List of Sinfonians

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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

"Big Band" leaders[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Percy Faith Gamma Omega (1963) Band Leader, known for arrangements of "easy listening" music
Hal Kemp Alpha Rho (1926) Jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, bandleader, composer, and arranger. Member of the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame. Had four Number One hits in the 1930s
Buddy Morrow Rho Tau (1968) Conductor of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra from 1977-2010 [1]
Paul Whiteman Epsilon Zeta (1956) American bandleader and orchestral director. Commissioned Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin. [2]

Businessmen & Philanthropists[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
George Banta Alpha (1917) 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.
Andrew Carnegie Alpha (1917) Founder of Pittsburgh's Carnegie Steel Company which later became United States Steel. Philanthropist. Namesake of Carnegie-Mellon University, Carnegie Hall, and numerous libraries. [3]
George Eastman Alpha Nu (1927) Founded Eastman Kodak Company, invented the roll of film, and endowed the establishment of the Eastman School of Music. [4][5]
Henry Clay Frick Alpha (1917) 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. [6][7]
Major Henry Lee Higginson Alpha (1915) Survivor of the Battle of Aldie. Founded the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1881. Served as President of the Boston Music Hall and as trustee of the New England Conservatory of Music from 1892-1919. [8]
Otto H. Kahn Alpha (1917) 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.
Harvey S. Mudd Beta Psi (1941) A mining engineer and founder, investor, and president of the Cyprus Mines Corporation. He is the namesake of Harvey Mudd College, a science and engineering college in Claremont, California.
Charles M. Schwab Alpha (1917) Industrialist, American steel magnate. Under his leadership, Bethlehem Steel became the second largest steel maker in the United States, and one of the most important heavy manufacturers in the world.
Henry Z. Steinway Alpha Alpha (1962) Philanthropist, heir to Steinway piano manufacturing legacy. Served as president of Steinway & Sons from 1955–1977. Awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2007. Founding president of the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California. [9][10]
Henry Lee Higginson, portrait by John Singer Sargent (1903)
Andrew Carnegie, c. 1913

Composers[edit]

Band/Winds[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Richard Franko Goldman Beta Omicron (1940) Band Director. Son of Edwin Franko Goldman, founder of the American Bandmasters Association
Percy A. Grainger Beta Omicron (1940) Australian-born pianist, champion of the saxophone & concert band
David Holsinger Beta Mu (1964) Two-time recipient of the Ostwald Award by the American Bandmasters Association
Martin Mailman Zeta Psi (1961) Prolific and well-decorated composer. Also a two-time recipient of the Ostwald Award.
David Maslanka Rho Tau (2008) Best known for his wind band works including A Child's Garden of Dreams. He has earned the National Endowment for the Arts Composer Award three times.
W. Francis McBeth Alpha Iota (1957) Recipient of the Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award in 1988, winner of the Presley Award at Hardin-Simmons University, and was named Composer Laureate of Arkansas in 1975 [11]
William Schuman Beta Gamma (1930) Former President of the Juilliard School and first president of Lincoln Center. Awarded the inaugural Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1943, the National Medal of Arts in 1987, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 1989. [9][12]
John Philip Sousa Alpha Xi (1925) Known as the "March King." Composer of over 100 marches, including the national march "The Stars and Stripes Forever"
Jack Stamp Zeta Tau (1973) Inducted into the American Bandmasters Association in 2000. Awarded the title of "University Professor" for the 2008-2009 academic year at IUP.
James Swearingen Iota Omicron (1968) Inducted into the American Bandmasters Association in 2000
Frank Ticheli Alpha Alpha (2009) Well-decorated composer
J. Clifton Williams Beta Omega (1946) First winner of the Ostwald Award. Known for concert march The Sinfonians which incorporates the fraternity song Hail Sinfonia
John Philip Sousa c. 1900
Percy Grainger

Choral/Vocal[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
William Levi Dawson Alpha Alpha (1977) Arranger of African-American Spirituals
Frank Ferko Kappa Sigma (1969) Recipient of a Holtkamp Award from the American Guild of Organists in 1990
Daniel Pinkham Alpha (1959) Named Composer of the Year by the American Guild of Organists in 1990.
Leo Sowerby Rho (1933) First composer to receive the Rome Prize. 1946 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for music
Randall Thompson Rho Tau (1972) Noted for choral compositions Alleluia and Testament of Freedom. Became the first recipient of the prestigious University of Pennsylvania Glee Club Award of Merit in 1964. Recipient of Yale University's Sanford Medal. [13]
Peter Wilhousky Beta Gamma (1949) Noted for arrangement of Battle Hymn of the Republic and English lyrics of Carol of the Bells

Film/TV[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Warren Barker Beta Psi (1942) Wrote theme songs for Bewitched, 77 Sunset Strip, That Girl, and the Donny and Marie Osmond Show
John Cacavas Iota (1951) Composer of music from television shows including Hawaii Five-O, Kojak, The Bionic Woman, and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, the films Airport 1975 and Airport '77. Wrote the theme song for the 2005 video game Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.
Bill Conti Beta Omega (1960) Film and television composer, including Rocky, the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only, Dynasty, Falcon Crest, Cagney & Lacey, and the ABC Evening News
Dave Grusin Beta Chi (1953) Known for composing theme songs of Maude, Good Times, Baretta, and St. Elsewhere). Recipient of the Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award in 1991 [11]
Nelson S. Riddle, Jr. Gamma Omega (1967) Bandleader, Arranger, Orchestrator. Noted for the soundtrack of the 1960s Batman television series and movie
David Rose Gamma Omega (1968) Wrote music for The Red Skelton Show and Bonanza. Known for 1962 Billboard #1 hit The Stripper. Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame [14]
David Rose (3rd from left) in AFRS Radio Show, c. 1946

Post-Romantic[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
George W. Chadwick Alpha (1909) 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
George W. Chadwick c. 1909

Other[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Samuel Adler Gamma Theta (1960), Alpha Alpha (1966) German-born composer. Named Composer of the Year by the American Guild of Organists in 1991.
Leroy Anderson Gamma Omega (1969) Composer, noted for "Bugler's Holiday", "Syncopated Clock", and the holiday classic "Sleigh Ride". Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. [14]
Robert Russell Bennett Gamma Omega (1966) Won an Oscar for the film Oklahoma! and an Emmy in 1962.
Aaron Copland Alpha Upsilon (1961) Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Pulitzer Prize in composition for Appalachian Spring, Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award in 1970, and was a Kennedy Center honoree in 1979. Well-known compositions include Fanfare for the Common Man and Rodeo. [11][12]
George Crumb Beta Chi (1961) Received the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1968 for his orchestral work Echoes of Time and the River and a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Composition in 2001 for his work Star-Child
Norman Dello Joio Epsilon Nu (1971) Won the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his Meditations on Ecclesiastes in 1957, and an Emmy Award in 1965 for his score to the NBC special "The Louvre."
Carlisle Floyd Epsilon Iota (1957) Awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2004, and named the Charles E. Lutton Man of Music in 2012. [9][11]
Morton Gould Alpha Delta (1947) Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music for Stringmusic in 1995, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. [15]
Ferde Grofe Beta Epsilon (1939) Piano player for Paul Whiteman's orchestra. Arranged George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue for both jazz and full orchestras. Famous for his Grand Canyon Suite.
Howard Hanson Iota (1916) Director of the Eastman School of Music, 1924–1964. Recipient of the 1944 Pulitzer Prize for his Symphony No. 4, Requiem, and the Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award in 1954. [11]
Victor Herbert Lambda (1913) Tin Pan Alley composer. Co-founder & vice-president of ASCAP
Alan Hovhaness Delta Omicron (1949) Prolific Armenian-American composer, with over 500 surviving works.
Karel Husa Alpha Alpha (1977) Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his String Quartet No. 3 in 1969. Well-known for Music for Prague 1968
Gail T. Kubik Alpha Nu (1934) Won the 1952 Pulitzer Prize for Music for Symphony Concertante.
Krzysztof Penderecki Epsilon Iota (1975) Received a Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance for Credo in 2001.
Vincent Persichetti Delta Eta (1961) Awarded the University of Pennsylvania Glee Club Award of Merit in 1984. [13]
Arnold Schoenberg Alpha Epsilon (1935) Developed the twelve-tone technique of composition.
Peter Schickele Gamma Epsilon (1974) Composer and comedian, best known under the pseudonym P.D.Q. Bach
Adolphus Hailstork Rho Mu (2010) Composer/Educator
Arnold Schoenberg, Alpha Epsilon Honorary 1935

Conductors[edit]

Band/Winds[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Leonard Falcone Gamma Epsilon (1940) Long-time Director of Bands at Michigan State University. Scholarship endowments at Michigan State University and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp as well as the Falcone International Tuba and Euphonium Festival were established in his honor.
Frederick Fennell Alpha Nu (1934) Widely regarded as the leader of the wind ensemble movement in the United States. Recipient of the Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award in 2003. [11]
George N. Parks Rho Sigma (1974) Founder of the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy, a summer workshop program for high school drum majors.
William Revelli Alpha Lambda (1935) Long-time Director of Bands at the University of Michigan. Recipient of the Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award in 1994 (awarded posthumously, as he died one month before the National Convention). [11]
Thomas Tyra Iota (1953) Director of Bands at Louisiana State University and Eastern Michigan University, later Dean at Crane School of Music. Tyra created the LSU Golden Girls Dance Line and wrote lyrics and music for many university spirit songs, including Northwestern's Alma Mater.

Choral[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Charles Bruffy Nu Gamma (1981) Grammy Award-winning director of the Kansas City Chorale, Phoenix Chorale, and the chorus director of the Kansas City Symphony. [16][17]
Norman Luboff Alpha Nu (1963) Founder and Director of the Norman Luboff Choir. Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. [14]
Robert Shaw Alpha Chi (1945) Recipient of 14 Grammy Awards. Kennedy Center honoree in 1991. [12]
John Finley Williamson Alpha Theta (1925) Founder of Westminster Choir and co-founder of Westminster Choir College.
Norman Luboff in 1963.

Symphonic[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Arthur Fiedler Delta Omicron (1950) Long-time conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra. Awarded the University of Pennsylvania Glee Club Award of Merit in 1976, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977. [13]
Erich Kunzel Eta-Omicron (1969) Long-time conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2006. [9]
James Levine Alpha Alpha (1979) Conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the soundtrack of Fantasia 2000. Kennedy Center Honoree in 2002 and a recipient of the Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award in 1979. [11][12]
Pierre Monteaux Alpha (1919) Conducted the world premieres of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring and other prominent works including Petrushka, Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé, and Debussy's Jeux. [18]
Leonard Slatkin Alpha Alpha (1987) Served as Music Director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra, as well as Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Recipient of the Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award in 1997 and the National Medal of Arts in 2003. [9][11]
Michael Tilson Thomas Alpha Epsilon (1963) Long-time Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony. Recipient of the National Medal of Arts in 2009, as well as multiple Grammy Awards. [9]

Television[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Mort Lindsey Beta Gamma (1948) Orchestrator, composer, conductor and musical director for Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand and Merv Griffin. Won a Grammy Award for Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall and an Emmy Award for Barbra Streisand in Central Park. [19]

Educational administrators[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Gilbert Raynolds Combs Beta (1900) Founded the Combs College of Music, originally called the Combs Broad Street Conservatory of Music. Second Supreme President of Phi Mu Alpha.
Charles Paul Conn Pi Xi (2011) President of Lee University, overseeing significant growth, both in student population and budget. [20]
John Dunn Delta Iota (2010) President of Western Michigan University.
Diether Haenicke Delta Iota (1993) Former President of Western Michigan University. Received an honorary degree from WMU along with Tim Allen in 1998. [21]
Robert Hemenway Xi (2011) Former Chancellor of the University of Kansas, helped in the growth of the University.
Charles S. Johnson Zeta Rho (1953) First black president of historically black Fisk University. Civil rights advocate.
Aubrey K. Lucas Eta Phi (1977) Former President of the University of Southern Mississippi; oversaw major changes in the structure of the University.
James Moeser Alpha Iota (1958) Former chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Jay F. W. Pearson Beta Tau (1953) Marine biologist and second president of the University of Miami, 1952–1962.
J. Wayne Reitz Eta Omega (1990) Economist and fifth president of the University of Florida, 1955–1967.
James M. Simmons Theta Rho (1963) President of Lamar University and a Signature Sinfonian. [22][23]
Graham Spanier Alpha Zeta (1998) Former President of Pennsylvania State University
Charles S. Johnson c.1953

Folk singers[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Burl Ives Alpha Chi (1953) Portrayed Sam the Snowman in the stop-motion special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Awarded the University of Pennsylvania Glee Club Award of Merit in 1975. [13]
Burl Ives c.1955

Government leaders[edit]

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.

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
David L. Boren Mu (2003) Former Governor of Oklahoma, former United States Senator, and current President of the University of Oklahoma
George B. Cortelyou Alpha Alpha (1903) First United States Secretary of Commerce and Labor. Also served as United States Postmaster General and United States Secretary of the Treasury.
Thomas Dewey Epsilon (1920) Former Governor of New York, Republican candidate for President of the United States in 1944 and 1948.
Fiorello La Guardia Beta Gamma (1941) Former Congressman from New York, former Mayor of New York.
Joshua B. Lee Mu (1917) Former United States Senator from Oklahoma.
James G. Martin Gamma Kappa (1955) Former United States Congressman from North Carolina, former Governor of North Carolina.
George B. Cortelyou c.1905-07
Thomas E. Dewey c.1948
Fiorello La Guardia c.1940
James G. Martin c.1988

Instrumentalists[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Pablo Casals Epsilon Iota (1963) Cellist, conductor. Recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963, and the Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award in 1973. [11][15]
Philip Farkas Rho Chi (1971) French Horn player. Wrote several widely used books on horn playing. Designed the Holton-Farkas horn.
Vic Firth Alpha (1950) Founder of Vic Firth drum stick company.
Carlos Montoya Alpha Alpha (1975) Spanish-born Flamenco guitarist. Brought the style of playing into the mainstream. [24]
Albert Tipton Alpha Chi (1934) Flautist, pianist and conductor. In 1966, Time placed Albert Tipton amongst the "30 first-rate flutists" in the United States and Europe. [25]
Statue of Pablo Casals at Montserrat, Spain.
Carlos Montoya c.1954

Organists[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
E. Power Biggs Beta Delta (1957) Sparked a renewal of the classical pipe organ during the 1950s. Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame [14]
Joseph Bonnet Alpha (1917) Composer, educator. Founded the organ department at the Eastman School of Music
Marcel Dupré Alpha (1924) Composer, educator. Known for performing more than 2000 organ recitals throughout Australia, the United States, Canada and Europe.

Other[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Arna Bontemps Zeta Rho (1954) American poet and a noted member of the Harlem Renaissance.

Pianists[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Van Cliburn Alpha Chi (1958) Alpha Alpha (1962) American pianist who achieved worldwide recognition in 1958, when at age 23, he won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, at the height of the Cold War. He was awarded the Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award in 1962, the Kennedy Center Honors in 2001, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2003, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004, and the National Medal of Arts in 2010. [9][11][12][15]
Rudolph Ganz Zeta (1924) Performer, conductor, composer, educator.
Leopold Godowsky Beta (1900) Performer, composer, educator. Advanced piano playing technique.
Morton Gould Alpha Delta (1947) Composer, conductor, arranger, and performer. He was a Kennedy Center honoree in 1994 and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1995, and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. [12][14][15]
Josef Hofmann Alpha (1917) Performer, composer, music teacher, and inventor.
Peter Nero Gamma Omega (1962) Conductor and Grammy Award-winning pianist.
André Previn, KBE Zeta Mu (1967) Pianist, conductor, and composer. Winner of multiple Grammy and Academy Awards. He was appointed an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1996, was a Kennedy Center honoree in 1998 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. [12][15][26]
Sergei Rachmaninoff Alpha (1919) Conductor, Composer, Pianist. [18]
Roger Williams Alpha Beta (1943) Concert Pianist. Recorded the only piano instrumental (Autumn Leaves) to reach #1 on Billboard's popular music chart.
Rudolph Ganz
Josef Hofmann

Trumpeters[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Maurice Andre Delta (1970) Trumpeter. Prolific recording artist.
Roger Voisin Alpha (1951) Classical trumpeter. In 1959, The New York Times called him "one of the best-known trumpeters in this country." [27]

Saxophonists[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Sigurd Raschèr Delta (1951) Saxophonist. Pioneer of saxophone literature and voicing on the saxophone.
Eugene Rousseau Iota Gamma (2006) Saxophonist. Co-founder of the World Saxophone Congress

Violinists[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Mischa Elman Alpha (1917) Ukrainian-born violinist famed for his passionate style and beautiful tone.
Jascha Heifetz Alpha (1917) Listed by Time as being one of the most influential violinists of the twentieth century. Awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (posthumously) in 1989 and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. [14][15][28]
Eugène Ysaÿe Alpha (1917) Performer, composer, educator, conductor.Known as "King of the Violin"
Efrem Zimbalist Alpha (1917) Performer, composer, educator, conductor.
Mischa Elman
Eugène Ysaÿe

Jazz artists[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Julian "Cannonball" Adderley Gamma Theta (1960) Xi Omega (1970) Saxophonist & band leader.
Jamey Aebersold Gamma Omega (1976) Saxophonist & music educator. Best known for his Jazz Improvisation education.
Count Basie Mu Nu (1970) Pianist, band leader. Kennedy Center Honoree, 1981. Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. [12][14][15]
Alvin Batiste Mu Psi (1973) Avant garde clarinetist
Louie Bellson Xi Omega (1994) Drummer, inventor of the double bass drum at 15
Henry Butler Mu Psi (1969) Blind pianist
Bill Cunliffe Omicron Pi (2010) Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer.
Duke Ellington Rho Upsilon (1969) Gamma Delta (1969) Alpha Alpha Pianist and band leader. Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969, and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1966. [14][15]
Bill Evans Delta Omega (1949) Pianist and composer. Posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994. [15]
Maynard Ferguson Xi Chi (1976) Trumpeter and band leader. Recipient of the Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award in 2006. [11]
Donald Harrison Jr. Mu Psi (1979) Saxophonist and orchestral composer.
Stan Kenton Gamma Epsilon (1961) Pianist, composer, arranger, and band leader.
Chuck Mangione Alpha Nu (1971) Flugelhornist and band leader.
Tom "Bones" Malone Gamma Theta (2001) Known for being a member of The Blues Brothers band, a member of the CBS Orchestra - the house band for the Late Show with David Letterman - and a former arranger for Saturday Night Live.
Shelly Manne Omicron Pi (1969) Drummer, frequently associated with West coast jazz.
Branford Marsalis Mu Psi (1979) Saxophonist. Former bandleader for The Tonight Show Band on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Mike Metheny Upsilon Phi (1974) Flugelhornist and music journalist
Doc Severinsen Eta Lambda (1965) Trumpeter. Former bandleader for the NBC Orchestra (now The Tonight Show Band) on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
Clark Terry Beta Zeta (1968) Trumpeter. Recipient of the Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award in 1985 and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. [11][15]
George Wein Delta Omicron (1954) Jazz promoter and producer. Founder of the Newport Jazz Festival.
Kirk Whalum Kappa Delta (1978) Saxophonist and songwriter. Won a Grammy Award in 2011 for Best Gospel Song.
Duke Ellington c. 1965
Count Basie c. 1955
Clark Terry performs with the Great Lakes Navy Band Jazz Ensemble, 2002

Music critics and editors[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Richard Aldrich Alpha (1917) Music critic for The New York Times
Olin Downes Alpha (1917) Music critic for The Boston Post, The New York Times. Host of the Metropolitan Opera Quiz
Henry Finck Alpha (1917) Music Editor for the New York Evening Post
James Gibbons Huneker Alpha (1917) Music writer. Music critic for The New York Sun
Paul Hume Alpha Alpha (1971) Musicologist. Music Editor for The Washington Post. Awarded the University of Pennsylvania Glee Club Award of Merit in 1979. [13]
Henry Edward Krehbiel Alpha (1917) Musicologist. Music Editor for the New-York Tribune.
James Huneker c. 1890

Music educators[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Frank Damrosch Alpha (1917) Founder of the Juilliard School in 1905 [29]
William P. Foster Beta Gamma (1953) Omicron Gamma Revolutionised the marching band at Florida A&M University, calling them the "Marching 100." [30]
Edwin Gordon Alpha Kappa (1955) Music Educator and Developer of "Gordon Music Learning Theory"
John Wesley Work III Zeta Rho (1953) Composer, educator, choral director, and scholar of African American folklore and music
Frank Heino Damrosch

Musicologists[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Percy Goetschius Alpha (1917) Advanced composition theory, including the development of the theory of harmonic progression
Sigmund Spaeth Iota (1910) Composer and musicologist, traced the sources and origins of popular songs to their folk and classical roots. Recipient of the Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award in 1958. [11]

Peace activists[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Thomas W. Fox Gamma Psi (1971) Kidnapped in November 2005 in Baghdad, leading to the Christian Peacemaker hostage crisis, and was found dead in 2006.

Radio, film, & television personalities[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Alan Bergman Alpha Rho (1943) 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.

Frank De Vol Gamma Omega (1962) Arranger, composer and actor. Recognized for his television theme tunes for Family Affair, The Brady Bunch, and My Three Sons. As an actor, appeared in several TV series, includingI Dream of Jeannie, Bonanza, and The Brady Bunch.
Woody Durham Alpha Rho (1961) Longtime radio announcer for UNC basketball and football, known as the "Voice of the Tar Heels".
Nelson Eddy Zeta (1936) Actor and singer who starred in 19 musical films during the 1930s-40s. Has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame [14]
Art Gilmore Chi (1934) Announcer and narrator for several television and radio programs, including Amos 'n' Andy, The Red Skelton Show, and The World Tomorrow.
Andy Griffith Alpha Rho (1946) Actor and singer best known for his lead roles in The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock. Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. [14]
Wayne Messmer Alpha Lambda (1970) 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. [23]
Mitch Miller Alpha Nu (1929) Host of the 1960s community-sing television program Sing Along With Mitch. Awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. [15]
Fred Rogers Xi Psi (1987) Creator and host of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002. [14]
Fred Waring Alpha Zeta (1956) Band leader, host of The Fred Waring Show. Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1983. [14]
Andy Griffith c. 2005
Mitch Miller c. 1961

Rock and/or pop musicians[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Joe Bouchard Delta (1967) Former bass player for Blue Öyster Cult
Bo Diddley Eta Omega (1999) Rock & Roll pioneer. Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998. [31]
Lee Loughnane Kappa Phi (1965) Founding member of the rock band Chicago. Named as a Signature Sinfonian in 2009. [32]
James Pankow Kappa Phi (1966) Founding member of Chicago. Named as a Signature Sinfonian in 2009. [32]
Walter Parazaider Kappa Phi (1964) Founding member of Chicago. Named as a Signature Sinfonian in 2009. [32]
Glenn Hughes (Village People) Kappa Pi (1969) The original "Biker" character in the disco group Village People.
Ruben Studdard Omicron Delta (1997) Pop singer, winner of the second season of American Idol
Jimmy Webb Pi Tau (1969) Singer and songwriter. Known for "Up, Up and Away" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix". Recipient of multiple Grammy Awards.
Bo Diddley c. 1997

Scientists & Scholars[edit]

Visual Artists[edit]

Vocalists[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Pasquale Amato Beta Omega (1939) Operatic baritone who sang with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City from 1908-1921.
David Bispham Epsilon (1905) First American–born operatic baritone to gain international notability.
Enrico Caruso Alpha (1917) Pioneer of recorded music. Posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987. [15]
François Clemmons Alpha Omega (1968) Founder of the Harlem Spiritual Ensemble. Frequent guest (as Officer Clemmons) on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
Jerry Hadley Delta Nu (1971) Grammy Award-winning operatic tenor.
Sherrill Milnes Alpha Beta (1954) Operatic baritone most famous for his Verdi roles. Recipient of the Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award in 1982. [11]
Luciano Pavarotti Beta Tau (1978) Operatic tenor, Humanitarian, known for bridging gap between popular and classical music. Kennedy Center honoree in 2001. [12]
Titta Ruffo Alpha (1917) Operatic tenor and prolific recording artist
Antonio Scotti Alpha (1917) Principal baritone at the Metropolitan Opera
Jacques Urlus Alpha (1917) Dramatic tenor famed for his recordings of the music of Richard Wagner.
William Warfield Delta Lambda (1961) Concert bass-baritone singer and actor. Recipient of the Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award in 1976. [11]
Baritone David Bispham c. 1920
Enrico Caruso c. 1910

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