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On Saturday, May 11, 2019, the Gamma Alpha chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia celebrated its 50th Anniversary on the campus of James Madison University. The day marked 50 years to the day of the chartering of the chapter on May 11, 1969. Among those in attendance included 45 of the active collegiate members, over five dozen alumni members, including chartering members Jim Sheldrake and Victor Martin, national and provincial leadership of the Fraternity, including the National President, Mark R. Lichtenberg, and other guests.
The day consisted of many events, including a brother recital at the Harrisonburg Baptist Church, various fraternal ceremonies, and a formal banquet at the Hotel Madison. During the banquet, the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Orpheus Award was presented to the chapter faculty advisor, Dr. William Dabback.
The event was highly praised by attendees, as a fun, meaningful, and music-filled day. The event was planned by active collegiate members in the Chapter. The main event coordinator was T.J. Horan and assisted by Ben Dingus, Spencer Barras, Tim DeSimone, Christopher Pennington, and Julius Davis.
Center for Inclusive Music Engagement
The James Madison University Center for Inclusive Music Engagement (CIME) is a collaborative space for practitioners, researchers, and community members to facilitate innovative opportunities for all persons—particularly those are often marginalized in institutional music education contexts—to create, perform, respond, and connect with, in, through, and around music in ways they find meaningful.
CIME, championed by Dean George Sparks and Provost Heather Coltman, was established in December 2018 and is housed within the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CIME is strategically aligned with CVPA’s “Arts for the Real World” initiative, Provost Coltman’s call for innovation (“disrupting norms and assumptions by embracing an experimental and collaborative mindset in an ever-evolving ecosystem") on our campus, and the university’s strategic plan.
Holidayfest: The Gift
The JMU Symphony Orchestra joins the combined Madison Singers and JMU Chorale for an inspired Christmas collage of holiday works for choirs and orchestra, featuring Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols and the finale (Ring Out, Ye Crystal Spheres) from the Christmas cantata Hodie. Also featured is a holiday reading of O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi. Prior to the December 8th matinee (at 12:30 pm), children can enjoy crafts, cookies and cider in the Grand Lobby.
Sat. Dec. 7 @ 8PM
Sun. Dec. 8 @ 2PM