Dr. Thomas King was the faculty advisor for the Theta Tau chapter at Austin Peay State University for 24 years. From 1994 to 2003 he was the Governor in phimualpha.jpgProvince #15 and the Deputy Province Governor from 2003 to 2014. He was newly awarded the honor of being named a SIGNATURE SINFONIAN, one of only seven men in the nation this year. Dr. King was initiated into Phi Mu Alpha in 1965 in the Xi chapter at the University of Kansas. His best friend, Cecil Cole, encouraged him to join and this brotherhood also helped King to decide to become a music major. King has been active in colonizing chapters at Vanderbilt University, Tennessee State University and Northwest Mississippi Community College. One of his most memorable experiences was attending the 100th birthday of the fraternity in Boston, MA in October 1998. Visiting Ossian Everett Mills’ grave and meeting the grandson and great granddaughters of Mills was a distinct pleasure and honor. Dr. King has also been honored by Sigma Alpha Iota as a National Arts Affiliate. He appreciates the local Delta Pi chapter for including him in their women’s fraternity.




PMA Theta Tau scholarship, recipient David Corder, founding member Joe Giles, president Jaron Kloap, TK



Phi Mu Alpha History

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.” Mills, bursar of the Conservatory, sought to create an Order in which men with a shared love of music could develop the virtues of manhood in themselves and in their fellows.

Sinfonia became a national fraternity on October 6, 1900, with the admission of a group of men at the Broad Street Conservatory in Philadelphia. Since that time Sinfonia has grown into the largest music fraternity in the world, with more than 150,000 initiates, and chapters on over 200 college and university campuses across the nation.

For over a century, Sinfonians in nearly every field of study and professional endeavor have transformed the face of music in America. Today, the Brotherhood represents a diverse group of individuals spanning the nation, who continue the proud tradition of advancing the Fraternity’s Object.

Sinfonia is a Brotherhood of men bound together for mutual helpfulness. Its purpose is not only to bring men together as friends, but also to provide a network of brothers with whom men can commune and renew their zeal – a support network that helps the individual to meet the challenges that face him in his daily life. By teaching men who are united as brothers to live their lives according to the noble virtues set forth in the Fraternity’s Initiation Ritual, Sinfonia builds better, stronger, broader individuals who are able to live in sympathy and in harmony with their Fraternity brothers and their fellow man. The Initiation Ritual of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, which will mark the transition into full membership, is one of the most meaningful and beautiful of the Greek traditions. The dedication to the advancement of universal Truths and brotherly association exemplified in the Ritual are the foundation of individual fraternal friendship, chapter unity, and national solidarity in the promotion of Sinfonia’s dual mission: the making of men and the uplift of mankind.

Sinfonians share a love of music that unites them as brothers with a common interest. The Fraternity teaches men to develop themselves and their art, not for the sake of art itself, but as a means of enriching the lives of others. Through a multitude of chapter, provincial, and national events, Sinfonia offers unlimited opportunities for performance, community music outreach, and other activities designed to develop a true appreciation for the power of music to uplift the soul.

Sinfonia’s collegiate chapters participate in a broad range of activities emphasizing brotherhood, service, and performance in music. Chapters take music into the community by singing at hospitals and homes for the elderly; sponsor concerts of American music, jazz and choral festivals, all-campus sings and Broadway-style reviews; provide a large variety of performing ensembles ranging from big bands to barbershop quartets; commission new works; bring prominent performers and clinicians to their campuses; and take part in a variety of other social and musical activities. The possibilities for participation in musical activities are limited only by the boundaries of imagination, desire, and commitment.

Sinfonia provides many exciting opportunities for the development of social and leadership skills in an atmosphere of brotherhood and mutual support. Leadership roles may be assumed from nearly the first day an individual is pledged to become an active member of the Fraternity. Beyond the chapter, annual province workshops and national events allow members to become more involved and to develop meaningful friendships with other musical students across the nation.

A common phrase heard among brothers in the Fraternity is “Once a Sinfonian, Always a Sinfonian.” The spirit of this phrase has fostered alumni loyalty for more than one hundred years. As an alumni member, the opportunities to remain active with the Fraternity are limitless. Alumni associations, scattered throughout the country, provide more formalized ways for alumni Sinfonians to gather together and further the ideals and Object of the Fraternity.

Theta Tau Chapter, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN

Mills Music Mission - Theta Tau Chapter

Mills Music Mission – Theta Tau Chapter

Founded on May 23, 1959, the Theta Tau Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha is the oldest active fraternity on the Austin Peay Campus. Founded by Aaron Schmidt, the Brothers of the Theta Chapter hold true to the ideals of Sinfonia: 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.

Theta Tau Alumni (now) with TK, visit to Lyrecrest

Theta Tau Alumni (now) with TK, visit to Lyrecrest

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