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  • January 25, 2022

    WMEA Recognizes Brother Brian Redmond as the 2022 Music Educator Teacher of the Year

    During its 75th Annual State Conference, the Wyoming Music Educators Association named Brother Brian Redmond (Beta Sigma Chapter - 2003) the 2022 Music Educator of the Year. The purpose of this award is to recognize and honor a WMEA member for excellence in music education. The award is made to individuals who have served their [...]Read More...
  • January 13, 2022

    Brother Michael West Named Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Virginia

    Brother Brandon West will join the University of Virginia Faculty as the new Assistant Director of Bands and as a Marching Percussion Instructor. After graduating from Grays Creek High School, Brandon enrolled at the University of North Carolina - Pembroke, where he received his Bachelors in Music Education. In 2013, Brother West was initiated into [...]Read More...
  • January 12, 2022

    Brother Mike Nicholson Re-Elected as Mayor of Gardner, MA

    On January 3, 2022, Brother Mike Nicholson (Sigma Alpha Chapter - University of Massachusetts-Amherst - 2013) was sworn in for his second term as the Mayor of Gardner, Massachusetts. Brother Nicholson was first elected in June 2020 as part of a special election in which he received 70% of the votes cast. He hopes that [...]Read More...
  • January 11, 2022

    Brother Frank Stroup recognized as the 2021 Outstanding Young Music Educator of the Year by the NMEA

    The Nebraska Music Education Association Outstanding Young Music Educator Award is given in recognition of outstanding promise in the field of music education. Congratulations to Brother Frank Stroup on being named the 2021 recipient of this award! Frank enrolled at the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 2010, where he received his Bachelors of Music Education [...]Read More...
  • January 7, 2022

    Spring 2022 National per Capita Taxes and Fees Assessed

    All current listed collegiate members have been charged $82.00 for the Spring 2022 National per Capita Taxes and Fees in accordance with the National Constitution & Bylaws. Any accounts that were in arrears from Fall 2021 have been assessed a $15 Late Fee. Brothers may begin paying their financial obligation for Spring 2022 directly through [...]Read More...
  • January 6, 2022

    Brother Leo Williams elected to Durham City Council

    Congratulations to Brother Leo Williams on his recent election to the Durham City Council in North Carolina. As a local small-business owner, Brother Williams hopes to translate first-hand entrepreneurial experience into positive change and greater prosperity for the Durham community. In 2006, Leo was initiated into Phi Mu Alpha by the Rho Beta Chapter at [...]Read More...
  • December 17, 2021

    Brother Rudy Currence Receives Key to the City

    Congratulations to Brother Rudy Currence (Zeta Rho Chapter - Fisk University - 2014) on being recognized by the city of Greenville, South Carolina! On November 27, 2021, Councilwoman Lillian Brock Flemming presented Brother Currence with the Key, recognizing him as a friend of the city. Rudy is an award-winning singer, Grammy Nominated songwriter, and Grammy [...]Read More...
  • December 10, 2021

    Brother Joseph Missal Named to Oklahoma State Higher Education Hall of Fame

    Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Missal on his recent induction to the Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society Hall of Fame! Although he didn’t graduate from Oklahoma State University, he served as the director of bands and regents professor of conducting there for 35 years before retiring last spring.   Brother Missal earned his bachelor’s degree in [...]Read More...
  • December 8, 2021

    Join Phi Mu Alpha at the 75th Annual Midwest Clinic

    We are excited to return to Chicago, Illinois this December for the upcoming 75th Annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Barring any state or city mandates, the clinic is planned to be held in person from December 15-18, 2021.  We are also looking forward to seeing the high number of Brothers who are presenting, performing, [...]Read More...
  • December 7, 2021

    Sinfonia Educational Foundation Received $45,000 Matching Grant

    On Giving Tuesday, the Sinfonia Educational Foundation kicked off an end-of-year goal, seeking to raise $100,000 by December 31, 2021, for the SEF General Fund. This marked the SEF’s first-ever appeal launched on Giving Tuesday, which happened to fall this year on the 67th anniversary of the creation of our Foundation. We know that many [...]Read More...
  • December 1, 2021

    57th National Convention Registration Now Open

    Sinfonia’s National Convention is the premier event of the Fraternity, and you and your family are invited! Our National Conventions are a celebration of Brotherhood, an opportunity for education and personal development, a time to recognize Sinfonians who have achieved prominence, and to make music together. July 20-24, 2022 St. Louis, Missouri Hyatt Regency St. [...]Read More...
  • November 30, 2021

    The Sinfonia Educational Foundation’s End-of-year Goal

    Sinfonia’s $100,000 Challenge The end of the year is quickly approaching - and it is a time that is crucial to Sinfonia. The pandemic has been extremely difficult for Sinfonia, our Brothers, and our collegiate chapters. Many collegiate Brothers lost campus employment due to the extended shutdowns and have suffered financial hardships. Some chapters were [...]Read More...
  • October 1, 2021

    Man of Music Carlisle Floyd Sounds The Final Chord

    Phi Mu Alpha mourns the passing of our Brother Carlisle Floyd, the opera composer extraordinaire deemed by many to be the "Father of American Opera," who sounded the Final Chord on Thursday, September 30, 2021, at the age of 95. Among the leading 20th-century American opera composers, Floyd is often cited with Ned Rorem, Philip [...]Read More...
  • September 30, 2021

    Sinfonia Celebrates 123 Years

    Phi Mu Alpha Founder's Day 2021 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. Today, we have a greater knowledge of our history, our symbols, and the traditions that have [...]Read More...
  • September 20, 2021

    Brother Craig Juricka joins the voice faculty at Boston Conservatory

    As Boston Conservatory at Berklee makes a full in-person return to campus this fall, it welcomes a robust roster of dynamic artists, educators, and industry leaders to its esteemed faculty, including Brother Craig Juricka (Epsilon Phi Chapter - Capital University - 2013) who will join the voice faculty. Praised by OperaToday as an “engaging baritone,” Brother [...]Read More...
  • September 16, 2021

    Brother Todd Stoll to lead the 2021 NAfME All-National Honor Jazz Ensemble

    The NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) represent the top-performing high school musicians in the United States. So much more than a musical showcase, the ANHE program is a comprehensive and educational experience. Brother Todd Stoll (Alpha Theta Chapter - Miami University-Oxford - 1982) is no stranger to the program as he has been conducting the [...]Read More...
  • September 14, 2021

    Sinfonia Offers Mental Well-Being Program to Collegiate Members

    According to Active Minds, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising mental health awareness among college students, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among college students. Following National Suicide Prevention Week, Phi Mu Alpha is proud to announce that we will be partnering with EVERFI to offer our collegiate Brothers a chance to participate [...]Read More...
  • September 13, 2021

    Sinfonia Recognized for Commitment to Creating a Safe and Healthy Environment

    During the Annual Campus Prevention Network Summit, Phi Mu Alpha was recognized as one of only 25 Greek Letter organizations across the country to receive the 2021 CPN Official Seal of Prevention. The CPN Seal represents the highest standard for online prevention education and evaluates recipients with a rigorous set of criteria to ensure a [...]Read More...
  • August 31, 2021

    Brother Jeremy Parker named Conductor of Starlight Band

    Following a rigorous audition season this summer, Friends of Starlight in Tulsa, Oklahoma have announced that Brother Jeremy Parker (Delta Tau - Oklahoma State University - 1995) has been chosen as the new Conductor of the Starlight Band. Since 1947, Starlight Band has provided free concert band music to live audiences. This Tulsa tradition continues [...]Read More...
  • August 22, 2021

    Brother Jovan Wilson named Chief Music Arranger at North Carolina Central University

    The Sound Machine of North Carolina Central University has recently named Brother Jovan Wilson as its Chief Music Arranger. Brother Wilson is a 2016 initiate of Sigma Kappa Chapter at Delaware State University, where he received his bachelor's degree in music and later served as Interim Director of Bands. Wilson is current Director of Bands [...]Read More...
  • August 10, 2021

    Dr. Eric Posada appointed Director of Choral Activities at Angelo State University

    Brother Eric Posada (Zeta Sigma - Texas Tech University - 1998) was recently appointed Director of Choral Activities at Angelo State University. Posada is a vibrant and diverse conductor, choral educator, and mentor with seventeen years’ experience at the elementary, middle, high school, collegiate, university, community, church, and professional levels. Previously, Brother Posada served as [...]Read More...
  • August 7, 2021

    Brother Jeffery Tribble Featured in Empathetic Modern Leader Series

    In late July, Brother Jeffery Tribble (Nu Iota - South Carolina State University - 2013), was featured in Black Enterprise Magazine's "Empathetic Modern Leader Series." Brother Tribble has previously been named as one of Magic Johnson’s 32 Under 32 in 2016 and as a Black Enterprise Magazine BE Modern Man. He is a musician with [...]Read More...
  • August 6, 2021

    Fall 2021 Per Capita Taxes and Fees Assessed

    All current listed collegiate members have been charged $82.00 for the Fall 2021 National per Capita Taxes and Fees in accordance with the National Constitution & Bylaws. Any accounts that were in arrears from Spring 2021 have been assessed a $15 Late Fee. Brothers may begin paying the financial obligation for Fall 2021 directly through their [...]Read More...
  • August 3, 2021

    Delaware State names Brother Sidney Sessoms as Director of Bands

    Delaware State University has named Sidney Sessoms, Jr. (Zeta Xi - Lincoln University - 2001) as its Director of Bands alongside Mr. Vincent Adkins as Assistant Director of Bands. Brother Sessoms is an alumnus of Delaware State - he completed his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and earned a Master’s of [...]Read More...
  • August 1, 2021

    Conducting the Next Generation of Musicians with Brother Jonathan Rush

    First opened on August 15, 1904, Ravinia remains the oldest and most programmatically diverse music festival in North America, attracting about 600,000 guests to over 140 events each year.  These concerts run the gamut from Yo-Yo Ma to John Legend and hold an annual summer residency of the nation's finest orchestra, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The [...]Read More...
  • July 20, 2021

    Brother John Kusku to Compete in Upcoming Paralympic Games

    After being postponed a year due to COVID-19, the Paralympic Games are scheduled to take place this August in Tokyo, Japan. Brother John Kusku (Delta Iota Chapter – Western Michigan University – 2003) will be returning to the world stage as one of only ten people representing Team USA in Men’s Goalball. John first joined [...]Read More...
  • July 16, 2021

    Brother Gabriel Arnold named Director of University Bands at Savannah State

    Congratulations to Dr. Gabriel Arnold on being named the Director of University Bands at the Savannah State University! In this role, Brother Arnold will direct the Savannah State University Band Program including the Powerhouse of the South marching band, pep, jazz, and symphonic wind ensemble bands in rehearsals and performances. He will provide leadership in [...]Read More...
  • July 13, 2021

    Brother Bill Witcher awarded the Edwin Franko Goldman Award from the ASBDA

    At its 63rd National Convention in St. Augustine, Florida, the American School Band Directors Association named Brother William "Bill" Witcher (Rho Tau Chapter - Appalachian State University - 1971) the Edwin Franko Goldman Award. The award is the highest honor that the association can present to one of its members. The award is named after [...]Read More...
  • June 10, 2021

    Spring 2021 Issue of The Red & Black Now Available

    The Spring 2021 issue of The Red & Black is now available online for your reading pleasure. This edition focuses on finding a path forward despite the hardships we've all faced in recent times. You'll find stories about the power of music and community, turning a problem into an opportunity, and how our Brotherly connection can change [...]Read More...
  • June 9, 2021

    2021-2022 SEF Scholarship Applications Available

    Enriching Lives. Advancing Music. The Sinfonia Educational Foundation is proud to announce the availability of scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. Individual scholarship amounts that will be awarded to deserving applicants will range between $500 and $7,500. Each applicant will need to submit the online application, upload a completed Academic Achievement Form, upload a [...]Read More...
  • June 4, 2021

    Scheduled Server Maintenance for National Headquarters

    Scheduled Maintenance – Saturday, June 5, 2021 The Fraternity will be performing routine maintenance on various internal structures, including email servers, this Saturday from 2:00 am to 8:00 am CDT. During this time, some functions within member portals and email exchange may be limited. Most MySinfonia functionality should be accessible, although file links to any [...]Read More...
  • May 26, 2021

    Brother Douglas Overmier named Director of Bands at UWA.

    Congratulations to Dr. Douglas Overmier on being named the Director of Bands at the University of West Alabama. Brother Overmier will work alongside Assistant Director of Bands, Brother Michael Tignor (Zeta Kappa Chapter - 2011), who served as the Interim Director of Bands over the past few years while the university vetted candidates for the [...]Read More...
  • May 5, 2021

    Brother Taylor Rambo To Be The Next GSO Executive Director

    Congratulations to Brother Taylor Rambo, who will be taking on the role of Executive Director of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra this summer! Brother Rambo will succeed Executive Director Susan Stensland, who will retire after 15 years of distinguished service and join the GSO board of directors. A native of Marietta, Georgia, Taylor is a performing [...]Read More...
  • May 1, 2021

    Taps Across America 2021

    Phi Mu Alpha is proud to partner with our Brothers and friends in Taps for Veterans for the upcoming Taps Across America project taking place on Memorial Day. This annual project calls on musicians across the country to honor those who are on the front lines by sounding Taps on May 31st at 3 pm [...]Read More...
  • April 6, 2021

    A Passing of the Baton at The University of Southern Mississippi

    Congratulations to Brother Colin McKenzie on being named as the next Director of the School of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi! Currently, Brother McKenzie serves as Associate Director of Bands, Associate Professor of Music, and Director of the Pride of Mississippi at the University of Southern Mississippi.  At The University of Southern Mississippi, [...]Read More...
  • March 10, 2021

    Chapters May Claim Additional Free Face Masks

    Phi Mu Alpha is continuing to provide each chapter with FREE face masks. These free 3-ply cotton masks that feature the Fraternity' lyre are meant to help Probationary Members, Collegiate Members, and Faculty Advisors adhere to health and safety regulations on campus in addition to following our safety protocols for the Initiation Ritual. Even if [...]Read More...
  • March 1, 2021

    The 57th National Convention Postponed Until 2022

    The past several months have been spent reviewing present conditions in the Fraternity and St. Louis, consulting with Brothers, representatives of our hotel site, meeting with planning consultants, and working to bring forward alternative plans of action. Recognizing that the Fraternity’s primary responsibility must be the health and safety of our Brothers, President Mark Lichtenberg, [...]Read More...
  • February 1, 2021

    Spring 2021 National per Capita Taxes & Fees Assessed

    On January 27, 2021, all listed collegiate members were charged $82.00 for the Spring 2021 National per Capita Taxes and Fees in accordance with the National Constitution & Bylaws. This is made up of a National Per Capita Tax ($70.00) and Insurance Fee ($12.00). Bylaws. Title I. Article X. Section 1. Each collegiate member pays [...]Read More...
  • January 27, 2021

    Yamaha Celebrates Excellence In Music Education With Inaugural Class of “40 Under 40”

    We are proud to announce that eight Brothers have been recognized in the inaugural class of  Yamaha's "40 under 40" music educators. Yamaha launched this new music education advocacy program in the fall of 2020 by soliciting nominations for music educators under the age of 40 who are making a difference by growing and strengthening [...]Read More...
  • December 25, 2020

    A Century Ago – The Passing of Father Mills

    A century ago, the world was changing rapidly, and both the Fraternity and the United States were facing many significant challenges. In 1917, America entered World War I, and the Fraternity was facing a crisis. Chapters had been delinquent in paying per capita tax and filing reports. Chapters and alumni had received copies of Phi [...]Read More...
  • December 17, 2020

    Join Phi Mu Alpha During the 2020 Virtual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic

    Throughout history, Sinfonians have played an integral role in the Midwest Clinic. Despite the change in format this year due to COVID-19, you will still find several Sinfonians involved in the event. “Always Something New” was the motto and philosophy of Brother Dr. Albert Austin Harding (Alpha Xi Chapter – 1925). During the 1920s and [...]Read More...
  • December 14, 2020

    2021 Music Educator Award Finalists

    On December 10, 2020, the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum announced the 10 finalists to be considered for the 2021 Music Educator Award. To be eligible for the award, these music educators must have made significant and lasting contributions to the field of music education while also demonstrating a commitment to the broader cause of [...]Read More...
  • October 2, 2020

    Sinfonia Celebrates 122 Years

    Phi Mu Alpha Founder's Day 2020 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. Today, we have a greater knowledge of our history, our symbols, and the traditions that were [...]Read More...
  • October 1, 2020

    The Red And Black Brass Band Brings Joy to St. Louis

    The Red and Black Brass Band continues to make waves in St. Louis and across social media as they bring the power of music to the streets at a time when it is needed most. In recent weeks, the Brothers in the band were featured on Nine Network of Public Media and even the PBS [...]Read More...
  • September 19, 2020

    The “Back to Better” Project

    With students reporting significantly greater mental health issues as the impacts of COVID-19 continue to wear on, we have seen an increasing need for mental wellness resources for our membership. Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia has partnered with EVERFI, to offer our Brothers a chance to participate in the "Back to Better" Project - a tailored [...]Read More...
  • September 18, 2020

    50 Year Anniversary – Formal Opening

    A Golden Anniversary After the Fraternity moved into the property at 10600 Old State Road in Evansville, Indiana, the next month was spent remodeling, decorating, landscaping, installing a road sign, and getting the staff settled into place. 50 years ago, today, on September 18, 1970, a small reception was held to announce the formal opening [...]Read More...
  • September 7, 2020

    The Fourth Annual 100 Nights of Taps

    From Memorial Day through Labor Day, you can hear the familiar sound of our National Song of Remembrance, TAPS echoing across Gettysburg National Cemetery. For one hundred days straight, the melody is produced by a lone bugler, sounding from the Soldier’s National Monument. Organized by our partner TAPS FOR VETERANS, each evening, at 7 pm(EST), [...]Read More...
  • August 28, 2020

    Brother Peter Wilson Retires from the President’s Own United States Marine Band After 30 Years

    Congratulations, Brother Peter Wilson! Violinist Master Gunnery Sergeant Peter Wilson joined "The President's Own" United States Marine Chamber Orchestra in September 1990. He was appointed principal second violin in 1991 and string section commander in 2007. For the past 25 years, he has also been the "Voice of the Marine Barracks," serving as the official [...]Read More...
  • August 14, 2020

    Celebrating 50 Years at Lyrecrest

    A Golden Anniversary On August 14, 1970, 50 years ago, today, after a summer of searching and negotiating, Phi Mu Alpha moved into a gracious 14-room home on five acres of rolling woodland in Evansville, Indiana. This would mark the first time in its 72-year history that the Sinfonia established its own National Headquarters. The [...]Read More...
  • August 13, 2020

    Two Premieres, Three Brothers, and a Musical Legacy

    This Friday, August 14, 2020, Brothers Kevin Day and Chad "Sir Wick" Hughes will have their works premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Low Brass Quartet as part of the Tanglewood Chamber Festival. Due to COVID-19, the traditional outdoor summer concert festival has been transformed to adapt to the virtual world. The festival includes both free-of-charge archival [...]Read More...
  • August 12, 2020

    Brother Kenneth Fuchs Premieres “Point of Tranquility”

    Congratulations to Brother Kenneth Fuchs, who will be premiering his seventh Naxos release, an album of seven works for symphonic winds recorded by the premier the United States Coast Guard Band. The recording will be released globally this Friday, August 14, 2020. Coincidently, on the 50th Anniversary of the Fraternity's National Headquarters of Lyrecrest's opening. [...]Read More...
  • August 12, 2020

    Scheduled Maintenance Planned for MySinfonia

    Scheduled Maintenance - Wednesday, August 12, 2020 The Fraternity will be performing required maintenance on our member portal, MySinfonia, this afternoon from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm CDT. During this time, access to MySinfonia may be unavailable to users.  We appreciate your patience as we work to make improvements to infrastructure and offer a better [...]Read More...
  • July 31, 2020

    20-21 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...
  • June 11, 2020

    The Virtual Sinfonian Choir – A Call to Brotherhood in Music

    "The bond of Sinfonia Brotherhood now extends throughout the length and breadth of our country. Never before have such cordial relations and mutual interest existed among the leading musical schools of learning. Never before has a like number of musicians and students of music been banded together by such bonds of real brotherhood. Such an [...]