Music fraternity pitches the perfect valentine

By Ashley A. Williams

Music fraternity pitches the perfect valentine

By Ashley A. Williams
Phi Mu Alpha, a social fraternity, offered a song, a rose, and chocolate to those who wished to purchase a special gift for their valentine.


Video by TJ Lievonen

Whether you were looking to surprise a special someone or lightheartedly embarrass a friend, the members of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a social fraternity for men with a special interest in music, had ’Canes across campus tuned in for their annual Singing Valentines tradition.

“This is a tradition that every brother is proud to participate in,” said Chris Vanacore, a senior who joined the fraternity his first year at the University. “This is my fourth year delivering Singing Valentines and it never gets old. This fundraiser is extremely important to us because it’s one of the reasons we’re able to sustain.”

The Beta Tau, the university’s chapter of the fraternity, was founded on March 5, 1937, making it one of the oldest collegiate chapters that is still active. Since the 1970s, the fraternity has provided tunes to ’Canes at the Coral Gables campus. One of the missions of the fraternity is to advance music in the United States, and Donald Fielding, a senior majoring in music engineering and soloist in the fraternity, said this is the perfect way to bond with his brothers while they develop their craft.

The singing valentines were sold for $10 each prior to Valentine’s Day. Recipients received their serenade and gifts either on Tuesday, Feb. 11, Thursday, Feb. 13, or on Valentine’s Day. Be sure to check out the video of their practices and actual performances.