We often hear it said that musicians are a very peculiar class of people, impractical in many ways, and I have been told time and again during the last few years that a fraternity could not exist any length of time if it depended upon musicians for life and support. I believe that our experience is teaching us that such a thing can be done., and I trust that all brother Sinfonians will unite with me and with one another to make the Fraternity a success in every possible way and prove to the world that, although musicians may be in a class by themselves, they are capable of living in harmony and of experiencing and manifesting in their lives the truest fraternal spirit. — Ossian E. Mills
Consider the source of the name “SINFONIA”. Derived from symphony, it means “sounding
together.” So, if we call ourselves “Sinfonians,” our lives should be symphonies, and Harmony
should be, as Ossian Mills wrote, “felt in the hearty handclasp, heard in the cheerful greeting,
seen in living notes in the generous act.” How, then, do we live a symphony of life?
At another chapter. It is so beautiful. The power of music
What is needed, brothers, is a harmony, not alone of music, but of minds and hearts and spirits. The fraternal must become linked to the educational in the student life…Let our organization ever seek to have the heart of fraternity beat in harmony with the mind of education to the tickings of some great mystic metronome. Let us be they who use the intellectual telescope to discern and solve the deep and difficult problems of music lore and focus the spiritual telescope to catch a vision of the ideal in Life’s heavens. — Percy Jewett Burrell
Harmony is ever to be the noble aim of our beloved society.
David Neven with the Percy at the National Convention.