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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.

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia crest
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. 

Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) is an international fraternity for women who come together to enjoy the fellowship of music and to promote and develop music worldwide. SAI was founded on June 12, 1903 at the University School of Music in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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:

  • Supports and encourages women musicians of all ages, races, and nationalities
  • Supports and promotes successful and innovative educational programs in music for all stages of life
  • Cultivates excellence in musical performance
  • Promotes programs and activities that stress the love and importance of music in our lives
  • Recognizes technological advances in the field of music
  • Dedicates financial resources that ensure the continuation of programs necessary to support the objectives of the fraternity in perpetuity
  • Has as its members people who exemplify professional and ethical behavior in the spirit of the Sigma Alpha Iota founders.

Purpose of Sigma Alpha Iota

  • TO FORM chapters of women college students and alumnae who have a sincere interest in music.
  • TO UPHOLD the highest standards of music.
  • TO FURTHER the development of music in America and throughout the world.
  • TO GIVE inspiration and encouragement to members.
  • TO ORGANIZE the cultural life of Sigma Alpha Iota members as a contributing factor to their educational growth.
Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity was founded on the campus of Oklahoma State University in 1919 to serve the College and University band programs. Kappa Kappa Psi operates primarily as a student service and leadership recognition society whose chief aim is to assist the Director of Bands in developing the leadership and enthusiasm that is required of his/her band. Our goals are to provide the band not only with organized and concentrated service activities, but to give our membership valid and wholesome experiences in organization, leadership and social contacts. The honorary nature of membership is based on our premise that “it is an honor to be selected to serve” this band, its department of music, its sponsoring institution, and the cause of band music in the nation's colleges and universities.

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.

Contact Info: 

Faculty Advisor Dr.%20James%20Standland | EMAIL

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The Southern Miss NBA chapter was instated in 2004. Southern Miss was one of the first institutions to instate a student chapter of the organization.

The purpose of the Southern Miss student chapter of The National Band Association is to promote the excellence of band throughout the state, promote pride and enthusiasm in the band movement, and to encourage interested students to pursue careers in music.  This student organization is geared to support music education majors at Southern Miss, as well as those interested in our profession.

The National Band Association is not a fraternity or sorority, but can be described as a cohort of individuals whose purpose is to promote The Arts throughout Mississippi and surrounding areas.  Membership is contingent on the payment of one annual fee.  As of this point, there is only an organization fee and no chapter fees.  The organization fee is paid directly to the national organization either online, or via an application form provided to interested students by any of the chapter officers.

The NBA student chapter is directly involved with the Southern Miss Band department and participates in all USM Bands functions such as All-South Marching Band, honor band, Lions Band Workshop, and numerous events in conjunction with The Pride of Mississippi Marching Band and its band council.

The National Band Association also hosts numerous guest speakers from varying backgrounds throughout the academic year. Past guest speakers have included Gary Cook, Paula Crider, David Gregory, Jamie Foshee, and William Moody, to name a few. These guest speakers bring invaluable information to the chapter members with such topics as first-year teaching strategies, teaching techniques, pitfalls and successes, ensemble methods, and wind band intonation.
The mission of the USM Guitar Society is to promote the art of the guitar and the Southern Miss Guitar Studio through guest artist concerts, masterclasses, student performances, and festivals. The Guitar Society holds regular meetings and organizes fundraisers to raise money for exciting guitar-related events and charitable causes.


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