MuAlpha awards National Youth Band Scholarship 2019

The 2019 recipient of the NYB Scholarship is Juanita Hohm (French Horn) of Camrose, Alberta. Bob Bailey of the MuAlpha Board is pictured above presenting the scholarship cheque to Juanita Hohm.

Juanita was a finalist in the 2019 Northern Alberta Concerto Competition. In the fall of 2018, She was awarded the Harry Farmer Scholarship in Music Performance at the UofA. In 2018 She represented Alberta in the National Music Festival Brass Class. In 2016, She won the Alberta Music Festival Senior Brass Class. She also won scholarships for Best Instrumental Solo Performance at the Camrose Music Festival from 2013-2017. Juanita attended the National Youth Band of Canada in the summer of 2019 and is presently making plans for her first solo concert. After completing her final year of a performance degree, She plans to enroll in an education degree and pursue a band teaching career.

The MuAlpha NYB Scholarship of $300 is awarded annually to a deserving Alberta resident who has successfully auditioned for the National Youth Band of Canada. Applications are accepted until March 31st of the current year.

PhiBetaMu-MuAlpha Special Project Report 2019

Here’s a brief report on the Special Project that was partially funded by Mu Alpha…

Who:  Scott Lang (    What:  Student Leadership Workshop    Where:  St. Joseph High School – Red Deer    When:  Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 1-4 pm

Target Audience:  Band & Choir students from Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School, Leadership Team and senior members from the Red Deer Royals Marching Show Band, and students and teachers representing 14 Central Alberta schools.

Summary:  During his three decades as a music educator, Scott has made advocacy for music and student leadership development his personal and professional mission. Scott spent two hours with everyone, and offered an extra hour to those who wished to stay behind in a smaller, more intimate group. His energy and enthusiasm were boundless as he entertained, educated and challenged the students to rise up and be their best selves. Huge thanks to Phi Beta Mu – Mu Alpha, Long & McQuade, Opus Music, and Music Direct for sponsoring this amazing event!

Jennifer Mann,  Director of Bands,  Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School,  Red Deer, Alberta

MuAlpha supports the Howard Cable Memorial Prize in Composition

The Canadian Band Association is facilitating a consortium of ensembles that together will create a fund used to finance the CBA Howard Cable Memorial Prize in Composition for the purpose of encouraging the creation of high quality works for band from emerging Canadian composers.

MuAlpha is part of the Howard Cable Composition Competition Consortium whose winner this year is Danny Choi of Vancouver for his composition “Remembrance”.

Harry Pinchin inducted into the MuAlpha Hall of Fame May 2, 2016


(l-r) Armand Baril, Rita Burns, Rob Speers, Ray Baril, Harry Pinchin, Fordyce Pier, Larry Schrum

On Music Monday May 2, 2016 Harry Pinchin was inducted into the PhiBetaMu-MuAlpha Hall of Fame.  The presentation was made by MuAlpha Board Member and PhiBetaMu International Past President Sheryl Bowhay during the New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia concert, “Invitation to the Dance”.

Many of the MuAlpha “old guard” were in attendance: HARRY PINCHIN, Barry Valleau, Frank Dunnigan, Larry Schrum, Rita Burns, Tommy Banks, Armand Baril, Mike Achtymichuk, Neil Corlett, Joyce Howdle, Rob Speers, Roy Townend, Ray Baril, Duke Pier, Darwin Krips, Roberta Baril, Doug Zimmerman.

Please read more about Harry Pinchin and the presentation of the Hall Of Fame award on page 5 of the May 2016 edition of the PhiBetaMu International Newsletter which can be found on the PhiBetaMu International Website at  and click on Newsletter.


National Youth Band of Canada Scholarship

Phi Beta Mu – Mu Alpha Chapter provides an annual scholarship in the amount of $300 to an Alberta student that has applied to and been accepted into the National Youth Band of Canada.  All accepted Alberta students are candidates for the Phi Beta Mu Scholarship.

Interested students may apply directly to the Secretary of PhiBetaMu – MuAlpha Chapter.

For more information, please download the following document:

PhiBetaMu-MuAlpha ­ National Youth Band Scholarship

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012

“The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012″ was awarded to Brothers Paul Sweet of Wetaskiwin and Mike Townsend of Grande Prairie for their long and outstanding volunteer service in music to their respective communities.

Paul and Mike are active members of Mu Alpha Chapter in Alberta Canada. Being selected by their communities to receive The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal is a great tribute to their many years of dedicated service to music. We are all very proud of you.