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Spring is here!! And how beautiful it is. If you haven’t been to the Dallas Arboretum this spring, give yourself a treat and spend an afternoon strolling through the tulips by the stunning cherry trees in full bloom. I am sure the bluebonnets are on their way.

As I write this letter, I realize the 2014-15 year is coming to a close. We will be hearing our scholarship winners and other collegiates at our April meeting and then in May install our new officers. The year has been filled with joy and sadness.

We joyfully welcomed several new members into our chapter this year which has brought new energy to our meetings. In addition, we have identified two potential members that are looking to become members through special election.

The Library Concert Series has been outstanding this year thanks to the faithful leadership of Susan Poelchau and Mary Williams.

Plans are in the works for an exciting province gathering in January 2016 which I hope all of us will support with enthusiasm and your attendance.

A new committee, to be led by one of our newest members, Andrew Balettie, was organized at our last meeting to brainstorm new ideas for fund raising.

I feel we have made some good connections with the collegiates in the area and look forward to continuing our relationships offering support and encouragement. Thanks to Ashley Kimmel and Jenny Smith for all their leadership.

I continue to encourage you to give as you are able to our scholarship fund. I believe we should all make it a priority to give an amount, though it may be small, every year to our local scholarship. At the last meeting we voted to honor Wynona Lipsett by naming the scholarship the Wynona Lipsett Scholarship. Together we can honor her by increasing our funds so this continues to be a vital part of who we are as a chapter.

With sadness, we remember our dear friend and Mu Phi Epsilon sister, Wynona, who we lost this past January. However, in the spirit in which we remember her, we must carry on with the same energy and love for values of Mu Phi Epsilon that she always demonstrated everywhere she went, MUSIC, FRIENDSHIP AND HARMONY.

Thank you for all the ways you have supported the Dallas Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon this year and especially your support of my leadership. It takes all of us to make a strong chapter. Remember to report your SERV hours. I know you are also giving your time in the community.

During the summer you will hear from the chapter officers asking you to perform, host, call, and give of yourself. Please respond as generously as you can with your time and your ideas.

I just returned home from singing in a wonderfully enriching and inspiring performance of the Mozart Solemn Vespers. Music binds us together and gives us a special connection not only to those around us, but to the rich past we have inherited. We must remain united to carry that torch to the next generation and the next......
Come with us, we are moving forward!

Phyllis Wilson, President


New Officers
New officers will be elected at the April meeting.
The proposed slate is:
President: Phyllis Wilson
Vice-President: Ashley Kimmel
Treasurer: Sandra McMillen
Secretary: Susan Poelchau
Corresponding Secretary: Frances Estes
Chorister (Programs & Hostesses): Megan Carfa, chair; Michelle Perez, another TBD
Chaplain: Pat Suitt
Steward:  Jenny Smith
Historian: Mary Williams, Virginia Hadzic

Commmittee changes:
Scholarship: Ashley Kimmel
SERV hours: Jenny Smith
Ways and Means: Andrew Balettie, Ashley Kimmel, Virginia Hadzic, Claudia Jameson, Walteria Bethea, Mary Williams, Sandra McMillen

Thanks to Susan Poelchau for chairing the Nominations Committee, and members Ashley Kimmel and Virginia Hadzic.

Scholarship Fund
The chapter has voted to name our scholarship fund for Wynona Weiting Lipsett. Please consider making contributions in her honor to it to help fund our $500 per year collegiate scholarship.

Sandra McMillen will be collecting dues for 2015-16 at the April and May meetings.
Please pay dues by June 1st to aid in planning for the new year. Our chapter needs to pay our International dues before our first meeting in September.

International Dues ............. $65.00*
Local Dues ......................... $20.00
Scholarship Donation ........$ _____
Total 2015-16 Dues ............$85.00+

* Members who have a Lifetime Subscription to The Triangle pay $55.00 International Dues (There are only four members with Lifetime subscriptions at this time)
Patrons: Patron dues are $25.00 per year ($10.00 for yearbook/newsletters, etc. & $15.00 for the Scholarship)

If you will not see Sandra at a meeting, send a check in the mail to her. Her address is in the yearbook, or contact her at:

SERV Hours
Send your volunteer hours for June 2014 - May 2015 by June 1 to Jenny Smith. There’s a handy form in your yearbook to track hours. Jenny is at:


April Meeting - Honoring Collegiates
Saturday April 11 at 11 am – Honoring Collegiates
Lovers Lane United Methodist Church Parlor
9200 Inwood Rd, Dallas
(Enter from Inwood Rd, just north of Northwest Hwy. The Parlor is the first building on the right. Walk straight ahead past several rooms until you come to it - slightly to the right.)

Program and Luncheon
If you are helping to set up, come by 10:30, if not - plan to arrive by 10:45 so we can start at 11.
Collin Boothby from TCU will perform on the organ, as well as two ensembles from UNT and a saxophone soloist. We will also vote on our slate of officers.

We are all hosting so please bring a generous dish or two to share for all of us plus our guests. We are expecting a big crowd! E-mail (or call) Tena Hehn with what you are bringing by April 9; Reply to All as you add your dish to the list.


May Meeting - New Officers
Tuesday, May 12 at 7 pm – New Officers
Home of Sylvia Taylor
Contact her at if you need her address.

Songs of Goethe & Langston Hughes - Walteria Bethea, mezzo-soprano
Sonata, K 331, 1st movement, by Mozart - Sylvia Taylor, piano
We will install officers. Co-hosts: Melanie Moseley, Claudia Jameson


February Meeting - with SAI

We met at Collora Piano Company on February 9th and had a very nice program combining the talents of both Sigma Alpha Iota and Mu Phi Epsilon:

Sonata 1 in C Major for piano, four hands: Allegro - by J.C. Bach
Tena Hehn (MPE) and Susan Poelchau, (MPE) duo piano

Trio in a minor, op. 114 - Allegro- poco meno Allegro - by J. Brahms
Jane Aten, viola (SAI); Emily Hartnett, piano; (SAI) and Gretchen Nichols, cello

Konzertstück No. 2, op. 114 by F. Mendelssohn - Basil Bouras (MPE patron) and Ashley Kimmel (MfE), clarinet; Kimberly Deschner, piano (MPE)



Someone Planted Columbines
- words by Pauline Crittenden, music by Julie Schmitt
Julie Schmitt (MPE), soprano; Jackie Akin (SAI), flute; Marilyn Rogers (SAI), piano

I Waited for the Lord - by F. Mendelssohn
Julie Schmitt, Marilyn Rogers and Jane Echols (SAI) piano


Three Madrigals from Orlando Furioso
- the epic poem by Ludovico Ariosto; the madrigal setting by Andrea Gabrielli
Allen Garvin, Susan Poelchau (MfE), and Susan Scheib, violas da gamba

All Mu Phi members brought goodies for the reception.


March Meeting - at Monticello West
We met Saturday, March 7 at 10 am at Monticello West senior living center to present a concert for residents.

Participating in the program with the “Seasons – the Spice of Life” theme were Susan Poelchau, piano; Walteria Bethea, vocal;

Virginia Hadzic and Megan Carfa - xylophone;

Phyllis Wilson - song leading with Susan at the piano.

As the music progressed, Mary Williams showed slides of various seasonal pictures - flowers, snow scenes, fall leaves and spring trees - for residents.

We had an enthusiastic crowd of seniors who especially enjoying singing their old favorites.


Pat Hill is at home after a fall. Folks are taking care of her. Speedy recovery - Pat!

Jenny Smith, 2nd VP Collegiate Advisor had an inspiring column in the Spring Triangle. See it at the end of this newsletter.

Our talented writer Mary Ann Taylor just in from her Conference of College Teachers of English, won the George F. Nixon prize for prose. She wrote and read a short story, one of a set of 15 from a collection called Some of the Parts. It will be published in their journal sometime this year. The story ends with a song sung by the title character Mama June and the child who narrates. Mary Ann wrote the phrase of the song too but, as she says, "luckily did not sing." Congratulations Mary Ann!

Mary Williams was in Houston for a Friendship Force SW Conference this past weekend. It included a dinner with astronaut speaker Jim Weatherbee, and a visit to the Johnson Space Center - very interesting!

Susan Poelchau will be in Colorado to help her daughter move in to new quarters in Fort Collins. She'll be back for Saturday's meeting.

Welcome new members:
Andrew Balettie
Phi Tau Chapter - UNT; Saxophone
Andrew is a band director in Frisco.

Kimla Y. Beasley
Alpha Omega – Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX; Voice
KYB Productions LLC

Megan Carfa, Andrew Balettie, Jenny Smith, Walteria Bethea, Virginia Hadzic



The $500 Mu Phi Epsilon Alumni Scholarship for 2015 will be awarded to Brittany Bonner, current President of the Baylor chapter.

A second place scholarship for $350, privately funded, will be awarded to Collin Boothby of TCU. Thanks to Ashley Kimmel for chairing this committee.



Dallas Area Collegiate Recital
Saturday May 2 at 11:00 AM
Saint Stephen United Methodist Church
2520 Oates Drive, Mesquite

UPDATE 4/28:
Due to a last minute issue arising with the venue, the recital planned for May 2nd has been postponed until the fall.

Dear Alums,
We are so fortunate to have great collegiates in our area and they are planning a wonderful concert for us, chaired by Kevin Hinkle. Several of the chapters are coming together for this event. I know there is no perfect time; some preferred Saturday over Sunday and vice versa. I am just thrilled the collegiates are interested in getting together and performing. I hope all of you will make a special effort to attend if at all possible.

Pat Suitt's email said it so much better than I can: “I think we should go all out to support these students. I think that is a large part of what alumni chapters should do. I remember how important the alumni chapter was to me as a student Mu Phi and then how those members became mentors and friends later in the alumni chapter. Let’s see if we can all support this.” Pat Suitt

Be thinking of friends and colleagues to invite to attend with you.

Phyllis Wilson

Epsilon Epsilon (TCU) Alumni Recital and dinner
Saturday April 18
Theme is "Mu Phi Past, Present, & Future"
Recital at 5:30 pm in Moudy North - TCU
Potluck dinner at 7 pm right outside the hall, unless the weather does not permit.
Alumni are invited.


We had some changes in this spring's lineup due to injuries, illness and weather.
Flutist Caen Thomason-Redus was stranded in Memphis during an ice storm. His pianist, Cole Burger, played his part of their joint program (of African-American composers) plus some Messaien he had performed a few days prior. Thanks for saving the day, Cole!

Multi-talented Jonathan Tsay wowed us with a concert of short piano pieces from around the world. He replaced Juyeon Kang from Iowa, who had played for us before; she was still recovering from an injury and could not perform. She did give us some notice though and Jonathan was kind enough to fill in. We hope to hear him again with an ensemble next year. He is director of the ensemble75 series of chamber music that performs 6 concerts a year at Steinway Hall.

Due to a last minute cancellation of Kithara Guitar Duo due to Olga's bout with flu, Nathaniel Earhart, an SMU guitar graduate who teaches at Collin College, filled in for them with a wonderful guitar concert.

Pianist Eldred Marshall had a lingering hand injury and did not play on March 15th but found us a great replacement from his group, Open Classical, an all-professional organization that has been performing classical music in non-traditional venues. (Look for them at a wine-bar or small theater near you.) Mark Landson, viola; Thiago Nascimento, piano; and Brent Buemi, clarinet performed a variety of wonderful music: solo piano, duos and trios.

Their bios and programs are on our website. We are fortunate to have so many talented musicians in this area.

We have two more programs in our Spring season:
- April 12: Camille King, soprano and Adam Gordon, Baroque trumpet with some early music
- April 19: The Texas A&M University-Commerce Chamber Singers, conducted by Dr. Randall Hooper
. Randy, a Mu Phi, was a student of Wynona Lipsett and spoke at her memorial service. He noted what an inspirational teacher she was for him. Please support these last Sunday concerts, particularly the A&M group, Sundays at 3 pm at the downtown library.

Susan Poelchau is beginning to schedule programs for next year's series. We would like some new people to become involved with this club project. Please contact Susan if you want to see this award-winning series continue and can donate a little time to it. Continued sponsorship of the Series in its present form and length is something we need to discuss as a chapter or a committee. We would like to have a planning meeting to discuss possibilities.

Thanks to Pat Suitt for making a contribution to maintain our Concert Series at the library. We have ongoing expenses of piano tuning and printing programs and posters and no designated funding for it. Should you be willing to help support it, send a check made to Friends of the Library, with a designation to Mu Phi Epsilon concerts on the subject line. Your contribution is tax deductible if done this way. Mail it to Friends of the Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas 75201, or give it to Susan or Mary the next time you see us and we will get it to them.

All concerts are FREE - on Sundays at 3 PM at the
 J. Erik Jonsson Central Library First Floor Auditorium – 1515 Young St, Dallas
Schedule, programs and performer vitas are available as received on
Click our Concert Series tab.

(Reprinted from The Triangle)

Recruitment and Mu Phi Love
By Jenny Smith, 2nd VP/Collegiate Advisor

Greetings, hard-working collegiates!
Undoubtedly, many of you are gearing up for rush, candidate training, and initiations. The recent passing of our beloved Wynona Lipsett has stirred in me some intense emotions and thoughts about the importance of recruitment.

A heart of service. When you select potential new members, there are many details to cover, and it's easy to lose sight of the overall significance of the process. We require specific things of new collegiate members: solid GPA, musical competency, requisite experience, and dedication to the field as exhibited by taking on a major or minor. But these requirements don't speak to other desirable qualities: a heart of service for all levels of society; mindfulness of a professional attitude that both deserves and shows respect; and a compassionate spirit that understands love in all the ways it manifests. We might shy away from this last quality - love - for it is a strong word with deep meaning, but there is no doubt that it's present in Mu Phi Epsilon.

We become ever closer. As Mu Phis, we become ever closer to each other over time as we make music together (itself an intimate endeavor), serve the community, share our successes, and even cry together when times are tough. So why would we not think about this love when we recruit? Will prospective members be people with whom I want to share this love I have for my brothers and sisters? Will they uphold that love throughout their lives? Will they continue to exhibit that love even when life's difficulties seem overwhelming? Be sure you have reason to trust that they will, because your Mu Phi family is worthy of the very best. Wynona would want us to remember this love, above all else.

I hope that when bringing others into our family, you think back to the foundations of our fraternity. Music, Friendship, and Harmony are so much more than simple words we recite. Remember the feeling behind them. Today, tell a brother or sister that you love them.


Opera - Wading Home
It’s HERE! Thursday, April 2 at 7:30 pm
when a concert version of Mary Alice Rich's opera Wading Home will be performed at City Performance Hall. We heard Walteria Bethea sing excerpts from this work at our September meeting; she will join the cast for the full opera featuring the well-known Donnie Ray Albert in the role of Simon.

Wading Home is by Dallas composer and Fort Worth Symphony violinist Mary Alice Rich, from the story by Rosalyn Story. This performance is free and open to the public. Free-will donations will go to the New Orleans' "The Roots of Music" and to the Bruce Foote Foundation. The performance has been funded by the Sphinx Organization and support from the Black Academy of Arts and Letters. Bring your friends!

UPDATE: The City Performance Hall was packed with an enthusiastic audience for this premier performance. Congratulations to all who participated in making it happen. We're especially proud of our members Walteria Bethea who sang the role of Sylvia and Susan Poelchau who rehearsed with the cast as accompanist for many months. Beautiful and moving opera. Kudos to Mary Alice Rich, composer.

De Soto Uptown/Downtown Concerts
Live in the south part of town? Here’s a series for you. Performances are in De Soto's city-owned Corner Theatre, an intimate 100 seat traditional theatre with excellent acoustics.
211 East Pleasant Run, De Soto. (Back behind the shops in the strip facing the street. Enter at the city flags and go to the back parking garage.) Sundays – 3 pm. Admission is $10.

Downtown (Jazz)
Apr 19 - Andrea Dawson - Blues
May 3 - Leena Conquest - Vocal Jazz + Dance
May 24 - Stockton Helbing, Shelley Carrol, James Driscoll - Jazz + Dance

Uptown (Classical)
Apr 12 - Artina McCane and Icy Renee Simpson - piano & soprano
Apr 26 - Gary Levinson and Steven Harlos - violin & piano
May 10 - Demarre McGill and Baya Kakouberi - flute & piano

Free Parking, Discount at Tuscany Italian Restaurant in the Civic Center


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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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