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Phi Mu Alpha

"Mighty" Tau Phi Chapter

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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.

phi mu alpha logoSinfonia's chief purpose is to develop Fraternity in music; to uphold the highest standards in music; to inspire musicians to be better men. Sinfonia is a moment for the betterment of mankind and a champion for the power of music.

The "Mighty" Tau Phi Chapter was established on May 16th, 1968 here at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Our chapter has a history of excellence within Province 8 (Oklahoma) and the nation. Alumni from our chapter have gone on to become successful music teachers, pharmacists, musicians, business men, and contributing members of society. We sponsor and participate in many activities throughout the year in the music department, on campus, and in the community, including our annual Week of American Music which highlights American music in all types of variety and genre. We abide by the Object of the Fraternity which states:

“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.”

Our faculty sponsor is Dr. Richard Tirk. Members of the SWOSU faculty include Dr. David Bessinger, Dr. Daniel Farris, Marc Mueller, Dr. James South and Dr. Steve Strickler.

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