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Volume XXVIII Number 3 January/February 2012 The collegiate newsletter of

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Always a Sinfonian by Will Lambert, Iota Alpha (Alma) ’05, Director of Programs Going to college can provide a multitude of challenges, opportunities, and unique experiences. Much of my time in high school was spent speculating on what kinds of things I’d like to do and not do once I moved into my dorm room and waved goodbye to my parents. When that day finally came, my plans basically went out the window. Looking back, I realize that’s a critical aspect of college – to find out more about yourself and what you really want out of life. And one of the things I never thought I would do is join a fraternity. Why in the world would I want to pay hundreds of dollars just to consider myself closer to a certain group of people? After all, Greek life is just for people that don’t really care How do you respond to about their futures or anyone else those who stereotype but themselves, right? And why fraternities? Your would I want to change who I am response could recruit a in order to be accepted? I’m not, potential member. and never was, someone who wants to party all the time. Being finally freed of the constraints of living at home did make that lifestyle a bit more appealing, but I knew that it was more worth it to me in the long run to spend more of my time concentrating on school and what I really care about. Besides, I could hang out with my own friends without any of the financial or social obligations of a fraternity.

At one point, someone from Phi Mu Alpha approached me and said “I think you’d be a great Phi Mu Alpha brother. What was your first call I’ve heard a lot of great to the Fraternity? What things about you.” I said made you say yes? “Thanks, but no thanks”. I was a little familiar with Sinfonia at the time. They were the guys that went around the halls singing Christmas carols and serenading women. They also seemed like they genuinely got along. The semester after that, I was approached by another student that asked if I would be willing to join Phi Mu Alpha with him. At first, I told him no, but then he said “You should at least give it a try. They’ll let you start the process and drop whenever you don’t want to do it anymore, without any hard feelings.” That was hard to argue with. So, I turned in my bid and went to the pinning ceremony. Throughout the entire process, the chapter guys made it very clear that hazing was not permitted in the chapter, or in the Fraternity as a whole. Still, I was expecting a goat, or fire extinguisher, or something to show up at some point. But it never happened. Nothing bad ever happened to me. The entire education process was about how to be an active member with certain ideals and philosophies that I already believed in. I still remained skeptical until the very moment the initiation ceremony was complete. At that very second, I knew what it was that seemed so foreign to me: I was genuinely respected. This was the first time in my life that (see, “Lambert,” page 3)

Operational Updates Chapters: Colonies:

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Pi Kappa (Langston University) Florida Theta (Rollins College) Zeta Pi (Loyola University) Eta Iota (University of Louisiana-Monroe) Epsilon Pi (Hartwick College) Iota Tau (Old Dominion University) Rho Omega (Virginia Commonwealth University) Mu Alpha (Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University) Virginia Epsilon (Virginia State University) Beta Psi (University of California-Los Angeles) Iota Phi (University of New Mexico) Eta Phi (University of Southern Mississippi) Pi Nu (Jackson State University) Delaware Beta (Delaware State University) Indiana Gamma (Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne) South Carolina Gamma (Voorhees College) Florida Iota (Edward Waters College)

Alumni Associations:


Collegiate members in Good Standing 5,158 Collegiate members on Suspension 682 Collegiate members (total) 5,840 Percentage of total collegiate suspensions 11.68% Total amount of outstanding per capita tax owed to Sinfonia $69,074.00

Publication Information The Red & Black is published as an informational newsletter for the Fraternity’s chapters, colonies, faculty advisors, governors, committeemen, and national officers. The Red & Black is printed bimonthly, September to April. Photographs and articles from your chapter are highly encouraged for upcoming issues of The Red & Black. Please send the articles and photographs to Editor/Layout:

Mark A. Wilson, Delta Eta

Lyrecrest Staff: Chief Operating Officer

Jeremy M. Evans, Delta Nu ’98 Ext. 108

Director of Programs

William C. Lambert, Iota Alpha ’05 Ext. 102

Director of Communications

Mark A. Wilson, Delta Eta ’03 Ext. 104

Retreat Coordinator Nathan S. Schulte, Iota Alpha ’07 & Programs Associate Ext. 103 Administrative Coordinator

Kimberly J. Daily

Ext. 100


Tonya R. McGuire

Ext. 105

Administrative Assisstant

Elizabeth A. Rader

Ext. 101

Shipping Clerk

Jon W. Rader

Ext. 106

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From the National Collegiate Representative Greetings Brothers! I hope the holiday season has treated you all well and you find yourselves rejuvenated for a new semester. I know up in Michigan, I have returned to hibernation mode for these few months, encased in snow. For the brothers who can sympathize, good luck to you. For those more southerly brothers, by the end of February, you can rest assured I’m jealous. We’re very quickly approaching that time of year where you as a chapter will decide who will take the reigns for the coming school year. This can be a crucial time to evaluate the type of people the chapter has at its disposal. But more importantly, it can be a time to decide what YOU want to do for the chapter next year. Becoming a leader is a natural progression in the lives of most Sinfonians, but the subtleties of whether or not it is the right time to take on a leadership role, or if a specific role is right for you, are often complicated. Just as important as it is to step up and take control when the time is right, it can be equally important to step back and let someone else lead when your time is wrong. We’ve all been there – seeing an entire room full of guys trying to lead, and nothing ever gets done. There are three basic facets I look at when considering a leadership role. They are need, qualification, and motivation. Need is sometimes the most compelling reason to run for an office. Perhaps you have some interest in being the music director for the chapter, but no one else is willing. Looks like you’re going to be the music director next year. Any number of reasons can elicit a true need from the chapter to have an office filled. No one else has the time, no one else has the qualifications, no one else has interest. Whatever the reason may be, these are the times when it is required that someone “steps up” and takes an office upon themselves. While this is how many leaders get their start (myself included), its also a precarious scenario depending on the next two facets. Qualification can be the most obvious aspect to assess when becoming an officer. Whatever your skill set is, use it where it will do the most

good. As you consider this, also consider not only what you can do, but what you can easily grow to do. Sometimes a role might not be something we are explicitly ready for, but it is something we can easily adapt to. Also consider the rest of your life at this point. Do you actually have the time required to fulfill the duties of the position? If you can’t do the job justice, then don’t dishonor the office and your brothers with less than your full attention. Motivation is perhaps the most complex piece to consider, because it is entirely subjective and internal. I cannot say what your motivation is any more than you can say what mine is. But the wrong motivation will more than likely create an awful experience for both you and the chapter. Consider this – are the responsibilities of this role something you would volunteer for if there was no title? There are always extreme cases of guys who take office to put on a resume, and there are always those who take office because they love control. A year and a half before I even ran for national office in the Fraternity, a very dear friend was giving me advice after I had lost a province election. He told me, “Twitchy, titles are meaningless. They are nothing. The question is – What are you willing to do for the Fraternity? Then, go and do it. If along the way, brothers decide to give you a title to go along with the work you’re doing, then great. Otherwise, you know what you’re doing, you know why you’re doing it, and nothing else matters.” These are also very important aspects of leadership to consider as we approach the 2012 National Convention. On a national level, all of these traits become more than considerations, they become necessities. The work becomes broader, responsibilities higher, and stakes more important. And after all of this introspection, come the actual votes that help decide our future as an organization. I hope you all have taken something to heart in here, and I wish you the best of luck this semester. See you at convention! Fraternally Yours, In Phi, Mu, and Alpha,

Benjamin “Twitchy” Strack, Delta Iota (Western Michigan) ’05

are. We must teach our potential brothers how to mature into adults (from, “Lambert,” page 1) along the straight course of integrity. This not only saves the wellbeing my teachers, friends, and mentors were taking me for who I was of these individual college students, but also benefits the world. When instead of telling me who I should be. a Sinfonian completes his collegiate years, he has fully come to grasp It still took me some time to come to grips with what had actually why it is important to hold these philosophies and ideals in such high happened. I think it was when I watched the next class go through regard. But after graduation, each brother must go out into the world their initiation that I finally understood why the process didn’t make by himself and leave his chapter behind. No more can he feel the fire anybody change who they were. We were already who we needed to of Sinfonia from seeing his brothers all the time around campus. This be. The whole point of the PM process is to find people who already is not to say that the alumnus is ostracized from have the characteristics of a Sinfonian, but the Fraternity, but now he can’t rely on constant just don’t know how important those traits reinforcement from his brothers to keep the fire of are. My initiation wasn’t so much an educaSinfonia burning deep in his heart. Much like tion as it was a confirmation. when he came to college, he must learn to get by But if that’s the case, then what’s the without the aid of those dear to him being there point of the Fraternity? If we already have for support. To be honest, that’s the best thing the tools we need to make the world a better that a true Sinfonian could hope for. place, why go through all the work of runLife after college is not an easy thing to ning a fraternity for all these people? College endure. There are many people you will students could be spending their time studyencounter that have a very difficult time getting ing their coursework and getting ready for along with others. Many of these individuals their future careers, right? Why spend all How are you better off for your involvement? How can end up being your co-workers, family memthis time, money, and energy if we’re not have you made the lives of others better? bers, boss, or even your friends. It’s not easy to going to be changing our members for the maintain a spirit of fraternalism when everything around you can be so better? Perhaps a better question to ask is this: do our potential memnegative, but that’s when our strength as Sinfonians is most valuable. bers know how important those traits really are? Those ideals they There’s no point in trying to build fraternalism in an environment that already have within themselves - are they fully aware of them and how has no trouble with its sense of community. they can use them to better the lives of others? Sinfonians are needed most where people no Who in your life needs The world is full of different philosophies, messages, ideas, and longer feel the need to treat one another with to feel the fraternal flame ways of life. If you had to determine what defined a good person by the most? Are you part mutual respect. To win the world to harmolooking at pop culture, what type of person would you come up with? of the light that helps Would you believe that it’s important to help others? Is it easy for peo- ny, we must advance concord not only on them feel it? ple to really understand how music can and does make the world a bet- the college campus, but everywhere where it feels like the light of fraternalism is dwindling. This is the responsibiliter place? I tend to think that answer is “no.” In fact, I’d argue that ty of all Sinfonians. We are capable of this task upon entering college, even our educational institutions don’t do a good enough job at teachbut we are officially charged with it when we get initiated, and the time ing students how to be good people and to strive to help their fellow man, with or without the power of music. There are a few people who we really have to work at it is when we leave to mingle again with the outer world. go through childhood into adulthood and are fortunate enough to The thing that makes me proudest to be a Sinfonian is that we are grasp these concepts. They just don’t know that those philosophies bound together by our love for both music and fraternity, not only for they have deep in their hearts are incredibly important in the effort to each other, but also for everyone we interact with. Sinfonians are those win the world to harmony. The collegiate years of Phi Mu Alpha cerwho treat people with respect and dignity. This also serves as an inspitainly play a special role in the lives of Sinfonians. College is designed ration to others that harmony can truly make the world a better place. to take young people and transform them into fully capable and indeBeing initiated into Phi Mu Alpha helps me remember how important pendent adults. This change can be radical and life altering, or it can it is to maintain these ideals in the face of adversity. I will forever look be minimal and hardly have an impact on the person. back on my days as a collegiate Sinfonian and remember why fraternalIt’s not certain who will change for the better. Life is full of influism is such a lofty ideal. I’m very proud to have been initiated into Phi ences that can easily sway someone off the course of integrity. But Mu Alpha, not only because it reassured me that certain ideals I had that’s why it’s so important that Phi Mu Alpha exists. Many college were good, but that those ideals would be challenged and I must not students have the potential to be good people, but few actually know what it takes to become one or why they should be good at all. What’s compromise who I really am. And I will always be a Sinfonian! to say that an eagle scout won’t get enticed by the antics of a group that seeks only cheap thrills and self-centeredness? It’s so easy for a young mind to be attracted to lifestyles that do nothing but degrade who they

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John A. Mongiovi National President

K. Dean Shatley II easurer National Secretary-Tr

Jeremy M. Evans r Chief Operating Office


INCOME a. Dues, fees and assessments, net of initiation packet cost b. Events c. Sales of unofficial merch., net of costs d. Sales of official merch., net of costs e. Royalties f. Interest Income g. Miscellaneous

EXPENSES a. b. c. d. e. f. g. h.

91% 3% 2% 2% 1% <1% <1%

$934,010 26,666 22,171 16,332 13,293 5,545 3,037

Personnel Administration Events Officers’ Expenses Communications Financial Programs Committee Expenses





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Financial Commentary

During FY 2011, revenues exceeded expenses by $203,075 (net income). It is important to note that the Fraternity employs the accrual basis of accounting, the accounting standard expected of all but the smallest organizations. Generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) apply, and as a result, certain financial initiatives are not included in the revenues and expenses listed above. These initiatives are as follows: $40,400 of Convocations Tax paid by chapters and colonies was collected and allocated to the 2012 National Convention. The governing documents require that Convocations Tax be saved during the three years of each triennium to support the operations of the next National Convention. However, because the recognition of these funds is deferred until the fiscal year in which the convention will occur (FY 2013), these funds do not appear as revenues or expenses in the financials presented above. $42,176 was deposited into the Fraternity’s operational savings fund (see next page for additional information). Because this deposit was made from per capita tax revenues, it is included in revenues above. However, because the Fraternity still holds the funds, its initiative to build this

account is not a true expense and as such it does not appear in the expenses shown above. This initiative partially offsets net income. Additionally, some funds spent do not show on the expense statement shown above. These amounts are purely “cash flow statement” amounts which don’t affect the expense statement. These amounts include gains on investments and increases in inventory. Along with the $42,176 deposit to the operational savings fund, these amounts account for more than $115,000 of the Fraternity’s net profit for the year. Each year, the Fraternity uses this financial commentary to provide documentation of the Corporate Liability Protection (CLP) Fee. The CLP Fee is the adjustable liability insurance fee included in per capita taxes. During FY 2011, the premium for the Fraternity’s liability insurance policy (covering the Fraternity, its volunteers, its chapters and its members) was $75,771. To determine the per member insurance fee, a calculation based on suspension percentages is used to attempt to estimate the number of units of per capita tax paid. That calculation yielded an $18.00 assessment per collegiate member per year ($9/semester), which is included in the data shown above.

Statistics and Trends Number of Collegiate Members

Number of Chapters

6049 5887



5960 224



5502 215



Average Chapter Size 30

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Operational Savings Growth In 2003, the National Assembly approved a $10 per year ($5 per semester) increase in per capita taxes for the explicit purpose of establishing an “operational savings” for the Fraternity. These accumulated funds are to be used as a rainy-day fund and to support the cash flow needs of the Fraternity as it continues its growth trends. The goal of the fund is to accumulate and maintain a

balance equal to 50% of the Fraternity’s annual budget, a figure intended to ease the seasonality of the Fraternity’s revenues. In the eight years since the fund was established, the Fraternity has accumulated $340,959, approximately 68% of an estimated goal of $500,000. The deposit for Fiscal Year 2011 was $42,176, representing $5 out of each per capita tax payment made within the year.

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity

Stakeholders’ Report: Fiscal Year 2011

The Tangible Benefits of Membership Informative, Award-Winning Publications • The Sinfonian (flagship magazine), published twice per year. Small annual subscription ($5) for alumni, no charge for collegians. • The Red & Black (collegiate newsletter) published bimonthly during the academic year. No charge. • Sinfonia Resonance (alumni e-newsletter), distributed bimonthly year-round. No charge. Internet and Social Media The Fraternity maintains an updated website with news and enhanced resources. Sinfonia’s Facebook fan page ( is among the largest of any fraternal organization, with over 17,000 fans. Sinfonia’s Twitter account ( was recently launched in advance of the 2012 National Convention.

Province Workshop - Chapter Reimbursement To ease the burden of rising travel costs, the Fraternity provides reimbursement for travel to province workshop to up to two vehicles per chapter per year. Alcohol Abuse Education e-CHUG, the personalized internet-based alcohol education resource, is available for free use by Sinfonians in the Resources section of This resource helps brothers make responsible choices regarding alcohol. Regional Fireside Conferences New this triennium, the Fraternity provides thought-provoking fraternity education and opportunities for musical engagement on the regional level.

Chapter and Province Listserv Services Versatile email listserv services for all chapters and provinces, as well as personal email aliases are provided free of charge.

National Convention and Leadership Institute These events provide an open door for all members to be involved in enriching educational opportunities, irreplaceable brotherhood interaction and unique musical opportunities.

National Staff The Fraternity employees a full-time, trained, professional staff of eight individuals working hard every day to provide service to the Fraternity’s members, chapters, colonies, alumni associations, and volunteers. All staff members participate in various forms of ongoing training.

Lyrecrest Chapter Retreat Program Full-time Retreat Coordinator provides invaluable retreat experience to chapters visiting Lyrecrest for weekend retreats. This staff member is also available to travel to chapters preferring to host their retreat closer to home.

National Organizational Structure National, province, and chapter experiences are structured in a way that promotes brotherly interaction, and encourages collaboration between brothers to further the Object of the Fraternity. Liability Insurance General liability insurance protects chapters, members, officers and volunteers in the event of a claim of legal liability. The rate paid by collegiate Sinfonians for this insurance is a fraction of that paid in other fraternities. Accessible National Officers Whether sent by the Fraternity to province workshops or brought to an individual chapter at the chapter’s expense, the knowledge and experience of these dedicated volunteers are of benefit to all members. PG and CPR Convocation Annual convocations for province governors and collegiate province representatives offer training to the province leadership, enhancing the quality of their service to the chapters and members. Province Governor and CPR Reimbursement Reimbursement of PG and CPR expenses encourages their regular communication and face-to-face visitation with the chapters in their provinces.

Sinfonia Educational Foundation (SEF) Over $10,000 in scholarships were awarded to collegiate Sinfonians last year, and $11,000 is available this year! Through the generosity of alumni, the SEF is able to sponsor musical ensembles at national events and provide travel assistance grants to national Fraternity events. The SEF also helps to aid the transition into post-college life with a graduation gift, Life After School. Explained. The Intangible Benefits of Membership • Access to leadership opportunities within the chapter, province and national organization. • Opportunities for service to community, especially through the Fraternity’s national philanthropy, the Ossian Everett Mills Music Mission. • Opportunities for service to school. • Association with a network of like-minded people, paying benefits through lifelong friendships. • Musical bond that crosses majors, equally involving those who are majoring in music and those who are pursuing other fields. • Involves a key element of fraternalism, which is beyond the scope of any other non-fraternal music organizations to which a student may belong. • Intangible benefits are limited only by one’s imagination and dedication. As they say, “You get out of it what you put into it!”

News NewsCampus From

Delaware Beta Colony Delaware State University • Dover, Delaware On the morning of April 23, members of the Delaware Beta Colony met with the brothers of the Xi Mu Chapter (University of Delaware) for a Mills Music Mission. Both groups met on campus at Delaware State, and had a chance to get organized and create cards to pass out to the people we were going to sing to. We then sang to patients at Kent General Hospital. We stopped at various rooms, and left a card and a carnation for each patient we sang to. As we worked our way down the hospital floors, it was very apparent that the music we sang brought joy to the patients, especially ones who did not get very many visitors. As a special treat, both groups together sang A Serenade to a Girl to the coordinators that allowed us the opportunity to spread joy through music and music awareness. After the event, members of the Delaware Beta Colony had a chance to reflect on the event. Many of the members of the colony said that they could really see how music can bring hope and a smile to people who may not otherwise have such things. In preparing for the Mills Music Mission, the colony had to learn

the Sinfonian songs that were sung. This gave us the opportunity to become closer as brothers, and showed us first-hand how the Object of the Fraternity comes to life in our music. Performing this Mills Music Mission helped us gain direction and momentum in the process of becoming a chapter.

Mu Alpha Colony Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University • Blacksburg, Virginia On Sunday, October 23, 2011 the Mu Alpha Colony sponsored an American music concert featuring three chamber ensembles: Elemental Winds, The Rosewood Quartet, and Lyrebrass. Each of the three ensembles included members of the Mu Alpha Colony. Lyrebrass was formed entirely with members of the colony and its main purpose is to promote American music around the community in the name of Sinfonia. On Tuesday, October 25, 2011, the Mu Alpha colony at Virginia Tech put on an American Music

Recital featuring both student and faculty Sinfonian performers as well as the singing of traditional Sinfonian songs by the colony. The recital was performed in front of mostly music students and faculty of Virginia Tech and was met with widespread approval. Many are already looking forward to a Phi Mu Alpha recital to be performed next semester.

Alpha Zeta Pennsylvania State University • University Park, Pennsylvania Some members of the chapter have been very active with our a cappella group, the Dreamers. They were recently asked to sing at a wedding. They have also organized an a cappella sampler on campus to make the students aware of the different groups and publicize ourselves. It was a massive hit. We would like to thank Ben Cooper, 2010, for taking on the task of leading our a cappella for the next year. We are grateful to Jamie Gunther, 2008, for his dedication to the group, for many past semesters of leadership and guidance with the Dreamers.

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Alpha Zeta has decided to contribute money to scholarships of students at State College High School who are involved in music for seniors attending a college or university. Some members of the chapter have gone on a canning trip with the sisters of Sigma Alpha Iota to raise funds for THON, a 48-hour dance marathon to raise money for the Four Diamonds fund at Hershey Medical Center.

News NewsCampus From

Virginia Epsilon Colony Virginia State University • Petersburg, Virginia The men of the Virginia Epsilon Colony have been working hard to accomplish the goals we have set for ourselves this semester. During the week of October 31-November 6, we had Virginia Epsilon Colony Week. This week was filled with activities to show our love for music and to help gain recognition for the colony. On Ocober 31, we held a Meet and Greet where the public could meet the members of the colony. On November 1, we performed a recital to showcase the music talents of the members of our colony. The following day, we organized a service project for the music department at Virginia State University. We went around our building cleaning everything. On November 4, we performed our American Music Recital. This event was the culmination of the events of the week. The spirit of Sinfonia was definitely with us, because this is one of the best performances we have seen come from the colony. We concluded the week with our brotherhood retreat, where we spent the weekend at our co-advisors house,

having open discussions, playing games, and engaging in many activities to learn about our fellow colony members and help strengthen our brotherhood. One of the most meaningful events we have participated in this semester was the Mills Music Mission. We participated in the MMM with the Mu Delta chapter at Longwood University and the Rho Omega Colony at Virginia Commonwealth University. Some of the brothers have experienced a Mills Music Mission before, but for others it was a new and inspirational experience. We have all heard and read that music can be used for the uplift of mankind, but being able to experience it firsthand is amazing. Just seeing the look of joy and happiness on the faces of people when they hear the music of Sinfonia was a feeling like none other. This gave us a taste of what Phi Mu Alpha is really about, and through this experience we gained even more of a desire to establish a chapter of Phi Mu Alpha at Virginia State University.

Zeta Iota Chapter Howard University • Washington, D.C. This fall, the Zeta Iota chapter began the year strong with what we called the “Paradigm,” a series of musical events in which the brothers of ZI as well as brothers of surrounding chapters came to perform. We invited the students and faculty to come out and showcase their own talents along with the brothers to create an atmosphere of Howard musical unity! This semester, we held three of these showcases in our Paradigm series, two of which were in collaboration with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, respectively. We also jumped on the community service wagon this semester with the Project Angel Tree Initiative, a program where participants donate toys to young children whose parents are currently incarcerated. Members from many campus organizations contributed to this cause, making it an astounding success. We collected over 300 toys to donate to the organization for the holiday season.

The Red & Black would not be the same without updates from all of our chapters and colonies, but many chapters are never heard from. If you’d like to see your chapter’s efforts featured in our publications, let us know what you’re up to. Send all submissions to

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American Music Challenge Continues Into 2012 Phi Mu Alpha has renewed the American Music Challenge to the Fraternityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collegiate chapters. This contest, which awards cash prizes totaling $1,800, seeks to encourage enthusiastic pursuit of the Fraternityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment to advancing music in America. We are pleased to announce that the three chapters of our Fraternity that perform the most American music in the 2011-2012 school year will once again receive cash prizes in the amounts of $800, $600, and $400. The advancement of music in America remains not only a part of our Object, but an active goal of the Fraternity at every level of our organization. You and your chapter are encouraged to take part in the contest, not just to receive recognition for your efforts, but to be a part of a collective effort that directly helps the advancement outlined in the Object.

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Red & Black - Jan/Feb. 2012  

The 2012 Jan/Feb. issue of the Red & Black newsletter, published by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

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