The collegiate newsletter of3Volume XXIX Number 2
Sinfonia Conference Call SeriesOn Wednesday, Sept. 5, Vice
Lichtenberg, Delta Nu (Bradley) 93, and COOJeremy Evans, Delta
Nu (Bradley) 98, led a confer-ence call on legislative changes that
were enacted atlast summers Convention. With about 60 brothersin
attendance, many of them chapter presidents,Brother Lichtenberg
discussed the changes that werevoted upon as well as thenew
structure to the gov-erning documents thatwill help clarify
andorganize the documentsfor those with questions.
This conference callwas not an isolated inci-dent. This marks
thebeginning of the SinfoniaConference Call Series, which will
feature a new calland topic the first Wednesday of every month.
Thisseries will occur eight months out of the year, con-secutively
from September through May (skippingDecember), and the hope is that
the program cancontinue into next year and beyond, covering
perti-nent topics throughout the Sinfonian landscape.
Various Sinfonian leaders will be on hand forthe calls to talk
about different aspects of Fraternityendeavors. While not every
call will be gearedtoward each brother, every brother can benefit
fromat least one.
Another important feature of this series is thateach is
available to listen to after the call takes place.
So for brothers interested in the few that havealready taken
place, they will be able to catch up onwhat they missed. These
audio files, as well asinformation on the next call, are available
atwww.sinfonia.org/sccs. Heres an outline of the full series:
September (Governing Documents): Vice-President Mark Lichtenberg
dis-cussed the new governing documents.Topics included the new
structure tomake them easier to understand,methods on how to
interact with andsearch the documents, and what to dowhen there is
a conflict betweennational and chapter rules.
October (Recommended Fraternity EducationProgram):President
Mongiovi discussed the RecommendedFraternity Education Program.
Topics included howto introduce the program to probationary
members,how the program integrates with the new Themes
forBrotherhood, and how to structure a full PM educa-tion program
that is comprehensive in its coverageof the Fraternity and its
November (Alumni Involvement):This call focused on alumni
involvement and thenew membership tier pins. This was not just a
(see Conference Call Series, page 3)
By Mark Wilson,Delta Eta (YoungstownState) 03, Director
One of the thingswe hear in all sorts ofactivities and groups
isthat we need to getinvolved. This taglineisnt exclusive to PhiMu
Alpha. It can be
tricky to know exactly what that means, orhow we can actually be
involved in theorganization and take on a leadership role.And
sometimes it can seem like were pulledin too many different
directions by all of ourinvolvement. Weve all felt the
stressfulcrunch of schoolwork, or the tension betweenour personal
lives, social lives, and academicor professional duties.
Theres no one way to handle theseissues, but someone once told
me 90% ofleadership is just showing up, and I thinkthat can apply
to much of what we do. Lookat your chapter, at all of the meetings
andevents, and pick out the leaders. Not neces-sarily officers,
though many leaders find theirway into officer positions. What
separatesthese men, the ones you look up to as leaders?Often, it is
simply engagement. They attendevery meeting, go out of their way to
spendtime with brothers, and are active participantsin events and
discussions. If a group isimportant to you as I hope Phi Mu Alphais
to each and every brother just showingup is half the battle.
Regardless of officialtitle, this care for Sinfonia will be
evident;younger brothers will look up to you, andyour voice will
matter on issues big and small.
Entire books are written about fraternalinvolvement, and there
is of course more toleadership than simply being present. Butthis
simple step, and a conscious effort toimprove ones engagement with
the chapter,can open a new world for many Sinfonians.
The unfortunate truth, though, is thathalf the battle is often
still a struggle due toother commitments. A missed meeting
orrehearsal, followed by scattered others, canlead to numerous
absences if brothers are notcareful. For most, it is not a lack of
passionfor Sinfonia but simply real-world realitiesthat cause their
involvement with the chapterto suffer. Here, again, there is no
easyanswer, but our ideals can light the way for useven during such
duress. Specifically, thevalue of Truth. Be truthful with
yourself.Are you taking on too much? What activitiesare you
involved in, and which are mostimportant to you? What compromises
canyou make for each activity or organizationthat will help you
stay involved? And second,be truthful with your brothers. Let
themknow if you are struggling with attendance orengagement, or try
to find ways to balanceyour duties to Phi Mu Alpha with your
othercommitments and responsibilities. Often Iveseen or heard of
struggling brothers, andthere is little to no communication
betweenthe brother and his chapter. Honest, opencommunication can
lead to mutually benefi-cial solutions.
Nobody looks back fondly on late-nightcramming sessions, missing
a party to prac-tice, working 40 hours a week while alsoattending
school, 8:00am classes, or manyother common obstacles, but these
are someof the many challenges involved in balancingcollege life.
The rich personal rewards PhiMu Alpha bestows upon brothers only
comefrom active, passionate involvement, so it isworth every
brothers time to find ways tobalance their Sinfonia duties with
others.And its worth every chapters time to helpthose brothers
succeed, both within the chap-ter and outside of it.
Collegiate Involvement:Struggles & Strategies
Operational UpdatesChapters: 237Colonies: 12Florida Theta
(Rollins College)Xi Sigma (Bethel College)Rho Omega (Virginia
Commonwealth)Virginia Epsilon (Virginia State University)Iota Phi
(University of New Mexico)Eta Phi (University of Southern
Mississippi)Pi Nu (Jackson State University)Delaware Beta (Delaware
State University)Texas Eta (University of Mary Hardin-Baylor)Alpha
Upsilon (University of Arizona)Florida Iota (Edward Waters
College)Texas Theta (Texas Southern University)
Alumni Associations: 17Collegiate members in Good Standing
5,842Collegiate members on Suspension 681Collegiate members (total)
6,523Percentage of total collegiate suspensions 10.4%Total amount
of outstandingper capita tax owed to Sinfonia $93,555.00
Publication InformationThe Red & Black is published as an
newsletter for the Fraternitys chapters, colonies,
facultyadvisors, governors, committeemen, and national
The Red & Black is printed bimonthly, September toApril.
Photographs and articles from your chapter arehighly encouraged for
upcoming issues of The Red & Black.Please send the articles and
photographs to [email protected]
Editor/Layout: Mark A. Wilson, Delta Eta 03
Lyrecrest Staff:Chief Operating Jeremy M. Evans, Delta Nu
98Officer [email protected] Ext. 108
Director of William C. Lambert, Iota Alpha 05Programs
[email protected] Ext. 102
Director of Mark A. Wilson, Delta Eta 03Communications
[email protected] Ext. 104
Retreat Coordinator Cameron C. Miller, Xi Mu 08& Programs
Associate [email protected]nia.org Ext. 103
Controller Mary J. [email protected] Ext. 105
Administrative Kimberly J. DailyCoordinator [email protected]
Administrative Elizabeth A. RaderAssisstant [email protected]
Shipping Clerk Sarah [email protected] Ext. 106
Visit www.sinfonia.org/affiliates to see all of Phi Mu Alphas
organizational and musical
partners, and to learn more about the resources these groups can
(fromConference Call Series, page 1)for alumni, but included
suggestions and guidelines for collegiate broth-ers to encourage
alumni engagement with their local chapter. It alsohighlighted the
new membership pins, which are a great way to honoralumni and bring
them back to the chapter at the same time.
January 2nd (Chapter Operations):Have a question about the
regular operations in your chapter? Want tohelp guide your chapter
to success? From reporting and documenta-tion, to structure and
governance, this is a call that chapter officers willnot want to
February 6th (American Music Programs):American music
performances are a hallmark of every chapter. Thisconference call
will help you make the most of these performances, andalso provide
resources and background for the program to enrich theexperience of
March 6th (Mills Music Missions):Our national philanthropy is as
strong as it has ever been, and is a fit-ting tribute to our
founder. But many chapters struggle to make these atruly
transcendent experience. This call will give chapters the tools
theyneed to begin to reform MMMs in their chapter, to make the most
ofthis musical and brotherly endeavor.
April 3rd (Sinfonias History, Symbols, andCeremonies):A wide
variety of historical and modern symbolsand practices will be
covered in this conferencecall. Any brother who is interested in
the originsand meanings behind Sinfonias rich history ofwords,
music, and symbols will want to be on-hand to absorb these
May 1st (Music Advocacy):As musicians, teachers, and supporters
of music, this is a topic that per-tains to every brother. Join us
for this talk, where well discuss currenttrends in music education
and advocacy, as well as resources for becom-ing a responsible
music advocate in your community or school.
The possibilities for topics as we move forward with this
programare endless. We hope all interested brothers are able to
attend or listento numerous calls. Collectively, this will increase
the knowledge andpreparedness of every chapter and province,
strengthening our brother-hood as a whole.
For the latest info on the Sinfonia Conference Call Series, and
tolisten to past calls, visit www.sinfonia.org/sccs.
Phi Mu Alphas Musical Alliances and Partnerships
National Association forMusic Education
Barbershop Harmony Society Drum Corps International
In recent months, Phi Mu Alpha has announced alliances with a
number of prominent music organizations. These alliances will help
solidify Sinfonias place in American music,
and will also provide resources and opportunities for
The Sinfonia Education and Retreat CenterMore beds means more
can visit on retreats.
Full-sized classroom for retreats andeducational programs.
Proposed Building Plan
Handicap-accessible restrooms and showers.
Recreational lounge for brothers to relax.
Visit www.facebook.com/thelyrecrestfund for more!
Membership Awards are now available at the headquar-ters. These
awards represent 10-, 25-, and 50-year mile-stones for alumni, and
are designed to encourage chapters toreconnect with their alumni.
Due to the high volume ofrequests for the awards, the pins will
only be distributed forfree twice a year, with the late fall and
late spring care pack-ages. Chapters should plan around these dates
in order toobtain pins to present them to alumni the following
semes-ter. For more information, consult the Guide to Awards inthe
resources section of our website, or contact Director ofPrograms
Will Lambert at [email protected]
Two new province governors have been appointed,following the
fall meeting of the National ExecutiveCommittee.
Brian C. Odom, Theta Lambda (Hardin-Simmons)06, is the new
Province Governor in Province 23.Brian has served as Collegiate
Province Representativeand Chapter President.
Dr. Philip Autry, Mu Gamma (Angelo StateUniversity) 99, is the
new Province Governor forProvince 15. Autry is currently active
with the ZetaRho Chapter at Fisk University, where he is
FacultyAdvisor, and is also active with the Nashville AreaAlumni
Association. He is Associate Professor of Pianoand Piano Pedagogy
and Music Area Coordinator atFisk University, and a private piano
Leadership Institute 2013
The 2013 Leadership Institute is fastapproaching. The dates for
this years event are June 27-30. Start to make yourplans now to
attend, at what is sure to be aspectacular event.
Are you one of our nearly 20,000 Facebook fans?Or among the
nearly 1,000 Twitter followers? Stayinvolved and up-to-date on the
latest in Sinfonia Newsby becoming one!
www.facebook.com/phimualphasin-fonia and @phimualpha
Gamma Eta Chapter Furman University Greenville, South
When brought up in one of our meetings lastschool year, several
brothers in the chapter jumped atthe chance to attend our National
Convention inOrlando over the summer. The eight-hour trip fromSouth
Carolina was a longone, but what our chaptermembers experienced
atthe Convention morethan made up for it. Onecommon thread in all
oftheir stories about theConvention was that themeeting of so
manybrothers in music, a gath-ering of so many to
advance music in America, was one of the mostinspiring events in
their careers as Sinfonians. Beingaround not only our national
leaders, but brothersfrom all around the country gave the
Gamma Eta a new perspectiveon the scope of our commonideals and
missions. The manyinformative sessions, talks, andspeeches at the
conventionalso gave our brothers insightinto the way to
properlyrevere and maintain the ritualsand customs we hold dear,
aswell as new ways to make ourchapter more efficient.
Beta Psi Chapter University of California-Los Angeles Los
On May 12 the chapters of Beta Psi of UCLAand Kappa Omicron of
CSU Long Beach hosted thefirst Sinfonia Helps Music concert at Bret
HartePrepatory Middle School in Los Angeles. The goal ofthis
project was to raise funds and awareness for thisextremely
influential and growing program that catersto at-risk youth, as
music is widely recognized as oneof the most beneficial
co-curricular activities in achilds education. This free concert
featured manybrothers of Beta Psi and Kappa Omicron in smallgroups
and large ensembles, performing traditionalAmerican music, jazz,
and Disney classics, as well as aperformance by the Bret Harte
Concert Band. Themoney raised by our chapters through
donations and business sponsors was used to purchaseinstruments
for the middle schools music department.
We utilized our website, sinfoniahelpsmusic.org,to promote the
concert and to collect donations tohelp support the schools music
programs. The instru-ments purchased by our chapters were presented
toBret Harte at a special ceremony on August 28. Thebrothers of
Beta Psi and Kappa Omicron hope to con-tinue this tradition of
supporting local music depart-ments with an annual Sinfonia Helps
Music concert,raising awareness in our communities so that
theseprograms may continue to benefit children for genera-tions to
Pi Eta Chapter Morgan State University Baltimore, MarylandWe
started this semester off with two mem-
bership drives that were focused respectively onthe
instrumentalists and vocalists of MorganState University. For the
Morgan StateMarching Band, we surprised them with a pizzaparty
directly after they had completed theirfirst week of band camp. For
the Morgan StateChoir, we hosted a welcome back to school icecream
social on the first day of classes.
A major vision for the chapter this year isto increase the
interaction between all Greekorganizations on Morgan States campus.
first event we had this year was an open micnight held in
conjunction with Sigma GammaRho Sorority. The Pi Eta Chapter
provided thelive band for this event and has since been hiredby
many organizations on Morgan States cam-pus to provide live music
for their events.
Lastly, the Pi Eta Chapter held a Labor Daycookout in September.
We had brothers fromXi Eta (Morehouse College), Zeta Mu (SamHouston
State University) and Zeta Iota(Howard University) all come into
town for ourevent and share in this exalted experience.
Lambda Beta Chapter Susquehanna University Selinsgrove,
Penn.Over the course of the past year, the chapter
inducted a pledge class of twelve men. We raisednearly one
thousand dollars during our Save theSound Benefit for the Music
Department of theWest Perry High School, where many brothers ofour
chapter have a personal connection to eitherthe school or the
students. We took part in SUServes, a community service program run
by ouruniversity. The brothers also mulched andhelped landscape a
public park with baseball andsoccer fields, and did our regular
cleaning of ahighway area that is about forty-five minutes
away from our fraternity house. We also took part in Greek Week,
long competition among fraternities and sorori-ties in athletic
and academic events. Phi MuAlpha finished in 3rd place overall, but
stole theshow with an airband performance that receivedan
incredible amount of positive reviews. Thebrothers are excited for
another year together,where we look forward to a large pledge
class,great memories, an even more incredible airbandroutine, and
more community service.
Beta Sigma Chapter University of Idaho Moscow, IdahoOn September
3rd the chapter had an informational
meeting for interested men. This years meeting had moreattendees
than ever before and several others were unableto attend but still
expressed interest. One week later thechapter held its ceremony for
pinning, where 18 menbecame probationary members, by far the
largest proba-tionary class in chapter history. This years
class was one of the most diverse (in terms of instrumenta-tion
and major) ever. This large probationary class willlead to a
significant increase in the size of the chapter. TheBeta Sigma
Chapter has worked hard in recent years toexpand recruiting outside
of just the brass sections ofmarching band and this year it finally
paid off. We are veryexcited about the potential of this group of
Sigma Epsilon Chapter Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne Fort Wayne,
IndianaWe are the newly initiated chapter in Province 28,
and would like to thank everyone that had a helping handin our
initiation this past April. Although we havent beenactive for long,
we have been very busy. This summer wedid multiple fundraisers at
Red Robin to start getting our
name out in the public. Also, this fall semester we arehaving
our first class of probationary members, which weare all very
excited about. Were looking forward to grow-ing as a chapter and
becoming even more active in comingyears.
Beta Xi Chapter The Ohio State University Columbus, OhioThe very
first game of the football season has already pro-
vided a true moment of brotherhood, despite the fact that itwas
with our opponents. The marching bands of The OhioState University
and Miami University got the chance to sharea wonderful musical
experience on the morning of September1st in OSUs Skull session.
The two bands got the chance toplay their show, allowing both
groups to truly enjoy the hardwork and musicianship of the other.
After the concert, thebrothers from both Beta Xi and Alpha Theta
that were in the
respective bands got to mingle and meet each other, which wasa
beneficial experience. During halftime, both bands were ableto
watch each others performances, both of which were veryimpressive
and enjoyable. Both chapters had the chance toreconvene once again
during the third quarter and meet someof the brothers that were not
there the first time. A sense ofunity was still able to be reached,
even if our teams were fight-ing for the win. In the end, we are
and always will beSinfonians.
Has your chapter done something interesting orexciting? Let us
know at [email protected]
Xi Epsilon Chapter Shepherd University Shepherdstown, West
From fall 2011 to spring 2012, the Xi Epsilon chapter
par-ticipated in many events. In Fall 2011, the chapter held
aHaunted Mini-Golf course, a canned food drive, a musicale, aMills
Music Mission, and attended Province 27s SLAM. In
spring 2012, the chapter participated in Relay for Life,
attend-ed Province 27s Workshop and participated in a benefit
con-cert in Frederick for the Interfaith Housing Alliance.
Overall,the chapter had a productive school year.
Beta Omicron Chapter Mansfield University Mansfield,
PennsylvaniaThe past semester for the chapter has been a
one. With the initiation of spring 2012s probationary class
wenow consist of 22 active brothers. Some highlights of
ouraccomplishments include participation in Relay for Life
(lead-ing in the singing of the national anthem), participation in
anall-brother opera chorus, in which the composer of the
opera,Samuel Adler, attended. We also performed successful AMRsand
MMMs along with participation in a benefit concert for
an Adopt-a-School service project. We also had
successfulfundraisers such our Valentines Day fundraiser:
The chapter also had the privilege of sending four brothersto
represent our chapter at the National Convention this
We hope to continue our hard work and efforts to theadvancement
of music in America and continuing to strength-en the bonds of
brotherhood. On and ever upward!
Job Opening At Lyrecrest!Have you ever considered spending a
year working for the
Fraternity? Are you looking for an unique job after college?
Wouldyou enjoy leading and facilitating groups of brothers from
across thenation? Do you want a flexible and fun work experience
that wouldapply to almost any future endeavor? This may be the
opportunity youare looking for!
Job Title:Retreat Coordinator and Programs Associate
Responsibilities include:The Retreat Coordinator and Programs
Associate shall be responsi-
ble for all chapter and province retreats and other weekend
Fraternitygatherings at Lyrecrest. He will maintain the Fraternitys
colony pro-gram and perform membership records duties. He will
serve as the pri-mary contact at the national headquarters for
Eligibility:Must be a Sinfonian in good standing possessing a
degree in any field. Experience with Mi crosoft Office is a
must.Must have a vehicle and be able to lift at least 50
Benefits include:Competitive salary, free housing and utilities,
insurance, great profesional work experience and the opportunity
tomeet and interact with brothers from all over the country.
Hours:Full-time-plus, with adjusted work week schedule
around weekend retreats and events at Lyrecrest.
Application deadline:March 1, 2013
Term of employment:August 1, 2013 July 31, 2014 (position turns
This position is ideal for a graduating brother with an
outgoingpersonality who is looking to gain valuable work experience
and isinterested in working at the national headquarters. The
gained through this position serves as a great starting point
for anyyoung professional.
Past Retreat Coordinator Sean Leno, Phi Omega (Dayton)
00,describes his experience this way:
My time as Retreat Coordinator at Lyrecrest provided me with a
valu-able new skill set and a truly one of a kind work experience.
Theopportunities given to me for both personal and professional
growthwere unparalleled in quality and value. You, just as I did,
will experi-ence the Fraternity on a level never before imagined,
gaining theinsiders view of a large, successful organization as
well as meetingand interacting with the Brothers that keep this
Past Retreat Coordinator and Programs Associate MatthewDowning,
Beta Lambda (Muskingum) 04 had this to say about his timeat
Rarely in life do you get the chance to know youve positively
affected the lives of others. As the Retreat Coordinator and
ProgramsAssociate, I was challenged and privileged to meet and work
with over500 Sinfonians. Though my time of service to the National
Fraternitywas relatively short, I know I accomplished some of my
lifetime careergoals. I was extremely lucky to work for an
organization I feel pas-sionate about helping to elevate others and
work towards benefitingsociety through music. The memories and
experiences I have gainedfrom my work at Phi Mu Alpha are truly
To apply, please send resum, cover letter, contact information
forthree references, and a detailed history of Fraternity
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia FraternityNational Headquarters
Attn: Retreat Coordinator & Programs Associate Search10600
Old State Road
Evansville, IN 47711-1399
Searching for Next Years Retreat Coordinator and Programs
Dont Delay! Application Deadline is March 1! Apply today!
Operation Taps Receives National Citation
I played Taps for a veterans family that had the second and
third generations present at the cemetery. The deceased was a WWII
MarineCorps vet, and his sons were big tough, blue collar, biker
types in their 40s. The grand kids ages ranged from as young as
maybe 3 or 4 yearsold to high school age. The teenagers clearly
didnt want to be there; they had their iPods and game devices and
barely looked up the wholetime. You could almost say they were
disrespectful, given the solemnity of the event.
We got to the Military Honors part of the service, where active
duty Marines stand at each end of the casket to salute the fallen
while Isounded Taps when I was done, I looked up at these big,
tough bikers and they were pretty choked up, and the teenagers were
wide-eyedand had that Whoa, this is serious look on their
A Military Honors Funeral concludes with the folding of the
flag, and presenting it to the next of kin, in this case the oldest
son. The HonorGuardsmen then stepped back and saluted that flag one
final time while it was in the hands of the son. The tears were
flowing, and therewas audible sobbing and sniffling. Big, strong
men were reduced to tears.
As the family was leaving the cemetery, there was a young mother
and her little daughter holding hands and walking toward the exit.
I over-heard as the little girl looked up at her mother and asked,
Mommy, was Papa a hero? The mother just knelt down and hugged her
daugh-ter and broke down in full blown tears and said Yes he was,
and hell always love you, even from heaven.-Tom Allen, founder of
The National Citation is an award that is given to individuals
or organizations that, through their efforts, reflect the goals
andObject of Phi Mu Alpha. It is intended to highlight groups or
individuals that have lastingly contributed to society through
theirmusical, personal, or philanthropic endeavors. At the 2012
National Convention, the National Citation was presented to
OperationTaps and its founder, Tom Allen.
The objective of Operation Taps is to promote Taps bugler
volunteerism among the civilian brass playing community, and
toencourage music organizations to proactively connect with their
communities to pay tribute to Americas Military Heroes. Too
fewveterans are able to have Taps performed by a live bugler at
their funeral, and Operation Taps helps to finds interested
performers andconnect them with veteran groups and funeral homes,
in order to remedy this problem.
Brothers who are interested in helping this cause should visit
the Operation Taps website at operationtaps.org.
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