Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia: The Brotherhood of Music
A pair of Ray Ban sunglasses, a Polo Ralph Lauren shirt, Khaki shorts that extend to an inch above the knees; what is this attire associated with? Most college students would say "frat boys." This is one of the stereotypes associated with fraternities. The immediate assumption is that members of a fraternity are all tools, douche bags, or any other insult one can think of; this being the general opinion of a normal college student. I am sure there are many exceptions to this stereotype and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America is one of them. Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is a fraternity based on the mutual love of music (McDuffie). The object of this report shall be to inform the reader about this fraternity and its history in order to give the reader insight on one of the lesser known fraternities on campus.
The best place to begin this report is at the conception of Phi Mu Alpha. In the words of a current member, Kari McDuffie: Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is a social fraternity that was established in 1898 by Ossian Everett Mills in Boston, Massachusetts. It was originally a club called "Sinfonia" and the reason it came to exist was because of necessity. At the time of the foundation, musicians were very competitive in life and they didn't really talk to each other compared to our school of music here at Southern Miss. So the point of the Sinfonia Club and eventually Phi Mu Alpha was to create a common bond, a mutual welfare and
brotherhood, between musical students (McDuffie). Kari gives us a good, brief summary of the foundation of Phi Mu Alpha. The most important fact that Kari tells us is that the group was formed from necessity. Before the formation of the fraternity, American musicians held intense rivalries amongst each other and rarely communicated. The founder, Ossian Everett Mills, noticed how destructive such rivalries could be, and determined that change was necessary for the future of...
Cited: Fry, Eric. Personal interview. 22 Oct. 2013
McDuffie, Kari. Personal interview. 15 Oct. 2013
National Executive Committee of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America. Themes for Brotherhood. Evansville: Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, 2012. Print.
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