National Convention Ensembles

Join us in celebrating the 300th Anniversary of New Orleans and the 120th year of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity by joining us for three spectacular nights of music and entertainment brought to you be our three premier ensembles. Those interested in auditioning in the Convention ensembles will be able to indicate their interest on the registration form.

Ensemble Audition Information

Men of Song

Concert: July 19, 2018

Conducted by Brian M. Stratton
and Chase Moore

 The Men of Song Chorus is the Fraternity’s premier men’s vocal ensemble, featuring talented singers from all over the Fraternity. Choral singing has long been a feature of Sinfonia Conventions, but the notion of a select chorus first started to take hold in 2007. While the ‘Men of Song’ title was used for selected events since Leadership Institute in 2007, the name was formalized at the 2009 National Convention in Orlando as a result of a naming contest for the Convention ensembles. The 2015 Men of Song and Sinfonia Strings concert at the Cathedral of St. Louis in New Orleans was one of the most sublime and polished performances in the history of the Fraternity, and the concert filled the Cathedral almost to its capacity of 2000 people.

Signature Sinfonian and National Honorary Member Brian M. Stratton returns to conduct the Chorus in 2018, along with Chase Moore, who conducted the Chorus for the Ultimate Musical Experience/Leadership Institute in 2017. The program will feature selections with ties to the Fraternity and also to New Orleans, and the Cathedral is a splendid acoustic space. There may also be opportunities for smaller, select choruses to be formed from within the larger chorus. The chorus is open, by audition, to all Brothers of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia who wish to participate. Rehearsals for the Men of Song Chorus will begin Tuesday evening, July 17, 2018.

“There is a basic fact of life that you don’t know about: If you make a little old lady cry, it takes about three hours before she can stop. So You need to keep that in mind while you’re performing that piece, and if you hear the blubbering in the audience at the end, that is why…and it [the concert] was absolutely beautiful, and I hope that everyone else who heard it takes that home with them, same as I will. So thank you. Bravo.”

– 2016 Men of Song Chorus Concert Attendee

1898 Jazz 

Concert: July 20, 2018

Directed by Bincins Garcia

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia boasts one of the most impressive histories of both activity and activism in the American Jazz tradition of any single organization in existence. With members whose names dot the record books of Who’s Who in Jazz history, Sinfonia is proud to share its reach and mission to help advance the cause of all music in America – Jazz included.

Formed for the 2009 National Convention in Orlando, Florida, the 1898 Jazz Orchestra is Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia’s premier big band. The ensemble has featured some of the Fraternity’s top jazz musicians during its performances at National Conventions. We are excited to continue this tradition into the new era of the 1898 Jazz Orchestra for the 56th National Convention in New Orleans, LA.

The Director of the 1898 Jazz Orchestra will once again be Brother Bincins Garcia, Governor of Province 22. The Orchestra is open, by audition, to all Brothers of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia who wish to participate. Featured performers will be announced prior to Convention.


Concert: July 21, 2018

Conducted by Capt. Kenneth Collins

 The Sinfonia Winds premiered in a special concert at the Fifty-second National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, conducted by Man of Music, Signature Sinfonian and National Honorary member Colonel John R. Bourgeois, who was the 25th Director of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. His acclaimed career spanned nine presidential administrations, from Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower to Bill Clinton. The name of the ensemble was made permanent by a vote of the Convention in 2009.

In 2009 the ensemble was conducted by Dr. Bobby Adams, former president of the National Band Association and Florida Bandmasters Association. In 2012, the ensemble was conducted by Dr. “Mack” McGrannahan, former President of the Nevada Music Educators Association and an inducted member of the American Bandmasters Association. In 2015, the ensemble was conducted by Dr. David Holsinger, an internationally acclaimed composer and recipient of the Ostwald Award from the American Bandmasters Association.

The conductor of the Sinfonia Winds for 2018 will be Capt. Kenneth C. Collins, Commander of the United States Navy Band. Brother Collins was a charter member of the Xi Delta chapter at the University of Nevada in Reno and has steadily risen to prominence since his graduation from that institution. Following our tradition of selecting men who “Live the Object” of Sinfonia to lead our Convention ensembles, the Sinfonia Winds offers Brothers the opportunity to play under the direction of this wonderful musician and phenomenal conductor who began life as a collegiate member and represents the finest Sinfonian tradition.

The Sinfonia Winds ensemble is open, by audition, to all Brothers who wish to participate.

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