Once a Sinfonian, Always a Sinfonian

We're a group of alumni Sinfonians - brothers of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity in the Alabama counties of Calhoun, Etowah, Cherokee, Cleburne, Randolph, Clay & Talladega.- coming together for music, fellowship and fraternity. Live nearby? Join us!

Saturday firming up

I've had four positive responses so far in less than a day since I sent out about 20 messages asking brothers if they'd like to gather on Saturday. That's a pretty good rate, and I expect to hear from a few more before long. I also have phone calls to make to a few fellas who aren't so into the Internet thing.

I've remembered that the SEC title game is this Saturday, and a lot of guys probably will be watching that. It'll wrap up probably around 6:30, so I guess we can plan to start gathering then, and get down to business at 7 p.m. Also, if anyone wants to get here early to watch some or all of the game, come on over.

Feel free to leave some comments below if you have questions or want to add something.

Interest meeting Saturday?

We're tentatively planning to meet at the Cunningham house in Jacksonville on Dec. 6 to socialize and to formalize our plans to petition Lyrecrest as an alumni association.

Are you an alumni Sinfonian in good standing in the Jacksonville, Alabama area? Can you make it? We'll see you there.

Other Alumni Associations

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Alumni Associations have been spreading rapidly across the country in the last few years. So what are they? What do they do? The fraternity leaves that largely up to each group. From the fraternity's Alumni Association Guide [pdf]:

Within the broad parameters of alumni associations, there is no one template. The character and evolution of alumni associations will vary according to the ages and inclinations of its members, as well as the age of the association itself. All alumni associations are expected to have a minimum number of members, meet regularly, pay an annual administrative fee, and have both a love of Fraternity and of music. Alumni associations are important in creating support for local chapters, fulfilling the fraternal needs of alumni reconnecting alumni to the national Fraternity, and providing financial support to the Fraternity as well. Yet each association will decide the form of the organization as well as the interests of the group. Some associations will be more musical, while others will be more social in nature.

Associations now exist in more than a dozen places around the country. If you're not in our neck of the woods, why not join one of the groups below? Or, if there's not an association in your neighborhood, consider starting one. Click here for a Google Map of all associations and groups interested in forming them.

Join us

Are you a Sinfonian living in or near the Alabama counties of Calhoun, Etowah, Cherokee, Cleburne, Randolph, Clay or Talladega? Then you should join the Northeast Alabama Alumni Association.

Membership is open to alumni in good standing of any collegiate chapter. You can tailor your level of involvement to suit your preference and your available time. Just want to hang out every now then? That's fine. Want to contribute your time, talents or treasure to our projects? That's great. Want to get involved as a leader helping to further the fraternity's ideals? Excellent!

We normally meet the first weekend of each month, sometimes at an area restaurant or at a member's home. Check our Web site at nealsinfonia.org for details on where and when we're meeting each month. E-mail ben.cunningham -a-t- nealsinfonia.org for more information.

About us

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity was founded in 1898 at the New England Conservatory of Music when a group of thirteen young men under the guidance of Ossian Everett Mills (at left) met “to consider the social life of the young men students of that institution” and “to devise ways and means by which it might be improved.”

Since then Sinfonia has grown into a nationwide fraternity with hundreds of chapters at colleges around the country and thousands of Sinfonians committed to the fraternity's object, "for the development of the best and truest fraternal spirit; the mutual welfare and brotherhood of musical students; the advancement of music in America and a loyalty to the Alma Mater."

A portion of the fraternity's motto is "Once a Sinfonian, Always a Sinfonia." In recent years, a renewed commitment to that charge has led to the formation of Alumni Associations as a way for brothers to continue their commitment to the fraternity's ideals after their college years.

The Northeast Alabama Alumni Association, or "NEAL Sinfonia" for short, was chartered March 9, 2009 by 19 brothers who are graduates of various collegiate chapters. We meet regularly to enjoy each others' company, and we're working to find ways to support music in our community.

If you're a Sinfonian living in or near our corner of Alabama, we'd love to have you join us. Our meetings are normally the first weekend of each month. Check our Web site at nealsinfonia.org to get details of each meeting as they're announced.