was born on October 6, 1898 at the New England Conservatory in Boston,
when a group of thirteen young men under the guidance of Ossian Everett
Mills met to consider the social life of the young men students of that
institution and to devise ways and means by which it might be improved.
Mills, bursar of the Conservatory, sought to create an Order in which
men with a shared love of music could develop the virtues of manhood in
themselves and in their fellows.
became a national fraternity on October 6, 1900, with the admission of
a group of men at the Broad Street Conservatory in Philadelphia. Since
that time Sinfonia has grown into the largest music fraternity in the
world, with more than 150,000 initiates, and chapters on over 200
college and university campuses across the nation.
over a century, Sinfonians in nearly every field of study and
professional endeavor have transformed the face of music in America.
Today, the Brotherhood represents a diverse group of individuals
spanning the nation, who continue the proud tradition of advancing the
is a Brotherhood of men bound together for mutual helpfulness. Its
purpose is not only to bring men together as friends, but also to
provide a network of brothers with whom men can commune and renew their
zeal a support network that helps the individual to meet the challenges
that face him in his daily life. By teaching men who are united as
brothers to live their lives according to the noble virtues set forth
in the Fraternity's Initiation Ritual, Sinfonia builds better,
stronger, broader individuals who are able to live in sympathy and in
harmony with their Fraternity brothers and their fellow man. The
Initiation Ritual of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, which will mark the
transition into full membership, is one of the most meaningful and
beautiful of the Greek tradition. The dedication to the advancement of
universal Truths and brotherly association exemplified in the Ritual
are the foundation of individual fraternal friendship, chapter unity,
and national solidarity in the promotion of Sinfonia's dual mission:
the making of men and the uplift of mankind.
share a love of music that unites them as brothers with a common
interest. The Fraternity teaches men to develop themselves and their
art, not for the sake of art itself, but as a means of enriching the
lives of others. Through a multitude of chapter, provincial, and
national events, Sinfonia offers unlimited opportunities for
performance, community music outreach, and other activities designed to
develop a true appreciation for the power of music to uplift the soul.
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
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.
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. Alumni associations, scattered
throughout the country, provide more formalized ways for alumni
Sinfonians to gather together and further the ideals and Object of the