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.

In determining the classification for each Sinfonian listed here, an attempt was made to classify the individual based on what he is most known for. In some cases, a person such as Aaron Copland may be known equally as a conductor and a composer. In other cases, an individual such as Branford Marsalis may be known equally as a jazz musician and a television personality.

Honorary members are in italics, charter members are in bold

"Big Band" leaders (done)Edit

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Name Original chapter Notability References
Percy Faith Gamma Omega (1963) Band Leader, known for arrangements of "easy listening" music
Hal Kemp Alpha Rho (1926) Jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, bandleader, composer, and arranger. Member of the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame. Had four Number One hits in the 1930s
Buddy Morrow Rho Tau (1968) Conductor of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra from 1977-2010 [1]
Paul Whiteman Epsilon Zeta (1956) American bandleader and orchestral director. Commissioned Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin. [2]

Businessmen & Philanthropists (done)Edit

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Name Original chapter Notability References
George Banta Alpha (1917) Founder of the George Banta Company (later known as Banta Corporation). He served as historian of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and is honored as a "Second Founder" of that fraternity in recognition of his contributions to its development and expansion. He was also instrumental in the expansion of Delta Gamma women's fraternity, of which he remains the only male initiate, and was an advocate of collegiate Greek life. He served as the mayor of Menasha, Wisconsin in 1892, 1895, and in 1902–1903.
Andrew Carnegie Alpha (1917) Founder of Pittsburgh's Carnegie Steel Company which later became United States Steel. Philanthropist. Namesake of Carnegie-Mellon University, Carnegie Hall, and numerous libraries. [3]
George Eastman Alpha Nu (1927) Founded Eastman Kodak Company, invented the roll of film, and endowed the establishment of the Eastman School of Music. [4][5]
Henry Clay Frick Alpha (1917) An American industrialist, financier, and art patron. He founded H. C. Frick & Company, was chairman of the Carnegie Steel Company, and played a major role in the formation of the giant United States Steel. [6][7]
Major Henry Lee Higginson Alpha (1915) Survivor of the Battle of Aldie. Founded the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1881. Served as President of the Boston Music Hall and as trustee of the New England Conservatory of Music from 1892-1919. [8]
Otto H. Kahn Alpha (1917) Investment banker, collector, philanthropist, and patron of the arts. He was the builder of Oheka Castle, the second largest private home in the United States. Kahn served as Chairman of the National Music Week Committee of the National Bureau for the Advancement of Music in the 1920s.
Harvey S. Mudd Beta Psi (1941) A mining engineer and founder, investor, and president of the Cyprus Mines Corporation. He is the namesake of Harvey Mudd College, a science and engineering college in Claremont, California.
Charles M. Schwab Alpha (1917) Industrialist, American steel magnate. Under his leadership, Bethlehem Steel became the second largest steel maker in the United States, and one of the most important heavy manufacturers in the world.
Henry Z. Steinway Alpha Alpha (1962) Philanthropist, heir to Steinway piano manufacturing legacy. Served as president of Steinway & Sons from 1955–1977. Awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2007. Founding president of the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California. [9][10]
Henry Lee Higginson, portrait by John Singer Sargent (1903)
Andrew Carnegie, c. 1913

Composers (done)Edit

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Band/Winds (done)Edit

Name Original chapter Notability References
Richard Franko Goldman Beta Omicron (1940) Band Director. Son of Edwin Franko Goldman, founder of the American Bandmasters Association
Percy A. Grainger Beta Omicron (1940) Australian-born pianist, champion of the saxophone & concert band
David Holsinger Beta Mu (1964) Two-time recipient of the Sousa/Ostwald Award by the American Bandmasters Association for best band composition. [11]
Martin Mailman Zeta Psi (1961) Prolific and well-decorated composer. A two-time recipient of the Sousa/Ostwald Award. [11]
David Maslanka Rho Tau (2008) Best known for his wind band works including A Child's Garden of Dreams. He has earned the National Endowment for the Arts Composer Award three times. [12]
W. Francis McBeth Alpha Iota (1957) Winner of the Presley Award at Hardin-Simmons University in 1954, named Composer Laureate of Arkansas in 1975, and received the Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award in 1988. [13][14][15]
William Schuman Beta Gamma (1930) Former President of the Juilliard School and first president of Lincoln Center. Awarded the inaugural Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1943, the National Medal of Arts in 1987, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 1989. [9][16][17]
John Philip Sousa Alpha Xi (1925) Known as the "March King." Composer of over 100 marches, including the national march "The Stars and Stripes Forever"
Jack Stamp Zeta Tau (1973) Inducted into the American Bandmasters Association in 2000. Awarded the title of "University Professor" for the 2008-2009 academic year at IUP. [18][19]
James Swearingen Iota Omicron (1968) Inducted into the American Bandmasters Association in 2000 [18]
Frank Ticheli Alpha Alpha (2009) Well-decorated composer. Recipient of the Arts and Letters Award, Goddard Lieberson Fellowship, and Charles Ives Scholarship, all from the American Academy of Arts and Letters [20]
J. Clifton Williams Beta Omega (1946) First winner of the Sousa/Ostwald Award. Known for concert march The Sinfonians, which incorporates the fraternity song Hail Sinfonia [11]
John Philip Sousa c. 1900
Percy Grainger

Choral/Vocal (done)Edit

Name Original chapter Notability References
William Levi Dawson Alpha Alpha (1977) Arranger of African-American Spirituals. Recipient of the University of Pennsylvania Glee Club Award of Merit in 1968. [21]
Frank Ferko Kappa Sigma (1969) Recipient of a Holtkamp Award from the American Guild of Organists in 1990
Daniel Pinkham Alpha (1959) Named Composer of the Year by the American Guild of Organists in 1990.
Leo Sowerby Rho (1933) First composer to receive the Rome Prize in 1921. 1946 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music [17][22]
Randall Thompson Rho Tau (1972) Noted for choral compositions Alleluia and Testament of Freedom. Became the first recipient of the University of Pennsylvania Glee Club Award of Merit in 1964. Recipient of Yale University's Sanford Medal. [21][23]
Peter Wilhousky Beta Gamma (1949) Noted for arrangement of Battle Hymn of the Republic and English lyrics of Carol of the Bells

Film/TV (done)Edit

Name Original chapter Notability References
Warren Barker Beta Psi (1942) Wrote theme songs for Bewitched, 77 Sunset Strip, That Girl, and the Donny and Marie Osmond Show
John Cacavas Iota (1951) Composer of music from television shows including Hawaii Five-O, Kojak, The Bionic Woman, and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, the films Airport 1975 and Airport '77. [24][25]
Bill Conti Beta Omega (1960) Film and television composer, including Rocky and the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only. He won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for The Right Stuff and three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Musical Direction for the 64th, 70th and 75th Academy Award ceremonies. [26][27]
Dave Grusin Beta Chi (1953) Known for composing theme songs of Maude, Good Times, Baretta, and St. Elsewhere. Recipient of the Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award in 1991 [15][28]
Nelson S. Riddle, Jr. Gamma Omega (1967) Bandleader, Arranger, Orchestrator. Noted for the soundtrack of the 1960s Batman television series and movie
David Rose Gamma Omega (1968) Wrote music for The Red Skelton Show and Bonanza. Known for 1962 Billboard #1 hit The Stripper. Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame [29][30]
David Rose (3rd from left) in AFRS Radio Show, c. 1946

Post-Romantic (done)Edit

Name Original chapter Notability References
George W. Chadwick Alpha (1909) Director of the New England Conservatory of Music, 1897–1930, member of "Boston Six". "Sinfonia" in the fraternity's name is attributed to Chadwick, based on the name of a student organization he was a member of at the Leipzig Conservatory
George W. Chadwick c. 1909

Other (done)Edit

Name Original chapter Notability References
Samuel Adler Gamma Theta (1960), Alpha Alpha (1966) German-born composer. Named Composer of the Year by the American Guild of Organists in 1991.
Leroy Anderson Gamma Omega (1969) Composer, noted for "Bugler's Holiday", "Syncopated Clock", and the holiday classic "Sleigh Ride". Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. [29][31]
Robert Russell Bennett Gamma Omega (1966) The first president of the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers (ASMAC). Won an Oscar for the film Oklahoma!. [32][33]
Aaron Copland Alpha Upsilon (1961) Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Pulitzer Prize in composition for Appalachian Spring, Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award in 1970, and was a Kennedy Center honoree in 1979. Well-known compositions include Fanfare for the Common Man and Rodeo. [15][16][17]
George Crumb Beta Chi (1961) Received the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1968 for his orchestral work Echoes of Time and the River and a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Composition in 2001 for his work Star-Child [17][34]
Norman Dello Joio Epsilon Nu (1971) Won the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his Meditations on Ecclesiastes in 1957, and an Emmy Award in 1965 for his score to the NBC special "The Louvre." [17]
Carlisle Floyd Epsilon Iota (1957) Awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2004, and named the Charles E. Lutton Man of Music in 2012. [9][15]
Morton Gould Alpha Delta (1947) Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music for Stringmusic in 1995, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. [17][35]
Ferde Grofé Beta Epsilon (1939) Piano player for Paul Whiteman's orchestra. Arranged George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue for both jazz and full orchestras. Famous for his Grand Canyon Suite.
Howard Hanson Iota (1916) Director of the Eastman School of Music, 1924–1964. Recipient of the 1944 Pulitzer Prize for his Symphony No. 4, Requiem, and the Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award in 1954. [15][17]
Victor Herbert Lambda (1913) Tin Pan Alley composer. Co-founder & vice-president of ASCAP [36][37]
Alan Hovhaness Delta Omicron (1949) Prolific Armenian-American composer, with over 500 surviving works.
Karel Husa Alpha Alpha (1977) Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his String Quartet No. 3 in 1969. Well-known for Music for Prague 1968 [17]
Gail T. Kubik Alpha Nu (1934) Won the 1952 Pulitzer Prize for Music for Symphony Concertante. [17]
Krzysztof Penderecki Epsilon Iota (1975) Received a Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance for Credo in 2001.
Vincent Persichetti Delta Eta (1961) Awarded the University of Pennsylvania Glee Club Award of Merit in 1984. [21]
Arnold Schoenberg Alpha Epsilon (1935) Developed the twelve-tone technique of composition. [38]
Peter Schickele Gamma Epsilon (1974) Composer and comedian, best known under the pseudonym P.D.Q. Bach [39]
Adolphus Hailstork Rho Mu (2010) Composer/Educator
Arnold Schoenberg, Alpha Epsilon Honorary 1935



Name Original chapter Notability References
Leonard Falcone Gamma Epsilon (1940) Long-time Director of Bands at Michigan State University. Scholarship endowments at Michigan State University and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp as well as the Falcone International Tuba and Euphonium Festival were established in his honor.
Frederick Fennell Alpha Nu (1934) Widely regarded as the leader of the wind ensemble movement in the United States. Recipient of the Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award in 2003. [15]
George N. Parks Rho Sigma (1974) Founder of the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy, a summer workshop program for high school drum majors.
William Revelli Alpha Lambda (1935) Long-time Director of Bands at the University of Michigan. Recipient of the Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award in 1994 (awarded posthumously, as he died one month before the National Convention). [15]
Thomas Tyra Iota (1953) Director of Bands at Louisiana State University and Eastern Michigan University, later Dean at Crane School of Music. Tyra created the LSU Golden Girls Dance Line and wrote lyrics and music for many university spirit songs, including Northwestern's Alma Mater.


Name Original chapter Notability References
Norman Luboff Alpha Nu (1963) Founder and Director of the Norman Luboff Choir. Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. [29]
Robert Shaw Alpha Chi (1945) Recipient of 14 Grammy Awards. Kennedy Center honoree in 1991. [16]
John Finley Williamson Alpha Theta (1925) Founder of Westminster Choir and co-founder of Westminster Choir College.
Norman Luboff in 1963.


Name Original chapter Notability References
Arthur Fiedler Delta Omicron (1950) Long-time conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra. Awarded the University of Pennsylvania Glee Club Award of Merit in 1976, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977. [21]
Erich Kunzel Eta-Omicron (1969) Long-time conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2006. [9]
James Levine Alpha Alpha (1979) Conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the soundtrack of Fantasia 2000. Kennedy Center Honoree in 2002 and a recipient of the Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award in 1979. [15][16]
Pierre Monteaux Alpha (1919) Conducted the world premieres of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring and other prominent works including Petrushka, Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé, and Debussy's Jeux. [40]
Leonard Slatkin Alpha Alpha (1987) Served as Music Director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra, as well as Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Recipient of the Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award in 1997 and the National Medal of Arts in 2003. [9][15]
Michael Tilson Thomas Alpha Epsilon (1963) Long-time Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony. Recipient of the National Medal of Arts in 2009, as well as multiple Grammy Awards. [9]


Name Original chapter Notability References
Mort Lindsey Beta Gamma (1948) Orchestrator, composer, conductor and musical director for Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand and Merv Griffin. Won a Grammy Award for Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall and an Emmy Award for Barbra Streisand in Central Park. [41]

Educational administratorsEdit

Name Original chapter Notability References
Gilbert Raynolds Combs Beta (1900*) Founded the Combs College of Music, originally called the Combs Broad Street Conservatory of Music. Second Supreme President of Phi Mu Alpha.
Charles Paul Conn Pi Xi (2011) President of Lee University, overseeing significant growth, both in student population and budget. [42]
John Dunn Delta Iota (2010) President of Western Michigan University.
Diether Haenicke Delta Iota (1993) Former President of Western Michigan University. Received an honorary degree from WMU along with Tim Allen in 1998. [43]
Robert Hemenway Xi (2011) Former Chancellor of the University of Kansas, helped in the growth of the University.
Charles S. Johnson Zeta Rho (1953*) First black president of historically black Fisk University. Civil rights advocate.
Aubrey K. Lucas Eta Phi (1977) Former President of the University of Southern Mississippi; oversaw major changes in the structure of the University.
James Moeser Alpha Iota (1958) Former chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Jay F. W. Pearson Beta Tau (1953) Marine biologist and second president of the University of Miami, 1952–1962.
J. Wayne Reitz Eta Omega (1990) Economist and fifth president of the University of Florida, 1955–1967.
James M. Simmons Theta Rho (1963) President of Lamar University and a Signature Sinfonian. [44][45]
Graham Spanier Alpha Zeta (1998) Former President of Pennsylvania State University
Charles S. Johnson c.1953

Folk singersEdit

Name Original chapter Notability References
Burl Ives Alpha Chi (1953) Portrayed Sam the Snowman in the stop-motion special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Awarded the University of Pennsylvania Glee Club Award of Merit in 1975. [21]
Burl Ives c.1955

Government leadersEdit

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

Name Original chapter Notability References
David L. Boren Mu (2003) Former Governor of Oklahoma, former United States Senator, and current President of the University of Oklahoma
George B. Cortelyou Alpha Alpha (1903) First United States Secretary of Commerce and Labor. Also served as United States Postmaster General and United States Secretary of the Treasury.
Thomas Dewey Epsilon (1920) Former Governor of New York, Republican candidate for President of the United States in 1944 and 1948.
Fiorello La Guardia Beta Gamma (1941) Former Congressman from New York, former Mayor of New York.
Joshua B. Lee Mu (1917) Former United States Senator from Oklahoma.
James G. Martin Gamma Kappa (1955) Former United States Congressman from North Carolina, former Governor of North Carolina.
George B. Cortelyou c.1905-07
Thomas E. Dewey c.1948
Fiorello La Guardia c.1940
James G. Martin c.1988



Name Original chapter Notability References
Pablo Casals Epsilon Iota (1963) Cellist, conductor. Recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963, and the Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award in 1973. [15][35]
Philip Farkas Rho Chi (1971) French Horn player. Wrote several widely used books on horn playing. Designed the Holton-Farkas horn.
Vic Firth Alpha (1950) Founder of Vic Firth drum stick company.
Carlos Montoya Alpha Alpha (1975) Spanish-born Flamenco guitarist. Brought the style of playing into the mainstream. [46]
Albert Tipton Alpha Chi (1934) Flautist, pianist and conductor. In 1966, Time placed Albert Tipton amongst the "30 first-rate flutists" in the United States and Europe. [47]
Statue of Pablo Casals at Montserrat, Spain.
Carlos Montoya c.1954


Name Original chapter Notability References
E. Power Biggs Beta Delta (1957) Sparked a renewal of the classical pipe organ during the 1950s. Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame [29]
Joseph Bonnet Alpha (1917) Composer, educator. Founded the organ department at the Eastman School of Music
Marcel Dupré Alpha (1924) Composer, educator. Known for performing more than 2000 organ recitals throughout Australia, the United States, Canada and Europe.


Name Original chapter Notability References
Arna Bontemps Zeta Rho (1954) American poet and a noted member of the Harlem Renaissance.


Name Original chapter Notability References
Van Cliburn Alpha Chi (1958) Alpha Alpha (1962) American pianist who achieved worldwide recognition in 1958, when at age 23, he won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, at the height of the Cold War. He was awarded the Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award in 1962, the Kennedy Center Honors in 2001, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2003, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004, and the National Medal of Arts in 2010. [9][15][16][35]
Rudolph Ganz Zeta (1924) Performer, conductor, composer, educator.
Leopold Godowsky Beta (1900) Performer, composer, educator. Advanced piano playing technique.
Morton Gould Alpha Delta (1947) Composer, conductor, arranger, and performer. He was a Kennedy Center honoree in 1994 and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1995, and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. [16][29][35]
Josef Hofmann Alpha (1917) Performer, composer, music teacher, and inventor.
Peter Nero Gamma Omega (1962) Conductor and Grammy Award-winning pianist.
André Previn, KBE Zeta Mu (1967) Pianist, conductor, and composer. Winner of multiple Grammy and Academy Awards. He was appointed an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1996, was a Kennedy Center honoree in 1998 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. [16][35][48]
Sergei Rachmaninoff Alpha (1919) Conductor, Composer, Pianist. [40]
Roger Williams Alpha Beta (1943) Concert Pianist. Recorded the only piano instrumental (Autumn Leaves) to reach #1 on Billboard's popular music chart.
Rudolph Ganz
Josef Hofmann


Name Original chapter Notability References
Maurice Andre Delta (1970) Trumpeter. Prolific recording artist.
Roger Voisin Alpha (1951) Classical trumpeter. In 1959, The New York Times called him "one of the best-known trumpeters in this country." [49]


Name Original chapter Notability References
Sigurd Raschèr Delta (1951) Saxophonist. Pioneer of saxophone literature and voicing on the saxophone.
Eugene Rousseau Iota Gamma (2006) Saxophonist. Co-founder of the World Saxophone Congress


Name Original chapter Notability References
Mischa Elman Alpha (1917) Ukrainian-born violinist famed for his passionate style and beautiful tone.
Jascha Heifetz Alpha (1917) Listed by Time as being one of the most influential violinists of the twentieth century. Awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (posthumously) in 1989 and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. [29][35][50]
Eugène Ysaÿe Alpha (1917) Performer, composer, educator, conductor.Known as "King of the Violin"
Efrem Zimbalist Alpha (1917) Performer, composer, educator, conductor.
Mischa Elman
Eugène Ysaÿe

Jazz artistsEdit

Name Original chapter Notability References
Julian "Cannonball" Adderley Gamma Theta (1960) Xi Omega (1970) Saxophonist & band leader.
Jamey Aebersold Gamma Omega (1976) Saxophonist & music educator. Best known for his Jazz Improvisation education.
Count Basie Mu Nu (1970) Pianist, band leader. Kennedy Center Honoree, 1981. Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. [16][29][35]
Alvin Batiste Mu Psi (1973) Avant garde clarinetist
Louie Bellson Xi Omega (1994) Drummer, inventor of the double bass drum at 15
Henry Butler Mu Psi (1969) Blind pianist
Bill Cunliffe Omicron Pi (2010) Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer.
Duke Ellington Rho Upsilon (1969) Gamma Delta (1969) Alpha Alpha Pianist and band leader. Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969, and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1966. [29][35]
Bill Evans Delta Omega (1949) Pianist and composer. Posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994. [35]
Maynard Ferguson Xi Chi (1976) Trumpeter and band leader. Recipient of the Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award in 2006. [15]
Donald Harrison Jr. Mu Psi (1979) Saxophonist and orchestral composer.
Stan Kenton Gamma Epsilon (1961) Pianist, composer, arranger, and band leader.
Chuck Mangione Alpha Nu (1971) Flugelhornist and band leader.
Tom "Bones" Malone Gamma Theta (2001) Known for being a member of The Blues Brothers band, a member of the CBS Orchestra - the house band for the Late Show with David Letterman - and a former arranger for Saturday Night Live.
Shelly Manne Omicron Pi (1969) Drummer, frequently associated with West coast jazz.
Branford Marsalis Mu Psi (1979) Saxophonist. Former bandleader for The Tonight Show Band on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Mike Metheny Upsilon Phi (1974) Flugelhornist and music journalist
Doc Severinsen Eta Lambda (1965) Trumpeter. Former bandleader for the NBC Orchestra (now The Tonight Show Band) on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
Clark Terry Beta Zeta (1968) Trumpeter. Recipient of the Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award in 1985 and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. [15][35]
George Wein Delta Omicron (1954) Jazz promoter and producer. Founder of the Newport Jazz Festival.
Kirk Whalum Kappa Delta (1978) Saxophonist and songwriter. Won a Grammy Award in 2011 for Best Gospel Song.
Duke Ellington c. 1965
Count Basie c. 1955
Clark Terry performs with the Great Lakes Navy Band Jazz Ensemble, 2002

Music critics and editorsEdit

Name Original chapter Notability References
Richard Aldrich Alpha (1917) Music critic for The New York Times
Olin Downes Alpha (1917) Music critic for The Boston Post, The New York Times. Host of the Metropolitan Opera Quiz
Henry Finck Alpha (1917) Music Editor for the New York Evening Post
James Gibbons Huneker Alpha (1917) Music writer. Music critic for The New York Sun
Paul Hume Alpha Alpha (1971) Musicologist. Music Editor for The Washington Post. Awarded the University of Pennsylvania Glee Club Award of Merit in 1979. [21]
Henry Edward Krehbiel Alpha (1917) Musicologist. Music Editor for the New-York Tribune.
James Huneker c. 1890

Music educatorsEdit

Name Original chapter Notability References
Frank Damrosch Alpha (1917) Founder of the Juilliard School in 1905 [51]
William P. Foster Beta Gamma (1953) Omicron Gamma Revolutionised the marching band at Florida A&M University, calling them the "Marching 100." [52]
Edwin Gordon Alpha Kappa (1955) Music Educator and Developer of "Gordon Music Learning Theory"
John Wesley Work III Zeta Rho (1953*) Composer, educator, choral director, and scholar of African American folklore and music
Frank Heino Damrosch


Name Original chapter Notability References
Percy Goetschius Alpha (1917) Advanced composition theory, including the development of the theory of harmonic progression
Sigmund Spaeth Iota (1910*) Composer and musicologist, traced the sources and origins of popular songs to their folk and classical roots. Recipient of the Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award in 1958. [15]

Peace activistsEdit

NB - I'm going to mark this up for inclusion (as he is Notable) but as he is the only one in this section I'm holding off until I can create a "Misc" or something of the sort. - Primefac (12 Nov 2012) |- style="vertical-align:top;" class="vcard" | class="fn" | Thomas W. Fox | style="text-align:center;" class="org" | Gamma Psi (1971) | class="note" | Kidnapped in November 2005 in Baghdad, leading to the Christian Peacemaker hostage crisis, and was found dead in 2006. | style="text-align:center;" |

Radio, film, & television personalitiesEdit

Name Original chapter Notability References
Alan Bergman Alpha Rho (1943) With his wife, became the first songwriters ever to have written three of the five tunes nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song - "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" from Best Friends, "It Might Be You" from Tootsie (with Dave Grusin), and "If We Were in Love" from Yes, Giorgio (with John Williams); "Up Where We Belong" from "An Officer and a Gentleman" won that year.They also wrote the popular theme song And Then There's Maude for the hit Norman Lear television series Maude .

Bergman was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1980 and in 1995 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Berklee College of Music. He is a member of the board of Barbra Streisand's charitable foundation.

Frank De Vol Gamma Omega (1962) Arranger, composer and actor. Recognized for his television theme tunes for Family Affair, The Brady Bunch, and My Three Sons. As an actor, appeared in several TV series, includingI Dream of Jeannie, Bonanza, and The Brady Bunch.
Woody Durham Alpha Rho (1961) Longtime radio announcer for UNC basketball and football, known as the "Voice of the Tar Heels".
Nelson Eddy Zeta (1936) Actor and singer who starred in 19 musical films during the 1930s-40s. Has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame [29]
Art Gilmore Chi (1934) Announcer and narrator for several television and radio programs, including Amos 'n' Andy, The Red Skelton Show, and The World Tomorrow.
Andy Griffith Alpha Rho (1946) Actor and singer best known for his lead roles in The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock. Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. [29]
Wayne Messmer Alpha Lambda (1970) Professional speaker, singer, radio broadcaster, author and actor. Longtime announcer for the Chicago Cubs, and well-known for singing the "The Star Spangled Banner" for various Chicago sports teams. Named as a Signature Sinfonian in 2010. [45]
Mitch Miller Alpha Nu (1929) Host of the 1960s community-sing television program Sing Along With Mitch. Awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. [35]
Fred Rogers Xi Psi (1987) Creator and host of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002. [29]
J.K. Simmons Delta Theta (1975) American actor known for Whiplash (2014 film), Spider-man, and The Legend of Korra. Won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor at the 87th Academy Awards. [53]
Fred Waring Alpha Zeta (1956) Band leader, host of The Fred Waring Show. Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1983. [29]
Andy Griffith c. 2005
Mitch Miller c. 1961

Rock and/or pop musiciansEdit

Name Original chapter Notability References
Joe Bouchard Delta (1967) Former bass player for Blue Öyster Cult
Bo Diddley Eta Omega (1999) Rock & Roll pioneer. Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998. [54]
Lee Loughnane Kappa Phi (1965) Founding member of the rock band Chicago. Named as a Signature Sinfonian in 2009. [55]
James Pankow Kappa Phi (1966) Founding member of Chicago. Named as a Signature Sinfonian in 2009. [55]
Walter Parazaider Kappa Phi (1964) Founding member of Chicago. Named as a Signature Sinfonian in 2009. [55]
Glenn Hughes (Village People) Kappa Pi (1969) The original "Biker" character in the disco group Village People.
Ruben Studdard Omicron Delta (1997) Pop singer, winner of the second season of American Idol
Jimmy Webb Pi Tau (1969) Singer and songwriter. Known for "Up, Up and Away" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix". Recipient of multiple Grammy Awards.
Bo Diddley c. 1997

Scientists & ScholarsEdit

Visual ArtistsEdit


Name Original chapter Notability References
Pasquale Amato Beta Omega (1939) Operatic baritone who sang with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City from 1908-1921.
David Bispham Epsilon (1905) First American–born operatic baritone to gain international notability.
Enrico Caruso Alpha (1917) Pioneer of recorded music. Posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987. [35]
François Clemmons Alpha Omega (1968) Founder of the Harlem Spiritual Ensemble. Frequent guest (as Officer Clemmons) on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
Jerry Hadley Delta Nu (1971) Grammy Award-winning operatic tenor.
Sherrill Milnes Alpha Beta (1954) Operatic baritone most famous for his Verdi roles. Recipient of the Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award in 1982. [15]
Luciano Pavarotti Beta Tau (1978) Operatic tenor, Humanitarian, known for bridging gap between popular and classical music. Kennedy Center honoree in 2001. [16]
Titta Ruffo Alpha (1917) Operatic tenor and prolific recording artist
Antonio Scotti Alpha (1917) Principal baritone at the Metropolitan Opera
Jacques Urlus Alpha (1917) Dramatic tenor famed for his recordings of the music of Richard Wagner.
William Warfield Delta Lambda (1961) Concert bass-baritone singer and actor. Recipient of the Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award in 1976. [15]
Baritone David Bispham c. 1920
Enrico Caruso c. 1910

Not currently included in the main list for various reasonsEdit


Name Original chapter Notability References
Turpin Bannister Nu (1923) American architect and architectural historian

Arts administrators

Name Original chapter Notability References
Charles Ellis Alpha (1917) First full-time manager of an orchestra in the country. He administered the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1882 to 1918.
Welz Kauffman Eta Kappa (1983) American arts administrator and President and CEO of the Ravinia Festival. Summer resident of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Composers - Choral/Vocal

Name Original chapter Notability References
Frank Ferko Kappa Sigma (1969) Recipient of a Holtkamp Award from the American Guild of Organists in 1990
  • Eric Ewazen, 1954–present (composer)
  • David R. Holsinger, 1945–present
  • Cleofonte Campanini, 1860–1919 (Alpha Honorary 1917; Italian-born conductor, Conductor of the Chicago Opera, 1910–1919)
  • Henry Russell, 1871–1937 (Alpha Honorary 1907; Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1910; English impresario, conductor, opera director, and singing teacher; came to Boston, Massachusetts with the San Carlo Opera Company in 1906. The group remained based in Boston and gave tours annually of mostly Italian operas throughout the United States from 1906 to 1909 in addition to giving performances in Boston. With the opening of the Boston Opera House in 1909, the company essentially became the seed for the newly formed Boston Opera Company (BOC), which Russell co-founded with Bostonian millionaire Eben Jordan, Jr.. He continued to direct the BOC until it went bankrupt in 1915.
  • Kurt Schindler, 1882–1935 (Alpha Honorary 1917; German-born conductor and composer.)
  • Percy Jewett Burrell, 1877–1964 (Alpha 1899; Dramatist and Playwright; Sixth supreme president of the Fraternity, 1907–1914)
  • Albert Spalding, 1888–1953 (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1916/19?; Violinist)
  • Peter W. Dykema, 1873–1951 (Alpha Honorary 1917, Beta Honorary 1919/1920, Phi 1921, Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1932; President of MENC, 1916–1917; Supreme President of Phi Mu Alpha, 1922–1928, under who's leadership the Fraternity doubled its number of active chapters in six years. Also served as the national music committee chair in 1925 for Kiwanis International and as chair of the Music Teacher's National Association's (MTNA) Community Music Committee in the 1920s and 1930s. Dykema is recognized as having saved the Fraternity from near extinction following the organizational difficulty that it experienced c. 1917–1920. Dykema is the only Sinfonian known to be have been a member of three chapters, in addition to holding national honorary membership. As a member of the 1931 songbook committee, he is responsible for numerous "general songs" coming into the Fraternity's repertoire. Of the dozens of honorary Sinfonians elected by the Alpha Chapter in 1917, he is perhaps the only one to have gone on to have significant direct involvement with the Fraternity. He was the first of over thirty national presidents of MENC to be Sinfonians.)
  • George Washington Brown, 1840–19?? (Alpha Honorary 1917]]), Served as president of the New England Conservatory Board Of Trustees, 1922–1928. By virtue of his 1840 birthdate, most likely the "fourth Sinfonian to be born", behind Andrew Carnegie and Theodore Thomas (both born 1835), and Major Henry Lee Higginson, born in 1834)
  • Harvey Samuel Firestone III, 1930–1960 (Beta Tau 1954, heir and only son of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company Board Chairman Harvey S. Firestone, Jr., Grandson of company founder Harvey Samuel Firestone)
  • Harry H. Flagler, 1870–1952 (Beta Gamma Honorary 1936; heir to Flagler dynasty associated with Flagler College and the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; President of the New York Symphony)
  • Alfred J. Fletcher, 1887–1979 (Zeta Psi Honorary 1961, Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1966; Founder, Capital Broadcasting Company; Founder, National Opera Company; namesake of music building at East Carolina University; mentor to U.S. Senator Jesse Helms; namesake of Fletcher Opera Theater at Progress Energy Performing Arts Center)
  • Allan Forbes, 1874–19?? (Alpha Honorary 1917; Banker, Member of the Forbes family (a wealthy extended American family originating in Boston), relative of Senator John Kerry.
  • Edwin Francis Hyde, 1842–1933 (Alpha Honorary 1917), Spent much of his professional life as a banker in New York City; served as a member of the 22nd NY Regiment in the Civil War and was present at Harper's Ferry in 1862; served as the President of the New York Philharmonic Society from 1888 to 1901, as a Trustee of Princeton Theological Seminary (1898–1924); President of the American Bible Society, 1924–1930.
  • Eben D. Jordan II (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1912; Trustee, New England Conservatory, namesake of Jordan Hall at the Conservatory, affiliated with the Boston-based Jordan Marsh department stores)
  • Herman D. Kenin, 1901–1970, (Tulsa Alumni Chapter, American trade unionist, head of American Federation of Musicians and later was a leader at American Federation of Labor. His work landed him on the master list of Nixon political opponents.)
  • David A. Klingshirn (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 2003; Founder, American Classical Music Hall of Fame)

NB: Wallace Kuralt deleted, as he was expelled

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  • Arthur Foote, 1853–1937 (Alpha Alpha National Honorary ; member of "Boston Six")
  • Gunther Schuller, 1925–present p (Horn Player; President, New England Conservatory of Music, 1967–1977)
  • William Steinberg, 1899–1978* (Conductor, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, 1952–1976; Conductor, London Philharmonic, 1958–1960)
  • Leopold Stokowski, 1882–1977* (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1917, Conductor of Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, & NBC Symphony Orchestra; Featured in the 1940 Disney film Fantasia)
  • Vladimir Golschmann, 1893–1972 (New Zeta Honorary 1949; French conductor, Conductor of St. Louis Symphony.)
  • Theodore Thomas (conductor), 1835–1905 (Eta Honorary, 1906; American violinist and conductor). By virtue of his birthdate, the "second Sinfonian to be born" after Major Henry Lee Higginson in 1834. (Note: I removed this entry only because Thomas died in 1905 but was (supposedly) initiated into Eta in 1906. Need to look into this further - Primefac 14 Oct 2012)
  • Charles Gates Dawes, 1865–1951) (Alpha Honorary 1925; American banker, 30th Vice President of the United States under Calvin Coolidge. For his work on the Dawes Plan for World War I reparations he was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. He served in the First World War, was U.S. Comptroller of the Currency, the first director of the Bureau of the Budget, and, in later life, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom.)
  • Leonard Rose, 1918–1964 (Gamma Omega 1951, Principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra and New York Philharmonic)
Harold Bauer c. 1913

(at least one that makes sense, there's a Harold Bauer initiated at Illinois Wesleyan in 1937, but no others)


  • Felix Borowski, 1872–1956 (Alpha Honorary 1917, Alpha Alpha 1920; British/American composer and teacher)
  • Carl Busch, 1862–1943 (Chi Honorary 1913; Danish-born American composer and music teacher sometimes associated with the Indianist movement. He was an important figure in the musical life of Kansas City, Missouri for many years)
  • Mark Camphouse, b. 1954 (Xi Theta, 2005) Known for "Movement for Rosa," "Yosemite Autumn," and "Fantasia (on "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair").
  • Charles Wakefield Cadman, 1881–1946 (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1915; Well known for his many famous songs adapted from American Indian melodies. His most important opera Shanewis, was first produced at the Metropolitan Opera House in 1918.)
  • John Alden Carpenter, 1876–1951 (Alpha Honorary 1917; noted for 1914 work Adventures in a Perambulator)
  • Frederick S. Converse, 1871–1940 (Lambda Honorary 1911; Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1913, Composer)
  • Paul Creston, 1906–1985 (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1972)
  • Reginald de Koven, 1859–1920 (Alpha Honorary 1917; Music Critic and Composer)
  • Henry Fillmore, 1881–1956 (Beta Tau Honorary 1952; American musician, composer, and publisher)
  • Ross Lee Finney, 1906–1997 (Alpha Mu 1925; American composer, teacher of Leslie Bassett, George Crumb, Burton Beerman, Roger Reynolds)
  • Lukas Foss, 1922–2009 (Alpha Alpha National Honorary, Rho Chi 1970)
  • Henry F. Gilbert, 1868–1928 (Alpha 1916)
  • David Gillingham, 1947–present (Nu Pi Honorary 1985)
  • Don Gillis, 1912–1978 (Gamma Theta Honorary 1941, Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1958)
  • Donald Grantham, 1947–present (Rho Tau Honorary 1995; )
  • Roy Harris, 1898–1979 (Alpha Chi, Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1956; Composer)
  • Edward Burlingame Hill, 1872–1960 (Alpha Honorary 1917(?), Composer; teacher of Leonard Bernstein and Walter Piston; Harvard music faculty, 1908–1940)
  • Rupert Hughes, 1872–1956 (Alpha Honorary 1917; historian, novelist, film director, composer, uncle of Howard Hughes)
Rupert Hughes, Alpha Honorary 1917
Horatio Parker, Elected to honorary membership by the Alpha Chapter in 1916
  • William Presser, 1916–2004 (Rho Tau Honorary 1971)
  • Arthur Pryor, 1870–1942 (Beta Tau Honorary 1940). Composer, Band Director, Soloist with the Sousa Band.
  • Alfred Reed, 1921–2005 (Gamma Iota 1954; Conductor, Baylor Symphony Orchestra; Developed repertoire material for schools; Director of the Music Industry Program at the University of Miami)
  • George Rochberg, 1918–2005 (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1977)
  • R. Murray Schafer, 1933–present (Delta Iota 1972; Composer and Music Educator)
  • David Stanley Smith, 1877–1949 (Alpha Honorary 1917?; Conductor, New Haven Symphony Orchestra; Dean, Yale School of Music, 1920–1940)
  • Robert Starer, 1924–2001 (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1982; Initiated at 1982 national convention at the University of Illinois in Champaign, where his works "In Praise of Music", "The Mystic Trumpeter", and "Music Is", commissioned by the Sinfonia Foundation, were premiered)
  • Halsey Stevens, 1908–1989 (Theta 1931; Composer)
  • Frederick Stock, 1872–1942 (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1908; Composer; Director, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1905–1942)
  • Morton Subotnick, 1933–present (Alpha Epsilon 1951, American composer of electronic music, best known for Silver Apples of the Moon, composed in 1967)
  • Fisher Tull, 1934–1994 (Gamma Theta 1955; composer)
  • Ernö von Dohnányi, 1877–1960 (Epsilon Iota 1946; Hungarian conductor, composer, and pianist)
  • Col. John R. Bourgeois, USMC (Ret.) al (Zeta Pi Honorary 1956, Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1997, conductor, "The President's Own" Marine Band & composer/arranger)
  • Harry Begian, 19??–2010 (Gamma Omicron 1941; Conductor & Composer)
  • Joseph Hermann (Conductor/Educator, ABA President)
  • George Bragg, 1926–2007 (Gamma Theta Honorary 1946, Alpha Alpha National Honorary ; Founder of the Grammy Award winning Texas Boys Choir)
  • Robert De Cormier (Alpha Nu Honorary 1977)
  • Weston Noble, 1922–present (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1975; Conductor of Luther College Nordic Choir, 1948–2005)
  • Gregg Smith (Founder of the Gregg Smith Singers)
  • Roger Wagner, 1914–1992 (Alpha Epsilon 1946; Director of Roger Wagner Chorale and Los Angeles Master Chorale)
  • Walter Damrosch, 1862–1950 (Alpha Honorary 1917; American Symphony Conductor)
  • Allan Dennis (educator & conductor)
  • Antal Doráti|, KBE (Music Director, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, 1949–1960; Principal Conductor, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, 1966–1974)
  • Sir Eugène Aynsley Goossens, 1893–1962 (Alpha Nu Honorary 1927; British Conductor & Composer; Director, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, 1931–1947))
  • Henry Hadley, 1871–1937 (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1913, Conductor of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, 1909–1911; Founder, San Francisco Symphony, 1911; guiding spirit of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and particularly in establishing the Berkshire Music Festival at Tanglewood, Massachusetts in 1934)
Conductor Henry Hadley, elected to national honorary membership at the 1913 national convention in Chicago
  • Thor Johnson, 1913–1975 l (Alpha Rho 1932, Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1948; Director, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, 1947–1958, respected Moravian musician. Johnson served as the president of the Alpha Rho chapter at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1933, and was the first recipient in 1952 of the Fraternity's Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award. One of the first American conductors to direct an American orchestra, he did much to develop and popularize orchestral music in the United States.)
  • Keith Lockhart (Gamma Eta 1978; Music Director of the Boston Pops Orchestra, 1995–present; Artistic Director, Brevard Music Center, 2008–present)
  • Jesús López-Cobos (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1997?; Director, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, 1986–2001)
  • Emil Oberhoffer (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1916; Conductor, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, 1903–1922)
  • Henri Rabaud, 1873–1949 (Alpha Honorary, 1919; French conductor and composer, who held important posts in the French musical establishment and upheld mainly conservative trends in French music in the first half of the twentieth century; Conductor, Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1918–1919)
  • Max Rudolf (Conductor) (Eta-Omicron 1961)
  • Ernest Schelling, 1876–1939 (Alpha Honorary 1917; Schelling was the first conductor of the Young People's Concerts of the New York Philharmonic, later conducted by Leonard Bernstein. The first concert was held March 27, 1924. The concerts were designed to encourage the love of music in children. They combined the orchestra's performance with a lecture about one aspect or another of the orchestra or the music itself with a picture or demonstration, so that children were exposed to a variety of stimuli. The concerts were highly appreciated by children, as well as their parents. Schelling held these concerts in New York, and also took them on the road.)
  • Josef Stransky, 1872–1936 (Alpha Honorary 1917; Czech conductor)
  • Gustav Strube, 1867–1953 (Alpha Honorary 1917, German-born conductor and composer. He was the founding conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 1916, and taught at the Peabody Conservatory. He wrote one opera, Ramona, which premiered in 1916).
  • Frank Van der Stucken, 1858–1929 (Eta Honorary, 1906; was an American composer and conductor, and founder of the Cincinnati Symphony in 1895).
  • Henri Verbrugghen, 1873–1934 (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1928, Belgian born conductor of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, 1922 – c. 1931)
Joshua B. Lee
Edward Johnson c. 1925
Theodore Presser, Alpha Honorary 1917, (1848–1925)
  • Theodore Presser, 1848–1945 (Alpha Honorary 1917; founded Music Teachers National Association in 1876 with sixty-two colleagues in Delaware, Ohio; Founder of The Etude magazine in 1883, philanthropist who focused on music education, constructed the Home for Retired Musicians in Philadelphia, estate founded the Presser Foundation, namesake of the Presser Scholarships. "Sixth Sinfonian to be born" behind Henry Schradieck. The Theodore Presser Company is the oldest continuing music publisher in the United States. Each year the Presser Foundation awards scholarships, grants and funds specifically to further the cause of music education and music in America.)
  • Archibald T. Davison (Alpha 1916; musicologist, conductor, and music educator)
  • Glen Haydon, d. 1965 (Alpha Rho 1934)
  • William S. Newman, 1912–2000 (Alpha Rho Honorary 1963; First cousin to actor Paul Newman)
  • Edward Bailey Birge, 1868–1952 (Lambda Honorary 1924/Alpha Sigma Honorary 1930, Pioneer Music Educator; Founding member, 1907, and president of Music Supervisors National Conference (later known as MENC), 1910–1911; Author of the classic The History of Public School Music in the United States, the first history of American music education. Birge was one of four prominent music educators (along with Paul J. Weaver and Clarence C. Birchard) initiated during the 1924 national convention of what is now known as the Music Educators National Conference. Although the initiation took place in Cincinnati, his membership was assigned to a chapter in his locale, the Lambda chapter at DePauw University. Served as chairmen of the editorial board for the Music Educators Journal for many years. He originated the "MEJ Clubs" on college campuses that made possible student memberships. Though the clubs, the Journal was used in classes with prospective teachers. This greatly increased the circulation of the magazine.)
  • O. Richard Bundy (Alpha Zeta 1968; Director of the Penn State Blue Band)
  • Will Earhart, 1871–1960 (Iota Honorary 1923; Pioneer American music educator; President of MENC, 1915–1916)
  • Joseph E. Maddy, 1891–1966 l (Epsilon 1927; Founder of Interlochen Arts Camp; President of MENC, 1936–1938)
  • W. Otto Miessner, 1880–1967 (Pioneer Music Educator; President of MENC, 1923–1924)
  • James Ployhar, 1926–2007 (Beta Rho 1952, Author of Contemporary Band Course)
  • Al G. Wright, 1916– (Director of Bands Emeritus at Purdue University; board chairman of the John Philip Sousa Foundation)
  • Daniel E. Gawthrop, 1949–present (Composer, Music Critic for The Washington Post; Composer of No Child Shall Be Left Fearful, men's choral work commissioned by the Fraternity's Province 20 in memory of the victims of September 11)

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  • Percy Lee Atherton, 1871–1944 (Alpha Honorary 1916)
  • Warren F. Benson, 1924–2005 (Epsilon Honorary 1946, Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1969; Composer)
  • Oscar J. Fox, 1879–1961 (Alpha Iota 1926, composer of western songs such as "The Hills of Home" (1925), "Old Paint" (1927), "The Old Chisholm Trail" (1924), "Whoopee Ti Yi Yo, Git Along, Little Dogies" (1927), "Will You Come to the Bower?" (1936), and "The Cowboy's Lament" (1923).
  • Arthur R. Frackenpohl, 1924–present (Theta Iota Honorary 1968; Composer)
  • Hallate Gilberte, 1872-???? (Alpha 1917)
  • Ross Hastings, 1915–1991 (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1977; Known for setting of "Sinfonian Prayer" that first appeared in the 1972 edition of "Sinfonia Songs")
  • Bruno Huhn (Alpha Honorary 1917; Sacred music composer)
  • Theron Kirk, 1919–1999 (Gamma Iota 1940, composer of more than 1,000 published works for chorus, chamber groups, symphony orchestra, vocal solo, organ, carillon, and a one-act opera; National President, American Choral Directors Association, 1968–1970) The University of Texas at San Antonio houses a collection of Kirk's papers, including music composed by him.
  • Felix Labunski (Eta)
  • Henry L. Mason (Alpha Honorary 1916; associated with Mason & Hamlin piano manufacturing company; Grandson of pioneer American music educator Lowell Mason)
  • Daniel W. McCarthy (Gamma Omega Honorary 1993; Pulitzer-Pride nominated American composer)
  • Daniel T. Moe, 1926–2012 (Epsilon Zeta Honorary 1957)
  • Ron Nelson Alpha Nu 1952
  • Roger A. Nixon (Composer)
  • Vincent J. Oppido (Rho Omicron 2009, Charter Member); (Composer, TRN Music, Kjos Music Publishers)
  • Buryl Red (Gamma Iota 1954; Executive Producer of Silver Burdett's educational music programs)
  • Louis Victor Saar, 1868–1937 (Eta Honorary, Omicron Honorary, Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1917; Dutch composer, graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, Munich in 1889 where he studied with Rheinberger and Bussmeyer. He then continued his studies in Vienna, Leipzig, and Berlin, including one winter with Brahms. From 1893-96, he was the accompanist for the Metropolitan Opera Company. Antonín Dvořák hired Saar to teach harmony and counterpoint at the National Conservatory from 1896 to 1898. Saar also taught at the N.Y. College of Music, Institute of Musical Art of N.Y. from 1898–1906; Cincinnati College of Music from 1906 to 1917 (during which time he became affiliated with the Fraternity; and at the Chicago Musical College from 1917-34. In 1934 he moved to St. Louis to join the faculty of the St. Louis Institute of Music where he remained until his death on November 23, 1937. Best known within the Fraternity for his arrangement of Hail Sinfonia (c. 1923), which was based on Hail Poetry from the Pirates of Penzance.)
  • P. Peter Sacco (Composer)
  • David VanVactor, (Iota Honorary 1939)
  • Robert Washburn, 1928–present (Theta Iota 1967; Composer)
  • William H. Zinn (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1926)
  • Adolphus Hailstork ("Rho Mu 2010") (World Renowned Composer)
  • Lt. Col. John C. Clanton (Gamma Eta 1979; Dep. Com. of U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own"; Dir. of U.S. Army Chorus; Conductor, Armed Forces Chorus which performed at the funerals of Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford)
  • Raymond F. Dvorak, 1900–1982 (Alpha Xi 1925, Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1966; Composer and Band Director)
  • William F. Santelmann, 1902–1984 (Eta Psi Honorary 1960; Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1962, 21st Leader/Director of the United States Marine Band, serving from 1940–1955.)
  • John Alexander (Omicron Pi Honorary; Pacific Chorale Artistic Director)
  • Lara G. Hoggard, 1915–2007 (Beta Gamma Honorary 1939, Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1966; Conductor and choral arranger; Founder of the Carolina Choir at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; served 31 years as the director of the North Carolina Summer Institute of Choral Art)
  • Warner Imig, (Lambda 1936, Co-Founder and National President, American Choral Directors Association, 1962–1964).
  • Lee Kjelson (Upsilon 1944)
  • Howard S. Swan, 1906–1995 (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1959, considered the "Dean of American Choral Directors)
  • Sir Karl Bush, 1862-?, (Alpha Alpha National Honorary c. 1916), Danish born conductor, Knighted by King Christian X, Conductor of Kansas City Symphony Orchestra.
  • Galen S. Karriker (Beta Omega 1988; clinician, conductor of The University of Akron Marching Band)
  • Claire Fox Hillard (Rho Delta 2008) (Served 20 years as the conductor/music director of the Albany Symphony Orchestra in Albany, Georgia)
  • Clement Lenom, (Alpha Honorary 1914; Director, Boston Pops Orchestra, 1913–1916)
  • Henry Sopkin (Rho 1922 Founder of Atlanta Symphony)
  • Benjamin F. Swalin, 1901–1989 (Beta Gamma 1928; Conductor of the North Carolina Symphony, 1939–1972; Swalin served as chapter president of the Beta Gamma chapter at Columbia University at some point between 1928 and 1931.)
  • Harry John Brown (Rho Chi Honorary 1968; He conducted orchestras and bands on many television shows, including The Voice of Firestone, The Steve Allen Show, The Arthur Godfrey Show and many ABC Christmas specials)
  • Robert Glidden (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1975; President, Ohio University, 1994–2004; National President, Pi Kappa Lambda, 1982–1985; National Executive Director, National Association of Schools of Music, 1972–1975)
  • William A. Brandenburg (Beta Delta Honorary 1928; president of Pittsburg State University, 1913–1940).
  • John W. Bardo (Omicron Epsilon Honorary 1996; Chancellor, Western Carolina University, 1995–present)
  • Francis T. Borkowski (Epsilon Sigma 1963; President, University of South Florida, 1988–1993; Chancellor, Appalachian State University, 1993–2003)
  • John R. Cunningham, 1891–1980 (Gamma Kappa Honorary 1941; President, Davidson College, 1941–1957; Exec. Dir., Southern Presbyterian Foundation, 1957–1964)
  • Richard H. Dana III, 1851–1931 (Alpha Honorary 1917; President of Board of Trustees, New England Conservatory of Music, 1891–1899; Civil service reformer; son-in-law of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
  • Harvey R. Durham (Rho Tau Honorary 1985; Interim Chancellor, Appalachian State University, 2003–2004)
  • W. Grant Egbert, 1867–1928 (Delta 1903; President of Ithaca College, 1892–1924)
  • Charles E. Friley, 1887–1958 (Alpha Delta 1934; President, Iowa State University, 1936–1953)
  • Donald R. Haragan (Zeta Sigma Honorary 1999, President, 1996–2000, Interim President, 2003, Interim Chancellor, 2006, Texas Tech University)
  • Alan F. Harre (Kappa Sigma Honorary 2007; President, Valparaiso University, 1988–Present)
  • Leonard B. Job, 1891–1981 (Delta 1935; President, Ithaca College, 1932–1957)
  • English E. Jones (Eta Beta Honorary 1972; University of North Carolina at Pembroke, President 1962–1972; Chancellor 1972–1979; Chancellor Emeritus 1979–1981)
  • Otto Paul Kretzmann (Kappa Sigma Honorary 1963; President, Valparaiso University 1940–1968)
  • Dr. Stephen C. MacDonald (Iota Kappa honorary; President, Lebanon Valley College 2004–present)
  • Dr. William A. Meehan (Epsilon Nu Honorary 2001; President, Jacksonville State University, 1999–present)
  • Kenneth E. Peacock (Rho Tau Honorary 2008; Chancellor, Appalachian State University, 2004–present)
  • John Lawrence Seaton (Beta Iota Honorary 1931, President of Albion College, 1924–1945)
  • Herbert W. Wey (Rho Tau Honorary 1971; President–Chancellor, Appalachian State University, 1969–1979)
  • George C. Williams, 1874–1971 (Delta 1903, President, Ithaca College, 1924–1932; Supreme President of Sinfonia, 1903–1904
  • Florenz Ziegfeld, Sr. (Alpha Honorary 1917, Director, Chicago Musical College; father of Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. of Broadway Ziegfeld Follies fame)
  • Virgil Keel Fox, 1912–1980 (Concert Organist known for concerts with light shows)
  • John Wallace Goodrich, 1871–1952 (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1912; American organist, conductor, and writer on music; Studied composition with George W. Chadwick; Joined the New England Conservatory faculty as organ instructor in 1897, appointed dean in 1907. Successor to Chadwick as director of the New England Conservatory, 1931–1942. Goodrich was organist at Church of the Messiah[disambiguation needed] and later Trinity Church in Boston from 1902 to 1907. He was the official organist for the Boston Symphony, 1897–1900, performing Handel’s Concerto in D minor in the first pair of concerts ever held at Symphony Hall, in October 1900. Founded Boston’s Choral Art Society in 1901 and served as its conductor until 1907.
  • Karl Paulnack, (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 2011)
  • Howard Brubeck, 1916–1993 (Epsilon Omicron 1952; Brother of jazz artist Dave Brubeck).
  • Wilbur Campbell, 1926–1999 (Alpha Zeta Honorary 1957; Chicago area jazz drummer)
  • Mike Tomaro, 1958–present (Iota Lambda 1979; Jazz musician; composer; arranger; recording artist; Director of Jazz Studies at Duquesne University; former member of Army Blues Jazz Ensemble)
  • Pat Cronin, ?-present (Lambda Sigma Honorary 2006, Drama professor at East Tennessee State University, known from small roles in TV shows such as Seinfeld, Home Improvement, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Just Shoot Me!)
  • Sy Mann (Pianist & Arranger for The Arthur Godfrey Show)
  • Richard A. Crooks (Tenor)
  • Christopher Dyson, 1982-present, (Omicron Omega 2011), American born tenor and actor
  • Frederick W. Jagel (Tenor)
  • Francis Willey Kelsey (National Honorary 190?)
  • Danny J. Phillips, DJ P, 1973–Present ( Iota Rho Honorary 2004 ; DJ and Hip Hop Artist)
  • Shay Watson (Iota Nu 1994, founding member of Watson and Nash)
  • Bobby H. Black (Iota Nu 1993, founding member of The Las Vegas Tenors)
  • Clarence C. Birchard, 1866–1946 (Alpha Honorary 1924 (?); Known for quote "We are teaching music not to make musicians but to make Americans". Birchard was one of four nationally recognized music advocates to be initiated into the Fraternity during the 1924 national convention of what is now the Music Educators National Conference)
  • Hal G. Davis (Publisher)
  • Leonard Feist (Beta Gamma Honorary 1958; Music publisher, copyright expert, & advocate for the music publishing industry)
  • Donald G. Hinshaw, 1934–1996 (Gamma Kappa 1953; Founded Hinshaw Music in 1975, one of nation's largest religious music publishers)
  • Neil Kjos, Jr. (Beta Gamma 1958)
  • Neil Kjos, Sr. (Alpha Xi 1930, Co-founder MidWest Band & Orchestra Clinic)
  • Traugott Rohner, (Iota 1934; founder of The Instrumentalist magazine)
  • Arthur Paul Schmidt (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1919)
  • Rudolph E. Schirmer (Alpha Honorary 1917; Poet; Son of Gustav Schirmer; President of G. Schirmer Publishers, 1893-?)
  • Jan Herlinger (Zeta Nu 1959, authority on Marchetto da Padova and Prosdocimus de Beldimandis; medievalist).
  • William K. Guegold (Epsilon Phi 1972; musicologist, music educator, Director of the University of Akron Music Department, author of "100 Years of Olympic Music: Music and Musicians of the Modern Olympic Games 1896–1996")
  • Harold W. "Bud" Arberg Sr., 1918–2009 (Beta Gamma 1946; adapted the "Caisson" into the official song of the Army and who later became director of the arts and humanities division of the Department of Education).
  • Clifford Buttelman (Iota Honorary 1932; MENC Executive Secretary, 1930–1955)
  • Don Campbell (Gamma Theta 1965; Author of The Mozart Effect)
  • Hollis Ellsworth Dann, 1861/3–1939 (Delta Honorary 1905, Beta Epsilon 1934, Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1941; Supervisor of Music in Ithaca Public Schools, 1887–1905; Director Cornell University Glee Club, 1889–1921; President of MENC, 1919–1920; State Director of Music of Pennsylvania, 1921–1925; Professor and Head of Department of Music Education, New York University, 1925–1936; Author of Hollis Dann Music Course)
  • Harold Decker, (Gamma Sigma 1947, Pioneer in choral education)
  • Lawrence P. Fogelberg (Delta Nu 1951, father of singer Dan Fogelberg, inspiration for the song Leader of the Band)
  • Charles A. Fullerton, 1861–1945 (President of MENC, 1911–1912)
  • Russell P. Getz, 1925–1986 (Iota Kappa Honorary 1971; President of MENC, 1982–1984)
  • Thaddeus P. Giddings, 1868–1954 (Alpha Mu 1930; Music Educator; Co-founder of Interlochen Arts Camp)
  • Alexander M. Harley, 1895–1989 (Iota 1921, co-founded in 1936, with his wife, Frances, of the Modern Music Masters, or Tri-M Music Honor Society)
  • Roger E. Jacobi (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1972; President Emeritus of Interlochen).
  • Will James (Music Educator)
  • Tim Lautzenheiser s (Delta Lambda 1966 Author, Music Educator, Motivational Speaker; Inaugural recipient of the Mr. Holland's Opus Award)
  • Charles H. Leonard (Beta Gamma 1941; Music Educator, delivered the keynote address at the 1994 national convention in St. Louis, during the Fraternity's intense focus on music advocacy)
  • Peter Christian Lutkin, 1858–1931 (Alpha Alpha 1912/Iota 1913; Founder and namesake of Pi Kappa Lambda music honorary society)
  • Anthony J. Maiello, (Delta 1962, Conductor, Educator, and Author of "Conducting: A Hands-On Approach")
  • James K. McCully s (Mu Omicron 1979) National Endowment for the Arts, Opera Music Theater Fellow with OPERA News editor Patrick Smith & On-Site Evaluator of professional Opera & Music Theater Companies & Emerging Artists Programs nationally; National Opera Association Convention, Chairman & Vocal Competition Adjudicator with Metropolitan Opera tenor George Shirley; Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Adjudicator with Paris Opera director Bernard LeFort, winner now Metropolitan Opera soprano Jan Grissom; Marjorie Lawrence International Vocal Competition, General Director; Opera Music Theater International, President; Catholic University of America, Lecturer & Voice Instructor; & Washington DC Area Alumni Association, President & Conductor/Composer of AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT performed at The White House for President Bill Clinton. Arts & Humanities Award Grant In Music Criticism, Recipient & worked with Washington Post Music Critic Emeritus Dr. Paul Hume.
  • Earl V. Moore (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1912)
  • Karl Paulnack, (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 2011; Director, Music Division, Boston Conservatory)
  • James Christian Pfohl, c. 1913 – c. 1990) (Alpha Rho 1931; Professor of music at Davidson College and founder of Brevard Music Center)
  • Willis M. Rapp (Rho Sigma 1971, music education clinician, marching percussion composer, Department Chair of the Kutztown University Department of Music)
  • Winthrop S. Sterling (Founder of Mu Phi Epsilon Music Fraternity; Supreme President of Phi Mu Alpha)
  • Burnet C. Tuthill (Eta or Omicron 1923, Founder of the National Association of Schools of Music)
  • Paul J. Weaver, 1889–1946 (Alpha Gamma Honorary 1923; One of four prominent music educators/advocates to be initiated at the 1924 national convention of MENC in Cincinnati under the supervision of Supreme President Peter W. Dykema; as one of the co-founders of the Alpha Rho chapter at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was responsible for the advancement of the Fraternity into the Southeastern United States in 1926. Early editor of the Music Educators Journal.)
  • George C. Wilson (Alpha Xi 1928, President of the American Bandmaster Association, 1965; Longtime faculty member at the Interlochen Arts Camp, serving as a faculty member, vice-president, and interim president in 1970–1971.)
  • Alex H. Zimmerman (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 19??; President of MENC, 1962–1964)
  • John Mikulski, 1957–2008 (Music Educator)
  • Louis Charles Elson, 1848–1920 (Alpha Honorary 1900, Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1912) Music critic; Studied music theory with Carl Gloggner at the Leipzig Conservatory. In 1876 he became a contributor to the Musician and Artist, and in 1877 began contributing to the Vox Humana of which he became editor in 1879. He was chiefly known as one of the editors of the Boston Musical Herald and music critic for the Boston Courier. He contributed articles to the Boston Transcript and New York Tribune. Translated and arranged over two thousand German, French, and Italian songs. He composed songs in the style of the German Lied, and was the composer of the Fraternity's song Student Life, first published in 1908. He joined the faculty of the New England Conservatory in 1881.
  • Scott Heisel, 1982–present (Zeta Beta 2000; music editor, Alternative Press)
  • Herman Thuman, 1880–19?? (Alpha Honorary 1917, Omicron Honorary 1916, Eta Honorary 1921), Music critic for the Cincinnati Enquirer. Only known Sinfonian to hold honorary memberships in three collegiate chapters.

Not really notable (even the ones with wiki pages)Edit

  • Georges Barrère, 1876–1944 (Alpha Honorary 1917; French born flutist; Solo flutist, Paris Opera, 1897–1905; First flutist, New York Symphony, 1905–19??; Institute of Musical Art/Juilliard faculty, 1905–1944?; Teacher of Meredith Willson)

John Vincent, 1902–1977 ("Delta 1923"; Composer, Professor of Composition at UCLA 1946–1969)

  • Jean Berger, 1909–2002 (Theta Kappa Honorary 1970)
  • Roland Carter (Beta Epsilon 1965/Alpha Alpha National Honorary 2006; composer, conductor, and pianist)
  • Ernest Charles, 1895–1984 (Upsilon Honorary 1941) Composer of art songs
  • David N Childs (Pi Delta Honorary, Choral Conductor and composer in Residence, Vanderbilt University)
  • Joseph W. Clokey, 1890–1960 (Alpha Theta 1923; educator, organist and composer of sacred and secular music in the first half of the 20th Century, Stepfather of Art Clokey (1921–2010), the creator of the character Gumby and of his horse Pokey, which, along with the popular "pokey sticks" breadsticks of Gumby's Pizza fame, represents a play on words on the name "Clokey."
  • Moses Hogan, 1957–2003 (Honorary 1999?, Arranger of African-American spirituals; Founder of Moses Hogan Chorale and Moses Hogan Singers)
  • Austin C. Lovelace, 1919–present (Epsilon Upsilon Honorary 1981; Prolific composer of sacred music)
  • Lloyd Pfautch (Director, Dallas Civic Chorale)
  • Harry R. Wilson, 1901–1968 (Tau Honorary 1924, Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1956; Charter member of the American Choral Directors Association, President of Phi Mu Alpha, 1964–1967; Composer of "Happy Is The Man", commissioned by the Fraternity; MENC Music Educator Hall of Fame inductee, 1996)
Jan Kubelík, Alpha Honorary 1917


An asterisk (*) denotes a Charter member

A circumflex (^) denotes initiation as an Honorary. Note that all Alpha Alpha members are Honorary.

depreciated symbols

An asterisk (*) indicates recognition on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

An (‡) indicates recipients of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

A lower case f indicates recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

A lower case k indicates Kennedy Center honoree.

A lower case p indicates recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music.

The following are special honors and awards presented by the Fraternity to its membership:

A lower case l indicates recipients of the Charles E. Lutton Man Of Music Award. Named in honor of former national secretary Charles E. Lutton (1887–1950), this award was first presented in 1952 to Thor Johnson. Since 1964, it has been presented triennially at the fraternity's national convention.

A lower case s indicates "Signature Sinfonians" honorees.

potential new symbols(?) Lutton - £ Signature Sinfonian § Nat'l Medal Arts ₦ Kennedy Center ₭ Grammy Lifetime ‡ Walk of Fame † Penn Glee ¶

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