This is a list of distinguished members of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity who have achieved significant recognition in their respective fields, including (but not limited to) education, film, industry, literature, music, philanthropy, public service, radio, science, and television. While many of these names are easily recognizable, other names that have faded from common knowledge are included to reflect the diversity of Sinfonia's membership, the breadth of its history, and the far-reaching influence of its membership on the American musical experience. This list is by no means intended to be a comprehensive listing of the Fraternity's membership, but rather is meant to be representative of those Sinfonians who are or have been prominent in the public eye.
In determining the classification for each Sinfonian listed here, an attempt was made to classify the individual based on what he is most known for. In some cases, a person such as Aaron Copland may be known equally as a conductor and a composer. In other cases, an individual such as Branford Marsalis may be known equally as a jazz musician and a television personality.
Honorary members are in italics, charter members are in bold
Founder of the George Banta Company (later known as Banta Corporation). He served as historian of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and is honored as a "Second Founder" of that fraternity in recognition of his contributions to its development and expansion. He was also instrumental in the expansion of Delta Gamma women's fraternity, of which he remains the only male initiate, and was an advocate of collegiate Greek life. He served as the mayor of Menasha, Wisconsin in 1892, 1895, and in 1902–1903.
An American industrialist, financier, and art patron. He founded H. C. Frick & Company, was chairman of the Carnegie Steel Company, and played a major role in the formation of the giant United States Steel.
Investment banker, collector, philanthropist, and patron of the arts. He was the builder of Oheka Castle, the second largest private home in the United States. Kahn served as Chairman of the National Music Week Committee of the National Bureau for the Advancement of Music in the 1920s.
Director of the New England Conservatory of Music, 1897–1930, member of "Boston Six". "Sinfonia" in the fraternity's name is attributed to Chadwick, based on the name of a student organization he was a member of at the Leipzig Conservatory
Two Sinfonians have served as United States Senator, both of whom were initiated at the Mu Chapter at the University of Oklahoma. Sinfonians have served as governor in three states - New York, North Carolina, and Oklahoma. Sinfonians have served in the House of Representatives representing New York, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. Two Sinfonians have served in the executive branch of the United States - one as a cabinent member, and the other as vice-president. One Sinfonian has been a major party nominee for the Presidency of the United States.
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With his wife, became the first songwriters ever to have written three of the five tunes nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song - "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" from Best Friends, "It Might Be You" from Tootsie (with Dave Grusin), and "If We Were in Love" from Yes, Giorgio (with John Williams); "Up Where We Belong" from "An Officer and a Gentleman" won that year.They also wrote the popular theme song And Then There's Maude for the hit Norman Lear television series Maude .
Bergman was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1980 and in 1995 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Berklee College of Music. He is a member of the board of Barbra Streisand's charitable foundation.
Professional speaker, singer, radio broadcaster, author and actor. Longtime announcer for the Chicago Cubs, and well-known for singing the "The Star Spangled Banner" for various Chicago sports teams. Named as a Signature Sinfonian in 2010.