Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

Famous Sinfonians

Famous Sinfonians

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.

"Big Band" Leaders
Percy Faith Gamma Omega (1963)
Hal Kemp Alpha Rho (1926)
Buddy Morrow Rho Tau (1968)
Paul Whiteman Epsilon Zeta (1956)
Businessmen and Philanthropists
George Banta Alpha (1917)
Andrew Carnegie Alpha (1917)
George Eastman Alpha Nu (1927)
Henry Clay Frick Alpha (1917)
Major Henry Lee Higginson Alpha (1915)
Otto H. Kahn Alpha (1917)
Harvey S. Mudd Beta Psi (1941)
Charles M. Schwab Alpha (1917)
Henry Z. Steinway Alpha Alpha (1962)
Composers - Band/Winds
Richard Franko Goldman Beta Omicron (1940)
Percy A. Grainger Beta Omicron (1940)
David Holsinger Beta Mu (1964)
Martin mailman Zeta Psi (1961)
David Maslanka Rho Tau (2008)
W. Francis McBeth Alpha Iota (1957)
William Schuman Beta Gamma (1930)
John Philip Sousa Alpha Xi (1925)
Jack Stamp Zeta Tau (1973)
James Swearingen Alpha Alpha (2009)
J. Clifton Williams Beta Omega (1946)
 
Composers - Choral/Vocal
William levi Dawson Alpha Alpha (1977)
Frank Ferko Kappa Sigma (1969)
Daniel Pinkham Alpha (1959)
Leo Sowerby Rho (1972)
Randall Thompson Rho Rau (1972)
Peter Wilhousky Beta Gamma (1949)
Composers - Film/TV
Warren Barker Beta Psi (1942)
John Cacavas Iota (1951)
Bill Conti Beta Omega (1960)
Dave Grusin Beta Chi (1953)
Nelson S. Riddle, Jr. Gamma Omega (1967)
David Rose Gamma Omega (1968)
Composers - Post-Romantic
George W. Chadwick Alpha (1909)
Composers - Other
Samuel Adler Gamma Theta(1960)
Leroy Anderson Gamma Omega (1969)
Robert Russell Bennett Gamma Omega (1966)
Aaron Copland Alpha Upsilon (1961)
George Crumb Beta Chi (1961)
Norman Dello Joio Epsilon Nu (1971)
Carlisle Floyd Epsilon iota (1957)
Morton Gould Alpha Delta (1947)
Ferde Grofe Beta Epsilon (1939)
Howard Hanson Iota (1916)
Victor Herbert Lambda (1913)
Alan Hovhaness Delta Omicron (1949)
Karel Husa Alpha Alpha (1977)
Gail T. Kubrik Alpha Nu (1934)
Krzysztof Penderecki Epsilon Iota (1975)
Vincent Persichetti Delta Eta (1961)
Arnold Schoenberg Alpha Epsilon (1935)
Peter Schickele Gamma Epsilon (1974)
Adolphus Hailstork Rho Mu (2010)
Conductors - Band/Winds
Leonard Falcone Gamma Epsilon (1940)
Frederick Fennell Alpha Nu (1934)
George N. Parks Rho Sigma (1974)
William Revelli Alpha Lambda (1935)
Thomas Tyra Iota (1953)
Conductors - Choral
Charles Bruffy Nu Gamma (1981)
Norman Luboff Alpha Nu (1963)
Robert Shaw Alpha Chi (1945)
John Finley Williamson Alpha Theta (1925)
Conductors - Symphonic
Arthur Fiedler Delta Omicron (1950)
Erich Kunzel Eta Omicron (1969)
James Levine Alpha Alpha (1979)
Pierre Monteaux Alpha (1987)
Michael Tilson Thomas Alpha Epsilon (1963)
Leonard Slatkin Alpha Alpha (1987)
Conductors - Television
Mort Lindsey Beta Gamma (1948)
Educational Administrators
Gilbert Raynolds Combs Beta (1900)
Charles Paul Conn Pi Xi (2011)
John Dunn Delta Iota (2010)
Diether Haenicke Delta Iota (1993)
Robert Hemenway Xi (2011)
Charles S. Johnson Zeta Rho (1953)
Aubrey K. Lucas Eta Phi (1977)
James Moeser Alpha Iota (1958)
Jay F. W. Pearson Beta Tau (1953)
J. Wayne Reitz Eta Omega(1990)
James M. Simmons Theta Rho (1963)
Graham Spanier Alpha Zeta (1998)
Folk Singers
Burl Ives Alpha Chi(1953)
Government Leaders
David L. Boren Mu (2003)
George B. Cortelyou Alpha Alpha (1903)
Thomas Dewey Epsilon (1920)
Fiorello La Guardia Beta Gamma(1941)
Joshua B. Lee Mu (1917)
James G. Martin Gamma Kappa(1955)

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 cabinet member, and the other as vice-president. One Sinfonian has been a major party nominee for the Presidency of the United States.

Instrumentalists - Miscellaneous
Pablo Casals Epsilon Iota(1963)
Philip Farkas Rho Chi(1971)
Vic Firth Alpha (1950)
Carlos Montoya Alpha Alpha (1975)
Albert Tipton Alpha Chi(1934)
Instrumentalists - Organists
E. Power Biggs Beta Delta(1957)
Joseph Bonnet Alpha (1917)
Marcel Dupré Alpha (1924)
Instrumentalists - Other
Arna Bontemps Zeta Rho (1954)
Instrumentalists - Pianists
Van Cliburn Alpha Chi(1958) 
Rudolph Ganz Zeta (1924)
Leopold Godowsky Beta (1900)
Morton Gould Alpha Delta(1947)
Josef Hofmann Alpha (1917)
Peter Nero Gamma Omega (1962)
André Previn, KBE Zeta Mu (1967)
Sergei Rachmaninoff Alpha (1919)
Roger Williams Alpha Beta(1943)
Instrumentalists - Trumpeters
Maurice Andre Delta (1970)
Roger Voisin Alpha (1951)
Instrumentalists - Saxophonists
Sigurd Raschèr Delta (1951)
Eugene Rousseau Iota Gamma(2006)
Instrumentalists - Violinists
Mischa Elman Alpha (1917)
Jascha Heifetz Alpha (1917)
Eugène Ysaÿe Alpha (1917)
Efrem Zimbalist Alpha (1917)
Jazz Artists
Julian "Cannonball" Adderley Gamma Theta(1960)
Jamey Aebersold Gamma Omega (1976)
Count Basie Mu Nu (1970)
Alvin Batiste Mu Psi (1973)
Louie Bellson Xi Omega(1994)
Henry Butler Mu Psi (1969)
Bill Cunliffe Omicron Pi(2010)
Duke Ellington Rho Upsilon(1969) 
Bill Evans Delta Omega(1949)
Maynard Ferguson Xi Chi (1976)
Donald Harrison Jr. Mu Psi (1979)
Stan Kenton Gamma Epsilon (1961)
Chuck Mangione Alpha Nu(1971)
Tom "Bones" Malone Gamma Theta(2001)
Shelly Manne Omicron Pi (1969)
Ellis Marsalis, Jr. Epsilon Lambda (1965)
Branford Marsalis Mu Psi (1979)
Mike Metheny Upsilon Phi(1974)
Doc Severinsen Eta Lambda(1965)
Clark Terry Beta Zeta(1968)
George Wein Delta Omicron(1954)
Kirk Whalum Kappa Delta(1978)
Music Critics and Editors
Richard Aldrich Alpha (1917)
Olin Downes Alpha (1917)
Henry Finck Alpha (1917)
James Gibbons Huneker Alpha (1917)
Paul Hume Alpha Alpha (1971)
Henry Edward Krehbiel Alpha (1917)
Music Educators
Frank Damrosch Alpha (1917)
William P. Foster Beta Gamma(1953)
Edwin Gordon Alpha Kappa(1955)
John Wesley Work III Zeta Rho(1953)
Musicologists
Percy Goetschius Alpha (1917)
Sigmund Spaeth Iota (1910)
Peace Activists
Thomas W. Fox Gamma Psi(1971)
Radio, Film, and television personalities
Alan Bergman Alpha Rho(1943)
Frank De Vol Gamma Omega (1962)
Woody Durham Alpha Rho(1961)
Nelson Eddy Zeta (1936)
Art Gilmore Chi (1934)
Andy Griffith Alpha Rho(1946)
Wayne Messmer Alpha Lambda(1970)
Mitch Miller Alpha Nu(1929)
Fred Rogers Xi Psi (1987)
J.K. Simmons Delta Theta(1975)
Fred Waring Alpha Zeta(1956)

 

Rock and/or Pop musicians
Joe Bouchard Delta (1967)
Bo Diddley Eta Omega(1999)
Lee Loughnane Kappa Phi(1965)
James Pankow Kappa Phi (1966)
Walter Parazaider Kappa Phi (1964)
Glenn Hughes (Village People) Kappa Pi(1969)
Ruben Studdard Omicron Delta(1997)
Jimmy Webb Pi Tau (1969)
Scientists and scholars
Captain Winston Scott Epsilon Iota (1970)
Visual Artists
Thomas Hart Benton Alpha Psi (1947)
Vocalists
Pasquale Amato Beta Omega(1939)
David Bispham Epsilon (1905)
Enrico Caruso Alpha (1917)
François Clemmons Alpha Omega(1968)
Jerry Hadley Delta Nu(1971)
Sherrill Milnes Alpha Beta(1954)
Luciano Pavarotti Beta Tau(1978)
Titta Ruffo Alpha (1917)
Antonio Scotti Alpha (1917)
Jacques Urlus Alpha (1917)
William Warfield Delta Lambda(1961)