Volume XXVII Number 3 January/February 2011
The collegiate newsletter of
Leadership Institute 2011 —– Key Change This issue of The Red & Black highlights some of what’s in store at the 2011 Leadership Institute. At the event, the Men of Song Chorus returns with a new conductor: J. Kevin Gray, (Nu Kappa) Winthrop ’95. Kevin conducted the chorus at Fireside Conference Northeast, and we’re thrilled he’ll be joining us again. At the Fireside Conference, Kevin gave the keynote address; here’s the text of his speech. Our history; it began so simply, but do not be fooled. In these simple actions were great and deep ideals that blossomed across this country and even now are being perfected by this generation. In Mills was a great need to mentor and spread this sense of unity among all those who would meditate at the feet of the lyre. He must have known that this sense of fraternal unity was not only what was best for the rise of American music, but that it was what was best for each of us as an individual. Since ancient times young men have had their rituals whereby they begin to understand the power they have to shape their own destinies. But also, in these rituals they are handed down the story, the energy and knowledge of every other pilgrim who came before them. I believe in my heart that these past pilgrims left behind their legacy not because they simply hoped we would survive as an order or that we would be their equal, but they left all the knowledge from their past so we may soar to higher places than they themselves.
Every day we have the choice to be better; to be more divine in every thought, word and deed. And by making more divine choices, we produce a more divine art. We read in ancient myth that when Orpheus was faced with violence by the Thracians, he chose death rather than compromise his ideal. It was in this clinging to his higher principals that he put off mortality and became divine. My brothers, we make the same decisions every day; maybe not in the sense of physical death, but truly we have the choice to give into our more base and carnal nature rather than focusing on all that makes the world, us and the (see “Gray,” page 3)
Leadership Institute 2011 Key Change
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From the National Collegiate Representative I hope all of your new semesters have started off well, and that the new year is treating you and your chapters with the utmost care. The new year often presents for us a time to reflect and regenerate; learn and rededicate ourselves to whatever it is we seek. The ultimate way for any of us to reflect on our Sinfonian lives is to sit through the ritual. Our initiation is the perfect reminder of both our experiences that brought us into this brotherhood and the lessons we've learned that allow us to call ourselves Sinfonians. With the new year comes the want for resolutions; to improve yourself mind, body, and soul. Our fraternity offers an excellent summer program with a very specific and beneficial message that will enhance your abilities as a leader not only in your chapter but in whatever venture you pursue. John F Kennedy once said that leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. The Leadership Institute 2011 will be another inspiring and educational journey to be shared with your fellow brothers from around the country. You likely have heard me speak before about the fact that being a leader will educate you on how to be a leader, but it often comes with unpleasant trials and tribulations. Most leaders, whether
they were prepared to lead or not, learned valuable lessons through trial an error. There are, to be certain, lessons to be learned in failing or struggling, but it is always wise to make yourself as prepared as possible before taking on such responsibility. The skills you learn at Leadership Institute will allow you to skip the difficult steps involved in learning many of these lessons. But to be sure, the proof is in the pudding. As a well-known insurance commercial advertises, don't take my word for it. Ask your brothers who have gone to Leadership Institutes in the past. Ask brothers who are leaders in your chapter. Ask brothers you look up to. Any one of them will tell you that this is a great experience, as well as a perfect opportunity for growth. The Leadership Institute 2011 will be a truly great opportunity for you to seek the truth to see more of the life around you. Be true in all endeavors Brothers, until next we meet! Fraternally Yours, In Phi, Mu, and Alpha,
Benjamin “Twitchy” Strack, Delta Iota (Western Michigan) ’05 National Collegiate Representative
(from, “Gray,” page 3) art we produce better. I would ask you today to strive into the night with a torch lighting not only your way but the way of all those who seek the truth and best in all things but especially in music. Music has power to change the hearts of men for better or worse. In the Old Testament of the Bible we are told that the only remedy for the dark foreboding spirits that surrounded the King of Israel Saul was the singing and playing of the harp by David. The music we produce makes a difference. In music we have the ability to transport people directly into the mind of the composer. We write marches and people march; we write suites and people can’t help but dance; we compose ballads and people are moved to tears. So often, long after people have forgotten the details of their childhood, they can still hum and sing the tunes they were taught in kindergarten. It is up to us gentlemen to compose the future, to provide the soundtrack for our time. It is not enough that we merely study the great art of the past and feel that the zenith has been explored already. We have not reached the mountaintop yet. No my brothers we must learn from them; let all of our heroes inspire us, but we must not simply revel in the past, we must be Beethoven, Stravinsky, Mozart or Copland to our generation. Brothers sadly, what we would deem as classical music is in danger of being overwhelmed by a crushing wave of music that appeals solely to our base self. I do believe that there is room at the
table for all types of music and I find enjoyment in them. That said, there will always be this music. But what does it say about us as a culture when so much of our art has no exalted theme at all but is just a reflective of a drunken mind at a party. Friends by all means listen and enjoy, but when the party is over remember that we have to be the ones who call the world’s attention to peace, to our history, to fighting injustice, to the questions that we struggle to answer about ourselves and the universe. So today and every day I call you to summon up that same spirit and fire that each of the master musicians and composers had inside them and, like Orpheus, teach the world to reach for the divine, the light, the seemingly unreachable notes that seem like an impossibility. Teach them to dream with you; inspire them, not with myths and stories alone, but live out the myths and spirits of those great men before them. Let it be known that art is above mere profit and not simply entertainment alone but that it is sacred, and that all who are touched by it are better for having been in its presence. Write symphonies, sing alone with organs and guitars and brass bands, pour your heart and soul out before the world and never forget that you are not alone, but that you walk along a path that has been traveled by some of the greatest men who have ever lived. Know that when you do these things that Ossian Mills’ dream is continuing to be made anew and more perfect. We have the benefit of today to make better music, better men and a better world.
National Honorary Spotlight: Karl Paulnack At Leadership Institute 2011, Karl Paulnack will be initiated into the Alpha Alpha National Honorary chapter of the Fraternity. Paulnack’s credentials are beyond impressive. We’re hoping you can learn a little bit about Dr. Paulnack, and why he’s being honored. What follows is an excerpt from a welcome address given to parents of incoming students at The Boston Conservatory on September 1, 2004, by Dr. Paulnack. One of my parents' deepest fears, I suspect, is that society would not properly value me as a musician, that I wouldn’t be appreciated. I had very good grades in high school, I was good in science and math, and they imagined that as a doctor or a research chemist or an engineer, I might be more appreciated than I would be as a musician. I still remember my mother’s remark when I announced my decision to apply to music school-she said, "you’re wasting your SAT scores!" On some level, I think, my parents were not sure themselves what the value of music was, what its purpose was. And they loved music: they listened to classical music all the time. They just weren’t really clear about its function. So let me talk about that a little bit, because we live in a society that puts music in the "arts and entertainment" section of the newspaper, and serious music, the kind your kids are about to engage in, has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with entertainment, in fact it’s the opposite of entertainment. Let me talk a little bit about music,
and how it works. One of the first cultures to articulate how music really works were the ancient Greeks. And this is going to fascinate you: the Greeks said that music and astronomy were two sides of the same coin. Astronomy was seen as the study of relationships between observable, permanent, external objects, and music was seen as the study of relationships between invisible, internal, hidden objects. Music has a way of finding the big, invisible moving pieces inside our hearts and souls and helping us figure out the position of things inside us. Let me give you some examples of how this works. One of the most profound musical compositions of all time is the “Quartet for the End of Time” written by French composer Olivier Messiaen in 1940. Messiaen was 31 years old when France entered the war against Nazi Germany. He was captured by the Germans in June of 1940 and imprisoned in a prisoner-of-war camp. He was fortunate to find a sympathetic prison guard who gave him paper and a place to compose and fortunate to have musician colleagues in the camp, a cellist, a violinist, and a clarinetist. Messiaen wrote his quartet with these specific players in mind. It was performed in January 1941 for the prisoners and guards of the prison camp. Today it is one of the most famous masterworks in the repertoire. Given what we have since learned about life in the Nazi camps, why would anyone in his right mind waste time and energy writing or playing music? There was barely enough energy on a good day to find food and (see, “Paulnack,” page 4)
(from, “Paulnack,” page 3) water, to avoid a beating, to stay warm, to escape torture–why would anyone bother with music? And yet–even from the concentration camps, we have poetry, we have music, we have visual art; it wasn’t just this one fanatic Messiaen; many, many people created art. Why? Well, in a place where people are only focused on survival, on the bare necessities, the obvious conclusion is that art must be, somehow, essential for life. The camps were without money, without hope, without commerce, without recreation, without basic respect, but they were not without art. Art is part of survival; art is part of the human spirit, an unquenchable expression of who we are. Art is one of the ways in which we say, "I am alive, and my life has meaning." In September 2001 I was a resident of Manhattan. On the morning of September 12, 2001, I reached a new understanding of my art and its relationship to the world. I sat down at the piano that morning at 10 AM to practice as was my daily routine; I did it by force of habit, without thinking about it. I lifted the cover on the keyboard, opened my music, and put my hands on the keys and took my hands off the keys. And I sat there and thought, does this even matter? Isn’t this completely irrelevant? Playing the piano right now, given what happened in this city yesterday, seems silly, absurd, irreverent, pointless. Why am I here? What place has a musician in this moment in time? Who needs a piano player right now? I was completely lost. And then I, along with the rest of New York, went through the journey of getting through that week. I did not play the piano that day, and in fact I contemplated briefly whether I would ever want to play the piano again. And then I observed how we got through the day. At least in my neighborhood, we didn’t shoot hoops or play Scrabble. We didn’t play cards to pass the time, we didn’t watch TV, we didn’t shop, we most certainly did not go to the mall. The first organized activity that I saw in New York, on the very evening of September 11th, was singing. People sang. People sang around fire houses, people sang "We Shall Overcome". Lots of people sang “America the Beautiful.” The first organized public event that I remember was the “Brahms Requiem”, later that week, at Lincoln Center, with the New York Philharmonic. The first organized public expression of grief, our first communal response to that historic event, was a concert. That was the beginning of a sense that life might go on. The US Military secured the airspace, but recovery was led by the arts, and by music in particular, that very night. From these two experiences, I have come to understand that music is not part of "arts and entertainment" as the newspaper section would have us believe. It’s not a luxury, a lavish thing that we fund from left-
On the morning of September 12, 2001, I reached a new understanding of my art and its relationship to the world.
overs of our budgets, not a plaything or an amusement or a pass time. Music is a basic need of human survival. Music is one of the ways we make sense of our lives, one of the ways in which we express feelings when we have no words, a way for us to understand things with our hearts when we can’t with our minds. Some of you may know Samuel Barber’s, Zeta Iota (Howard) ’52, heart wrenchingly beautiful piece “Adagio for Strings.” If you don’t know it by that name, then some of you may know it as the background music which accompanied the Oliver Stone movie “Platoon,” a film about the Vietnam War. If you know that piece of music either way, you know it has the ability to crack your heart open like a walnut; it can make you cry over sadness you didn’t know you had. Music can slip beneath our conscious reality to get at what’s really going on inside us the way a good therapist does. Very few of you have ever been to a wedding where there was absolutely no music. There might have been only a little music, there might have been some really bad music, but with few exceptions there is some music. And something very predictable happens at weddings-people get all pent up with all kinds of emotions, and then there’s some musical moment where the action of the wedding stops and someone sings or plays the flute or something. And even if the music is lame, even if the quality isn’t good, predictably 30 or 40 percent of the people who are going to cry at a wedding cry a couple of moments after the music starts. Why? The Greeks. Music allows us to move around those big invisible pieces of ourselves and rearrange our insides so that we can express what we feel even when we can’t talk about it. Can you imagine watching Indiana Jones or Superman or Star Wars with the dialogue but no music? What is it about the music swelling up at just the right moment in E.T. so that all the softies in the audience start crying at exactly the same moment? I guarantee you if you showed the movie with the music stripped out, it wouldn’t happen that way. The Greeks. Music is the understanding of the relationship between invisible internal objects. (see, “Paulnack,” page 5)
(from, “Paulnack,” page 4) I’ll give you one more example, the story of the most important concert of my life. I must tell you I have played a little less than a thousand concerts in my life so far. I have played in places that I thought were important. I like playing in Carnegie Hall; I enjoyed playing in Paris; it made me very happy to please the critics in St. Petersburg. I have played for people I thought were important; music critics of major newspapers, foreign heads of state. The most important concert of my entire life took place in a nursing home in a small Midwestern town a few years ago. I was playing with a very dear friend of mine who is a violinist. We began, as we often do, with Aaron Copland’s, Alpha Upsilon (Arizona) ’61-Hon., Sonata, which was written during World War II and dedicated to a young friend of Copland’s, a young pilot who was shot down during the war. Now we often talk to our audiences about the pieces we are going to play rather than providing them with written program notes. But in this case, because we began the concert with this piece, we decided to talk about the piece later in the program and to just come out and play the music without explanation. Midway through the piece, an elderly man seated in a wheelchair near the front of the concert hall began to weep. This man, whom I later met, was clearly a soldier—even in his 70s, it was clear from his buzz-cut hair, square jaw and general demeanor that he had spent a good deal of his life in the military. I thought it a little bit odd that someone would be moved to tears by that particular movement of that particular piece, but it wasn’t the first time I’ve heard crying in a concert and we went on with the concert and finished the piece. When we came out to play the next piece on the program, we decided to talk about both the first and second pieces, and we described the circumstances in which the Copland was written and mentioned its dedication to a downed pilot. The man in the front of the audience became so disturbed that he had to leave the auditorium.
and I was in an aerial combat situation where one of my team’s planes was hit. I watched my friend bail out, and watched his parachute open, but the Japanese planes which had engaged us returned and machine gunned across the parachute cords so as to separate the parachute from the pilot, and I watched my friend drop away into the ocean, realizing that he was lost. I have not thought about this for many years, but during that first piece of music you played, this memory returned to me so vividly that it was as though I was reliving it. I didn’t understand why this was happening, why now, but then when you came out to explain that this piece of music was written to commemorate a lost pilot, it was a little more than I could handle. How does the music do that? How did it find those feelings and those memories in me?" Remember the Greeks: music is the study of invisible relationships between internal objects. The concert in the nursing home was the most important work I have ever done. For me to play for this old soldier and help him connect, somehow, with Aaron Copland, and to connect their memories of their lost friends, to help him remember and mourn his friend, this is my work. This is why music matters. What follows is part of the talk I will give to this year’s freshman class when I welcome them a few days from now. The responsibility I will charge your sons and daughters with is this: "If we were a medical school, and you were here as a med student practicing appendectomies, you’d take your work very seriously because you would imagine that some night at 2:00am someone is going to waltz into your emergency room and you’re going to have to save their life. Well, my friends, someday at 8:00pm someone is going to walk into your concert hall and bring you a mind that is confused, a heart that is overwhelmed, a soul that is weary. Whether they go out whole again will depend partly on how well you do your craft. You’re not here to become an entertainer, and you don’t have to sell yourself. The truth is you don’t have anything to sell; being a musician isn’t about dispensing a product, like selling used cars. I’m not an entertainer; I’m a lot closer to a paramedic, a firefighter, a rescue worker. You’re here to become a sort of therapist for the human soul, a spiritual version of a chiropractor, physical therapist, someone who works with our insides to see if they get things to line up, to see if we can come into harmony with ourselves and be healthy and happy and well. Frankly, ladies and gentlemen, I expect you not only to master music; I expect you to save the planet. If there is a future wave of wellness on this planet, of harmony, of peace, of an end to war, of mutual understanding, of equality, of fairness, I don’t expect it will come from a government, a military force or a corporation. I no longer even expect it to come from the religions of the world, which together seem to have brought us as much war as they have peace. If there is a future of peace for humankind, if there is to be an understanding of how these invisible, internal things should fit together, I expect it will come from the artists, because that’s what we do. As in the Nazi camps and the evening of 9/11, the artists are the ones who might be able to help us with our internal, invisible lives."
“I expect you not only to master music; I expect you to save the planet.” I honestly figured that we would not see him again, but he did come backstage afterwards, tears and all, to explain himself. What he told us was this: "During World War II, I was a pilot,
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Beta Mu Chapter Central Methodist University • Fayette, Missouri This fall the gentlemen of Beta Mu have been busy and we have more in store for the rest of the year. We started our pledge period on September 23 with a Probationary Member class of twelve. Their initiation date was December 4, 2010. So far this fall for fundraisers, we have had a piano bash and are planning on having a Halo tournament in November. Half the funds raised from the piano bash were sent to the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. At our homecoming football game on October 9, the active members and alumnae sang “The Star Spangled Banner” at the beginning of the game. After the game, we had a barbecue under the clock tower and had our room in the tower open for alumnae to reminisce and to hang with the active members. On October 23, we had our 2nd annual Phi Mu Alpha/Sigma Alpha Iota Hayride, and we sponsored a Blood Drive with the Red Cross on November 2. We have a Mills
Music Mission planned to happen in the near future and we will be going caroling to different rest homes and care places in the Fayette area. We will have our American Music Recital next semester. Along with that we are busy planning and figuring out more fundraisers and different places and opportunities for Mills Music Missions.
Eta Iota Colony University of Louisiana-Monroe • Monroe, Louisiana The colony has been successfully establishing a strong ethic of brotherhood, charity, and fundraising. In cooperation with our University’s chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, the colony has been providing a pep band on Friday evenings for a local school that does not have a music program. We are performing at five games this semester and we believe we have made a positive impact and having music at events can enrich the experiences of other activities, such as sports. Last year, the colony participated in the annual KEDM fall membership drive. This event is hosted by the University’s own radio station. Much of the programming comes from National Public Radio, and the fall membership drive helped in the collection of funds to continue playing those shows. The colony assisted in answering phone calls for donations. The colony is pleased to announce that they will be participating again this year. We feel that this is an important forum for the listeners in Monroe and it is necessary to the development of the arts in our community. The colony has also been hard at work designing new t-shirts to build brotherhood amongst our members and to show our presence on campus. We felt that our t-shirt design last year made a positive impression on our fellow students and they gave the colony a sense of pride. We would like to continue the experience with a fresh design that shows other students
that we are working diligently to be recognized in our community. One of our events this year was a gathering on Labor Day, which was hosted by our faculty advisor at his house, to work on colony projects and eat some delicious food. The members had a wonderful time reliving our past experiences while looking over pictures of colony activities that took place over the previous year. This was a great opportunity to welcome new members and show them that our colony has a superb work ethic along with having fun. We are currently in the planning stages of a public recital that will take place on November 18, 2010. The colony is excited to host such a great event because of the opportunity it provides to make our love of music known to everyone who attends. We take pride in hosting such an event. We hope that this allows the music department to recognize the colony as being not only capable musicians but responsible students that can create such a large event. We hope that the events we have planned and any other future events provide a sense of brotherhood amongst our members and promote a strong and positive influence on others and ourselves. All of our members are committed to providing a great and educational experience for all. It is my absolute pleasure to be part of such a wonderful group of people and to help the surrounding community in making music an integral part of life.
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Province 28 Northern and Central Indiana Our workshop was hosted by the Kappa Sigma Chapter at Valparaiso University. We opened with a session on Chapter Reports and discussed the importance of the various reporting requirements of the Fraternity. Next on the agenda was one of the big highlights, the Province Musicale. We had a jazz band, step team, several choirs and some of the funniest skits ever seen. This was followed by a Sinfonia Sing with over 70 brothers. Our Province Governor, David Fidler II, Delta Lambda (Ball State) ’95, donated 28 pizzas which we all
went back to the chapter’s house to eat and have some great times with brothers. The next day started with Province business and some history discussion, then to officer training and lunch. The day ended with the first annual Province 28 Game Show, which was won by Delta Lambda. The prize they received was The Percy, the Fraternity’s national traveling trophy. Many brothers said that this was the most fun Province event that they had been to in their time in Sinfonia.
Zeta Mu Chapter Sam Houston State University • Huntsville, Texas The chapter was successful in the American Music Challenge by continuing the advancement of music in America that we do every year. We have annual American music recitals and encourage all of our brothers to perform American music. We worked especially hard last year to share this music on our campus and to the community as much as we could. Our faculty advisor encouraged us to participate in the challenge and helped us to document everything properly. After two recitals of our own and many other individual performances by our brothers, we were able to perform 17 pieces of American music. With the money that we have won from this prestigious acknowledgement for our work we will further advance music in America by implementing those funds in several of
our upcoming service events for the community. It is always important for us as Sinfonians to remember our unspoken obligation to the community. The advancement of music in America never comes with a lack of sacrifice but we must remember that the reward is greater. In future challenges, we plan to continue to work towards advancing music in America first and foremost. We will not perform numerous pieces of American music just for the compensation, but to sincerely advance music in America. Hopefully, many people have appreciated and learned more about American music through the efforts of our chapter and will continue to in the days to come. The American Music Challenge is a great tool for realizing the object of our fraternity and we encourage all chapters to participate.
Iota Eta Colony Central State University • Wilberforce, Ohio The colony has been very active this semester, in fullfilling the requirements for Phase I. We have hosted and successfully held our Phi Mu Alpha Week, which included a recital, a basketball tournament, and a dodge ball game between the band and the choir. The highlight of the week was the recital. Members of both Mu Phi Epsilon and Tau Beta Sigma attended all of the events and pledged their sup-
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port of our week. We held an interest meeting which added six new members to the colony. We also assisted the band when on trips to help load and unload buses. The colony submitted our application for Phase II of the colony process and look forward to progressing to become members of this great brotherhood.
New Jersey City University • Jersey City, New Jersey
October 6th came quicker than we had expected. Founder’s Day was our first true test as a colony in terms of organization, preparation, and overall dedication to Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. It was truly an enlightening experience. The executive committee took the role of the six attendants. The mood was calm and peaceful, and listening to the words left by brothers past made us realize that there is a powerful bond that still exists through the celebration of the work of Ossian E. Mills and all previous Sinfonians. The objects and nobilities of this fraternity still move onward and upward.
Upon the completion of the ceremony the men of Omicron Theta, uplifted by the words of brothers past, went to celebrate the life of Ossian E. Mills. We took our Founder’s Day celebration to a local Applebee’s. There the colony members ate a fine meal and enjoyed each other’s company. Also that night, we performed our first public serenade. To express our gratitude to our waitress, we sang “A Serenade To a Girl” in the middle of the crowded restaurant.
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Nu Theta Colony Kennesaw State University • Kennesaw, Georgia On October 10th, 2010, the colony presented their annual Mills Music Mission. The Kappa Gamma Chapter from Berry College accompanied the colony as a joint venture. The Music Mission was held at Ross Memorial Healthcare at Shady Grove in Kennesaw, Georgia. While at Shady Grove the group sang a few Sinfonia Songs, including “A Sinfonian Anthem,” “Viva L’Amour,” and “Phi Mu Alpha Girl.” The ensemble also sang some more familiar songs for the residents including “The Star
Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful,” among others. The group took time after their performance to talk and spend time with the residents of Shady Grove. The representative from the assisted living center was very happy to have the group back again. She said, “I was extremely pleased to hear that they would be back again this year. The residents always love their performances!” Nu Theta plans on returning to Shady Grove next year as well as adding other venues to their list of Mills Music Mission locations.
Eta Iota Colony University of Louisiana-Monroe • Monroe, Louisiana On the date of March 22, 2010 at Ridgecrest Nursing home, the colony visited the residents to share in musical enjoyment. We made it our duty to spread the joy of musical harmony and compassion for our fellow man. We arrived at 4:00pm to meet and greet the residents of the facility. We were surprised to have the honor of speaking with retired war veterans from World War II, boxers, and even retired professors. We then began the musical presentation with “Hail Sinfonia.” We sang old church hymns such as “Amazing
Grace,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” “How Great Thou Art,” and “Swing Low Sweet Chariot.” We then concluded with Charles Pridgen and Douglas Bennett singing “Nothing But the Blood of Jesus” with the rest of the colony accompanying them. Finally, we said our goodbyes. The nurses and administration had nothing but good feedback to give about our singing and how much the residents enjoyed our company and the music that they heard.
Florida Eta Colony Florida Atlantic University • Boca Raton, Florida Recently, the colony went to the Avante Nursing Home in Boca Raton in order to share the joy of music to wonderful people who live in residence there. Ossian Mills dedicated his whole life to making sure people in hospitals and homes were treated with the art of music. The Mills Music Mission serves as an excellent service to residents, patients and the elderly. The Mills Music Mission is synonymous with the Object of Phi Mu Alpha in how it promotes music. Music is for everyone, from children to the elderly. A Sinfonian must remember that if one does not spread the gift of music than a man is truly not happy.
Once Florida Eta arrived at the Avante Nursing Home, we were led into the activities room where we sang to a group of elderly women. We ended up singing most of the songs out of the Mills Music Mission Songbook, including taking some requests. One of the women there joined us in some of the songs and told us about herself. She grew up in Russia for a short time before moving to America. Her father was a cantor for a church. It turns out she went to school to study voice. We also sung to an elderly man who just turned 100 years old! Overall, this experience has served our colony greatly on what it is to truly be a musician and a real Sinfonian.
Job Opening At Lyrecrest! Searching for Next Year’s Retreat Coordinator and Programs Associate Have you ever considered spending a year working for the Fraternity? Looking for an unique job after college? Would you enjoy leading and facilitating groups of brothers from across the nation? Do you want a flexible and fun work experience that would apply to almost any future endeavor? This may be the opportunity you are looking for!
Job Title: Retreat Coordinator and Programs Associate
Responsibilities include: The Retreat Coordinator and Programs Associate shall be responsible for all chapter and province retreats and other weekend Fraternity gatherings at Lyrecrest. He will maintain the Fraternity’s colony program and perform membership records duties. He will serve as the primary contact at the national headquarters for collegiate members.
This position is ideal for a graduating brother with an outgoing personality who is looking to gain valuable work experience and is interested in working at the national headquarters. The experience gained through this position serves as a great starting-out point for any young professional. Past Retreat Coordinator Sean Leno, Phi Omega (Dayton) ’00, describes his experience this way: My time as Retreat Coordinator at Lyrecrest provided me with a valuable new skill set and a truly one of a kind work experience. The opportunities given to me for both personal and professional growth were unparalleled in quality and value. You, just as I did, will experience the Fraternity on a level never before imagined, gaining the “insider’s” view of a large, successful organization as well as meeting and interacting with the Brothers that keep this organization moving. Past Retreat Coordinator and Programs Associate Matthew Downing, Beta Lambda (Muskingum) ’04 had this to say about his time at Lyrecrest:
From the Retreat Coordinator and Programs Associate Eligibility:
Must be a Sinfonian in good standing possessing a Bachelor’s degree in any field. Experience with Microsoft Office a must. Must have a vehicle and be able to lift at least 50 pounds.
Benefits include: Competitive salary, free housing and utilities, health/dental insurance, trip to the 2012 National Convention, great profesional work experience and the opportunity to meet and interact with brothers from all over the country.
Hours: Full-time-plus, with adjusted work week schedule centering around weekend retreats and events at Lyrecrest.
Application deadline: March 1, 2011
Term of employment: August 1, 2011 — July 31, 2012 (position turns over annually)
Rarely in life do you get the chance to know you’ve positively affected the lives of others. As the Retreat Coordinator and Programs Associate, I was challenged and privileged to meet and work with over 500 Sinfonians. Though my time of service to the National Fraternity was relatively short, I know I accomplished some of my lifetime career goals. I was extremely lucky to work for an organization I feel passionate about helping to elevate others and work towards benefiting society through music. The memories and experiences I have gained from my work at Phi Mu Alpha are truly irreplaceable. To apply, please send résumé, cover letter, contact information for three references, and a detailed history of Fraternity experience to: Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity National Headquarters Attn: Retreat Coordinator & Programs Associate Search 10600 Old State Road Evansville, IN 47711-1399
Don’t Delay! Application Deadline is March 1! Apply today!
Upcoming Fireside Conference Events Sinfonia Fireside Conference Midwest: April 8-10, 2011 Butler University Indianapolis, Indiana Sinfonia Fireside Conference West Details coming soon Check www.sinfonia.org/fireside for the latest info!
New Resource: Chapter E-Newsletters Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia recently launched a new resource for chapters to use to communicate with their alumni. Because of the rising costs of printing and postage, this new e-newsletter function will give chapters the opportunity to communicate on a regular basis and do so in a cost effective manner. The e-newsletter has the following features: • Three interchangeable templates • Fifteen content boxes that can be moved and resized • The ability to upload pictures • A calendar of upcoming events • An archive listing of past issues • HTML content editor Where a printed newsletter might cost a chapter hundreds of dollars, the cost of sending an e-newsletter to your alumni will be only $20 per issue, regardless of the amount of alumni e-mail addresses you include. Upon submission and approval, every alum-
nus from your chapter with an e-mail address in the Fraternity’s database will receive notification of the issue being available. Your chapter’s Alumni Relations Officer has an important role in this process. 1. He is able to access the layout wizard by logging into MyDesktop at www.sinfonia.org. 2. He is responsible for creating content for the newsletter and laying it out appropriately. 3. He is responsible for adding and updating e-mail addresses to ensure delivery to alumni. At the website, you can find online tutorials to help you through some of the basic functions of the e-newsletter. If you have any questions about how the resource works, please contact Dan Krueger at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 473-2649 ext. 104.
“A big thanks to you and all of the active Gamma Phi members for keeping in touch with us. “ William Ehrke, Gamma Phi (Texas State-San Marcos) ’64
Chapter Placed On Probation For Hazing On November 1, 2010, the Epsilon Iota Chapter at Florida State University (Tallahassee, Florida; Province 36) was placed on Probation for violations of the Policy on Hazing. Through the investigation process, multiple allegations against the chapter were confirmed, including that the chapter required probationary members to refrain from speaking to women during a portion of its new member education process, and that the chapter subjected probationary members to an intentionally intimidating questioning period, commonly known as a “grill session.” Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia strictly prohibits hazing and considers all forms and degrees of hazing detrimental to the Object of the Fraternity and destructive to the morals and character of its members. Hazing is defined as any activity or situation that creates apprehension, fear or mental distress in a member; harasses or
intimidates that member; threatens the member’s physical or emotional well being; or any other activities which are not consistent with fraternal ritual, the policies or regulations of the educational institution, or applicable state law. In July 2006, the Fraternity launched an Anti-Hazing Movement with the adoption of an official Resolution Concerning Opposition to Hazing. The most effective means of preventing the abuses of hazing, potential criminal and civil penalties, and potential Fraternity and university discipline is for chapters to conduct regular, thorough self-analysis of their membership development programs. Chapters or individuals with questions regarding hazing are highly encouraged to contact their Province Governor or the National Headquarters.
Resources for guidance are available at: www.sinfonia.org/riskmanagement The American Music Challenge Is Back! After a successful first year, the American Music Challenge is back! The three chapters that perform the most American music in the 2010–2011 school year will receive cash awards. It is our hope that 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. Winning chapters will receive prizes in the amounts of $800, $600, and $400! To take the challenge, simply save documentation of all American music performed by your chapter or collegiate members during the 2010–2011 school year, and submit it with the signed Application Form no later than May 31, 2011. You can download a copy of the application form and learn more about this opportunity at www.sinfonia.org/amc.
PHI MU ALPHA SINFONIA 2012 NATIONAL CONVENTION JULY 11-15, 2012 WWW.SINFONIA.ORG/CONVENTION