CMU's Phi Mu Alpha Chapter Wins National Award
This summer Central Methodist University's Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia chapter, Beta Mu, won the National American Music Challenge sponsored by the national fraternity.
The award was presented at the national convention at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., on July 15, according to the chapter's advisor Roy "Skip" Vandelicht, CMU class of '77.
The contest awards a cash prize to the chapter that has preformed the most American composed vocal or instrumental pieces. CMU's Phi Mu Alpha chapter was awarded $800 for having performed 31 American composed pieces last year.
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia CMU alumni Todd Oberlin ('07), Thoren Maule ('06), and Josh Atkins ('10), all from Columbia, accepted the award on behalf of the Beta Mu chapter.
"With being a smaller school, this award shows that we as a chapter can make a difference at a national level," said President of CMU's Beta Mu chapter Alex Kirby. "This award has made a huge difference in our recruitment, in our meetings, and in our overall morale in the fraternity."
Alumnus David Holsinger, class of '67, from Cleveland, Tenn., also was also honored at the national convention. He was awarded the Signature Sinfonian award for his contributions to the organization. Holsinger currently teaches music at Lee University in Tennessee. Holsinger, it was announced at the convention, will be writing a major composition for the national convention in 2015.One of his earlier compositions, well known in this area, is the four part piece "One Day in a Small Town," that was written to honor current CMU band director Skip Vandelicht.
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