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Phyllis' Phylings

Happy New Year!

It is January 31 and where did this month go? The weather has certainly gained our attention, as we switch from a wool coat to a light sweater and back to the heavy coat.

I am looking forward to the spring with our wonderful programs planned for our chapter meetings and the library series. Our February meeting will bring SAI and Mu Phi together at the Steinway location in Plano. You will want to make note of the directions, both for the meeting and the reception.

Our March meeting at Monticello West will call on all of us to participate to make the program a success. Thanks to Mary Williams for the second year, to be willing to share her beautiful slides (of Europe) and to Claudia Jameson for coordinating.

The Founders Day meeting this past November was a delight as we heard the music of CPE Bach and a biographical review. Our district director, Jenny Smith, made her official visit to our chapter that evening.

The nominating committee for this year is chair, Susan Poelchau with Sylvia Lerch and Melanie Moseley. We will be hearing their report at the March meeting. Please be willing to serve if you are called.

Melissa Eddy, Triangle Editor, has requested an interview with Bill Lively to be completed and information sent to her for the Triangle Spring issue. She will frame the interview questions to help focus the article. If you are willing to do that, I will help set up the interview which could be done by phone or in person.

The Annual Report from the International Executive Board which met August 4-8, 2013 is available for any of the members to read. I will send it by email at your request and you can read it at your leisure. Lenita McCallum, Alumni Advisor, reported some interesting facts concerning the number of alumni chapters and the concern in the decrease in active chapters. Below are paragraphs from her report. I am not trying to spread doom and gloom, but I wanted you to be aware that many chapters are struggling to stay active and relevant. I believe our chapter is really stepping up to stay healthy. Let’s work toward that goal and be one of the stronger chapters she mentions in the second paragraph.

February is all about love. Share the love of music making and build friendships through harmony. I hope to see all of you at the February meeting.

Phyllis Wilson, President


Mu Phi Epsilon International Board
From the Report by Lenita McCallum, Alumni Advisor

“Currently the number of alumni chapters is 40, a decrease of seven since last year. Those being put on inactive status are: Austin, Central Oklahoma (although there has been a recent inquiry from a recent graduate about reopening the chapter), Greater Des Moines, Philadelphia, Portland, Spokane and Springfield, MO. Four chapters paid dues, but did not file reports. They are: Bloomington (6 members), Denton (11), Muncie (6) and San Antonio (7). As many as ten chapters, including some of the above mentioned may close within the next year. The number of dues paying alumni members is 942, versus 1025 last year and 1086 in 2010-11. The number of Allied Members has grown slightly from last year to 41.

“Our stronger chapters are finding ways to be relevant to their members and to offer real assistance to keep music alive in their communities. As one reads through the special projects report there is every reason to become excited about what they are achieving and the real satisfaction they feel from offering tangible musical expertise and experiences that make a real difference in the quality of life.

“Why are we losing so many chapters? The reasons are not new but they become ever more obvious due to their repetition.
1. Lack of someone to take over leadership (particularly the office of president) and the current leadership is burned out.
2. Members have grown elderly and are not able to participate in chapter activities, nor are they able to take advantage of the use of electronic means for newsletters, reporting requirements and chapter communications.
3. If one tracks where the strong chapters are, it usually correlates with having a well functioning District Director in their area. This group of leaders is vital to the health and growth of our alumni chapters.
4. A fourth theme that I have heard from a few corners is that chapters with a significant number of (or outspoken) Special Election members often do not wish to remain connected to the national fraternity, preferring to have a local musical organization freed from reporting requirements, dues, and responsibility for collegiate chapters. While this attitude is not pervasive across the board, those who did not have the Mu Phi collegiate experience may be slower to grasp the value of our aims and purposes beyond their local situation and fail to see the connectivity and net working capability strength that comes with an international organization.”

Lenita reported a total of 57,912 SERV hours given by alumni members.


From the Report by Sandra McMillen, Collegiate Advisor:
“There were 82 active collegiate chapters paying dues in 2012-13. 608 new initiates brought the total collegiate membership to 1,704. There were 158 reported graduates. There were 22 chapters meeting all eligibility requirements to receive chapter awards.

“This year was an exciting year for new chapters. It was an honor to install a new alumni chapter in Colorado Springs, CO, assisted by Charlotte Brown, 1st VP and Lenita McCallum, 3rd VP. SIX new collegiate chapters were installed this year:

• Zeta Xi Chapter at Howard University, Washington DC (October 18, 2012)
• Zeta Omicron at Reinhardt University, Walsaka, GA (November 28, 2012)
• Zeta Pi at Lake Forest University, Lake Forest, IL (December 8, 2012)
• Zeta Rho at University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN (March 9, 2013)
• Zeta Sigma at High Point University, High Point, NC (April 7, 2013)
• Zeta Tau at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA (April 17, 2013)”


Plans are underway for the 2014 convention to be held in Sacramento, CA, July 29 through August 2, 2014. It will include a celebration of the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation’s 50th anniversary by featuring past competition, scholarship and award winners. Martha MacDonald, 4th VP and Keith Bohm, Foundation Board Chairman, are contacting and securing performers which will bring stellar Mu Phi members to the convention.

Vision Fund
This year the Vision Fund was launched by the International Executive Board (IEB). The Vision Fund reaches out to member donors in hopes that they will make Mu Phi Epsilon Fraternity one of their beneficiaries each year. The IEB identified three goals for the first 2014 Vision Fund outreach:
• update the Fraternity communication system to give members more opportunity to share musical endeavors and network with others worldwide;
• add a day to our triennial convention to provide members with more educational and musical opportunities; 
• provide outstanding artists and clinicians at the triennial convention.

Honorees and Opportunities
See the last Triangle for articles featuring member Walteria Bethea who won an international vocal competition to perform in Rome, Italy; and Concert Series performer

and ACME honoree Matthew Hoch. 

Check out the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation grants and scholarships available (See Triangle or as well for Fraternity contests and awards. 

Like to compose? Write a new song for Convention. See Triangle page 28 for details.


Meeting: Mu Phi and Sigma Alpha Iota

Joint Meeting Monday, February 17 - 7:00 pm (NOTE TIME)
Location: Steinway Plano, 5813 Preston Rd #570, Plano, TX 75093. 972-403-1853
Program will begin promptly at 7:00 pm so plan to arrive a bit earlier. They expect us out by 8. 
Reception following: Home of SAI member, Rosalind Crastley (Bring your newsletter with you so you can find us!)

Program: Mu Phi Les Amis quartet - Jackie Akin, Flute; Gretchen Nichols, Cello; Pat Suitt, Piano and Frances Estes, Oboe:

Miniatures for Flute, Oboe, and Piano and Cello by William Grant Still:  (USA) 
Adolorido (Mexico) 
Jesus Is a Rock in the Weary Land (USA) 
Yaravi (Peru)
A Frog Went A-Courtin' (USA) 
Pro Musica’s Susan Poelchau, piano, Claudia Jameson, soprano, and Gretchen Nichols, cello:
Prologue from "L’Ofeo," by Monteverdi 

SAI performers  
Co-hosts: SAI members

Concert: Spring Sharing with Seniors

Saturday, March 1 at 11:00 am 
We will be giving a concert for the seniors at Monticello West again this year. Members of our chapter will perform for residents "Europe - World of Music" photo presentation and music. Let Tena Hehn know ASAP if you can perform something with this theme.

Officers: please come at 10:30 for a short Board meeting.

Collegiate to Alumni Luncheon

Saturday, April 12 – 11 am – pot-luck luncheon with performances by our collegiate scholarship winner and possibly others.


November Meeting: CPE Bach

Pat Suitt hosted the November meeting that featured an interesting biography of CPE Bach given by Tena Hehn and performances of some of his piano pieces. Thanks to the performers who presented this program:
Minuet in Eb Pat Hill
Caroline Katie Freiberger
Sonata in e Tena Hehn
Sonata in g minor, No. 65, 3rd Mvt. Pat Suitt 
Rondo Espressivo  Susan Poelchau
Solfeggietto (2 piano Arrangement)

Susan Poelchau and Sylvia Taylor

Start tracking your SERV hours if you have not already done so.

Officers will meet at 10:30 at Monticello West on Saturday, March 1 for a short Board meeting.

Our Scholarship application period is now open to collegiates in our South Central 2 district with a Feb 28 deadline. Jenny Smith, District Director and Scholarship chairperson, has sent notices to chapter presidents reminding them that their winning member can receive a $500 award given by our chapter. Information and applications are also available on our Scholarship page. 


Mu Phi Epsilon Sterling Patron Award
to Bill Lively

Sandra McMillen, International Vice-President/Collegiate Advisor

William H. Lively

Phyllis Wilson, Dallas Alumni Chapter President

Mu Phi Epsilon International is pleased to announce Dallasite William H. Lively as a new International Sterling Patron. The award has been given since 1989 to outstanding musicians and patrons of the arts in appreciation of the time, effort and talent they have given. Past recipients have included: Ardean Watts, Dave Brubeck, James Dick, and Catherine Comet, just to name a few. 

The award recognizes Mr. Lively’s contributions in Dallas and elsewhere. The handsome framed certificate reads:

Mu Phi Epsilon International Professional Music Fraternity 
bestows the honor of Sterling Patron upon 

William H. Lively

widely recognized as a foremost music educator, band director, 
and administrator at both the high school and university level, 
as the founding president and CEO of the Dallas, Texas AT&T Performing Arts Center, and extraordinary fund raiser for 
Southern Methodist University, North Texas State University, Super Bowl XLV and the National Geographic Society, thus 
making outstanding contributions to the musical, cultural and 
artistic life of this nation. 

Presented November 2013
Rosemary Ames, International President

Mr. Lively was nominated by International Second Vice-President / Collegiate Advisor, Sandra McMillen, a member of the Dallas Alumni chapter. It was presented to him by Dallas Alumni Chapter President, Phyllis Wilson, at a ceremony at Southern Methodist University on November 20, 2013. Many members of the Alumni Chapter attended the event including Sandra McMillen, Past International Second Vice President Tena Hehn, current SC-3 District Director, Jenny Smith, and Past International President Wynona Lipsett.

Dallas Alumni Chapter members: 
Mary Williams, Walteria Bethea, Katherine Frieberger, Sandra McMillen, 
Phyllis Wilson, (Bill Lively), Tena Hehn, Pat Suitt, Jenny Smith, 
Wynona Lipsett and Susan Poelchau.



Phyllis Wilson visited by phone with Nicki Wilbanks within the past week. She was in the hospital again since Christmas and is continuing to be taken care of in a rehab facility. She is in room 347 at Mesquite Specialty Hospital receiving rehab 3 hours a day.  Cards may be sent to her home address. Her husband said she would love to hear from her Mu Phi friends.

From Wynona Lipsett:
Those who have been in the Dallas Alumni chapter for a long time might remember Lois Banke who passed away in December in California. 

Obituary: Lois Zabel Banke Mar. 3, 1926-Dec. 1, 2013 

Resident of Monte Sereno. Born in Hamilton, Texas to Edward and Emily Zabel. From humble beginnings Lois became an outstanding concert pianist, piano teacher, and dedicated organist/church member at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Los Gatos, CA. Preceded in death by her loving husband Raymond in 1980. Survived by 2 sons, James and Mark. Passed in her sleep after a mild stroke to be with her Lord in Heaven. Services at Holy Cross at 15885 Los Gatos-Almaden Rd., Los Gatos on Friday 12/6/13 at 1:00 PM - Copy this whole address into your browser to see more:

Wynona Lipsett’s grandson, Taylor Lipsett is participating in the Olympics on the Paralympics Sled Hockey team (lower left in picture). Good luck to Taylor!

Claudia Jameson’s son William has been participating in a work program in the Dominican Republic.


We have had two wonderful concerts this spring and have a great lineup for the rest of the spring season. Please support our series by your attendance and sharing your Spring Concert Series schedule. 

Matthew Hoch, baritone, with his colleagues Joseph Pifer on piano and Williams Schaffer on horn performed part of a program they had prepared for a performance at SMU of A Clear Midnight by Simon Sargon, as well as the beautiful Dichterliebe, Op. 48 by Robert Schumann. 

Eldred Marshall played a new composition - Nightfall by his friend Mark Godoy and the Schubert Sonata No. 21 D 960 in Bb major. 

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

UPDATE: Chie Watanabe, who was scheduled to perform on February 23 will play on April 27th. Our performer on February 23 will be Korean pianist Jieun Yum, a student of Gustavo Romero at UNT, who will play works by Handel, Beethoven, Poulenc and Granados.

We need a second person to work at the Sunday concerts on March 2 and March 23. Let Susan Poelchau know if you can help out, or if you can help get publicity to downtown housing units. Our downtown audience doesn’t know we are there!


Interview with Jenny Smith

From time to time, your editor conducts interviews with members so that we can get to know each other better. This month Jenny Smith has agreed to an interview. Click here to read it.


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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