Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia: a fraternity that mixes a love of music with community service

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is a fraternity on campus that is dedicated to young men who are passionate about serving the community through music.
This nationally recognized fraternity was founded by Ossian Everett Mills in Boston, Massachusetts at the New England Conservatory in 1898.
It is the oldest music fraternity in America, and UMHB’s chapter is just one of over 300 active chapters in the United States since its founding.
According to President DeAundre Lewis, a senior computer science major, the organization serves the community through the concert they put on every semester along with several service projects.
Their project for last year, was painting the choir room in Presser Hall.
Every spring semester the fraternity has a rush process for students wanting to join.
The rush officially began this Sunday; however, if a student is interested in joining, they can contact either Lewis or Vice President Logan Gwin, a junior accounting major, to begin the process.
“You don’t have to be a music major to be a part of this organization. You don’t have to be able to read music or sing. You just have to like giving back to the community,” Lewis said.
The fraternity has regular business meetings on Sundays at 7:30 p.m. in the Choir Room of Presser Hall.
“We discuss literally everything that you could think of that goes with being an organization. This includes money, the wellbeing of brothers, we see if anyone has any prayer requests, and we plan rush events. Then, we practice,” Gwin said.
Every semester the fraternity puts on a concert where the members sing. Their most recent concert was on Tuesday, Jan. 30, but they will have another concert on April 19.
“The one that we did on Tuesday is our American music recital, so we sang a lot of songs that have an American feel or have American composers,” Gwin said.
For this semester, the fraternity is planning on visiting Stoney Brook Senior Living of Belton (located behind Grand Avenue Theatre) in early March to sing for the residents.
“We have a former brother who is in that home, and he loves to hear us,” Lewis said. “They always ask for us to come back… For a group like this to take a little time out of our day to sing for them makes their day.”
Gwin said that being in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia has impacted his college career.
“As a freshmen coming into college… I didn’t have very many friends… I went to a couple of interest meetings that we usually hold, and I just got hooked. It teaches good values for a musically inclined man.”
Gwin said that being a part of Phi Alpha Sinfonia gives students some great connections.
“It’s a huge network. You can find a brother almost anywhere in any city and any state.”
If you are interested in being a part of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia contact De Aundre Lewis at or Logan Gwin at

Author: Lauren Lum

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