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Phyllis' Phylings

Spring has sprung and we are glad. The bluebonnets are showing their colors. With the beauty of spring and new life, I am reminded of our challenge to encourage the younger generation of musicians. 

So it is with great anticipation I look forward to hearing the collegiates on April 12. The applicants for the scholarship are certainly very qualified. A big thank you to Tena Hehn and Claudia Jameson for stepping forward with additional money for a second scholarship. Also, Jenny Smith is so helpful in encouraging these young students and helping them to look forward in their endeavors. Remember to please bring extra food for our luncheon on the 12th, so our visitors will feel really welcome.

Thanks to our nominating committee for the slate of officers for 2014-15. Everyone is needed in this coming year to step up and do our part. 

I was reminded again this past Sunday just how important our Library series is to the community. In Susan’s absence, I attended the concert as a backup for Mary. The patrons who attend, some faithfully every week, some only as passer-bys, have a smile of joy on their faces when they know they can attend a concert free. Some take it all in and others come out with a look of wonderment about what they just heard. This wonderful series reaches many people that might not have an opportunity to hear live music and experience being so up close with the performers. As the Dallas Alumni Chapter, we need to stop and say a special thank you to those that went before us. They formulated and executed the plan and to those who continue today to plan and support this series, our hats are off.

I submitted Jenny Smith’s name in nomination for international 2nd vice president. We are so proud of all the time and energy Jenny puts toward our chapter and for collegiates as district director. Jenny, we know you are the best candidate!

I hope to see all of you at our April meeting at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church.

Phyllis Wilson, President


April Meeting: Collegiate to Alumni luncheon

April 12 – 11 am at the Lovers Lane United Methodist Church parlor (NE corner of Northwest Hwy and Inwood Rd).

Program: performances by our collegiate scholarship winner, Alison Jayroe – flute, Libby Taussig, vocalist and possibly other invited students.

Pot-luck luncheon – please be generous in bringing food for our collegiates, as well as your own serving dishes and utensils so the food is ready to serve. Phyllis Wilson is hostess; contact her if you need directions to the Parlor (same room we met in last year).

May Meeting: May Fest

May 13 - 7:30 pm at the home of Pat Hill

Program: Laurie Shulman will lecture on “Forgotten Composers – Some Overlooked Masterworks”
Installation of officers
Co-hosts: Phyllis Wilson, Mary Williams 


February: Joint Meeting Mu Phi Epsilon and Sigma Alpha Iota

We met for a combined recital at Steinway Hall Plano, followed by a reception at the home of SAI member Rosalind Crastle. Co-hosts were SAI members.

Miniatures for Flute, Oboe, and Piano and Cello by William Grant Still 
I Ride an Old Paint (USA) 
Adolorido (Mexico) 
Jesus Is a Rock in the Weary Land (USA) 
Yaravi (Peru)
A Frog Went A-Courtin' (USA) 
- Mu Phi Les Amis quartet - Jackie Akin, flute; Gretchen Nichols, cello; Pat Suitt, piano and Frances Estes, oboe

Prologue from “L’Orfeo” by Monteverdi
- Susan Poelchau, piano; Claudia Jameson, soprano and Gretchen Nichols, cello

Three Easy Pieces by Ludwig Milde
- Michelle Hahn, bassoon and Marilyn Rogers, piano

Belle nuit, O nuit d’amore from “The Tales of Hoffman” by Jacques Offenbach

Viens, Mallika! from the opera “Lakme” by Leo Delibes
- Jennifer Kiser, soprano, Marly Everitt Lindsey, mezzo-soprano and Marilyn Rogers, piano

What a Wonderful World
by George Weiss and Bob Thiele, arranged by Ruth Artman
- Jennifer Kiser, Marly Lindsey (shown to the right), Marilyn Rogers and Judy Dobbins flute


March: Spring Sharing with Seniors

"Europe - World of Music" photo presentation and music Saturday, March 1 at 11:00 am 

The chapter presented a recital at Monticello West, a senior living facility. Scenes of Eastern Europe prepared by Mary Williams were a backdrop for some light European music performed by Tena Hehn, Susan Poelchau, Claudia Jameson, Walteria Bethea and Julie Schmidt. The program was well-attended and appreciated by residents (though they were told we were starting a half-hour earlier! - new staff member didn't get all the information). Members met for a short meeting following the program, with most meeting for lunch at Jason's Deli afterwards. Tena Hehn coordinated this program.


Send SERV hours to Jenny Smith by May 15. Reference the form in your yearbook on page 31.

A Collegiate Advisor is needed from our chapter to act as a liaison between the District Director, International Executive Board and the Alumni chapter. If you could serve in this capacity, assisting the District Director, contact Phyllis Wilson or our District Director for South Central 2 - Jenny Smith.

The chapter voted to put the name of Jenny Smith in nomination for 2nd Vice President, Collegiate Advisor at the 2014 International Convention. She agreed to serve if elected.

The Nominating Committee consisting of Susan Poelchau and Sylvia Taylor Lerch suggested the following people for next year’s officers. The election will be held at the April meeting and officers will be installed in May. Thanks to those agreeing to serve.
   President - Phyllis Wilson
   Vice President - Susan Poelchau
   Secretary - Sylvia Taylor Lerch
   Corresponding Secretary - Frances Estes
   Chaplain - Pat Suitt
   Steward - Jenny Smith
   Historian - Mary Williams
   Chorister - Tena Hehn

Other people willing to serve on committees (not limited to these people):
Program Committee - Tena Hehn (chair), Walteria Bethea, Susan Poelchau, and Claudia Jameson
Concert Series - Susan Poelchau, Mary Williams, Pat Hill
Scholarship Committee - Jenny Smith
SERV hours - Jenny Smith


 Collegiate Scholarship Winners

Thanks to Jenny Smith for chairing the Scholarship project again this year. We had four applicants from four universities, all of whom were outstanding and deserving students. Applicants were Heather Moore from Tarleton, JJ Carter from UNT, Libby Taussig from TCU and Allison Jayroe from Baylor.

The winner of our second annual Scholarship for the South Central II District was Alison Jayroe who received $500. A second prize for a Senior Achievement in Music Education Award of $300 was funded by Tena Hehn and Claudia Jameson; it was awarded to Libby Taussig. These winners will perform at our April meeting.

Alison Jayroe is a junior Music Education major (flute emphasis) at Baylor University, and originally from San Antonio, Texas. She is currently the President of the Phi Xi chapter at Baylor, and also enjoys playing with the Waco Symphony, Baylor Symphony, and Baylor Wind Ensemble. Alison teaches private flute lessons in the Waco area, and holds the position of BU Golden Wave Band photographer. Within Mu Phi, Allison has participated in numerous service events such as performing at retirement homes, helping out at the Salvation Army, and Clean Up a Classroom. Prior to being President, she also served as Historian, Alumni Secretary, and Fundraising Chair. She has been on Dean's List all semesters to date and maintains a 4.0 GPA. She plans on auditioning to pursue a Master’s degree in flute performance to eventually become a flute professor.

Elizabeth (Libby) Taussig was born and raised in Limon Colorado. She was a member of the Colorado Children’s Chorale from 2001-2007. While continuing her education at LHS, she participated in many musicals, choral events, and leadership programs. She is now a Junior Music Education major with a Vocal Concentration. She participates in the Epsilon Epsilon chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon, Student Foundation, and National Residence Hall Honorary. She was the Vice President of Mu Phi in 2013 and is now the President for the 2014 term. After graduation, Libby plans to find an elementary or middle school choir teaching job in either Colorado or Texas. Libby is extremely honored to receive the Senior Achievement in Music Education Award.


Phi Tau and Epsilon Epsilon (UNT and TCU chapters) hosted a joint recital for Founder's Day on November 16, 2013 for students from UNT and other schools.


From Susan Poelchau

After a tumultuous year with various Sunday closures due to maintenance issues at the Central Library, as well as weather and illness related changes, the Concert Series has added a concert after Easter this year. 

The concert on April 6 will be Baroque music for trumpet, soprano and organ provided by members of the professional Baroque ensemble Texas Camerata. 
Pianist Chie Watanabe will complete our series on April 27 with a program including a Haydn sonata, several Images from Book I by Debussy, and Liszt's Mephisto Waltz No. 1 and La Campanella - quite an exciting program! We hope several of you can attend. 

Many thanks to members who have provided a helping hand to Susan and Mary when we had to be out of town.

Check our Concert Series page for bios and programs or late minute changes; or call Mary Williams before attending a concert.


Cynthia Wadley can be reached by cell phone and would enjoys visitng with chapter members at any time. She would love to have visitors if you are in the area. Contact the webmaster or president for her address and phone number.

Nicki Wilbanks received rehab at Mesquite Specialty Hospital and is now at Presbyterian North. She would appreciate hearing from Mu Phi friends.

The Gold Medal at the Sochi Para-Olympics was won by the USA team. Wynona and Don Lipsett are very proud of their grandson, Taylor Lipsett, who played on this team!

Claudia Jameson’s daughter Rachael was married on Jan. 11th in Cancun to Bradley Alberts and they reside in Denton. Claudia and her son Williams are on the left.

Claudia Jameson and Rachael attended a concert featuring music of Carl Phillip Emmanuel Bach performed by the Harvard University Choir at Memorial Church at Harvard on March 28th. Claudia’s son William performs with the choir. Claudia says it was amazing!


Mu Phi Epsilon International

Sterling Past, Golden Present, & Brilliant Future

The 2014 Convention is for ALL members. 
Music, Friendship and Harmony will abound.
Mark your calendars now and plan to join us in Sacramento, 
July 29 through August 2, 2014.
Doubletree Hotel, Sacramento CA
Included will be a celebration of the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation’s 50th anniversary by featuring past competition, scholarship and award winners.
Registration form is in the Spring Triangle and on the MPE website:

Registration Deadline is June 1, 2014 – No refunds will be given after June 30 and any forms received after June 30 will incur a $25 late fee.

From President Rosemary Ames: We are going high-tech this convention and having the songbook available for download from the Mu Phi website. Not only will this save the fraternity a lot of money, but it will also keep the songbook available year around for chapters to use. We are always on the lookout for new songs to add, and now is the time to submit your songs for possible inclusion. Here’s your chance to be a composer! Send to by May 1, 2014. Dallas composers???

Golden Opportunity Grant 

This unique, ONE-TIME GRANT, in the amount of $5,000, is being offered in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of our Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation. The purpose of this grant is to provide funding for musical studies, travel, enrichment, research projects, or other musical endeavor to a member or chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon. The grant winner will be selected by random drawing at the 2014 Mu Phi Epsilon International Convention in Sacramento, California. All members or chapters of Mu Phi Epsilon may enter (Collegiate, Alumni, Allied or Unaffiliated). The Official Application Form is in the Winter 2014 Triangle (available online also).


Arts Desoto has a new series on Sunday afternoons called Uptown/Downtown - alternating excellent classical and jazz groups at the Corner Theatre. Concerts at 3:00 pm; plan to arrive at 2:30 PM. Tickets are $10 and are available on their website –

The Corner Theatre is at 211 East Pleasant Run, Desoto. Free Parking, Discount at Tuscany Italian Restaurant in the Civic Center.

Coming up:
April 6th Sandaga Jazz Band
April 13th Wyeth String Quartet
April 20th Joyce Spencer Jazz Quartet
April 27th D'Drum Percussion Ensemble
May 4th  Andrew Griffith Quintet, jazz drummer
May 11th

Hall Ensemble – World premiere of Gregory Sullivan Isaacs’ dramatic cantata Undelivered based on JFK’s undelivered final speech
May 18th Sandaga Jazz Band and vocalist
May 25th Free Outdoor Concert with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra
June 1st Gary Levinson trio, classical violinist
June 8th
Rosana Eckert’s Brasuka Brazilian Latin Jazz Band with Jose Aponte


Contact Information
Electronic mail President/ General Information -
Ashley Kimmel:
Website - Mary Williams:
Concert Series - Susan Poelchau:
 Membership - Lisa Beyer:
Programs - Tena Hehn - and Mary Ann Taylor -
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