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Phi Mu Alpha
Fraternity Information
Name: Phi Mu Alpha
Founding Date: October 6, 1898
Founding Location: New England Conservatory of Music – Boston, MA
Motto: Among Men, Harmony
Colors: Red, Black, Gold
Council: Independent
Headquarters: 10600 Old State Road Evansville, IN 47711

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Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (ΦΜΑ) is a collegiate social values-based music fraternity. Today, its 217 chapters, 12 colonies, and 7 alumni associations seek to develop the “manly musician and musicinaly man.” To date, more than 150,000 men have been initiated into Phi Mu Alpha, making it the largest and oldest secret society in music.[1] Phi Mu Alpha is also considered an independent fraternity as it does not belong to a national umbrella council.

1 History
2 Object
3 National Philanthropy
4 Alumni Involvement
5 Sinfonia Educational Foundation
6 Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award
7 Famous Sinfonians

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). 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 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.”

National Philanthropy
The National Philanthropy of Phi Mu Alpha is the Mills Music Mission. It was inspired by a practice originated by Sinfonia founder Ossian Everett Mills in 1886. 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. In 2003, the Mills Music Mission was accepted as its National Philanthropy. It is unique among fraternity philanthropies in that Sinfonians make a personal sacrifice to help individuals and lift spirits through music. During the week of February 11-February 18, 2006, almost 200 chapters and alumni associations participated in missions in observance of Ossian Everett Mills’s 150th birthday.

Alumni Involvement
The motto of Phi Mu Alpha is “Once a Sinfonian, Always a Sinfonian. Long live Sinfonia.” The spirit of this phrase has fostered alumni loyalty for more than one hundred years. As an alumnus, the opportunities to remain active with the Fraternity are limitless. Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Area Alumni Associations,scattered throughout the country, provide more formalized ways for alumni Sinfonians to gather together and further the ideals and Object of the Fraternity. Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Area Alumni Associations are currently active in Central Florida, Central Ohio, Coastal Georgia, Dallas/Ft. Worth, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. The Area Alumni Associations are in a period of renewed growth during the fraternity’s recent boom, and, as such, new interest groups and Associations continue to sprout all around the country.

Sinfonia Educational Foundation
The Sinfonia Educational Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Phi Mu Alpha. For over a half-century, it has enriched lives and advanced music by offering valuable opportunities for personal growth, musical achievement, and leadership development. 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.

Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award
The Charles E. Lutton Man Of Music Award is one of the highest honors awarded to brothers of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity for a lifelong achievement in uplifting the world through his art and his music. Casino Deutschland Its recipients include muscial legends such as Aaron Copland, W. Francis McBeth, James Levine, Frederick Fennell, and Maynard Ferguson.

Famous Sinfonians
Over a century old, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia has admitted men from all walks of life, some of whom have become famous in such fields as music, television, film, science, and literature.

Julian “Cannonball” Adderley (jazz saxophonist & band leader)
Count Basie (jazz musician & band leader)
Colonel John Bourgeois, USMC (Ret.) (conductor, The President’s Own” Marine Band & composer/arranger)
Andrew Carnegie (philanthropist)
Van Cliburn (pianist)
Bill Conti (film and television composer)
Aaron Copland (composer)
Thomas Dewey (lawyer & politician)
Bo Diddley (Rock & Roll pioneer)
George Eastman (inventor & philanthropist)
Nelson Eddy (actor and early rock singer)
Duke Ellington (jazz musician & band leader)
Maynard Ferguson (jazz trumpeter & band leader)
Thomas W. Fox (peace activist)
Andy Griffith (actor and singer)
Moses Hogan (composer)
Burl Ives (actor and folk singer)
Bryce Jordan (President, Penn State University 1983-1992)
Stan Kenton (jazz pianist and band leader)
Keith Lockhart (conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra)
Lee Loughnane, James Pankow and Walter Parazaider (founding members of Chicago, professional rock band)
Chuck Mangione (jazz musician & band leader)
Branford Marsalis (jazz musician)
Ellis Marsalis, Jr. (jazz musician)
Peter Nero (artistic director)
Luciano Pavarotti (tenor singer – ‘The Three Tenors’)
Andre Previn (pianist & conductor)
Fred Rogers (“Mr. Rogers” creator)
Ed Schaughnessy (Percussionist and drummer for Slot Machine Online Tonight Show with Johnny Carson)
Capt. Winston Scott (astronaut)
Carl “Doc” Severinsen (jazz trumpeter & band leader)
John Philip Sousa (composer, inventor, and band director)
Graham Spanier (President, Penn State University, 1997-Present)
Jeff Spoeri (five-time Jeopardy champion)
Henry Steinway (philanthropist)
Ruben Studdard (pop singer, American Idol winner)
Fred Waring (band leader)
Clifton Williams (composer)

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