2003 CONVENTION PREVIEW SINFONIA STORE HOLIDAY SALE
FROM THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT DR. DARHYL S. RAMSEY
As I enter my last year of the triennium as President, it is time to assess where things have gone since 2000. I do this now because it gives me time to try to work more diligently to rectify some of the things that still need to be accomplished. I had hoped to get a grasp of what activities would create more alumni involvement. And, while history tells us that I am not the first (nor will I be the last) to seek that information, I had hoped to gain insight through input from alumni members. I still have some time left to work on this and pledge to consider all suggestions. I would like to see more involvement and service at the local level by alumni organizations. I recently visited Buffalo, New York, and was asked to visit with an alumni group from Sigma Alpha Iota. It was exciting to see the wide range of ages of the women who attended that alumni function. They enjoyed each others company, did a little reminiscing of the “good old days,” shared some of their recent musical experiences, talked about their excitement and pleasure with being in ΣΑΙ and then said goodbye and went home—only to meet again another day. So, while I do not necessarily expect us to copy the ΣΑΙ alumni model, I know that brothers of Sinfonia from past years could benefit from the shared communication spirit. Help me know what the Fraternity can do to facilitate that experience for Sinfonians throughout the country and across the ages. Secondly, I had hoped when I took office in Dallas to focus upon the elevation of The Sinfonia Foundation so that it could be a significant and thriving source of support to musical scholarship and musical activity for chapters, individual members and the musical community at large. Their generosity in Matching Grants and Scholarships has helped some Sinfonians attain some of their goals; their research grants have furthered the knowledge of music. However, the giving levels and the number of contributors have remained stagnant since 1998. Sinfonians of all ages can remedy that. From a few dollars as a collegiate member, to larger donations as you become more prosperous, each one of us can help the endowment grow. Long-term giving through wills and making the Foundation the beneficiary of insurance policies can insure that the Foundation will serve the Fraternity and the musical community for years to come. I have focused on the things I have not accomplished thus far in the hope that during the following year we can all band together to make Sinfonia a driving force in music. Each of you can help. A little or a lot—everything we do will help the cause. I hope that many of you are planning to attend the National Convention in Washington, DC, July 15-20, 2003. In addition to the business of the Fraternity, there will be opportunities to participate in a step-sing in our Nation’s capitol, see the wonderful museums and art galleries at the Smithsonian and perhaps even visit with your senators and representatives. The opportunity to mingle and chat with Dr. Frederick Fennell, who is our 2003 Man of Music, will be an experience that you will not forget. I would like very much to see a strong alumni presence in DC. It would be great to have alumni present some of the music at the beginning and end of each general session. It would be great to show everyone that Always a Sinfonian really does mean something. Fraternally yours, In ΦMA,
Darhyl S. Ramsey, Lambda Omega ‘67 National President
RIPPERTON NAMED INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR On September 7, 2002, in conjunction with a joint meeting with The Sinfonia Foundation Board of Trustees, the National Executive Committee (NEC) promoted Ryan T. Ripperton, Alpha Rho ‘95, to the position of Interim Executive Director. Ryan joined the staff in July 1999 and has served in a number of staff positions, including three years as Assistant Director of the Fraternity and most recently as Director of Programs and Services. In his new position, Brother Ripperton will administer the operations of both the Fraternity and Foundation and serve as manager of the National Headquarters staff. The interim period will extend through the 2003 National Convention(July 15-20, 2003–Washington, DC), at which time the thennewly elected NEC will consider the future of the position.
TABLE OF CONTENTS SINFONIAN MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 2002
Volume LI, Issue 1 First printed as the Sinfonia Year Book in 1901. Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia was founded October 6, 1898, at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts. Phi Mu Alpha has initiated over 140,000 members since 1898.
FALLEN BUT NOT FORGOTTEN - ................................................................2 SINFONIA REMEMBERS WILLIAM WARFIELD AND JAMES PATRENOS FROM THE NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS ....................4
REVERED FOUNDERS FRATERNITY INFORMATION ....................................5
Ossian E. Mills (b. 1856 d. 1920) “Father of Sinfonia” Robert T. Bayley, Frederick W. Briggs, George A. Burdich, Henry P. Dreyer, George S. Dunham, Archie M. Gardner, John F. Hartwell, William C. Holcomb, Albert J. Stephens, Frank Leslie Stone, Shirley F. Stupp, William E. Tanner, Delbert Webster
NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Darhyl S. Ramsey, Lambda Omega ‘67 National President Robert N. Whitmoyer, Lambda Beta ‘77 National Vice President Brandon L. Henson, Iota Rho ‘97 National Collegiate Representative Thomas L. Ufert, Eta Upsilon ‘84 Committeeman-At-Large John A. Mongiovi, Upsilon Psi ‘94 Committeeman-At-Large Gregory S. Brock, Alpha Theta ‘96 Chair, CPR Council Richard A. Crosby, Eta-Omicron ‘75 Chair, PG Council
THE SHAKE FELT ‘ROUND THE WORLD
ABOVE ALL FOR B ROTERHOOD ..........................................................8 SINFONIANS IN THE NEWS ..............................................................12 ..............................................................................14 THE SINFONIA FOUNDATION ..........................................................18 CHAPTER NEWS ..........................................................................19 2003 NATIONAL CONVENTION PREVIEW ........22 THE FINAL CHORD ....................................24
LYRECREST STAFF Ryan T. Ripperton, Alpha Rho ‘95 Interim Executive Director
SINFONIA STORE HOLIDAY CLEARANCE SALE ........................................26
Jeremy A. Korba, Epsilon Upsilon ‘96 Director of Finance and Marketing Danielle L. Suder (ΣΑΙ) Assistant Director of Finance and Marketing Andrew W. Miller, Gamma Omega ‘97 Assistant Director of Programs and Services (Interim) Jeremy M. Evans, Delta Nu ‘98 Retreat Coordinator Cheri F. Spicer (ΚΚΙ) Administrative Coordinator Christopher M. Nigg, Epsilon Upsilon ‘99 Shipping Manager
The Sinfonian is the official publication of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, Inc. Current months for publication are December and May. The submission of articles and pictures from alumni and chapters is strongly urged and gratefully accepted. Please submit original, clear photographs - either black and white or color- and articles that are clearly typed. All written materials may be sent via the USPS or other postal services to the National Headquarters, Attention: Contributing Editor. Written materials may also be sent via email in Word format to firstname.lastname@example.org. Photographs may also be sent via email to email@example.com preferably as a tif file or a high-resolution jpg file. Deadlines for all submissions are: May Issue - March 1; December Issue - October 1. All articles are subject to editing.
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Jeremy A. Korba, Epsilon Upsilon, ‘96 Cheri F. Spicer
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Fallen But Not Forgotten... THE BEST MEN AMONG MEN HOW SHOULD ONE PAY HOMAGE TO TWO SINFONIANS WHOSE LIVES HAVE AFFECTED COUNTLESS BROTHERS AS WELL AS, MANY, MANY OTHERS ACROSS THIS COUNWILLIAM WARFIELD AND DR. JAMES HIRAM PATRENOS HAVE GONE ON TO THEIR GREAT ETERNAL REWARDS. WRITTEN ON THESE PAGES ARE FACTS OF THEIR LIVES, FEELINGS OF THOSE TOUCHED BY THEM AND FINAL STORIES OF THEIR TIME WITH US. JOIN WITH US IN REMEMBERING THE LIVES OF TWO MANLY MUSICIANS AND MUSICIANLY MEN. TRY AND THE ENTIRE WORLD, THROUGH THEIR HONORABLE PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL LIVES? THIS, TRULY, IS AN ENIGMA.
WILLIAM WARFIELD DELTA LAMBDA ’61
A PROLIFIC PROPHET AND PRIEST ATTAINS THE HIGHEST CALLING As he sang more times that anyone will ever know, William Caesar Warfield, Delta Lambda ’61, just kept rolling along until he answered the final call on Sunday, August 25, 2002. He was not intending to stop rolling for quite a while. He was scheduled to sing at Carnegie Hall next March. This man, who was destined to become one of America’s greats, was born in Ferguson, Arkansas, on January 22, 1920, the oldest of five sons. William was still a small child, when his father, Robert E. Warfield, a Southern Baptist preacher, decided to move his family north to Rochester, New York in to seek better educational and employment opportunities for them. During Williams’s senior year in high school, he entered the regional auditions of the National Music Educators League Competition, which he won, handsdown. The District Award entitled him to enter the National Finals held that year in St. Louis. Again, he won first place and was awarded a scholarship to any American music school of his choice. Warfield chose the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, right in his home city. There, young William earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, and after four interim years in military service, returned to Eastman to study for his Master’s. His original goal was to become a music teacher, partly because he was not overtly confident that a black singer could make a career in concert halls and opera. However, some of the few who had – among them Marian Anderson and Paul Robeson – encouraged him to consider the stage his goal, and on their advice, he focused more on vocal and dramatic studies than on teaching. After military service, Mr. Warfield was engaged to sing the lead in the national touring company of the Broadway hit Call Me Mister. Such unknowns at that time who shared the stage with Bill in that production were Comedian Buddy Hackett, the romantic
comedy lead Carl Reiner, and the famous choreographer/dancer/director Robert Fosse. William Warfield was the consummate star in every calling open to a singer’s art. His recital debut in New York’s Town Hall on March 19, 1950, put him into the front ranks of the concert world. From that remarkable debut, his career flourished unabatedly in a vast mélange of momentous accomplishments. Immediately, he was invited by the Australian Broadcasting Commission to tour that continent for 35 concerts from June through September, including solo performances with their five leading symphony orchestras. While that tour was still proceeding, his manager back in New York had signed a contract with MGM for Warfield to play the featured role in the most recent version of the great Edna Ferber-Jerome Kern musical, Show Boat, as Joe, the dockhand. The intervening fifty-plus years witnessed Warfield’s careers expand and deepen unceasingly. A notable and memorable moment of his professional life were his performances in 1957 and ‘59 on NBC TV’s “Hallmark Hall of Fame” production of Marc Connely’s The Green Pastures, in the starring role as “De Lawd.” Concurrently, Warfield took part in countless concerts, recitals, and solo appearances with symphony orchestras, in addition to performances as a non-singing Narrator in works such as Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait.” Among his frequent appearances in foreign countries, the artist made six separate tours for the US Department of State – more than any other American solo artist has to this day. Through his incomparable voice and charismatic personality, he electrified the stages of six continents, earning him the indisputable title of “America’s Musical Ambassador.” In his uncommonly personal memoir, My Music & My Life, he tells of a career that witnessed both social ferment and show business revolution. Warfield wrote a unique history of twentieth-century America encompassing the panorama of his life and art, which was embraced by the Cold War and the Civil Rights movement; and, the big-studio era of Hollywood and the innovation of television drama. Additionally, he speaks of his marriage to Leontyne Price, as well as his stage and screen roles in Porgy and Bess and Show Boat. Though doors ceaselessly opened to him as a concert singer, opera remained out of reach, however, because at that time, blacks had yet to achieve starring roles in opera. That big breakthrough occurred in 1955 when Marion Anderson made her belated Metropolitan Opera debut. Nevertheless, Warfield had established himself as an oratorio singer by then. His career was doing well.
So well it did not need the Met’s, nor or any other opera company’s, kiss of approval. Years later, Bill reflected, “Back then I didn’t have too much faith in a career as such. I had always wanted to sing but I didn’t know if I wanted to go to New York and suffer!” Through the years, critics have commented that William Warfield’s superiority as a recitalist stems from his unusual ability as an actor. His most famous role was the title role in George Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess. In 1952, Mr. Warfield undertook a long tour of Porgy and Bess that included performances in Dallas, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Washington, as well as at the Staatsoper in Vienna and halls in Berlin and London. In 1952, he also made recital debuts in Vienna and Berlin during the tour, but what made the biggest headlines at the time was his marriage – the day before the cast left for Europe – to his co-star, Mary Violet Leontyne Price. The wedding took place at the Abyssinian Baptist Church, in Harlem, with the entire cast of Porgy and Bess in attendance. The couple separated six years later and divorced in 1972. He forever remained on friendly terms with Price, who did become one of America’s greatest opera stars. “The problem was two careers. That’s all it was,” Warfield told the Chicago Tribune in 1985. “We never saw each other, never had a chance for the marriage to settle. Neither of us every remarried. I guess we both figured we had had the best.” To this day, the RCA boxed set of Prices’ collection of aria and recital selections was on top of his CD player in his home. How on earth Warfield kept from getting stale when singing “Ol’ Man River” as many times as he performed this classic American song, is a question people asked him all the time. “It’s different every time, and that’s what keeps it fresh for me,” he explained. “I adapt it to what is on my mind in the course of the day I’m performing. Sometimes there’s a sadness to it, sometimes it’s really laid-back and sometimes it’s even angry. The most difficult time I had with it was singing it just four days after Martin Luther King’s assassination. It was a Sunday matinee in a small midwestern town. I had to hold back my emotion somewhat to keep from breaking down altogether.” He was a master story teller and one of his very favorites was the story of how his singing of “Ol’ Man River” in MGM’s 1951 Show Boat – starring Howard Keel, Kathryn Grayson and Ava Gardner – brought tears to the eyes of studio mogul Louis B. Mayer. With the cameras rolling, Bill delivered a perfect rendition, in a single take, which at that time was a totally unheard of feat. When he had finished, he didn’t know why everyone was
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Written by Cheri Faith Spicer, Contributing Editor WHATSOEVER
THINGS ARE TRUE, WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE HONORABLE, WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE JUST,
WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE PURE, WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE LOVELY, WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE OF GOOD REPORT; IF THERE BE ANY VIRTUE, AND IF THERE BE ANY PRAISE, THINK ON THESE THINGS.
-PHILIPPIANS 4:8 Dr. Patrenos died, remembered as a friend, professor, and patriot. Doctor James Hiram Patrenos, Sr., 77, of Livingston, AL, died September 9, 2002 at his residence. He was known as a Professor and Administrator at the University of West Alabama, a talented musician, a member of St. James Episcopal Church, a clock collector, friend JAMES PATRENOS and patriot. Patrenos was Epsilon Theta ‘50 recently diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. According to family members, he underwent surgery at a Georgia hospital, to reduce the size of the tumor on Mon. Aug. 26. After the successful operation, he recuperated at a sister’s home in Georgia for a week. Patrenos returned to Livingston a week later, according to eldest son, Hiram Patrenos. He suddenly died Monday, Sept. 9 after awakening that morning. It is believed he had a blood clot that may have caused a heart attack. Before coming to Livingston in 1964, Dr. Patrenos served as band director at Elba City Schools in Elba, Alabama. He then went to Troy State University as band director and taught piano, organ, advanced theory and other music courses there. After serving in several administrative positions for thirty years at UWA, he retired from the position of Interim Provost in the fall of 1994. Dr. Patrenos also served in the US Marine Corps as a Sergeant. On May 10, 2001, Dr. Patrenos was recognized for his achievements as a marine aviator and his service as a sergeant with Marine Torpedo Bombing Squadron 232 in the Pacific from January 27 through December 8, 1945 during World War II. Patrenos was awarded seven air medals and two flying crosses for specific actions during the time listed. He served Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia as Province Governor of Province 34 (Alabama) from 1967 until his passing. Jim served National Executive Committee as Chair of the Province Governors’ Council for the following Trienniums: 76-79; 78-82; 91-94; 94-97; and as Committeeman-at-large for the 1985-88 Triennium. At the 2000 National Convention, he received a special service award for his many years of devotion to his beloved fraternity. During the spring meeting of the NEC, it was decided that Jim would receive the Robert J. Rogers Lifetime Service Award in Washington, DC at the 2003 National
Convention. Jim will now be honored posthumously at that event. He served as clinician, conductor and judge for various band and choral festivals, as well as piano competitions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi. Dr. Patrenos was the Director of the Sumter County Community Chorus. He was the organist and choir director for St. James Episcopal Church in Livingston. He served for many years as a judge for Junior Miss Pageants throughout the State. His number one hobby was collecting and restoring antique clocks. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn H. Patrenos of Livingston; two sons, Hiram Patrenos and Gray Patrenos and wife, Shelley; one daughter, Dr. Elizabeth Patrenos and husband, Dr. Steve Williams, of Macon, Georgia; four grandchildren: Morgan, Conner and Spencer Williams and Mary-Harmon Patrenos. Funeral Services were held Wednesday, September 11, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. from St. James Episcopal Church in Livingston with Father Richard Losch officiating. Burial was in Myrtlewood Cemetery. National President Dr. Darhyl S. Ramsey, Lambda Omega ’67, attended the service along with at least a dozen other Sinfonians from across the country. At the conclusion of the burial service, the brothers joined to pay tribute to him in song.
friend and mentor for years. Last night, as the Omicron Psi Chapter at EKU held its pinning ceremony for its largest probationary class ever (17), I told them that my mentor had died that morning, and as one door closed, 17 more were opening on a very special journey. As I told them, we are all pebbles cast on the water, with ripples going far into the distance, overlapping with other ripples from other pebbles, and the extent of those ripples and who they impact are staggering. Jim’s influence on others was of that magnitude, and he was a true giant. Let us bend in sorrow, awe and silence... Some day we will all pass into the world of shades... Let us just hope that while we are here we make the most of it, and use whatever power we have, to touch others in a positive way. Jim did that, on a scale of which most of us can only dream. Gentlemen, I raise my glass in honor of a true Brother exemplar. Affectionately, and Fraternally yours in Phi Mu Alpha, and in deepest sorrow, Dr. Richard Crosby, Eta-Omicron ‘75 Current PG Chair & Secretary/Treasurer, NEC Past National President 9 September 2002 Brothers,
Reflections of Jim… 10 September 2002 I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Brother Jim Patrenos yesterday. I, and the rest of the Province Governors, became aware of Jim’s illness only when he had to cancel his plans for attending the PG Convocation this summer. I don’t think any of us thought he would leave us so soon. I heard the news in the middle of giving a piano quiz, and had to struggle to maintain my composure through it. I was not prepared to lose him. Jim was one of the sweetest, most kind and gentle-natured men I have ever met. Totally a “southern gentleman.” He was one of the first national figures I met when I attended my first national assembly in 1988, which was the year he was defeated for the Vice Presidency. Sinfonia never saw fit to elect Jim to its highest office, and yet he was one of the towering figures of the last 30 years. As badly as his feelings were hurt, on more than one occasion and from more than one election, he kept coming back, because his reason for being involved was not the seeking of power, but wanting to do good for our order. After all that hurt, Jim served two terms as PG chair before stepping down in 1997. Jim was the man who nominated me from the floor to run for National President in 1994 and I, like many of you out there, have considered him a
There is NO OTHER model of what it means to be a brother in Phi Mu Alpha to match Jim Patrenos! When he lost the election for the national presidency in 1979, he was crushed. But he went on to serve as the PG chair just as unselfishly as before. I was the other candidate for PG chair at that time (of course I lost) but Jim was as gracious to me as before (when was he ever not?). When I was elected national president, I supported David Irving for the office of First Vice President; Jim Patrenos was the other candidate, and Jim Patrenos lost. Once again, he was crushed; but never in the succeeding 14 years has he ever said one bitter word; to the contrary, he has always been as loving, supportive, and unselfish a brother as one could have, toward me and everyone else involved. He goes to join a pantheon of brothers I love: Hank Charles, Maury Laney, and Jim Johnson, and all who have gone before. Where and who would we be without them! We have a duty to try to follow in their footsteps, and to honor their memory by remaining true and faithful to the ideals and brotherhood they lived for. To Jim Patrenos, in brotherhood, in Phi Mu Alpha! T. Jervis Underwood, Gamma Theta ‘54 Past National President & National Historian
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FROM THE NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS Dear Brother Sinfonians:
Dear Brothers in Sinfonia:
Fraternal greetings from Lyrecrest! It is indeed a pleasure and an honor to write to you as Interim Executive Director. During the past months, we have struggled with several challenges — not the least of which being the massive damage sustained in the June 18 earthquake in southern Indiana. Through this difficult period, however, the Fraternity has been bolstered by the fraternal spirit of Sinfonians around the country. Most importantly, many Sinfonians have responded to our pleas for assistance and donated their hard-earned dollars in support of the repairs and renovations. For everyone here, coming into the office on a Monday morning to find a veritable landfill where our inventory room used to be was enough to put us into shock. But like the myth of the phoenix rising from the ashes, our spirits were uplifted by the enthusiastic show of support from brothers around the country, and this support continues today as donations toward this worthy cause continue to flow into the Headquarters mailbox. The lesson learned? Sinfonia is too strong, too valuable to all of our lives to allow adversity to overcome our fraternal spirit. Today, the repairs and renovations continue, and as you will read about in the following pages, the Headquarters will be more functional and beautiful than ever before when the contractors are completed with their work. All brothers, as well as their families, are always welcome at Lyrecrest, and if you are ever in the area, we are happy to give you a tour of the facilities. Please feel free to stop by! Finally, I offer a sincere and heartfelt thank you to all of the concerned and generous brothers across the nation that have donated to help the Fraternity with its $50,000 repair and renovation loan. Your support is invaluable as the Fraternity moves, as it has now for over 104 years, ON AND EVER UPWARD!
It is my most humble pleasure to be writing to you as your Director of Finance and Marketing and as Managing Editor for The Sinfonian. The Editorial Staff has worked diligently to provide a high quality, nice-looking magazine for you to enjoy. You may have noticed some changes in the appearance of the magazine. Thanks to improvements in how The Sinfonian is produced and prepared, we are pleased to be presenting you a 32-page magazine, with 16 pages of full four-color process printing. This increase of color availability will allow us to showcase in more vibrant detail the activities of our chapters, alumni members, and featured articles. In this issue, you will find several updates about Lyrecrest and the earthquake, alumni news, updates on the National Convention, and of course, news of upcoming events and sales. We hope that you find this forum informative and useful. We welcome your comments and input any time. This publication takes its cues and directions from you, the brotherhood-at-large. Are you interested in writing about something for this publication? I strongly encourage and invite you to submit articles, updates, and pictures to the National Headquarters. Do you know a Sinfonian that is a good writer? Please forward their contact information to us so that we can approach them about contributing to The Sinfonian. Thanks to the addition of the fullcolor pages, we are also able to bring you photography of our merchandise. We hope that you will take full advantage of the Sinfonia Store Holiday Clearance Sale. We are featuring many of your favorites as well as several new and innovative items. We are proud to be leading the way in Greek merchandising, providing the highest quality possible at the lowest prices available. Brothers, it has been and remains a true pleasure to serve you. Have a great semester and a wonderful holiday season. May the light of Sinfonia continue to burn in your hearts!
Fraternally yours, In ΦΜΑ,
Ryan T. Ripperton, Alpha Rho Interim Executive Director
Jeremy A. Korba, Epsilon Upsilon Director of Finance and Marketing Managing Editor
CHAPTER RETREAT PROGRAM GETS NEW FACE Beginning in Summer 2002, a new staff member began coordinating and facilitating all chapter retreats at Lyrecrest. Jeremy M. Evans, Delta Nu ’98, began his one-year position as Retreat Coordinator in July, and will continue on the Lyrecrest Staff until summer 2003. Jeremy was selected for this position from a pool of very qualified candidates after the position was advertised throughout the Spring term.
Jeremy is a recent graduate of Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, where he majored in Psychology. While an active member of the Delta Nu Chapter, Jeremy served as President, Secretary, and Province Council Representative and twice served as chairman of one of the chapter’s largest annual projects, “24 Hours,” which is a 24hour concert of live music. According to Brother Evans, “It’s an honor for me to be able to work with the collegiate members. My experience as an active gave me many tools and talents which I am excited about sharing with other brothers.”
FRATERNITY INFORMATION AS OF OCTOBER 14, 2002
PROVINCE GOVERNORS AND COLLEGIATE PROVINCE REPRESENTATIVES 1
New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut PG Dr. J. Craig Davis CPR Michael V. Cardillo
Michigan, Northern Ohio PG Kenton E. Barnes
Dustin P. Keith
Central and Southern Ohio PG J. Wesley Flinn
Zachary R. Hagins
Central Illinois, Southeast Missouri, West Central Indiana PG Mark R. Lichtenberg CPR Timothy Going
Brent A. Shires
FRATERNITY STATISTICS Number of Chapters:
Number of Alumni Associations:
Dallas/Ft. Worth Philadelphia Washington, DC
Number of Colonies:
Theta Kappa (Mississippi College) Pi Chi (Texas A&M University-Kingsville) Phi Chi (Georgia State University) Illinois Beta (Elmhurst College) Oklahoma Beta (Langston University)
Nebraska, Western Iowa PG Dr. Daniel L. Schmidt
Kansas, Colorado PG Dr. Bruce E. Gbur
Jason M. Huffman
Southern Texas PG Dr. Robert Whalin
Christopher D. Allen
Collegiate members in Good Standing:
Idaho, Oregon, Washington PG Douglas Evans
Noah L. Hock
Collegiate members on Suspension:
Northern California PG Dr. Graydon McGrannahan III CPR Jorge A. Jiminez
Eastern Tennessee PG Ashley E. Glenn
Davis N. Salt
Southern and Central Florida PG Joe Ritchie
Brandt J. Ventimiglia
Timothy P. Carter
Middle, West Tennessee and Western Kentucky PG Dr. Thomas R. King CPR
Northern Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Northern South Dakota PG Dr. Alan D. LaFave CPR Chris Maunu
Upstate New York, Northern Pennsylvania PG Patrick M. O’Brien CPR
Dr. Mark U. Reimer
Samuel L. Hill
Steven E. Williams
John D. Morley
North Carolina PG K. Dean Shatley II
Kenneth G. Tice
Northeast Ohio, Central and Western Pennsylvania PG Robert N. Whitmoyer CPR Steven F. Gallagher
Southern California PG Dr. Donald W. Beckie
Northwestern Texas, Eastern New Mexico PG Dr. Robert J. Krause CPR
Terry D. Sauls
David W. Garraway
Southwestern Indiana, Kentucky PG Dr. Richard A. Crosby
Lance E. Schwartz
Iowa, Northwestern Illinois, Southern Minnesota PG Calvin Van Niewaal CPR Cary Todd Waxler
Northern Virginia, West Virginia, Southeast Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia PG Derek J. Danilson CPR Walter C. Riley
Dr. James I. Hansford, Jr. CPR
Brian M. Stratton
Dr. Rolland H. Shaw
Philip T. Rerat
Northern Illinois, Northern and Central Indiana PG Brian L. Swart CPR
Southeastern Minnesota, Wisconsin, Northern Michigan PG Dr. Barry L. Ellis CPR Robert Brania
South Carolina, Eastern Georgia PG Dr. Bruce A. Thompson
North Central, Northeast Texas PG Kevin L. McNerney
Northern and Central Georgia PG Dr. Daniel F. Bakos
Wesley J. Taylor
Quinton D. Mosley
Northern Florida, Southern Georgia PG Christopher H. Lawrence CPR
Collegiate members (total):
Total amount of outstanding per capita tax owed to Sinfonia:
NATIONAL STAFF DIRECTORY Interim Executive Director
Ryan T. Ripperton, Alpha Rho firstname.lastname@example.org Ext.24
Director of Finance and Marketing
Jeremy A. Korba, Epsilon Upsilon email@example.com Ext.25
Asst. Dir. of Finance and Marketing
Danielle L. Suder (ΣΑΙ) firstname.lastname@example.org Ext.27
Asst. Dir. of Programs and Services (Interim)
Andrew W. Miller, Gamma Omega email@example.com Ext.26
Cheri F. Spicer (ΚΚΙ) firstname.lastname@example.org Ext.23
Jeremy M. Evans, Delta Nu email@example.com Ext.28
Shipping Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Christopher M. Nigg, Epsilon Upsilon
Brian R. Murphy
Jeremy R. Craig
Percentage of total collegiate membership on Suspension:
D. Blake Wagner
James T. Mann, Jr.
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THE SHAKE FELT ‘ROUND THE WORLD OF SINFONIA EARTHQUAKE OPENS DOOR (AND FLOOR) FOR NECESSARY IMPROVEMENTS On Tuesday, June 18, 2002 at 12:37 p.m., an earthquake rocked the Evansville area and caused significant damage to Lyrecrest. The quake, which registered 5.0 on the Richter Scale, had an epicenter approximately three miles from Lyrecrest. Reports of earthquake tremors were reported to the US Geological Survey from as far north as South Bend, Indiana, and as far south as Memphis. It also was felt in Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia. When inspecting the property after the earthquake, Directors Ripperton and Korba discovered a significantly slanted floor in the inventory stock room of the Sinfonia Store. The Fraternity’s insurance carrier was contacted immediately, and the claims adjuster inspected the building the next day. However, slow response and paperwork delays at the insurance company prevented engineers and contractors from securing the floor for more than two weeks. Sometime over the July 4th weekend, the entire inventory stock room collapsed into the subbasement, ruining thousands of songbooks, pins, pieces of glassware, and other Sinfonia merchandise. This collapse caused a temporary shut down of the Sinfonia Store until merchandise could be retrieved and inspected from the collapsed room. Within a week, contractors had retrieved all of the boxes of merchandise, and the Lyrecrest Staff and several volunteers inspected every piece to determine which could be salvaged. The Sinfonia Store was back online on July 17.
The cost of the reconstruction is significant. While the lost merchandise and a portion of the reconstruction costs are covered by insurance, many changes had to be made to the structure and layout of the Sinfonia Store at the Fraternity’s expense in order to make it strong enough to support the thousands of pounds of merchandise that must be stored there. Additionally, the reconstruction was a convenient time to make several other necessary improvements, which are listed below.
LYRECREST INSTALLS NEW SERVER Due to the increasing volume of internet and file-serving needs of the Headquarters and the Fraternity-at-large, the Lyrecrest Staff is currently working with several consultants to install a new main server at the National Headquarters. This server replaces the outdated Dell server that has been in use at Lyrecrest for several years, and will ensure the continued reliability of the Lyrecrest technology services. Additionally, the new server will allow for the detailed database catalog of Sinfonia’s National Archives to be migrated from a desktop computer in the archives building onto the main server for preservation. The server that has been purchased, a new Dell Power Edge 2550 server with Windows 2000 Server and other Small Business Server 2000 software, has dual 73GB hard drives, dual 1.26 Pentium III processors, 1GB of memory, and a tape backup drive.
REPAIRS AND RENOVATIONS MADE IN THE MONTHS SINCE THE EARTHQUAKE Since the earthquake and subsequent room collapse at Lyrecrest, the National Staff has been hard at work getting the Headquarters back together and making other necessary improvements to the building, property, and resources. Here’s a run down of the projects performed so far: • Collapsed floor replaced. • New floor heavily reinforced from underneath. Under the weight of thousands of pounds of merchandise, the previous floor structure was not able to withstand the stress of the earthquake. The replacement floor is supported by many 4x4 beams in the subbasement and has been certified for use for merchandise inventory storage. • Subbasement waterproofed and drainage system installed. Contributing to the lack of support in the previous flooring system was a significant dampness and mildew problem in the subbasement, which extends almost 15 feet
underground. By waterproofing and dehumidifying the subbasement, the integrity of the floor will be maintained and the area may be able to be used for merchandise storage. • Walls removed between shipping area and inventory room. A past owner of the house built the addition now housing the Sinfonia Store, and it had a very different purpose when he designed it. The system of small rooms and hallways was forcing inefficient use of the square footage. By eliminating non-load-bearing walls, the merchandise storage area was almost doubled. • Inventory shelving replaced. While the shelves ruined in the collapse were covered by insurance, the larger storage area necessitated more shelving for efficient use of the space. • New high-traffic carpet installed throughout merchandise area. • New delivery door installed. This door makes it easier for the Shipping Manager to receive and process shipments. • Vents and fan installed into network server closet. As any “computer person” will tell you, the closer to room temperature you keep a computer, the longer it will last. With the new server being added to the four internet servers in the rackmount closet, it is necessary to ventilate and cool the closet to preserve our valuable computer equipment. • Condensation and mildew growth corrected in archives building. A leaky roof many years ago and a poorly ventilated attic caused significant mildew growth and condensation within just a few feet of Sinfonia’s precious historical archives.
WE NEED YOUR HELP! Between the repairs and renovations associated with the earthquake damage and the replacement of the server, the Fraternity has secured a bank loan for approximately $50,000. The Sinfonia Foundation has agreed to help by providing a tax-deductible method for Sinfonians and friends of Sinfonia to donate to this worthy cause. An appeal letter was mailed to all 48,000 alumni Sinfonians for whom the Headquarters has a good address in order to seek donations to the Lyrecrest Fund. As of the date this issue went to press, under 700 response donations had been received. If you have not yet sent in your contribution to the Lyrecrest Fund, please do so today! Please make your check payable to “The Sinfonia Foundation-Lyrecrest Fund.” All donations will be recognized in writing for your tax purposes, and will be recognized in the annual list of donors in The Sinfonian. Donations can be mailed to:
The Sinfonia Foundation Lyrecrest Fund 10600 Old State Road Evansville, IN 47711-1399
• Broken range hood in kitchen replaced. As any chapter that has been to Lyrecrest can attest, it is no fun to have black oily goo drip into your eggs while you are cooking breakfast. A new range hood was an absolute necessity.
Please feel free to stop by for a tour of the repairs and improvements!
ABOVE ALL FOR BROTHERHOOD THE ROLE OF FRATERNALISM IN THE ADVANCEMENT OF MUSIC IN AMERICA “Our future success…is to be found through the same general principles that have directed us to success in the past—the principles of brotherhood. This is the keynote of our organization. Sinfonia stands for harmony, advancement of music in America, loyalty to our several institutions, but above all for brotherhood.” - George C. Williams, Supreme President 1903-1904.
ternity representing the music profession” from the National Constitution as not being an accurate description of the organization. However, the current Statement of Purpose, which was altered in 1970 specifically to reflect “an increased emphasis on professionalism,” was not reconsidered in accordance with these changes. Since 1985, members who recognize that Sinfonia is not a professional fraternity, both legally and philosophiOctober 1, 2002 cally, have questioned the apparent contradiction of the Fraternity’s classification with the Dear Brothers, Statement of Purpose. As Sinfonia’s efforts in fraternity education have increased greatly, In recent years a rising spirit within our this inconsistency has become even more eviFraternity has extended into nearly every quardent to a rapidly growing number of memter of the Brotherhood, uniting Sinfonians bers. Concurrently, as members have taken a across the nation. Some of its greater interest in manifestations are active interthe history of est in Sinfonia’s history, Sinfonia and the renewed commitment to the Ritual, they have mission of the Fraternity as come to realize expressed by its founders, and that the very name a fervent desire to unfold the of the Fraternity, Mysteries concealed within the the three great Initiation Ritual. These develobjects, and the opments have been of symbolism of the immeasurable benefit to the coat-of-arms are 1901 NATIONAL CONVENTION all Order, as countless members based on the have gained a greater underspecific ordering of statements in the original standing of the relevance of Sinfonia’s Ritual, Object (purposes), adopted at the first ideals, and purposes to their own lives. National Convention on April 18, 1901: However, this heightened awareness has not come without a cost. In the course of rediscovThe Object of this Fraternity shall be ering the reasons for which Sinfonia was for the development of the best and founded, many brothers have come to realize truest fraternal spirit; the mutual that the message promoted by the national welfare and brotherhood of musical Fraternity for a substantial period of its history students; the advancement of music was not aligned with the vision articulated by in America and a loyalty to the Alma the men who created the organization. As a Mater. recommitment to the mission set forth by the founders spreads throughout the Fraternity, Furthermore, increased familiarity with members who were educated at a time when the writings of the men who established the the national organization promoted a different Fraternity has allowed members to recognize message have begun to feel alienated. The that the specific phrasing of the original resulting dissension has been most evident in Object is not arbitrary, but in fact crafted carethe form of an ongoing debate over Sinfonia’s fully to reflect a unique philosophy that makes classification as a social fraternity. An accurate Sinfonia distinct among musical organizaunderstanding of the historical factors related tions. Acknowledging these facts, members to this issue and of the vision of the founders have been asking whether there are plans to may help to resolve the growing discord and restore the original Object. In response to this bring all Sinfonians to a common recognition recurring question, a proposal to restore that placing Brotherhood first is perfectly con- Sinfonia’s Object will be considered by the sistent with the belief that music is the very core 2003 National Assembly. Some members of our Fraternity. have opposed restoration of the Object due to After many years of Sinfonia being mara concern that removing “creativity, performketed as “The Professional Fraternity for Men ance, education, and research in music in in Music,” Title IX of the Education America” from its current position as “the priAmendments of 1972 was passed, dictating mary purpose” might undermine the role of that professional fraternities cannot legally music in the Fraternity. The purpose of this restrict membership to a single sex. Having message is to help put those concerns to rest permitted the initiation of females since 1976 by demonstrating how the specific wording of in response to Title IX, Sinfonia eventually the original Object represents the vision consought exemption from this law and thus dessistently expressed by early Sinfonians that the ignation as a “social, rather than professional, Fraternity would have a positive and lasting fraternal organization.” Following receipt of impact upon the musical world. an exemption from Title IX in 1983, the 1985 Before proceeding, it is necessary to clarNational Assembly voted to limit all memberify what is meant by saying that Sinfonia is a ship and initiation programs in chapters to social, not a professional, fraternity. Sinfonia men only and to delete “Phi Mu Alpha is a fra-
rejects classification as a “professional fraternity” in recognition of the fact that the organization does not limit membership to students who are pursuing an organized curriculum leading to a professional degree in music, and does not organize its group life specifically to promote professional competency and achievement within music. In accordance with the philosophy of the founder, Ossian Mills, Sinfonia seeks “not the musician in the institution, but the man in the musician.” However, the fact that it is not Sinfonia’s role to provide the individual member with skills that will prepare him for the music profession does not relieve him of his personal obligation to strive for the highest level of quality in all activities— social, musical, and scholastic. Likewise, calling Sinfonia a “social fraternity” is not license for members to act in accordance with the worst stereotypes of social fraternities. Sinfonia expects all members to act as moral and upright men, serving as true examples of positive manhood in every word and deed. The phrase “social fraternity” carries many negative connotations in today’s society, due mainly to the fact that popular media often place disproportionate attention on the negative aspects of college fraternities, while their numerous benefits to their members and their service to school and community are largely ignored. Sinfonia rejects the idea that classification of its function (sociability) must necessarily assume poor behavior on the part of its members. To those who joined Sinfonia specifically because it was referred to as “professional” and now find it difficult to accept the fact that the Fraternity is recognized as social, one thing should be kept in mind: the Sinfonia you joined was, still is, and always will be a music fraternity! In keeping with the minutes of the Sinfonia Club’s first meeting of October 6, 1898, which state “Voted that the primary object of the club be sociability,” our Brotherhood seeks to develop fraternalism in musicians as a means of improving relations among individuals in the musical world and thereby advancing music in America. Early Sinfonians acknowledged this relationship between the fraternal and musical goals of the Fraternity. Moreover, they recognized that the musical goals were achieved through the fraternal goals, and they reflected this philosophy in the phrasing of the original Object, the name “Phi Mu Alpha,” the three great objects, and the symbolism of the coat-of-arms (topics that cannot be elaborated upon in this message for reasons of secrecy). The fact that these symbolic aspects of Sinfonia also reflect the idea that “loyalty to the Alma Mater” is developed by promoting fraternalism will be addressed in a future message. Sinfonia's unique means of advancing music through Brotherhood is what gives the Fraternity its individuality, and early members took great pride in this fact. However, following the first World War and the death of Ossian Mills in 1920, the emphasis on the essential relationship between the develop
ABOVE ALL FOR BROTHERHOOD JOHN A. MONGIOVI, NATIONAL HISTORIAN ment of fraternalism and the advancement of hood of man—surely this feeling the Fraternity upon the music profession: music began to fade, and an increasing and never existed before among music disproportionate emphasis was placed on the students, and so conscious was I of Who can doubt that the Sinfonia is advancement of music. Furthermore, until the the lack of it, that I gladly welcomed destined to grow and spread and establishment of a permanent national headthe Sinfonia movement. It meant prosper until it has covered the quarters in 1968, there was no central locasacrifice of time and money to me, whole land and brought all the tion for the Fraternity's historical archives. but the results have been so gratifymembers of our beloved profession Without easy access to the writings that are ing that I consider the expenditure into a fraternal and mutually helpful available to all Sinfonians today, and which one of the best I have ever made, intercourse? make so clearly evident the philosophy of and I have the satisfaction of knowSinfonia's founders, the Fraternity's leaders ing that I have helped in a moveThe enmities, the jealousies, the had little choice but to establish their own ment for the betterment of mankind, rivalries of the profession have often direction for the organization. In 1950, a step toward the Millennium. been made a matter of comment National President Archie Jones’ “Progress and among a large section of the Program for Sinfonia” called for greater Brotherhood was the key to the community the impression prevails emphasis on “the advancement of music in Fraternity’ expansion into other schools of that musicians spend much of their America” as the primary expression of the music, for the leaders of these schools recogtime in mutual quarrellings and national organization’s effectiveness and for nized the benefits that Sinfonia would provide recriminations. To that unjust closer relationships with music organizations not only to their students, but also to their instireproach the eager welcome such as MENC, MTNA, and NASM. With the tutions. In addition to building students into accorded among our ranks to the expansion of Sinfonia’s relationships with loyal alumni by fostering school spirit among Sinfonia forms a sufficient and conthese organizations and a great deal of them, a national brotherhood of musicians clusive answer. crossover between their leadership and the based in their institutions would address what leadership of Sinfonia, it was only natural that Williams described as “an unhealthy rivalry The Sinfonia stands for harmony, it the message of the national Fraternity stands for friendship, it stands for began to resemble the messages of sincere good will and an enduring these worthy organizations, which do ET US ACCEPT THAT RAISING THE peace, and it will expand and prosmuch to advance music in America per in proportion as we all cultivate RATERNITY TO ITS FORMER those qualities in our daily lives but have nothing to do with brother- IDEAL OF hood. Thus, prominence was given to and illustrate them in our mutual the advancement of music, while the LEVEL OF CHIEF IMPORTANCE NEED intercourse. It would not have so development of fraternalism took a largely attracted, it would not have place of lesser importance. The pur- NOT DIMINISH THAT WHICH BRINGS so quickly met the favor it has won pose of this message is not to condid it not respond to the needs, the INFONIANS TOGETHER MUSIC demn previous generations of ALL sentiments and the desires of the Sinfonians; their hard work and tiremusical world. Therein lies the less efforts helped the Fraternity to survive over and a definite distrust between the various deeper significance of our movethe years. However, because of this shift in phi- Schools of Music throughout our country.” As ment and therein is to be found the losophy, many Sinfonians today have little or General Manager of the Ithaca Conservatory assurance of its triumph. no understanding of the relationship between of Music, Williams understood the importance the Fraternity’s fraternal and musical goals of positive relations between institutions of In 1912, Dean George A. Parker, honand see them as almost entirely independent musical learning. In 1904 he commented that orary member of Theta Chapter, also comaspects of the organization, instead of being such associations would have a broader mented that Sinfonia ideals could calm the fundamentally linked. impact beyond the Fraternity for the advance- hostilities and rivalries in the music profession: So how did Sinfonia’s founders believe ment of music in America: Sinfonia stands, I believe, for…high that promoting brotherhood would advance ideals, and is rapidly coming to be music in America? To answer this question we …the bond of Sinfonia Brotherhood a national organization of influence must first understand the reasons for which the now extends throughout the length and power in the musical profesFraternity was created. In the words of George and breadth of our country. Never sion. Such growing numbers of C. Williams, Supreme President from 1903before have such cordial relations earnest musical students, as they go 1904, “Sinfonia came into being in response and mutual interest existed among out into their lifework, have great to a great hunger and unrecognized necessity. the leading musical schools of possibilities of exerting a powerful At the beginning of the present century musilearning. Never before has a like influence on the profession which cians were of all people, the most lonely and number of musicians and students should result in a more charitable esoteric.” The Sinfonia Club had been formed of music been banded together by and fraternal spirit of good will in Boston to promote sociability among the such bonds of real brotherhood. where now is the altogether too male students of the New England Such an influence must make itself prevalent spirit of jealousy, enmity Conservatory, and a similar need at other felt beyond the borders of our fraand the like. institutions provided fertile ground for the ternal quarters to the accomplishclub’s expansion into a national Fraternity. The ment of our further purpose, ‘The Also in 1912, Coleman Dudley Frank, words of Gilbert R. Combs, founding father of advancement of music in America.’ (Epsilon, 1903) described how Sinfonia would Sinfonia’s Beta Chapter and Supreme President from 1902-1903 and 1914-1915, Williams was not alone among early influence music in America as Sinfonians carprovide unique insight into the reason for leaders of Sinfonia who recognized its value ried the ideals of the Fraternity with them into Sinfonia’s earliest extension beyond the New “beyond the borders of our fraternal quar- their professional lives: England Conservatory: ters.” As Director of the Combs Broad Street (CONTINUED ON PAGE 10) Conservatory, Gilbert Combs was also in a Fraternity, the universal brother- position to recognize the potential impact of
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Sinfonia should ‘start something’ here in New York City. Sinfonia should have a chapter in this great musical centre… What a rich stretch of virgin soil for the immediate sowing of the seeds of Sinfonia standards! Sinfonia men, Sinfonia sympathies, Sinfonia ideals ought to gradually find their way into all these choirs, these schools, these orchestras, these musical organizations. Then, as these men scatter to the West, the North, the South to become the leaders of musical matters everywhere, they would carry with them the Sinfonia ideals and purpose, they would scatter them throughout the length and breadth of the land to the advancement of musical America along the lines of Sinfonia’s ideals and Sinfonia’s standards. The words of our elder brothers reveal that Sinfonia was created in response to a need for a fraternity experience among musical students, and rapidly found favor among the various institutions of musical learning for several reasons. First, it was recognized that promoting brotherhood among student musicians would result in cordial relations and mutual interest between schools of music. Second, by developing fraternalism among young men, many of whom would later adopt music as a vocation, the spirit of Fraternity would help to end the enmities and jealousies that characterized the music profession. In keeping with Combs’ idea that “the deeper significance of our movement” is responding to the needs of the musical world by promoting good will and friendship among musicians, “the development of the best and truest fraternal spirit” and “the mutual welfare and brotherhood of musical students” were considered the primary goals of the organization and thus given due prominence in the Fraternity’s Object. In addition to advancing music in America by spreading Sinfonia ideals throughout the musical world, the Fraternity would also advance music by encouraging its individual members to succeed. In 1910, Roy J. Buell (Gamma, 1908) wrote that “the future success of an organization depends upon the amount of fraternal spirit manifest within it” because “fraternalism creates the spirit which daily moves us to do things.” Buell wrote: The world today demands specialists. He who would succeed let him be a specialist. He who would succeed rapidly let him fraternize with others following his chosen specialty. Therein we have the motive which prompted good Father Mills and his contemporaries to found, just ten years ago, Sinfonia Fraternity. Man grows strong through contact with fellowmen. If
they be of the kind seeking to tread a path parallel to his, and a fraternal bond links him to his brother, added strength is given to him, and greater zeal fills his soul for the ‘onward push.’ He knows a brother hand is ever ready to be extended across the way to aid him should he stumble and fall. It lends a feeling of security to his footsteps. Thus, bonds of brotherhood between men with a common pursuit provide unseen sources of strength that instill in them a secret zeal to attain their goals. As Ossian Mills wrote in 1910: It is a well known fact among the brothers that many a young man has been inspired through his Fraternity associations with an ambition to make the most of his life and in every way to be worthy the respect of his brothers…and many of the boys are now out in the world fighting the battle of life, making a place and a name for themselves, inspired to do their best by the thought that their brothers are deeply interested in their successes. Finally, and perhaps most significantly, the principles of unity, harmony, sympathy, and concord, which form the basis of Fraternity, are the same universal Truths represented in music. Thus, the only true musician is one who can effectively express these principles in his art after having actually experienced them in his life (this subject is treated at length in a previous message entitled “The Truth in Music”). As Percy Burrell wrote in 1908, “such a regeneration, taking place in man, will find in very logic, a transmitting and an infusion of these better, nobler qualities into the every composition and performance of the artist and musician.” Early Sinfonians placed much importance on the advancement of music in America, and described Sinfonia’s role in this effort as developing the ideal of Fraternity among musicians to enhance relations between musicians and schools of music. They recognized that as Sinfonians graduate and enter the professional world, they carry with them the noble ideals of Sinfonia and have a positive impact on musicians and music throughout the nation. They acknowledged the motivating power of the bonds of brotherhood to urge the individual member to success in
the advancement of his art. While the Fraternity certainly discussed the various means by which music could be promoted and undertook projects both locally and nationally to accomplish this goal, writings of Sinfonia’s most influential early leaders communicate the consistent message that Sinfonia advances music in America most significantly by promoting the ideal of Fraternity among musical students. This unique method of advancing music by bringing young musicians into fraternal relations with OSSIAN E. MILLS one another is the defining aspect of our Fraternity, as George Williams wrote in 1910: …the Sinfonia Fraternity was organized in order that the benefits of true brotherhood might be extended to the young men of this country seeking a musical education in the schools of music where the fraternal idea had not yet extended. This has given to Sinfonia its prominence and distinction—its individuality. Let us not lose this individuality and thus become only one of thousands of similar organizations, when at present we are at the head of a field truly our own. Let us reestablish the unique and wonderful design of our founders which gives Sinfonia its prominence and distinction and is so simply and clearly stated in the original Object and represented in the name, symbols, and Ritual of our Order. Let us accept that raising the ideal of Fraternity to its former level of chief importance need not diminish that which brings all Sinfonians together: music. To the contrary, it must inspire each member with an even greater passion to advance music by instilling in him an understanding that the Sinfonian’s dedication to this goal is elevated by powerful fraternal bonds—bonds that form the basis of a shared commitment to uplift mankind with the purest of arts. Fraternally yours, In Φ Μ Α,
John A. Mongiovi, Upsilon Psi Committeeman-At-Large National Historian
SINFONIANS IN THE NEWS great, but the program needs the same people teaching each week, Dr. Ramsey said. Oscar SERVICE GETS KIDS READY FOR BAND Passley, Pi Eta, a 23-year-old graduate student from Baltimore, led the class Saturday. By Joshua A. Baugh / Staff Writer The Denton “You’re going to leave today knowing Record-Chronicle, Denton Texas how to do it a little better,” he told the students as he taught them to play notes at varying Editorial Note: This article is reprinted with the intensities. express permission of Barry Boesch, editor, The students listened to their The Denton Record-Chronicle, Denton instructors intently and asked Texas questions when they didn’t From muffled trumpets, saxounderstand. Five UNT students phones, flutes and drums, the notes of were on hand to help teach and “Hard Rock Blues” percolated through also played along with the chilthe thin walls of the Owsley Youth dren. The instructors said workCenter Saturday as several area chiling with the children is very fuldren honed their musical skills. filling. They were participating in Start-up MYRA MARTINEZ Beatrice Ramos, a 10-yearthe Band, a program offered through PRACTICES ON THE old fifth-grader at Ginnings the center in conjunction with a TRUMPET. Elementary, said she wants to be University of North Texas music profesa jazz musician when she gets sor and several of his students. older. Next year, she’ll try out for the band at “If it weren’t for the kids, it wouldn’t be Strickland Middle School and is confident fun to do any of this,” said Dr. Darhyl Ramsey because of the Owsley program. as he ushered two children through a breeze“We get to learn new way connecting two rooms at the songs and have concerts,” center. she said, shyly explaining The program, which collects why she likes the music proused instruments and distributes gram. them to the underprivileged chilDavid Garcia, an 11dren, was designed for fourthyear-old sixth-grader at and fifth-graders, but Dr. Ramsey Calhoun Middle School, has allowed students as young as started the Owsley music second grade to participate. program about six months “If he really wants to do it, he CHRISTIAN HOLZER, GAMMA THETA, ago. He’s now in the school can,” Dr. Ramsey said, looking at RIGHT, HELPS ANGEL GUTIERREZ READ band and gets extra praca second-grader who was strugMUSIC DURING PRACTICE SATURDAY tice at the Owsley center on gling with his trumpet. MORNING AT OWSLEY YOUTH CENTER, Saturdays. The program, which began A SERVICE OF UNT’S START-UP THE “I just play for the fun of about three years ago, is always in BAND PROGRAM. it,” he said. “My mom told need of donations to help the program continue. It regularly needs instruments me to get involved and do something. I got a note about it [the music program] from school and monetary donations. More than 30 instruments have been donated along with funding and came over here.” David said he enjoys spending Saturday from several organizations, including Texas Commission on the Arts and Greater Denton mornings working on his music and would probably be sleeping the day away otherwise. Arts Council. “The only stipulation is that the kids can Mr. Passley instructed David, Beatrice and the keep the instrument as long as they stay in a other students Saturday with a broad smile on his face for the entire session. He said his band program,” Dr. Ramsey said. music career began in a program much like Because students can keep their instruOwsley’s and it was time for him to give back. ments even when they finish the Owsley pro“It’s kind of like a rotation,” he said. “You get gram as long as they continue in music, new and then you give.” instruments must be attained for incoming stuThe program has been successful and dents. The goal of the program is to level the has outgrown its current facility. The beginning children, who receive individual instruction in playing field for students who are entering order to train them to play together in the sixth grade — the year in which school band advanced group, were scattered about the tryouts begin. “This program is giving them a chance,” small center Saturday. “What we’d really like to do in our dream Dr. Ramsey said. “They deserve every opportuof dreams is build another building,” Dr. nity, and if it tilts a little in their favor, that’s Ramsey said. OK.” Anyone who wants to donate instruments The Owsley music program helps children by not only teaching them music funda- or funds to the program can call Dr. Ramsey at mentals, but also by supplying them with 940-565-3749, the Owsley center at 940383-9442 or Rachel Clark at UNT, 940-565instruments that are expensive to rent. The program has received some funding 2930. from grants that has enabled it to hire several UNT music students to teach. Volunteers are
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FRED ROGERS RECEIVES PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM It certainly was a “beautiful day in the Neighborhood” when Fred Rogers was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom! At the presentation ceremony President George W. Bush said, “The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civil honor our nation can bestow. And we award it today to 12 outstanding individuals. The men and women we honor span the spectrum of achievement. Some are fighters; others are healers; all have left an enduring legacy of hope and courage and achievement.” Created in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy, the Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian honor. It recognizes individFRED ROGERS (L) uals who have made “an RECEIVES THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL especially meritorious contribution to the security or OF FREEDOM FROM national interests of the PRESIDENT GEORGE United States or to world W. BUSH. peace or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” The text of Fred Rogers’ Medal of Freedom citation reads: Fred Rogers has entertained and educated children for more than 30 years through his extraordinary public television program, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” His program helps children understand caring, safety, and respect for others, and his legendary commitment to young people has been an enriching part of American life. The United States honors Fred Rogers for his dedication to the well-being of children, his faith, his family, and his community, and for a career that demonstrates the importance of kindness, compassion, and learning. In presenting the Medal of Freedom to Fred Rogers at a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, President George W. Bush said: “Fred Rogers has proven that television can sooth the soul and nurture the spirit and teach the very young. “The whole idea,” says the beloved host of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, “is to look at the television camera and present as much love as you possibly could to a person who needs it.” This message of unconditional love has won Fred Rogers a very special place in the heart of a lot of moms and dads all across America.
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SINFONIANS IN THE NEWS (FRED ROGERS - CONTINUED) The Presidential Medal of Freedom attests to Fred Rogers’ lifetime of service to children and families. Fred Rogers graduated from Rollins College with a degree in music composition in 1951. In 1953, he began his work in children’s television programming by developing a children’s show called The Children’s Corner. It was there that many of the characters from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood made their first appearances. It was also during that time that Rogers went back to school and was ordained as a Presbyterian minister with the charge to continue his work with children and families through the media. Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood made its national debut on public television in 1968. Since then, this pre-eminent series has been recognized internationally as a unique and pioneering effort to communicate with young children about things that matter in childhood. Fred Rogers has been the recipient of every major award in television and education, and has received honorary degrees from more than 40 colleges and universities. Fred Rogers is currently chairman of Family Communications, Inc., the nonprofit company that he formed in 1971 to produce Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. The company has since diversified into non-broadcast educational materials that reflect the same philosophy and purpose: to encourage the healthy emotional growth of children and their families.”
LEONARD SLATKIN INDUCTED INTO THE AMERICAN MUSIC HALL OF FAME The 1997 CE Lutton Man of Music, National Symphony Orchestra Music Director, Leonard Slatkin, Alpha Alpha ’87, was inducted into the American Music Hall of Fame on September 18, 2002 at the Symphony’s Season Opening Celebration. Citing “contributions to the growth, development and appreciation of American Classical Music, “ the American Classical Music Hall of Fame has named Leonard Slatkin to its membership. He is one of a roster of musicians from today and the past who have been conspicuous for their roles in the creation of and advocacy for America’s musical legacy. Mr. Slatkin, who is now in his seventh season as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra, is a staunch proponent of American Music, a world-renowned performer, a forceful spokesperson for arts edu-
cation in the public schools, in addition to being internationally recognized for his service to the music of his native land. Such distinctions as the George Peabody Medal (“for outstanding contributions to music in America”), the National Music Council American Eagle Award (“to those who have made a significant contribution to the support mad development of music in this country”), and numerous other honors attest to the esteem in which he is held. “I am honored to be named to the American Classical Music Hall of Fame,” said Slatkin. “Such a distinction would not be possible without the many American composers who have entrusted me with their music, and the many orchestras that have embraced the new and different, especially my own National Symphony Orchestra. Thank you all.” In addition to Slatkin, three other Sinfonians and several others make up the 2002 inductees into the ACMHF including: John Cage, Alpha Delta ’30, Pablo Casals, Epsilon Iota ’63, Dorothy DeLay, Lukas Foss, Rho Chi ’70, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Lorin Maazel, Gian Carlo Menotti, Darius Milhaud, Jessye Norman, Artur Schnabel, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Handel and Hayden Society.
RESIDENT SHINES AS A POINT OF LIGHT: SELECTED AS NATION’S VOLUNTEER OF THE DAY Mark Ball, Kappa Omicron ’76, of Plano, Texas, was selected as the Daily Point of Light for Monday, March 4, 2002. Ball has spent the past 20 years of his life improving the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) reputation by making travel on the state’s highways safer and a more positive experience for all Texas travelers through the Precious Cargo Program. Ball developed this program after an automobile collision took the life of a child on his way to school. Schools were being built in once remote rural areas on highways that were not intended for the traffic volumes associated with a school. The Precious Cargo Program allows TxDOT staff to review school site plans and make recommendations before they are built. Since the program’s inception, more than 180 schools in 70 various school districts have improved traffic safety conditions for students, teachers, and parents. This program has also relieved the burden of taxpayers since it’s done at no cost to the school districts. In recognition of this success, TxDOT’s leadership adopted Precious Cargo for statewide use on its entire 79,000-mile roadway system. Ball’s efforts have been so successful that they have been duplicated outside of the Dallas
area and are now being considered in other states. The Daily Points of Light Award is given by The Points of Light Foundation and the Volunteer Center National Network, in partnership with the Knights of Columbus and the Corporation for National Service. It is designed to honor individuals and organizations who have made a commitment to connect Americans through service to help meet critical needs in their communities and in the nation, especially those focused on the goals for children and youth set by the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future. “We receive nominations, highlighting various volunteer activities and initiatives, daily. We search for programs that meet community needs and lead to long-term solutions; efforts that build connections between the community; efforts that are of at least six months in duration and efforts that demonstrate measurable impact,” states Robert Goodwin, President and CEO of the Points of Light Foundation. “For demonstrating volunteer service that meets all of these criteria, Mark Ball is truly deserving of recognition as a Daily Point of Light.” President George W. Bush and former presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton have endorsed the revived Daily Points of Light Award and each will send a congratulatory letter to Ball. Supreme Knight, Carl A. Anderson, of the Knights of Columbus said, “The Knights of Columbus extends sincere congratulations to Mark Ball. We thank you for putting your values into action and for giving unselfish service to others with such energy and commitment. You are an inspiration to us all.” For those interested in other volunteer opportunities, please contact Volunteer Center of North Texas at 214-826-6767 or call 1-800-VOLUNTEER, provided by the Points of Light Foundation and the Volunteer Center National Network. Daily Points of Light Award nominations are available by calling 202-729-8184 or emailing email@example.com.
MAKING A JOYFUL NOISE 10/08/2002 EDITORIAL BY BARRY BOESCH, EDITOR, DENTON RECORD-CHRONICLE, DENTON, TEXAS Got a spare sousaphone up in the attic? Is that double-bell euphonium taking up space in the garage? Lost interest in your glockenspiel? Darhyl Ramsey, Lambda Omicron ’67, can take them off your hands and put them into the hands of children who want to make music. Causes don’t come much better than that. Dr. Ramsey is a professor of music at the University of North Texas, and he and some of his students are bringing the joy of music to children who might otherwise never know it. They’re doing it through a program called Start-up the Band at the Owsley Youth Center.
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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SINFONIA To the Editor: In the “On Campus” section of “The Sinfonian” (May 2002) there is an article titled “Ossian Everett Mills Music Mission: CPRs Perform Founder-Inspired Service at Convocation”. Unfortunately, no credit is given for authorship, but I wish to commend the writer as well as the Collegiate Province Representatives and Assistant Collegiate Province Representatives for their visits to two facilities during December’s Convocation. As a long-time Activity Professional (23 years) in geriatric settings, I took great interest in this article and was delighted with what I read. The author and the representatives clearly understand the therapeutic power of music with Alzheimer’s patients, the natural bonding that the love of music in the aged provides, the role that patriotism has played in the lives of this generation and how music enhances this, and the spirit of selfless giving at a difficult time of year. That they traveled to two different facilities, gave spirited performances (not to mention flowers) in several different units and then sang in the halls for room-bound residents is just wonderful, absolutely wonderful. I’m very proud they are my brothers in music. Thanks also, to the author, for mentioning the Activity Director of the Good Samaritan Home, as well as the President of the Resident Association at Willow Part Retirement community. These are two pivotal positions, key individuals who work tirelessly to improve the quality of life for those residing in life care and nursing facilities. Thank you, and thanks to these terrific young men, for reminding me, once again, what it means to be a Sinfonian. Richard Miller, Alpha Zeta ‘73 Director of Activities Moravian Hall Square Retirement Community Nazareth, PA
RETREAT COORDINATOR POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT FOR 2003-04 Title:
Planning, managing, and facilitating all brotherhood retreats at Lyrecrest. Will also perform membership records tasks, including processing personnel and initiation reports.
Must be a collegiate or alumni Sinfonian in good standing having completed a Bachelor’s degree in any field by August 1, 2003. Experience with Microsoft Office a must. Must have a vehicle and be able to lift at least 50 pounds.
Free housing, $12,000 stipend, trip to the 2004 Conclave, great professional work experience, and the opportunity to meet and interact with brothers from all over the country.
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March 1, 2003
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 will be marketable in virtually every field of future professional endeavor, and the opportunity to experience meaningful interaction with countless brothers is priceless! Contact Ryan T. Ripperton, Interim Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 473-2649 ext. 24 for more information. To apply, please send résumé, cover letter, contact information for three references, and a detailed history of Fraternity experience to:
Editor’s Note: The article was written by Ryan T. Ripperton, Interim Executive Director, and first apeared in the March 2002 issue of The Red & Black.
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The Alumni Newsletter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity Straight Talk to Alumni Sinfonians Once again there is outcry from and about alumni Sinfonians: why don’t Sinfonians stay involved after they graduate, why aren’t there more programs for alumni and why donate money to the fraternity if we don’t get anything back, why don’t alumni have the vote at assemblies, why don’t alumni have a representative at the province level, why don’t we hear more from the Alumni Affairs Committee; in short, the same general kind of questions that have cycled and recycled since 1913. I addressed some of these questions as I tried to trace alumni activities in the Centennial History, but I understand that many of you have not seen that book. The first alumni club was organized in New York in 1913, and activities were recorded off and on until 1922. Another club was organized in Denver in 1933, followed by San Jose in 1940 and St. Louis in 1952. All of these groups had disappeared by 1956 when a new effort was made with the change to alumni chapters and the institution of Professional Membership and the right for alumni chapters to initiate them. The 50s and 60s were the highpoint of alumni organizational activity, but the records indicate that there were very few initiates under the program. Once again, all organizational activity had ceased when the concept of the professional chapter was born in 1974. I participated in the first official chartering of a professional chapter in St. Louis in 1977, and by 1979-1980, there were seven such chapters. The return to single-sex status in 1985 was accompanied by the abandonment of the professional chapter concept. The concept of the alumni organization was changed yet again in 1997 when alumni chapters became alumni associations. The DallasFt. Worth Alumni Association had been formed in 1995, the Washington, DC Alumni Association was organized in 1998, and the Philadelphia Alumni Association in 2000. Organizational efforts have been made in several other locations, but to date, only those three are official. Thus you see that efforts to encourage the alumni to stay actively involved have
an almost 90-year history. One can be excused if he becomes a little pessimistic. Not that we shouldn’t continue to try, however, and that’s part of what this letter is all about. As far as I am concerned, the most meaningful program we have on a national level is the Sinfonia Foundation. It has the potential to put in place programs that could materially advance the cause of music in America in ways that the collegiate chapters just will never be able to do. I’m sure you have dreamed of the same things I have: really meaningful scholarships, major commissions of new music, a huge national advertising campaign in support of music programs in the schools, etc. I’m very proud of the record of the Foundation over the years, but I’m much more ambitious for the future. But you know what that takes: MONEY! Probably more money than we will ever generate from within the fraternity, although it would surprise us all if we looked at how much we could raise over a five-year period if every alumnus would contribute every year. I am a life member, so I owe no annual dues; but each December I contribute $100 to the Sinfonia Foundation, $100 to the Gamma Theta Chapter Scholarship Fund, and $100 to a Flute Scholarship Fund at Southern Illinois University that was established in my name when I retired. I also pay $25 local dues to the Dallas-Ft. Worth Area Alumni Association. That’s pretty pitiful donating, but it’s all that I can do. On the other hand, if every Sinfonian alumnus would match my giving, we would go a long way toward reaching our goals. Furthermore, we would definitely be poised to approach other foundations and corporations that demand proof that we believe in our organization before they will consider us eligible for support from them. We have had significant fund-raising programs in the past; in fact, we have given a lot of money. Unfortunately, we were using professional organizations to organize several of the campaigns, and the professional companies made most of the money. Think what we could do if each alumnus who reads this letter would contribute $100 a year for the next five years WITHOUT BEING ASKED, other than
reading this letter. I’m doing my part; won’t you do yours? Do it without asking what you will get out of it. Do it for Sinfonia and all that Sinfonia stands for. Fraternally yours in Phi Mu Alpha, T. Jervis Underwood, Gamma Theta ‘54 Former National President Professor Deiter Kober, Upsilon '41, Music Director of the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, led the Ensemble in a 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert August 7, 2002 at Grant Park in the Petrillo Music Shell. In addition, Kober was honored by the Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation in honor of this occasion and for his dedication to live music in Chicago. The Eastman School of Music announced that William Dobbins, Alpha Nu ’81, returned to the jazz faculty. He has been in charge of the department of jazz and popular music at the Cologne Musical Academy in Cologne, Germany and will return to Eastman as professor of jazz studies and contemporary media. Robert H. Bray, Beta Mu ’64, conducted The Fayette Star Cornet Band in their 41st Annual Concert Honoring Keith House, Beta Mu ’46, in commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of his appointment as Director of Bands at Central Methodist College 19721995. Eric Anderson, Beta Mu ’73, was the featured Euphonium soloist. The National Office received the following note from Past National President Emile H. Serposs, Beta Gamma ’44. Dear Brothers in Sinfonia: Many thanks for your expressions of sympathy following the death of my wife. Your thoughtfulness is very much appreciated by me and members of my family. I hope that I will have the opportunity to meet many of you at the National Convention of Sinfonia in Washington, D.C. in 2003. Long Live Sinfonia! Fraternally yours, Emile H. Serposs
The Eastman School of Music named Mark Davis Scatterday as new conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble. He replaces
The Alumni Newsletter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity Donald Hunsberger, Alpha Nu ’51, who retired in the spring of 2002 after 37 years as conductor of the EWE. Jim Wilcox, Alpha Delta ‘80 was elected as President-elect of the Iowa State University Alumni Band Association at last fall’s Homecoming General Meeting. He has previously held other positions on the Board and has worked with the Iowa State University Library in archiving the organization’s records and photographs in the Special Collections Department. The Alumni Bands web sight can be found at http://www.isualumniband.org/. The CJS Quintet was awarded the Mainstream Jazz Artists of the Year by the Long Beach Jazz Search (LBJS) 2002. The CJS Quintet lead by saxophonist Chuck (Charles) Johnson, Epsilon Upsilon, ‘78 and trumpeter James Smith, with Art Hillery on piano, Wendell Williams on bass and Gerryck King on drums. They received the maximum points possible for improvisational ability, stage presence, and musicianship and ensemble quality. The CJS Quintet competed successfully against the Erik Klass Trio and the group Shapes to win the award of Mainstream Jazz Artist of the Year. Forthcoming from the CJS Quintet will be their debut CD “An Affair of the Art,” featuring original music by Art Hillery and lesserknown bebop material. Warren Allen Smith, Beta Nu ’42, is the producer of a CD, “Manuel Salazar: Costa Rica’s Forgotten Tenor” (Ticowasm, 31 Jane Street, Box 10-D, New York, NY 10014, $35). In 1970 Smith and his Costa Rican partner, Fernando Vargas transferred 78RPM records of Enrico Caruso’s competitor to an LP that was distributed by their co-owned Variety Recording Studio in New York City. In 2002, Smith produced the CD as a memorial to Vargas, who died in 1989. Smith, a 1948 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, majored in English and minored in piano. He is author of Celebrities in Hell, which lists short biographical sketches of many musicians and others in the humanities who have belief systems that run against the grain. His homepage, which contains autobiographical details, is http://wasm.ws. Michael D. Osterbuhr, Iota Xi ’74, has returned to conducting again after some time away while he was finishing up his Ph.D. in Educational Administration at Texas A&M University. He was drafted by his church choir organist to conduct a combined choir for the Easter service and has continued as director of the traditional music choir on a volunteer
basis. Additionally, he plays bass guitar for the youth choir of the church. The Goldman Memorial Band presented a program honoring Harvey Phillips, Gamma Alpha ’80, on June 23, 2002. The program included “A visit to the Big Top with Ringmaster Harvey Phillips” and the Harvey Phillips AllStar Tuba Ensemble, as well as, music by Alec Wilder, Mouton Gould, William Schuman, and Richard Rogers, each of whom Phillips has worked closely with in commissioning new works for tuba. Phillips founded TubaChristmas, Octubafest and TubaJazz and helped to found the Tubist Universal Brotherhood Association and the International Trumpet Guild. He is currently distinguished professor emeritus of music at Indiana University and is on the advisory board of the Goldman Memorial Band. As one of the nation’s preeminent composers for children, Gary Powell, Zeta Mu ’75, has reached his ultimate goal. This July, Kellogg’s will release for public consumption, three million boxes of “Hunny B’s” and three million boxes of “Buzz Blasts.” The “Buzz Blasts” cereal box contains a single CD with two with two songs produced by Powell for Kellogg’s, Disney and Pixar, which were written by Powell with Chris Martin. The “Hunny B’s” cereal box contains two songs co-written by Martin and Powell and again produced by Gary Powell for Kellogg’s and Disney. Powell’s musical style suggests along association with cereal. No one knows exactly what that means, however. With what seems to be the musician’s equivalent to being pictured on a Wheaties box, Powell notes, “I’ve always figured I’d have songs placed in Coco Puffs or Captain Crunch, but to jump to the level of Kellogg’s in my lifetime could be nothing more than a dream. My parents always said that ‘cream rises to the top.’ Who would have guessed that to be literally true.” Powell says his mission statement as a producer was first inspired when he was a child eating cereal straight from the Kellogg’s box, which read, “We provide high quality, great tasting products for you and your family.” With that as his mantra, Powell has since sold over twenty million tasty musical products for families in forty-three countries. Powell notes, “Most musicians think of Nashville, Los Angeles or New York as recording centers. For me it has always been Battle Creek, Michigan… the home of Kellogg’s.” Check out Powell’s website www.GaryPowell.com. The American Guild of Organists (AGO) is pleased to announce the results of its 2002
professional certification examinations. Fortyone candidates were awarded the Service Playing Certificate; six of these also received dual certification with the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. Thirty-two candidates received the Colleague (CAGO) certificate. Fifteen candidates passed the upper level, or academic examinations; six received the Choir Master (ChM) certificate, six received the Associateship (AAGO) certificate, and three candidates successfully completed the fellowship (FAGO) examination, the Guild’s highest level examination. Sinfonian, John C. Schmidt, Gamma Phi ’84, FAGO, not only received this highest honor, but also won the S. Lewis Elmer Prize for the highest overall score on any of the upper level exams and the prize for the highest Fellowship score. In order to qualify for any of the examination awards, a candidate must achieve and overall score of at least 85%. Schmidt, a resident of San Marcos, TX holds degrees in organ from Southwestern University and Union Theological Seminary; his organ study was with R. Cochrane Penick and Vernon de Tar. He gained his Associate certification in 1964, and received the AAGO half-prize that year for achieving the highest score on the written portion of the exam. Schmidt also earned a Ph.D. in musicology from New York University. As a musicologist, he specializes in American music, particularly the music of John Knowles Paine. He is publishing scholarly editions of Paine’s works. Additionally, he is co-author of the Paine article in the most recent edition of Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Schmidt is professor of music at Southwest Texas State University where he teaches theory, music history and organ. He is also organist for Covenant Presbyterian Church in Austin and a dual member of the Alamo and Austin AGO chapters.
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(WILLIAM WARFIELD, CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2) With the cameras rolling, Bill delivered a perfect rendition, in a single take, which at that time was a totally unheard of feat. When he had finished, he didn’t know why everyone was screaming. “Everyone on the set was so excited, they called Mayer from his office to come listen to the recording. Afterward, he began weeping and said, ‘I can’t believe it, I can’t believe it.’ Later, someone told me that when Mayer burst into tears, it wasn’t because of how well I had sung the song, but because of all the money I had saved him! I don’t think that was true at all, but it was a good line!” The number of times Warfield sang “Ol’ Man River” is incalculable. “People always ask me when I began singing that song,” he said. “I could never give them an answer until a few years ago when I was signing copies of my autobiography in Rochester. Someone came up to me and said he was Tony so-and-so who once sang with me in a high school vocal combo. He brought me a program from one of our concerts. Sure enough, there I was, singing “Ol’ Man River”. I thought, ‘My God, I’ve been singing that since I was 16!’” Young Bill, as it turned out, had been so deeply moved by Paul Robeson’s rendition of “Ol’ Man River” in the 1936 film version of Show Boat that he quickly learned the song and made it his own. Robeson was the bassbaritone actor who along with Marian Anderson, Roland Hayes and Dorothy Maynor broke the color barrier on the concert stage in the 1920s and ‘30s, thus making it much easier for artists such as Warfield and Leontyne Price, to establish themselves ‘50s. “Later on, when I was just getting my concert career started, I got to know Paul pretty well,” Warfield recalled. “He invited me to come up and talk to him one morning after one of his recitals and I sat there in absolute awe, watching this mountain of a man eating breakfast. He gave me some advice I’ve never forgotten: Know your craft and don’t give up. How right he was!” One of the world leading experts on Negro Spirituals and German Lieder, Past President of the National Association of Negro Musicians (1985-1990), Dr. Warfield joined the Board of the Schiller Institute in 1996 and has been engaged in the efforts of the Schiller Institute to revive a movement for a National Conservatory of Music, first pioneered at the beginning of the century by Antonin Dvorak. When questioned a couple of years ago, the singer-turned-teacher scoffed at the notion he might soon retire. “Actually, I can’t envision myself not doing something,” Warfield said, with a hearty laugh. “When I was in my 60s, I made a list of things I still could sing and the things I could not. So I just phased out the stuff that demands a 40-year-old singer. As long as the voice is there and I can still read the score
and I still enjoy performing, I’m not gonna quit.” The hallway of his modest condominium in Chicago was decorated with framed citations, concert posters and newspaper articles the merit badges of a distinguished career. The critical acclaim set him firmly on the path of international stardom in a field that, at the time he was starting out, offered relatively few opportunities for African-American singers. Recently, his primary audience consisted of young voice students he taught at the Northwestern University School of Music. He was music professor for the last decade, teaching vocal literature and private lessons to graduate students. His pupils benefited from his vast performing experience and his sheer love of the singing voice. “I love teaching,” Warfield said, in that deep, oratorical voice. “I use the course as a practice session for the music the singers are planning to perform in their concerts. I invite the other students to make comments. I’m sometimes amazed at how perceptively they observe each other. At the same time, I make it clear they are not there to imitate. If they do something that’s different from the way I would sing it, I ask them to explain why they are doing it that way. If they have a good reason, fine; I encourage them to do that. I tell them to approach the music as a dramatic situation, to address a stream in a Schumann song as if they were talking to a person. Then I sit back and I am amazed by what comes out. Sharing in a collaboration of performance that, to me, is the fun of teaching.” His skill in developing the student’s ability to convey the meaning of a passage and its consequent correct phrasing, as being the key to achieving the “technical” solutions required for beautiful singing and recitation, could only be described as electrifying. Those who were fortunate to sit on the receiving end of such greatness were blessed abundantly beyond belief. He may have shifted the bulk of his activities to teaching but he had made no plans to retire from the stage. He said, “People are usually surprised when I tell them I’m 80. They think I am kidding. Maybe it’s because I act and feel like I’m 25 years younger. Part of what kept Warfield around young people who loved music was his involvement with Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. In the inaugural article of the Charles E Lutton Man of Music article series, published in the summer of 1999 edition of THE SINFONIAN, he told of his introduction into the order. “Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia came to me rather late. It did not come to me while I was a student at the Eastman School of Music. Years later, I found out through friends of mine that my name had come up, but because I was black, they didn’t want me and as a result, some of the key members resigned. This was all happening under my nose. I was asked, much later, to be inducted as an honorary member at Ball State University after my career had gotten started. And during that time, I was made Sinfonia’s Man of Music. I was also at the last National
Assembly (1997) and performed. I’ve done several things with the local chapter here at Northwestern.” Warfield made no secret of the fact that he loved the attention he got at an age when most singers have long since retired to the comfort of their rose-colored memories. “Why should I quit the stage, anyway? Age has nothing to do with anything as long as this old voice holds out and I still enjoy it, I’ll never stop singing,” he said. And sing he did, as long as he possibly could. As recently as this July, his distinctive baritone and superb vocal clarity shone through when he performed in Oregon with the trio Three Generations that he founded with bass-baritone Benjamin Matthews and the young Chicago lyric baritone Robert Sims. When interviewed after Mr. Warfield’s accident, Sims shared, “He was the most giving person I have ever known. Just last week in the hospital, he was coaching students. He even asked a German-speaking nurse there if he could sing a Schumann lied for her and he did, even though he was flat on his back.” He just kept rolling along… He not only shared his time with those in the Chicago area in his later years; he spread his unending love for performing all across the country. Savannah, Georgia was one such place. There, he was a judge four times at Onstage’s American Traditions Competition for vocalists. In 2000, presenting the $10,000 first prize before a capacity crowd at the Lucas Theatre, Warfield told the winner, tenor John Wesley Wright, “We have made you master over a few things. Now, step on up a little higher, and He will make you ruler of many.” Stewart Gordon, Savannah Onstage’s founding artistic director, said upon learning of his passing, “William Warfield was not only a great musician, but he was also a wonderful, warm person. His storytelling is legendary. He made a joke every three minutes and they were funny. They were often musical, based on his career, but never at the expense of anyone else. He had an innate kindness.” Longtime friend, Studs Terkel, recalled Mr. Warfield as “one of the most loving artists of our time. He was a deeply religious man, but his religion was that of the whole world. When I would have him on my program, he would talk about how when he sang a requiem, he was with God, that music itself was godlike to him. He was a great teacher, a delightful conversationalist and a man who always spoke the truth.” Mr. Warfield received numerous honors and awards, including his honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Arkansas in 1972. At the graduation ceremonies of Lafayette University in 1977, he received another honorary Doctorate for his “Contributions in the Arts.” In 1982, Warfield was awarded an honorary degree from Boston University; in 1983 a Doctor of Humane Letters was bestowed from Augustana College, Illinois; and in1984, James Milliken University. Also in 1984, he was the winner of a Grammy Award in the
(WILLIAM WARFIELD, CONTINUED) “Spoken Word” category for his outstanding narration of Aaron Copland’s “A Lincoln Portrait”, accompanied by the Eastman Philharmonic Orchestra. The countless that so revered him have shown their respect and adoration via numerous tribute/memorial concerts. The Northwestern University School of Music held “A Concert in Celebration of the Life and Career of William Warfield” at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, featuring live musical performances by Northwestern concert ensembles, members of the voice faculty, and a number of Warfield’s friends and former students, who lovingly referred to him as “Uncle Bill.” The program also featured recordings of some of Warfield’s most famous performances including his ‘84 Grammy Award-winning narration of “A Lincoln Portrait” and his ‘51 rendition of “Ol’ Man River.” Video and audio presentations displayed his vast body of work. Chicago’s Monumental Baptist Church, where he performed Messiah for 25 consecutive years, held a memorial service featuring their choir and various artists who had sung there with him throughout the years.
(JIM PATRENOS, CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3) The National Staff remembers Jim… At Lyrecrest, the end of July is synonymous with Province Governor Training Convocation. Tradition mandated that two things definitely would occur - Jim Patrenos would be here and he would cook breakfast for everyone here. That meal was the drawing card for the event! It was a real Southern breakfast with ALL the trimmings. And this year's breakfast was going to be even more spectacular. During one of his frequent calls
William Warfield is survived by 2 brothers, Vern & Thaddeus; 3 sisters-in-law, Vernice, Frances & Blondine Warfield; 2 aunts, Lillie Lee & Ida Mae Greer, all of Rochester, NY; and a host of nieces, great nieces, nephews, great nephews, cousins and friends. A glorious Tribute Service was held August 30. Thaddeus Warfield shared with me in a conversation we had earlier this week that according to his brother’s last wishes, his Funeral service was not to be lengthy. In an attempt to honor his wish as well as appease all those who longed to share, anyone who so desired was allowed to speak at the Tribute Service. William’s brother said, “…it truly was a glorious experience to behold.” For the Funeral Service held on August 31, The Rev. Dr. Harmon E. Stockdale officiated, while Dr. James Undercofler, Director and Dean of The Eastman School of Music and Robert Ray, of St. Louis, Warfield’s accompanist of the last ten years, served as eulogists. Both of these services took place at Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Rochester, NY. Robert Warfield served this same church as Pastor when he brought his
family to Rochester in the 1920’s. William’s interment was in Mount Hope Cemetery, in Rochester.
into Cheri, he said this year, he was bringing his own grits, because as he said in his own Southern gentleman voice, "…the kind you all have up there just are not real grits! I'm bringing the yellow kind." Anticipation turned to extreme sadness when on the morning of July 22, Ryan answered his phone to hear the devastating news of the onset of Jim's insidious illness. In true Patrenos style, Jim never stopped working for the good of the order. Although he was very ill, he continued to work on Province issues to the end. Ryan's email inbox was never without a message from PG 34. The
week of the Governor's Training Jim sent this:
How prophetic the words he sang so many, many times… “Let me go ‘way from the Mississippi Let me go ‘way from the white man boss Show me that stream called the River Jordan That’s the old stream that I long to cross. I keeps laffin’ instead of cryin’ I must keep fightin’ until I’m dyin’ And Ol’ man river, he just keeps rollin’ along.” From birth on the banks of the Mississippi, to Rochester, to the world and across the River Jordan, the legendary man that was William Caesar Warfield rolled into our hearts, our minds and our souls. And, like the mighty river of which he so often sang, that legend will always just keep rollin’ along.
"Thanks to the Fraternity for the beautiful flowers sent to the Hospital yesterday. Every time I looked at them, I was reminded of the fifty-two wonderful years I have been blessed by our Brotherhood. I hope that a little of my fraternal spirit is in a few hidden corners at Lyrecrest and will be felt during this Governor's meeting." Jim, indeed your spirit is at Lyrecrest and it will ever be… Once a Sinfonian, Always a Sinfonian! Long Live Sinfonia!
MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS The William Warfield Family requests contributions may be made to: The William Warfield Scholarship Fund PO Box 40769 Rochester, NY 14604 The James Patrenos Family has graciously accepted the offer of The National Executive Committee and The Sinfonia Foundation Board of Trustees offer to name one of The Sinfonia Foundation Scholarships after Dr. Patrenos. Anyone wanting to contribute to The Dr. James Hiram Patrenos, Sr. Memorial Scholarship may send their donation to: The Sinfonia Foundation ATTN: Patrenos Memorial Scholarship 10600 Old State Road Evansville, IN 47711-1399
THE SINFONIA FOUNDATION 2002 RESEARCH ASSISTANCE GRANT AWARD WINNERS Since 1969, the Sinfonia Foundation has awarded more than $40,000 in research grants to over 50 recipients. Their projects cover a broad range of topics of American music. This year’s winners are: Dr. Marianne Betz, “American Chamber Music:- George Whitfield Chadwick’s Unpublished String Quartets,” $1000 Rodney C. Schueller, “The Wind Band Works of Norman Dello Joio,” $500 Johanna Keller, “The New American Song,” $500 Joseph Lester Feder, “Men With ‘PermanentTans’: Black Musicians and Country Music in the Rock and Roll Era,” $500
2002 MATCHING GRANT AWARD WINNERS Since 1975, the Sinfonia Foundation has awarded over $30,000 in matching funds to chapters throughout the country to help fund such activities as the sponsoring of festivals and invitations events for both high school and collegiate musicians. This year’s award winning chapters are: Mu Eta at the University of Central Florida, received $325 for the commissioning of a new choral work composed by their Brother, Dr. David Brunner. Zeta Sigma at Texas Tech University received $350 for a three-day film music symposium held at TTU featuring guest artist Graeme Revell. Beta Delta at Pittsburg State University received $325 for the commissioning of a new choral work to commemorate the re-chartering of the Beta Delta Chapter. Delta Tau at Oklahoma State University received $500 for the commissioning of a new work by Dr. Richard Pryor, orchestra director at OSU. Province 20 received $400 for commissioning of a new choral work by Daniel Gawthrop to commemorate the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Gamma Omega at Indiana State University received $600 for the Indiana State University/Phi Mu Alpha Jazzfest 2003.
2002 SCHOLARSHIP AWARD WINNERS The Sinfonia Foundation is committed to assisting the collegiate members and chapters of Sinfonia in their endeavors. The 2002 winners are: Timothy A. Dickel, Epsilon Upsilon Daniel Anthony Heath, Xi Eta Matthew R. Koperniak, Epsilon Lambda TIMOTHY DICKEL
Aaron Moss, Omicron Rho
2002 DELTA IOTA SCHOLARSHIP AWARD WINNER
2002 OUTSTANDING MUSICIAN SUMMER MUSIC CAMP AWARD WINNERS Laura Vanney – Eastern Kentucky University A clarinetist from Falmouth, Kentucky, Laura is a freshman music education major at EKU. During her high school years, Laura was very active in the Pendleton County High School Band, where she served as principal clarinetist. She also participated in other numerous ensembles in both Kentucky and Ohio. This includes five years in the Northern Kentucky Select Band, four years in the KMEA All-State Symphonic Band, three years in the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble and two years in the Cincinnati Youth Orchestra. In addition, Laura was selected for the Governor’s School for the Arts in 2000 and Stephen Collins Foster Music Camp in 2001 and 2002 where she served as principal clarinetist in both the Symphonic Band and the Orchestra. She is currently studying with Dr. Connie Rhoades, professor of clarinet at EKU. Dustin Bastin - High Plains Band Camp A graduate of Athens High School in Athens, Ohio, Dustin is currently a freshman music major at Ohio University. He is the son of Ernest and Dorothy (Bryant) Bastin and studies trumpet with his father who is Professor Emeritus of Trumpet at OU. At High Plains, held at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, Dustin was first chair trumpet in the Honor Band. For the past two years, he has been in charge of organizing and serving as the DJ at the two camp dances. Next summer he will be a counselor at the camp. Jonathan Jones – Texas Tech University Band Camp Aspiring to attend the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and play in a major symphony in the USA are but two of the lofty goals of the Texas Tech Band Camp Concerto Winner, Jonathan Jones. A junior at Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas, Jones was first chair clarinet in the AllState Symphonic Band as a sophomore, a member of the AllState Band as a freshman and currently is a member of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra. He achieved superior ratings on all solo and ensemble events each year he has entered. In addition to his musical honors, he has attained membership in the National Honor Society, the National Spanish Honor Society and received the Order of the Arrow Eagle Scout honor from the Boy Scouts of America. Gabriel Beistline – Texas Tech University Orchestra Camp The second time winner of the PMAS Outstanding Musician Award, won the coveted 2000 Outstanding Performer at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest where he has achieved Division One ratings every year. Gabriel is a member of the Austin Youth Orchestra, Region 18 Orchestra and TMEA AllState orchestra. He plans on majoring in cello and piano performance, composition and conducting at university. Jonathan Kantor - New England Music Camp** Currently a student at the Manhattan School of Music in the Pre-College program for Jazz, Jonathan is a native of Greenwich, CT., where he’s a senior at Greenwich H.S. A woodwind artist - playing tenor saxophone, clarinet - and a pianist, his teachers include Dr. Jim Stoltie, Harold Warner, Rich Prior, Dr. Richard Shillea, Joan Mathes and John Yoon. Kantor played Principal Clarinet in the Norwalk Youth Symphony Principal Orchestra and sevearl positions in the Connecticut All-State Ensembles (Jazz and Band).
Daniel James Barthel, Xi Delta **Although Jonathan was a 2001 award winner, this article was not submitted until this summer, but we did not want his achievement to go unrecognized!
CHAPTER NEWS SINFONIAN IDEALS REPRESENTED AT BLUE LAKE FINE ARTS CAMP Written by: Joshua Melvin, Beta Lambda
Brothers also had an opportunity to share various aspects of their differing chapters and provinces, and gained a new spirit of excitement and brotherhood. They also got the chance to meet some famous Sinfonians, including Dr. Harry Begian. “Blue Lake has given me
ALPHA LAMBDA ILLINOIS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS
On Sunday, April 21, 2002, a work This past summer, many Sinfonians commissioned by the brothers of Alpha had the opportunity to work together Lambda premiered in Illinois Wesleyan’s in an environment, which, for many of Westbrook Auditorium. The work was a us, exemplifies some of the truest commission that was initiated two years ideals of our fraternity. ago. The composer selected was Jennifer Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, locatHigdon and she was given a commission ed in northwest Michigan, hosts a variof $5,000 to arrange one of her orchesety of students studying fine arts in all tral works, “Fanfare Ritmico,” for wind aspects including, art, dance, theatre, ensemble. The piece was performed first and music. It has a long-standing hisby Illinois Wesleyan’s Wind Ensemble, tory for providing children of a wide directed by Steven W. Eggleston, Alpha range of ages with an opportunity to Gamma. Also, several active members of BROTHERS WITH DR. BEGIAN: Alpha Lambda performed in the Wind learn and study with different teachers RYAN DEMBOSKI, DELTA IOTA; JARED BROUSSARD, BETA Ensemble for this concert. within their chosen areas. Heidi OMEGA; AARON JAKUBIEC, DELTA Stansell, camp director, said of the Higdon began writing this piece for program, “Blue Lake accepts students orchestra on the eve before the new at whatever their proficiency level and and the brothers in my unit a unique Millennium. While writing this piece, strives to motivate them to excel and experience in fraternal bonding. We Higdon reflected on how quickly time has grow artistically and personally during worked together, played together, and progressed, and how we as a society protheir time at camp. We’re pleased to leaned on each other,” said Griffin gressed with it in our own individual have a strong representation of Sinfonia James, Phi. ways. She remarked, “This fanfare celeThe summer was a fantastic oppor- brates that rhythmic motion, of man and among our staff, because we are essentunity for us to fulfill the ideals of the fra- machine, and the energy which permetially working toward the same ideals.” Sinfonians from all over the country ternity in a new setting. Commenting on ates every moment of our being in the applied; those selected had the opportu- how he represented Sinfonia nity to work in many aspects at the camp, in his own way, Philip Ward, ranging from being counselors/mentors Tau, said, “My representation to the campers, to performing in camp of Sinfonia while at Blue Lake ensembles. Each worker had an opportu- was through the promotion of nity to show his musical talent, as well as music to the campers; workeducate and work with possible future ing, encouraging, and watchgenerations of Sinfonians, each one ing them grow over the twelve doing his best to show Sinfonian ideals to days while at camp.” Ryan Dembosky, Delta Iota, said, his campers. “Sinfonia was represented not by the showing of our letters or the proCOLLEGIATE AND ALUMNI BROTHERS OF ALPHA LAMBDA AND nouncement of our SINFONIAN FACULTY MEMBERS POSE WITH JENNIFER HIGDON ON THE name. Instead Sinfonia STAGE AFTER THE PREMIERE CONCERT. was represented in the truest sense- the actions of its members.” new century.” A fine selection of music, We would highly recommend Higdon’s “Fanfare Ritmico” will soon take the camp for anyone wanting a great its place among some of the top literaexperience. Jared Gray, Delta ture for wind ensemble. Many active Epsilon, stated, “It was a very reas- brothers of Alpha Lambda, alumni, suring experience to meet brothers Sinfonia faculty members, and the comBROTHERS PICTURED: from other chapters here at Blue poser herself were present at the premier RYAN DEMBOSKI, DELTA IOTA; GRIFFIN JAMES, PHI, TONY Lake. There was an instant bond of this work. CORSON, ALPHA BETA; AARON JAKUBIEC, DELTA; JARED between all of us. Many [Sinfonians] ~Andrew Ladendorf, Historian BROUSSARD, BETA OMEGA; PHILIP WARD, TAU; DANIEL didn’t know anybody when we got BALKEMA, GAMMA THETA; JARED GRAY, DELTA EPSILON; here. It was really great to know that BRIAN PEARSON, KAPPA IOTA; JOSHUA MELVIN, BETA there were already people here on (CONTINUED ON PAGE 20) LAMBDA; MOISES PAIWONSKY, THETA OMEGA; AND SEAN whom we could trust and depend.” CLOSZ, DELTA IOTA. DECEMBER 2002
CHAPTER NEWS (CONTINUED) IOTA OMICRON BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIV. BOWLING GREEN, OHIO This past year, I have seen a large growth of friendship and closeness between the brothers of the Iota Omicron Chapter. A good number of us have class together, live together and have many of the same friends. One might say that spending all that time together will naturally bring people together, which I would believe. However, this has been the situation for a couple of years. I believe our bond goes above and beyond the usual academic and social atmospheres of life. This year, members of our chapter have attended a retreat to Lyrecrest, participated in other chapters’ rituals and been involved in province events and activities. These special events, as well as social outings and service projects within the chapter, have enhanced our knowledge of the fraternity and given us the opportunity to really get to know each other. The understanding of why we exist as a brotherhood has opened a thousand doors in our minds. There is a definite sense of brotherhood when we are all together, whether it is in a business meeting or hanging out in the lounge in the College of Musical Arts. I feel a much stronger bond with Sinfonians, especially those not from Iota Omicron. There are brothers throughout our province that I may only see once every month at special events of social gatherings, but I somehow feel like I know them as well as I do the members of my own chapter. I have felt this way since my visit to Lyrecrest in January 2002. Through informational lectures from our National Historian John Mongiovi and discussions with brothers from other chapters, I have become more aware of our common goals, beliefs and attitudes as brothers in Sinfonia. I credit these experiences with bringing me to a better understanding of the fraternity and a greater feeling of brotherhood with members of my chapter, and others. With all of this said, I challenge each brother to ask himself one question: “What is Sinfonia to me?” Think about the experiences that you have had through your membership in this fraternity, and try to get as much, intellectually and socially, out of future events and gatherings. As returning President of Iota Omicron, next year I will be asking this
very question of the members of my chapter. My goals are to help bring everyone to a better understanding of Sinfonia and to continue the growth of brotherhood. ~Christopher M. Baumgartner, President
THETA OMICRON UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE Greetings to all Sinfonians! We have had quite a semester in the Spring of 2002. We have initiated seven probationary members to collegiate status, and I must say they are a great bunch of guys. The Historian’s Log is a new device we’re using here to take more interest into our chapter’s preservation of history. As the current historian, I took into account the sporadic amount of material, pictures, and scrapbooks our chapter has put together in the past, and began to think of ways to fix it. With a log, which is nothing more than a journal that says “Phi Mu Alpha Spring 2002” on it, I have had the chance to give brothers a place to write feedback where they can voice opinions, their experiences, and their feelings about Sinfonia itself so that future brothers in our chapter will have an opportunity to look back and actually know what we did. The log is a success to the preservation of chapter history; I suggest chapters to implement this idea in some way — you won’t regret it! A few of the interesting events held here were a rib-eating contest, movie nights, a formal, and participating in the University of Tennessee All-Campus Events (ACE) All-Sing competition. We decided to team up with another group this year. For the past three years in the contest our chapter has won 1st overall and 1st small division, and this time we voted that singing by ourselves would not promote or instill in people’s hearts a love for music as much as participation would. We invited the sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha to sing a radio show with us, and our combined 70-member ensemble won once again 1st overall! We really felt that the sorority gained a real insight into who we really are — a great group of guys having fun with music and in comraderie. Go Vols, and to our musical brotherhood, Long Live Sinfonia! ~Joshua A. Geary, Historian
THE QUEST FOR THE ‘CREST TWO BROTHERS ON THEIR CROSS-COUNTRY PILGRIMAGE By Bret Batterman and Charles Pacheco, Nu Zeta (Cal. State Univ.-Stanislaus) Greetings Brothers! When we first had the idea to travel across country to Lyrecrest, it was more of a running joke rather than a reality. As far as we know, no one had ever driven all the way from California for the specific reason of visiting Lyrecrest. Could Sinfonians really spend four days together in a Mazda pick-up, both ways? Well, as the school year came to a close, our dreams and aspirations were to be fulfilled. On June 3, 2002, we left Turlock, California and set off for Evansville, Indiana. It was to be the “Quest for the ‘Crest.” Once on the road, we met up with our President in Reno and had breakfast with him. He told us that the Percy, the national travelling trophy, had just been taken from Reno by the brothers at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and that if we were able to, we should go and pick it up. After Chuck won $25 dollars on the slots, we set off across the great state of Nevada. The check engine light came on about halfway through the state. We pulled over and were entertained by some of the locals tell stories of how they met Carrot Top and things like that. After Nevada, we went into Utah, which after about ten minutes into the state, we determined that it was the worst state ever. There is nothing but salt and dirt. That’s it. People from Utah must have a good sense of humor, because we saw three different signs while on the road toward Salt Lake City. The first one said, “Salt Lake…25mi.” The next one said, “Great Salt Lake…25mi.” The next one said, “Salt Lake City…25mi.” After a whole lot of cursing and expecting to see a sign that said, “The Great Lake of Salt by the Great city by the lake of Salt…25mi,” we eventually hit SLC and went through to Park City, to stay for our first night.
After waking up and watching half of Magnum P.I., we ate breakfast and jumped back into the car for Day 2. We were headed to Ft. Collins, Colorado to stay with the brothers there. After getting into Wyoming, we stopped at the joint liquor/fireworks store. It was quite possibly the coolest thing ever. After many hours in the car, the worst subway sandwich ever, and a few bathroom stops, we made our way into Colorado to Ft. Collins. We contacted Phil Brantley for the low down on where we should go and where we were staying. Apparently, our arrival had prompted the brothers to plan the evening’s events. They we’re nothing short of spectacular. We all went to the local Hooters and had the time that only Sinfonians can have at such an establishment. Pictures were taken, tshirts were bought, wings were consumed, and everyone, including the waitresses, enjoyed themselves. We then went to drop our stuff off at the house where we were staying, and then it was on to the karaoke bar. Brother Previn sang “the Impossible Dream” from The Man from La Mancha and brought the house down. We all sang songs and had a great time. The third day was off to Manhattan, Kansas. We had no idea what was awaiting us on the road. ABSOFREAKIN’-LUTELY NOTHING!!! Not only is there nothing between Denver and Manhattan, but you pass the same overpass with a Stuckey’s/Dairy Queen/Texaco on the right, over and over and over. By the way, you lose an hour with the time change, and if you were asleep like Chuck was, you wake up and haven’t gone anywhere, and you feel like you’re going around in circles. We eventually lost all control and freaked out about 80 miles inside Kansas in a “town” called Grinnell. Kansas had officially taken from Utah the title of “worst state ever.” We had an ice cream, and sat on the bench in front of the store. It was a scene out of every western movie. Eventually, our determination came back, and we made it our
goal to make it to Manhattan before we died or killed one another. Arriving at our destination, we met up with Dr. Bruce Gbur, Governor of Province 7, had pizza, and watched the fine film “Shrek.” We were happy to be able to just sit and veg after such a long car ride. When he got off work, Brother Allen Hisken came over and took us to his home where we would be staying the night. We eventually fell asleep on the couches after watching a few more movies and letting our California lungs get accustomed to the humidity. Bret almost suffocated in his sleep. The final day of travel awaited us, and we were more than ready to arrive at Lyrecrest. We went off to McDonalds and laughed all the way out the door by the strange looks we got inside. The people acted as though they had never seen a surfer and tattooed guy before. Just after paying our toll on the Kansas turnpike, Chuck put it to the floor to Kansas City, when lo and behold, a family of geese decided that that was a good time to cross the freeway. We screamed and swerved and laughed about it all the way there. Through Illinois, and into Indiana, we arrived at Lyrecrest, four days after leaving California. We met up with Ryan Ripperton, and he showed us the cottage where we would be staying. We told him all of the excitement of the road, and finally, we settled into our new home for 6 days. The rest of the trip is full of stories, but it always seems like the journey to a place is the most exciting. You don’t quite know just what you’re going to run in to. What was so amazing was the ability to meet people with whom we had never talked before, and because of our bond in Sinfonia, we were more that instant friends, we were brothers. Both Chuck and myself made the comment that we never felt uncomfortable in the presence of other brothers. It was perhaps this comfort that made the trip so tolerable. When you are among kindred spirits, the long road ahead doesn’t seem nearly as long or treacherous.
All of the brothers whom I contacted before we were on the road to ask about accommodations on the way out were more than inviting, and almost everyone we met made us feel right at home. For that we are most thankful. The bond which unites us in Sinfonia is
truly a remarkable thing. Because of it, two men from one side of the country are able to travel all the way across the country and not have to pay for lodging. Even on the way back on Highway 50, “the loneliest road in America,” we called brothers in Reno at midnight and asked if we could borrow their floor for the evening, and they couldn’t have been cooler about it, offering us their floor and brotherhood. We traveled 2,400 miles, across 9 states, to 3 different Hooters four different times, bought $70.00 worth of fireworks from Kentucky, caught 7 fish from the Lyrecrest pond, stripped 24 coats of paint from the front door of Lyrecrest, bought some decorations for the cottage, and had one of the best experiences of our lives, because of Phi Mu Alpha. It is because of this reason that, now more than ever, it is truly great to be a Sinfonian. P.S. — The Percy is now located in Turlock, California. We invite all chapters to come and visit us and pick it up. You will find, as we did, that getting the trophy is nothing compared to the journey undertaken to retrieve it.
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Frederick Fennell Frederick Fennell was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 2, 1914. He studied at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY (BM, 1937; MM 1939). He spent the summers 1931-33 at National Music Camp, Interlochen, Michigan, where he began study of conducting. He became a scholarship student at Eastman School of Music; was awarded the International Fellowship in Conducting, which afforded him study in the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. In 1938 he became a member of the Eastman conducting faculty. Highlights of his early career include: Guest Conductor, the Mozart Orchestra of Salzburg, 1938; Guest Conductor, New York Federal Symphony, 1939; Guest conductor, Philadelphia Little Symphony, 1940; Conductor of the National Music Camp, 1940 & 1941; Private pupil of Serge Koussevitzky, 1942; Became National USO Music Advisor in 1943; Return to Rochester, 1945, as Associate Conductor Eastman Orchestra; Conductor Yaddo Music Period, 1946, Saratoga, New York; Guest conductor First Contemporary American Music Festival, University of Washington, Seattle, 1947; Guest conductor Houston Symphony Orchestra 1948; awarded citation by the National Association for American Conductors and Composers for outstanding services on behalf of American Music; appointed assistant to Serge Koussevitzky in orchestra conducting Berkshire Music Center, Tanglewood, 1948; frequent guest conductor Boston Pops Orchestra, 1949-1978; Conductor Columbia University American Festival, 1949; Conductor and Musical Director Summertime Light Opera Company, Houston, Texas, 1949 & 1950; guest conductor Carnegie Hall “Pops”, 1950; Boston Esplanade Concerts; and conductor Silver Anniversary Yaddo Music Period 1952. Fennell founded The Eastman Wind Ensemble 1952, with which he recorded twenty-two albums of music for Mercury Records. He was the Conductor for ten seasons of The Eastman Opera Theatre 1953-62. He was conductor of The Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra in a series of Mercury Records; as well as guest conductor with the New Orleans Philharmonic, Denver, National, Hartford, and St. Louis Symphonies, The Cleveland Orchestra, The London Symphony, The Buffalo, Calgary, and Greater Miami Philharmonic Orchestras. He was the Resident Conductor for the Miami Philharmonic 1974-75; co-conductor Eastman Philharmonic’s three-month tour of Western Europe, the mid-East, and Russia, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, 1961-62; Associate Music Director Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra 1962-64; Conductor-in-Residence, University of Miami School of Music, 1965-80; Musical Director The School Orchestra of America, 1965 & 1966; and Principal Guest Conductor, Interlochen Arts Academy. His amazing skills as a conductor have not been unnoticed, as one may tell from the numerous awards he has been bestowed. He received an Honorary Doctor of Music Degree from Oklahoma City University in 1967; was the recipient of 25th Anniversary Columbia University Ditson Conductors Award, April 1969; and The New England Conservatory’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble Citation in 1970. Mercury Record Corporation Gold Record, 1970; National Academy of Wind and Percussion Arts “Oscar” for outstanding service as a conductor, 1975. He was the 1985 Recipient of the Star of the Order John Philip Sousa Memorial Foundation and the A.A. Harding Award of the American of School Band Directors Association. He was awarded the Citation and Medal from the Congressional Committee for the Centennial of the Civil War for a 2 volume recording, The Music of the Civil War, 1961; Honored Member American Federation of Musicians, 1962; Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service Medal, 1962; Honorary Life Member College Band Directors National Association, 1985; New York State Band Directors Association Bandstand Award, 1987; New York State School Music Association Great Gifts Award, 1987; Interlochen Medal of Honor, 1989; Mid-West International Band & Orchestra Clinic Medal of Honor. He was inducted into the National Band Association Hall of Fame for FREDERICK FENNELL, Distinguished Band Conductors, 1990. He was the recipient of a Special Award “In recognition of unparalleled leadership and service to Wind Band performance throughout the world” 1990 from ALPHA NU ‘38 North Central CBDNA. The Fennell/Eastman Wind Ensemble recording of Percy Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posey was selected one of the Fifty Best Recordings of the Centenary of the Phonograph: 1877-1977, Stereo Review, July 1977. As Conductor of the Cleveland Symphonic Winds, he made the first symphonic digital recording in the United States for Telarc Records. He was appointed Conductor of The Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra in 1984, with which he recorded for CBS/Sony, Nippon Columbia, King and Kosei Labels. He was named Conductor Laureate in 1999. Named the Principal Guest Conductor of the Dallas Wind Symphony in 1987, he pioneered HDCD recording with them on five releases. Dr. Fennell became the only civilian conductor of the U.S. Marine Band in 1997 and again led The President’s Own in 1999 to celebrate the band’s 200th Anniversary. His 1954 book Time and the Winds is still the only text of its kind; author of the continuing series The Basic Band Repertory — Study/Performance Essays; editor, contemporary editions of classic military, circus, and concert marches for Theodore Presser Co., Carl Fisher, Inc., Sam Fox Publishing Co., Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., and of the Fennell Editions for Ludwig Music Co., Inc.
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Over the course of a career that crisscrossed the country from Maine to Oregon to Kentucky to Hawaii, the life of Don Allton, Alpha Nu ‘33 touched thousands of students. Allton passed away on Thursday, July 12, 2001. He was 87. Beginning as a church musician at the age of 15 in Maine, he went on to earn bachelor and master’s degrees in theory at the Eastman School of Music. While at Eastman he was very active in the Alpha Nu chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. His memories of his life there are contained in a book which is in the Eastman Sibley Library Archives, titled, Eastman Memories 1931-1938. He taught at the University of Kentucky where he met and married another teacher, Mary Ellen Kapp. They married in 1938 and had three children, Robert, Nancy and Margaret; all survive him.
Dr. Stephen V. Ballou, Beta Sigma ’42, passed away on April 7, 2001. He was born on March 11, 1917 in Rochester, MN, graduated from Duluth State Teachers College in 1939 with a degree in education. Later, he received master and doctor’s degrees in education from Colorado University in Boulder, CO. Dr. Ballou started his teaching career in Coulee, WA in 1939. After his service in the US Navy, he taught at Colorado State University. In 1953, Dr. Ballou moved to Fresno and assumed a position at Fresno State College. From 1953 until his retirement in 1978, he held several positions at the University, including head of the Secondary Education Department. He is survived by his wife of over 60 years, June; one sister, Joy Booth; two brothers, Nathan and Robert; children, Pam and David Wyatt, S. Chase and Sheryl Ballou and Richard and Sandra Ballou; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. A memorial Service was held at First Congregational Church in Fresno on April 11, 2001. Remembrances may be made to the Education Department at Fresno State University. John Boda, Alpha Nu ’45, a retired Florida State University professor of music, died Sunday, April 14, 2002 at the age of 79. Boda was born in Boyceville, WI. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music at
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Kent State University and master’s degree and doctorate at The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Shortly after graduating, he won a national competition to become an apprentice conductor under George Szell of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. He joined the faculty at FSU in 1947 as a professor in piano performance and later moved into the theory and composition departments, which included teaching comprehensive classes in Wagnerian operas. During his tenure at FSU, he received numerous awards for his compositions. His music is being performed internationally. His composition students have received high accolades as composers in their own right, including the first woman Pulitzer Prize winner in composition. He was a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and a founding member of the Southeastern Composers League. He also helped initiate and organize the Florida State University Festival for New Music, a biennial symposium providing performances if many new works in all mediums. He was a founding member of Epiphany Lutheran Church in Tallahassee. Two brothers, two sisters and many nieces and nephews survive Boda. A memorial service was held at Joy Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ocala. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. John Boda Scholarship for Graduate Students in Composition, Florida State University School of Music in Tallahassee, FL. Eastern Washington University suffered a terrible loss in the early evening of February 7, 2002, when a two car collision near Four Lakes took the lives of retired music faculty member James Edmonds, Epsilon ’55, his two sisters Arreta Smith and Lorna Whitfield and EWU math professor Berta Pierce and her husband Fred. Jim Edmonds grew up in Pittsfield, MA. He attended Oberlin CollegeConservatory where he received his Bachelor of Music degree. After serving two years in the US Army Chaplains’ Corps, he attended the University of Michigan where he received his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. Jim came to Eastern Washington University in 1962 where re remained on the faculty until his retirement in 1987. The trust and admiration of his colleagues led to Jim’s election as President of the Faculty Organization and
his chairing many faculty committees. The high regard in which he was held by students led to his being named Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year in 1968. His national honors included his receiving the Frederick Douglas Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Council of Black Studies. Shortly before his death he had been notified of his election as a Fellow in the Music Teachers National Association’s Foundation. Frank Gullo, Alpha Zeta ’42, died Sunday, January 27, 2002 after a twoday illness. He was born August 18, 1910 in Forestville, NY and grew up in Lockport, NY. His love of music began in high school where he won second place in the National Baritone Competition. He attended Fredonia Normal School and received his bachelor and master’s degrees from New York University. He taught music in public schools in New York State before accepting a job at Penn State in 1940 as an associate professor of music. He directed the Glee Club that first year, filling in for Dean Rich W. Grant, who was on leave and then led the Glee Club for a full twenty-five years from 1942-1967. In addition to his University responsibilities, singing the national anthem at football games and teaching every freshman the Penn State songs during orientation, he and his ever-present sidekick, Hum Fishburn, performed before over 2,000 audiences with a unique singalong style, Hum playing the piano and Frank “lining” the words. They had Monday night sings for the State College community and performed at hundreds of schools and Rotary Clubs throughout the East. At the 110th anniversary of the Penn State Glee Club in 1998, Frank was heard belting out tunes louder than anyone – and he was 88 years old!!! After forty memorable years of conducting, singing, concert playing, performing and teaching everything from drums to strings, Frank retired from Penn State in 1970. In 1989, he received the prestigious Lion’s Paw award for his “notable service to the University, especially by fostering its worthwhile traditions.” Frank retired to Lancaster. He donated his collection of more than 10,000 titles of popular sheet music to Millersville University. You may visit the collection at:
THE FINAL CHORD http://marauder.millersville.edu/~archiv es/archweb/manuscripts/scoretitle.htm Frank is survived by his three daughters, Nan Richmond, Mary Jones and Marsha Frerichs, and by nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Frank is remembered as the man who made music fun for both the Penn State student body and community. He truly was the King of Sing. Ronald Ralph Garber, Epsilon Upsilon ’53, of LaPorte, IL passed away June 13, 2002 following a lengthy illness. He was 68 years old. Garber was born October 7, 1933 in Elkhart County, IN. He was a member of the US Army and the US Army Chorus and Band. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Evansville and a master’s degree from Andrews University. He taught in Culver, Leiters Ford, and DeMotte, IN and retired as an elementary vocal music teacher from LaPorte Community School Corp. He was a member of ISTA. Surviving Garber are his wife, Bernice; three daughters, two sons, five grandchildren, and four sisters. A memorial service was held Friday, June 21 at the First United Methodist Church in Tallahassee. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association or the charity of the donor’s choice. Robert L. Jones, Beta Tau ’47, 75, died at his home in St. Augustine, FL on Saturday, February 16, 2002, after a long battle with Huntington’s Disease. He was born on April 21, 1926 in Hallendale, FL. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami, followed by a master’s degree from Peabody University in Nashville, TN. Mr. Jones was a minister of music for various churches for 40 years until he retired in 1988. At that time he and his wife moved to Cashiers, NC where he served as minister of music at the Cashiers United Methodist Church for six years. He also served as music conference leader for the Baptist Assembly in North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia. He organized, conducted and toured with English Handbell Choirs from several churches for many years. One highlight of his life was a tour to Italy in 1977
with a youth handbell choir from Hampton, SC, which performed in the Vatican and in several other Italian cathedrals. Surviving are his wife, Nettie Lou Jones; a brother, Leland Jones of Cashiers; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held on March 3, 2002 at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. Donations may be sent in memory of Mr. Jones to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, 158 W. 29th St., 7th Floor, New York City, NY 10001. John Kinyon, Alpha Nu ’39, of Asheville and Lake City, FL, passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2002 after a prolonged illness at the age of 83. He was born on May 23, 1918, in Elmira, NY, graduated from The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and received his master’s degree from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. In 1984, he was awarded an honorary doctor of arts degree from Limestone College in Gaffney, SC. Throughout his 40-year career teaching school music and directing school bands, he became internationally famous as an arranger and composer of music for young bands and traveled extensively in his capacity as guest conductor and clinician at many schools and universities. He served in the US Army Band. In 1982, he retired from his 15-year position as professor of music education at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL and moved with his wife to Tuckasegee, where they lived for 16 years. While there, he continued his writing. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; nine daughters; one son; twenty-four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two brothers who live in Rochester, NY. Leroy P. Offerman, Gamma Delta ’38, of Evansville, Ind., died Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at the age of 87. Mr. Offerman, a resident of Solarbron Point, retired in 1988 after 48 years as an insurance agent for New England Mutual Life Insurance Co. He earned the CLU & the ChFC designations and was a member of the New England Life Hall of Fame and a lifetime member of Million-Dollar Round Table. Mr. Offerman was a 1939 graduate of Murray State University, where he helped
establish Campus Lights, which today is a Murray State tradition. He worked his way through college playing the trombone as the leader of Offerman & The Boys Dance Band. He was a past board member of the Murray State Foundation and was a recipient in 1992 of the Golden HorseShoe Award for Outstanding Alumni Service at Murray State University. As a devoted brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, he was instrumental in bringing the national headquarters to Evansville and served for a time on the National Staff at Lyrecrest. Mr. Offerman was also past member of the Temple Aires Dance Band, the Downtown Kiwanis Club, and a counselor for SCORE. Mr. Offerman was a member and past choir director of Christ the King Catholic Church in Evansville. He is survived by a daughter, Nancy Ahrens of Evansville; two sons, Phil Offerman of Evansville and J. Stephen Offerman of Evansville; six stepsons, Kenneth Ellspermann of Evansville, Randy Ellspermann of San Diego, California, John Ellspermann of Kansas City, Kansas, Jerry Ellspermann of Cincinnati, Ohio, Rick Ellspermann of Aurora, Illinois, and Stan Ellspermann of Allentown, Pennsylvania; six grandchildren, Laura Brown and Robert, Jeffrey, Kristin, Heather and Ryan Offerman; a great-grandson, Alex Brown; 16 stepgrandchildren; and nine stepgreatgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy (Williams), in 1992 and his second, wife, Alma (Ellspermann), in 2002. Funeral services were held Saturday, May 18, 2002, at Christ the King Catholic Church, with Monsignor Kenneth Knapp officiating and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia’s Administrative Coordinator, Cheri Faith Spicer, Director of Music at Christ the King, serving as accompanist. Memorial Contributions may be made in his memory to the charity of your choice. Normand Lockwood, Nu Rho ’67, (1906-2002) died of pneumonia on Saturday, March 9, 2002, ten days shy of his 96th birthday, at Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver. Although he had been in declining health for the past
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THE FINAL CHORD (CONTINUED FROM PAGE 25) Normand Lockwood, Nu Rho ’67 (continued) three years, he continued composing as a way of life until his final short illness. A product of a musical household – his father was conductor of the University of Michigan’s orchestra between 1908 and 1930 and his mother was an accomplished violinist and singer – Lockwood studied with Respighi in Rome (1924-25) and Boulanger in Garganville (1925-27). Following a fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, he held positions at Oberlin College, Union Theological Seminary, Trinity University, the University of Hawaii and the University of Denver. In 1945, Stravinsky included him on a list of ten notable American composers. He received two successive Guggenheim Fellowships, honorary doctorates from Berea College and the University of Denver and awards from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and the Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities, among others. Contributions in the composer’s honor may be made to the American Music Research Center, College of Music, Campus Box 301, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO 80309, where his archive is housed. Furman University Alumni, Richard R. Magg, Gamma Eta ‘53, recently passed away after a battle with cancer. Originally, he was initiated at the Xi chapter in 1953 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. Ralph Vernon Matthews, Epsilon ’33, died at the age of 87 on Thursday, May 9, 2002 in Peterborough, NH. He was born in Schenectady, NY on July 2, 1914 to Howard David and Mary Elizabeth Matthews. He entered the University of Michigan School of Music in 1932 and was a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He played the violin and sand tenor in the Michigan Men’s Glee Club. After receiving his Bachelor of Music degree in 1936, he did graduate work in music education at Harvard University and was a member of the Harvard Glee Club. He received a Master of Science in Education degree from California Lutheran College in 1974. In 1937, he married his Michigan classmate, Mildred Louise Shapley who
graduated with a BA from Michigan in 1936. He began his teaching career at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH in the 1940s directing band, orchestra and chorus. In 1945, he and his family moved to Pasadena, CA. He taught in the Los Angeles area schools for 45 years, retiring in 1990. He taught many subjects in addition to music, focusing on special education in the later years. He and his family were frequent summer visitors to the Shapley home in Sharon, NH from the 1940s onward. In 1980, he purchased land on the Shapley estate and he and his son Bruce Matthews built his retirement home, Brook Farm. He lived there full-time with Bruce beginning in 1993. His wife Mildred survives him, in addition to his four children June Lorriane Matthews, Bruce Shapley Matthews, Melvin Lloyd Matthews and Martha Alice Matthews, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held in Sharon. Memorial donations may be made to the Peterborough Fire and Rescue Association, 16 Summer Street, Peterborough, NH 03458. Trombonist George Moran, Epsilon Phi ’73, passed away on February 18, 2002 in New York City. He graduated from Capital University in 1976. He went on to perform with the famed North Texas One O’clock Jazz Band and the Buddy Rich Band. He then established himself as a Broadway and Studio musician in New York City.
APPARENT SUICIDE OF BAND DIRECTOR SHOCKS PEERS, PARENTS, TEACHERS Before he left for a Kiwanis band competition in New York, Fort Pierce Central High Band Director Eric Olivenbaum, Eta Omega ’94, had a request. Principal Steven Valencia said Olivenbaum asked him for a laptop computer on which to work out half-time routines for the upcoming football season. But the band director didn’t get to finish what he started. Olivenbaum, 26, was found dead of an apparent suicide Sunday, July 7, 2002 by campus police near the Lusk Field House at State University of New York at Cortland. Reports did not indicate how Olivenbaum died. University police, the Cortland Fire Department and a local ambulance crew failed to revive him,
according to the university public information office. Three St. Lucie County students accompanied Olivenbaum, who was on the Kiwanis Kavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps staff for the competition. A staff member from Drum Corps International made this statement: “It is with extreme sadness that we offer our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and students of Eric Olivenbaum. Eric was a first-year staff member of the Kiwanis Kavaliers. Eric’s departure from life came with sudden surprise. His death has brought about an overwhelming sense of sadness from all that knew him. The staff and members of the Kavaliers have been meeting with professional counselors and are doing well under these unfortunate circumstances.” Reactions from his co-workers and students were filled with amazement and profound shock. Fort Pierce Central student Nicole Lyzwa was present because her group, the Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps, was competing. Lyzwa’s mother, Eileen Elko, said she received a distraught telephone call from her daughter Monday night telling her about the death. “I’m totally shocked,” Elko said. “He seemed like a really happy guy.” “I’m devastated,” said medical science academy teacher Barbara Redic. “He radiated smiles, so you would have thought that everything was OK.” Reached in Louisiana late Tuesday, Fort Pierce Central physical education and health teacher Regina Sneeze had not yet learned about Olivenbaum’s death. “I’m shocked, I’m really shocked,” she said. “He did great things for the band program. He had a great rapport with kids and teachers. He was very friendly.” “I don’t understand how he could have done that,” said Cheryl Zebrowski, Fort Pierce Central’s 2002 valedictorian. “He seemed happy doing his job.” Born in Gainesville, Olivenbaum graduated from Buchholz High School in 1994. He earned a master’s degree in music from the University of Florida in 2000. He was a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity and Indian River Presbyterian Church. Olivenbaum accepted the position of band director two years ago. It was his first teaching job. A remembrance service was held in Gainesville.
Stanley W. Vycital, Alpha Xi ’39, 86, of McHenry, IL died Sunday, June 23, 2002. He was born May 1, 1916 in McHenry, the eighth of nine children to John J. and Frances Vycital. He married Ruth Schaeffer on October 10, 1941 in Springfield, OH. He was a graduate of McHenry Community High School in 1934, attended the Chicago Conservatory of Music and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1941. Stanley was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and was chairman of the building committee for the new church, which was dedicated on August 10, 1958. For many years, he was active in music, conducting the McHenry City Band and McHenry Stage Band for park concerts. He retired in 1983 from Robert Barclay Co. and Barclay Marine Distributor Corp., where he was sales representative for northern Illinois. His wife Ruth preceded him in death in 1995. His children, Ronald and Vickie Vycital, Rick and Mary Beth Vycital, and six grandchildren survive him. Memorial contributions may be made to the music department of Zion Lutheran Church of McHenry or the American Cancer Society, Janet Smith, 200 Green Street, Mc Henry, IL 60050. William G. “Bill” Noud, Tau ’64, of Lawrence, Kansas, died after midnight, August 26, 2002, at Eastridge Care Home in Centralia, KS. He was born June 13, 1944, on a farm north of Lillis, KS, the son of Michael W. “Mick” and Margaret S. Adams Noud. He attended Lillis Grade School at Lillis and graduated from Frankfort High School in Frankfort, KS, in 1962. In the fall of 1962, he began studies at the University of Kansas, where he received a degree in Organ and Church Music. He lived in San Francisco for several years where he was an organist for St. Mary’s Cathedral and worked as a buyer for Hastings Clothing Company. He later moved to New Jersey and earned a graduate degree in music in 1980 at Westminster College at Princeton. He was a member of the college choir. In 1980, he returned to live in Lawrence, Kansas, where he played the carillon at KU and was the organist at Our Lady of Good Council Church in Kansas City, Missouri. He was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence, and was organist for the St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church in Kansas City. He was a member of the
American Guild of Organists at Lawrence, and the American Choral Director’s Association. Bill had traveled throughout Europe including Russia and the Slavic countries. While there, he spent time touring the cathedrals, which were of prime interest to him. Survivors are three brothers, Thomas Noud of New Brighton, Minnesota, Michael Noud of Lillis, Kansas, and Patrick Noud of Herndon, Virginia; two sisters, Elizabeth “Betty” Keating of Lillis and Thomasene Weissbeck of Topeka. A memorial mass was offered at St. Joseph’s Church in Lillis, Kansas on Saturday morning, September 7, 2002. Inurnment was in St. Joseph Cemetery at Lillis. Memorial contributions may be given for St. Joseph Cemetery, Lillis, KS or the Eastridge Care Home of Centralia, and sent in care of the family.
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MAKING A JOYFUL NOISE (CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12) Dr. Ramsey and his students provide music instruction to children at the center, and the children practice on instruments provided to them by Start-up the Band: clarinets, cornets, French horns, flutes, trombones, drums, saxophones — instruments that these children normally could not afford to own or even rent. Meredith Wilson was right: Nothing inspires a child to develop her own innate musical talent quite so much as holding the instrument in her hands. There is something magical about the look and feel of a musical instrument — the glimmer of the brass, the ebony sheen of the oboes and clarinets, the “pock-pock” of the leather pads on a tenor sax — that piques the imagination of a bright and talented child even before a single sound is made. But the gospel according to The Music Man is not infallible; professor Hill’s fabled “Think System” only works within the fictional city limits of River City, Iowa. In the rest of the world, someone has to instruct these eager young artists, and Dr. Ramsey and his students are taking care of that requirement here in Denton. These dedicated people are teaching these children the rudiments of music. The children, in turn, get to keep their instruments as long as they continue in an organized band program. Blessings on them, and blessings on such organizations as the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Greater Denton Arts Council, which have donated enough money to the program to secure more than 30 used band instruments for the children at the Owsley Youth Center. And blessings on you, if you have an old musical instrument around your house that is gathering dust. You can have that instrument making music again by calling Dr. Ramsey at 940-565-3749, the Owsley Center at 940383-9442 or Rachel Clark at UNT, 940-5652930. If you don’t have an instrument, a cash donation will sound just as sweet. Make a little music today; make Darhyl Ramsey’s telephone ring.
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