Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

Ossian Everett Mills

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 met “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.” Mills, bursar of the Conservatory, sought to create an Order in which men with a shared love of music could develop the virtues of manhood in themselves and in their fellows.

Sinfonia became a national fraternity on October 6, 1900, with the admission of a group of men at the Broad Street Conservatory in Philadelphia. Since that time Sinfonia has grown into the largest music fraternity in the world, with more than 150,000 initiates, and chapters on over 200 college and university campuses across the nation.

The Object of this Fraternity shall be for the development of this 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.
Eta Phi's History
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is a nationally-recognized men's social fraternity, bringing together musicians of any and all walks of life together within a common bond. Sinfonia is open to any male college student or faculty member of at least 18 years of age who has a love of music and wants to better himself as a man and as a musician.

Phi Mu Alpha currently holds 239 chapters in 45 states and has initiated over 100,000 members throughout the years.

Alpha Chapter

The original Eta Phi chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia was brought to USM's campus on May 15, 1957. After over 50 years of dedication to Sinfonia and the music department at USM, the Eta Phi Chapter went inactive in 2007.

In the Fall of 2009, Phi Mu Alpha was reintroduced to the students at USM. Men were recruited for the cause and Eta Phi was granted colony status on December 8, 2010. Just over a year and a half later, after much hard work and dedication, the colony was approved for Phase II of colonization and on October 28, 2012, the Eta Phi Chapter was reactivated.

Today, the Eta Phi Chapter participates in multiple philanthropic endeavors and works to advance music on the campus here at Southern Miss.