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  • 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 [...]Read More...
  • May 31, 2020

    A Message from President Lichtenberg

    Dear Brothers, Some of us will never know what it is like to be treated differently only because of the color of our skin, and we may even feel a certain inadequacy in any attempt to provide support and comfort to our Brothers who are struggling with what is happening in our society. The reality [...]Read More...
  • March 24, 2020

    National Headquarters Transitions to Emergency Mobile Operations

    IMPORTANT NOTICE National Headquarters Transitions to Emergency Mobile Operations Evansville, Indiana – Tuesday, March 24, 2020 In response to Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s statewide “Shelter in Place” executive order, issued on March 23, 2020, the National Headquarters will close to all public access effective at 11:59 PM Central Daylight Time today, and extending through Tuesday, [...]Read More...
  • March 3, 2020

    2020-2021 SEF Scholarship Applications Available

    Enriching Lives. Advancing Music. The Sinfonia Educational Foundation is proud to announce the availability of scholarship applications for the 2020-2021 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...
  • March 1, 2020

    2020 Award Nominations

    Signature Sinfonian Award WHAT IS IT? The Signature Sinfonian Award recognizes alumni members who have achieved significant accomplishments in their chosen fields or professions, thereby bringing honor to Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. The award can be presented to alumni Sinfonians with a record of excellence in any field of professional endeavor. Those who submit candidates for [...]Read More...
  • February 29, 2020

    Spring 2020 Issue of The Red & Black Now Available

    Spring 2020 Issue Now Available The digital copy of the Spring 2020 issue of The Red & Black is now available online for your reading pleasure. This edition focuses on the incredible work being done around the country by our Brothers. With stories about music festivals, instrument donations, and masterclasses, we hope you are inspired by what [...]Read More...
  • February 20, 2020

    Phi Mu Alpha mourns the passing of Dr. Philip E. Autry

    Our hearts go out to the friends, family, colleagues, and Brothers of Dr. Philip Autry, who passed away this morning after battling a rare form of cancer for the past year. Brother Autry’s dedication to music, his students, his community, and his Fraternity Brothers was apparent throughout his life, and many will miss his friendship [...]Read More...
  • January 15, 2020

    Spring 2020 Lyrecrest Retreat Dates Available

    Throughout the school year, chapters have the chance to visit the National Headquarters in Evansville, Indiana and spend a weekend enjoying the truly unique experience of a Lyrecrest. Brothers who come on a retreat will be given a tour of the National Museum & Archives, will make an impact in the local community with a Mills [...]Read More...
  • December 28, 2019

    A Tribute to the “Father” of Our Ritual

    “Music – a profession, or possession? No, it is not a profession. You cannot ‘profess’ music any more than you can “profess” sunlight, or gold, for music is a great and moving power, which in its own time and under its own laws takes possession of you.” – Rollin M. Pease Sixty years ago to [...]Read More...
  • December 10, 2019

    Celebrate the Holidays with Music – Winter 2019

    Share the Gift of Music this Holiday Season For many, the holidays are a joyous time of year, one that brings about fond memories and quality time with friends and family. However, many others are not as fortunate, and the holidays can be a very difficult time. Some people will find themselves alone this year [...]Read More...
  • December 5, 2019

    Sinfonia Booth Returns to Midwest Clinic

    The Brothers of Phi Mu Alpha are excited to join thousands in Chicago, Illinois, from December 18-21, 2019, for the 73rd Annual Midwest Clinic! Over 18,000 people benefit from the wide array of educational clinics, reading sessions, concerts, and exhibits during the four-day conference. Since the early 1990s, Phi Mu Alpha has been exhibiting at [...]Read More...
  • October 8, 2019

    Sinfonia Mourns the Passing of Dr. Rolland H. Shaw

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

    Happy Founder’s Day!

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

    Sinfonia Celebrates 121 Years

    Phi Mu Alpha Founder's Day 2019 On October 6, 1898, our beloved Sinfonia was founded at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Since then we have grown to over 125,000 living members and nearly 250 chapters Sinfonia is healthy, prosperous and growing. We have increased our membership, new groups continue to express [...]Read More...
  • September 25, 2019

    Risk Management Acknowledgement Renewal 2019

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

    National Hazing Prevention Week 2019

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

    Fall 2019 Chapter Reports Available

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

    We All Have a Role in Suicide Prevention

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

    Introducing Sinfonia Custom

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

    Reintroducing the Red & Black Magazine

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

    Fall 2019 Lyrecrest Retreat Dates Available

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

    Get a Sneak Peek at the New Red & Black!

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

    John Israel Steps Down as National Vice President

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

    Sinfonia Honors the Memory of Dr. Olin G. Parker

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

    A Message from President Mark Lichtenberg

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

    Fall 2019 National Dues Assessed

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

    Sinfonia to be at DCI World Championship Finals

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

    Increases to the Cost of Initiation

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

    Kappa Kappa Psi Centennial Celebration

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

    Celebrating 100 Years – The National Association of Negro Musicians

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

    Sinfonia Mourns the Passing of Holocaust Survivor Eva Mozes Kor

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

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

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