The President’s Message Sinfonia, the Next Level — a Higher Level These words, delivered at the 2010 Leadership Institute, are dedicated to Brother Brian McKinley Stratton, Delta Omega (Southeastern Louisiana) ’79 — a true and faithful brother, and a representation of the “manly musician and musicianly man” — on his initiation into Alpha Alpha Chapter as a National Honorary Member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, July 24, 2010. “Today Sinfonia lodges herself upon that high cliff — mount-thought — and glances back over the meadows and fields of the ten years of her life. How extremely visible are the expressions of gratification and delight upon her countenance, as she roams from one thought to another of her past record, and views the developments of her powers in the fraternal worlds.” —Ossian Everett Mills, 1910. Each one of us is here because Sinfonians observed in us the character, or the potential for character, representative of the spiritual ideals of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Based on that trust of our character we were bound together in solemn and secret vows that carry great responsibilities. The man who swears to uphold the Great Obligation of Phi Mu Alpha assumes the right and the responsibility to guard a tradition that passed from the hymns of ancient Orpheus, through the Renaissance prophets of music’s power, to the European and American Masters of Symphony and song — a tradition which asserts that the indescribable sensation we feel when we are deeply moved by music is a real and direct experience of Divine Truth. Through Sinfonia, men of every generation dedicate themselves to the mysterious power of music. This Obligation is a triangular trust between ourselves, our brothers and the Unseen source of that power itself, and must never be entered into lightly or frivolously. All this may sound very weighty and impressive, but what does it really mean to call ourselves “Sinfonian?” Consider the source of the name “SINFONIA.” Derived from symphony, it means “sounding together.” So, if we call ourselves “Sinfonians,” our lives should be symphonies, and Harmony should be, as Ossian Mills wrote, “felt in the hearty handclasp, heard in the cheerful greeting, seen in living notes in the generous act.” How, The Sinfonian December 2010
then, do we live a symphony of life? How do we, in the words of Percy Burrell, “key our own human natures to the majesty of Harmony?” Harmony will be expressed in our actions — in our cheerfulness, our kindness, and our generosity — to the extent that we feel Harmony within ourselves. But this is a difficult task. So many people these days feel hurried or overwhelmed. The automatic “fight or flight” response of the human body can handle immediate, short-term dangers like the attack of a predator, but is incapable of dealing with the type of long-term, chronic stress, worry, and emotional trouble that so many people experience on a regular basis. To have this biological reflex triggered so constantly causes irreparable harm to the body, and the mind is affected deeply. Concentration, memory and learning suffer as increased blood supply is given instead to the brain regions responsible for basic survival. Being trapped in what Ossian Mills called “the active, noisy, materialistic rush of the world” can cause us to lose the ability to think critically and make sound decisions. The inadequacies of modern education amplify the problem. When the decisions of school boards and legislators eliminate music and art from schools, an entire half of the brain goes neglected. The consequence of such actions is a decrease in right brain functions like creative thinking, seeing the “big picture,” feeling, and finding meaning in our lives. In this environment, part of our human nature never thrives. To make matters worse, subjects that were once fundamental to education are today neglected. Noted author and lecturer Joseph Campbell commented on the loss of classical mythology in education, saying:
It used to be that these stories were in the minds of people. When the story is in your mind, then you see its relevance to something happening in your own life. It gives you perspective on what’s happening to you. With the loss of that, we’ve really lost something because we don’t have comparable literature to take its place. These bits of information from ancient times, which have to do with the themes that have supported human life, built civilizations, and informed religions over the millennia, have to do with deep inner problems, inner mysteries, inner thresholds of passage, and if you don’t know what the guide-signs are along the way, you have to work it our yourself… When you get to be older and the concerns of the day have all been attended to, and you turn to the inner life — well, if you don’t know where it is or what it is, you’ll be sorry. Ancient philosophers studied nature and developed principles and systems to help man recognize universal laws and live better. They represented their observations in mythology, art and rituals, which the modern world often mistakes as literal and disregards as the product of a naïve and ignorant antiquity. But as Campbell said, mythology is “an interior road map of experience, drawn by people who have traveled it”; and without this map, we’re lost. Our Fraternity’s designers preserved great truths in Sinfonia’s Ritual and symbols for the benefit of men of music, so that we might live more harmonious lives. We should never treat Sinfonia’s sacred writings, formulas and symbols as mere decorations of a college music frat. The wisdom that they contain gives us a foundation for real growth and change.
You might ask, “how?” How does some ancient wisdom or eternal truths help me change, and grow, and exemplify Harmony? In 1908, Henry Wood wrote that “the ideal conscious possession of the higher things which endure, is like a powerful though ever retreating magnet which draws him onward and upward.” Ideals draw our thoughts, words and actions higher. We often go about it the opposite way, thinking that change comes from making a choice against something and resisting it, but the Law of Reversed Effect holds that the harder you try to resist something, the less chance you have of succeeding; therefore, you should never resort to a struggle of the will to create desired changes. In other words, if you want to solve a problem, don’t focus on fighting the problem. Instead, focus on an ideal that will draw your thoughts to a higher level. Percy Burrell wrote almost a century ago that “a personal consciousness of the possession of a Sinfonia idea and ideal and a practical exemplification in daily life are the proof positive that one is a Sinfonian indeed.” We may feel a real connection to those ideals when we discuss them during color nights or magnify them in a Ritual. Our character may even be lifted to a higher plane from an insight shared by a brother, the exalted atmosphere of a Ritual, or the feeling of sympathy stirred in our hearts on a Mills Music Mission. The benefit that these situations provide for us can’t be measured or put into words. At times they enable us to grasp what is usually out of our reach, and we feel changed. But just as the musician who finally perfects a difficult passage on his instrument must continue to practice in order to maintain the new, higher level, to be truly changed we must work to embody our ideals daily. Any real influence Sinfonia will ever have on music in America rests upon our individual and collective efforts to live and act better. So here’s what I ask of you. When we sing Hail Sinfonia we pledge our “hearts, hands and minds” to Sinfonia, and we consecrate these words with music. When you sing it now, think about that. This is what Sinfonia needs from you. Sinfonia needs your hearts to feel love for your brothers, your Fraternity and for all mankind; Sinfonia needs your hands to advance music in real and practical ways; and Sinfonia needs your minds to pursue knowledge and Truth, and focus on ideals. Love your neighbor; work for music; and set your mind upon great ideals.
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Letters To The Editor
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Sinfonia News SINFONIANS FILL THREE POSITIONS AT NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS The National Headquarters is pleased to announce the selection of three staff members to work at Lyrecrest. Jeremy M. Evans, Delta Nu (Bradley) ’98 has been selected by the National Executive Committee as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia’s Chief Operating Officer. In this national staff position, Brother Evans fills the vacancy left by Ryan Ripperton, Alpha Rho (North Carolina) ’95, who served the Fraternity in this capacity for over seven years. In February 2010 the National Executive Committee initiated its search for the next leader of the Fraternity’s national headquarters staff. In keeping with its plan for executive transition, the position was opened to all members of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia in good standing. Over the past seven months many applicants were considered, and several rounds of interviews were held to ensure a thorough process and the selection of the best possible candidate. After interviews with a number of highly qualified candidates, the National Executive Committee unanimously voted to employ Brother Jeremy Evans as Chief Operating Officer. Brother Evans was initiated into the Delta Nu chapter at Bradley University on May 5, 1998. In 2002 he joined the national staff for one year as Retreat Coordinator. In 2004, he returned to the national staff in the role of Director of Programs and Services. Since 2007 Brother Evans has served as Assistant Executive Director. In his time at the national headquarters Brother Evans has gained a high amount of experience in event facilitation, Fraternity operations and personnel management. Will Lambert, Iota Alpha (Alma) ’05, has been promoted as the Fraternity’s Director of Collegiate Programs and Education. For the past two years Brother Lambert has served Sinfonia enthusiastically
as Retreat Coordinator and Programs Associate. In his new role as Sinfonia’s Director of Collegiate Programs and Education, Brother Lambert will be an active resource for brothers seeking assistance with chapter-level probationary and collegiate member education and development. In the true spirit of the Fraternity’s mission to develop ideals and manhood in men of music, the National Executive Committee and Will are excited about this opportunity to make significant progress in what Sinfonia does. These goals include developing and fostering quality mission awareness, fraternity education, membership development and musical achievement in its members, and to provide a quality collegiate experience. Brother Lambert was born and raised in Petoskey, Michigan, and graduated from Alma College in April 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. After his initiation into Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia in Fall 2005, he went on to serve as Vice President and then President of the Iota Alpha Chapter at Alma. After a very competitive round of candidates, Andrew Lewis, Theta Tau (Austin Peay) ’08, was hired as the new Retreat Coordinator and Programs Associate. Drew grew up in Denver, Colorado. Following high school, Drew joined the United States Army as an Ammunition Specialist. While at Austin Peay, Drew majored in History and Political Science and served as Secretary and Alumni Relations Officer of the Theta Tau chapter. Drew was also a member of the Austin Peay College Democrats, in which he served as Secretary, Vice President, and President. Drew served the Tennessee state legislature as an intern during the summer of 2010.
ORCHESTRA IOWA RECEIVES NATIONAL CITATION In June 2010, Orchestra Iowa was presented The National Citation. The award can be given to an individual or organization that has significantly and lastingly contributed to the cause of music in America. When the record flooding inundated downtown Cedar Rapids in June 2008, the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra lost its administrative offices, the Symphony School, and its principal performing venue at the nearby Paramount Theatre. Many thought that the symphony season would be cancelled in the face of such adversity. However, the Orchestra responded creatively by extending performances throughout eastern Iowa
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and significantly increasing the number of performances and audience members reached each year.
BRIAN STRATTON INITIATED AS NATIONAL HONORARY Brother Brian McKinley Stratton S, Delta Omega (Southeastern Louisiana) ’79, was initiated into the National Honorary Alpha Alpha Chapter at the Leadership Institute, July 24, 2010. Brother Stratton has distinguished himself as a musician of international reputation and has brought honor to Phi Mu Alpha by displaying an outstanding commitment and dedication to both his music and the Fraternity. Brother Stratton has given three decades of service to Sinfonia. He was elected to the first class of Collegiate Province Representatives in 1982 and served as a delegate to the transformational Assembly in 1985. He has served as Governor of Province 14 since 1995, and was the Fraternity’s first African-American National Executive Committee member, as National Vice President for the triennium 1997-2000. Brother Stratton has enjoyed a successful career as a concert artist and music educator. At age 24 he conducted the World’s Fair Barbershop Chorus for international audiences. In 1988, he was a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions. He has performed opera, concert recitals, Broadway reviews, and oratorio both in the United States and abroad.
For nearly 22 years, Mr. Stratton was a member and featured soloist with the acclaimed Moses Hogan Chorale and Singers. His concert performances and over a dozen recordings have received wide acclaim worldwide. He is also featured on the CD “Voices” on the Windham Hill label, and with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on their CD “An American Heritage of Spirituals.” In 2004, he was one of only two clinicians from the United States at the World Projects-International Australian Music Festival held in Sydney and Bathurst, Australia. He has also conducted vocal workshops in France, Estonia, and Russia. National President John Mongiovi stated, “Brother Stratton has distinguished himself as a musician of international reputation and has brought honor to Phi Mu Alpha by displaying an outstanding commitment and dedication to his profession, demonstrating himself as a successful role model and helping others realize their potential, and representing Sinfonia’s ideal of the ‘manly musician and musicianly man.’”
FRATERNITY RE-INTRODUCES REGIONAL CONFERENCES AS “FIRESIDE CONFERENCES”
AMERICAN MUSIC CHALLENGE
Continuing their dedication to strong fraternity education practices and resources, National President John Mongiovi and National Vice President Mark Lichtenberg are hosting a series of regional events called Sinfonia Fireside Conferences. The program is dedicated to exploring the mission, Ritual and ideals of the Fraternity, and providing tools for brothers to teach these concepts and apply them both in their individual lives and in their chapters. Attendees can also perform in a regional Men of Song chorus. Everyone who wants to sing is welcome to take part in this musical opportunity, and rehearsals will not interfere with the rest of the programming. The first Fireside Conference took place in the northeast region at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware. In spring 2011, the Fireside Conference will move to the Midwest region and be held at Butler University on April 8-10. Future conferences will be held each semester in different regions of the country. • Fall 2011: West Region Location – TBA • Spring 2012: South Region Location – University of Oklahoma April 13-15, 2012
For more information, please visit www.sinfonia.org/fireside.
Last September, the Fraternity announced a new initiative in the advancement of American music: the American Music Challenge. Thanks to the generosity of two anonymous donors, we were pleased to offer cash prizes to the chapters that programmed the most American music in the 2009-2010 academic term. We are pleased to announce that the winners of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia’s 2009-2010 American Music Challenge are: • First Place - $800 24 pieces of American music Gamma Theta - University of North Texas • Second Place - $600 18 pieces of American music Gamma Beta - University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire • Third Place - $400 17 pieces of American music Zeta Mu - Sam Houston State University It is our hope that these chapters, Sinfonia’s strongest chapters in music, will use these funds to build upon their successes and become centers for the promotion of the best in American music on their campuses, in their communities and in the nation.
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> The Pi Iota Chapter received The Percy for having the most chapter members attend. Leadership Institute 2010 was a huge hit! Around 180 brothers from all over the country converged on Evansville, Indiana for the biggest Leadership Institute to date! The vision of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia’s Leadership Institute program is to develop leadership, and inspire and motivate members of our brotherhood through educational and musical experiences in a meaningful and enriching fraternal environment. This year’s event marked a first in a number of categories—our first ever Fraternity Education Pre-Conference was hugely
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popular. With more than 75 brothers in attendance, this new addition provided brothers with the latest and most in-depth Fraternity education perspectives, initiatives and materials. Hosted by National President John Mongiovi and National Vice President Mark Lichtenberg, this new event offered brothers the chance to learn about educating new members and existing members alike. The event was very well received by all who attended. For the first time at Leadership Institute, National Honorary membership was given through an exemplification of the Initiation
“I fully believe this was an EXCELLENT week and I enjoyed every minute of it. So much was learned, so many new brothers were met, so much beautiful music was partaken in both at the concert and with each other — it was all an experience I will keep for the rest of my life.” - Keith Wilfinger, Rho Omicron (George Mason) ’09 Ritual. Brother Brian Stratton was given this great honor—you can read more about it on page 3.
> Attendees respond during a presentation.
“Completely life-changing. Between Brother Stratton's speech, the Men of Song Chorus and all of the bonding with brothers from around the country, I couldn't have spent a better week in July anywhere else in the world.” - Bradley Wilson, Xi (Kansas) ’09
The 2010 event also marked the first appearance of the Men of Song Chorus at a Leadership Institute, and it was quite a performance! Stratton and Rusty Shields, Omicron Omega (Arkansas State) ’03, led the 22-member Men of Song Chorus in the performance of a program of choral music, from Fraternity favorites to Eric Whitacre and even The Temptations. This free concert was presented at a local church in Evansville, and members of the community were invited to attend and share in this unique musical experience. Among all of these firsts, Leadership Institute provided the leadership training and education that brothers have come to expect from this summer event. Brothers learned about conflict resolution, motivating brothers,
> Attendees participated in a series of games during scheduled down time.
success, communication skills, the Mills Music Mission, and more. T.J. Sullivan, a professional speaker and co-founder of the premiere collegiate speakers’ bureau Campuspeak, presented on two topics. In his first presentation, he spoke about managing conflict and holding brothers accountable for their actions. In his second presentation, he talked about apathy and about the ways chapters can motivate brothers to accomplish bigger and better things. Brothers said that T.J.’s fresh perspective as a newcomer to Sinfonia was refreshing and provided a new way to look at the organization. University of Denver professor Corey Ciochetti presented his keynote “Chasing Real Rabbits,” a presentation that helped brothers focus on their definitions of success, and think
critically about what they want to accomplish in life. Ryan Ripperton, taught brothers about the Mills Music Mission, talking about Mills’ vision for the outreach and presenting practical tips on making their Mills Music Mission more fulfilling. The atmosphere of the event has always been one of inspiration and one-of-a-kind lifechanging experiences, and this year’s event was no exception. Brothers described the event as a turning point moment in their Sinfonian lives. We’ve sampled some of their feedback for you to enjoy here! Leadership Institute will be back at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana July 20-25, 2011. Visit www.sinfonia.org for updates and to learn more!
“I had an amazing time, and getting to meet and spend time with brothers from all across the country was seriously the highlight of my summer. I cannot wait until LI 2011.” - Danny Holderby, Zeta Eta (Marshall) ’06
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Dr. Brent Benscoter, Zeta (Missouri) ’97, sees a lot of musicians with maladies. As an otolaryngological surgical resident – commonly known as an ear, nose and throat, or ENT, specialist – at Loyola University Medical Center, Benscoter’s field of medicine treats musical performers, especially singers, more than any other field. Ironically, it was Benscoter’s own love of music that propelled him into this specialty. He was not a pre-med major at the University of Missouri, but got his undergraduate degree in music. There he was a pianist and an active member of the Zeta chapter. “It was an important point in my life path, the importance of voice and sound and communication,” he says. Like anyone, musicians experience injuries and diseases that can affect their livelihood. Sometimes, though, it’s the performing of music itself that can lead to maladies. He’s seen plenty of singers who have injured themselves through overuse or improper technique. “I saw one singer who had noticed a decline in his voice over the last couple of years in his high registry. And he couldn’t sing softly anymore,” Benscoter recalls. “He had a big vocal polyp, actually ended up having two on either side of the vocal cord.” After surgical removal, the patient made an excellent recovery and regained the full use of his voice. Dr. Lloyd Fish, Epsilon Iota (Florida State) ’52, is another music major who became a doctor. While in college at Florida State University, he played clarinet, flute and saxophone. “There are a lot of musicians who are also physicians. It seems to be a common malady,” he chuckles. Fish recalls one case that concluded positively with a professional flute player. “He came to me saying, ‘I can’t use the fingers in my right
hand very well, particularly when I’m holding the flute up.’ He couldn’t hit the low D or the low C.” In this case, though, the problem did not originate with overuse due to playing, but from the patient’s passion for cycling. Fish diagnosed him with an ulnar palsy – a problem with the funny bone nerve – that resolved itself when he cut down his time on the bike. A retired pediatrician and allergist who taught at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Fish now lives in Ft. Myers, Fla. He knows of musicians, especially woodwind players, whose seasonal allergies affect their playing and can also impinge hearing. “Music is an aural art. And ear infections are very tough,” Fish says. Not all cases end happily. Felipe Porres, Zeta Sigma (Texas Tech) ’74, is an internal medicine doctor with a sub-specialty in nephrology who practices in sparsely-populated west Texas, in the Midland/Odessa area. He points to the case of Jacqueline du Pré, regarded as one of the greatest cellists ever. Multiple sclerosis cut her life short, and ended her musical career at age 28.
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Porres is currently treating a rock ‘n’ roll guitarist whose own playing was curtailed by disease, in this case diabetes. In addition to the familiar concerns about crashing sugar levels – the patient collapsed during concerts several times – his disease came with an additional challenge that especially affected string players: neuropathy. “He started losing touch in his fingers and it made it difficult for him to play, because he couldn’t sense the guitar, getting his fingers to actually do what they were supposed to do,” Porres says. At age 51, the patient has seen his musical career ended, and has lost a leg and vision in one eye due to severe diabetes. Sometimes the life of a professional musician, with frequent traveling and sporadic access to medical care, can present a special set
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of challenges. Porres saw some of this during his own life on the road. After studying at Texas Tech, he spent a couple of years in the late 1970s touring with a rock band before going on to medical school. Porres recalls a band mate who had a problem with seizures. He received medication to control the condition, but disliked the side effects. With no regular doctor or support system, the musician failed to take his pills regularly. After twice collapsing onstage, the man lost his gig. This brings up a way in which musicians and athletes are similar: They’re so focused on the performance; they don't want to stop playing. A 1989 article by A.H. Lockwood in the New England Journal of Medicine found that nearly half of performing musicians experienced playing-related medical problems. Overuse injuries involving muscles and tendons were the most common. Focal dystonias can cause the loss of muscular control in the hand, or even the embouchure of wind players.
Musicians can be dismissive of their conditions. Much like football players who try to diminish a concussion by saying they “got their bell rung,” musical performers conjure up nicknames to describe common maladies. Trumpeters talk about “Satchmo lips”; violinists get “fiddler's neck” from the pressure of the instrument; and so on. Double-reed wind players can face ENT challenges because of the intense intraoral pressures required to play oboes, bassoons, etc. In rare cases, velopharyngeal insufficiency causes musicians to lose air pressure through their sinuses. One bassoon player described in a 1994 medical journal kept failing orchestra auditions because of “a clearly audible noise coming from her head!” Dr. Adam Ray, Alpha Zeta (Penn State) ’93, an emergency room doctor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, counsels musicians not to minimize what could turn into a major medical issue. “There are musicians who have not sought attention when they should have because they don’t want to be disruptive or seen as the ‘weakling,’ or they don’t even recognize that it’s truly an issue and think it’s something that’s inherent with what they’re doing,” Ray says. Medical attention on musicians with maladies is growing. In 1988, the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) was formed, focusing at first on symphonic musicians but expanding to include singers, dancers and actors. Starting with 50 members, they now have more than 350, and publish a monthly medical journal, “Medical Problems of Performing Artists.” Recently, their journal began being indexed by the National Library of Medicine’s MEDLINE database – an official stamp of approval within the medical field. Visit PAMA’s Web site at http://www.artsmed.org.
George Shybut, an orthopedic surgeon in private practice in Cincinnati, recently assumed the post of PAMA President. Starting in March 2011, his group is partnering with the American College of Sports Medicine to apply their approach with athletes to performing artists. “(It’s) an outreach to musicians and athletes to get them in involved in the idea that something that to a layperson may be a minor problem could actually be a career-ending injury. And that they can’t be dismissive of problems that interfere with their normal ability to perform.” One PAMA member in Australia recently landed a multimillion-dollar study to look at maladies in symphony musicians, and another in Germany is using MRIs to study the brains of musicians with focal dystonia. One area PAMA is looking at is to consider limiting practice times for college musicians, just as many universities do with athletes. The challenge that doctors face is educating musicians to understand that their bodies have limits when it comes to playing music, just as they do for any other activity. Benscoter says musicians have to learn to build their endurance gradually. “Some people tend to come up on a big performance and quadruple their practice time. And that’s really dangerous. You can’t do that. Your voice can't do it, your muscles aren’t built for that. It has to be a slow progression,” he says. And even modern medicine can’t anticipate every challenge faced by people who blow, beat, pluck strings or sing – whether as a passion or a vocation. “One of my favorite quotes is that medicine is a science that’s practiced as an art,” Ray says. “It’s not like we’re working on a car and we have the owner’s manual. There’s a lot about the human body we still don’t know.”
FINDING HARMONY IN DISORDERS There are multiple categories of diseases and disorders and numerous individual medical illnesses and afflictions that can affect our ability as musicians to practice and perform our art. Three Sinfonians shared their stories of how their ability was taken from them and how it changed their lives. NICHOLAS ALLEN Nicholas Allen, Omicron Lambda, (Grambling State) ’98, is not only a musician, but a fighter. Perhaps not a fighter in the traditional sense, but he has spent the last eight years battling back from a disease that left him in a wheelchair. Allen was stricken with Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP), a form of Guillain–Barré syndrome. CIDP is believed to be due to immune cells incorrectly attacking the nerves in the body. Those who contract the disease have nerves that fail to respond, leaving the individual with difficulties executing normal motor skills. As a junior in college, Allen was an everyday music student who played in a number of ensembles. His primary instrument is the double bass, but he also plays the tuba and euphonium. He never expected the course of events that would eventually dictate his everyday life. In March 2001, he started noticing problems with certain fingerings on the euphonium during wind ensemble rehearsals. As he was working on his bass, he had a hard time moving up and down the neck and pressing down strings. Initially, he didn’t think anything of it. “I saw the signs,” he says, “but I was not paying attention to them.” By May, Allen started feeling numbness in his hands and feet, that eventually moved to his arms and legs. He began to lose strength
and muscle control; and everyday activities, such as climbing stairs and drinking a glass of water, became major tasks. Over the summer, he began visiting doctors hoping to get a diagnosis for something that had restricted him to a wheelchair. Those he visited had a hard time matching his symptoms to a disease. It wasn’t until a fellow Sinfonian talked to him that he was and sent in the right direction. Tavell Kindell, Omicron Lambda ’96, who is a nurse in Louisiana, recommended that he see a neurologist. That August, Allen met with a doctor who was able to diagnose him with CIDP. Since that time, he has been working to get himself back to where he was almost 10 years ago. His initial rehabilitation program took him a year to re-teach him basic movements, such as walking. Once he felt comfortable on his own, he worked on strength building and alternative fingering techniques to continue playing the bass. Allen is walking again and continues to exercise regularly, but he still doesn’t feel that he is 100% recovered. As he works toward a Master’s degree in composition at Texas Southern University, Allen’s future is still uncertain. He hopes that the CIDP does not come back, as we would like to take advantage of opportunities in New York City and work toward his doctorate. Individuals can still suffer from relapses and recoveries, and Allen hopes that the worst is behind him. “It’s an unpredictable disease,” he says, “but I feel I can overcome it.” - Dan Krueger, national staff
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BRUCE GBUR In October 2008, the musical life of Dr. Bruce Gbur, Beta Phi (BaldwinWallace) ’74, was changed forever when he woke up one morning to discover he had no control over the left half of his face. Gbur suffered from temporary facial paralysis known as Bell’s Palsy. The signs of Bell’s Palsy are similar to that of a stroke with the drooping of one side of the face, slurred speech, changes to the sense of taste, and the production of saliva and tears. The onset of Bell’s Palsy is sudden and often overnight; Gbur’s diagnosis was no exception. “I got up in the middle of the night to let my dog out and then went to whistle for him to come in and realized I couldn’t whistle,” Gbur says. “I originally didn’t think anything of it.” However, the next morning, Gbur awoke to find he could not move his left eye, his face was drooping and speech slurred. Having known people who have had Bell’s Palsy, he was quick to recognize his condition was not a stroke. Bell’s Palsy is often caused when the nerve that controls the facial muscles suffers damage from inflammation. In Gbur’s case, he had begun to feel the onset of an ear infection the night prior and was able to see his doctor later that first morning. He was prescribed an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory medication. Gbur said doctors will often prescribe steroids in addition to an anti-inflammatory, but Gbur also suffers from Type 2 diabetes as well and as such, this was not an option. Gbur’s recovery came in stages. It was two weeks before his speech returned to normal, three weeks before he could drink anything without the use of a straw, and nearly four months before he could voluntarily close his left eye.
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As far as getting back to performing on his bassoon and bagpipes, Gbur says, “That’s been an ongoing hassle. It was weeks or even a month or two before I could play even for just a minute and then I would start leaking air out of the side of my mouth.” Gbur’s musicality has been greatly impacted as a result of the Bell’s Palsy. “When it hit… I had to cancel the entire season with the Topeka Symphony and the Hastings Symphony in Nebraska,” he says. Gbur said the thing that hurt the most was that he was set to perform the opening solo on contrabassoon for the Topeka Symphony’s performance of The Revel Concerto for the Left Hand in October 2008. It was demoralizing for Gbur to have not been able to play and have a fill-in perform the solo. “I played it twice in rehearsal and sounded fantastic on it, then all of the sudden I couldn’t play,” he said. Gbur’s education career also took a blow. He taught at Kansas State University and was unable to apply for several academic opportunities because he did not have the ability to audition. As a result, he also lost significant income. It was not until March 2009 that Gbur was able to perform an orchestra job with the Evansville (Ind.) Philharmonic. He played fourth bassoon and second contrabassoon on The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky. Gbur said it “worked out perfectly because for that particular part you end up counting more rests than you play.” To prepare for the performance Gbur built up his endurance by playing a little bit more each day. “I went to the first rehearsal and walked out feeling like a million bucks because I had not leaked air and sounded good. It was great,” he said. Two years after the diagnosis, Gbur is still suffering some repercussions. Despite his practice, he still has to be careful when it comes to his endurance and strength. He must also be careful when choosing his music.
“If I’m doing any kind of recital work, I need to be really careful about the length of the piece, the amount of time my face is on the reed, and also the tessitura,” he explains. “There does seem to be a finite amount of playing I can do at one time. I end up getting really fatigued on that side of my embouchure and I eventually leak air.” In September 2010, Gbur was able to perform for a wedding on his bagpipes, nearly two years after his diagnosis. For some, it would be hard to find anything positive in a similar situation. However, Gbur is well on his way to a full emotional recovery, although he may not completely recover physically. “That’s the first time I’ve been able to play bagpipes for a half minute or more. I still can’t say that I’m 100 percent recovered and I honestly don’t know if I ever will be,” he comments. “When you stop to think about it, we’re so tied up with our identities as performers. And all of a sudden the ability to perform is taken away — it’s like a swift kick in the stomach. It’s made me much more appreciative of practice and performance time; I really relish it. There’s always the idea of, ‘What if this happens again and I’m not able to recover as well as I have already?’” With thousands of dollars invested in his instruments, reed equipment, and file cabinets full of music, Gbur is extra cautious when it comes to earaches. He immediately contacts his doctor. “Right now I can play, but it is a matter of endurance and how long I need to play. There’s a possibility that I’ll never play a full recital again. It’s devastating when it first happens; but if you persevere and have a positive attitude, that can make big difference.” - Michael Pommier, Beta Delta (Pittsburg State) ’03
KYLE WINN Kyle Winn, Mu (Oklahoma) ’01, a music education major, had passed his performance juries every year with flying colors and was on his way to finishing his degree. All he needed to do was finish two more semesters, including a senior recital, for graduation. It was winter vacation, and he took a break from playing the tuba while away. When he returned to campus, he went to practice like he always did. He set up his tuba, put some music on a stand, and put his mouth up to the mouthpiece—like he always did. Nothing came out. His face froze and contorted like it had no idea what a tuba was. What sound did come out was not worthy of a beginner. He was horrified. Could it be that two weeks of not playing had led him to forget how to play the tuba? The brass faculty at the university did not know what to think. If Winn were to be awarded a degree, he would still have to earn it like everyone else. Winn’s tuba instructor, Brian Dobbins, Mu (Oklahoma) ’06-Hon., did all he could to re-teach Winn the tuba. He could simply not play anymore, which meant finishing his degree looked like a slim possibility. Distraught and losing hope, Winn began researching during spring break. He had heard about Warren Deck, principal tubist at the New York Philharmonic, suddenly losing the ability to play his instrument not long before. Winn thought that if it could happen to an illustrious player like Deck, it could happen to him. His research led him to Dr. Richard Lederman, a neurologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. He flew there for a neurological examination. Winn considered himself a perfectly healthy 24-year-old. Following various tests,
“... It was a terrible feeling to never be able to play the instrument I loved,” Winn recalls. “I would have done anything to play again.”
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the doctor asked him to play a melody on his mouthpiece without his tuba. He found he was easily able to buzz out “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” As soon as he placed the mouthpiece on the tuba, however, he was back to making faces instead of music. At the conclusion of the examination, Dr. Lederman informed Winn that he had a case of task-specific focal dystonia, a syndrome similar to carpal tunnel where muscle fatigue sets in and a patient is no longer able to use the muscles in the way they have always been used before. In Winn’s case, his mouth only forgets
what it is supposed to do when confronted with the tuba. In layman’s terms, the brain blazes trails within itself as it creates memories related to the tasks the body performs. Playing a sport or an instrument requires repetition of complex tasks so the brain can memorize how to perform the function automatically. The brain creates those memories and makes them stronger with each successive repetition. In the case of focal dystonia, the pathways are corrupted, as if through fatigue, but the mind doesn’t know it. When the body attempts to
perform the task once more, it’s impossible, as the task memory is no longer correct. When Winn took a letter from Dr. Lederman back to his university, Winn’s advisor Dr. Michael Raiber, Mu (Oklahoma) ’04-Hon., investigated a solution so Winn could still graduate. Winn would pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree rather than a Bachelor of Music Education, as the BFA did not require a senior recital. He would need to take some additional fine arts classes to complete the teaching credential program. At the end of 2007, Winn graduated with
BEST PRACTICES IN MUSIC Four faculty Sinfonians at Eastern Kentucky University agreed to get together to discuss some of the common hurdles that musicians face and how they can stay performance-healthy. Each of them represents a different area of music and they shared their expertise for our readers. Dr. Richard A. Crosby, Eta-Omicron (Cincinnati) ’75, past national president: piano Ken Haddix, Iota Mu (Western Kentucky) ’00: brass Hunter Hensley, Alpha Gamma (Kentucky) ’65: voice Jeremy Mulholland, Omicron Psi (Eastern Kentucky) ’04: strings What are the best practices for musicians to keep them at their top performance level? JM: I have found that when I am in shape physically, I have less trouble. A long and slow warm-up is good. The right type of instrument is important. For an adult on a violin, you will usually use a full-sized instrument. There are smaller instruments that sound great. You don’t need to have an instrument that is bigger than you need and be stretched out. Bigger does not mean better. HH:I concur with what Jeremy said about a slow warm-up; and also, good nutrition. Staying in shape physically is paramount. Going to a bar or restaurant, or even a ballgame where it’s loud and talking over the crowd strains your voice. When you sing in your car, you tend to sing louder than you need to and you damage your voice. Whispering is an abuse of your voice. Staying hydrated is good, but people sometimes drink too much. Sometimes eating an apple works just as well. KH:Learn to play on a brass instrument efficiently as opposed to muscling your way through. Do it without tension and use the air appropriately.
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One of the things I do is go to a chiropractor. He’ll work on my shoulders, but he also works on my jaw muscles. RC: There are old-style piano techniques that have caused a lot of injury—you are taught to have your wrists in certain positions that cause tensions between fingers. Pianists need to learn more lateral motions instead of a twisting motion. Warming up in a slow and gentle motion in place of a vigorous “forte” style is also good. Have you had any students deal with a physical issue that left them unable to perform? JM: Tendinitis is a big issue from the elbow to the wrist for string players. I’ll have a few students get flare-ups and have to take a couple of weeks off. We figured out the causes of their problems and stopped them until the systems cleared up. HH: I’ve had students who have not been able to complete juries or recitals because of vocal difficulties. Cold, allergies and flu-like symptoms can render them incapable for performing. I’ve had a few take semesters over. KH: In my trombone studio, I’ve had students with tendinitis. In the brass section at the school, we had a horn player who had temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) and she had to completely stop playing. I know a trombone teacher at another university who has TMJ and he can’t play anymore. He’s still a fabulous teacher. RC: I know a former student who had to give up playing because of chronic tendinitis. I’ve had my own problems with “trigger finger” which is something keyboardists are more inclined to get because of the percussive and repetitive motions of the fingers. Most of the time, it is a matter of getting the students to be aware of their bodies; and if something is hurting, they shouldn’t keep forcing themselves through it. We discipline ourselves to meet our goals, sometimes to our own detriment.
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a BFA without having to play one more note on his tuba. While it was a blessing to receive the degree, “it was a terrible feeling to never be able to play the instrument I loved,” Winn recalls. “I would have done anything to play again.” Through a recommendation from the university, Winn was hired as a band director at the Norman Public School in January 2008. While demonstrating on a student’s trumpet, he discovered he could play the smaller, higher instrument with no trouble. As it happens, the trumpet embouchure is sufficiently different from that of a tuba —
it’s tighter and more focused. Once he attempted the trombone or euphonium, the lower register was just not there. It was too similar to playing the tuba, and Winn’s neurons were no longer cooperating in the low-brass-playing department. To this day, Winn has had a successful teaching career. In 2010, he returned to the University of Oklahoma to pursue a Master’s degree in instrumental conducting. He reflects on his past ordeal and hopes awareness of task-specific focal dystonia will spread across campuses so people will better be able to
This is a good segue. Have you personally had any ailments that have kept you from playing? KH: Tendinitis for me. I’ve had it in both elbows. As a trombonist, it can be difficult with either how you hold it with one arm, or the motion of the other. HH: Allergies. Over the course of a career, I’ve had laryngitis a few times. You don’t sing when you have laryngitis. At grade school and high school levels, some educators struggle with maintaining their voice while constantly talking to students. How to educators maintain their instrument? HH: There’s an old Italian saying: “Sing as you speak.” If you’re yelling all day at a class, you will get hoarse and you will ruin yourself. There are some excellent choral directors who teach all day long and have wonderful voices because they don’t shout or have a tightened neck or throat while they are talking. I received an e-mail from an old professor who said, “Don’t think about projecting, think about enunciating clearly.” Rather than thinking of yourself as an opera singer on stage, concentrate on your diction and your voice will be much better off. Choral teachers are always at a disadvantage if they let themselves turn into cheerleaders and try to be excited rather than teach the music. All of us have fallen into that trap. In our feature story, we talk about students who may be more susceptible to injuries because they have not built up the endurance to practice for long periods of time. How do musicians build their stamina so they do not burn out too early? KH: That’s a tough question, especially at the college level. With my family and work obligations, I have no time to practice. I try to get here early in the day and go through a fundamental routine on my instrument. That’s the one thing that keeps me going musically.
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College brass players need to be careful. Some of that happens by how they play in lessons. For example, they might pick up their horn cold and start playing. Then, they put their horn down for a bit, pick it back up and play a high passage without properly warming up. I talk a lot about timelines with my students and how far they should have progressed with their music at a certain time. I also talk about what they need to be doing outside of just rehearsing the music. They tend to want to just practice the music, instead of practicing the fundamentals that make the music much easier to attain. As we build up towards their recital, I tend to increase their amount of rehearsal time. The last week before the performance, we tend to back down, in the same way that a runner would in getting ready for a marathon. There are some correlations between musicians and athletes. JM: I think that’s an obvious connection. The injuries also occur through tension, not warming up, poor posture or using an instrument that is not your size.
> Clock wise from upper left: Crosby, Haddix, Hensley, Mulholland.
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Sinfonia Educational Foundation
Bringing Music to our National The SEF Creates Fund to Support Ensemble Performances at National Conventions
At the 2006 National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, the Sinfonia Educational Foundation introduced Sinfonia Winds, which played to more than 400 Sinfonians and their guests under the direction of Col. John Bourgeois, Zeta Pi (Loyola) ’56. At the 2009 National Convention in Orlando, Florida, the 1898 Jazz Orchestra and Men of Song Chorus were added to the performance list and performed for over 600 attendees. Over 100 Sinfonians took part in the various ensembles offered at the National Convention. Each ensemble rehearsed in the morning and was led by a Sinfonian clinician. The 1898 Jazz Orchestra, directed by James Ketch, Alpha Rho (North Carolina) ’78, performed on a Thursday evening at a local performing arts venue and
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was open to the public. Sinfonia Winds, directed by Dr. Bobby Adams S, Theta Pi (Morehead State) ’61, and the Men of Song chorus, directed by Dr. Dennis Shrock, Theta Tau, (Indiana of PA) ’63, performed Saturday afternoon for the attendees. “It was an honor for me to conduct the Men of Song at the 2009 National Convention and, together with them, work diligently to create choral experiences that were both educationally meaningful and professionally superior. I was most pleased with the dedicated and enthusiastic response I received from the singers,” Shrock states. In preparation for the 2012 National Convention in Orlando, Florida, the Sinfonia Educational Foundation has created a new
fund to directly support these ensembles. The goal of the National Convention Ensemble Fund is to cover the costs associated with supporting these performances, including: • Purchasing of music • Travel Grants for participants, and • Honorariums, lodging and travel for clinicians In order to fully fund the National Convention Ensembles, the SEF needs to raise a total of $15,000 by the summer of 2012. As a part of this fundraising effort, the Fraternity’s alumni associations have already begun to collectively support this program. This commitment speaks volumes to our general membership about the important role our alumni associations play in our Fraternity.
Conventions “We see the National Convention Ensembles as a perfect example of the SEF’s mission in action,” SEF Board President Derek Danilson, Beta Nu (Northern Iowa) ’91, describes. “This program enriches the lives of collegiate members as they have the opportunity to work with some of the country’s premier musicians and educators. It also advances music in America as these members get to share their gifts with the other attendees of the Convention. Through the work of our alumni associations and the support by individual alumni the 2012 National Convention could be the most musical to date and could provide a memorable experience for every Sinfonian who attends.
Contributions to the National Convention Ensemble Fund, as well as all of the SEF-supported programs, can be made via check or money order payable to the “Sinfonia Educational Foundation” and mailed to: Sinfonia Educational Foundation 10600 Old State Road Evansville, IN 47711 Donors should include in the memo line of the check the name of the fund to which they would like their contribution designated. (In the case of chapter funds, please include the name of the chapter or school as well.) Donations can also be made online at www.sinfonia.org/sef by clicking on “Give to the SEF.” Please consider supporting the advancement of music in America and your fellow Sinfonians by supporting the National Convention Ensemble Fund.
Sinfonia Educational Foundation Supported Programs and Events Programs SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM Since 1999, the Sinfonia Educational Foundation has awarded over $40,000 in scholarships to deserving collegiate Sinfonians. The SEF currently offers 5 scholarships totaling $6,500 in support of musical and academic excellence.
CHAPTER FUNDS Launched in 2010, Chapter Funds are a way for a chapter’s alumni to directly support the programs of the chapter at their alma mater. The SEF has created separate Chapter Funds for each collegiate chapter in good standing. Alumni now have the ability to designate tax-deductible contributions toward a specific Chapter Fund. On an ongoing basis, chapters can apply for grants from their Chapter Fund in support of their charitable and educational programs.
TRAVEL ASSISTANCE GRANTS These grants are restricted to collegiate Sinfonians in good standing. Each grant provides up to 50% of total travel expenses to the Leadership Institute and/or national conventions.
Events NATIONAL CONVENTION ENSEMBLES This event coincides with the Fraternity’s triennial national convention. The National Convention Ensembles bring together brothers from around the country to rehearse and perform in instrumental and vocal ensembles led by experienced Sinfonian clinicians.
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This event develops valuable, practical, and insightful leadership skills, specifically in the areas of personal accountability, growth, and development in a meaningful and enriching fraternal environment. In 2010, in addition to the regular programming, a group of non-auditioned Sinfonians were given the opportunity to rehearse and perform a number of songs for male chorus. December 2010 The Sinfonian 15
BY DANIEL KRUEGER Xi Pi (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater) ’96 Director of Alumni Engagement
“Conventional” BROTHERHOOD What do states such as Texas, Georgia, Missouri, Arkansas, North Carolina and Florida have in common? To the Fraternity, they are all states where provinces sponsor a Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia booth at the state music convention. But those aren’t the only states who are getting involved. It has become a growing trend over the last couple of years and many people are benefiting from it. One of the most long standing booths has been at the Texas Music Education Association (TMEA) conference, currently in San Antonio, Texas. It is the largest state conference in the country and one of the most sought after for Sinfonians in attendance. Not only are members stopping by the booth, but they make sure they attend the annual “Step Sing,” which is now held in an oversized rehearsal room because so many people attend. Over 500 Sinfonians gather to sing from the Sinfonia Songbook with hundreds of guests staying to listen. With the popularity of these booths growing among attending Sinfonians, the national headquarters supports these booths by sending materials to hand out at each of these events. Common materials are: • Past issues of The Sinfonian and The Red and Black • Copies of The Lamplight: A Guide of Alumni Resources and Involvement • Information about the Sinfonia Educational Foundation • Life Loyal Sinfonian Information • Subscription Cards • Contact Information Update Forms • Phi Mu Alpha badge stickers • Display Board (when available)
David Irving, Gamma Theta (North Texas) ’60, has been involved with the Sinfonia presence at TMEA for over twenty years and has noticed the reasons why members visit the booth. “It’s brotherhood on your terms,” he explains. “There are a lot of things happening at these conventions and you may only have five minutes for brotherhood at that moment. Some people will stay and socialize with brothers for an entire day.” Many provinces use funds paid > Province 19 uses their display board at the Missouri Music Educators by their local chapters to pay for Conference. the booth space with volunteers working the booth during exhibit reads Phi Mu Alpha. Every year, the national hours. In the case of TMEA, individual headquarters is told that they never have Sinfonians who stop by can be seen donating a enough stickers on hand. Sinfonians are couple of dollars to help offset the costs. Even proud to show their affiliation to their with the sacrifice of time and money, both colFraternity where everyone can see it. legians and alumni have advantages to having Even if your state isn’t represented, there are these booths. still Sinfonians who would love the chance to get together. Provinces that aren’t sponsoring a • Reconnecting with the Fraternity booth may organize a social gathering to coinMany alumni don’t receive regular communicide with the convention. Get in contact with cation and seeing a Phi Mu Alpha booth at the Province Governor of your region and find the conference makes them more aware of out if there are any plans for Sinfonians to meet. what is going on with their Fraternity. In These conferences are a great opportunity to some cases, their contact information is outbring both music and brotherhood to one of-date and simply needs to be made current. place. Take advantage of the resources made With publications available to read through available at these booths and the bonds of and information to take home, brothers have brotherhood that can be formed by talking the ability to reconnect with Sinfonia. with fellow Sinfonians. • Interaction with Sinfonians There are numerous times where long-time Where can you find a Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia booth? friends and colleagues are never aware they • Florida – Jan. 12-15, 2011 (Tampa, Fla.) share a fraternal bond. Many alumni share • Michigan – Jan. 20-22, 2011 (Grand Rapids, Mich.) fond stories from their college days with cur• Missouri – Jan. 26-29 (Osage Beach, Mo.) rent chapter members. Collegiate members • Georgia – Jan. 27-29 (Savannah, Ga.) sometimes find out their band director is a • Kentucky – Feb. 9-12, 2011 (Louisville, Ky.) Sinfonian and they find out by meeting at the • Texas – Feb 9-12, 2011 (San Antonio, Tex.) booth. The opportunity to meet other • Arkansas – Feb. 17-19, 2011 (Hot Springs, Ark.) Sinfonian alumni or collegians can be a priceless experience. • Displaying your Sinfonian Pride One of the most popular items at a state Have you visited the Sinfonia booth or plan to? Tell us music convention is a small badge sticker that
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The brothers were involved in a variety of different activities including a Valentine’s Day serenade at a local nursing home and presented a diversity session at Province 37’s Spring Fling. We welcomed National President John Mongiovi at a business meeting held at the Iota house celebration of the chapter’s 100th anniversary. A joint gathering with the local Sigma Alpha Iota alumnae chapter at Ravinia in July was the highlight of a relaxing summer full of social events.
The alumni association held its annual Mils Music Mission in February at the Parkwood Retirement Home in Bedford, Texas. Shaun Gray, Gamma Theta (North Texas) ’04, conducted the DFWAAA Chorus, and a brass quartet played special arrangements by Jason Guidry, Gamma Theta ’95. Our annual spring picnic was held at Sandy Lake Park in May and was attended by members and their families.
Northeast Alabama Alumni Association In early August, we received a box from Lyrecrest containing enough Ritual books to distribute to a complete cast. Our hope is that studying the Ritual and preparing for an eventual performance will re-ground alumni brothers’ thoughts of the Fraternity in its core values, guiding our actions as Sinfonians and as an association. We also want to be a resource within our province when an extra cast member is needed in a pinch.
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Coastal Georgia Alumni Association In preparation for the school year, we conducted two festival preparation roundtable discussion groups for the ChathamSavannah School System’s music directors. Dr. Michael Braz S, Beta Tau (Miami) ’67, chaired the choral directors’ session and Raymond Patricio, Epsilon Lambda (Georgia) ’65, chaired the band directors’ session. Peter Randall, Zeta Omicron (Georgia Southern) ’94, supplied the band directors with an excellent guide to use for festival preparation. > Coastal Georgia Alumni Association December 2010 The Sinfonian 17
Alumni Updates Ross Boothman, Eta Mu (Lamar)’81, became the president-elect of the 10,700-member Texas Music Educator's Association (TMEA). Boothman is currently the Director of Bands at Lumberton High School in Lumberton, TX, a position he has held since 1994. He will serve one year as president-elect and will assume the office of president in February 2011. Warrant Officer James D. Foley, Xi Pi (WisconsinWhitewater) ’00, a member of “The Commandant’s Own” The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps since 2004, was named the Operations Officer and Assistant Director for the 75 year old military musical ensemble. He was appointed by President Barack Obama in March 2010 and will assume a number of duties including scheduling, operational logistics, and aiding the musical director in rehearsal and performance. He is a member of the Washington DC Area Alumni Association. Dr. Vincent Frohne, Lambda (DePauw) ’56, was invited to attend the World Forum in August at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England. Frohne joined participants from over 50 countries to take part in professional seminars, artistic displays and performances, and culture sharing. Dr. M. Shawn Hundley, Pi Gamma (Bethune-Cookman) ’07Hon., recently won a composition competition held at the University of Georgia, the Arch Composition Competition, which was sponsored by the Epsilon Lambda Chapter in honor of the chapter’s 60th anniversary. Hundley’s composition, Surface Tensions, was selected as one of the winning works and premiered on January 22, 2010 at the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music by the wind ensemble. Hundley is associate professor of music at Bethune-Cookman University and Faculty Advisor for the Pi Gamma Chapter. Mark Pair, Iota Upsilon (Wayland Baptist) ’68, was honored with the Distinguished Lifetime Service Award by Wayland Baptist University. Pair served on the music faculty for 36 years teaching piano and music theory. In addition, he performed piano concerts for the public twice annually at Wayland and periodically for other groups. Named piano artist in residence after his retirement in 2002, Pair still presents concerts and remains a valuable resource for the School of Music. Gustav J. Rieckhoff, Alpha Mu (Minnesota) ’44, celebrated his 50th anniversary as owner of the Quincy School Music Center in downtown Quincy, Illinois.
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Joseph Riemer, Jr., Delta Omega (Southeastern Louisiana) ’59, music educator and music director of the Baldwin Pops, was inducted into the Alabama Music Educators Association Hall of Fame. The award was presented at the annual AMEA conference in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. R. Murray Schafer, Delta Iota (Western Michigan) ’72-Hon, was recognized by the Society for American Music as its honorary member for 2010. Dr. Phillip W. Serna, Kappa Sigma (Valpraiso) ’09Hon., and his school outreach program, Viols in Our Schools, received the Early Music America Outreach Award for 2010. The Early Music Outreach Award recognizes and promotes excellence in outreach and/or educational projects for children or adults by ensembles and individual artists. The award is given at Early Music America’s annual meeting in June in the years in which the award is made. Fred Sturm, Gamma Zeta (Lawrence) ’70, Lawrence University Professor of Music and Director of Jazz and Improvisational Music, was recognized by DownBeat Magazine with the Jazz Education Achievement Award in its 32nd Annual Student Music Awards. Michael Tilson Thomas, Alpha Epsilon (Southern California) ’63, was one of eight recipients to receive the National Medal of the Arts. The award was presented by President Barack Obama at a ceremony held at the White House last March. Leaders in the arts are surveyed by the National Endowment for the Arts and the final list is selected by the White House. Kevin Thornton, Iota Mu (Western Kentucky) ’96, is a member of METRO, an international a capella vocal group. The quartet currently resides in Hong Kong, China and is one of the leading vocal groups in Asia. Phil R. Wilson, Iota Nu (Troy) ’97, was announced Alabama Teacher of the Year at the Alabama Stars in Education Awards. Wilson teaches music at Ogletree Elementary School in the Auburn City School District.
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Signature Notes Dr. J. Roger Breland S, Iota Nu (Troy) ’62 was involved with internationally known contemporary Christian ensemble TRUTH as the group’s founder and director. For over 30 years, the group performed over 10,000 concerts in 27 countries and recorded 60 albums. He is the Vice President of Project Development and Executive Director of The Center for Performing Arts at the University of Mobile. He continues to travel and record with the university group The Voices of Mobile which presents 150 concerts internationally each year. In 2000, he was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Vic Firth S, Alpha (New England Conservatory) ’50 is the founder of Vic Firth, Inc., a percussion stick and mallet manufacturing company that manufactures over 12 million sticks per year. As an accomplished percussionist, he has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for over 50 years and has written two etude books, The Solo Timpanist and The Solo Snare Drummer. In 1995, he was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society’s Hall of Fame. Known as the “Voice of Wrigley Field,” Wayne Messmer S, Alpha Lambda (Illinois Wesleyan) ’70 is perhaps best known for his spirited rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the field announcer at Wrigley Field. He has been the featured soloist at Chicago Cubs games since 1985. Before that time, he served as the celebrated soloist for the Chicago Blackhawks and the Chicago White Sox. He has over 25 years of professional radio broadcasting experience, musical theater, voice-over, jingle singing, commercial work and public speaking to his credit. Dr. James M. Simmons S, Theta Rho (Memphis) ’63, a distinguished music educator and administrator, is the 10th president of Lamar University. Under his watch, the university has steadily increased its enrollment and maintained its commitment to education in the aftermath of two devastating hurricanes. He is an active solo artist, guest conductor and an advocate for the arts. At a recent award ceremony, he performed a jazz rendition of “Oklahoma” on saxophone after his keynote address. Additionally, he was the first university president to be a featured soloist at the Texas Music Educators Association conference. Brian Stratton S, Delta Omega (Southeastern Louisiana) ’79. Read Brother Stratton’s National Honorary bio on page 3.
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Sinfonians in Circulation Music for a Metropolis by Metro (audio CD)
What Used to be Played by James D. Flood (audio CD)
Kevin Thornton, Delta Iota (Western Michigan) ’98, is a member of Metro, an international vocal group releasing their first album, Music for a Metropolis. The album features a capella arrangements of many popular songs, as well as an all-male version of “My Pride” performed entirelyin Cantonese. Visit www.metrovocalgroup.com for more information on the group. Music for a Metropolis can be purchased through CDBaby and iTunes.
Melodic Sculpturing by Donald R. Mathis (book) Melodic Sculpturing by Donald R. Mathis, Alpha Lambda (Illinois Wesleyan) ’47, is intended to provide a comprehensive developmental approach to vocal instruction for the teacher and for the serious singer. The contents are based on the professional experience of Mathis, a singer and teacher, and on the writings of many great teachers of the past and present. Melodic Sculpturing can be purchased at www.melodicsculpturing.com.
James D. Flood, Theta (Syracuse) ’65, has released the album, What Used to be Played, a highly listenable compilation of organ pieces drawn mainly from composers in nineteenth century France and America. It can be purchased online at www.michaelsmusicservice.com or www.ohs.com.
Learning to Talk Sheep Dr. Christopher W. Perry and C. Wayne Perry (book) Dr. Christopher W. Perry, Lambda Phi (Mississippi State) ’92, has released his first book, which was co-written with his father, Dr. Wayne Perry. Based on more than 10 years of research, Learning to Talk Sheep uses the common biblical image of the people of God as sheep and the pastor or leader as their shepherd, to describe the major types of personalities and church members that every leader will encounter. Learning to Talk Sheep is published by Pilgrim Press and is available from all major retailers.
Off the Charts: A Sinfonian View of Pop Culture __________ IS A GREAT SPORTS MOVIE
AMERICAN IDOL JUDGE
WHO WILL WIN THE SUPERBOWL?
MY "GUILTY PLEASURE"
The Longest Yard
I have no idea.
Doritos & Onion Dip
Tony Cowan, Lambda Omicron (West Alabama) ’91
Norman Keller, Chi Omega (Northeastern Illinois) ’69
WHEN I SAY JAZZ, WHO IS THE FIRST PERSON TO COME TO MIND? Gordon Zaft, Alpha Upsilon (Arizona) ’83
Matthew Teck, Xi Tau (Southern IllinoisEdwardsville) ’06
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Snapped (Lifetime Show)
New Orleans Saints
Symphony Chocolate Bars
Any musician who is a Sinfonian
The Final Chord Ball State University – Delta Lambda
Florida State University – Epsilon Iota
Texas Christian University – Delta Mu
John L. Davis ’03-Hon. – 3/8/2010
William D. Claudson ’69 – 2/3/2009
H. Leon Breeden ’48 – 8/11/2010
Brevard Community College – Sigma Phi
Henderson State University – Sigma Chi
University of Central Arkansas – Kappa Iota
Allen W. Hyman ’68 – 2/13/2009
Rev. Jerry E. Hargrove, Jr. ’68 – 3/7/2010
Lee E. Stokes ’76 – 5/5/2010
Catholic University of America – Eta Theta
Indiana State University – Gamma Omega
University of Cincinnati – Eta-Omicron
Dr. Michael D. Cordovana ’55 – 5/10/2010
John H. Pearce ’48 – 6/9/2009
Arthur L. Herndon ’57 – 6/4/2009
Central Methodist University – Beta Mu
Iowa State University – Alpha Delta
University of Evansville – Epsilon Upsilon
Joseph L. Allen ’60 – 6/25/2009
Robert R. Austin ’41 – 4/14/2010
Dr. Austin C. Lovelace ’82-Hon. –
William “Bill” A. Tetley ’39 – 6/1/2010
Ithaca College – Delta
Cincinnati College of Music – Eta
Leonard E. Zimolzak ’45 – 7/8/2010
University of Hartford – Zeta Omega
Robert H. McDade ’48 – 9/23/2009
Lamar University – Eta Mu
Sean C. MacDonald ’02 – 8/14/2010
Dr. Leonidas N. Sarakatsannis ’48 –
Jay S. Wadenpfuhl ’69 – 6/19/2010
University of Miami – Beta Tau
Dr. Karl H. Wadenpfuhl ’66 – 6/13/2010
Abel R. Cortinas ’68 – 1/5/2009
Robert Read ’48 – 2/9/2009
Marshall University – Zeta Eta
Edward Ingarra ’37 – 1/26/2009
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music – Omicron
Robert E. Tweel ’52 – 4/30/2009
University of Minnesota – Alpha Mu
Dr. Robert F. Wolfersteig ’49 – 6/7/2010
Miami University – Alpha Theta
Dr. Ronald A. Gearman ’41 – 3/27/2010
Coe College – Beta Kappa
Donald B. Bubé ’39 – 5/20/2010
University of Missouri – Zeta
Mark Elliott ’08-Fac. – 8/3/2010
Andrew R. Neidert ’47 – 6/20/2010
David S. Metcalfe ’57 – 2/5/2010
George J. “Max” Naxera, Jr. ’49 – 8/4/2010
Michigan State University – Gamma Epsilon
University of Nebraska – Upsilon
Columbia University – Beta Gamma
Norman E. Dietz ’46 – 7/27/2010
Earl F. Jenkins ’41 – 8/3/2009
Dr. William P. Foster ’53 – 8/28/2010
Morehead State University – Theta Pi
University of the Pacific – Beta Pi
W. Purcell Payne ’32 – 2/23/2010
Christopher D. Bullion ’80 – 7/26/2010
Stanworth R. Beckler ’48 – 3/10/2010
Davidson College – Gamma Kappa
Forrest W. Kelly ’59 – 3/17/2009
University of Wisconsin – Phi
Jack C. Ramsay, Jr. ’42 – 8/31/2009
Murray State University – Gamma Delta
John L. Gates ’59 – 8/21/2010
Eastern Michigan University – Delta Xi
Patrick D. McCormick ’75 – 8/9/2009
Dr. Arnold O. Lehmann ’37 – 8/24/2009
Gordon B. Jackson ’52 – 8/11/2009
New York University – Beta Epsilon
Wayne State University – Gamma Omicron
Eastman School of Music – Alpha Nu
Lt. Col. Joseph M. Cuviello ’30 – 5/2/2010
Dr. Harry Begian ’41 – 7/25/2010
Mitch W. Miller ’29 – 7/31/2010
Northwestern University – Iota
Western Kentucky University – Iota Mu
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania –
Ernest T. Gaston ’43 – 12/19/2009
David W. Ford ’96 – 8/3/2010
Dr. William G. Spencer ’42 – 8/30/2010
Kevin A. Hunt ’09 – 5/31/2009
Francis J. Cwiklinski ’88 – 3/28/2010
Sam Houston State University – Zeta Mu
Wichita State University – Gamma Sigma
Elmhurst College – Pi Iota
Jerry D. Crawford ’68 – 3/27/2010
Rev. Richard. D. Howell ’52 – 1/26/2010
Nicholas J. Ashby ’03 – 8/10/2010
Johnny R. Jennings ’70 – 3/25/2010
Wright State University – Theta Eta
Fort Hayes State University – Alpha Phi
Samford University – Pi Sigma
Paul C. Magill ’78 – 2/18/2010
Robert Wessel, Jr. ’39 – 4/7/2010
Robert E. Minor, Jr. ’71 – 2/6/2010
Youngstown State University – Delta Eta
Florida Southern College – Theta Sigma
South Carolina State University – Nu Iota
James J. Groth ’61 – 5/21/2010
Lonnie G. Tatum ’61 – 5/27/2010
Calvin J. Washington ’09 – 8/19/2010
(Obituaries listed on page 31)
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Life Loyal Sinfonian
Reasons to be LIFE LOYAL
#152 Since its inception, every member who becomes a Life Loyal Sinfonian
has done so for his own reason. Some enjoy the lifetime subscription to The Sinfonian. For others, there is a sense of pride in displaying the lapel pin, while others are just proud to support our Fraternity.
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia no longer has just a few reasons to be a Life Loyal Sinfonian, but over 700 reasons. Each Sinfonian who enrolls becomes a new reason. Your support goes right back into programming for alumni Sinfonians, benefitting not just you, but the Fraternity as a whole.
WE WANT YOU. WE NEED YOU.
Become a Life Loyal Sinfonian to support your
Fraternity, and guarantee your lifetime subscription to The Sinfonian. www.sinfonia.org/lifeloyal
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Don G. Campbell S, Gamma Theta (North Texas)’65, Life Loyal Sinfonian #152
Brother Campbell is the author of 18 books, including The Harmony of Health, Music Physician for Times to Come, Rhythms of Learning, The Roar of Silence and the 1997 bestseller, The Mozart Effect. He is a leading lecturer and consultant to health-care organizations, corporations, parenting groups and more. His books have been translated into 17 languages, and he has lectured in more than 25 countries.
THANK YOU TO LIFE LOYAL SINFONIANS #673-717. Adrian College – Sigma Upsilon Phillip E. O’Jibway ’67 (706) Alabama A & M University – Omicron Delta Sylvester M. Truss ’98 (705) Albion College – Beta Iota Robert V. Wolfe ’07 (702) Alma College – Iota Alpha Geoffrey K. Clark ’07 (688) Bethel College – Xi Sigma John W. Humphrey ’73 (681) Boston Conservatory – Lambda Pi John M. Goran ’70 (683) California State University-Fullerton – Omicron Pi Allen F. Schmeltz ’66 (686) California State University-Los Angeles – Zeta Upsilon Dennis R. Roberts ’67 (712) Coe College – Beta Kappa Grant R. Berning ’62 (701) Columbus State University – Xi Gamma James Stanley English ’10 (699) James Madison University – Gamma Alpha Richard S. Legon ’92 (685) Kansas State University - Tau Theodore D. Krofssik ’06 (677) Kean University – Theta Alpha Leonard Entrabartolo, Jr ’78 (679) Mansfield University – Beta Omicron Michael P. Hobbs ’06 (687) Marshall University – Zeta Eta Thomas A. Cazad ’07 (691) Mississippi State University – Lambda Phi Michael Adam Berryhill ’04 (695) Ryan Case ’05 (711) Christopher F. Hollomon ’08 (690) Montclair State University – Lambda Mu Kevin J. Pruner ’91 (700) Muskingum University – Beta Lambda Selien Dorvulus ’08 (678) Northern Illinois University – Epsilon Rho Raoul J. Gravel III ’01 (692) Radford University – Xi Theta Mario D. Ruiz ’08 (713) Evan B. Walters ’09 (714) Shenandoah University – Nu Psi Gregory N. F. Spangler ’01 (707) Simpson College – Pi Carl T. Rowles ’05 (682)
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville – Xi Tau Richard S. Catlett ’06 (708) Southwestern Oklahoma State University – Tau Phi Nevin W. Fry ’69 (710) State University of New York-Potsdam – Theta Iota John E. Ryan ’90 (709) Stephen F. Austin State University – Mu Xi Brandon E. Rives ’03 (717) Stetson University – Xi Nu Edward Washington ’03 (716) Syracuse University – Theta Carl A. Burdick ’07 (694) Stefan D. Schuck ’07 (698) Texas State University-San Marcos – Gamma Phi Jacob Banda ’93 (673) University of Arizona – Alpha Upsilon Gordon C. Zaft ’83 (704) University of Central Arkansas – Kappa Iota Nicholas A. Shurtleff ’06 (693) University of Cincinnati – Eta-Omicron Aaron J. Shemas ’07 (696) University of Delaware – Xi Mu James R. Bass ’04 (697) University of Idaho – Beta Sigma Clay D. Hanson ’08 (703) University of North Texas – Gamma Theta Grady E. Coyle ’65 (675) University of South Alabama – Epsilon Delta Chad M. Faison ’05 (684) University of Wisconsin-Whitewater – Xi Pi Michael J. Cesario S ’67 (689) Valdosta State University – Zeta Gamma Earl C Wetherington ’82 (680) Valparaiso University – Kappa Sigma Michael A. Beaver ’04 (674) Robert Mark Trimble ’75 (715) West Texas A & M University – Iota Pi Ryne D. Williams ’07 (676) The number in parentheses indicates the brother’s Life Loyal number, the chronological order in which he enrolled.
Life Loyal Sinfonian STATISTICS The chapters with the highest enrollment are: • Gamma Theta – University of North Texas: 21 • Nu Psi – Shenandoah University: 13 • Delta – Ithaca College: 9 • Epsilon Lambda – University of Georgia: 9 • Alpha Zeta – Penn State University: 9
Of the 438 chapters chartered by the Fraternity, 55% of them (243 chapters) have at least one member enrolled as a Life Loyal Sinfonian.
Any names listed in italics are Lifetime or Sustaining Members who upgraded as Life Loyal Sinfonians.
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> The Xi Alpha Chapter has been working to start a scholarship honoring a past Province Governor. Bowling Green State University – Iota Omicron In honor of our chapter’s 50th Anniversary, we commissioned a piece by Michael Cox, Pi Tau (Oklahoma Baptist) ’67. The piece was premiered by the BGSU Men’s Chorus in December 2009. Chapter Day celebrations included a cookout, brotherhood building, Initiation Ritual, and Chapter Day ceremonies. We initiated six men into the Fraternity, five collegiate and one faculty member. Additionally, we held a Mills Music Mission, a cookout, and field games with Wood Lane Residential.
Fisk University – Zeta Rho The chapter visited the Fifty Forward Community Center for their Black History Month Program. In the spirit of the Mills Music Mission, the brothers sang a program of negro spirituals. The program consisted of songs like My Lord What a Morning arranged by Dr. John W. Work, Zeta Rho ’57, I Shall Not Be Moved arranged by Edward H. Boatner, and I Feel Good arranged by Dr. Gary Nash, Delta Iota (Western Michigan) ’87.
Colorado State University – Pi Upsilon We had a full semester that included a sorority sing for about fifty women, our spring formal, and a successful Mills Music Mission at a local nursing home. We initiated five great brothers into our chapter as well. Our recital went off extremely well with many brothers choosing to perform instrumental solos and ensembles in addition to performing with our choir which sang Kokomo and the Mighty Mouse Theme Song.
Furman University – Gamma Eta Our chapter advanced music by focusing on community outreach. Several brothers visited an area retirement community and sang for the patrons. We also raised nearly $2,000 at our annual Modern Music Concert to help support a struggling local middle school band program. In addition to the outreach, our chapter was also able to initiate ten new brothers and successfully host the workshop for Province 30.
Drake University – Alpha Beta Our chapter promoted music in the community by visiting Youth Emergency Shelter and Services. Brothers interacted with the youth, conversing and also showing and playing musical instruments. A chapter recital was also given on campus featuring American composers. There was brotherhood bonding on a frigid April night through our annual camping trip, and we also welcomed three new members to the Fraternity. Edinboro University of Pennsylvania – Lambda Gamma Our chapter was active in many activities in the community including caroling with the sisters of Sigma Alpha Iota, performing singing valentines for couples in the community, and participating in Greek Week. We also participated in Craze for a Cure, a fundraiser for the cancer treatment of John Kansius, and a karaoke contest to support cell phones for soldiers. In addition, we had both a successful Mills Music Mission and an American Music Recital. 24 The Sinfonian December 2010
Frostburg State University – Xi Omega Our chapter initiated four new brothers who will make outstanding Sinfonians. We hosted a successful American Music Recital with various acts including a great rendition of Aaron Copland’s The Cat and Mouse. We raised funds with piano bashes and a sub sale and planned a Tournament of Bands show for the fall. We completed the semester with a Mills Music Mission at a local nursing home. Hastings College – Xi Alpha The chapter had its annual Sinformal Dance that was open to all involved with music. We performed a Mills Music Mission at the nursing homes around the community and serenaded around campus. Also, we have been working toward the completion of an honorary scholarship in honor of a past Province Governor Dr. James M. Johnson, Delta Kappa (South Dakota) ’65, to announce at next year’s 25th anniversary.
Jacksonville State University – Epsilon Nu Our chapter was involved in several functions that were both a service to the community and an enlightening experience for us as Sinfonians. Easily the most fulfilling experience was our trip to the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, Ala. for our Mills Music Mission where we performed for some of the patients and their families. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to share the gift of music and an uplifting experience for children in need. James Madison University – Gamma Alpha We revamped our probationary member program to make the process more meaningful and deepen the bonds of brotherhood. We hosted an American Music Recital and held recitals with other music organizations. Our fundraising events raised over $1,000. Our Mills Music Mission was at Avante Nursing Home, where we sang and provided cards and flowers. We created a choir with Sigma Alpha Iota and performed the National Anthem at a basketball game on Breast Cancer Awareness night. Louisiana State University – Beta Omega In addition to a sorority sing and an American Music Recital, we completed two excellent Mills Music Missions at local retirement homes. We began revising and improving our probationary membership process, participated in many social activities including paintball, and went on an awesome chapter retreat in Ocoee, Tenn. During the retreat, we participated in a high ropes course, went whitewater rafting, and made a campfire, around which we had a three-hour ritual discussion. Middle Tennessee State University – Omicron Tau We welcomed ten new members into the Brotherhood to begin a great semester. A benefit concert, named “Boropalooza,” was planned in conjunction with the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, and raised over $1,300 for the Watertown High School Band. The chapter sang our National Anthem before the biggest basketball game of the season against an intra-state rival. We also took time to teach percussion and rhythmic dancing to a local elementary school during music classes. > The Beta Omega Chapter participated in a high ropes course as part of a chapter retreat.
> The Iota Chapter performed a recital as part of its centennial celebration.
Missouri State University – Iota Rho Last semester was one for the history books as our chapter celebrates its 50th anniversary! Musically, we were extremely active. Our chapter vocal octet performed the National Anthem for our school’s baseball team, and two of our brothers performed their junior recitals. As a chapter we were very busy, with three Mills Music Missions, providing musical entertainment for the local N.A.A.C.P. banquet, and helping out with the annual vocal recital of our faculty advisor, Dr. R. Todd Payne, Theta Rho (Memphis) ’85. Morehouse College – Xi Eta The brothers of our chapter successfully hosted our annual Phi Mu Alpha week. Events during the celebration included Sinfonia Sessions, an open mic show hosted at the college’s local café, a masterclass seminar, and an exceptionally successful concert. Our chapter also participated in Sing for Haiti, a benefit concert for victims of the natural disaster in Haiti, and completed a Mills Music Mission. Nicholls State University – Omicron Beta The chapter’s main focus for this semester was fundraising. The chapter performed in the Krewe of Houmas parade as the royal entertainment and also sold custom T-shirts at the annual District VII Large Ensemble Festival, raising over $4,000. Some of these funds were used to offset the cost of a chapter retreat to Lyrecrest. Northwestern University – Iota In April, the chapter hosted our Centennial Gala. Activities included the initiation of two brothers, a formal in downtown Chicago, and a recital featuring performances from distinguished faculty Sinfonians. Iota members from 1958 to the present were in attendance, and we were incredibly fortunate to welcome Chicago Area Alumni President T.J. Cox, Delta Tau (Oklahoma State University) ’09, Province Governor Aaron Eckhardt, Epsilon Phi (Capital University) ’98, and National President John Mongiovi.
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Ohio University – Alpha Kappa Our chapter held a weekly grill sale as a fundraiser for new Ritual regalia and as means for sociability not only for brothers but also for the students and faculty of the School of Music. At the end of the quarter, two new brothers were initiated. Over the summer, a group of brothers performed a Mills Music Mission serenade at a local hospital. Ouachita Baptist University – Mu Omicron Our chapter held our annual “Piano Bash” fundraiser, which was a great success. During finals week, we handed out “Jury Survival Kits” of snacks, water, and candies to help students during their late voice or instrument practices. We weren’t sure how they would go over, so we only made 50 kits. They were gone in a matter of minutes. Penn State University – Alpha Zeta In what has come to be a favorite tradition on campus, our a cappella group The Dreamers delivered singing valentines to students throughout Valentine’s Day weekend. Together with the sisters of Sigma Alpha Iota, we raised over $9,000 for the annual 46-hour dance marathon, known on campus as “THON.” We were represented in the marathon by Sean Rice, Alpha Zeta (Penn State) ’06. The Dreamers also performed at the event. Pittsburg State University – Beta Delta Our chapter continued serving as stage crew and ushers for university sponsored concerts, hosted “The Blanks” (the a capella group from the television show “Scrubs”) to lunch before a performance, and initiated two new members at our Province Workshop. We had the Tri-Statesmen Barbershop Chorus from Joplin, Mo. join us for our American Music Recital, and showcased the compositions of Nathan Froebe, Beta Delta ’01, with the help of the ladies of Sigma Alpha Iota. Sam Houston State University – Zeta Mu We initiated six new brothers and had several exciting performances including a chapter recital as well as a joint recital with Sigma Alpha Iota. Our chapter was well represented at the Texas Music Educators Association convention, which is almost always the largest annual gathering of brothers across the nation. We closed out a great semester with our annual alumni barbecue. Shenandoah University – Nu Psi While the chapter mourned the loss of Richard M. Pearson, Nu Psi ’10, in January, we grew closer, and the bonds of brotherhood were stronger than ever before. The chapter held a very successful American Music Recital in his honor, and a group of brothers had the opportunity to travel to Lyrecrest. Additionally, four new brothers were initiated into the chapter.
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> The Nu Iota Chapter held a fund raising concert on Valentine’s Day.
South Carolina State University – Nu Iota We held our annual Valentines Concert Fundraiser which was a big hit and success. Proceeds from the fundraiser were used to help a “Support the Arts” movement. With the induction of six new brothers and three faculty members, the chapter continues to set a new standard of excellence through professionalism and musical excellence and throughout our campus and community. Susquehanna University – Lambda Beta The chapter has done its best to uphold the core Sinfonian values by organizing a spring musicale with Sigma Alpha Iota. The a capella rendition of For The Longest Time was a bona fide crowd pleaser, and the collaboration with Sigma Alpha Iota on the Queen classic Somebody To Love proved to create a wonderful experience for the audience. The chapter is proud of its musical ability and its general jovial atmosphere. Truman State University – Upsilon Phi World-renowned tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin headlined our chapter’s 42nd annual Jazz Festival in February. Over 30 high schools from our surrounding region competed in this year’s festival, which is the second oldest jazz competition of its kind in the Midwest. We also volunteered at our school’s annual Honor Band Weekend for high school students interested in performing with instrumental ensembles in college.
> The Rho Gamma Chapter provided lunch to music students during mid-terms.
University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff – Rho Gamma During midterms, we provided lunch for the Music Department in an effort for the students and faculty to relax. Once midterms were completed, we gave an American Music Recital, which had a huge turnout. We also provided entertainment and gave tours for the opening of our new music department facility. As a part of our mission as Sinfonians, we are doing tutoring sessions throughout the music department.
University of Georgia – Epsilon Lambda Our chapter celebrated its 60th anniversary, with over 150 brothers from every era, including a chartering member, attending a Ritual and gala. Many alumni commented favorably on the revised Ritual’s content and our portrayal of it. The gala was held in the new addition to the Tate Student Center, giving alumni a glimpse of both the chapter and the university at their best.
University of Central Missouri – Epsilon Gamma Our brothers are focusing on reaching out to surrounding area high schools to help boost their music programs. Last semester, brothers traveled to Crestridge High School to give masterclasses to band members, and to Butler High School to play with their pep band for their basketball homecoming games. We celebrated our 40th anniversary on May 2. In celebration, we presented an American musicale and performed for veterans at the Warrensburg Veterans Home.
University of Iowa – Iota Gamma The chapter fulfilled their Mills Music Mission obligation by performing for residents of the Walden Place retirement community. The recital opened with the entire chapter singing, followed by solo performances by a couple of brothers. Following the recital, the brothers stuck around to chat with the residents. The service coordinator appreciated the efforts and invited the chapter to return any time. We have already made plans to return during the holiday season to do some caroling.
University of Delaware – Xi Mu Chapter In addition to initiating five new brothers, holding Mills Music Missions, and putting on an American Music Recital, our chapter successfully held the inaugural Sinfonia Concert Band Festival for high schools in Delaware and its neighboring states. Also, our chapter’s big band was proud to host a recital featuring renowned saxophonist Chris Vadala, Alpha Nu (Eastman) ’69. Finally, we were selected as the host chapter for the Sinfonia Fireside Conference Northeast.
University of Massachusetts-Amherst – Sigma Alpha After all our hard work and hours spent, we finally became an active chapter in March. We helped raise funds for a struggling Opera Workshop Program in the music department. We also had successful Mills Music Missions at Shriners Children’s Hospital and The Arbors Assisted Living Home in Amherst, Mass.
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> The Iota Pi Chapter visited alumni attending the Alumni Road Trip at the Big Texan Steakhouse in Amarillo, Texas.
University of Missouri – Zeta This year, the chapter celebrated its 103rd Chapter Day. We also held a joint formal with Sigma Alpha Iota and presented the Michael Deppe Scholarship to three students in the School of Music. The chapter visited a number of chapters in Province 19 along with an unofficial retreat to Lyrecrest to view and electronically scan historical documents of the Zeta Chapter. At the end of the semester, our chapter initiated three new members. University of Northern Iowa – Beta Nu The spring semester brought with it the 55th Annual Tallcorn Jazz festival and 57th Annual Sinfonian Dimensions in Jazz concert with the Matt Wilson Quartet as our guest artists. Many participating high school ensembles had excellent experiences. In March, we saw great success with the American Composers Festival, which contained works by Beta Nu brothers. Over the summer, we had three brothers attend the 2010 Leadership Institute in Evansville, Ind. University of Texas-El Paso – Nu Lambda The chapter continued service to the music department, ushering every ensemble event and the school’s annual Gala concert. We dedicated time to visit a class of less fortunate children at a local Salvation Army location for the Mills Music Mission. The experience touched the hearts of the Brothers and children present. We also attended the first Province 35 Workshop since its reactivation and welcomed three amazing men into the Brotherhood of Sinfonia. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire – Gamma Beta Our chapter engaged in numerous activities over the course of the semester. We helped with recording CDs of the regional honor band,
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moving pianos for two university events, donating $300 towards the purchase of new band folders, holding our annual Chili Cookoff, and playing at three separate volunteer gigs with our big band, The Ossian Everett Mills Sound Machine. Valdosta State University – Zeta Gamma Over the summer, we teamed up with the local Free and Accepted Masons of Valdosta to help with their Georgia CHIP program (GACHIP). GACHIP, which stands for Georgia Child Identification Program, is one of the most comprehensive child recovery, identification, and abduction awareness programs ever to be offered to parents in the state of Georgia. In the two events that have been held, over 350 children have received these packets. West Texas A&M University – Iota Pi Our chapter was involved in organizing a music festival on campus, holding two Mills Music Missions in Canyon and Amarillo, sponsoring a composition competition, and hosting our chapter’s 50th anniversary celebration. The composition competition saw many varied entries, from traditional forms to avant-garde, and awarded a total of $200. Our anniversary celebration brought many alumni back into our fold and enabled us to bridge the past and the present. Youngstown State University – Delta Eta Our chapter was fortunate enough to initiate five new brothers and two honorary members, including jazz trumpet player Sean Jones. Over the summer, our members took a trip to the city of New Orleans helping with hurricane disaster relief. We spent a week staying in a church and helping to replace siding on a house. We spent our nights walking and singing around the city. We are working to organize another trip.
Colonies The following groups are in the process of establishing a new chapter, or reactivating a previously inactive one, through the Fraternity's Colony Program, an 18- to 30-month program designed to create the organizational structure and build the experience necessary for effective chapter operation. Contacts for these and all other colonies are listed on this page. Kutztown University – Pennsylvania Beta The colony focused on the completion of their Phase 1 application. In addition to successfully getting the petition approved, the colony held their second annual Sinfonian Recital. We also took part in multiple brotherhood building activities such as swing dancing at the annual Big Band Bash held on campus, attending concerts that colonists were involved in, and a Mills Music Mission at the Kutztown Manor.
Where is my chapter? Space is limited—preference is given to submissions about creative, unique or interesting chapter and colony events. To read submissions from other chapters, visit www.sinfonia.org/campusnotes. Submission by chapters of news and photos for Campus Notes are due by the deadlines listed on page 32. The next deadline is February 15, 2011. Articles are limited to 75 words.
Chapters Installed/Reactivated in Spring 2010
Current Colony Activity
> University of Massachusetts – Sigma Alpha (Installed: 3/7/2010) Send letters of congratulations to: Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Sigma Alpha 271 Fine Arts Center East Amherst, MA 01003
Phase 11 > Eastern New Mexico University – Theta Phi E-mail: email@example.com > Kutztown University – Pennsylvania Beta E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
> University of Texas-Arlington – Sigma Omega (Reactivated: 3/13/2010) Send letters of congratulations to: Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Sigma Omega 700 Greek Row UTA Box 19105 Arlington, TX 76019
Phase 1 > Central State University – Iota Eta E-mail: email@example.com > Florida Atlantic University – Florida Eta E-mail: Alitvin@fau.edu > Kennesaw State University – Nu Theta E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org > Langston University – Pi Kappa E-mail: Jeryme@hotmail.com > Loyola University – Zeta Pi E-mail: Cobb.Will@gmail.com > New Jersey City University – Omicron Theta E-mail: email@example.com > North Carolina A&T State University – Iota Beta E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org > Oklahoma City University – Delta Zeta E-mail: email@example.com > University of the District of Columbia – District of Columbia Alpha E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org > University of Louisiana-Monroe – Eta Iota E-mail: email@example.com
> University of North Carolina-Charlotte – Sigma Beta (Installed: 3/27/2010) Send letters of congratulations to: Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Sigma Beta 9201 University City Blvd Robinson Hall — Dept. of Music Charlotte, NC 28223 > University of Memphis – Theta Rho (Reactivated: 4/17/2010) Send letters of congratulations to: Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Theta Rho University of Memphis Rude E. Sheit School of Music, Rm. 229 Memphis, TN 38152
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Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Directory Sinfonia Educational Foundation
Directory This directory information is provided for the convenience of Sinfonians so that they may establish contact with the Fraternity’s volunteers for the sole purpose of conducting Fraternity business; it may not be used for commercial or other non-Fraternity related purposes. For complete contact information for all province officers, please visit www.sinfonia.org/directory. All information current as of September 8, 2010.
National Executive Committee NEC@sinfonia.org
JOHNALANMONGIOVI,National President, 132 Buena Vista Rd., Evansville, IN 47710. (812) 760-7011. firstname.lastname@example.org MARK R. LICHTENBERG, National Vice President, 4730 Boardwalk Drive, Evansville, IN 47725. (812) 626-0725. email@example.com WALTERC.RILEY,Committeeman-At-Large, 3330 Curtis Dr., Apt. 1, Suitland, MD 20746. (301) 840-3984. firstname.lastname@example.org K. DEAN SHATLEY II, Committeeman-At-Large, Campbell Shatley PLLC, 674 Merrimon Place, Suite 210, Asheville, NC 28804. (828) 378-0062. email@example.com BENJAMIN A. STRACK, National Collegiate Representative, 1340 Franklin St, Marne, MI 49435. (616) 443-4193. firstname.lastname@example.org JOHN M. ISRAEL, Chair, PGs’ Council, 631 Oregon Trail Ct., St. Charles, MO 63304. (636) 244-1586. email@example.com JESSE A. REYES, Chair, CPRs’ Council, 120 Cristianitos Rd #12209, San Clemente, CA 92673. (951) 796-9057. firstname.lastname@example.org Other Officers
DR. BRUCE E. GBUR, National Historian, 514 N Juliette Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502. (785) 776-9424. email@example.com Past National Presidents
DR. RICHARD A. CROSBY (1994-97; 2003-09), 212 Delmar Dr., Richmond, KY 40475. (859) 624-9946. firstname.lastname@example.org DR. DARHYL S. RAMSEY (2000-03), 2500 Potomac Pkwy., Denton, TX 76210. (940) 566-3170. email@example.com TERRY L. BLAIR (1997-2000), 902 East Gaslight Dr., Springfield, MO 65810. (417) 887-1207. firstname.lastname@example.org DR. T. JERVIS UNDERWOOD (1988-91), 930 Crystal Cove, Oak Point, TX 75068. (972) 292-2393. email@example.com DR. WILLIAM B. DEDERER (1985-88), 55 Cathedral Rock Dr., Unit 38, Sedona, AZ 86351-8625. (614) 864-4654. EMILE H. SERPOSS (1979-82), 26 Oliver St., Apt. 4D, Brooklyn, NY 11209. (718) 238-8456. DR. LUCIEN P. STARK (1976-79), 425 Greenbriar Rd., Lexington, KY 40503. (859) 276-4681. J. EUGENE DUNCAN (1973-76), 727 N. Wilson Ave., Morehead, KY 40351. (606) 784-5711. firstname.lastname@example.org
National Staff 10600 Old State Rd., Evansville, IN 47711-1399 Toll-Free: (800) 473-2649 Local: (812) 867-2433 Fax: (812) 867-0633 email@example.com JEREMY M. EVANS, Chief Operating Officer, ext.108. firstname.lastname@example.org DANIEL E. KRUEGER, Director of Alumni Engagement, ext.104. email@example.com WILLIAM C. LAMBERT, Director of Collegiate Programs and Education, ext.101. firstname.lastname@example.org ANDREW B. LEWIS, Retreat Coordinator and Program Associate, ext. 103, email@example.com TONYA R. MCGUIRE, Controller, ext.105. firstname.lastname@example.org DEBRAL.CELUCH,Executive Assistant, ext.107. email@example.com KIMBERLY JOY DAILY, Administrative Assistant, ext.100. firstname.lastname@example.org JON W. RADER, Shipping Clerk, ext.106. email@example.com
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Board of Trustees SEFboard@sinfonia.org
DEREK J. DANILSON, President, 80 Lancaster Ave., Devon, PA 19333. (610) 964-4097. firstname.lastname@example.org ANDREW F. WEST, Vice-President CLINT W. WILLIAMS, Secretary JOHN E. CERESO, Treasurer COL. JOHN R. BOURGEOIS DR. RICHARD A. CROSBY JOHN M. DOHERTY MARK L. EUTSLER BINCINS C. GARCIA DR. KEVIN H. GOEBBERT DR. JEFFREY R. HIGHLAND MATT J. KOKES JOHN ALAN MONGIOVI CHRISTIAN O’DONNELL WALTER C. RILEY K. DEAN SHATLEY II DR. ROLLAND H. SHAW CHRISTOPHER A. YANCEY
Province Officers In the directory of province officers, the following abbreviations are used throughout: “PG” for Province Governor, and “CPR” for Collegiate Province Representative. PROVINCE 1: New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut PG: ERIC T. ENGLEHARDT, email@example.com CPR: KYLE P. THOMPSON, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 2: Michigan, Northern Ohio PG: JAMAL D. DUNCAN, email@example.com CPR: BRADLEY A. WILSON, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 3:Central and Southern Ohio PG: MATTHEW BURGIO, email@example.com CPR: ANDREW M. SLINGERLAND, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 4:Arkansas PG: DR. LOUIS G. YOUNG, email@example.com CPR: CHRISTOPHER L. ETHERIDGE, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 5: Southern Illinois, Southeastern Missouri, Southwestern Indiana PG: ANDREW A. YORK, email@example.com CPR: DANNY LAGUNAS, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 6: Nebraska, Western Iowa PG: BRETT A. LYON, email@example.com CPR: DANIEL J. ATWOOD, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 7: Kansas, Colorado PG: DR. BRUCE E. GBUR, email@example.com CPR: CASEY A. MONTHEY, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 8: Oklahoma PG: COLBY E. DICK, email@example.com CPR: JACOB D. HECK, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 9: Southern Texas PG: DR. J. ROBERT WHALIN, email@example.com CPR: CLINT R. ARNDT, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 11: Northern California, Northern Nevada PG: DR. A. G. MCGRANNAHAN III, email@example.com CPR: ADAM M. SERPA, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 12: Eastern Tennessee PG: ASHLEY E. GLENN, email@example.com CPR: ELLIOT N. DEVORE, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 13: Southern and Central Florida PG: JOE RITCHIE, email@example.com CPR: GREGORY L. MURPHY, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 14:Louisiana PG: BRIAN M. STRATTON, email@example.com CPR: DUSTY P. FORET, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 15: Middle, West Tennessee and Western Kentucky PG: JEREMY D. QUAVE, email@example.com CPR: REMINGTON W. HOLT, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 16: Northern Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Northern South Dakota PG: DR. ALAN D. LAFAVE, email@example.com CPR: JARED OPP, firstname.lastname@example.org
PROVINCE 17: Upstate New York PG: LEWIS J. SCHMITT, email@example.com CPR: ALEX J. MOWREY, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 18: Virginia PG: DAVID L. DAVIS, email@example.com CPR: ERICK J. REID, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 19: Missouri PG: JOHN M. ISRAEL, email@example.com CPR: RYAN R. GAVIN, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 20: North Carolina PG: PATRICK S. CLANCY, email@example.com CPR: MICHAEL E. JENKINS, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 21: Northeast Ohio, Central and Western Pennsylvania PG: ROBERT N. WHITMOYER, email@example.com CPR: MICHAEL E. ARMSTRONG, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 22: Southern California and Southern Nevada PG: BINCINS C. GARCIA, email@example.com CPR: JESSE MINOR, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 23: Northwestern Texas, Eastern New Mexico PG: CHRISTOPHER A. YANCEY, email@example.com CPR: BRIAN C. ODOM, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 24: Mississippi PG: DAVID W. GARRAWAY, email@example.com CPR: RYAN CASE, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 25: Central and Eastern Kentucky, and Western West Virginia PG: DR. RICHARD A. CROSBY, email@example.com CPR: ANDREW M. SMILEY, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 26: Iowa, Northwestern Illinois, Southern Minnesota PG: CALVIN R. VAN NIEWAAL, email@example.com CPR: DANIEL R. KLEINHEINZ, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 27: Northern Virginia, Eastern West Virginia, Southeast Pennsylvania, Eastern Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia PG: JEFFREY D. HOFFMAN, email@example.com CPR: ANDREW D. TREMBLAY, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 28: Northern and Central Indiana PG: DAVID E. FIDLER II, email@example.com CPR: NICHOLAS E. DEJARLAIS, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 29: Southeastern Minnesota, Wisconsin, Northern Michigan PG: MATTHEW A. BLASINSKI, email@example.com CPR: JOSEPH D. STEIN, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 30: South Carolina, Eastern Georgia PG: ROBERT W. PETTIS, email@example.com CPR: RASHAD ANDERSON, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 32: North Central, Northeast Texas PG: KEVIN L. MCNERNEY, email@example.com CPR: BRETT BATCHELOR, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 33: Northern and Central Georgia PG: MATTHEW R. KOPERNIAK, email@example.com CPR: DANIEL E. MACNAMARA, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 34: Alabama PG: TONY COWAN, email@example.com CPR: LANCE H. HOLMAN, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 35: Arizona, New Mexico, Extreme West Texas PG: KARL SCHOSSER, email@example.com CPR: ALAN GONZALEZ, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 36: Northern Florida, Southern Georgia PG: TORRÉ C. GOODSON, email@example.com CPR: ROBERT S. VAIL, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 37: Northern and Central Illinois PG: AARON B. ECKHARDT, email@example.com CPR: SEAN A. DELGROSSO, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 38: Idaho, Oregon, Washington PG: DOUGLAS A. EVANS, email@example.com CPR: YOUNG J. RYLEE, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 39: Central West Virginia, Southwest Pennsylvania, Western Maryland PG: STEPHEN BROTHERS-MCGREW, email@example.com CPR: IAN M. SHOULD, firstname.lastname@example.org PROVINCE 40: Southeastern Texas PG: GEORGE T. BEVERLEY, email@example.com CPR: CARTER R. FREDERICK, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Robert R. Austin, Alpha Delta (Iowa State) ’41. Chief operating officer of Addison Products Co., a major manufacturer of heating and air conditioning products. Vice president of operations of G.F. Furniture Co. Served as captain in the Army Combat Engineers during World War II. Dr. Harry Begian, Gamma Omicron (Wayne State) ’41. Highly respected high school and college band director. Served as Director of Bands at the University of Illinois from 1970 until his retirement in 1984. Charter member of the American School Band Directors Association. Recipient of several awards, including the NBA Citation of Excellence and inducted into the Hall of Fame of Distinguished Band Conductors. Stanworth R. Beckler, Beta Pi (Pacific) ’48. Enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942. Taught at the University of the Pacific from 1951 to 1991 and retired as Professor Emeritus. Chaired the Theory/Composition Dept. in the Conservatory of Music. H. Leon Breeden, Delta Mu (Texas Christian) ’48. Headed the Division of Jazz Studies and director of the famed One O'Clock Lab Band at the University of North Texas from 1958 to 1981. Started the tradition of recording an album annually. Two recordings earned Grammy nominations and were the first collegiate big band recordings to be nominated. Dr. Michael D. Cordovana, Eta Theta (Catholic) ’55. Retired assistant conductor and chief coach for the Dallas Opera Company. Professor of Music at The Catholic University of America where he heads the vocal department. Faculty member of the Shaker Mountain Music Festival and the Amalfi Coast Music Festival.
Dr. William P. Foster, Beta Gamma (Columbia) ’53. Highly decorated innovator of marching band techniques. Created the “Marching 100” at Florida A&M University and directed them for more than 40 years. John L. Gates, Phi (Wisconsin) ’59. Longtime high school and college educator in Wisconsin. Past director of the University of Wisconsin Marching Band. James J. Groth, Delta Eta (Youngstown State) ’61. Served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Rev. Richard. D. Howell, Gamma Sigma (Wichita State) ’52. Longtime accompanist who started playing for church services at the age of 13. Served as chairman of the Dallas Handbell Festival. Johnny R. Jennings, Zeta Mu (Sam Houston State) ’70. Taught and served as Choir Director of Conroe High School. Founded the Opera in the Heights in Houston, Tex. Dr. Arnold O. Lehmann, Phi (Wisconsin) ’37. Spent career as a choral director at the high school and college levels, where also conducted concert and marching bands. Served in the military during WWII. Dr. Austin C. Lovelace, Epsilon Upsilon (Evansville) ’82-Hon. Nationally known composer and church organist. Known for his sense of humor, he wrote five books, including Hymns That Jesus Would Not Have Liked. Paul C. Magill, Theta Eta (Wright State) ’78. Became the first music faculty member of Wright State University, opening the department in 1964. Was an Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies during his 24-year tenure.
Lt. Col. Joseph M. Cuviello, Beta Epsilon (New York) ’30. Taught music and history in the West New York Public Schools. Served in the U.S. Army during WWII. Played the viola for the Senior Musicians Orchestra and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra until the age of 93.
David S. Metcalfe, Zeta (Missouri) ’57. Director of Laboratories at the Riverside Medical Center and the Lincoln Health Center in Illinois for almost 30 years.
Mark Elliott, Beta Kappa (Coe) ’08-Fac. Wellrespected vocal instructor, adjudicator and presenter. Fulfilled a successful operatic and oratorio singing career in Europe. Received formal music training with the Royal Schools of Church Music and the Royal College of Music in England.
Mitch W. Miller, Alpha Nu (Eastman) ’29. American musician, singer, conductor, record producer, and record company executive. Worked for Columbia Records, where he signed and produced recording artists such as Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Patti Page and Aretha Franklin. Highly recognized for his 1960s television show, Sing Along With Mitch.
George J. “Max” Naxera, Jr., Beta Kappa (Coe) ’49. Taught language arts and business at schools in Illinois and Iowa. Served with the Occupation Army in Tokyo, Japan following WWII. Andrew Neidert, Alpha Theta (Miami-OH) ’47. Marketing representative and business manager of Wiebold Studio, Inc. in Terrace Park, Ohio; and retired CEO of Gateway Federal Savings and Loan Assn., Cincinnati, Ohio. W. Purnell Payne, Beta Gamma (Columbia) ’32. Taught at the Milton Hershey School for almost 60 years. Served in the U.S. Army during WWII. Dr. William G. Spencer, Iota (Northwestern) ’42. Longtime educator at Appalachian State University. Past president of the North Carolina Music Educators Association. Served in the Army Air Corps as a P-51 pilot during WWII. William A. Tetley, Beta Mu (Central Methodist) ’39. Longtime high school band director and sound judge adjudicator for marching band festivals in the state of Missouri. Served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Robert E. Tweel, Zeta Eta (Marshall) ’52. Band director and music teacher at Huntington East High School in West Virginia for 36 years and two years at the consolidated Huntington High School. Jay S. Wadenpfuhl, Eta Mu (Lamar) ’69. Prominent musician who played for the U.S. Army Band, the Florida Philharmonic, the Fort Worth Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Karl H. Wadenpfuhl, Eta Mu (Lamar) ’66. Taught at Kirbyville (Tex.) High School for the majority of his career where he developed an award-winning band program. Inducted into the Texas Bandmaster Hall of Fame. Dr. Robert F. Wolfersteig, Omicron (Cincinnati Conservatory) ’49. Professor of music and chair of the music department at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, Georgia, from 1965 to 1991. Served as Province Governor for Province 33 from 1980 to 1986.
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