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Encyclopedia > Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
ΦΜΑ – Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
Founded October 6, 1898
New England Conservatory of Music
Type Social Fraternity
Scope National
Motto Among Men Harmony
Colors Red, Black, Gold
Flower Chrysanthemum
Chapters 215 chapters, 11 colonies, 8 alumni associations
Headquarters 10600 Old State Road
Evansville, Indiana, USA
Homepage http://www.sinfonia.org

Phi Mu Alpha (ΦΜΑ) Sinfonia is a collegiate social fraternity for men of musicianly character. Today, its 215 chapters, 11 colonies, and 8 alumni associations serve to "advance music in America" on college campuses and in communities nationwide. To date, more than 130,000 men have been initiated into Phi Mu Alpha, making it the largest and oldest secret society in music.[1] Image File history File links PhiMuAlphaSinfoniaCrest. ... is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1898 (MDCCCXCVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... The New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) in Boston, Massachusetts is the oldest independent conservatory in the United States. ... Red is any of a number of similar colors evoked by light consisting predominantly of the longest wavelengths of light discernible by the human eye, in the wavelength range of roughly 625–750 nm. ... Black cat, thought by some to cause bad luck (see superstition) Black is the shade of objects that do not reflect light in any part of the visible spectrum. ... Gold is a shade of the color yellow closest to that of gold metal. ... Species Chrysanthemum aphrodite Chrysanthemum arcticum Chrysanthemum argyrophyllum Chrysanthemum arisanense Chrysanthemum boreale Chrysanthemum chalchingolicum Chrysanthemum chanetii Chrysanthemum cinerariaefolium Chrysanthemum crassum Chrysanthemum glabriusculum Chrysanthemum hypargyrum Chrysanthemum indicum Chrysanthemum japonense Chrysanthemum japonicum Chrysanthemum lavandulifolium Chrysanthemum mawii Chrysanthemum maximowiczii Chrysanthemum mongolicum Chrysanthemum morifolium Chrysanthemum morii Chrysanthemum okiense Chrysanthemum oreastrum Chrysanthemum ornatum Chrysanthemum pacificum Chrysanthemum...

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History

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia was founded on October 6, 1898 by Ossian Everett Mills and thirteen students at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts (The name "Sinfonia" comes from the name of a similar organization in Leipzig, Germany).[citation needed] Sinfonia became a national fraternity on October 6, 1900 with the admission of a group of men at the Broad Street Conservatory of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Under the guidance of Percy Jewett Burrell (sixth Supreme President, 1907–1914), whose writings and speeches continue to be influential in the teaching of Sinfonian ideals to this day, the fraternity grew and "truly became a force in American music."[citation needed] is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1898 (MDCCCXCVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Ossian Everett Mills (1856-1920) Ossian Everett Mills founded Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts on October 6, 1898. ... The New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) in Boston, Massachusetts is the oldest independent conservatory in the United States. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ... Leipzig ( ; Sorbian/Lusatian: Lipsk from the Sorbian word for Tilia) is, with a population of over 506,000, the largest city in the federal state of Saxony, Germany. ... is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Äž: For the film, see: 1900 (film). ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ...


Object

"The Object of this Fraternity shall be for the development of the best and truest fraternal spirit; the mutual welfare and brotherhood of musical students; the advancement of music in America and a loyalty to the Alma Mater."[2].


National Philanthropy

The National Philanthropy of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is the Mills Music Mission. It was inspired by a practice originated by Sinfonia founder Ossian Everett Mills in 1886.[citation needed] He would take a group of New England Conservatory students to perform for patients in Boston hospitals on Christmas and Easter. The students would sing, play music and give recitations. The "flower missions," as they came to be known, brought joy to the lonely and hope to the destitute.[3] In 2003, the Mills Music Mission was accepted as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia's official National Philanthropy. It is unique among fraternity philanthropies in that Sinfonians make a personal sacrifice to help individuals and lift spirits through music.[citation needed] During the week of February 11-18, 2006, almost 200 chapters and alumni associations participated in missions in observance of Ossian Everett Mills's 150th birthday.[4] Mills Music Mission is the ongoing National Philanthropy of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, Inc. ... Ossian Everett Mills (1856-1920) Ossian Everett Mills founded Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts on October 6, 1898. ... Year 1886 (MDCCCLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Christmas is an annual holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Wycliffe Tyndale · Luther · Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      Easter, the Sunday of... February 11 is the 42nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 49th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Alumni Involvement

A common phrase heard among brothers in the Fraternity is “Once a Sinfonian, Always a Sinfonian.” The spirit of this phrase has fostered alumni loyalty for more than one hundred years. As an alumni member, the opportunities to remain active with the Fraternity are limitless. Once a man is initated into the Fraternity, membership is for life. Area Alumni Associations, scattered throughout the country, provide more formalized ways for alumni Brothers to gather together and further the ideals and Object of the Fraternity. Such groups are currently active in Central Florida, Central Ohio, Coastal Georgia, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Phi Mu Alpha (ΦΜΑ) Sinfonia is a collegiate social fraternity for men of musicianly character. ... Phi Mu Alpha (ΦΜΑ) Sinfonia is a collegiate social fraternity for men of musicianly character. ...


Sinfonia Educational Foundation

The Sinfonia Educational Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. For over a half-century, it has enriched lives and advanced music by offering valuable opportunities for personal growth, musical achievement, and leadership development.[citation needed] Tax-deductible gifts to the foundation help support collegiate Sinfonians through scholarships, matching grants, travel assistance grants, research grants, and support for the fraternity's educational programming. The Sinfonia Educational Foundation was formed as a means by which loyal alumni members who recognize the benefits of being a Sinfonian can personally help extend those benefits to future generations of musical men. The Sinfonia Educational Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity. ...


Famous Sinfonians

Over a century old, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia has admitted men from all walks of life, some of whom have achieved notability in fields such as music, television, film, science, and literature. Among these famous Sinfonians are television personalities Mister Rogers and Andy Griffith, jazz musician Duke Ellington, philanthropists Andrew Carnegie and George Eastman, politicians Thomas Dewey and Fiorello LaGuardia, tenor Luciano Pavarotti, and American Idol winner Ruben Studdard. This is a list of members of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity who have gone on to achieve recognition in their respective fields, including music, television, film, science, and literature. ... Reverend Frederick McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003) was an American educator, minister, songwriter and television host. ... Not to be confused with Andy Griffiths. ... Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (April 29, 1899–May 24, 1974) was an American jazz composer, pianist, and band leader who has been one of the most influential figures in jazz, if not in all American music. ... Andrew Carnegie (November 25, 1835 – August 11, 1919) was a Scottish industrialist, businessman, a major philanthropist, and the founder of Pittsburghs Carnegie Steel Company which later became U.S. Steel. ... A 1954 U.S. stamp featuring George Eastman. ... Thomas Edmund Dewey (b. ... Fiorello Henry LaGuardia (December 11, 1882–September 20, 1947) was the Mayor of New York from 1934 to 1945. ... Luciano Pavarotti Luciano Pavarotti (born October 12, 1935) is an Italian spinto tenor who is one of the best known vocal performers in contemporary times, in the world of opera and across multiple musical genres. ... AMERICAN IDOL HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO DEATH OF SIMON ... Christopher Ruben Studdard (born September 12, 1978) is an American pop/R&B/gospel singer who rose to fame as winner of the second season of the American Idol television program. ...


Chapters

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia has 215 active chapters and 11 colonies across the United States. Alpha Chapter at the founding New England Conservatory was active from 1898 to 1977. It was reactivated in 1991 but subsequently became inactive again in 1995 and remains so today. Delta Chapter at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY was chartered on January 28, 1901, and is currently the oldest continuously active chapter in the Fraternity. Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is considered by some to be among the first historically white fraternity to charter a chapter at an historically black college or university when Sinfonia chartered at Howard University on May 19, 1952. Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity has 214 active chapters and 11 colonies across the United States. ... The Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra performing in Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory of Music. ... Ithaca College is a private institution of higher education located on the South Hill of Ithaca, New York. ... For census data on the two municipalities called Ithaca see Ithaca (city), New York and Ithaca (town), New York. ... Howard University is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research extensive historically black university in [[Washington, D.C.] Howard was established in 1867 by congressional order and named after Oliver O. Howard. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Sinfonia’s collegiate chapters participate in a broad range of activities emphasizing brotherhood, service, and performance in music. Chapters take music into the community by singing at hospitals and homes for the elderly; sponsor concerts of American music, jazz and choral festivals, all-campus sings and Broadway-style reviews; provide a large variety of performing ensembles ranging from big bands to barbershop quartets; commission new works; bring prominent performers and clinicians to their campuses; and take part in a variety of other social and musical activities. The possibilities for participation in musical activities are limited only by the boundaries of imagination, desire, and commitment.


Sinfonia provides many exciting opportunities for the development of social and leadership skills in an atmosphere of brotherhood and mutual support. Leadership roles may be assumed from nearly the first day an individual is pledged to become an active member of the Fraternity. Beyond the chapter, annual province workshops and national events allow members to become more involved and to develop meaningful friendships with other musical students across the nation.


External links

  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia national website
  • Sinfonia Educational Foundation

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Sinfonia grew and flourished in the early teens under the leadership of Burrell, a man imbued with the spirit of Ossian Mills and determined to nurture the seeds that Mills had carefully planted in Sinfonia.
Sinfonia continued to flourish in the 1920s under the dynamic leadership of Wisconsin’s Peter W. Dykema, later of Columbia University, a man of great energies and foresight whose effect on American music education is felt to this day.
At the height of the characterization of Sinfonia as a “professional fraternity,” Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 was passed, dictating that professional fraternities cannot legally restrict membership to a single sex.
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Sinfonia seeks not only the manly musician, but at the same time the musicianly man. We are not a professional fraternity, but we strive for professionalism in everything we do.
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia forms a lifetime bond through shared experience and love of music; brotherhood is a bond that transcends simple friendship.
With over 200 chapters nationwide, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is a rich part of American tradition from its beginnings at the New England Conservatory in 1898 to the present and into the future.
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