day celebration is Tuesday, October 6th. All chapters, colonies, and alumni associations are encouraged to celebrate the founding of our beloved Fraternity by performing the official Founder's Day Ceremony. Chapters and Associations can download the Founder's Day Ceremony Here, and use the following Fraternity statistics: (The [...]Read More...
  • September 23, 2015

    “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band Auditions

    “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band’s mission is to perform for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Founded in 1798 by an Act of Congress, the Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. Today, “The President’s Own” is celebrated for its role at the [...]Read More...
  • September 21, 2015

    Sinfonia Observes National Hazing Prevention Week

    SEPT. 21-25, 2015 Today is the first day of National Hazing Prevention Week, and we encourage all brother Sinfonians to stand firmly in opposition to hazing in all its forms and manifestations.  Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia was one of the earliest sponsors of this event, and the Fraternity remains committed to its support of the [...]Read More...
  • September 19, 2015

    New Presidential Video Series Debuts

    Meet newly-elected National President Mark Lichtenberg in the first installment of his new video series called "Mark's Remarks...direct to you from your National President."  In this month's video, Mark recaps the National Convention in New Orleans, introduces the new #IAmSinfonia program, and issues a musical challenge for all members and affiliates. Mark plans on issuing a [...]Read More...
  • September 18, 2015

    Revised National Constitution and Bylaws – First Release Now Available

    National Constitution and Bylaws 2015 National Assembly Revision The true strength of the individual chapter is determined by its obedience to the Constitution of the national fraternity. Wisdom has been shown in making our Constitution sufficiently plastic and progressive to meet the changing conditions inherent in the growth and expanse of a young fraternity and [...]Read More...
  • June 2, 2015

    Sinfonia Names 24th Man of Music

    The Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award is the highest honor Phi Mu Alpha can bestow upon one of its members. The special award is given once every three years to a Sinfonian who, through performance, composition, or any other significant musical activity, has distinguished himself and thus furthered the cause of music in […]

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  • May 7, 2015

    Gordon Goodwin to Lead the 1898 Jazz Orchestra

    Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America is pleased to announce that multiple Grammy and Emmy-award winning American pianist, saxophonist, composer, arranger, and conductor Gordon Goodwin will be joining the 1898 Jazz Orchestra as guest bandleader for the 2015 National Convention! When not scoring for some of the most memorable and remarkable films being made [...]Read More...
  • April 30, 2015

    Fraternity Reveals 55th National Convention Theme

    Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity unveiled the official theme for the 55th National Convention through a promotional video released Wednesday, April 29. The theme is “Sing As One,” representing the culmination of a three-year effort to focus the Fraternity forward.

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  • April 6, 2015

    Work Weekend 2015 Registration Now Open

    Lyrecrest Work Weekend 2015 May 22 - May 24 Have you ever had the desire to visit our National Headquarters but lacked the time during the school year to do so? Have you wanted to give back to the Fraternity at a national level but haven't had the right opportunity present itself? Do you enjoy [...]Read More...
  • March 31, 2015

    Official Slate of Nominees for National Executive Committee Announced

    The Nominating Committee of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, chaired by immediate past National President Dr. Richard Crosby, Eta-Omicron (Cincinnati) '75, met over the last few months to consider nominations for four National Executive Committee positions open for election during the 2015 National Convention. The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce its selections of outstanding candidates for [...]Read More...
  • March 26, 2015

    Fraternity Partners with GINSystems to Offer Chapter Websites

    At its February 20 - 22 face-to-face meeting, the members of the National Executive Committee approved a proposal that the Fraternity engage Group Interactive Networks of Gainesville, FL, a known designer and provider of website solutions for other American fraternities and sororities, to provide websites and its GINsystem chapter management tool to affiliates.  A formal [...]Read More...
  • March 13, 2015

    Foundation Scholarships Now Available

    The Sinfonia Educational Foundation is proud to announce the availability of $20,000 in scholarships available to collegiate Sinfonians. Applications for the scholarships, which range from $500 to $7,500, are now available and due to be received at the National Headquarters by April 17, 2015. The SEF has proudly supported music programs and students of music [...]Read More...
  • March 12, 2015

    Gravesite Taps Ceremony for Clark Terry – Sunday, March 15

    Brother Clark Terry, who passed away in February, was one of the first African-Americans to earn the rank of Bandsman in the US Navy during World War II, and received a military honors funeral when he was laid to rest.  Unfortunately, due to budget cuts, the Navy was unable to provide a live performance of [...]Read More...
  • March 12, 2015

    Lew Soloff Passes Away Suddenly on March 8, 2015

    We are sad to report the passing of Brother Lewis “Lew” Soloff, Alpha Nu (Eastman) 1961, who died of an apparent heart attack on Sunday, March 8 while walking in New York City with his daughter and her family.  Brother Soloff first rose to fame playing lead trumpet with the group Blood, Sweat and Tears from 1968-1973.  His […]

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  • February 25, 2015

    2015 Legislative Docket Announced

    In accordance with Title I, Article XVIII, Section I of the National Bylaws, the National President has released the legislative docket for the 2015 National Convention as set by the National Executive Committee. This docket includes previously approved proposals that are to be considered by the National Assembly at the 55th National Convention. Download 2015 [...]Read More...
  • February 24, 2015

    NEC Sets Convention Registration Fees

    For immediate release to all members and chapters: At its recently concluded February 20-22 meeting, the National Executive Committee reviewed convention costs and set the following early registration fees for all full registration packages for the 2015 National Convention: Collegiate Early Registration Discounted Price:  $499 Life Loyal Early Registration Discounted Price:  $559 Become LifeLoyal today to [...]Read More...
  • February 18, 2015

    Spring Chapter Reports Available

    Spring 2015 chapter reports are now available on http://www.mysinfonia.org. Chapter Presidents can access the reports and begin the workflow of submission. Notice – effective immediately: After two straight years of increases in the cost of our liability insurance premium, we began to run a deficit as the insurance fees could not cover the premium.  We […]

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  • January 14, 2015

    Fireside Conference Northeast

    "I assure you that we men, all of us, need, more perhaps than we think, to withdraw from the active, noisy, materialistic rush of the world, not to mention the sensuous, intoxicating, social pleasures of life that minister only to the flesh, and in peaceful quiet meditate upon and consider together some of the deep [...]Read More...
  • December 19, 2014

    2013-2014 American Music Competition Winners!

    Congratulations to the  [css_animation animation="unfold-3d-to-bottom" duration="1" delay="1"][/css_animation] First Place: Beta Mu Chapter Central Methodist University - 72 Qualified Performances Second Place: Epsilon Phi Chapter Capital University - 37 Qualified Performances Third Place: Epsilon Gamma Chapter University of Central Missouri - 35 Qualified Performances Runner-up Entries Tau Chapter at Kansas State - 32 Qualified Performances Iota Kappa Chapter at [...]Read More...
  • December 18, 2014

    Brother Bruce Hall (Rho Omega ’85) Named Deputy Governor of Province 40

    We are pleased to announce that Brother Bruce Hall, Rho Omega (Virginia Commonwealth) '85, has been appointed Deputy Governor of Province 40. Brother Hall currently serves professionally on staff at Sam Houston State University, where he also serves as the Zeta Mu's chapter Faculty Advisor. Brother Hall comes to us not only as an extremely [...]Read More...
  • December 17, 2014

    Join Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at the 2014 Midwest Clinic

    The Midwest Clinic begins its 68th annual session December 17th in Chicago, Illinois.  Phi Mu Alpha has long been involved with Midwest, through a number of brothers who served founding roles as board members and clinicians, and also by having a presence each year to greet alumni and collegiate brothers in attendance, and reacquaint them [...]Read More...
  • October 31, 2014

    Sinfonian Geico Discount

    Much like someone saving money with GEICO, horror movie characters are pretty predictable.  Get a quote today with your special brother discount, and your quote will help benefit the fraternity. www.geico.com/greek/Sinfonia http://youtu.be/AWv-dIUP9ocRead More...
  • October 10, 2014

    Act Now! – New Encore Tours Sinfonian Scholarship Available

    Encore Tours, the performance travel division of ACIS Educational Tours, is offering a $1,000 World Music Scholarship to collegiate Sinfonians. Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia was negotiating the spring scholarship, when Encore generously offered to make the fall scholarship available to us as well! But we are very close to the deadline for fall entries, so [...]Read More...
  • October 9, 2014

    NEC Ratifies National Nominating Committee Appointments – A Call for Nominations!

    At its recently concluded face-to-face meeting October 3-5, the National Executive Committee ratified President Mongiovi’s appointments to the National Nominating Committee.  National Constitution and Bylaws, Title I, Article VI, Section 6 mandates that the National Nominating Committee consists of the immediate past National President, who serves as chairman, two Province Governors, one Collegiate Province Representative […]

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  • October 8, 2014

    The Zen of Skyline Silhouettes

    Over the last few weeks, the members of the National Staff have embraced the stress-reducing effects of custom skyline art.  When the schedule is stressful, there’s nothing better than taking a few minutes to create your own special skyline.  Almost anything can be created or modified, without the limitations of size, proportion or actual physical […]

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  • September 29, 2014

    Founder’s Day – Sing as One!

    Founder's Day - Sing as One! Phi Mu Alpha's Founder's Day celebration is Monday, October 6th. All chapters and affiliates are encouraged to celebrate the founding of our beloved Fraternity by performing the official Founder's Day Ceremony. You can download the Founder's Day Ceremony Here, and use the following Fraternity statistics: (The Founder's Day Ceremony [...]Read More...
  • September 15, 2014

    Fraternity Hires New Assistant Director of Programs

    The National Headquarters is tremendously proud to announce that Brother Brandon M. Smith, Xi Gamma (Columbus State) 2011, has been hired as our first Assistant Director of Programs (ADP). Following the 2014 Spring semester, the position formerly known as Retreat Coordinator and Programs Assistant was modified and redefined based on evaluation of the direction that the position’s responsibilities have […]

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  • September 9, 2014

    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 […]

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  • August 27, 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 […]

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  • August 8, 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. […]

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  • June 27, 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 for [...]Read More...
  • June 6, 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 […]

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  • April 25, 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 […]

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  • April 17, 2014

    2014 National Headquarters Internships Announced

    Internship applications are no longer being accepted. Have you ever wanted to go behind the scenes and see how the Fraternity truly works? Do you Love Phi Mu Alpha? Do you want to make a difference? If you agree with these sentiments, then this announcement is for you! Phi Mu Alpha is pleased to announce [...]Read More...
  • April 11, 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 […]

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  • February 19, 2014

    Signature Sinfonian & Volunteer of the Year Nominations

    Each year the Fraternity presents awards to deserving members for a number of reasons. Many are the brothers who contribute either directly to Sinfonia, or indirectly by furthering our ideals and goals through their lives and endeavors.  The Signature Sinfonian award recognizes alumni members who have achieved a high standard of accomplishment in their field [...]Read More...
  • February 13, 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 [...]Read More...
  • February 10, 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 these festivities. PROCLAMATION [...]Read More...
  • February 3, 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 American music [...]Read More...
  • January 21, 2014

    Sinfonia Educational Foundation Scholarships Now Available; Applications Due March 1

    The Sinfonia Educational Foundation is proud to announce the availability of $12,000 in scholarships to collegiate Sinfonians. Applications for the scholarships, which range from $500 to $5,000, are due to be received at the Headquarters by March 1, 2014.  Complete information on the scholarships, including the application form and submission instructions, is available on the [...]Read More...
  • January 7, 2014

    Brother H.O. Reed Passes at 103

    Dr. H. Owen Reed, Zeta (Missouri) 1931, has passed away at the age of 103. A 1976 retiree from Michigan State's music faculty, Brother Reed enjoyed an accomplished career as composer and educator. He is perhaps best known for his band works "La Fiesta Mexicana" and "For the Unfortunate," and his other published works include a [...]Read More...
  • December 6, 2013

    Lyrecrest Closed Dec. 6

    The National Headquarters is closed today, Friday, Dec. 6 due to inclement weather in Evansville, IN. Responses to calls, emails, and other inquiries may be delayed until we are able to resume normal operations. We will respond to all requests as soon as we are able, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Read More...
  • December 2, 2013

    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 […]

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  • November 27, 2013

    Sinfonia Step Sing at Midwest Clinic

    The Midwest Clinic is one of the largest and most prestigious music conferences in the country. Each December in Chicago, IL thousands of musicians and educators come together for a variety of purposes. Phi Mu Alpha has had a presence at the Midwest Clinic for over a decade in the form of an exhibition booth. [...]Read More...
  • November 20, 2013

    Robert B. Washburn, Dead at 85

    The State University of New York at Potsdam and it's Crane School of Music has reported the passing of Brother Robert Washburn, Theta Iota (SUNY-Potsdam) '67. Brother Washburn earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Crane, joined its faculty in 1954, and served as its Dean from 1982 to 1985. He earned a Ph.D. in composition at [...]Read More...
  • October 16, 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 […]

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  • August 30, 2013

    2013/2014 T-Shirt Design Contest

    In 2011, we launched the first ever Phi Mu Alpha t-shirt design contest. The winning entry debuted at the 2012 National Convention and is currently one of the Sinfonia Store's best selling items. The winner received free registration to the 2012 National Convention. We are renewing the contest for the 2013/2014 school year.  Deadline All [...]Read More...
  • August 30, 2013

    Renewing the American Music Challenge

    Phi Mu Alpha has renewed the American Music Challenge to the Fraternity's collegiate chapters. This contest, which awards cash prizes totaling $1,800, seeks to encourage enthusiastic pursuit of the Fraternity's commitment to advancing music in America. Below is the text of the notification to chapters regarding the American Music Challenge. For the entirety of our [...]Read More...
  • August 21, 2013

    Interim Executive Director Hired

    In order to provide stability and minimize operational disruption during the current transition in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia's national staff, the Fraternity has retained the services of Brother Edward A. Klint, Alpha Xi (University of Illinois) 1978, to support national headquarters operations. Brother Klint was named Interim Executive Director, effective Monday, July 22, 2013, and will function [...]Read More...
  • August 12, 2013

    Sinfonia Educational Foundation Announces $5,000 Grant to the MusicianShip

    As a part of its mission to enrich lives and advance music, the Sinfonia Educational Foundation (SEF) is pleased to announce its support of The MusicianShip. The MusicianShip is a charitable non-profit organization that facilitates music lessons, experiences and opportunities for primarily at-risk youth, as they benefit most from positive outreach and music scholarship preparation. [...]Read More...
  • July 16, 2013

    2013 Alumni Directory

    Periodically, the Fraternity undertakes large-scale efforts to update our alumni database to include the most up-to-date information available. To do this, we have enlisted the aid of Harris Connect, a company that specializes in this type of information acquisition. The most recent time we undertook this project was in 2007.  In the coming days and [...]Read More...
  • May 14, 2013

    Robert J. Rogers, Dead at 91

    In January of 1990, the Robert J. Rogers Lifetime Service Award was created and presented for the first time. The first recipient of the award was its namesake, Robert J. Rogers, Gamma Theta (North Texas) '40. The award was intended to honor men such as Rogers who had dedicated many years of selfless service to the Fraternity [...]Read More...
  • May 13, 2013

    Michael Colgrass to Become National Honorary at Leadership Institute 2013

    Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is pleased to announce that internationally acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Michael Colgrass will be in attendance at Leadership Institute 2013 to become our newest National Honorary member. At the event, he will also be a featured speaker. Colgrass won 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Music for Deja Vu, which was commissioned and premiered [...]Read More...
  • April 17, 2013

    Lefkowitz Hired as Retreat Coordinator and Programs Associate

    Garrett A. Lefkowitz, Beta Iota (Albion) '08, has been hired as Retreat Coordinator and Programs Associate (RCPA) for the 2013-2014 academic year. Lefkowitz is currently finishing his Master�s Degree at Ohio State, where he will graduate in May. He has been involved with Sinfonia in numerous roles, at both Beta Iota and Beta Xi in various [...]Read More...
  • April 11, 2013

    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: 04/28 Contact: Marcel [...]Read More...
  • March 1, 2013

    Southern Mississippi Disaster Relief Donations

    On February 10th, a tornado touched down on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. All of the School of Music's facilities sustained damage, with two of the buildings completely destroyed. In order to aid the music community at the University of Southern Mississippi, the Sinfonia Educational Foundation has established the [...]Read More...
  • February 28, 2013

    Brother Van Cliburn – Dead at 78

    Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is saddened by the loss of a great musician, the eminent pianist Van Cliburn. Brother Cliburn was awarded the Fraternity’s Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award at the 1962 Convention, where he was also made a National Honorary Member. Pianist Cliburn proved himself a capable banquet speaker when he presented [...]Read More...
  • February 21, 2013

    Director of Programs Hired

    Mark Helmstetter, Theta Upsilon (Delta State) ’03, has been selected to serve on the National Staff as the Fraternity’s new Director of Programs. Brother Helmstetter holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education with emphasis on euphonium performance, and brings professional experience as head of the music department at Pillow Academy in Greenwood, MS. He served his [...]Read More...
  • February 4, 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 […]

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  • January 23, 2013

    Digital Songbook Available for iPad

    The Sinfonian Songbook is now available for digital download for iPad devices. This download is absolutely free, and the download also comes with accompanying audio for many of the tracks. We're happy to make this available to all brothers. We hope it becomes a handy supplement for chapter rehearsals and impromptu Sinfonian gatherings. Click here [...]Read More...
  • November 12, 2012

    Sinfonia Challenge Coins Now Available to Veterans Through Chapters and Alumni Associations

    Brother Christopher A. Patterson, Kappa Sigma (Valparaiso) 2010, was killed in action on January 6, 2012, in Kandahar, Afghanistan. His sacrifice, like so many others, is one of the truest examples of the kind of brotherly love that Sinfonia stands for. Before his death, Brother Patterson had been working on an idea for Sinfonian Challenge Coins. Challenge coins [...]Read More...
  • October 29, 2012

    Fall 2012 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! Florida Theta (Rollins College) Installation Date: 12/07 Contact: Chad McClellan [...]Read More...
  • October 19, 2012

    Committee Appointees Announced

    At their most recent meeting, the National Executive Committee ratified the appointments National President John Mongiovi made for committees for the 2012-2015 triennium. Below, you can review a list of these committees, their appointees and each committee's charge. This list is not complete - later in the triennium, a legislative committee and nominating committee will [...]Read More...
  • October 3, 2012

    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 […]

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  • August 22, 2012

    Renewing the American Music Challenge

    Phi Mu Alpha has renewed the American Music Challenge to the Fraternity's collegiate chapters. This contest, which awards cash prizes totaling $1,800, seeks to encourage enthusiastic pursuit of the Fraternity's commitment to advancing music in America. Below is the text of the notification to chapters regarding the American Music Challenge.     For the entirety [...]Read More...
  • January 28, 2012

    Jeremy Evans and William Lambert Depart Fraternity Staff; Fraternity Announces Search for Two Positions

    Jeremy M. Evans, Delta Nu (Bradley) '98, announced earlier today his departure from the position of chief operating officer of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Evans has served as the Fraternity’s Chief Operating Officer for over two years, and as a member of the National Staff for nearly a decade. Evans has accepted a position in Evansville [...]Read More...
  • September 9, 2011

    Renewing the American Music Challenge

    Phi Mu Alpha has renewed the American Music Challenge to the Fraternity's collegiate chapters. This contest, which awards cash prizes totaling $1,800, seeks to encourage enthusiastic pursuit of the Fraternity's commitment to advancing music in America. Below is the text of the notification to chapters regarding the American Music Challenge.  For 113 years Sinfonia has [...]Read More...
  • February 16, 2011

    Celuch Departs National Staff

    On Tuesday, February 15, Debra Celuch, executive assistant, announced her departure from the national staff. Her resignation will take effect Friday, March 4.  Debra has worked at the national headquarters twice; first, as office assistant in 2001, and in this current term of employment as executive assistant since February 28, 2005.  Chief Operating Officer Jeremy [...]Read More...
  • July 27, 2010

    Brian Stratton Initiated as National Honorary

    Dear Brothers, I'm deeply pleased to announce the initiation of Brother Brian McKinley Stratton, Delta Omega (Southeastern Louisiana) '79, into the National Honorary Alpha Alpha Chapter at the Leadership Institute, July 24, 2010. Brother Stratton has distinguished himself as a musician of international reputation and has brought honor to Phi Mu Alpha by displaying an outstanding commitment [...]Read More...
  • June 28, 2010

    Baltimore Area Alumni Association Chartered

    Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is proud to announce the chartering of the Baltimore Area Alumni Association which was approved on June 22, 2010. The Baltimore Area Alumni Association was chartered by 15 brothers and is the third alumni association in Province 27 (Northern Virginia, Eastern West Virginia, Southeast Pennsylvania, Eastern Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia), the [...]Read More...
  • February 8, 2010

    Two New Alumni Associations Chartered

    Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is proud to announce the chartering of two new alumni associations. The petitions of the San Antonio Area Alumni Association and the Tampa Bay Alumni Association were approved on February 2, 2010.  The Tampa Bay Alumni Association was chartered by 12 brothers and is the second alumni association in Province 13 [...]Read More...
  • February 5, 2010

    Past National President Robert L. Hause Passes Away

    The Fraternity regretfully announces the passing of past National President Robert Hause III, Epsilon (Michigan) '55. Born and raised in Shelby, N.C., Robert Hause studied the trombone at the University of Michigan, where he graduated cum laude in 1958 and completed a master's degree in music theory in 1960. After graduate study, and teaching and conducting jobs [...]Read More...
  • February 2, 2010

    Ripperton Departs as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia’s Executive Director

    Ryan T. Ripperton, Alpha Rho (North Carolina) '95, announced earlier today his departure from the position of executive director of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Ripperton has served the Fraternity as executive director for over seven years, and as a member of the National Headquarters staff for more than a decade.  "I feel lucky to have served [...]Read More...
  • December 17, 2009

    $6,500 in Scholarships Available; Applications Due Feb. 1

    The Sinfonia Educational Foundation is proud to announce the availability of $6,500 in scholarships to collegiate Sinfonians. Applications for the scholarships, which range from $500 to $2,500, are due by February 1, 2010. The scholarships available are as follows: Sinfonia Educational Foundation Scholarships (2): $2,500 and $1,500 James H. Patrenos Memorial Scholarship: $1,000 W. Eldridge and [...]Read More...
  • December 4, 2009

    Review of NEC Actions at October 2009 Meeting

    On the weekend of October 23-25, 2009, the National Executive Committee met at the National Headquarters for its semi-annual meeting. In accordance with NEC policy, a Sinfonia News announcement is issued following each meeting at which relevant policy matters are decided in order to communicate matters pertinent to the fraternal experience of members. Following is [...]Read More...
  • October 6, 2009

    Ritual Book Libraries Distributed To Chapters

    On October 6, the National Headquarters staff received the 2009 revision of the Initiation Ritual and distributed packages to each collegiate chapter for the establishment of chapter ritual book libraries. At their recent conference call meeting, the National Executive Committee approved a plan to distribute a full set of Ritual books to each chapter.  Included [...]Read More...
  • September 30, 2009

    Issuing the American Music Challenge

    National President John Alan Mongiovi, Upsilon Psi (South Florida) '94, and National Historian Bruce E. Gbur, Beta Phi (Baldwin-Wallace) '74, today issued an American Music Challenge to the Fraternity's collegiate chapters. This contest, which awards cash prizes totaling $1,000, seeks to encourage enthusiastic pursuit of the Fraternity's commitment to advancing music in America. Below is the text of the [...]Read More...
  • September 18, 2009

    Fraternity Adopts Statement on Probate Shows

    The National Executive Committee has adopted a Statement of Position on Probate Shows. This is a new document that (1) explains the Fraternity’s ongoing support for the practice of probate shows on campuses where they traditionally occur and (2) sets forth policy guidance to ensure that no violations of the Risk Management Policies occur in [...]Read More...
  • September 17, 2009

    NEC Approves Ritual Book Distribution Plan

    At their recent conference call meeting, the National Executive Committee approved a plan to distribute a full set of Ritual books to each chapter. These Ritual book sets will be shipped from the National Headquarters in early October and should arrive at chapters in mid-October.  This set of books is to be used to set [...]Read More...
  • September 2, 2009

    Fraternity Welcomes 2009-2012 National Executive Committee

    On Sunday, July 19, at the closing ceremonies of the 2009 National Convention, the 2009-2012 National Executive Committee was installed by outgoing National President Richard A. Crosby, Eta-Omicron (Cincinnati) '75. Among the newly elected group are three veteran NEC members and four who are new to the NEC. Within the newly elected NEC resides 24 years of [...]Read More...
  • September 1, 2009

    Crosby Receives Ossian E. Mills Award

    On Sunday, July 19, at the closing ceremonies of the 2009 National Convention, Dr. Richard A. Crosby, Eta-Omicron (Cincinnati) '75, was presented with the Ossian E. Mills Award. The award recognizes a Sinfonian who, through his leadership and dedication, has immeasurably furthered the cause of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia on a national scale and who embodies the [...]Read More...
  • July 28, 2009

    Lambert Re-Hired As Retreat Coordinator and Programs Associate

    Will Lambert, Iota Alpha (Alma) '05, has been re-hired as Retreat Coordinator and Programs Associate for the 2009-2010 academic year. Brother Lambert served admirably in the position during the 2008-2009 academic year, and has agreed to stay on for a second year in the position. Lambert was born and raised in Petoskey, Michigan, and graduated from [...]Read More...
  • July 9, 2009

    National Headquarters Closed July 20-24, 2009

    The Fraternity's National Headquarters will be closed the week of July 20-24, 2009, following the 2009 National Convention. No Headquarters staff members will be available at the Headquarters during this time. Staff members will return on Monday, July 27. During the week of July 13-17, most of the National Headquarters staff will be in Orlando, [...]Read More...
  • June 22, 2009

    2009 Signature Sinfonians Announced

    Jamey Aebersold, Gamma Tau (Indiana) '58 Jamey Aebersold is an internationally-known saxophonist and authority on jazz education and improvisation. He has developed over 120 volumes of Play-A-Longs in book and CD formats. He has led Summer Jazz Workshops for over 40 years to improve jazz musicianship for students of all abilities. The International Association of Jazz [...]Read More...
  • June 10, 2009

    Underwood to Receive Lifetime Service Award

    Jervis Underwood, Gamma Theta (North Texas) ’54, will be awarded the Fraternity’s Robert J. Rogers Lifetime Service Award during the 2009 National Convention Gala on July 18. This prestigious award has been given just five times before to some of the Fraternity’s most dedicated servants: Robert Rogers (1990), Carl Doubleday (1997), Lavan Robinson (2000), Jim Patrenos (2003), and [...]Read More...
  • May 12, 2009

    Fraternity Discontinues ‘Sinfonia Circle’; Builds Presence On Facebook

    As of May 31, 2009, the Fraternity is discontinuing its Sinfonia Circle community, the brothers-only social network launched in early 2007. The service is being discontinued because of low user traffic, which resulted in a low perception of value for the collegiate dues revenue invested in the product. In its place, the Fraternity is committing itself [...]Read More...
  • April 24, 2009

    National Headquarters Computer Systems Restored After Week-Long Outage

    As of 8:00am CDT on Friday, April 24, Lyrecrest’s computer systems have been fully restored. On Friday, April 17, Lyrecrest’s primary server experienced a severe hardware failure, limiting Lyrecrest Staff access to vital functions including the Fraternity’s membership database, the Fraternity’s file server and sinfonia.org email. Any email sent to the staff between Thursday, April [...]Read More...
  • April 8, 2009

    First Membership Pin Backorders Ship To Chapters

    On April 7, 2009, the National Headquarters staff shipped approximately 500 pins to chapters affected by the membership pin backorder. We are very pleased with the significantly increased quality of the new membership pins.  Later this week, tracking numbers will be e-mailed to chapters receiving shipments of backordered pins. This shipment fulfilled approximately 40% of [...]Read More...
  • March 31, 2009

    First Batch of New Pins Arrives at Headquarters

    The first shipment of new pins arrived at the National Headquarters this morning. This shipment, which contained 88 pins, is expected to be followed by a second shipment containing over 500 pins within the next few days. The remainder of the pins are expected within a couple of weeks. Backorders will be filled chronologically; those [...]Read More...
  • March 20, 2009

    Frank Ticheli Selected as National Honorary

    Renowned composer Frank Ticheli will be initiated as a National Honorary member on Saturday, July 18, 2009, during this summer’s 2009 National Convention. In addition, Ticheli will guest conduct one of his compositions with Sinfonia Winds, the convention wind ensemble, during its performance that afternoon.  Ticheli is an award-winning and well-regarded composer, known largely for his prolific [...]Read More...
  • March 20, 2009

    Server Upgrade To Cause Tech Outage

    During the weekend of March 27-29, 2009, Lyrecrest will be installing a new server, upgrading a number of its internal functionalities and dramatically improving the overall stability of the Fraternity’s IT infrastructure. As a result of this upgrade, members will experience several temporary technology outages. Starting Friday, March 27 (next Friday), email messages to and [...]Read More...
  • March 18, 2009

    Spaces Still Available In All Convention Ensembles

    BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: We are very pleased to announce Dr. Frank Ticheli, this Convention's national honorary membership selection, will be a special guest conductor of Sinfonia Winds for one of his compositions.    Spaces are still available in all three music ensembles for this summer's National Convention. All brothers are encouraged to consider applying before the new [...]Read More...
  • March 13, 2009

    Official Slate of National Officer Nominees Announced

    The Nominating Committee of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, chaired by Immediate Past National President Dr. Darhyl Ramsey, met over the last few months to consider nominations for four National Executive Committee positions open for election during the 2009 National Convention. The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce its selections for the official slate of [...]Read More...
  • March 5, 2009

    Sinfonia Songs Now Available Online

    The Fraternity is proud to announce the availability of almost 70 Sinfonia Songs through online distribution sites such as iTunes. The songs are compiled in a three-volume set. All net profit from the sales of these recordings will be donated to the Sinfonia Educational Foundation. The recordings follow the order they appear in the Centennial Edition of Sinfonia [...]Read More...
  • February 27, 2009

    Membership Pin Delay Extends To March

    The National Headquarters was notified this morning of an additional month delay in receiving the long-awaited shipment of new membership pins. New pins are now expected in by the end of March and will be distributed immediately upon receipt to all chapters whose new brothers are missing their pins. To date, over 1,000 new brothers [...]Read More...
  • February 18, 2009

    Garber Leaves Sinfonia Educational Foundation

    Matthew Garber, Mu Delta (Longwood) '99, director of development for the Sinfonia Educational Foundation since 2006, resigned his position on January 25, 2009. The Board of Trustees, after receiving Garber's resignation, has made the decision not to seek a replacement at this time.  Garber said that in the past three years, "the staff and volunteers have [...]Read More...
  • February 16, 2009

    Signature Sinfonian and Volunteer of the Year – Nominations Now Being Accepted

    Nominations are now being accepted for the 2009 Signature Sinfonian class of recipients and Volunteer of the Year. The Signature Sinfonian recognizes alumni members who have achieved a high standard of accomplishment in their field or profession, thereby bringing honor to Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Alumni in any profession, occupation or service work are eligible [...]Read More...
  • January 16, 2009

    Nominations for National Collegiate Representative Being Accepted

    Nominations for the office of National Collegiate Representative are still being accepted; the new deadline is February 16, 2009. At its recent meeting, the Nominating Committee did not choose an NCR nominee for the official slate because none of the candidates suggested by letters from the membership were eligible for the position. In order to [...]Read More...
  • January 8, 2009

    Improved Membership Pins Expected in February

    In February, long-awaited membership pins will be back in stock and distributed to all chapters that did not receive pins for their new brothers last fall. In addition to fulfilling the backorders, the National Headquarters staff is pleased to announce a significant increase in the quality of the pins. In resolving the backorder announced October 31, [...]Read More...
  • December 1, 2008

    Ruben Studdard Visits National Headquarters

    American Idol winner Ruben Studdard, Omicron Delta (Alabama A&M) '97, took time from his tour schedule yesterday to visit the Fraternity�s National Headquarters in Evansville, Indiana. Brother Studdard is currently touring with the Tony Award-winning Ain�t Misbehavin�, which played last night in Evansville. Ruben came to the office around 2 p.m. and met the National Headquarters staff. Ryan [...]Read More...
  • November 6, 2008

    Paul Green School of Rock to Receive the National Citation at 2008 Midwest Clinic

    Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is proud to announce it is awarding the National Citation to the Paul Green School of Rock at the 2008 Midwest Clinic at the Hilton Tower in Chicago, Illinois. The presentation will take place at a reception sponsored by the Sinfonia Educational Foundation on Thursday, December 18, starting at 7:30 p.m. [...]Read More...
  • October 31, 2008

    Pins out of Stock; New Members to be Missing Pins at Initiation

    Dear Brothers: I am very sorry to report that the National Headquarters has no membership pins in stock at this time due to poor production methods by our only pin supplier for the basic initiation package. We have just learned of this terribly frustrating problem, and I wanted to waste no time getting the message to [...]Read More...
  • September 22, 2008

    Two Changes in NEC Membership

    Two important changes have occurred in the membership of the Fraternity's National Executive Committee.  Micah White, Nu Psi (Shenandoah) '01, was removed from his position as National Collegiate Representative by the NEC on September 19, 2008. The NEC removed Brother White from his position for conduct unworthy of a member of the National Executive Committee. This [...]Read More...
  • September 22, 2008

    Review of NEC Actions at October 2008 Meeting

    On the weekend of October 3-5, 2008, the National Executive Committee met at the National Headquarters for its semi-annual meeting. In accordance with a new policy, a Sinfonia News announcement will now be issued following each meeting at which relevant policy matters are decided in order to communicate matters pertinent to the fraternal experience of [...]Read More...
  • August 29, 2008

    Call for National Officer Nominations

    Approximately one year before each National Convention, the Fraternity solicits letters from the membership at large naming possible nominees for the offices of National President, National Vice President, Committeeman-at-Large and National Collegiate Representative. Nominations for these positions for the 2009-2012 triennium are currently being sought.  The nominations process allows the Nominating Committee to consider the [...]Read More...
  • June 23, 2008

    Lambert Hired as Retreat Coordinator and Programs Associate

    Will Lambert, Iota Alpha (Alma) '05, has been hired as Retreat Coordinator and Programs Associate for the 2008-2009 academic year. Brother Lambert will begin work at the National Headquarters on August 1, 2008. Lambert was born and raised in Petoskey, Michigan, and graduated from Alma College in April 2008 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. [...]Read More...
  • June 3, 2008

    2008 Signature Sinfonian Inductees

    Dr. William P. Alexander, Beta Mu (Central Methodist) '48 William P. Alexander dedicated his life to making music accessible to students, faculty and the community. Through his permanent endowment, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania offers a series that includes performances by symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras and opera companies. He has spent his retirement writing new works for [...]Read More...
  • April 22, 2008

    Call for Legislation

    The National Headquarters is now accepting legislative proposals in advance of the 2009 National Convention, to be held July 15-19, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. Pursuant to Article XXV, Section One of the National Constitution, all legislative proposals must be published to the chapters and delegates by March 1 preceding the National Convention. In an effort [...]Read More...
  • April 10, 2008

    Life Loyal Sinfonian Launched

    Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is proud to announce the official launch of Life Loyal Sinfonian, a new program that guarantees a lifetime subscription to The Sinfonian to those members who enroll. In addition to the lifetime subscription, Life Loyal Sinfonian provides a number of valuable benefits to those who enroll, including:  A bold lapel pin to wear at Fraternity events. [...]Read More...
  • April 7, 2008

    Applications for Retreat Coordinator and Programs Associate

    The National Headquarters is accepting applications for the position of Retreat Coordinator and Programs Associate, with resumes sought from now through April 30, 2008.  The applicant process originally ended March 1, but due to insufficient applications the process is being opened once again.  This position is one of the most vital to the success of [...]Read More...
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