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So much depends on the coronavirus situation this year. There may be changes throughout the year.
We plan to meet via Zoom for our forseeable meetings in 2021.

Meeting Theme this year: Changing Times


Time to Reminisce
Saturday Sept 19 - 11 am

Program on Zoom. Link to be sent to members.

Program:  Carnival of the Animals, Camille Saint Saens

Played by members of Mu Phi Epsilon and friends on April 2, 2001:
Pianists: Katie Freiberger, Tena Hehn, Pat Hill, Mary Beth Johnson, Sylvia Taylor, Martha Pettit, Judy Reynolds, Sadie Rowe, Karen Schoenrock, Gaylia Seeley, Frances Stuart, Pat Suitt, June Tighe
Cellist: Gretchen Nichols
Instrumentals: Paul Dutka

Invite a Mu Phi friend or a potential member or patron to join us.



Baroque Times
Monday October 12 – 7 pm

Program on Zoom. Link to be sent to members.

Program:  Fran Pearson, viola
                 Bach Suite #1 in C major for cello Minuet #1 & #2
                 Children's Songs by Rogers and Hammerstein



Time to Take a Deep Breath - AHhh!
Monday, November 9 – 7 pm

Program on Zoom. Link to be sent to members.

Mary Alice Rich, violin and Susan Poelchau, piano
      “Meditation” from the opera Thais
by Jules Massenet
      by Ludovico Einaudi.

Founder’s Day Celebration



Time to Visit Germany
Monday, January 11 – 7 pm

Location:  Zoom - Link to be sent to members.
Zoom Host: Lisa Beyer

Program: Claudia Jameson, soprano
   "Die Schnur, die Perl an Perle and Vergebliches Standchen"
   by Johannes Brahms



Time to Visit Mexico and Points Beyond
Monday, February 8 - 7 pm

We will not hold our annual joint meeting with SAI this year due to concerns about meeting in person. Next year we will be hosts.
We will meet as our chapter only on Zoom, with an email link sent before the meeting.

Zoom Host: TBD

Program: Duo Floreciente - Amy Canchola, soprano and Colleen Kilpatrick, piano

Songs by Maria Grever
•  Jurame

Signore, ascolta! by Giacomo Puccini.
"Signore, ascolta!" is a soprano aria in act one of the opera Turandot by Giacomo Puccini. It is sung by Liù to Prince Calaf, whom she is secretly in love with. Liù sings this aria begging Calaf not to risk his life for his love to a beautiful but cold Princess Turandot, who set a condition that any man who wishes to marry her must first answer her three riddles, and if he fails, he will be beheaded.

German Lieder
•  Morgen (Strauss)
•  Zueignung (Strauss)
•  Die Mainacht (Brahms)
•  Selige Nacht (Marx)

American Musical Theatre
•  If I Loved You from Carousel by Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (book and lyrics)
•  All the Things You Are from Very Warm for May by Jerome Kern, with a libretto by Oscar Hammerstein II


Time to Volunteer
Tuesday, March 16 – 7 pm

Location: Zoom
Host: TBA
- On Aging – Lyrics by Maya Angelou and music by Julie Schmitt
    When you see me sitting quietly,
    Like a sack left on the shelf,
    Don’t think I need your chattering.
    I’m listening to myself.
    Hold! Stop! Don’t pity me!
    Hold! Stop your sympathy!
    Understanding if you got it,
    Otherwise I’ll do without it!
    When my bones are stiff and aching,
    And my feet won’t climb the stair,
    I will only ask one favor:
    Don’t bring me no rocking chair.
    When you see me walking, stumbling,
    Don’t study and get it wrong.
    ‘Cause tired don’t mean lazy
    And every goodbye ain’t gone.
    I’m the same person I was back then,
    A little less hair, a little less chin,
    A lot less lungs and much less wind.
    But ain’t I lucky I can still breathe in.

- Music Goes On Forever - song and lyrics by Susan Poelchau
Angie Hawkins, soprano with Nancy Laine, piano

After hearing that one of Ashley Bouras’ students had wished after music class that ‘music wouldn’t end,’ Susan was inspired to write a song and lyrics using this idea and our Changing Times theme. The piece is dedicated to Ashley and her students.”

    Music class, Music class is over.
    After class this morning a child said to me,
    I wish that music would go on forever, go on forever and ever and ever!
    What can I say? How can I answer? What can I say? Here is my answer!
    I said to the child, your wish will come true,
    The times they are changing and we must change too.
    But music, child, music will go on forever,
    Your wish will come true,
    Music goes on forever and ever and ever, forever and ever!

- Three Romances by Clara Schumann
Elisabeth Adkins, violin and Edward Newman, piano

After 31 years as Associate Concertmaster of the National Symphony in Washington, D.C., Elisabeth Adkins was invited to join the faculty of Texas Christian University in the fall of 2014. She serves as Professor of Violin at TCU, and continues her orchestral career as the Concertmaster of the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, the Richardson Symphony, and the Plano Symphony. She has appeared as concerto soloist for the Baltimore Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Maryland Symphony and the Seattle Symphony, as well as numerous appearances with the National Symphony.

Since arriving in Fort Worth, she has performed concertos with the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra and the TCU Symphony, both under the direction of Germán Gutiérrez, and with the Corpus Christi Symphony, the Richardson Symphony, and the Sherman Symphony. She performs in recital with her husband, pianist Edward Newman; the duo has presented concerts at the Kennedy Center and the National Gallery, and was featured as the inaugural program of public radio’s Front Row Washington. The Adkins/Newman Duo are in residence at the Wintergreen Summer Festival and Academy. A noted teacher and chamber music coach, Dr. Adkins gives master classes and clinics, and is in demand for her expertise in preparing musicians for professional orchestra auditions.

The Zoom Link will be sent later, and again on the day of the meeting.


April: 2021 Music Scholarship


Time to Congratulate Collegiates
Saturday, April 10 – 11 am   (NOTE CHANGE OF DATE FROM APRIL 4)

Zoom Host: Sam Melnick

Program: Award Scholarship and program
Faith Ann Santucci, flute - Phi Tau Chapter at UNT

Scholarship winner and collegiate performersWe still need to be virtual but are still planning to have our scholarship winner, finalists, and other collegiates perform
Lunch: Make yourself something special or order in - but you’re on your own for lunch.

The Zoom Link will be sent later, and again on the day of the meeting.



Time to Talk Convention
Monday, May 3 - 7 pm

Location: Zoom
Host: Daniel McKay

Program: Planning meeting for next year and for convention; election of officers
Composition "Master of the Show" by Mary Williams, sung by Claudia Jameson
Lauren Huff - trumpet

Installation of Officers
Convention planning

The Zoom Link will be sent by email, and again on the day of the meeting.


Contact Information
Electronic mail / President / General Information - Nancy Laine:
Website - Mary Williams:
Concert Series - Kimla Beasley:
VP/Membership - Kimla Beasley:
Programs - Phyllis Wilson: and Claudia Jameson:

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