Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia | Lambda Phi | Mississippi State University

Chapter Officers

Austin Rowell


Austin Rowell has served the Lambda Phi chapter for 4 years, this has included several officer positions within the chapter such as Treasurer, Secretary, Historian, and President. He also was a member and took on leadership roles within the Famous Maroon Band that currently stands 400+ strong. During his free time, Austin spends time on research within his degree program and with the University to impact students and individuals across the nation. "Saying nothing sometimes says the most..." - Emily Dickinson

Gabriel Aranki

Vice President, Chair Head of Committees

Erik Johnson


Hayden Davis


Kohler Smallwood

Fraternity Education Officer

David Jenkins


Andrew Brackins


Hunter Blades

Alumni Relations Officer

Dr. Gary Packwood

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Packwood has served in numerous leadership roles with including membership on six consecutive divisional convention-planning committees and Editor of Reprise (Alabama ACDA publication). He is a member of Golden Key International Honour Society, Phi Mu Alpha and Pi Kappa Lambda. Current publications include choral review articles for the Choral Journal. Other articles have been published in MENC’s journal Teaching Music and the 2nd Edition of the AmeriGrove Dictionary. He has given two separate interviews discussing his life and choral music for Mississippi Public Broadcasting Station. Dr. Packwood is currently the Program Administrator and Director of Choral Activities at Mississippi State University. His duties include conducting all choral ensembles and administering the choral activities area. Dr. Packwood also conducts the semi-professional vocal ensemble based in Birmingham, Opus 8. He served as Associate Professor and Associate Director of Choral Activities, and Head of Music Education at the University of Montevallo (AL) from 2003-2011, where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in choral music, music education, and conducted the Chamber Singers and University Chorus. He earned the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Southeastern Louisiana University, the Master of Arts degree from Florida Atlantic University, and Doctorate of Musical Arts (Choral Conducting & Literature) degree, with a minor in Music Education from Louisiana State University.

  • org slide image
  • org slide image