Sinfonia Educational Foundation
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The Sinfonia Educational Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity.
The mission of the Sinfonia Educational Foundation is to enrich the lives of collegiate Sinfonians and to advance music in America by supporting scholarship, education, and the development of leadership and noble ideals among future generations of musicians and supporters of music in America.
This mission is fulfilled through:
- The solicitation and proper stewardship of tangible and intangible gifts acquired through annual and planned giving and capital campaigns in support of qualifying programs.
- Scholarships for collegiate students to recognize and encourage academic achievement.
- Grants and awards to individuals and chapters in support of projects that further the educational goals of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
- Sponsorship of educational and leadership development programs.
SEF scholarships, grants, and programs
- Sinfonia Educational Foundation
- James H. Patrenos Memorial Scholarship
- W. Eldridge and Emily Lowe Scholarship
- Delta Iota Alumni Scholarship
- Travel Reimbursement Grants
- Chapter/Province Matching Grants
- Overseas Travel Grants
- Research Assistance Grants
- Leadership Institute
- Sinfonia Winds
The SEF saw its beginnings in 1954 as the Sinfonia Foundation. Over its first 50 years, the SEF changed its direction several times. In many cases, the SEF's mission was much more oriented to promoting music in America, American artists, and American music professionals. In the 21st century, the SEF's mission has become much more oriented towards developing the leadership skills of collegiate members of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity. In 2003, the foundation changed its name from The Sinfonia Foundation to The Sinfonia Educational Foundation in order to more closely align the foundation's name with its mission.
In 2006, the Board of Trustees hired the SEF's first ever Director of Development in an effort to increase the foundation's endowment and expand the foundation's programs. That Director of Development, Matthew Garber, left the Foundation in January 2009. At that time the Foundation announced it wouldn't seek a replacement.