Phi Mu Alpha

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.

Basic Information

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. Visit their website at:

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Rho Xi Chapter

The Rho Xi Chapter, was founded by 12 dedicated men and installed at Grand Valley State University on April 18th, 2009. Faculty Sinfonians at GVSU include Dr. Copenhaver, Dr. Crowell, Dr. John Martin, Dr. Maytan, Dr. Norris, Dr. Tutt, Dr. Williams, Professor Britsch, Professor Ellenburger, and Professor Hollins.

2017 - 2018 Rho Xi Executive Board

President - Tim Paul
Vice President - John Garvelink
Fraternity Education Officer - Maxwell Elkiss
Secretary - Josh Ferguson
Treasurer - Guerry Love II
Warden - Matt Langlois
Historian - Typer Degood
Committee Men at Large - Andrew Peters & Spencer Fadanelli
Social Relations Officer: Skye Hayes

Contact Information


Mailing Address:
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity
Grand Valley State University
1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401

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