Welcome To The Zeta Mu Chapter

Sam Houston State University


     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 wanted "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.




     The Mills Music Mission (MMM) is Sinfonia’s official philanthropy, and is a modern day revival of our Founder’s charitable spirit and work. In the 1880s, Ossian E. Mills, Sinfonia's Founder and first Supreme President, began a "Song and Flower Mission" to hospital patients in Boston. His work utilized the healing power of music long before there were professionally trained therapists, and was one of the largest and most well-respected charities in Boston at the time. Today, through this grassroots project, Sinfonians perform for countless thousands of nursing home and hospital patients nationwide. As brothers exemplify the spirit of self-sacrifice, they more personally experience music’s power to elevate the human spirit, and grow better as men from helping others. 



To learn more about Phi Mu Alpha, please visit our National Website! 



Cannonball Adderly - Saxophonist 


Samuel Adler - Composer and Conductor

Jamey Aebersold - Jazz Saxophone and Educator

Leroy Anderson - Composer

Maurice Andre - Trumpet

Samuel Barber - Composer

Count Basie - Jazz Pianist and Band Leader

David Bispham - Bass-Baritone

David Boren - Politician

Les Brown - Band Leader

John Cage - Composer 

Andrew Carnegie - Philanthropist

Pablo Casals - Cellist

Bill Conti - Film and Television Composer

Aaron Copland - Composer 

George Crumb - Composer

George Dawes - Politician and Composer

William Dawson - Composer

Hal. G Davis - Publisher

Thomas E. Dewey - Politician and Baritone

Bo Diddley - Blues Guitarist

Antal Dorati - Conductor

George Eastman - Inventor and Philanthropist

Nelson Eddy - Baritone and Actor

Duke Ellington - Pianist, Composer, and Band Leader


Percy Faith - Band Leader

Leonard Falcone - Conductor

Frederick Fennel - Conductor

Maynard Ferguson - Trumpeter/ Band Leader  


Arthur Fiedler - Conductor


Leopold Godowsky - Conductor

Morton Gould - Pianist

Percy Grainger - Composer

Andy Griffth - Actor and Entertainer

Ferde Grofe - Composer

Dave Grusin - Composer and Producer

Jerry Hadley - Tenor

Howard Hanson - Composer

Jascha-Heifetz - Violinist

Skitch Henderson - Band Leader

Jerome Hines - Bass

Paul Hume - Musicologist and Critic

Burl Ives - Actor and Folk Singer

Thor Johnson - Conductor

Stan Kenton - Jazz Pianist and Band Leader

Jan Kubelik - Violinist

Fiorello H. LaGuardia - Politician

Tim Lautzenheiser - Educator

James Levine - Conductor

Keith Lockhart - Conductor

Martin Mailman - Composer

Chuck Mangione - Trumpeter 

Branford Marsalis - Saxophonist and Jazz Educator

Ellis L. Marsalis - Jazz Artist and Music Educator

Francis McBeth - Composer

Robert Merrill - Baritone


Carols Montoya - Flamenco Guitarist

Vaclav Nelhybel - Composer

Peter Nero - Band Leader

Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor

Krzystof Penderecki - Composer

Vincent Perischetti - Composer

Andre Previn - Pianist and Conductor

Alfred Reed - Composer and Publisher

William Revelli - Band Director

David Rose - Band Leader

Ed Schaughnessy - Percussionist

Lalo Schifrin - Composer and Pianist

Rudolph Schirmer - Poet

Arnold Schoenberg - Composer and Theorist

William Schuman - Composer

Robert Shaw - Conductor

John Phillip Sousa - Composer and Band Director

Henry E. Steinway - Philanthropist

Randall Thompson - Composer

Michael Tilson Thomas - Conductor

Fisher Tull - Composer and Educator 

William Warfield - Bass

Fred Waring - Conductor

Peter Wilhousky - Conductor and Arranger

J. Clifton Williams - Composer