The Object of this Fraternity shall be for the development of the best and truest fraternal spirit;
the mutual welfare and brotherhood of musical students;
the advancement of music in America;
and a loyalty to the Alma Mater.
Founded on March 5, 1937, the Beta Tau chapter is one of the oldest collegiate chapters of Phi Mu Alpha that is still active. As the first men’s fraternal organization at the University of Miami, it helped establish some of the on campus traditions, including the O-Cheer competition, and dedicated the Alma Mater Plaque in the UC breezeway.
We are a group of students who are united by our passion for music, whether it be composing, performing, or listening to music. The musical styles within the chapter include classical, electronic, jazz, pop, and more. While many members are students in the Frost School of Music, the chapter has brothers from different majors at the University including Engineering, Marine Science, International Business, and Microbiology & Immunology.
To get in contact with us, send an email to Brotherhood@BetaTauPMA.org.
Once a Sinfonian, always a Sinfonian, long live Sinfonia!
Phi Mu Alpha began at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, referred to originally as the Sinfonia Club. On October 6, 1898, now known as Founder's Day, a meeting was held to discuss the setup of an intercollegiate network of chapters. Two years later, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia officially became a national fraternity with the initation of the Beta Chapter at the Broad Street Conservatory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
While Phi Mu Alpha is now a social fraternity, this was not always the case. The professional period of Phi Mu Alpha began at the end of World War II, when men returning from war were less focused on musical ideals and were instead seeking employment. The fraternity offered men training to improve their success as musicians, oftentimes specifically striving to improve their skills as music educators. As the years passed, members began to focus again on the ideals of brotherhood set forth by Ossian Mills and the other founding members.
More information can be found on the national Sinfonia website.