Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at UMass Amherst - Sigma Alpha Chapter

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at UMass Amherst - Sigma Alpha Chapter This is the official page for the Sigma Alpha Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, located at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
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Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is the world’s oldest and largest secret national fraternal society in music. Sinfonia was born on October 6, 1898, at the New England Conservatory in Boston, when a group of thirteen young men under the guidance of Ossian Everett Mills 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." Sinfonia became a national fraternity on October 6, 1900, with the admission of a group of men at the Broad Street Conservatory in Philadelphia. For over a century, Sinfonians in nearly every field of study and professional endeavor have transformed music in America. The opportunity of becoming a Sinfonian is offered to as many men as possible who, through a love for music, can assist in the fulfillment of the Fraternity’s Object and ideals either by adopting music as a profession, or by working to advance the cause of music in America. Go to https://www.sinfonia.org/about/ for more information.

Mission: The Object of this Fraternity shall be 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.

The disgusting murder of George Floyd was just one of many acts of racism demonstrated by the United States police. We a...
06/04/2020

The disgusting murder of George Floyd was just one of many acts of racism demonstrated by the United States police. We are devastated by the history of hate and violence toward POC perpetuated in this country by systemic racism. We stand with and completely support POC and the Black Lives Matter Movement, and will be donating to ACLU, NAACP, and BLM to help out as much as we can.
We also want to encourage any and all student organizations to continue to show your support for the Black Lives Matter Movement. Here below will be links to BLM, NAACP, and ACLU, please support and chip in anything you can. Now is not the time to be complacent.

BLM:

https://blacklivesmatter.com

NAACP:

https://www.naacp.org

ACLU:

https://www.aclu.org

05/21/2020
Virtual AMR: Brother at the Door

Due to the pandemic, our spring semester at UMass was cut short. This means that a number of our planned events were cancelled, such as our American Music Recital. Fortunately for us, our amazing Music Director William Superneau set up a way for us to do a virtual performance for our AMR instead! Here, eight brothers performed Brother at the Door, a song about being there for your brothers, which we think is very important especially during these tumultuous times. We hope you enjoy.

We’d like to take a moment to congratulate all of our brothers who made Field Staff for the next season of the UMMB! Not...
05/13/2020

We’d like to take a moment to congratulate all of our brothers who made Field Staff for the next season of the UMMB! Not only did we have six collegiate brothers make Field Staff, but two PM’s did as well! They are:
Phil Standrowicz - Alto Sax Field Staff
Jason Wierzbowski - Tenor Sax Section Leader
Pete Crump - Tenor Sax Field Staff
Ben Goslin - Trumpet Section Leader
Ian Kenneally - Trumpet Field Staff
Chris Sperry - Mellophone Field Staff
Jake Sledziewski - Trombone Field Staff
Ian McCue - Euph Section Leader
Max Schott - Euph Section Leader
@ UMass Minuteman Marching Band

Our ninth and final Senior Spotlight goes to Mark Disler! Mark is a Computer Science Major who entered the Sigma Alpha c...
05/12/2020

Our ninth and final Senior Spotlight goes to Mark Disler! Mark is a Computer Science Major who entered the Sigma Alpha chapter in Spring 2018 (Xi Class). He plays the trumpet, and participated in Concert Band and the UMMB at Umass. After graduation, Mark will be working in Boston as a software developer! A fun fact about Mark is that he enjoys photography. We are going to miss Mark’s intellect and kindness thoroughly❤️🖤💛

Our eighth Senior Spotlight goes to Andy Hui. Andy is a Public Health and Environmental Science Dual Major with PreMed, ...
05/11/2020

Our eighth Senior Spotlight goes to Andy Hui. Andy is a Public Health and Environmental Science Dual Major with PreMed, PrePA, and Certificate in Population Studies, and he entered the Sigma Alpha chapter in Spring 2019 (Omicron Class). He plays the piano, violin, tuba, trombone, tenor sax, and euphonium, and participated in ensembles such as the UMMB, Concert Band, and Hoop Band. After graduation, Andy will be pursuing a masters in Public Health, and wants to look for ways to support the state of Massachusetts in response to COVID-19. A fun fact about Andy is that he will remember the tiniest details about you, even if you don’t speak that often. We are going to miss Andy very much❤️🖤💛

Our seventh Senior Spotlight goes to Justin Schindler! Justin is a Building and Construction Technology Major who entere...
05/10/2020

Our seventh Senior Spotlight goes to Justin Schindler! Justin is a Building and Construction Technology Major who entered the Sigma Alpha chapter in Fall 2017 (Nu Class). He plays the trumpet, guitar, and voice, and was involved with ensembles such as the UMMB, Concert Band, and PMA Big Band. After graduation, Justin will be working in Boston as a Civil Engineering Consultant, and hopes to stay involved in any community band or choir that he can find. Justin’s leadership, compassion, and kindness will be greatly missed by all of us❤️🖤💛

Our sixth Senior Spotlight goes to Conner Whittle! Conner is a Biology Major who entered the Sigma Alpha chapter in Spri...
05/09/2020

Our sixth Senior Spotlight goes to Conner Whittle! Conner is a Biology Major who entered the Sigma Alpha chapter in Spring 2017 (Mu Class). He plays trombone, and participated in ensembles such as the UMMB, Concert Band, Hoop Band, and PMA Big Band. After graduation, Conner will be pursuing a masters in Applied Molecular Biotechnology at UMass, and hopes to one day work for a pharmaceutical lab developing drugs for rare genetic diseases. We are going to miss joking and laughing with Conner immensely❤️🖤💛

Our fifth Senior Spotlight goes to Matthew Storie! Matt is a History Major who entered the Sigma Alpha chapter in Spring...
05/08/2020

Our fifth Senior Spotlight goes to Matthew Storie! Matt is a History Major who entered the Sigma Alpha chapter in Spring 2017 (Mu Class). He plays guitar, trombone, and tuba, and was in the trombone section for the UMMB, and played guitar for PMA Big Band and Pep Band. After graduation, Matt plans to take a year off to work, then is going to grad school for Criminal Justice. We are going to miss Matt’s memes and passion for music tremendously❤️🖤💛

Our fourth Senior Spotlight goes out to Gianni Davilli! Gianni is a Music Education Major who entered the Sigma Alpha ch...
05/07/2020

Our fourth Senior Spotlight goes out to Gianni Davilli! Gianni is a Music Education Major who entered the Sigma Alpha chapter in Fall 2016 (Lambda Class). Gianni plays many real and valid instruments such as the euphonium, trombone, piano, and voice. He was involved in a plethora of ensembles on campus such as: the UMMB, Symphony Band, Wind Ensemble,Conductors Choir, Brass Quintet, Tuba Quartet, and was the conductor of the PMA Big Band. After graduation, Gianni will be working as a music teacher, and will hopefully be getting two pugs named Garlic and Onion. We are going to miss Gianni’s charisma and musicality a lot❤️🖤💛

Our third Senior Spotlight goes to Justin Walker! Justin is a Music Business and Studio Engineering Major who entered th...
05/06/2020

Our third Senior Spotlight goes to Justin Walker! Justin is a Music Business and Studio Engineering Major who entered the Sigma Alpha chapter in Fall 2016 (Lambda Class). He plays the trumpet and piano, and participated in ensembles such as the UMMB, Hoop Band, and PMA Big Band. After graduation, Justin hopes to work in a recording studio, which involves recording and mixing artists and continuing to practice his passion for music. We are going to miss Justin’s warm personality and great hugs (which are rumored to have healing properties)❤️🖤💛

Our second Senior Spotlight goes to Kurt Lindberg! Kurt is a Geology major who entered the Sigma Alpha chapter in Fall 2...
05/05/2020

Our second Senior Spotlight goes to Kurt Lindberg! Kurt is a Geology major who entered the Sigma Alpha chapter in Fall 2016 (Lambda Class). He plays a variety of instruments, including bass guitar, percussion, voice, and tuba. Kurt was also involved in many ensembles on campus such as the UMMB, Marimba Band, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and Concert Band. After graduation, he will be starting his PhD in Geology at the University of Buffalo! We are going to miss Kurt's musicality and voice of reason immensely❤️🖤💛

Our first Senior Spotlight goes to Griffin Barber! Griffin is a Civil Engineering major who entered the Sigma Alpha Chap...
05/04/2020

Our first Senior Spotlight goes to Griffin Barber! Griffin is a Civil Engineering major who entered the Sigma Alpha Chapter in Fall 2016 (Lambda Class). He plays the tenor sax, and was involved in musical ensembles on campus such as the UMMB, Jazz Lab, and Hoop Band! After graduation, Griffin will be an engineer doing highway design at GPI. We will miss Griffins goofiness immensely (swipe for a personality pic that Griffin asked we include)❤️🖤💛

Hi everyone! We are proud to announce our new EC for Fall 2020-Spring 2021! They are President: Ben GoslinVice President...
04/09/2020

Hi everyone! We are proud to announce our new EC for Fall 2020-Spring 2021! They are
President:
Ben Goslin
Vice President:
Jason Wierzbowski
Secretary:
Linus Hsu
Treasurer:
Alex Qi
Fraternity Education Officer:
Pete Crump
Warden:
Jake Sledziewski
Historian:
Maximilian Schott
Music Director:
William Superneau
Alumni Relations Officer:
Aaron Roesselet

Our Brother and Nu Boi Joe McKeever killed it recently at his recital last week! Very proud of all your work and service...
03/01/2020

Our Brother and Nu Boi Joe McKeever killed it recently at his recital last week! Very proud of all your work and service, brother! ❤🖤💛

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at UMass Amherst - Sigma Alpha Chapter's cover photo
02/18/2020

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at UMass Amherst - Sigma Alpha Chapter's cover photo

Last night, we had the pleasure of pinning four probationary members: Phillip Strandowitz, Justin Salva, Ian Kenneally, ...
02/18/2020

Last night, we had the pleasure of pinning four probationary members: Phillip Strandowitz, Justin Salva, Ian Kenneally, and Tom Bolduc. We are beyond excited to see how each of them grows as they undergo their journey to become collegiate members!

After Swinging it up with us Friday night, don't forget to check out the immensely talented Doo Wop Shops Winter Concert...
12/10/2019

After Swinging it up with us Friday night, don't forget to check out the immensely talented Doo Wop Shops Winter Concert featuring Duly Noted this Saturday!

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at UMass Amherst - Sigma Alpha Chapter's cover photo
12/09/2019

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at UMass Amherst - Sigma Alpha Chapter's cover photo

Following Brother Hsu we go back to the alumni! This is Brother Matt Garrity! He was a Music Education major class of '1...
11/27/2019

Following Brother Hsu we go back to the alumni! This is Brother Matt Garrity! He was a Music Education major class of '18, and he became a brother as part of Theta class in the Spring of 2015.
Big/Little: Steve Schneider / Matt Storie
Matt is the Music Teacher at South Hadley High School and teaches band, chorus and marching band (fitting for him, he was an exceptional Music Director for us not long ago!). He loves Boston Sports, Nintendo Video games and food (Don't we all! 😂).
On being a part of Phi Mu Alpha, Matt had this to say: "Males feel emotions and can be human! Music helps us express our humanity and brings us together."
Wise words Matt.
We are still feeling the effects of your golden voice and all the wonderful vocal techniques you taught us! Keep doing what you were born to do, brother!
#sinfonia #onandeverupward #musicteacher #vocalist

Following Brother Mange in our Get to Know a Brother series, we go from old to new with Brother Linus Hsu! Linus is an O...
11/14/2019

Following Brother Mange in our Get to Know a Brother series, we go from old to new with Brother Linus Hsu! Linus is an Operations & Information Management major, class of '22, who became a brother as a part of our most recent Omicrom class in Spring of 2019!
Big: John "Jack" Mellish (Lambda '16)
Linus loves to read and play video games just as much as hiking or playing most sports, and it's a fun fact that he can, in fact, solve a Rubik's Cube (Whoa nelly!).
On joining Phi Mu Alpha, Linus said "(it) had given me the opportunity to do super cool things with a great group of people I would have never known otherwise".
We couldn't be happier to have a bright light like Linus shining the way for our next generation of Sinfonians to go through Sigma Alpha!
#sinfonia #onandeverupward #fluteplayer #rubikscube #omoment

Welcome to Sigma Alpha's Get to Know a Brother series! We'll be taking some time to get to know our alumni as well as co...
10/31/2019

Welcome to Sigma Alpha's Get to Know a Brother series! We'll be taking some time to get to know our alumni as well as collegiates on a more intimate level, as we prepare to bring all members of our chapter, new and old, closer together as we approach our official 10th Anniversary Celebration!

And what better way to kick things off than with our very own Founder and first President, John Mange!

John graduated with a degree in Music Education, Music Theory and Trumpet Performance in 2012, and became a Founder in March of 2010.
Big/Little: Austin Smith (ZO Chapter at UHartt) / Mike Carotenuto.
John is currently a band teacher in Stoughton MA, and has bought a house and started grad school at UHartt since graduation! He and his wife have also recently welcome a daughter last April. Congratulations you two!
When asked how being a part of Sinfonia has influenced his life, John said: "Tons of life lessons, lots of memorable experiences, [and Sinfonia] changed the way I think about music and my place in the world as a musician."

Thank you for being a role model for so many and for your part in creating our wonderful Chapter, Brother Mange!

#founder #sinfonia #onandeverupward #bandteacher

10/25/2019
10/24/2019
Rare Old Wine

Here is the Sigma Alpha Chapter performing the beautiful song Rare Old Wine. Rare Old Wine is just one of many great songs you will hear if you attend our Halloween Concert this Friday @ 7:30 pm in Bezanson. We hope to fill your Friday Night with some spooks, laughs, and great music!

The ΣΑ chapter will be holding a SUPER SPOOKY Halloween concert featuring the PMA Big Band on October 25 at 7:30 in Beza...
10/15/2019

The ΣΑ chapter will be holding a SUPER SPOOKY Halloween concert featuring the PMA Big Band on October 25 at 7:30 in Bezanson Recital Hall! 🎼🎃🎃🦇🦇🗿 We hope to see you all there!

Pi Class Pinning (Fall 2019)
09/24/2019

Pi Class Pinning (Fall 2019)

Here's a little more information about our wonderful fraternity! Our proud national alumni include Grammy award winning ...
09/04/2019

Here's a little more information about our wonderful fraternity! Our proud national alumni include Grammy award winning musicians, Academy Award winning actors, widely celebrated composers and philanthropists, and even our very own Umass Music Professors!

Welcome to Rush Week Fall '19! We are so excited to meet anyone interested in becoming a part of our melodious community...
09/04/2019

Welcome to Rush Week Fall '19! We are so excited to meet anyone interested in becoming a part of our melodious community, and we have some great stuff planned for our Rush Event schedule!

TODAY, 9/4, 7pm - Name That Tune! (Bartlett)
Friday, 9/6, 7pm - 4 Greek Info Night (FAC 44)
Monday, 9/9, 7:30pm - Speed Dating (Bezanson)
Wednesday, 9/11, 7:30pm - Singing with Brothers (Bezanson)
Friday, 9/13, 8pm - Semi-Formal (George N. Parks Marching Band Bldg)

We hope to see you there!

08/25/2019

We've got a treat today folks! Recently initiated brother Andy Hui (of the Omicron class or O Bros) did a lovely rendition of Ed Sheeran's "Beautiful People". Great work on the keys Andy! Speaking of, with the semester starting off soon, we cant wait to see all the "Beautiful People" coming back to campus 👀😍
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#sharingnotes #onandeverupward #sinfonia #edsheeran

08/21/2019

For our third #sharingnotes post, we've got Justin Schindler (a Nu Class brother, or "Nu Boi") giving us a taste of his singing chops with Desperado by The Eagles! Such a beautiful song! #sharingnotes #onandeverupward #sinfonia #eagles #karaoke

08/12/2019

In our second #sharingnotes post, here's Mu class brother Matthew Storie performing the killer track Schism by Progressive Metal band Tool! That's some real shredding there, Matt! Keep on rockin' out! 🤟🎶🎸🎛 #sharingnotes #onandeverupward #sinfonia

07/31/2019

Welcome to the first post in the Sigma Alpha Chapter's #sharingnotes event! As the summer draws to a close, we'll be showcasing some of our brothers as they have stayed active during the summer in their music-making activities and have been advancing our object even in their off time!
We are very proud of all the talent in our wonderful chapter!
To kick things off, here is our now graduated Edward Senn playing his bassoon in a performance of the Nielsen Wind Quintet over in Allenspark, Colorado on June 24th, with his group the Long Peaks Five!
We are proud of your accomplishments Ed, and we're glad your gifts are really taking you places! (Figuratively and literally)

It’s UMass night at Fenway Park for tonight’s Red Sox game! Here’s some brothers who played with the UMass Hoop Band bef...
05/14/2019

It’s UMass night at Fenway Park for tonight’s Red Sox game! Here’s some brothers who played with the UMass Hoop Band before the game! ⚾️⚪️🔴

We were so lucky yesterday to welcome four new honorary members in to our chapter! These four esteemed men possess all a...
05/07/2019

We were so lucky yesterday to welcome four new honorary members in to our chapter! These four esteemed men possess all and even more of the qualities in both music and manhood that we strive to uphold and we are so honored to now call them our brothers!
Pictured left to right: Michael Wiseman, Frank Battisti, Thom Hannum, and David Sporny

Another great game of football this morning with the Kappa Kappa Psi - Epsilon Nu Chapter - UMass Amherst! Make sure to ...
05/02/2019

Another great game of football this morning with the Kappa Kappa Psi - Epsilon Nu Chapter - UMass Amherst! Make sure to head to their recital at the George N. Parks Marching Band Building at 5:30 today where members of all 4 Greek music organizations at UMass will perform! 🏈🎺🎷

Posted @withrepost • @kkpsi_epsilonnu We had a great time playing football with Phi My Alpha Sinfonia this morning!! Be sure to check out our spring recital tonight at 5:30 in the big room where you will see some ΚΚΨ and ΦΜΑ brothers performing, along with some others! And free food!

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE President: Gianni Davilli Vice President: Emanuel (EJ) Sousa Secretary: Alexander Wang Treasurer: Chad Macomber Fraternity Education Officer: Aaron Roesselet Historian: Jeffrey Cifello Warden: John (Jack) Mellish Music Director: Nathaniel Smith Alumni Relations Officer: Mike Nicholson

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A big thanks to the Sigma Alpha chapter for the honor of serving as your new faculty advisor. Looking forward to working with you to benefit the fraternity. Good luck with your elections process.
Way To Go Peter!!!