FAMOUS SINFONIANS

Meet the men of Phi Mu Alpha who have made impacts, forged milestones, and strove for the highest standards in music and beyond.

Throughout its history, Phi Mu Alpha has been an integral part of the broader history of the United States in nearly every aspect.

Each man is united by one Brotherhood, in music, for the betterment of all.

  • Ben Folds - Beta Tau - 2015

    Ben Folds is widely regarded as one of the major music influencers of our generation.

    He’s created an enormous body of genre-bending music that includes pop albums with Ben Folds Five, multiple solo albums, and numerous collaborative records. His last album was a blend of pop songs and his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra that soared to #1 on both the Billboard classical and classical crossover charts. For over a decade he’s performed with some of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras and currently serves as the first-ever Artistic Advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center.

    In addition to solo rock and orchestral touring, Folds recently wrote a critically-acclaimed memoir “A Dream About Lightning Bugs,” which debuted as a New York Times Best Seller, and is described as a collection of interrelated essays, anecdotes and lessons about art, life, and music.

    He is also no stranger to television, having been featured for five seasons as a judge on NBC’s critically-acclaimed a capella show “The Sing Off.” He continues to appear in cameo roles on cable and network TV shows, and composes for film and TV.

    An avid photographer, Folds is a member of the prestigious Sony Artisans of Imagery, has worked as an assignment photo editor for National Geographic, and was featured in a mini-documentary by the Kennedy Center’s Digital Project on his photographic work.

    An outspoken champion for arts education and music therapy funding in our nation’s public schools, in 2016 Ben held the distinction as the only artist to appear at both national political conventions advocating for arts education, has served for over five years as an active member of the distinguished Artist Committee of Americans For The Arts (AFTA), and serves on the Board of AFTA’s Arts Action Fund. He is also Chairman of the Arts Action Fund’s ArtsVote2020 national initiative to advocate for a greater commitment to the nation’s creative economy through improved public policies for the arts and arts education, and hosts a podcast series of interviews on arts policies with 2020 candidates.

  • J.K. Simmons - Delta Theta - 1975

    Jonathan Kimble Simmons was originally a singer, with a degree in music from the University of Montana. He turned to theater in the late 1970s and appeared in many regional productions in the Pacific Northwest before moving to New York in 1983. He appeared in Broadway and off-Broadway shows and also did some television — his early roles included the portrayal of a white supremacist responsible for multiple murders in an episode of Homicide: Life on the Street. In that same vein, Simmons first gained wide exposure as Vern Schillinger, the leader of an Aryan Brotherhood-type organization in prison in the HBO series Oz.

    Parlaying his small-screen notoriety into feature film opportunities, Simmons had a small part in the 1997 thriller The Jackal and played a leading role in Frank Todaro’s low-budget comedy Above Freezing, a runner-up for the most popular film at the 1998 Seattle Film Festival. Also in 1997, Simmons increased his television prolificacy by taking on the role of Dr. Emil Skoda, the consulting psychiatrist to the Manhattan district attorney’s office in the series Law and Order.

    By 1999, Simmons was showing up in such prominent films as The Cider House Rules and the baseball drama For Love of the Game, directed by Sam Raimi. The director again enlisted Simmons for his next film, 2000’s The Gift. After a supporting turn in the disappointing comedy The Mexican, Simmons teamed with Raimi for the third time, bringing cigar-chomping comic-book newspaperman J. Jonah Jameson screaming to life in the 2002 summer blockbuster Spider-Man. In 2004, he would reprise the role in the highly anticipated sequel, Spider-Man 2. That same year, along with appearing alongside Tom Hanks in the Coen Brothers’ The Ladykillers, Simmons continued to be a presence on the tube, costarring on ABC’s midseason-replacement ensemble drama The D.A.

    His career subsequently kicking into overdrive, the popular character actor was in increasingly high demand in the next few years, enjoying a productive run as a voice performer in such animated television series’ as Justice League, Kim Possible, The Legend of Korra, and Ultimate Spider-Man (the latter of which found him reprising his role as J. Jonah Jameson), as well as turning in memorable performances in Jason Reitman’s Juno, Mike Judge’s Extract, and as a hard-nosed captain in the 2012 crime thriller Contraband. Meanwhile, in 2005, he joined the cast of TNT’s popular crime drama The Closer as Assistant Chief Will Pope — a role which no doublt played a part in the cast earning five Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Ensemble Cast.

    Simmons continued to work steadily in movies, returning to the Spider-Man franchise in 2007. That same year he co-starred as the father of a pregnant teen in Juno, which led to him being cast regularly by that film’s director Jason Reitman in many of his future projects including Up In the Air and Labor Day. It was Reitman who got Simmons the script for Whiplash, Damien Chazelle’s directorial debut. The actor took the part of an abusive, but respected music teacher and the ensuing performance garnered Simmons multiple year-end awards including a Best Supporting Actor nomination from the Academy.

  • David Holsinger - Beta Mu- 1964

    David R. Holsinger, twice the recipient of the prestigious Ostwald Composition Prize of the American Bandmasters Association, was educated at Central Methodist College [Now Central Methodist University], Fayette, Missouri; Central Missouri State University [Now University of Central Missouri], Warrensburg; and the University of Kansas, Lawrence.  His primary composition study has been with Donald Bohlen at Central Missouri State and Charles Hoag at the University of Kansas.

    In 1999, having served 15 years as Composer in Residence to Shady Grove Church of Grand Prairie, Texas, award-winning composer and conductor David R. Holsinger (b 1945) relocated to Cleveland, Tenn., where he teaches conducting and composition, as well as serves as conductor of the Wind Ensemble at Lee University.

    Holsinger’s compositions have won four national competitions, including a two-time American Band Association Ostwald Award. His works have also been finalists in the National Band Association and Sudler competitions. Educated at Central Methodist University, Fayette, Missouri, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, and the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Holsinger was also honored with an honorary Doctorate and the Gustavus Fine Arts Medallion from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. In the summer of 1998, during the Texas Bandmasters’ Association convention in San Antonio, the United States Air Force Band of the West featured Holsinger as the HERITAGE VI composer. This prestigious series celebrating American wind composers was founded in 1992, and had previously honored Morton Gould, Ron Nelson, Robert Jager, W. Francis McBeth, and Roger Nixon. An elected member of the American Bandmasters Association, Holsinger’s recent honors include Women Band Directors International’s Al G. Wright Award, the Christian Instrumental Directors Association Director of the Year Citation, the 2011 Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Bandmaster of the Year Award, and biographical inclusion in both The Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music, Vol. I and III, and Norman Smith’s Program Notes for Band.

    In July of 2012, Phi Mu Alpha inducted Holsinger into the distinguished Alpha Alpha Chapter at its national convention in Orlando. Holsinger, who originally was inducted into Beta Mu Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha in the spring of 1964, was also honored as a Signature Sinfonian Medal.

  • Charles Johnson - Zeta Rho - 1953

    Dr. Charles Johnson was initiated as a charter member of the Zeta Rho Chapter at Fisk University in 1953. Regarded by many as “the nation’s foremost scholar in the field of Black Sociology,” Brother Johnson devoted most of his life to the field of sociology and in 1948 was appointed the first black president of Fisk University.

    As a renowned American sociologist and college administrator, Johnson was an outspoken civil rights activist and advocate for racial equality of not only African Americans but all ethnic minorities. During his early life and education, he earned an undergraduate and graduate degree in the field of Sociology, served in France during World War I, and was appointed Director of Research and Investigation of the National Urban League in New York City. It was in this position that he founded its magazine, Opportunity.

    In 1928, Dr. Johnson made the move to Fisk University to continue lifelong research and became the chairman of the Department of Social Sciences. It was through innovative research and his series of seminars known as the Race Relations Institute that he was able to generate proactive discussion on issues of economics, education, government policy, housing, employment, and semantics. These “think-tank” discussions allowed Johnson to draft strategies for change, such as training black veterans returning from the war and bringing an end to segregation in public schools, League of Women Voters, and the armed forces at large.

  • Thomas Dewey - Epsilon - 1920

    Thomas E. Dewey was born on March 24, 1902, at Owosso, Mich. In 1923 he received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Michigan. After briefly studying music and law in Chicago, he entered Columbia University Law School. After his graduation in 1925, he toured England and France. Returning to New York, he entered the state bar, accepted a clerkship in a law office, and became active in the Young Republican Club. In 1928 Dewey married Frances E. Hutt; they had two children.

    In 1931 the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York appointed Dewey his chief assistant. In addition to fundamental honesty and natural courage, Dewey possessed a capacity for careful and deliberate case preparation and an amazing self-control that enabled him to remain cool under pressure. With the resignation of the U.S. attorney in November 1933, Dewey took that position—at 31 the youngest U.S. attorney ever. When President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed a Democrat to the position 5 weeks later, Dewey returned to private law practice. In 1935 he was appointed special prosecutor for the Investigation of Organized Crime in New York. His campaign against narcotics and vice racketeers obtained 72 convictions in 73 prosecutions. In 1937 he was elected district attorney for New York County.

    In 1942 Dewey was elected governor of New York. He quickly established a reputation for political moderation and administrative efficiency, enjoying cordial relations with the legislature. Success as governor, added to his reputation in fighting New York racketeers, sent Dewey’s political stature soaring. In 1944 he was the Republican party’s presidential nominee. He ran well, despite Roosevelt’s record as a war leader and Dewey’s lack of experience in international affairs. Reelected governor of New York in 1946, he proceeded to ram a series of liberal laws through the legislature.

    As the acknowledged front-runner in his second presidential campaign—against Democrat Harry Truman in 1948—Dewey refused to tax himself, made only a few speeches, avoided controversial issues, and scarcely recognized the opposition. He lost to Truman by a narrow margin. In 1950 he was elected to his third successive term as New York’s governor.

    At the suggestion of State Department adviser John Foster Dulles, Dewey visited 17 countries in the Pacific in 1951. In 1955 he reentered private practice with the New York firm of Dewey, Ballantine, Bushby, Palmer, and Wood. By 1957 Dewey had been awarded 16 honorary degrees. His books include The Case against the New Deal (1940), Journey to the Far Pacific (1952), and Thomas E. Dewey on the Two Party System (1966). He died on March 16, 1971, at Bal Harbour, Fla.

  • Arna Bontemps - Zeta Rho - 1954

    Bontemps grew up in California and was sent to the San Fernando Academy boarding school with his father’s instruction to not “go up there acting colored.” This Bontemps later noted as a formative moment, and he would resent what he saw as an effort to make him forget his heritage. He graduated from Pacific Union College in Angwin in 1923 with an AB.

    In 1924 he accepted a teaching position in Harlem, New York. He married Alberta Johnson, a former student, in 1926; they would eventually have six children. Though his original plan was to obtain his Ph.D. in English, he accepted teaching positions to support his family. Luckily, it was while teaching in Harlem that he would become closely connected to the Harlem Renaissance and befriend major artists such as Countee Cullen, W. E. B. DuBois, Zora Neale Hurston, James Weldon Johnson, Claude McKay, Jean Toomer, and especially Langston Hughes, with whom he frequently collaborated.

    Bontemps first published his poems in “Crisis” in 1924, and also later in “Opportunity,” both literary magazines that supported the work of young African American writers. In 1926 and 1927, Bontemps win three prizes for his poetry from these publications. His first book of fiction was “God Sends Sunday” (1931), the story of a fast-living black jockey named Little Augie. The book received mixed reviews: praise for its significance as a book by a black author but also criticism for its emphasis on the seamier side of black life.

    That same year Bontemps moved to Huntsville, Alabama, where he had accepted a position at Oakwood Junior College. In 1932 he received another prize for the short story “A Summer Tragedy” and published his first two children’s book, “Popo, and Fifina: Children of Haiti,” with Langston Hughes, and “You Can’t Pet a Possum” in 1934. He began work on “Black Thunder: Gabriel’s Revolt: Virginia 1800,” the story of an aborted slave rebellion led by Gabriel Prosser. The novel, published in 1936, was finished in his father’s California house. At the end of the 1934 school year, Oakwood dismissed Bontemps, a reaction to the combination of his radical politics, out-of-state visitors, his personal book collection, and the school’s own conservative and religious views.

    In 1943 Bontemps received a master’s degree in library science from the University of Chicago. He was appointed a librarian at Fisk University, a position he held until his retirement in 1965, followed by honorary degrees and professorships at the University of Illinois and Yale University, and a return to Fisk as a writer in residence.

    He died June 4, 1973, from a heart attack while working on his autobiography. However, Sterling A. Brown and Aaron Douglas noted that his writings had not received the critical attention deserved, his work as a librarian and historian point to him as a great chronicler and a preserver of the documents of black cultural heritage. His family’s old Louisiana home is now the Arna Bontemps African American Museum and Cultural Arts Center.

  • Luciano Pavarotti - Beta Tau - 1978

    Luciano Pavarotti was a best-selling classical singer and humanitarian known for his most original and popular performances with the ‘Three Tenors’ and ‘Pavarotti & Friends’.

    He was born on October 12, 1935, in Modena, Emilia-Romagna, in Northern Italy. He was the first child and only son of two children in the family of a baker. His father, Fernando Pavarotti, was a gifted amateur tenor, who instilled a love for music and singing in young Luciano. His mother, Adele Venturi, worked at the local cigar factory. Young Pavarotti showed many talents. He first sang with his father in the Corale Rossi, a male choir in Modena, and won the first prize in an international choir competition in Wales, UK. He also played soccer as a goalkeeper for his town’s junior team.

    In 1954, at the age of 19, Pavarotti decided to make a career as a professional opera singer. He took serious study with professional tenor Arrio Pola, who discovered that Pavarotti had perfect pitch, and offered to teach him for free. After six years of studies, he had only a few performances in small towns without pay. At that time Pavarotti supported himself working as a part-time school teacher and later an insurance salesman. In 1961 he married his girlfriend, singer Adua Veroni, and the couple had three daughters.

    Pavarotti made his operatic debut on April 29, 1961, as Rodolfo in La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini, at the opera house in Reggio Emilia. In the following years he relied on the professional advise from tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano, who prevented Pavarotti from appearances when his voice was not ready yet. Eventually Pavarotti stepped in for Di Stefano in 1963, at the Royal Opera House in London as ‘Rodolfo’ in La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini, making his international debut. That same year he met soprano Joan Sutherland and the two began one of the most legendary partnerships in vocal history; Pavarotti made his American debut opposite Sutherland in February of 1965, at the Miami Opera.

    Pavarotti was blessed with a voice of rare range, beauty and clarity, which was best during the 60s, 70s and 80s. In 1966 he became the first opera tenor to hit all nine “high C’s” with his full voice in the aria ‘Quel destin’ in ‘La Fille du Regiment’ (aka.. The Daughter of the Regiment) by Gaetano Donizetti. He repeated this feat in his legendary 1972 Met performance and was nicknamed “King of the High C’s” in rave reviews. Pavarotti’s popularity was arguably bigger than that of any other living tenor in the world. His 1993 live performance in New York’s Central Park was attended by 500,000 fans while millions watched it on television. During the 1990s and 2000s Pavarotti was still showing the ability to deliver his clear ringing tone in the higher register, albeit in fewer performances.

    Luciano Pavarotti was also known for his humanitarian work. He was the founder and host of the ‘Pavarotti & Friends’ annual charity concerts and related activities in Modena, Italy. There he sang with international stars of all styles to raise funds for several worthy UN causes. Pavarotti sang with Bono and U2 in the 1995 song Miss Sarajevo and raised $1,500,000 in his charity project ‘Concert for Bosnia’. He also established and financed the Pavarotti Music Center in Bosnia, and raised funds in charity concerts for refugees from Afghanistan and Kosovo. Pavarotti made two Guinness World Records: one was for receiving the most curtain calls at 165; and the other was for the best selling classical album of ‘The Three Tenors in Concert’ with Plácido Domingo and José Carreras.

  • Andrew Carnegie - Alpha - 1917

    Andrew Carnegie was born on November 25, 1835, in Dunfermline, Scotland, the son of William Carnegie, a weaver, and Margaret Morrison Carnegie. The invention of weaving machines replaced the work Carnegie’s father did, and eventually the family was forced into poverty. In 1848 the family left Scotland and settled in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania. Carnegie’s father found a job in a cotton factory, but he soon quit to return to his home handloom, making linens and trying to sell them door to door. Carnegie also worked in the cotton factory, but after his father died in 1855, his strong desire to help take care of the family pushed him to educate himself. He became an avid reader, a theatergoer, and a lover of music.

    Between 1865 and 1870 Carnegie made money through investments in several small iron mills and factories. He also traveled throughout England, selling the bonds of small United States railroads and bridge companies. Carnegie began to see that steel was eventually going to replace iron for the manufacture of rails, structural shapes, pipe, and wire. In 1873 he organized a steel rail company. The first steel furnace at Braddock, Pennsylvania, began to roll rails in 1874. Carnegie continued building by cutting prices, driving out competitors, shaking off weak partners, and putting earnings back into the company. He never went public (sold shares of his company in order to raise money). Instead he obtained capital (money) from profits—and, when necessary, from local banks—and he kept on growing, making heavy steel alone. By 1878 the company was valued at $1.25 million.

    Carnegie spent his leisure time traveling. He also wrote several books, including “Triumphant Democracy” (1886), which pointed out the advantages of American life over the unequal societies of Britain and other European countries. To Carnegie access to education was the key to America’s political stability and industrial accomplishments. In 1889 he published an article, “Wealth,” stating his belief that rich men had a duty to use their money to improve the welfare of the community. Carnegie remained a bachelor until his mother died in 1886. A year later he married Louise Whitfield. They had one child together. The couple began to spend six months each year in Scotland, though Carnegie kept an eye on business developments and problems.

    In retirement, Carnegie began to set up trust funds “for the improvement of mankind.” He built some three thousand public libraries all over the English-speaking world. In 1895 the Carnegie Institute of Pittsburgh was opened, housing an art gallery, a natural history museum, and a music hall. He also built a group of technical schools that make up the present-day Carnegie Mellon University. The Carnegie Institution of Washington was set up to encourage research in the natural and physical sciences. Carnegie Hall was built in New York City. The Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching was created to provide pensions for university professors. Carnegie also established the Endowment for International Peace to seek an end to war.

    In all, Carnegie’s donations totaled $350 million. The continuation of his broad interests was put under the general charge of the Carnegie Corporation, with a donation of $125 million. Carnegie died on August 11, 1919, at his summer home near Lenox, Massachusetts.

  • Roland Carter - Beta Epsilon - 1965

    Dr. Roland M. Carter has long been a world-acclaimed composer, arranger, conductor, pianist, teacher, and scholar. His outstanding contributions to the performance and preservation of American music, and especially that of African American musicians, have elevated him to the status of a leading figure in the nation’s choral arts. From presidential inaugurations to small-town churches, Brother Carter has brought music to the masses with a keen ear and a bright mind.

    Music has always been a part of Carter’s life, even from the early years. His aunt, Anne Smith, traveled with a musical group called Wings Over Dixie. “She played the piano, and she could play everything from ragtime to stride piano,” Carter recalls. “There was always an instrument in the house.” After gaining an education from Hampton University in Virginia and New York University, Carter would spend just over twenty years as Director of Choral Music and Assistant Professor of Music at Hampton. In 1989, he would be offered a position at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga (UTC). The opportunity to teach at the university, where almost thirty years prior, he was not allowed to enter because of his race meant a great deal. “To come back twenty-nine years later as department head was an affirmation of how far we’ve come, but also how far we had to go,” Carter says.

    Named the UTC Holmberg Professor of American Music and retired in 2013, Carter accomplished much during his twenty-three-year tenure. He founded The Chattanooga Choral Society for the Preservation of African American Song and led several choirs. In 2003 he was awarded the Tennessee Governor’s Arts Awards as a Distinguished Artist and was elected to honorary membership of the internationally acclaimed Morehouse Glee Club in 2004. He also served as President of the National Association of Negro Musicians from 2002 to 2008.

    In recognition of his contributions to his art and humanity, Brother Carter was named to Phi Mu Alpha’s inaugural class of Signature Sinfonians in 2006 and initiated into the Alpha Alpha Chapter of national honorary members. Just last Spring, Carter was recognized with a Master of Spirituals Award for his work preserving the religious music of African Americans.

  • Burl Ives - Alpha Chi - 1953

    Burl Ives was an American entertainer, with a career that spanned in over sixty years. He expanded his talent into in many forms of media, with a wide range. He was an itinerant folk singer before becoming a radio personality during the 1940s, appearing on his own radio show The Wayfarin’ Stranger. Also during that decade, Ives also began to appear in movies with Smoky, and acted more frequently from the 1950s-1960s on films such as East Of Eden, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Desire Under The Elms, Wind Across The Everglades, Day Of The Outlaw, and The Big Country, the last film where his performance won him an Oscar best supporting actor in 1958. He had also appeared on Broadway since the late 1930s.

    As a singer and recording artist, Ives released singles that endeared to his folk and country fans such as “Riders in the Sky,” “A Little Bitty Tear,” “Funny Way of Laughin’,” “Call Me Mr. In-Between,” “Mary Ann Regrets” and a lot more, and had issued 40-plus albums in his long career. He also popularized the traditional songs “Foggy, Foggy Dew” in the 1940s, and became somewhat a symbol of Christmas through his popular songs “A Holly Jolly Christmas” and “Silver and Gold” which became standard holiday fares. With his grandfatherly image he was also popular among younger listeners through some of his records such as Animal Fair: Songs for Children, Children’s Favorites, Burl Ives Sings Little White Duck and Other Children’s Favorites and Chim Chim Cheree and other Children’s Favorites, among others.

  • Jascha Heifetz - Alpha - 1917

    More than a century after his public debut, the name Jascha Heifetz continues to evoke awe and excitement among fellow musicians. In a performing career that spanned 65 years, he established an unparalleled standard of violin playing to which violinists around the world still aspire.

    Heifetz is widely considered to be one of the most profoundly influential performing artists of all time. Born in Vilnius, Lithuania — then occupied by Russia — on February 2, 1901, he became a U.S. citizen in 1925. Fiercely patriotic to his adopted country, he gave hundreds of concerts for Allied service men and women during World War II, including tours of Central and South America, North Africa, Italy, France, and Germany, often playing from the back of a flatbed truck in dangerous conditions.

    In 1928, he published the first of dozens of acclaimed violin transcriptions. Many, including his arrangements of selections from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess,” are now part of the standard repertoire. Using the pseudonym Jim Hoyl, he even wrote a pop song that became a hit in 1946.

    In his later years, Heifetz became a dedicated teacher and a champion of causes he believed in. He led efforts to establish “911” as an emergency phone number, and crusaded for clean air. He and his students at the University of Southern California protested smog by wearing gas masks, and in 1967 he converted his Renault passenger car into an electric vehicle.

    As a result of his vast recorded legacy, Heifetz’s violin playing is no less influential today than it was in his lifetime. To legions of violinists he remains, quite simply, “The King.”

  • Andy Martin - Alpha Alpha - 2018

    Coming from a musical family, trombonist Andy Martin launched his career while still in his teens. His technique and virtuosity quickly established him on the Los Angeles music scene. As an instructor, Martin has influenced countless young players. He has appeared at many colleges and universities throughout the country as a guest artist and clinician.

    A world-class jazz musician and Yamaha Performing Artist, Martin is featured as leader or co-leader on twelve albums. These albums showcase his collaboration with other top jazz artists such as the late Carl Fontana, Pete Christlieb, Bobby Shew, and Eric Marienthal. He has also collaborated as a sideman with jazz greats such as Stanley Turrentine and Horace Silver. Martin had a long association with British bandleader and jazz promoter Vic Lewis and was the featured soloist on many of Vic’s CDs.

    Martin is well known for his work as a lead player and featured soloist with virtually every big band in L.A. Martin is the lead trombonist and featured soloist with Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, the lead trombonist, and soloist for The Tom Kubis Band, and was a featured soloist for the Bill Holman Big Band for 15 years. He has appeared in bands led by Jack Sheldon, Louis Bellson, Quincy Jones, Matt Cattingub, Bob Curnow, Patrick Williams, and Sammy Nestico, among others.

    Martin has long been one of L.A.’s most prominent trombonists for commercial recordings, television and motion picture soundtracks and live theater. He has contributed on albums for many popular artists, including the Pussycat Dolls, Coldplay, and Michael Bublé. His television credits include the Grammys, the Emmys, the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Martin has been the lead trombonist on television shows Dancing With The Stars and American Idol and has appeared regularly on the soundtracks of major television series such as Family Guy, American Dad, and King of the Hill. His motion picture credits span the soundtracks of over 150 major films.

  • Krzysztof Penderecki - Epsilon Iota - 1975

    Krzysztof Penderecki was born in Dębica on 23 November 1933. He studied composition privately with Franciszek Skołyszewski and then (1955-8) with Artur Malawski and Stanisław Wiechowicz at the State Higher School of Music in Kraków, where he also taught, being appointed its rector (i.e., president) in 1972 (in the 1980s the School was renamed “Academy of Music). Penderecki’s career had a very auspicious beginning. In 1959 he came suddenly to prominence when three of his works won first prizes in a national competition organized by the Polish Composers’ Union (he submitted them under different pseudonyms). His reputation quickly spread abroad, notably through perfomances of such works as Anaklasis (written for the 1960 Donaueschigen Festival) and Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima. The latter piece, as well as the Passion according to St. Luke of 1963-5, found an unusually wide audience for contemporary works, and Penderecki soon received important commissions from diverse organizations in Europe and the USA. He has also appeared widely as a lecturer and in 1972 began to conduct his own compositions.

    Penderecki has won numerous domestic and foreign prizes including the First Class State Award (1968, 1983), the Polish Composers’ Union Prize (1970), the Herder Prize (1977), the Sibelius Prize (1983), the Premio Lorenzo Magnifico (1985), the Israeli Karl Wolff Foundation Prize (1987), a Grammy Award (1988), a Grawemeyer Award (1992), and a UNESCO International Music Council Award (1993). He has honorary doctorates from universities in Rochester, Bordeaux, Leuven, Belgrade, Washington, Madrit, Poznań, Warsaw and Glasgow. He is an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Musikaliska Academien in Stockholm, Akademie der Kunste in Berlin, Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires, Academie Internationale de Philosophie et de I’ Art in Bern, Academie Internationale des Sciences, Belles-lettres et Arts in Bordeaux, and the Royal Academy of Music in Dublin. In 1990 he received the Great Cross of Merit of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, in 1993 the Order of Cultural Merit (Monaco), and in 1994 an Austrian honorary distinction For Achievements in Science and Arts. In 1993 he was decorated with the Commander’s Cross with the star of the Order of Polonia Restituta.

    Penderecki’s teaching career developed in Germany, the U.S. and Poland. He taught composition at the Volkwang Hochschule fur Music, Essen (from 1966 to 1968); in 1973-78 he lectured at Yale University in New Haven. In 1982-87 he was rector of the Academy of Music in Kraków, in 1987-1990 he served as the artistic director of the Cracow Philharmonic. Since his conductor’s debut with the London Symphony Orchestra (1973), he has performed with prominent symphony orchestras in the United States and Europe, and he is chief guest conductor of the Norddeutscher Rundfunk Orchestra in Hamburg. Apart from his own works, his conducting repertoire covers the works of composers from various epochs, with a preference for 19th-century and early 20th-century compositions. In 1997 he published a book entitled “The Labyrinth of Time. Five Lectures at the End of the Century (Warsaw, “Presspublica”). In 1996 the performance of his piece Seven Gates of Jerusalem, commissioned by the city, commemorated the celebrations of “Jerusalem – 3000 Years.” in Israel.

  • Ellis Marsalis, Jr. - Delta Epsilon - 1965

    Brother Marsalis was initiated at the Delta Epsilon Chapter in 1965 and in 2015 he was named the Fraternity’s 24th “Man of Music” at the 55th National Convention.

    Born on November 14, 1934, his formal music studies began at age eleven at the Xavier University junior school of music. After high school, Marsalis enrolled in Dillard University as a clarinet major. He graduated in 1955 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education. Marsalis spent the next year working as an assistant manager in his father’s motel business.

    The following year, Marsalis joined the U.S. Marine Corps. While stationed in southern California he honed his pianist skills as a member of the Corps Four, a Marines jazz quartet that performed on television.

    Returning to New Orleans in 1966, he began freelancing on the local music scene. Between 1966 and 1974 Brother Marsalis would perform at the Playboy Club, Al Hirt nightclub, Lu and Charlie’s nightclub, Storyville nightclub Crazy Shirley’s as well as again enter the teaching profession, in 1967, as an adjunct professor of African American Music at Xavier University.

    In 1986, Marsalis accepted a teaching position out of state. He became a Commonwealth Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, serving as coordinator of Jazz Studies two of his three years there. In 1989, he returned to New Orleans to become the first occupant and Director of the Coca-Cola Endowed Chair of Jazz Studies at the University of New Orleans.

    During his tenure at UNO, he helped colleague Charles Blancq develop a campus performance center called the Sand Bar. Marsalis would also develop a Jazz Orchestra, which he took, on the eve of his retirement, on a tour of Brazil. On August 10, 2001, Marsalis officially retired from the University of New Orleans after twelve years of dedicated service. His retirement was celebrated by a very rare performance of his sons Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason Marsalis at the UNO arena.

    In 2011, Brother Marsalis and his family were awarded the highest honor in Jazz, NEA Jazz Masters, the first group award ever distributed by the National Endowment for the Arts.

  • George Eastman - Alpha Nu - 1927

    George Eastman was born in Waterville, New York, on July 12, 1854. His father, George W. Eastman, ran a business college in Rochester, New York; his mother, Maria Kilbourn, took care of young George and his two older sisters. His father died when he was seven, two years after the family moved to Rochester. His mother was forced to take in boarders to add to the family’s small income. George was educated in Rochester public schools but dropped out at age thirteen to work and help his mother. He advanced from messenger to bookkeeper in the Rochester Savings Bank by 1877. He was always careful with money, spending it only on his hobby, amateur photography. When photographic chemicals among his cameras and supplies ruined his packed clothes on a trip to Mackinac Island, he became disgusted with the wet-plate process of producing photographs.

    In the 1870s American photography was still time-consuming, difficult, and expensive. Equipment included a huge camera, strong tripod (a three-legged stand), large plateholder, dark tent, chemicals, water container, and heavy glass plates. Eastman experimented using dry plates. He was the first American to contribute to the improvement of photographic methods by coating glass plates with gelatin, a gummy substance, and silver bromide, a chemical. In 1879 his coating machine was patented in England, and in 1880 he received an American patent for it. He sold his English patent and opened a shop to manufacture photographic plates in Rochester. To do away with glass plates, Eastman coated paper with gelatin and photographic chemicals. The developed film was stripped from the paper to make a negative. This film was rolled on spools. Eastman and William Walker created a lightweight roll holder that would fit any camera.

    In 1888 Eastman designed a simple camera, the Kodak (a word created by Eastman; it has no meaning), which was easy to carry and made focusing and adjusting the light unnecessary. With a hundred-exposure roll of film, it sold for twenty-five dollars. After taking the pictures and sending the camera and ten dollars to the Rochester factory, the photographer received his prints and reloaded camera. Eastman’s slogan, “You press the button, we do the rest,” became well known. Eastman expected that photography would soon become more popular, and in 1892 he established the Eastman Kodak Company.

    Eastman’s staff worked on other scientific problems as well as on photographic improvements. During World War I (1914–18) his laboratory helped build up America’s chemical industry to the point where it no longer depended on Germany. Eventually America became the world leader. Eastman cared about his employees; he was the first American businessman to grant workers shares in the profits made by the company. He also gave away large amounts of his huge fortune to the University of Rochester (especially the medical school and Eastman School of Music), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Hampton Institute, Tuskegee Institute, Rochester Dental Dispensary, and several European dental clinics.

  • Craig Hella Johnson - Gamma Phi - 2018

    Beloved by audiences, lauded by critics and composers, and revered by singers, Johnson is known for crafting musical journeys that create deep connections between performers and listeners. The Wall Street Journal praised his ability to “find the emotional essence other performers often miss,” and Fanfare wrote that “Craig Hella Johnson has assembled and molded a first-rate choir to be respected as highly as the best we have had.” Distinguished composer John Corigliano wrote, “I believe that [Johnson] has understood my music in a way that I have never experienced before. He is a great musician who understands everything about the music he conducts.” Composer and collaborator Robert Kyr observed, “Craig’s attitude toward creating a community of artists who work together to interpret the score … goes beyond technical mastery into that emotional depth and spiritual life of the music.” Of Johnson’s performance of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, the San Antonio Express-News wrote: “Through all the amazing ebbs and flows of dynamics, the radiant balances, the seamless connection of episodes, the theatrically astute tempo relations, the unified structural arc, the music shone forth with organic naturalness. Nothing sounded fussed over. Everything just sounded right.”

    Johnson is also Music Director of the Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble and conductor emeritus of the Victoria Bach Festival. He was Artistic Director of San Francisco-based Chanticleer (1998-1999) and has served as guest conductor with the Austin Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, and many others in Texas, the U.S., and abroad. As the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Texas at Austin from 1990-2001, Johnson led the graduate program in choral conducting. He remains an active educator, teaching nationally and internationally with professionals and students at conferences and universities. He is also a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. Craig Hella Johnson joined the faculty at Texas State as Artist in Residence in fall 2016 and continues to inspire his colleagues and students in innovative teaching and programming as Professor of Practice.

    A composer and arranger, Johnson works with G. Schirmer Publishing on the Craig Hella Johnson Choral Series, featuring specially selected composers as well as some of his original compositions and arrangements. His works are also published by Alliance Music Publications. A unique aspect of Johnson’s programming is his signature “collage” style: through-composed programs that marry music and poetry to blend sacred and secular, classical and contemporary, traditional and popular styles. In 2006 he was engaged to create a special peace-themed collage program for the North Central ACDA convention, and in 2007 by the famed St. Olaf Choir to create and conduct a collage program during a five-week residency. Craig’s first concert-length composition, Considering Matthew Shepard, was premiered in 2016 by Conspirare .

    A Minnesota native, Johnson studied at St. Olaf College, the Juilliard School, and the University of Illinois and earned his doctorate at Yale University. As the recipient of a National Arts Fellowship, Johnson studied with Helmuth Rilling at the International Bach Academy in Stuttgart, Germany. He has been a Texas resident since 1990.

  • Adolphus Hailstork - Rho Mu - 2010

    Dr. Adolphus Hailstork was initiated into the Rho Mu Chapter at Norfolk State University in 2010. He is a composer and educator who has composed numerous works for chorus, solo voice, piano, organ, various chamber ensembles, band, and orchestra.

    Brother Hailstork was born in Rochester, New York but grew up in Albany where he began to study violin, piano, organ, and voice. He began to compose after much encouragement from his high school band director and eventually obtained a degree in theory from Howard University. The following summer Hailstork traveled to France to study with French composer Nadia Boulanger. Boulanger is renowned for teaching many of the 20th century’s leading composers and musicians.

    When Hailstork returned to America he continued his education at the Manhattan School of Music where he earned a master’s degree in composition. After a two-year tour of duty with the U.S. Army in West Germany from 1966 to 1968, Hailstork obtained his doctorate at Michigan State University. By 1971 he had landed his first post-doctorate position at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio.

    Dr. Hailstork currently serves as Professor of Music and Eminent Scholar at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He has received several awards including a Fulbright fellowship and the Brock Commission from the American Choral Directors Association. In 1992, he was named a Cultural Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia and continues to be commissioned for his talent as a composer.

  • Stan Kenton - Gamma Epsilon- 1961

    Born December 15, 1911, in Wichita, Kansas, Kenton left the state with his family when he was six weeks old. Although he spent little time in Kansas, he still considered it his home state and Wichita his hometown. Many times he returned to Wichita to perform and he always received a hometown reception.

    Kenton was unique in several ways. As an artist he was never satisfied to remain within the defined limits of the type of music he was performing. He was quoted in a newspaper interview as stating, “No art form lasts for an eternity. The moment of creation is the most potent time; then it diminishes until it finally has no meaning for the society around it.” With this as his philosophy of music, Kenton was a constant target of music critics that attacked his compositions because they did not conform to the status quo. He paid little attention to his critics or the rules he was supposed to follow.

    Perhaps the most unique part of Kenton’s personality was his innovativeness. In another newspaper interview he commented, “I have a problem with myself. I’m just not much for the past. When guys come around to talk about the good old days, I’m not much interested. I’m more concerned with what’s happening next.” His innovations included pioneering the form of jazz called, “Third Stream,” which is a blending of American jazz with European classical music. In the 1960s he experimented with a band featuring the mellophonium, which was a cross between a trumpet and a trombone. Later in the decade he established the Neophonic Orchestra, which was the first permanently established orchestra in the world devoted to contemporary music. He also made a habit of conducting clinics at universities. The clinics were his way of teaching young people his art and also ensuring that his brand of music would not die. Kenton died in California on August 25, 1979, but his music survives.

  • Winston Scott - Epsilon Iota - 1970

    Astronaut Winston E. Scott was initiated into the Epsilon Iota Chapter in 1970. Raised in Miami, Brother Scott’s largely segregated education provided little access to resources, but his own determination combined with the dedication of his teachers set him on an inspiring path of achievement. His journey to the stars is a testament to the power of perseverance and vision.

    Scott was selected by NASA and reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1992. He served as a mission specialist on STS-72 in 1996 and STS-87 in 1997 and has logged a total of 24 days, 14 hours and 34 minutes in space, including 3 spacewalks totaling 19 hours and 26 minutes. During his time in space, he evaluated techniques utilized in the assembly of the International Space Station and several experiments such as the effects of zero gravity on physical functions of the human body.

    Before joining NASA, Brother Scott earned a distinguished record of service as a naval aviator and officer. While on active duty he served as a fighter pilot, production test pilot, and as a research and development project pilot. He has accumulated more than 5,000 hours of flight time in more than 20 different aircraft.

    In 2009 Brother Scott was named a Signature Sinfonian by Phi Mu Alpha. He is a published author, currently serving as the Senior Vice President for External Relations and Economic Development at Florida Institute of Technology. Scott also leads the Cosmic Jazz Ensemble as a trumpeter and directs the advanced jazz ensemble at the institute. As a musician, Navy veteran, and astronaut, Scott spends all the time he can inspiring the next generation to take on the mantel of discovering a bright new future for humanity.

  • Andy Griffith - Alpha Rho- 1945

    Andy Griffith is best known for his starring roles in two very popular television series, The Andy Griffith Show (1960) and Matlock (1986). Griffith earned a degree in music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In the 1950s, he became a regular on The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) and The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (1956). He was featured in the Broadway play “No Time for Sergeants” (1955) for which he received a Tony nomination, and he later appeared in the film version. His film debut was in the provocative and prophetic A Face in the Crowd (1957), in which Griffith gave a performance that has been described as stunning.

    On The Andy Griffith Show (1960), Griffith portrayed a folksy small-town sheriff who shared simple heartfelt wisdom. The series was one of the most popular television series in history. It generated some successful spin-offs, and the original is still seen in reruns to this day. Griffith created his own production company in 1972, which produced several movies and television series. In 1981, he was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal in Murder in Texas (1981). In 1983, Griffith was stricken with Guillain-Barre syndrome, but he recovered after rehabilitation. In 1986, he produced and starred in the very successful television series Matlock (1986). The series spawned numerous television movies as well. When he accepted the People’s Choice Award for this series, he said this was his favorite role. Andy Griffith died at age 86 of a heart attack in his home in Dare County, North Carolina on July 3, 2012.

  • ``Bo Diddley`` - Eta Omega - 1999

    Ellas McDaniel, who performed under the stage name “Bo Diddley,” was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter who shook the foundations of the blues on its way to what we know as rock ‘n’ roll.

    Brother McDaniel was a 1999 initiate of the Eta Omega Chapter at the University of Florida. Born as Ellas Otha Bates, he was adopted and raised by his mother’s cousin, Gussie McDaniel, whose last name he took as his own. From a very early age, McDaniel took up a fascination with fast-paced, rhythmic music and started learning how to play guitar. He spent many of his early days as a young artist performing on street corners of Chicago with friends. This led him to join forces with musicians like Earl Hooker, Roosevelt Jackson, and Jody Williams.

    By 1951, Brother McDaniel’s unique sound had landed him a regular spot at 708 Club on Chicago’s southside. Just four years later his first hit single would reach No. 2 on the Billboard singles chart. By the start of the 1960s, McDaniel had revolutionized rock ‘n’ roll with his music and his one of a kind persona. Although the market seemed to dwindle for his music in the United States, McDaniel quickly saw an emerging demand in Europe that paved the way for a tour of Britain performing with Little Richard, the Everly Brothers, and the Rolling Stones.

    Work in recording for McDaniel had practically dried up by the 1970s and he relocated to New Mexico where he served as a deputy sheriff for the town of Los Lunas for nearly three years. McDaniel continued to appear as a performer and public figure well into the new millennium. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 1998. The final album he recorded, “A Man Amongst Men,” was nominated for a Grammy in 1996.

    Brother McDaniel made his mark as a musical pioneer, one of many that changed the course of modern popular music as know it today. He will always be remembered as a musician of lasting historical importance.

  • Brian Balmages - Beta Xi - 2016

    Brian Balmages is an award-winning composer and conductor whose music has been performed throughout the world with commissions ranging from elementary schools to professional orchestras. World premieres have included prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. His music was also performed as part of the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service, which was attended by both President Obama and Vice President Biden. He is a recipient of the prestigious A. Austin Harding Award from the American School Band Directors Association and in 2016 was awarded the James Madison University Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Visual and Performing Arts (the first year the award was given). In the same year, he was commissioned by his other alma mater, the University of Miami, to compose music for the inauguration of the institution’s 6th president, Dr. Julio Frenk.

    As a conductor, Mr. Balmages enjoys regular engagements with all-state and region bands and orchestras, as well as university and professional ensembles throughout the world. Notable guest conducting appearances have included the Midwest Clinic, Western International Band Clinic, College Band Directors Conference, American School Band Directors Association National Conference and others. Additional conducting appearances have included the Kennedy Center and Meyerhoff Symphony Hall as well as engagements in Australia, Canada and Italy. He received his bachelor’s degree in music from James Madison University and his master’s degree from the University of Miami in Florida. Currently, he is Director of Instrumental Publications for The FJH Music Company and Assistant Director of Bands and Orchestras at Towson University.

  • James Swearingen - Iota Omicron - 1968

    James Swearingen’s talents as a performer, composer/arranger and educator include a background of extensive training and experience. He has earned degrees from Bowling Green State University and The Ohio State University. In recognition of distinguished contributions, Brother Swearingen was recently named Professor Emeritus at Capital University. Before his appointment at Capital in 1987, he spent eighteen years teaching instrumental music in the public schools of central Ohio.

    Brother Swearingen currently serves as a staff arranger for the famed Ohio State University Marching Band. In addition to his arranging responsibilities, Mr. Swearingen manages to be very active as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and educational clinician. Appearances have included trips throughout the United States, as well as Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan, Norway, the Republic of China and Singapore. With over 600 published works, he has written band compositions and arrangements that reflect a variety of musical forms and styles.

    He is a recipient of several ASCAP awards, named Accomplished Graduate of the Fine Arts by Bowling Green State University, a member of The American Bandmasters Association, a recipient of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s Community Music Educator Award in 2002, and has received many other prestigious awards and titles.

  • Alvin Batiste - Mu Psi - 1973

    Alvin Batiste was initiated at the Mu Psi Chapter at Southern University in 1973. He was a composer, performer, and longtime educator at Southern University.

    Initially, Batiste had no real interest in playing the clarinet. It wasn’t until he heard Charlie Parker’s recording of “Now’s the Time” that he had any interest. After that moment, he was so inspired and began practicing regularly and applying himself in high school.

    For a few years, after graduating from Booker T. Washington High School, Batiste picked up small time gigs backing local musicians and artists. Eventually, he began schooling at Southern University, where he studied classical music almost exclusively.

    While at Southern he had affectionately earned the name “Mozot” after being selected to play Wolfgang Mozart’s concerto for clarinet and orchestra with the New Orleans Philharmonic Orchestra. He had been the first African American student to chosen to play such a feature.

    Soon after graduating from Southern University, Batiste left for the city of Los Angeles in 1956. Two years later, he had caught a break and began touring with legendary musician Ray Charles. Perhaps one of the most memorable moments of his tour was the moment Batiste reportedly upstaged the “Genius of Soul” by playing a brilliant solo during the set. He was later chastised but took it in good nature. The incident led him to later compose the piece “Ray’s Segue.”

    Midway through the 1960s, Batiste was completing a master’s degree at Louisiana State University back in his home state. After joining the faculty at Southern University in 1969, he founded the Jazz Institute, which would later be renamed the Alvin Batiste Jazz Institute. He continued to teach there for seventeen years. Several musicians who studied under Batiste became icons in the world of jazz, including saxophonist Branford Marsalis and pianist Henry Butler, both Brothers in Phi Mu Alpha.

    Alvin Batiste’s later career focused towards the studio recording of several albums, continuous practice, and tours with the Batiste Jazz Institute’s band, the “Jazztronauts.” Beyond his talent, hit albums, fame, and countless awards, Batiste was given the title and award of “Signature Sinfonian” in 2007 before passing away at the age of 74. Alvin Batiste was admired by many for his caring nature and personal influence.

    Famed American jazz and blues pianist, Henry Butler, is quoted as saying the following about Batiste;
    “He was not only a teacher, he was my father away from home. He taught us about music, the history of music and the business of music.”

  • George W. Chadwick - Alpha Alpha - 1909

    George Whitefield Chadwick was born in Lowell, Massachusetts on November 13, 1854. His mother died shortly after his birth. His father remarried and George quickly learned to become self-reliant. As a youngster, he received brief musical instruction from his brother. Both his father and brother participated in the great 1869 Peace Jubilee in Boston, as members of the 10,000-member chorus. That massive concert had a strong impact on the 15-year-old Chadwick. In 1871, he dropped out of high school in order to devote more time to the study of music. To pay for music lessons, he became a clerk in his father’s successful insurance business. One year later, he entered the New England Conservatory of Music as a special student and assumed the post of organist at a Congregational church.

    In 1876, against his father’s wishes, Chadwick accepted a one-year position at Olivet College, Michigan. The same year, Theodore Presser enlisted him as a founding member of the Music Teachers National Association. At the inaugural meeting in Delaware, Ohio, Chadwick delivered a paper titled “Popular Music–Wherein Reform Is Necessary.”

    Determined to have a broad music education, he traveled the next year to Europe. After studying for three months in Leipzig with Salomon Jadassohn, he entered the Leipzig Conservatory, where his success as a composer began. Chadwick’s String Quartet No. 2 in C Major and concert overture Rip Van Winkle received critical acclaim, the latter work winning the Conservatory’s award as the best composition of 1879. That autumn, he decided to gain additional training at the Königliche Musikschule in Munich, where he studied organ and composition with Joseph Rheinberger.

    Chadwick returned to Boston in 1880, where one of his first private pupils was the young Horatio Parker. That year, the venerable Handel and Haydn Society invited him to conduct his Rip Van Winkle overture. During the next season, The Arlington Club performed his Margarita for men’s chorus, and the Apollo Club presented The Viking’s Last Voyage. In 1882, he accepted positions as organist at the Park Street Church and on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music. He assumed the directorship of the Conservatory in 1897, a position he held until 1930. Under his leadership, the conservatory modernized its curriculum and adopted a more European model. Chadwick instituted an opera workshop and a repertory orchestra. Orchestration and harmony courses were based on the study of concrete musical examples rather than abstract principles. His textbook, Harmony: A Course of Study (1897) experienced such success that it was reissued in 74 subsequent editions.

    He devoted much time to administrative and teaching duties at the conservatory, composing mostly during the summers on Martha’s Vineyard. He developed and regularly conducted the conservatory’s orchestra and also served as director of the Springfield Festival (1890-99) and the Worcester Festival (1897-1901). He composed Phoenix expirans (1892) for the Springfield Festival and his largest score, the lyric drama Judith, for the Worcester Festival. In his later years, his verismo opera The Padrone was rejected by the Metropolitan Opera, but he experienced success with major choral and orchestral works at the Norfolk Festival. These include his Christmas oratorio Noël (1907-08) and a tribute to his Celtic heritage, the symphonic ballad Tam O’Shanter (1914-15).

    Chadwick is often dubbed the dean of American composers because of his position as conservatory director, his textbooks, and his teaching. He directly influenced important turn-of-the-century composers such as Horatio Parker, Daniel Gregory Mason, Frederick Converse, and William Grant Still. He received honorary degrees from Yale (A.M., 1897) and Tufts (LL.D., 1905). He was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters (1898) and the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1909). George Whitefield Chadwick died on April 4, 1931.

  • Horatio Parker - Alpha Alpha - 1915

    Horatio William Parker was born in Auburndale, Massachusetts, on September 15, 1863. He received his earliest musical training from his mother, Isabella Jennings Parker, who instructed him in piano, organ, and music theory. He went on to study with pianist John Orth, theorist Stephen Emery, and composer George Chadwick, with whom Parker maintained a lifelong friendship. Although he began composing small pieces during this early period, Parker’s first major works were composed under the tutelage of Josef Rheinberger while he was attending the Hochschule für Musik in Munich from 1882 to 1885.

    From 1885 to 1893, Parker worked as organist and choirmaster at a series of churches in New York: St. Luke ‘s in Brooklyn, St. Andrew’s in Harlem, and the Church of the Holy Trinity in Manhattan. His church music career in New York led to the composition and publication of a significant number of anthems and other sacred works. Parker’s increasing recognition as a prominent young composer culminated in 1893, when he received the National Conservatory prize in composition for his cantata Dream-King and His Love and the Church Choral Society of New York commission and performance of his oratorio, Hora novissima.

    Parker left New York in the fall of 1893 to take a position at Boston’s Trinity Church. After only one year in Boston, he relocated to New Haven, Connecticut, to accept the Battell Professorship in music at Yale University. Parker’s new career direction, in a faculty position that he would hold through the end of his life, established him as a leading educator of young American composers. His students at Yale included Charles Ives, Seth Bingham, Quincy Porter, and Roger Sessions. Parker became dean of the School of Music at Yale University in 1904.

    The popularity of Parker’s choral compositions extended beyond the United States. In 1899, Parker conducted a performance of Hora novissima at the Three Choirs Festival in Worcester, England, becoming the first American composer to participate in the prestigious event. A major new commission, The Wanderer’s Psalm, and other British festival performances of his works occurred in the years to follow. On June 10, 1902, Parker was awarded an honorary doctor of music degree from Cambridge University.

    In addition to teaching and composing, Parker continued to cultivate his career as a choral and orchestral conductor. He was the principal conductor of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra from 1895 to 1918 and the director of the Derby Choral Club from 1904 until his death in 1919. In 1903, Parker founded the New Haven Oratorio Society, and in 1907 he became the director of Philadelphia’s Orpheus Club male chorus and its sister group, the Eurydice Chorus.

  • Arthur Foote - Alpha Alpha - 1914

    Arthur Foote was born in 1853 in Salem, Massachusetts, and grew up in Boston. After beginning his music education at age twelve, he studied harmony at the New England Conservatory before entering Harvard College in 1870. There he studied counterpoint and fugue with John Knowles Paine. He also led the Harvard Glee Club (1872-74), where he gained practical experience in working with voices. One year after graduating, Foote returned to Harvard to earn a Master of Arts degree in music, the first granted by an American university.

    While working on his master’s degree, Foote studied organ with B. J. Lang, one of the leading musical figures in Boston and the city’s foremost choral conductor. Lang led the Apollo Club and Cecilia Society in Boston premieres of new works by Berlioz, Wagner, and others. He also championed choral works by American composers and was instrumental in convincing Foote to pursue a musical career. In 1876, Foote accepted the post of organist at the Church of the Disciples. Two years later he moved to the First Unitarian Church, where he served as organist for more than thirty years. During his tenure there, he edited two Unitarian hymnals in 1890 and 1896. He was one of the founders of the American Guild of Organists in 1896 and served as national president from 1909 to 1912.

    During his lifetime, his compositions in the area of chamber music brought him most acclaim, including performances at the World Exposition of 1893. Several of his orchestral compositions were premiered by the Boston Symphony. The Suite in E Major, op. 63, was championed by Serge Koussevitzky and achieved great popularity. His Four Character Pieces after the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, op. 48, received praise for its colorful orchestration.

    Foote’s list of vocal compositions includes one hundred songs, fifty-two part-songs, and thirty-five anthems. He wrote three choral-orchestral works on texts of H. W. Longfellow: The Farewell of Hiawatha (1885), The Wreck of the Hesperus (1888), and The Skeleton in Armor (1891). After the first performance of The Farewell of Hiawatha, led by Foote’s mentor B. J. Lang, the composer sent the score to composer/conductor Dudley Buck in hopes of gaining a performance by Buck’s groups in Brooklyn. Buck answered that he was very interested in programming American works, but he offered one slight criticism: “Don’t write too high continuously for American tenors. It is not the compass per se— that we have, but the sustaining of reiterated high tones as compared with German voices.”[1] In his anthem writing, on the other hand, Foote intentionally tried to write pieces that were accessible to the congregation and easy for the singers. He was perplexed, therefore, that his most popular anthem, Still, Still with Thee, was one of his most difficult.

  • Chuck Mangione - Alpha Nu - 1971

    Rochester native Chuck Mangione was born into a large, music-loving family.

    Chuck has often recalled that his father, a tremendous jazz fan, invited touring musicians who were performing in Rochester home for a good Italian dinner and some wine. While he was still a boy, Chuck had met a Who’s Who of 1950s jazz royalty, including such great artists as Art Blakey, Sarah Vaughan, and the man he claimed as a “musical father,” Dizzy Gillespie.

    With so much great music in his childhood, it is no surprise that Chuck attended the Eastman School of Music, playing trumpet and graduating in 1963 with a Bachelor’s degree in music education. BY that time he had recorded several albums with pianist brother Gap, performing as The Jazz Brothers.

    In 1968, Chuck Mangione returned to Eastman, directing the Eastman Jazz Ensemble until 1972 and helping to expand the School’s jazz programs. In 1970, he also presented the famous Friends and Love concert with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, which was recorded for Mercury Records and shown numerous times on PBS. When Chuck left Eastman, he was well on his way to “household name” status as a composer, arranger, flugelhorn player, and bandleader.

    Within the next ten years, Chuck had won two Grammy awards and an Emmy, and his album Feels So Good became one of the most successful jazz albums ever produced. An estimated 90,000,000 people heard Chuck perform at the closing ceremonies of the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. An honorary doctorate from the University of Rochester in 1985 put Chuck in the company of such American musical icons as Aaron Copland, Isaac Stern, and Rudolf Serkin. In May 2007, Chuck received Eastman’s Alumni Achievement Award at a concert recreating Friends and Love.

    Newsweek began a profile of him with the words: “Chuck Mangione makes jazz that sounds the way he looks – ingenious, upbeat, and instantly likeable.” For his own part, Chuck has said,  “If you’re honest and play with love, people will sit down and listen … My music is the sum of all I have experienced.”

  • André Thomas - Zeta Phi - 1971

    Heralded as a “living legend” by the African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians Program, Brother André Thomas has conducted several ensembles worldwide. He continues to inspire countless people to a greater love of the arts through personal philosophy and independent musical growth.

    Thomas was initiated into the Zeta Phi Chapter at Friends University in 1971. From an early age, he grew up listening to his mother sing in church, and this is where his fascination with music would begin. While he had taken some piano lessons from members of the church, Thomas was predominantly self-taught in his early years. It wasn’t until high school that he would take piano lessons formally. Thomas was attracted by the energy and passion of the choral groups of Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, where he began his collegiate education. After a few years of teaching vocal music in public school systems, Brother Thomas pursued a master’s degree in piano performance at Northwestern. He later earned his doctorate under the guidance and mentorship of Harold A. Decker (Gamma Sigma, Wichita State University, 1947). Decker was responsible for creating the first Doctor of Musical Arts program in choral music in the United States. It was Decker’s guidance, Thomas recalls, that taught him how to run a graduate program where the welfare and development of the student is the highest priority.

    Throughout his career, Brother Thomas has been known as a conductor, composer, professor, and author. He was named an Owen F. Sellers Professor of Music by Florida State University and appointed recently as Professor of Choral Conducting and Interim conductor of the Yale Camerata for 2020-2021. Thomas has received several awards for his service, including the Robert Shaw Award in 2017, the American Choral Directors Association’s highest honor. As an author, Thomas is renowned for his book, “Way Over in Beulah Lan’,” a work dedicated to understanding the Negro Spiritual. The first of the book’s two sections includes an exploration of the beginnings of the spiritual, its role in society, and its transition into art music. The second section is a study of performing the spiritual, exploring text, diction, rhythm, and tempo.

    Music all together is a fusing of mind, body, and spirit. Music enables people to cope with issues that arise out of the human condition, and Brother Thomas believes that music aids in the exploration of the emotions that make us human. Most importantly, he endorses the idea that music is cathartic, and that it can be used to bring people together from diverse racial, cultural, social, and economic backgrounds. For Thomas, this is the real power of music.

  • Sigmund Spaeth - Iota - 1910

    Dr. Sigmund Spaeth was a man who worked to promote the idea that “music should not be limited to people of talent” but rather that music should be enjoyed by everyone, listeners, and performers alike.

    Brother Spaeth was a charter member of the Iota Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha at Northwestern University in 1910. His name as a composer and musicologist was interwoven with American music for several decades from the early 1920s through the late 1940s. After attending Haverford College (where he would compose the alma mater) he earned a doctorate degree from Princeton University. Spaeth was a well-known music critic on several newspapers including the “New York Times” and “The Boston Evening Transcript.” He would also compose music for the movies “Show Boat” and “The Trespasser.”

    Spaeth was the author of several books such as “A History of Popular Music in America” and “The Common Sense of Music.” These works helped show the ties between popular songs of the time and old American folk songs. His vast knowledge of musical heritages led to the premiere of his NBC programs “Keys to Happiness” and “The Tune Detective.” On many occasions, he was sought out as an expert witness in the courtroom testifying against musical plagiarism. As a passionate supporter of barbershop quartet singing, Spaeth would spend much time outside of his profession organizing musical groups for the blind and arranging to have records sent to servicemen overseas.

    In 1958, Brother Spaeth was named Phi Mu Alpha’s 4th “Man of Music” at the 35th National Convention for his contributions to American art and culture as well as his study of the origins of American popular music.

  • Michael Leckrone - Alpha Sigma - 1956

    Michael Leckrone served as the longtime Director of the Marching Band and Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin.  A native of Indiana, Brother Leckrone received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Butler University in Indianapolis and has continued his studies at the doctoral level at Indiana University.  Before coming to Wisconsin he taught at his alma mater, where he developed one of the finest marching bands in the Midwest.  He is in constant demand as a clinician, guest conductor and adjudicator for concert and marching bands throughout the United States and Canada, and his experience also includes considerable professional work as an arranger, composer, and performer.

    Leckrone holds memberships in numerous professional organizations, as well as such honorary fraternities as Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Kappa Lambda, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Beta Mu.  He is a 30-year member of ASCAP and has been elected to the American Bandmasters Association.  In 1970 he was cited as an “Outstanding Educator of America” by the Outstanding Americans Foundation, in 1973 was awarded the “Outstanding Bandmaster Award” by the Wisconsin Chapter of Phi Beta Mu, and in 1986 was presented with a Citation of Excellence by the National Band Association.  He is a recipient of the “Pat O’Dea Award,” the “Blue Line Club Distinguished Service Award,” the “Badger Basketball Boosters Distinguished Service Award,” the UW Alumni Club “Distinguished Faculty Award,” the Wisconsin Newspaper Writers “Special Edition Award,” and the Wisconsin Sports Hall of Fame “Good Guy” award.  Brother Leckrone was recently inducted into the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame as well as the Wisconsin Football Hall of Fame and has been commissioned a “Kentucky Colonel” by the Governor of Kentucky.  He has been honored as “Father of the Year” by the American Diabetes Association; has been cited a “Badger Legend” by the Governor of Wisconsin and was named one of 10 Madison Musical Legends by Madison Magazine as well as designated one of the Wisconsin State Journal’s “Sesquicentennial People of Note,” and was recently selected to be an honorary member of the National “W” Club.  The University of Wisconsin has also honored him with an appointment to a prestigious “John Bascom Professorship.”   In 2007 he was presented with a  “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Wisconsin Foundation for School Music,  (this was only the second time this preeminent award had been conferred), and in 2010 the Wisconsin State Historical Society presented him with the “Spencer Tracy Award for Distinction in the Performing Arts”, and in 2013 the Madison Area Music Association named him the recipient of the Michael St. John Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Micheal has composed or arranged music for numerous high school and university bands, and over 200 of his arrangements and compositions for marching band and concert band have been published.  He is also the author of two texts for use by marching band directors, a handbook for band arranging and a text dealing with popular music in the United States.  Mr. Leckrone is now entering his 50th year as director of the Wisconsin Band.

  • Henry Butler - Mu Psi - 1969

    Henry Butler was initiated into the Mu Psi Chapter at Southern University in 1969. Butler’s music is a cornerstone of the New Orleans sound and was described by Jon Pareles of the New York Times as “encyclopedic, precise, and wild.” Although Butler would eventually resettle in Brooklyn during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the city of New Orleans always stayed close to his heart.

    Brother Butler was blinded by glaucoma at a very early age and began schooling at the Louisiana State School for the Blind (now the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired) studying classical music. However, Butler always held great interest in the “New Orleans Guys” whom he would hear on the radio. He would later attend Southern University where he was mentored by clarinet legend Alvin Batiste (Mu Psi) and earned a bachelor’s degree in voice with a minor in piano.

    After earning a master’s degree in music from Michigan State University Brother Butler returned to Louisiana and quickly began making a name for himself. He became known for his technique and his ability to play in many styles of music. Butler was often seen playing with up to four different groups at the same time featured as a soloist and a sideman. He would also record several albums from 1986 to 2014.

    Butler viewed himself as a teacher and he served as an associate professor at Eastern Illinois University from 1990 to 1996. Three years into teaching at the university he organized his first workshop for blind/visually impaired teens. He would continue to hold the workshop at different locations across the country annually until 2003. Brother Butler saw himself as always teaching but also, always learning – musically and personally as he said, “It is what we are constantly doing on this journey here, becoming more of who we can be.”