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Music professor to receive national honor

carterAcclaimed musician and UTC music professor Roland M. Carter will be awarded National Honorary Membership by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity on July 21. Carter will receive this honor in recognition of his lasting and unique contribution to the cause of music in American society. The honor will be bestowed upon Carter in a private ceremony at the Fraternity’s upcoming National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. 

National Honorary Membership in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity is a rare and prestigious honor for musicians. Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is the nation’s oldest and largest music fraternity, uniting male musicians under the banner of fraternalism and service to mankind through music. National Honorary Membership is bestowed upon male musicians who have achieved outstanding success at furthering music and preserving musical heritage, while at the same time exhibiting the qualities of character fostered by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. The list of those previously awarded this honor includes Duke Ellington, Van Cliburn, Leonard Slatkin and Henry Steinway.

As a corollary to National Honorary Membership, Carter will also be known as a “Signature Sinfonian.”  This award recognizes alumni members of the Fraternity who have achieved a high standard of excellence in their chosen field or profession.  Carter, an internationally renowned musical composer, arranger and conductor, is the Ruth S. Holmerg UC Foundation Professor of Music at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is the current President of the National Association of Negro Musicians, with which he has an extensive history of involvement.

Carter is actively involved in the Chattanooga community, sitting on several community boards and committees including the Chattanooga African American Museum and the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Association. Carter is Music Director of the Chattanooga Choral Society for the Preservation of African American Songs (CCSPAAS) and Choirmaster-Organist for the First Baptist Church, located on East Eighth Street in Chattanooga. He is founder and CEO of MAR-VEL, a publisher specializing in music by African American composers and traditions. Carter was recently honored at Howard School of Academics and Technology, where he became a 2006 Hall of Fame Inductee.

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia was founded on October 6, 1898, at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Since it was founded, over 125,000 men have joined Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia through chapters on hundreds of college and university campuses across the nation, including one founded in 1969 at UTC. The Fraternity’s National Headquarters is located in Evansville, Indiana. More information about Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia can be found on its website.

June 29, 2006

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