School of Music
School of 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 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.
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.
Mission Statement and Vision
The Mission of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity is to encourage, nurture and support the art of music.
The Vision of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity is to be recognized throughout the world as the foremost fraternity that:
Purpose of Sigma Alpha Iota
The educational value to the student of participation in a smaller group's activities
cannot be overemphasized. Experience in planning, organizing and carrying through
projects to benefit the larger band organization are necessary if a well-rounded and
responsible student leader is to be trained. The fraternal group, as embodied by our
active chapters, provides this needed training group for the student by establishing
both worthy goals and worthwhile guideposts for a meaningful college experience.
Membership in Kappa Kappa Psi thus becomes an educational and service activity as well as social one. And it is this kind of activity that enriches the band student's life and sharpens an appreciation for both the best in Music and what it takes to achieve it. It is to this end that our National Fraternity is dedicated, and we cordially invite your participation in this effort.
National Website: kkytbs.org