Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is the world’s oldest and largest secret national fraternal society in music. Sinfonia was born on October 6, 1898, at the New England Conservatory in Boston, when a group of thirteen young men under the guidance of Ossian Everett Mills "to consider the social life of the young men students of that institution [and] to devise ways and means by which it might be improved." Sinfonia became a national fraternity on October 6, 1900, with the admission of a group of men at the Broad Street Conservatory in Philadelphia. For over a century, Sinfonians in nearly every field of study and professional endeavor have transformed music in America. The opportunity of becoming a Sinfonian is offered to as many men as possible who, through a love for music, can assist in the fulfillment of the Fraternity’s Object and ideals either by adopting music as a profession, or by working to advance the cause of music in America. [Source: sinfonia.org]
Ossian Everett Mills
Colors: Red, Black, and Gold
Publication: The Sinfonian/The Red & Black
Philanthropy: Mills Music Mission
Adopted in 1901, The Object or mission statement of the fraternity is the motto in which all Sinfonians live by.
"The Object of this Fraternity shall be for the development of the best and truest fraternal spirit; the mutual welfare and brotherhood of musical students; the advancement of music in America and a loyalty to the Alma Mater. "
Phi Mu Alpha has initiated over 150,000 members over the course of its’ creation. Phi Mu Alpha has about 6,000 active collegiate members in over 230 active collegiate chapters throughout the United States.