Composition Contest Judges Announced You won’t believe who’s judging! - Pg. 4
Also Inside: Fireside Southeast - Pg. 3 Percy Burrell Anniversary Celebrations & Contests - Pg. 10 Foundation Scholarships - Pg. 11
From the National Collegiate Representative By Erick Reid, Rho Mu (Norfolk State) ’08, National Collegiate Representative Greetings Brothers! HAPPY NEW YEAR! I pray that 2013 presented you with challenges that will make you greater and better prepared for those challenges you will face in 2014. I am confident 2014 is going to be a great time for each of us individually, as chapters, and collectively as a National Organization. The organization saw much change in 2013 and our National Executive Committee and National Staff are making changes to prepare us for 2014! My initial insight into the history of the fraternity was at a Fireside Conference! Here I learned about the history of our organization, the meanings behind the Ritual, and even had the opportunity to chat with our fraternity’s leaders about the vision of our order. This experience was great and sparked my interest to go further and to do more for Sinfonia. You will have this opportunity this semester! Fireside Southeast will take place on the campus of the University of Georgia. I encourage brothers in this region and even outside to make a trip to learn more! You will have the opportunity to learn from brothers from all over the country in an intimate setting. As we are all aware, Sinfonia represents the best in
music. The composition contest highlights this theme. I encourage those brothers who have the gift of composition to participate or spread the word to someone you feel could benefit from this exciting opportunity. We have some outstanding judges and I think we should give them some tough competition! The composition program is open to both Sinfonians and nonSinfonians so be sure to tell everyone you know! Lastly, Leadership Institute is coming once again and I know you all are going to take advantage of this awesome experience! I promise you won’t find a program like it. I have attended several times and I am sure we’re going to have a great time this year. So please take the time to attend this affordable opportunity in the Hoosier State (yeah, I had to look that up too)! Enjoy this issue of the Red & Black! Take the time to read the writings of Brother Percy J. Burrell as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of his death. And check out news from campuses around the country! Let us all set a resolution as a fraternity to reach out more in 2014! Whether it be through social media, writing a letter, or even paying a visit to a new chapter this year and feel free to share these experiences with me at firstname.lastname@example.org! In the Spirit of Phi, Erick Jamar Reid National Collegiate Representative
The Red & Black is the collegiate newsletter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity Volume XXXI
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Advancing Music in Ame
The Phi Mu Alpha Composition Contest continues Sinfonia’s 100-year legacy of support for American artists and the creat Entrants will compete for a grand prize of $ 5,000, a featured premiere of their entry at the 2015 National Convention, a ning entry. We are pleased to announce the three distinguished brothers who have graciously agreed to serve as judges for made significant contributions to American music in his own right.
Samuel Adler, Gamma Theta (North Texas) 1960
Brother Adler’s mark on American music stretches into nearly every of instrumentation, including five operas, six symphonies, numerou He has conducted the world over, and founded and conducted the from 1950 to 1952. His contributions also include several acclaime Following military service, Brother Adler conducted the Dallas Lyr of North Texas College of Music (1957-1966), Professor of Compo on the composition faculty at Julliard.
Carlisle Floyd, Epsilon Iota (Florida State) 1957
Brother Floyd is one of the most admired and widely performed op ited with helping to create an American idiom in opera. Carlisle’s m performed American operas in history. His other popular works in of the same name, and Cold Sassy Tree, his most recent work, writt Brother Floyd has been honored with The Citation of Merit by the Composers, the National Opera Institute’s Award for Service to Am and Letters, the White House National Medal of Arts, and the Fra been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts as an ho
Keith Lockhart, Gamma Eta (Furman) 1978
Brother Lockhart became the 20th conductor of the Boston Pops i artists from virtually every corner of the entertainment world. Dur Boston Pops concerts. Audiences worldwide love Keith’s inimitable making, but also by his unique ability to speak directly to the audi mitted. Currently, Brother Lockhart serves as principal conductor o artistic director of the Brevard Music Center summer institute and every major symphonic ensemble in North America, as well as seve
tion of new works of American music. and a publishing contract for the winr the competition, each of whom has
y realm of music. His catalogue includes over 400 published works in all types us string quartets, concerti, and several shorter works for orchestra or choir. Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra while serving in the United States Army ed books and articles on conducting, composition, and orchestration. ic Theater (1954-1958), served as Professor of Composition at the University osition at the Eastman School of Music (1966-1995), and since 1997 has been
pera composers and librettists of the last century. He is credmost popular work, Susannah, has become one of the most clude Of Mice and Men, based on the John Steinbeck novel en in 2000. Among numerous prominent distinctions, e National Association of American Conductors and merican Opera, induction into the American Academy of Arts aternityâ€™s own prestigious Man of Music award. He has also onoree for lifetime contribution.
in 1995. He has worked with a wide array of established ring his 17-year tenure, he has conducted more than 1,400 e style, expressed not only through his consummate musicience about the music to which he feels so passionately comof the BBC Concert Orchestra in London. In addition, he is d festival in North Carolina. He has appeared with virtually eral in Asia and Europe.
The contest is open to all who are interested and qualified! Deadline for entries is July 1, 2014. Head to www.sinfonia.org/compositioncontest for entry requirements and details.
The President's Message (reprinted from The Phi Mu Alpha Annual; Vol. IX, 1910) “The advancement of music America and a loyalty to the Alma Mater. DEAR BROTHERS: It has been my privilege in the previous two messages to choose a text from the article of our Constitution on “Object.” I have sought to say something worth your time to read on the development of the best and truest fraternal spirit and the mutual welfare and brotherhood of musical students This year I have turned to the remaining aim of our fraternity expressed in the words “the advancement of music in America and a loyBrother Percy J. Burrell in 1911. alty to the Alma Mater.” On the opening pages of our YEAR BOOK I desire to emphasize this specific kind of loyalty, and in so doing I trust that its close relation to the advancement of music in America may be apparent. The present-day demand for education is determined to no small extent by the world sizing up, as it were, the human products that are gathered and sent forth from the collegiate and educational field. The world has a right to ask, “What has education done for Jim Smith?” If Jim Smith can show a fellow feeling for Tom Brown, John Jones and Charlie White, and if he can put out a right hand that will fit into the other fellow's right hand, education has produced brains plus brotherhood. Such a man going forth with a sheepskin in his grip is going to win men, women and endowments for our colleges and universities. Is he not, brothers? You can imagine that he is the fellow who in college used to shout, “Hurrah for Harvard!” and “Three cheers for Yale!” and who felt it in his heart as well as in his throat. He is in short the very best type of the college man. I fancy he would be the first to sit down in a spelling match if asked to spell “snob” or “sneer,” but he ought to be able to stand up to the end on such words as “sincerity,” “sacrifice” and “Sinfonia.” You ask what all this has to do with our text. It has a great deal to do with it, for this loyalty touches in very essence the mind and heart condition of men. He who does not think broadly and feel deeply does not lose much sleep because of working loyally. While the man who comes out of college is expected to make a mark for himself in the world and so prove what is in him - you may put it down as certain that unless something besides rules, definitions and equations got into his head as a student - he will find himself quite erased as far as making a positive impress upon his fellows in the broadest sense of what manhood and life-work really ought to be. The ideal college life today should afford, and I believe it does, an opportunity for men to meet with influences other than those
strictly academic, scholastic and pedagogical. The debating and literary clubs, local societies, general fraternities and the like help in developing the social side of man's nature. Here men meet one another on the same level. Rough exteriors are planed down by rubbing up against smooth ones, and the smooth find out which way the grain really runs in getting scratched by the rough ones. These diverse, not diametric - indeed they are, after all, harmonizing aspects of the student life - are true developers for both making a rounded manhood and putting a man on the square. Isolation in thought and in body does not tend to make a man love any one in any corner but his own. His corner is only big enough for himself. Fraternity, it seems to me, is a sort of life's “puss in the corner” game where one is glad to exchange corners when the other fellow whistles and everybody has an equally good and profitable time. I see that I have used the word “Fraternity.” Let us do so again and put the word Sinfonia before it, so it reads Sinfonia Fraternity. What does it mean? Loyalty to the Alma Mater! I believe that that is what a true fraternity means every time. I have no sympathy with the individual who berates the college fraternities because he is outside of them and knows nothing about them. It is true that some fraternities are not as good in their influence as others may be because each man himself, the world over, has a goodness that is relative rather than positive. There are some days not as bright as others, yet the Creator does not snuff out the sun. While every one recognizes the Church and the State as the most conspicuous handmaids of Inscription on the monument placed by education, is it not true, as the Fraternity at Burrell’s gravesite on October 2, 2004 well, that the American college fraternity has been a prominent and positive factor in the growth and popularity of college life? I think so. Does not the “frat” man love his frat and his college equally well, and when he goes out into the world does he not both love his fellowmen and cherish his Alma Mater? A short time ago a class in one of our universities was getting ready to put on a Shakespearean play. All the female characters chosen by the committee happened to be non-frat members. The coach asked, “Wouldn’t it be wise to have at least one of the fraternities represented in the cast? You want their support, don’t you?” Promptly came the answer, “Oh, the frat girls have college spirit enough to support it anyway!” I thought that had a pretty good illustration of
how fraternity and college spirit go hand in hand and that a school of the brothers of the “black and red.” without the former is liable to lose much of the latter, and in short The most rational aim of any educational institution is to turn order find a diminished loyalty to the Alma Mater. out graduates that will be an honor to the school. The graduate to You may put this down as a truism: A college spirit cannot be be such must possess culture as a result of musical training and successfully worked up among alumni after graduation. To be a enthusiasm as a result of social activity. It can not be well disputed loyal alumnus one must first have college spirit, and this same spir- that the growth and perpetuity of a college are largely measured by it is kept aflame largely through the oxygen in the lungs of the fra- student activity which promotes a common interest and inspires ternity members. Our own Sinfonia has proved this. The instituconsequent loyalty as well as by the personal character and comtions which have been pleased to see the red and black fluttering mercial success of her graduates. Sinfonia has had ten years to in their midst emphasize the truth of this assertion. Brothers and make known the fact that every Sinfonia shout shouted means a all others who read this Year Book, listen to the testimony of one more wide-awake, enterprising graduate; that every Sinfonia meetof the directors of a leading American conservatory: “I have no ing where are discussed plans of ways and means fosters a more reason to regret the expenditure of any time or money that I may mature judgment which in years to come may help, by wise counhave made because I feel that the good Sinfonia has done the consels, the Alma Mater. servatory and the students far surpasses any outlay that I may have Brothers of the Sinfonia, do you not realize more than ever made. . . . One of the cardinal principles what it means to you to associate for of the order is a loyalty to the Alma Mater, four, three, two, or even one year in a fraand I believe that the establishment of fraternal, brotherly way with fifteen, twenty, ternities in the conservatories is developing or twenty-five other young men all bendtheir school spirit a hundred per cent.” ing their youthful energies toward a high Another director says: “Sinfonia is the goal of musical culture? This abundant best thing that ever happened to our good-fellowship makes a wholesome, young men.” uplifting and indelible impress upon your Yet another voices this sentiment: “I complete manhood and is fashioning you believe Sinfonia makes a man a better into a better all-round man and a better musician.” Indeed it does make him a betman all around - outside as well as inside ter musician, for added to his own personthe mystic circle. I speak the truth when al ambitions is the ardent desire to be an I state that to foster a movement that so honor to his fraternity and to his Alma promotes real brotherhood and musical Brother Burrell presenting his 1901 Mater. progress among the future musicians of Convention photograph to the 1952 We do not speak in parables, or mysAmerica reflects wisdom and far-sightedNational Convention in Cincinnati. teries, or imaginings, or longings. Such are ness on the part of those who stand at the testimonies of men of conspicuous positions in the musical the head of our institutions of musical learning. Sinfonians, you realm who have observed critically and intimately Sinfonia and are entitled to take just pride that you are proving at last that Sinfonians. The music departments of our universities and our musicians can be welded together in love and for mutual helpfulconservatories of music are the agents - wise, systematic, thorough ness and progress. You are developing that type of manhood which and far-reaching - in the advancement of music in America. Their ever shows itself in loyalty to the Alma Mater. Now you are comgraduates are bid godspeed as they seek the path leading to ing back to the Alma Mater to see the old school, the old teachers, advancement and attainment. They feel the push of the Alma and to greet the new brothers in Sinfonia. In unison do I catch Mater behind and see the beckoning of the goodness of your cry, “Te amo- Alma Mater.” Attainment before. Every true Sinfonian knows what this means; Another paragraph or two and I am done with the annual mesevery institution that boasts a Sinfonia chapter in its midst has felt sage. It is this: The institution which seeks only to develop art, culthe warm pulsings of the Phi Mu Alpha heart. tivate brains and promote the scientific does not reach the acme of If I were standing before my own chapter of the New England its possibilities or embrace all its opportunities. Its widest mission Conservatory and speaking on this same subject, I believe I should extends into the field of sentiment, emotion, the spontaneities begin the speech something like this: “In one sentence, brothers, and, indeed, the humanities of life. To strive to subordinate the let me try to strike the keynote. While every Sinfonia man vows heart to the head is a worthy performance in the unchecked pasthat ‘once a Sinfonian, always a Sinfonian,’ and is a Sinfonian, sions of the race, but in the one seeking knowledge in the higher now, at last and all the time, he never has forgotten and never will schools the shout, the song, the society are not at all the anomalies forget that he is (if I can coin the word) a ‘Conservatorian,’ first, they may seem at first glance. The noisy, youthful outbursts that last and all the time.” The same might be said, with its own local sometimes are heard may be in truth the very potentialities capable application, of the members of all the chapters. I have seen many a of begetting, fostering and sustaining a sentiment and love for the man with a Sinfonian pin shining on his vest, but I have yet to see time, the occasion, the thing that inspired them. The graduate of the sneer at him who wore nothing save buttons on his vest. today is inclined to remember his Alma Mater for its sociality as Loyalty to the school and friendliness and helpfulness to its stuwell as its intellectuality. The college spirit gets into him during dents, whether Sinfonians or not, ever have been prominent traits the college days. In his after life this same spirit seeks to get out of
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South Carolina Delta Colony • Clemson U It’s a long time coming, but Sinfonia has reached Clemson University. On October 31st, Province 30 Governor Kyle Coleman visited to meet with Clemson’s interest group and convey that their petition for colonization has been accepted by the NEC and COS. For 27 months, the interest group has been trying to achieve colony status, and it has been a long and arduous process. Over time, many members have come and gone but a few stuck with it and are finally seeing the fruits of their labors. Frank Taylor, colony vice president and one of the very early members of the interest group commented
Zeta Rho Chapter • Fisk University The small chapter was preparing for their own performance on the Christmas at Fisk Showcase Concert, when a late Thanksgiving made juries seem like they were very early. The chapter hosted a special Jury Preparation Night to help their fellow students with that last incen-
tive to thorough preparation before leaving for break. Food, friends, and a family atmosphere allowed students to give and receive constructive criticism as they practiced their performances— no faculty allowed (except for a collaborative pianist).
Pennsylvania Gamma Colony • Moravian College The colony had a very busy, but amazing semester this fall. We first found out about receiving our colony status in March of 2013. Due to getting our colony status so late in the semester, the spring semester of 2013 was used for raising money to help with the tasks to be completed in Phase 1 of the colony process. The colony formed an organized plan for the fundraisers and between two different ones we raised over $500 to put in the bank for the fall semester. Fall semester was time for us to buckle down and finish all the different required activi-
ties for Phase 1. We put on a concert featuring the members of the colony, our American Music Recital, three recruitment events, the Ossian Everett Mills Music Mission, had our overnight weekend brotherhood retreat, and more. With the hard work of every colony member, we are now here in December with all of the Phase 1 activities done and finishing the final preparation of our petition for Phase 2 in just a few short months - a testament to how a combination of hard work and true brotherhood can overcome any obstacle.
Rho Tau Chapter During the course of the spring semester, the chapter hosted a Contemporary Music Festival featuring the talents of American composer Rob Smith, who has received multiple awards internationally for his compositions. Rob Smith held master classes with several ensembles on campus, while
• Appalacian State University
his compositions were performed almost every day of the week. The chapter also conducted an American Music Review. During this, both brothers and other music students performed music from American composers.
University “Although it has taken us a little over two years to get here, it is all going to be worth it in the end. Since the group has become the South Carolina Delta Colony, they have a lot of work to do. By maintaining the mindset of “men of the highest type,” the goal of becoming a full chapter is coming into fruition.” The colony is finally close to reaching their goal. And as they push through Phase I, the colony continues to stay motivated and always reaching toward their goal of becoming a full chapter.
Gamma Phi Chapter • Texas State University On March 23, 2013 in San Marcos, Texas, the chapter participated in a one-day community service project that is now the second largest of its kind in the state of Texas. This project is called Bobcat Build. The mission of Bobcat Build is to create a Texas State tradition of pride through a day of service projects that build awareness, build community, and build tradition. Gamma Phi was split into two different groups to help pick up leaves and generally clean up houses of faculty/citizens of San Marcos. One team from Gamma Phi worked diligently for three hours and raked about twenty bags of leaves, mulched multiple flowerbeds, and washed
windows. A day later, Gamma Phi’s Faculty Advisor was emailed a letter about how much our company and hard work was appreciated. “I kept thinking,” they wrote, “that you would have been so proud of them (as would be their parents)...for doing someone else’s chores with such delightful dispositions and a willingness to do whatever was asked. What an absolutely charming group of young men! They are ambassadors extraordinaire of both Texas State and the Music Department!” Gamma Phi enjoyed participating in Bobcat Build and plans on continuing to participate for many years to come.
Kappa Chi Chapter • Del Mar College Spring 2013 was a very successful semester for Kappa Chi. We have built new shrines to replace our old ones as well as made our very own ritual robes. We also had a joint American Music Recital with our brothers from A&M Kingsville
(Pi Chi). We had also initiated three more brothers and reformed our black night to be much more exciting and effective for probationary members here at Kappa Chi for years to come.
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Percy Burrell Anniversary Celebration PERCY JEWETT BURRELL COMMEMORATION YEAR AND ASSOCIATED EVENTS As we have published previously, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Brother Percy Jewett Burrell, Supreme President of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia from 1907-14. This coming October will also mark the 10th anniversary of the Fraternity’s dedication of a monument to Brother Burrell at his previously unmarked gravesite in Watertown, Massachussetts. Brother Burrell is one of the most prolific and eloquent writers in the history of Sinfonia, and his direct and indirect contributions to our growth and welfare are innumerable. It is fitting that we take time to observe his passing in this anniversary year, and pay honor to his memory and contributions. The Fraternity is pleased to announce the following activities in observance of the Burrell commemoration: CHAPTER HISTORIAN’S OBSERVANCE March 22, 2014 will mark the 50th anniversary of Brother Burrell’s passing. On or near that date, we are asking each chapter historian to present a program honoring the life, contributions and writings of Percy Jewett Burrell for the chapter’s education. Historians are encouraged to submit both programs and documentation of the event to the National Headquarters. The three best programs will be recognized with formal awards. NATIONAL ESSAY CONTEST A national essay contest will be held, with the theme being a reflective treatment on the Object of the Fraternity in its entirety, or thoughts on the importance of any of the four individual components of the Object. We would like to encourage brothers to attempt modern equivalents comparable to Brother Burrell’s seminal expositions on the Object in his presidential letters, published in the Sinfonia Annuals during his term of office. These letters are available through online resources, and are also published in the current edition of Themes for Brotherhood. Prizes will be awarded for the top three entries received, and the winning entry will receive free registration to the 2014 Leadership Institute and will have the winning essay published in the Sinfonian. P.J. BURRELL LOOK-ALIKE CONTEST Brothers may submit photos bearing a strong resemblance to our Master Pageant Master. We will select the three photos which are closest in likeness to Brother Burrell, and submit them to the brotherhood at large for a popular vote to determine the winner. The top three look-alikes will receive gift cards to the Sinfonia Store, with a special premium going to the top vote-getter. FOR THE ADVENTUROUS CHAPTER – PRESENT A PAGEANT Brother Burrell wrote and directed pageants across the United States, and was called the “Master Pageant-Master” by Harvard University Professor of History Dr. Albert Bushnell Hart. In 1948, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Fraternity, Brother Burrell wrote Sinfonia Birthday: An Historical Play Based on Facts of the Founding of Phi Mu Alpha Fraternity, which was performed at the National Convention. Courageous chapters are encouraged to learn and stage the pageant, and record the performance on digital video. The videos should be submitted to the National Headquarters for judging . The winning performance will be added to the permanent archives collection of the Fraternity for viewing by future generations of Sinfonians, and the performing chapter will receive an expenses-paid retreat at Lyrecrest, culminating in the inaugural screening of their performance in the National Museum. More information is available in your January mailing, and details and entry deadlines will be published online at www.sinfonia.org/burrellanniversary. Let us pay fitting tribute to the man whose thoughts are still as current today as they were over 100 years ago, Brothers.
...cont. from ‘Burrell’ (pg. 7) him in the most practical ways and helps for his Alma Mater. But first of all, loyalty to the Alma Mater must have the seeds sown in the form of enthusiasm, college spirit and brotherhood in the student. His first exuberance may be sometimes criticised as puerile and irrational, but in later years we find that these pristine, bubbling-over manifestations have undergone a process of evolution and he has come to possess an alumni spirit “safe and sane.” Such a one loves his Alma Mater. It means counseling to him. The shout and the song are not forgotten. Oh no! They were the prologues, the prerequisites, the harbingers of still better things, for with him it is now, “All up for the old school!” and “On with our sons and daughters to the old Alma Mater!” Give the conservatory, the college, the university, give any school an enthusiastic, wide-awake, alert, progressive student body, and loyalty to the Alma Mater must ever be the keynote struck by the alumni. Nothing so happily and positively forecasts a forceful alumni body as the visible proof in the esprit de corps of a chapter in the Sinfonia Fraternity. The Sinfonia Fraternity of America has been and ever will be one of the strongest bonds that holds an alumnus to the Alma Mater. Every Sinfonian means a graduate that means, in turn, a true and loyal being with a soul all aglow for the old school that gave him a cultured musical mind and a warm, brotherly heart. More than ever, my brothers, is it good to be a Sinfonian. For “once a Sinfonian, always a Sinfonian.” Fraternally Yours, In Phi Mu Alpha, Percy Jewett Burrell.
News From Headquarters Foundation Scholarships
Leadership Institute Dates Finalized
The Sinfonia Educational Foundation is proud to provide support for collegiate success through its annual scholarship program. This money is there for the taking, but you will never be a recipient unless you apply! The 2014 application form will be available January 10. Head to www.sinfonia.org/scholarships for details and the scholarship application. Deadline is March 1!
T-Shirt Design Contest
Leadership Institute 2014 will be held on the campus of the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville from Thursday, July 24 through Sunday, July 27, 2014. The Fraternity Education pre-conference will be held from Wednesday, July 23 through Thursday afternoon, July 24. Opening ceremonies will be Thursday evening as in the past. There are some exciting new developments in the works regarding expanded program opportunities and extended musical development options, so stay tuned to www.sinfonia.org in the coming weeks for updated information. The theme for 2014 will be We Are the Music Makers – Leadership for the Second Century. Anyone who attended last year’s event can tell you what an outstanding opportunity our Leadership Institute provides, brothers, and registration is very reasonable. Mark your calendars now, and talk with your chapter about sending representatives so that you can take full advantage of all the programs available to you.
The deadline for submissions is quickly approaching. Entrants have the chance to receive gift cards to the Sinfonia Store, and the chance to see their work featured on a Sinfonia Store item. If you have design talent, don’t wait! Deadline is March 1
American Music Challenge Be rewarded for doing what you love! Make sure you’re documenting chapter performances, and preparing documentation for submission by the May 31, 2014 deadline.
T-shirt Design Competition - March 1, 2014 SEF Scholarship Applications - March 1, 2014 American Music Challenge - May 31, 2014 Composition Contest - July 1, 2014
Organizational Information Chapters: Colonies: Michigan Beta (Oakland University) Theta Eta (Wright State University) Pennsylvania Gamma (Moravian College) South Carolina Delta (Clemson University) Alabama Epsilon (University of Alabama at Birmingham) Florida Iota (Edward Waters College)
Collegiate members in Good Standing 7,410 Collegiate members on Suspension 755 Collegiate members (total) 8,165 Percentage of total collegiate suspensions 9.25% Total amount of outstanding per capita tax owed to Sinfonia $116,928
Publication Information The Red & Black is published as an informational newsletter for the Fraternity’s chapters, colonies, faculty advisors, governors, committeemen, and national officers. The Red & Black is printed bimonthly, September to April. Photographs and articles from your chapter are highly encouraged for upcoming issues of The Red & Black. Please send the articles and photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org. Editor/Layout: Mark A. Wilson, Delta Eta ’03
Lyrecrest Staff: Interim Executive Director
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Director of Programs
Mark Helmstetter, Theta Upsilon ’03 firstname.lastname@example.org Ext. 102
Director of Communications
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Retreat Coordinator Garrett Lefkowitz, Beta Iota ’08 & Programs Associate firstname.lastname@example.org Ext. 103 Controller
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Fraternity Services Administrator
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Fraternity Services Associate
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Music Advocacy Edition Sinfonia is dedicated to music advocacy and has a number of resources to aid brothers in becoming effective advocates at their schools and in their communities.
The Need • Music programs are often first on the budgetary chopping block. It affects every member of Sinfonia directly or indirectly, and affects countless students who will never experience a musical education.
The Benefits • We all understand the subjective beauty and power that music can have over the human spirit, and on a more practical level, students enrolled in music attend school more often, perform better, and receive a more rounded education.
Fraternity Outreach • The Fraternity has a comprehensive Guide to Music Advocacy that covers ways you can become involved as a collegian, alumnus, musician, educator, or non-music major. • Phi Mu Alpha is affiliated with numerous advocacy organizations such as the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). • Sinfonia is represented on NAfME’s Music Education Policy Roundtable, a body that works toward making permanent, lasting changes to American music education by changing governing policies that affect educators and students. This council has a tangible, positive impact on legislators in Washington, DC, and helps to create non-partisan policies for the betterment of all students.
What Can You Do? • Seek media and community exposure for Fraternity music events and other local arts programs. • Hold fundraisers for struggling music programs or donate time to districts in need of help. • Make sure administrators at your college understand the value of a musical education. For educators, make sure the parents of your students understand the value to their children, both the tangible and intangible benefits. • Share your experiences with others! • Head to www.sinfonia.org/advocacy to learn more. Educating yourself is the best preparation for being an effective advocate.