List of Sinfonians

List of Sinfonians

This is a list of members of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity who have achieved 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.

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.

If known, the name of the initiating chapter and the year of initiation is included. Please note that in the case of some early honorary members (particularly those elected to honorary membership by the Alpha Chapter at the New England Conservatory in 1917) were simply elected to honorary membership and were not required to participate in the initiation process that has evolved in the fraternity since that time. "Alpha Alpha" is the chapter designation for National Honorary members of the Fraternity, some of whom may also be members of other chapters.

This list also makes note of Sinfonians who have received special honors at the national and international levels, further demonstrating their contributions to music in America, and to the world. As of 2008, only Bo Diddley also held membership in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Among Sinfonia's notable members are two honorary Knights of the British Empire, Pulitzer Prize winners, and a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Information is also included on distinguished members who have received special honors from the Fraternity itself.


*Turpin Bannister, 1904–1982 ("Nu 1923"; American architect & architectural historian; Known for work in the development of the fraternity's initiation ritual)

"Big Band" Leaders

*Les Brown, 1912–2001 (Founder of "Les Brown and the Band of Renown")
*Buddy Morrow, 1919–present ("Rho Tau Honorary 1968"; Conductor of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra)

Businessmen & Philanthropists

*Andrew Carnegie, 1835–1919 ("Alpha Honorary 1917"; founder of Pittsburgh's Carnegie Steel Company which later became [United States Steel; Philanthropist; Namesake of Carnegie-Mellon University, Carnegie Hall, and numerous librariesCarnegie Library)
*George Eastman, 1854–1932 ("Alpha Nu Honorary 1927"; founded Eastman Kodak Company, invented the roll of film, namesake of Eastman School of Music)
*Julius Fleischmann, 1871–1925 ("Alpha Alpha 1914"; heir to Fleischmann Yeast Company; part-owner of Cincinnati Red Sox; patron of the arts; Mayor, Cincinnati, 1900–1905)
*Alfred J. Fletcher, 1887–1979 ("Zeta Psi 1961"; 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)
*Major Henry Lee Higginson, 1834–1919 ("Alpha Honorary 1915, Alpha Alpha"; Survivor of the Battle of Aldie, Extraordinary Philanthropist, served as President of the Boston Music Hall and as trustee of the New England Conservatory of Music; Founder of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1881; Founder, Boston's bohemianistic Tavern Club)
*Eben D. Jordan II ("Alpha Alpha 1912"; Trustee, New England Conservatory, namesake of Jordan Hall at the Conservatory, affiliated with the Boston based Jordan Marsh department stores)
*Otto H. Kahn, 1867–1934 ("Alpha 1917"; Investment Banker, Collector, Philanthropist, and Patron of the Arts)
*David A. Klingshirn ("Alpha Alpha 2003"; Founder, American Classical Music Hall of Fame)
*Wallace Kuralt, 19??-2003 ("Alpha Rho 1957"; Businessman & brother of CBS news personality Charles Kuralt)
*Charles M. Schwab, 1862–1939 ("Alpha Honorary 1917", industrialist, no relation to Charles R. Schwab)
*Henry E. Steinway ("Alpha Alpha 1962"; Philanthropist, heir to Steinway piano manufacturing legacy)
*Galen L. Stone, 1862–1926 ("Alpha Honorary 1917"; American financier and philanthropist; largest benefactor of Charlotte Hawkins Brown's Palmer Institute in Sedalia, NC)


*Pablo Casals, 1876–1973‡ f l("Epsilon Iota Honorary 1963"; cellist, conductor)
*Leonard Rose, 1918–1964 (Principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra and New York Philharmonic)


*KT Tatara ("Epsilon Sigma 1999")


*Samuel Adler, 1928–present ("Gamma Theta Honorary 1960"; German-born)
*Leroy Anderson, 1908–1975* (Composer, noted for "Bugler's Holiday", "Syncopated Clock", and the holiday classic "Sleigh Ride")
*Percy Lee Atherton, 1871–1944 ("Alpha Honorary 1916")
*Samuel Barber, 1910–1981 p (Known for compositions "Adagio for Strings" and "Knoxville: Summer of 1915")
*Warren Barker, 1923–2006 ("Beta Psi 1942"; Wrote theme songs for "Bewitched", "77 Sunset Strip", "That Girl", and the "Donny and Marie Osmond Show")
*Robert Russell Bennett, 1894–1981 (composer, arranger, orchestrator)
*Warren F. Benson, 1924–2005 ("Epsilon Honorary 1946"; Composer)
*Jean Berger, 1909–2002 ("Theta Kappa Honorary 1970")
*Felix Borowski, 1872–1956 ("Alpha Honorary 1917, Alpha Alpha 1920"; British/American composer and teacher)
*Charles Wakefield Cadman, 1881–1946 ("Alpha Alpha 1915"; Composer)
*John Alden Carpenter, 1876–1951 ("Alpha Honorary 1917"; noted for 1914 work "Adventures in a Perambulator")
*Roland Carter (composer, conductor, and pianist)
*George W. Chadwick, 1854–1931 ("Alpha Honorary 1898?, Alpha Alpha 1909"; Director of the New England Conservatory of Music, 1897–1930, member of "Boston Six".)
*Ernest Charles, 1895–1984 ("Upsilon Honorary 1941")
*David N Childs("Pi Delta Honorary", Choral Conductor and composer in Residence, Vanderbilt University)
*Joseph W. Clokey, 1890–1960 ("Alpha Theta 1923"; Stepfather of Art Clokey(1921–present), the creator of the character Gumby2;
*Gilbert Raynolds Combs, 1873-1934 ("Beta 1900"), Second Supreme President of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
*Bill Conti, 1942–present* ("Beta Omega 1960"; Film and television composer, including "Rocky", the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only, "Dynasty", "Falcon Crest", "Cagney & Lacey", and the "ABC Evening News")
*Frederick S. Converse, 1871–1940 ("Alpha Alpha 1913", Composer)
*Aaron Copland, 1900–1990 f p k l ("Alpha Upsilon 1961"; Known for the compositions "Appalachian Spring", "Fanfare for the Common Man", and choral works "Stomp Your Foot" and "The Promise of Living" from "The Tender Land" opera)
*Paul Creston, 1906–1985 ("Alpha Alpha 1972")
*George Crumb, 1929–present p (Known for composition "Ancient Voices of Children")
*Archibald T. Davison ("Alpha 1916"; musicologist, conductor, and music educator)
*William Levi Dawson, 1899–1990 ("Alpha Alpha 1977"; Arranger of African-American Spirituals)
*Reginald de Koven, 1859–1920 ("Alpha Honorary 1917"; Music Critic and Composer)
*Norman Dello Joio, 1913-2008 p ("Epsilon Nu 1971")
*Eric Ewazen, 1954–present (composer)
*Percy Faith, 1908–1976 (Band Leader, known for arrangements of "easy listening" music)
*Carlisle Floyd, 1926–present ("Theta"; composer)
*Arthur Foote, 1853–1937 (member of "Boston Six")
*Lukas Foss, 1922–present ("Alpha Alpha")
*Arthur R. Frackenpohl, 1924–present ("Theta Iota Honorary 1968"; Composer)
*Henry F. Gilbert, 1868–1928 ("Alpha 1916")
*Hallate Gilberte, 1872-???? ("Alpha 1917")
*Don Gillis, 1912-1978
*Richard Franko Goldman (Band Director; son of Edwin Franko Goldman, founder of the American Bandmasters Association)
*Morton Gould, 1913–1996 ("Alpha Delta Honorary 1947")
*Percy A. Grainger, 1882–1961 ("Alpha Honorary 1917, Beta Omicron Honorary 1939"; Australian-born pianist, champion of the saxophone & concert band)
*Ferde Grofe, 1892–1972 ("Beta Epsilon Honorary 1939", noted for "Grand Canyon Suite")
*Dave Grusin, 1934–present l ("Beta Chi 1956"; composer and producer; known for composing theme songs of "Maude", "Good Times", "Baretta", and "St. Elsewhere")
*Howard Hanson, 1896–1981 p l ("Alpha Nu Honorary 1928, Alpha Alpha 1930"; Director of the Eastman School of Music, 1924–1964; Recipient of the 1944 Pulitzer Prize for his "Symphony No. 2"; Known for the choral work "Song of Democracy", based on Walt Whitman poem of the same name)
*Roy Harris, 1898–1979 (Composer)
*Ross Hastings, 1915–1991 ("Alpha Alpha 1977"; Known for setting of "Sinfonian Prayer" that first appeared in the 1972 edition of "Sinfonia Songs")
*Victor Herbert, 1859–1924 ("Alpha Alpha 1913", Tin Pan Alley composer; Co-founder & vice-president of ASCAP)
*Edward Burlingame Hill, 1872–1960 (Composer; teacher of Leonard Bernstein and Walter Piston; Harvard music faculty, 1908–1940)
*Moses Hogan, 1957–2003 (Arranger of African-American spirituals; Founder of Moses Hogan Chorale and Moses Hogan Singers)
*Alan Hovhaness, 1911–2000 (composer)
*David Holsinger, 1945–present ("Beta Mu 1964")
*Rupert Hughes, 1872–1956 ("Alpha Honorary 1917"; historian, novelist, film director, composer, uncle of Howard Hughes)
*Bruno Huhn ("Alpha Honorary 1917"; Sacred music composer)
*Karel Husa, 1921–present ("Alpha Alpha 1977"; composer)
*Martin Mailman ("Zeta Psi 1961"; Composer)
*Ulysses Kay, 1917–1995 ("Alpha Upsilon 1937")
*Gail T. Kubik, 1914–1984 p (Composer)
*Robert Jager, 1939–present (Composer)
*Normand Lockwood, 1906–2002 ("Nu Rho Honorary 1967, Alpha Alpha"; Composer)
*Austin C. Lovelace, 1919–present ("Epsilon Upsilon Honorary 1981"; Prolific composer of sacred music)
*Otto C. Luening, 1900–1996 (German-American composer, early pioneer of electronic music)
*Daniel Gregory Mason, 1873–1953 ("Alpha 1914"; Columbia University music faculty, 1905–1942; Grandson of pioneer American music educator Lowell Mason)
*Henry L. Mason ("Alpha Honorary 1916"; associated with Mason & Hamlin piano manufacturing company; Grandson of pioneer American music educator Lowell Mason)
*W. Francis McBeth, 1933–present l (Composer Laureate of Arkansas, 1975-????)
*Daniel T. Moe, 1926–present ("Epsilon Zeta Honorary 1957")
*Václav Nelhýbel, 1919–1996 ("Iota Kappa Honorary 1966"; Czech-American composer)
*Roger A. Nixon (Composer)
*Horatio Parker ("Alpha Honorary 1916(?)"; Teacher, Member of "Boston Six")
*Krzysztof Penderecki ("Epsilon Iota Honorary 1975"; Composer)
*Vincent Persichetti, 1915–1987 ("Delta Eta Honorary 1961"; Composer)
*Lloyd Pfautch (Director, Dallas Civic Chorale)
*Daniel Pinkham, 1923–2006 ("Alpha Honorary 1959"; Composer)
*William Presser, 1916–2004 ("Rho Tau Honorary")
*Arthur Pryor (Composer, Band Director, Soloist with the Sousa Band)
*Buryl Red ("Gamma Iota 1954"; Executive Producer of Silver Burdett's educational music programs)
*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)
*Nelson S. Riddle, Jr., 1921–1985 (Bandleader, Arranger, Orchestrator; Noted for the soundtrack of the 1960s Batman television series and movie)
*George Rochberg, 1918–2005 ("Alpha Alpha 1977")
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*David Rose* (Wrote music for The Red Skelton Show and Bonanza; Known for 1962 Billboard #1 hit The Stripper; Married to actress Judy Garland)
*Louis Victor Saar, 1868–1937 ("Alpha Alpha 1917"; Composer and Arranger)
*P. Peter Sacco (Composer)
*R. Murray Schafer, 1932–present (Composer and Music Educator)
*Peter Schickele, 1935–present (Composer and creator of P.D.Q. Bach)
*Arnold Schoenberg, 1874–1951 ("Alpha Epsilon Honorary 1935", developed the twelve-tone technique of composition)
*Gunther Schuller, 1925–present p (Horn Player; President, New England Conservatory of Music, 1967–1977)
*David Stanley Smith, 1877–1949 ("Alpha Honorary 1917?"; Conductor, New Haven Symphony Orchestra; Dean, Yale School of Music, 1920–1940)
*John Philip Sousa, 1854–1932 ("Alpha Xi Honorary 1925"; known as the "March King"; Composer of over 100 marches, including the national march "The Stars and Stripes Forever")
*Leo Sowerby, 1895–1968 p (Composer, Informally known as "Dean of American church music", Winner of the 1946 Pulitzer Prize for music)
*Robert Starer, 1924–2001 ("Alpha Alpha 1982"; Initiated at 1982 national convention at the University of Illinois in Champaign)
*Halsey Stevens, 1908–1989 (Composer)
*Edgar Stillman Kelley, 1857–1944 ("Alpha Alpha 1917"; known for two symphonies, "Gulliver" (1913-37) and "New England" (1913), and oratorio, "The Pilgrim's Progress" (1918).)
*Frederick Stock, 1872–1942 (Composer; Director, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1905–1942)
*James Swearingen ("Iota Omicron 1968"; Composer)
*Randall Thompson, 1899–1984 ("Rho Tau Honorary 1972", Noted for choral compositions "Alleluia" and "Testament of Freedom")
*Fisher Tull, 1934–1994 ("Gamma Theta 1955"; composer)
*Robert Washburn, 1928–present ("Theta Iota 1967"; Composer)
*Jim Webb (Composer)
*Peter J. Wilhousky, 1902–1978 (Carpatho-Rusyn-American composer; Conductor; Noted for arrangement of Battle Hymn of the Republic and English lyrics of Carol of the Bells)
*J. Clifton Williams, 1923–1976 ("Beta Omega 1946"; Known for concert march "The Sinfonians" which incorporates the fraternity song "Hail Sinfonia")
*Harry R. Wilson ("Tau Honorary 1924, Alpha Alpha 1956"; Charter member of the American Choral Directors Association, President of Phi Mu Alpha, 1964–1967)
*William H. Zinn ("Alpha Alpha 1926")


*John Alexander ("Honorary Omicron Pi"; Pacific Chorale Artistic Director)
*Harry Begian ("Gamma Omicron 1941"; Conductor & Composer)
*Col. John R. Bourgeois, USMC (Ret.) al ("Zeta Pi Honorary 1956, Alpha Alpha 1997", conductor, "The President's Own" Marine Band & composer/arranger)
*George Bragg ("Alpha Alpha"; Founder, Texas Boys Choir)
*Sir Karl Busch, Danish born conductor
*Cleofonte Campanini, 1860–1919 ("Alpha Honorary 1917"; Italian-born conductor, Conductor of the Chicago Opera, 1910–1919)
*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)
*Walter Damrosch, 1862–1950 ("Alpha Honorary 1917"; American Symphony Conductor)
*Robert deCormier ("Alpha Nu Honorary 1977")
*Allan Dennis (educator & conductor)
*Antal Dorati, KBE (Music Director, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, 1949–1960; Principal Conductor, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, 1966–1974)
*Raymond F. Dvorak (Composer and Band Director)
*Leonard Falcone (Conductor)
*Frederick Fennell, 1914–2004 l ("Alpha Nu 1934"; Widely regarded as the leader of the wind ensemble movement in the United States)
*Arthur Fiedler (Conductor, Boston Pops Orchestra, 1930–1979)
*Sir Eugène Aynsley Goossens, 1893–1962 (British Conductor & Composer; Director, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, 1931–1947))
*Henry Hadley, 1871-1937 ("Alpha Alpha 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)
*Michael Haithcock (Conductor)
*Lara Hoggard, 1915–2007 ("Alpha Alpha 19??"; 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)
*Thor Johnson, 1913–1975 l ("Alpha Rho 1932"; Director, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, 1947–1958)
*Lee Kjelson ("Upsilon 1944")
*James Levine, 1943–present k l ("Alpha Alpha 1979"; Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera, 1976–present; Director, Boston Symphony Orchestra, 2004–present)
*Keith Lockhart ("Gamma Eta"; Music Director of the Boston Pops Orchestra, 1995–present; Artistic Director, Brevard Music Center, 2008–present)
*Jesus Lopez-Cobos ("Alpha Alpha"; Director, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, 1986–2001)
*Norman Luboff, 1917–1987* (Founder and Director of the Norman Luboff Choir)
*Dimitri Mitropoulos, 1896–1960 (Music Director, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, 1937–1949)
*Karl Muck, 1859–1940 3 ("Alpha Alpha 1915?" - Expelled due to sympathizing with the Axis forces during World War I"; German-born conductor; Has been considered the greatest interpreter of the work of Richard Wagner; Director, Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1906–1908, 1912–1918)
*Peter Nero, 1934–present (artistic director and conductor of Peter Nero and the Philly Pops)
*Weston Noble, 1922–present ("Alpha Alpha 1975"; Conductor of Luther College Nordic Choir, 1948–2005)
*Emil Oberhoffer ("Alpha Alpha 1916"; Conductor, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, 1903–1922)
*George N. Parks (Director: UMass Minuteman Marching Band. founder of GNP Drum Major Academy)
*William Revelli l (Conductor)
*Max Rudolf (Conductor)
*Ernest Schelling, 1876–1939 ("Alpha Honorary 1917"; First conductor of the New York Philharmonic's Young People's Concerts made popular by Leonard Bernstein)
*Kurt Schindler, 1882–1935 ("Alpha Honorary 1917"; German-born conductor and composer who may have been the second German-born conductor to be expelled in 1919 along with Karl Muck)
*Robert Shaw, 1916–1999 k (conductor)
*Gregg Smith (Founder of the Gregg Smith Singers)
*Leonard Slatkin, 1944–presental ("Alpha Alpha 1987"; Music Director of National Symphony Orchestra, 1996–2008)
*William Steinberg, 1899–1978* (Conductor, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, 1952–1976; Conductor, London Philharmonic, 1958–1960)
*Leopold Stokowski, 1882–1977* ("Alpha Alpha 1917", Conductor of Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, & NBC Symphony Orchestra; Featured in the 1940 Disney film Fantasia)
*Josef Stransky, 1872–1936 (Czech conductor)
*Howard S. Swan, 1906–1995 ("Alpha Alpha 1959", considered the "Dean of American Choral Directors")
*Michael Tilson Thomas, 1944–present ("Alpha Epsilon 1963"; Conductor)
*Theodore Thomas
*Henri Verbrugghen,1873-1934 ("Alpha Alpha 1928", Belgian born conductor of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, 1922-1931?)
*Ernö von Dohnányi (Composer, pianist and conductor)
*Roger Wagner (Director of Roger Wagner Chorale and Los Angeles Master Chorale)

Dramatists and Playwrights

*Percy Jewett Burrell, 1877–1964 ("Alpha 1899"; Dramatist and Playwright; Sixth supreme president of the Fraternity, 1907–1914)

Educational Administrators

"Of the institutions represented in this list, Appalachian State University, home of the Rho Tau chapter, has had the most chief administrators who have been Sinfonians. Every chief administrator since 1969 has been either an honorary member of the Rho Tau chapter or was initiated while an undergraduate."

*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)
*Robert Glidden ("Alpha Alpha 1975"; President, Ohio University, 1994–2004; National President, Pi Kappa Lambda, 1982–1985; National Executive Director, National Association of Schools of Music, 1972–1975)
*Diether H. Haenicke, ("Delta Iota Honorary 1993"; President, Western Michigan University, 1985–1998)
*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)
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*Albert Ross Hill ("Zeta"; President of the University of Missouri, 1908–1921)
*Leo W. Jenkins ("Zeta Psi Honorary 1960"; President/Chancellor, East Carolina University, 1960–1972;
*Bryce Jordan, 1924–present ("Alpha Iota 1946"; Musicologist; President, Penn State University, 1983–1990)
*Harrison Keller ("Alpha 1922"; Director, New England Conservatory, 1946–1958)
*Otto Paul Kretzmann ("Kappa Sigma Honorary 1963"; President, Valparaiso University 1940–1968)
*John M. Lilley ("Gamma Iota 1958"; President, Baylor University 2006–Present; President, University of Nevada; President, Penn State - Erie)
*Dr. Stephen C. MacDonald ("Iota Kappa" honorary; President, Lebanon Valley College 2004–present)
*John D. Messick ("Zeta Psi Honorary 1957"; President of East Carolina University, 1947–1959;
*James Moeser ("Alpha Iota 1958"; Chancellor, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000–2008; Organist)
*Kenneth E. Peacock ("Rho Tau Honorary 2008"; Chancellor, Appalachian State University, 2004–present)
*William Schuman, 1910–1992 p k ("Beta Gamma 1930"; President, The Juilliard School, 1945–1962;
*Graham Spanier ("Alpha Zeta Honorary 1998"; President, Penn State University, 1995–Present)
*John E. Thomas ("Rho Tau Honorary 1981"; Chancellor, Appalachian State University, 1979–1993)
*Herbert W. Wey ("Rho Tau Honorary 1971"; President/Chancellor, Appalachian State University, 1969–1979)
*Herbert Witherspoon, 1873–1935 ("Alpha Alpha 1932"; President, Chicago Musical College, 1925-19??; President, Cincinnati Conservatory; General Manager, Metropolitan Opera, 1935)
*Florenz Ziegfield, Sr. ("Alpha Honorary 1917", Director, Chicago Musical College; father of Florenz Ziegfield, Jr. of Broadway "Ziegfield Follies" fame)

Folk Singers

*Burl Ives, 1909–1995 (Portrayed Sam the Snowman in the "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" TV special and the narrator in the Star Wars film "Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure")
Josh Goforth, 1981-present ("Lambda Sigma ????", Bluegrass performer, known to easily sell out shows in the Appalachian region; youngest known person presently on the list)

Gospel Artists

*Cedric Dent e ("Omicron Phi 1986", Member of Take 6)
*Vernard Johnson (Minister, Recording Artist, and Saxophonist)
*Mervyn Warren, 1964–present e ("Omicron Phi 1986", Member of Take 6)

Government Leaders

*Oliver Ames, 1831–1895 1 ("Alpha Posthumous Honorary 1917"; Lieutenant Colonel in the Massachusetts Militia prior to the Civil War; Member of Massachusetts state senate; elected 1880; Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, 1883-87; Governor of Massachusetts, 1887–1890)
*David L. Boren, 1941–present ("Mu Honorary 2003"; Governor of Oklahoma, 1975–1979; United States Senator, 1979–1994; Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, 1987–1995 President of the [University of Oklahoma] , 1994–present)
*George B. Cortelyou, 1862–1940 ("Alpha Alpha 1903?, Alpha Honorary 1914?"; First United States Secretary of Commerce and Labor, 1903–1904; United States Postmaster General, 1905–1907; United States Secretary of the Treasury, 1907–1909)
*Thomas Dewey, 1902–1971 ("Epsilon 1920"; Governor of New York, 1943–1955; Republican nominee for President of the United States, 1944 and 1948; Author of "Journey to the Far Pacific" (1952) and "Thomas E. Dewey on the Two Party System" (1966))
*Fiorello La Guardia, 1882–1947 (Congressman from New York, 1917–1919, 1923–1933; New York City Councilman, 1920–1921; Mayor of New York City, 1934–1945; Inspired the Broadway musical "Fiorello!.")
*James G. Martin, 1935–present ("Gamma Kappa 1955"; United States Congressman from North Carolina, 1973–1985; Governor of North Carolina, 1985–1993)


*Maurice Andre, 1933–present ("Delta Honorary 1970"; French-born trumpeter)
*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
*Philip Farkas (honorary), former principal horn, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Kansas City Philharmonic. Professor Emeritus, Indiana University.
*Sigurd Rascher, 1907–2001 ("Delta Honorary 1951", German-born pioneering Classical Saxophonist)
*Carlos Montoya, 1903–1993 ("Alpha Alpha 1975"; Spanish-born flamenco guitarist)
*Nolan Miller ("Iota Kappa Chapter") (former principal horn, Philadelphia Orchestra)
*Pete Bienkowski - Drummer

Jazz Artists

*Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, 1928–1975 (saxophonist & band leader)
*Jamey Aebersold, 1939–present (Jazz saxophonist & music educator)
*Count Basie, 1904–1984 *‡ k ("Mu Nu 1970"; jazz musician & band leader)
*Alvin Batiste, 1932–2007 ("Mu Psi" Jazz clarinetist)
*Louie Bellson, 1924–present (American jazz drummer, Once married to American singer & actress Pearl Bailey, inventor of the double bass drum at 15)
*Henry Butler, 1949–present ("Mu Psi 69"Jazz pianist)
*Wilbur Campbell, 1926–1999 ("Alpha Zeta Honorary 1957"; Chicago area jazz drummer)
*Duke Ellington, 1899–1974 *‡ f ("Rho Upsilon 1969; Alpha Alpha"; jazz musician & band leader)
*Bill Evans ‡ (Jazz Pianist)
*Maynard Ferguson, 1928–2006 l ("Xi Chi 1976"; jazz trumpeter & band leader)
*Donald Harrison Jr., (b. June 23, 1960, New Orleans, Louisiana) ("Mu Psi") is an American jazz saxophonist.
*Stan Kenton, 1911–1979 (Jazz Pianist and Band Leader)
*Chuck Mangione ("Alpha Nu Honorary 1971"; jazz musician & band leader)
*Ellis Marsalis, Jr., 1934–present (jazz musician)
*Branford Marsalis, 1960–present ("Mu Psi" jazz musician; Music Director of The Tonight Show band, 1992–1995; only Sinfonian known to perform at 1985 Live Aid concert)
*Mike Metheny, 1949–present ("Upsilon Phi 1974" Jazz trumpeter, best known for playing with the Pat Metheny Trio)
*Buddy Rich, 1917-1987 (Jazz drummer, known as "The world's greatest drummer")
*Carl "Doc" Severinsen, 1927–present (American pop and jazz trumpeter, best known for leading the NBC Orchestra in the Johnny Carson era)
*Clark Terry, 1920–present l (jazz trumpeter)
*Vaughn Wiester ("Epsilon Phi Honorary 1992")
*Kirk Whalum (Jazz saxophonist & Song-writer)

Music Critics and Editors

*Richard Aldrich, 1863–1937 ("Alpha Honorary 1917"; Music critic for "The New York Times", 1902–1923)
*Olin Downes, 1886–1955 ("Alpha Honorary 1917"; Music Critic, "Boston Post", 1906–1924, "New York Times", 1924–1955; Host, "Metropolitan Opera Quiz")
*Henry Finck, 1854–1926 (Music Editor for "New York Evening Post", 1881–1910)
*Daniel E. Gawthrop, 1949–present (Composer, Music Critic for "The Washington Post")
*Scott Heisel (music editor of Alternative Press)
*James Gibbons Huneker, 1860–1921 ("Alpha 1917"; Music Writer, Music Critic for the "New York Sun")
*Paul Hume, 1915–2001 ("Alpha Alpha 1971"; Musicologist; Music Editor, "The Washington Post", 1946–1982)
*Henry E. Krehbiel, 1854–1923 (Music Editor, "New York Tribune"; Musicologist)

Music Educators

*Edward B. Birge, 1868–1952 (Pioneer Music Educator; President of MENC, 1910–1911; Author of the classic "The History of Public School Music in the United States")
*O. Richard Bundy (Director of the Penn State Blue Band)
*Don Campbell (Author of "The Mozart Effect")
*Frank Damrosch, 1859–1937 ("Alpha Honorary 1917"; Chorusmaster at Metropolitan Opera, Director of Juilliard, namesake of Damrosch Park at the Met)
*Hollis Ellsworth Dann, 1863–1939 ("Beta Epsilon 1934"; Director Cornell University Glee Club, 1889–1921; President of MENC, 1919–1920; Author of "Hollis Dann Music Course")
*Peter W. Dykema, 1873–1951 ("Alpha Honorary 1917, Phi 1921"; President of MENC, 1916–1917; Supreme President of Phi Mu Alpha, 1922–1928)
*Will Earhart, 1871–1960 ("Iota Honorary 1923"; Pioneer American music educator; President of MENC, 1915–1916)
*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 (Music Educator; Co-founder of Interlochen Arts Camp)
*Edwin E. Gordon (Music Educator and Developer of "Gordon Music Learning Theory")
*Will James (Music Educator)
*Tim Lautzenheiser s (Author, Music Educator, Motivational Speaker; Inaugural recipeint of the "Mr. Holland's Opus Award")
*Charles H. Leonard (Music Educator)
*Peter Christian Lutkin, 1858–1931 ("Alpha Alpha 1912"; Founder and namesake of Pi Kappa Lambda music honorary society)
*Joseph E. Maddy, 1891–1966 l (Founder of Interlochen Arts Camp; President of MENC, 1936–1938)
* James K. McCully, (Mu Omicron; National Endowment for the Arts, Opera-Musical Theater On-Site Evaluator; Chairman, National Opera Association Convention; General Director, Marjorie Lawrence International Vocal Competition & President, Opera Music Theater International, Washington, D. C.
*W. Otto Miessner, 1880-? (Pioneer Music Educator; President of MENC, 1923–1924)
*Earl V. Moore ("Alpha Alpha 1912")
*William S. Newman, 1912-2000 ("Alpha Rho 1963")
*James Christian Pfohl, 1913?-19??) ("Alpha Rho 1931"; Founder of Brevard Music Center)
*Winthrop S. Sterling (Founder of Mu Phi Epsilon Music Fraternity; Supreme President of Phi Mu Alpha)
*Alex H. Zimmerman ("Alpha Alpha 19??"; President of MENC, 1962–1964)


*E. Power Biggs, 1906–1977* (British-born concert organist)
*Joseph Bonnet, 1884–1944 ("Alpha Alpha Honorary 1917"; French-born composer, Founded organ dept at Eastman Sch of Music, 1921)
*Virgil Keel Fox, 1912–1980 (Concert Organist known for concerts with light shows)

Peace Activists

*Thomas W. Fox, 1951–2006 (kidnapped in November 2005 in Baghdad, leading to a widely publicized hostage crisis. His body was found in March 2006)


*Everett Firth, 1930–present ("Alpha 1950"; Founder of Vic Firth drum stick company; Timpanist, Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1951–2001)
*Randy Sanderbeck, ?-present (Percussionist and percussion instructor for East Tennessee State University)
*Ed Shaughnessy, 1929–present (Percussionist and drummer for "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson")


*Harold E. Bauer, 1873-1951 (Pianist)
*Coenraad van Bos, 1875–1955 ("Alpha Honorary 1917")
*Van Cliburn, 1934–present ‡ f k l ("Alpha Alpha 1958"; pianist)
*Carl Friedberg, 1872–1955 ("Alpha 1917"; German pianist and teacher)
*Rudolph Ganz, 1877–1972 ("New Zeta 1924, Alpha Alpha 1936"; Swiss-born, claimed descendant of Charlamagne, President, Chicago Musical College, 1934–1958, Conductor, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, 1921–1927))
*Leopold Godowsky, 1870–1938 (Polish-American concert pianist)
*Morton Gould, 1913–1996* p k (pianist)
*Ernest Hutcheson, 1871–1951 (Australian pianist)
*Józef Kazimierz Hofmann, 1876–1957 ("Alpha 1917"; Child prodigy, Polish-American virtuoso pianist and composer)
*Andre Previn, KBE, 1930–present k (pianist & conductor; appointed an honorary Knight of the Order of British Empire in 1996)
*Roger Williams, 1924–present ("Alpha Beta 1943"; Concert Pianist)


*Clarence C. Birchard, 1866–1946 (Known for quote "We are teaching music not to make musicians but to make Americans")
*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 ___ 1930", Co-founder MidWest Band & Orchestra Clinic)
*Theodore Presser, 1848–1945 ("Alpha Honorary 1917"; Founder of "The Etude" magazine, namesake of the Presser Scholarships)
*Rudolph E. Schirmer ("Alpha Honorary 1917"; Son of Gustav Schirmer; President of G. Schirmer Publishers, 1893-?)Ed Wooten

Radio, Film, & Television Personalities

*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, and Just Shoot Me!)
* Nelson Eddy, 1901–1967* (Baritone & Actor, performed at 1941 inauguration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
* Art Gilmore, 1912-present ("Chi 1934"; Radio Personality; T.V. Announcer for "The Waltons", "The Amazing Howard Hughes", "The Red Skelton Show", "The World Tomorrow"; Actor, "Moonbeams", "Mary Tyler Moore Show", "Adam-12", "Dragnet")
*Andy Griffith, 1926–present* f ("Alpha Rho 1946"; Starred in title roles in "The Andy Griffith Show", 1960–1968, and "Matlock", 1986–1995)
*Lyle Russell Cedric “Skitch” Henderson, 1918–2005 (Original conductor for The Tonight Show and The Today Show)
*Sy Mann (Pianist & Arranger for the Arthur Godfrey Show)
*Mitch Miller, 1911–present ‡ (Record producer, host of 1960s show "Sing Along With Mitch" of "follow the bouncing ball" fame)
*Fred Rogers, 1928–2003* f ("Xi Psi Honorary 1987"; Creator and host of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, 1968–2001)
*Sigmund Spaeth, 1885–1965 l ("Iota 1910"; Musicologist)
*Fred Waring, 1900–1984* ("Alpha Zeta Honorary 1956", band leader, host of the "Fred Waring Show", 1949–1955)

Rock and/or Pop Musicians

*Joe Bouchard, 1948–present ("Delta 1967"; bassist, former member of Blue Öyster Cult)
*Bo Diddley, 1928-2008 ‡ ("Eta Omega Honorary 1999"; Rock & Roll pioneer, Member Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)
*Lee Loughnane, 1946–present ("Kappa Phi 1965"; founding member of Chicago rock band)
*James Pankow, 1947–present ("Kappa Phi 1966"; founding member of Chicago rock band)
*Walter Parazaider, 1945–present ("Kappa Phi 1964"; founding member of Chicago rock band)
*Glenn Hughes (singer), 1950–2001 ("Kappa Pi 1970"; founding member of The Village People, 1970s gay iconic pop band)
*Ruben Studdard, 1978–present ("Omicron Delta 1997"; pop singer, [2003 "American Idol" winner] )
*Danny J. Phillips, DJ P, ?-Present ( "Iota Rho Honorary 2004 "; DJ and Hip Hop Artist)


*Bruce Maccabee, 1942–present ("Chi Psi 1968"; Navy Physicist and UFOlogist)
*Capt. Winston Scott, 1950–present ("Epsilon Iota 1970"; Member of Space Shuttle "Endeavor" crew; VP of Student Affairs, Florida State University)

ports Personalities

*Woody Durham, 1941–present ("Alpha Rho 1961"; the "Voice of the Tar Heels", Radio announcer for UNC-Chapel Hill sports, 1971–present; 12 time honoree, North Carolina Sportscaster of the Year)
*Wayne Messmer (The "Voice of Wrigley Field")


*Mischa Elman, 1891–1967 ("Alpha Honorary 1917"; Ukrainian born violinist)
*Sidney Harth ("Alpha Alpha 1958")
*Jascha Heifetz, 1901–1987*‡ ("Alpha Honorary 1917"; Lithuanian-born Violinist, elected to honorary membership at age 16)
*Jan Kubelik, 1880–1940 ("Alpha Honorary 1917"; Czech-born Violinist)
*Albert Spalding, 1888–1953 ("Alpha Alpha 1916"; Violinist)
*Eugène Ysaÿe, 1858–1931 ("Alpha Honorary 1917"; Belgian violinist; Composer; Director, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, 1918–1922; Known as "King of the Violin")
*Efrem Zimbalist, 1889–1985 ("Alpha Honorary 1917"; Russian-born violinist; Father of actor Efrem Zimbalist, Jr; Grandfather of actress Stephanie Zimbalist)


*Pasquale Amato, 1878–1942 (Italian-born baritone)
*David Bispham, 1857–1921 ("Alpha Alpha Honorary 1908", first American–born operatic baritone to win an international reputation)
*Enrico Caruso, 1873–1921 ‡ ("Alpha Honorary 1917"; Italian-born tenor; important pioneer of recorded music)
*Francois Clemmons, 1945–present ("Alpha Omega 1968"; Tenor; Founder, Harlem Spiritual Ensemble; Portrayed Officer Clemmons on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood)
*Eugene T. Conley ("Gamma Theta Honorary 1961"; Tenor)
*Florencio Constantino, 1869–1919 ("Alpha Honorary 1917", Spanish-born tenor)
*Richard A. Crooks (Tenor)
*Emilio de Gogorza, 1872–1949 ("Epsilon Honorary 1905, Alpha Alpha 1908"; Baritone, Early recording artist for the Victor Company; had several Billboard top singles between 1901 and 1919)
*Jerry Hadley, 1952–2007 ("Delta Nu", Operatic Tenor)
*Jerome Hines, 1921–2003 (Bass)
*Frederick W. Jagel (Tenor)
*Edward Johnson, 1878–1959 (Canadian born opera singer; General Manager of Metropolitan Opera, 1935–1950)
*Robert Merrill, 1917–2004 (Baritone)
*Sherill Milnes, 1935–present l (Baritone)
*Luciano Pavarotti, 1935–2007 k ("Beta Tau Honorary 1978"; Italian-born tenor, Humanitarian, known for bridging gap between popular and classical music; First opera singer to appear on Saturday Night Live)
*Titta Ruffo ("Alpha Honorary 1917"; Baritone)
*Antonio Scotti, 1866–1936 ("Alpha Honorary 1917"; Principal baritone at the Metropolitan Opera)
*George Shirley, 1934–present ("Gamma Omicron 1953"; Tenor)
*Jacques Urlus, 1867–1935 ("Alpha Honorary 1917"; Dutch-born dramatic tenor)
*William Warfield, 1920–2002 l ("Delta Lambda Honorary 1961"; Baritone)
*Clarence Whitehill, 1871–1932 ["Alpha 1917"; Baritone)

Urban Legends Regarding Persons Believed to be Sinfonians

There are several people who have been believed to be members of the Fraternity, but for whom there is no evidence of their membership:
* Leonard Bernstein (the legend was that Bernstein was initiated, but the paperwork was never sent in to the national headquarters)
* John Cage the avant-garde composer attended Pomona College in California, which has never hosted a chapter of the Fraternity. Ironically, a John M. Cage was initiated at Iowa State University in 1930, the same year John Cage the composer enrolled in school at Pomona (before dropping out).
* Members of the band Dream Theater
* Schroeder the beloved pianist from the comic strip Peanuts. The Epsilon Iota Chapter of Florida State University voted him an honorary member and wrote to Charles M. Shultz, to invite him to be initiated. Graciously, Mr. Schultz wrote the chapter a note stating that Schroeder was honored to have been chosen for the distinction and gratefully accepted the membership on his|date=August 2008
* Prince (was listed on a chapter website list of famous Sinfonians)
* Gene Simmons (was listed on a chapter website list of famous Sinfonians)


1. Ames was elected to honorary membership by the Alpha chapter at the New England Conservatory in 1917. As Ames had died in 1895 (and there is no record of one of his children being named Oliver), it appears that his membership was awarded posthumously.

2. The horse character Pokey (and the popular "pokey sticks" breadsticks of Gumby's Pizza fame) represents a play on words on the name "Clokey."

3. Muck is one of two Sinfonians with German roots believed to have been expelled for sympathizing with enemy forces during World War I. It is believed that Muck was elected to membership in 1915, for in the Spring 1939 edition of the "Sinfonia Handbook", in the proceedings of the convention of that year it says "Honorary Members elected:...and another, later dropped." (p. 23).

A lower case "e" notes that the individual is no longer a member of the fraternity due to non-payment of dues.

The following are significant national and international awards and recognitions that have been received by more than one member of the Fraternity:

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.

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