This is a
list of distinguished members of 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. Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity
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 ]
Businessmen & Philanthropists [ edit ]
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.
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.
Alpha Nu (1927) Founded
Eastman Kodak Company, invented the roll of film, and endowed the establishment of the Eastman School of Music.
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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.
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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.
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.
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Composers [ edit ]
Band/Winds [ edit ]
John Philip Sousa c. 1900
Choral/Vocal [ edit ]
Film/TV [ edit ]
Beta Psi (1942) Wrote theme songs for
Bewitched, 77 Sunset Strip, That Girl, and the Donny and Marie Osmond Show
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.
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
Beta Chi (1953) Known for composing theme songs of
, Maude , Good Times , and Baretta ). Recipient of the St. Elsewhere Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award in 1991
Nelson S. Riddle, Jr.
Gamma Omega (1967) Bandleader, Arranger, Orchestrator. Noted for the soundtrack of the 1960s
Batman television series and movie
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
David Rose (3rd from left) in
Radio Show, c. 1946
Post-Romantic [ edit ]
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
Gamma Theta (1960), Alpha Alpha (1966) German-born composer. Named Composer of the Year by the
American Guild of Organists in 1991.
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.
Robert Russell Bennett
Gamma Omega (1966) Won an
Oscar for the film and an Oklahoma! Emmy in 1962.
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 and Fanfare for the Common Man . Rodeo
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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."
Epsilon Iota (1957) Awarded the
National Medal of Arts in 2004, and named the Charles E. Lutton Man of Music in 2012.
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Alpha Delta (1947) Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music for
in 1995, and a Stringmusic Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.
Beta Epsilon (1939) Piano player for
Paul Whiteman's orchestra. Arranged George Gershwin's for both jazz and full orchestras. Famous for his Rhapsody in Blue . Grand Canyon Suite
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.
Tin Pan Alley composer. Co-founder & vice-president of ASCAP
Delta Omicron (1949) Prolific Armenian-American composer, with over 500 surviving works.
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
Epsilon Iota (1975) Received a
Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance for Credo in 2001.
Delta Eta (1961) Awarded the
University of Pennsylvania Glee Club Award of Merit in 1984.
Alpha Epsilon (1935) Developed the
twelve-tone technique of composition.
Gamma Epsilon (1974) Composer and comedian, best known under the pseudonym
Rho Mu (2010) Composer/Educator
Arnold Schoenberg, Alpha Epsilon Honorary 1935
Conductors [ edit ]
Band/Winds [ edit ]
Symphonic [ edit ]
Television [ edit ]
Educational administrators [ edit ]
Charles S. Johnson c.1953
Folk singers [ edit ]
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.
George B. Cortelyou c.1905-07
Fiorello La Guardia c.1940
Instrumentalists [ edit ]
Miscellaneous [ edit ]
Statue of Pablo Casals at Montserrat, Spain.
Organists [ edit ]
Zeta Rho (1954) American poet and a noted member of the Harlem Renaissance.
Pianists [ edit ]
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.
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Zeta (1924) Performer, conductor, composer, educator.
Beta (1900) Performer, composer, educator. Advanced piano playing technique.
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.
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Alpha (1917) Performer, composer, music teacher, and inventor.
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.
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Alpha (1919) Conductor, Composer, Pianist.
Alpha Beta (1943) Concert Pianist. Recorded the only piano instrumental (
) to reach #1 on Autumn Leaves s popular music chart. Billboard'
Trumpeters [ edit ]
Saxophonists [ edit ]
Violinists [ edit ]
Jazz artists [ edit ]
Clark Terry performs with the Great Lakes Navy Band Jazz Ensemble, 2002
Music critics and editors [ edit ]
Music educators [ edit ]
Musicologists [ edit ]
Peace activists [ edit ]
Radio, film, & television personalities [ edit ]
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 , and The Brady Bunch . As an actor, appeared in several TV series, including My Three Sons , I Dream of Jeannie , and Bonanza . The Brady Bunch
Alpha Rho (1961) Longtime radio announcer for UNC basketball and football, known as the "Voice of the Tar Heels".
Zeta (1936) Actor and singer who starred in 19 musical films during the 1930s-40s. Has three stars on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Chi (1934) Announcer and narrator for several television and radio programs, including
, Amos 'n' Andy , and The Red Skelton Show . The World Tomorrow
Alpha Rho (1946) Actor and singer best known for his lead roles in
and The Andy Griffith Show . Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and received the Matlock Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.
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.
Alpha Nu (1929) Host of the 1960s community-sing television program
Sing Along With Mitch. Awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.
Xi Psi (1987) Creator and host of
. Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Alpha Zeta (1956) Band leader, host of
. Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Awarded the The Fred Waring Show Congressional Gold Medal in 1983.
Rock and/or pop musicians [ edit ]
Scientists & Scholars [ edit ]
Visual Artists [ edit ]
Vocalists [ edit ]
Baritone David Bispham c. 1920
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