Candidates

Candidate

Mr. Jamison Tanner Harrod

Declared for: Committeeman-at-Large (3-Year Term)

Personal Information

Residency:

Lincoln, NE

Initiating Chapter:

Pi Psi (Texas A&M University-Commerce)

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Leadership Roles Held:
  • Chapter Secretary
  • Chapter Warden
  • Chapter Alumni Relations Officer
  • Collegiate Province Representative
  • Other
Other Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Positions Held:

Province Secretary (Province 8)

Reason for Joining Sinfonia:

I joined Phi Mu Alpha because of the fraternal spirit I saw among brothers from my home chapter. Those brothers demonstrated a mutual welfare and brotherhood that extended beyond their corner of our music department, to other brothers across our Province and throughout the community. I saw their dedication to American music and knew that these ideals were what I wanted out of a fraternity. Sinfonia has had a significant historical impact on the development of the arts, which I care about deeply.

Professional & Qualifying Information

Education:
Educational Institution Degree Area of Study Year Received
University of Nebraska - Lincoln Doctor of Musical Arts Music Composition Expected 2023
University of Oklahoma Master of Music Music Theory 2020
Texas A&M University - Commerce Bachelor of Science Music Education 2018
Current Employer:

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Current Job:

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Weekly Employment Hours:

Part-Time (Under 40 Hours per Week)

Achievements/Awards/Honors:
Award/Achievement Associated Organization/Company Year Received
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award/Frank and Marie Wheeler Scholarship University of Nebraska - Lincoln 2022
Hixson-Lied Scholarly and Creative Activity Grant University of Nebraska - Lincoln 2021
Othmer Fellowship University of Nebraska - Lincoln 2020-23
Juried Performance of "Fiery Sea" at Society of Composers, Inc. Region VI Conference Society of Composers, Inc. 2019
Hoyle and Ann Julian Music Scholarship Texas A&M University - Commerce 2017-18
Ann Burgees Memorial Scholarship Texas A&M University - Commerce 2016-17

Candidacy Information

Office Sought:

Committeeman-at-Large (3-Year Term)

Vision for Sinfonia:

Phi Mu Alpha is in a pivotal and unique place in its history, which is prime with opportunity for growth and progression. The organization is in desperate need for a new strategic plan that will get us through the next three triennia. This new strategic plan should be the first priority for a new NEC and published to the membership at its earliest convenience. Transparency in the future development of our order is paramount. Our strategic plan must outline the short and long term goals of our fraternity, especially in the areas of membership growth, finances, and DEI strategies. In this post-COVID era, the NEC must present a unified vision for how our organization interacts in these areas with universities and the arts more broadly.

Why Are You Running:

Phi Mu Alpha has shaped my life in so many profound ways. Programs such as the PM process, the ritual, Province Workshops, CPR Convocations, and National Conventions have developed me into the person I am today and have introduced me to so many people who have impacted me greatly. If the Fraternity has invested so much into me, it is only right that I give back in any way that I can. I feel a sense of duty to our order and joining the NEC is the ultimate form of service to our fraternity. As an NEC member, I hope to make a significant impact on the arts in America, so that future generations can enjoy a rich and diverse arts culture in our country.

Qualifications for Office:

Attending 3 different universities has allowed me to serve and lead our Fraternity across three different Provinces (32, 8, and 6). The experiences of seeing first-hand how our fraternity operates in different parts of the country prepares me in a unique way to serve our brotherhood at the national level. As 92% of our operational budget comes from membership dues, the NEC needs to develop and grow our membership. By serving on the Graduate Committee of the OU School of Music and by being an active participant in the UNL School of Music's strategic planning and new music building workshops, I have learned vital skills related to arts leadership and management that I can use to effectively serve as a member of our organization's NEC.

Do You Have Strategic/Financial Planning Oversight Experience:

Yes

Strategic/Financial Planning Experience:

During my first year at UNL I participated in strategic planning workshops hosted by a third-party organization designed to help the School of Music develop its new strategic plan. In these workshops we discussed recruiting, funding, DEI issues, and other topics related to the growth of our School of Music. These workshops eventually culminated in the School's adoption of a 5-year strategic plan. I have basic fundraising knowledge in individual, corporate, and grant development, as well as budget line item allocations. I have studied our 990 forms, understand how we earn and spend money, and have a basic understanding of what adjustments we could make to be more financially responsible in the short term and long term.

Do You Have Experience with Large Budgets:

No