"Ten years ago, when Father Mills started a little club of male students at the New England Conservatory in Boston, he sought not the musician in the institution, but the man in the musician. No such question was put as “How well can you sing, young man?” or, “What can you play, sir?” but, “Come on, boys, let’s get together!” This was the slogan that struck the ear and stirred the heart, for it meant something for sociability’s sake, good fellowship and mutual helpfulness. The result is to-day the Sinfonia Fraternity of America."

— Percy Jewett Burrell, “The President’s Message” (1908)