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It's 2015 already and we are very close to Ash Wednesday. The days march by quickly.

I am writing this in my husband's hospital room. We were surprised last week to find out he needed immediate bypass surgery. Life changes directions in a hurry sometimes. He is doing fine and we expect he will be released by the end of this week.

First I want to urge all of you to attend our February meeting with SAI on Tuesday Feb 9th. Tena has an excellent program planned and we are hosts this year. Please plan to come and bring a snack or dessert to share with an anticipated large group. Call Tena with any offers of other help with arrangements. I would like to have a short meeting after our program to take care of a few items of business.

Tena is also planning the March meeting where we will visit with the residents at Monticello West senior living facility. This will be our third year there and the residents are excited to have us come. Our program starts at 10 am on Saturday morning, March 7th (so come a little earlier). Our theme this year is "Seasons: the Spice of Life." Slides in the background will be of the changing seasons and do not have to coordinate specifically with your music. Please contact Tena with your offer to perform; keep it on the short and light side. We'll probably also do some sing-alongs at the end. We will have a short meeting after our concert and go to lunch nearby afterwards for a little visiting time.

Thanks to all of you for your concerns during Wynona's illness and to those who attended her service. I would like to make a proposal. In honor of our dear friend and sister, Wynona; would you be interested in renaming our scholarship fund in her honor? If so, it would be great if you would choose to donate in her name to that fund. We are greatly in need of a boost for our scholarship fund which will be awarded to a South Central2 Collegiate in April and so your donation would serve those two purposes at once.

Thanks also to those Dallas alumni who attended the South Central2 Conference at Baylor. While it was mainly a collegiate affair, our members made a significant contribution to the program for the day. Kudos to Ashley Kimmel, Michelle Perez, Sandra McMillen and Jenny Smith who shared valuable information in workshops and panels.

See you February 9th.

Phyllis Wilson, President

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February: Joint Meeting with SAI
Date/Time: Monday, Feb 9 - 7 pm
Collora Pianos, 1451 Wycliff Avenue, Dallas (behind the Anatole Hotel off Stemmons Fwy)

Program:
Sonata 1 in C Major for piano, four hands: Allegro - by J.C. Bach
Tena Hehn (MφE) and Susan Poelchau, (MφE) 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 (MφE patron) and Ashley Kimmel (MφE), clarinet; Kimberly Deschner, piano (MφE)

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

I Waited for the Lord - by F. Mendelssohn
Julie Schmitt and Marilyn Rogers

3 Madrigals from Orlando Furioso by Andrea Gabriell
Allen Garvin, Susan Poelchau (MφE), and Susan Scheib, viols da gamba

Co-hosts: All Mu Phi members; please plan to bring snack or dessert food. Coordinator Tena Hehn: tenahehn@sbcglobal.net
 
Short meeting afterwards

March: Senior Songs
Date/Time: Saturday, March 7 - 10 am
Monticello West senior living home
5114 McKinney Ave, Dallas

Program: Slides and sound performance for residents.
Theme: “Seasons – the Spice of Life”
- Claudia Jameson, soprano
- More volunteers needed – contact Tena Hehn: tenahehn@sbcglobal.net
Short meeting after our performance

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November Meeting

Our last meeting of 2014 was hosted by Pat Suitt where we celebrated the 113th birthday of Mu Phi Epsilon, honoring our founders. Phyllis Wilson conducted the Founder’s Day ceremony.

Performing were two-pianists Tena Hehn and Susan Poelchau, along with guest pianist Gena Cannon.

Susan and Tena played JS Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring arranged for two pianos by Myra Hess.

Gena played Bach-Pirani’s Arioso, the Allegro movement of Mozart’s F Major Sonata 533 and Chopin’s Etude in C# Minor Op 25 No. 7. We enjoyed their talents. 


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Wynona Lipsett

Our President Phyllis Wilson offered a moving tribute to our beloved sister Wynona Lipsett at her memorial service on January 6th in Mexia. She stressed the involvement Wynona had with Mu Phi Epsilon throughout her life, while other speakers remembered her as a friend, mother, grandmother, choir director, teacher, community member, and social sorority sister. Wynona died of esophageal cancer on Jan 2. The service ended with a recording of Wynona singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

Reprinted here is Phyllis’ speech:
We come together today on this special day in the life of the church, the day of Epiphany. And on this day we fittingly celebrate the life of Wynona Lipsett, a person who not only taught us how to live, but truly taught us how to die.

My name is Phyllis Wilson and I am a long-time fan of Wynona Lipsett. She was the musician I always dreamed to be. I first met Wynona in 1970 when I remained after a worship service at St. Marks UMC in Mesquite, TX, where she was playing the organ. I introduced myself to her as a new church musician in town. She immediately asked if I had experience in directing church choirs. I had. She called the pastor over and immediately I found myself with a new job as the choir director of that church making music with a superb church musician. Thus began a wonderful friendship that has lasted “lo” these many years. We served together at that Methodist Church for 14 years, but the relationship we shared in another musical organization, Mu Phi Epsilon, is what brings me to speak to you today.

Mu Phi Epsilon is an International Professional Music Fraternity founded in 1903 and has as its creed a strong belief in Music, Friendship and Harmony. Wynona certainly represented all of these qualities and many more. She was the poster child for Mu Phi Epsilon and she wanted me to share the words of the CREED with you. Words she lived by. The Creed reads:

I believe in MUSIC, the noblest of all arts, a source of much that is good, just and beautiful.
I believe in FRIENDSHIP, marked by love, kindness and sincerity;
And in HARMONY, the essence of a ture and happy life.
I believe in the bond of our Fraternity, loyal, generous and self-sacrificing, and its strength shall ever guide me in the path that leads upward toward the stars.


Due to Wynona’s guidance and her encouragement, I joined Mu Phi Epsilon by special election through Mu Chi at SMU, her collegiate Chapter. So it is with great joy that I represent Mu Phi Epsilon today as the President of the Dallas Alumni Chapter and have the opportunity to tell only a small portion of her achievements. This past July, at the International Mu Phi Epsilon Convention in Sacramento, CA , some of us present today had the privilege to witness Wynona receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award for her many years of service to the fraternity. She was a member of Mu Phi Epsilon for over 57 years. She joined as a collegiate at SMU and was recognized for her significant loyal service in the Dallas Alumni Chapter and as South Central Province Governor 1972-1974, International 5th Vice President 1974-1977; International 2nd Vice President 1977-1980; Foundation Board Member 1989-1994; Competition Chairman 1989-1994; President of the Foundation 1994; International President of the Fraternity 1995-2003; and “Final Notes” writer for The Triangle (our fraternity magazine) from 2003 until last month. What a legacy she has left that will continue to enrich our lives for many years to come.

As a symbol of this legacy, the Dallas Chapter has placed these purple African violets in the church today to honor her. The purple violet is the official flower of the fraternity representing diversity, tenacity, and even musical qualities because the scientific name for violet is “viola odorata”. Wynona’s sister, Sue, said the violet and its attributes reminds her of Wynona and how she could adapt to whatever situation unfolded. Her love of the organization and the beauty of the violet led Wynona to collect an extensive array of porcelain pieces with a purple violet pattern. I would like to publicly thank Don and the whole family for sharing Wynona with her fraternity family.

Many of the fraternity members are here today. I would like to recognize all those members from the Dallas Chapter and also our International Officers present: Jenny Smith, 2nd Vice President from Denton, Tx, and Rosemary Ames, International President who flew here today from Massachusetts . Rosemary wrote a beautiful letter to the family about her Mu Phi Epsilon friendship with Wynona. I would like to read part of the letter. [And I Quote]

“I first met Wynona at a Mu Phi Epsilon convention, although I certainly had heard of her before, as she had already become a ‘name’ within the fraternity. I was instantly impressed with her dynamic personality, her leadership, her organization, her creativity, her genuine warmth and her ability to make new friends from the moment you met her. Those friendships were not momentary, but lasted a lifetime.

Wynona was the most positive person I have ever met. There is a well-known adage that says, “if you think you can, you’re right and if you think you can’t, you’re right.” Maybe that is why Wynona accomplished so much in her life. She simply never thought that we could not, but always that we could. And she was right.
I had the opportunity to travel many miles with Wynona as we visited Mu Phi chapters. Both of us shared a love of travel and whenever our journeys would take us close to a Mu Phi chapter, we managed to work it into the itinerary. Amazingly enough, I do not think there is anywhere she went that she did not already know someone. I remember one drive through the beautiful hills between Greensboro, NC and Danville, VA, where she remembered a long-lost relative that lived in those hills and we stopped to call. The point is that once she met you, she was unlikely to forget you, be you relative or friend. Mu Phi Epsilon will feel the loss of our beloved Wynona as will I. She has been my rock, my inspiration and my friend. I will continue to learn from her wisdom and guidance and friendship for she leaves behind so many memories.”

Thank you, Rosemary, for those kind words that resonate with all of us.

There are so many things I could say and all of you here today have equally memorable moments to share. I will close by reading the scripture Wynona requested and one that she read so many times as she traveled around the country installing new chapters of Mu Phi Epsilon. And I will end with the words from “Our Triangle”, the fraternity song which captures the spirit of our dear friend.

Hear now the words from I Corinthians 13: Reading from the NRSV.
“If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. 1For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”

In closing, listen and reflect on these words from the fraternity song: Our Triangle
Oh tell us what this life would be
If it were not for song.
For Music soothes the troubled heart
And makes our courage strong.
But sad would all our music be If we knew not a friend.
Our lives would very lonely be,
Our cares would never end.
With Music, Friends, and Harmony
Our lives are filled with power.
As Music leads us on our paths,
And brightens every hour.
Mu Phi, Mu Phi, Mu Phi Epsilon

Thanks for being such a wonderful mentor, We will miss you dearly, my friend.


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Wynona’s Obituary

Following is the obituary published by the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation:

We are very saddened to have lost a former president of our Foundation, Wynona Lipsett. Her obituary is so demonstrative of her outstanding achievements as a woman, a musician, and highly respected, highly honored and illustrious member of Mu Phi Epsilon that I am including it here in this post.

Wynona Ruth Wieting Lipsett, age 75, of Mexia, passed away January 2, 2015 following a brief illness with esophageal cancer.

Wynona was born at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco, TX, on Tuesday, March 28, 1939, to parents Andrew J. Wieting, a long-time Waco Band Director, and Eldred V. Shaw Wieting, a Waco music educator, choral director, and piano accompanist. She attended SMU on a clarinet scholarship where she pledged with Sigma Kappa Sorority, joined Mu Phi Epsilon music fraternity, was honored by being called out to Mortar Board and received her Bachelor of Music Education degree. She then began her music education teaching career in the Dallas area. Twenty years later she took a sabbatical returning to SMU on a Meadows Fellowship and received her Masters Degree in Music Education in one year.

On June 30, 1962, Wynona married her husband of 52 years Donald Lipsett of Dallas and moved to Mesquite where they established their careers. With daughter Michelle and son Chuck making the family complete, the Lipsett’s resided there until late 1994 when Wynona and Don both retired and moved to the Lake Mexia home they have since occupied. Wynona became church organist and was an integral part of the St. Mark music ministry starting and directing the Children’s Choir’s. She was the first choral director of the then-new West Mesquite High School whose choirs won many prestigious awards throughout Texas. She retired after almost 24 years as choral director and is renowned as the composer/lyricist of the West Mesquite High School Song.

She was also an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a professional women’s education society, serving as Area Coordinator over 15 chapters and as State Pianist.

As a Mu Phi Epsilon (MPE) member, she served 6 years as International Vice President, as International Competition Chairman, as Province Governor, and as a MPE Foundations Board Member. She was honored to be elected to serve 8 years from 1995-2003 as International President of that very large professional music fraternity with over 75,000 initiated members and around 17,000+ active members. As President, she traveled to 30 states visiting chapters, installed 11 new collegiate chapters and 2 new alumni chapters. She was responsible for revising the international Bylaws as well as the Ritual Book. What she considered one of the most important events of her lifetime was presiding over the MPE Centennial Convention in Cincinnati in 2003. At this year’s MPE International Convention held in Sacramento, CA, in July, 2014, she received the MPE Lifetime Achievement Award, a well-deserved honor which she cherished.

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From the Memories Book at the funeral home - Obituary for Wynona Lipsett:

Wynona Ruth Wieting Lipsett, age 75, of Mexia, passed away January 2, 2015 following a brief illness with esophageal cancer. Services will be held on January 6, 2015 at 1:00 pm with pre-service music 30 minutes prior to service time at First United Methodist Church of Mexia officiated by Rev. Danny Niedecken. Burial will follow at Tehuacana Cemetery on FM 171 in Tehuacana, TX. Visitation will be 5-7pm, Monday, January 5, 2015 at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.

Wynona was born at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco, TX, on Tuesday, March 28, 1939, to parents Andrew J. Wieting, a long-time Waco Band Director, and Eldred V. Shaw Wieting, a Waco music educator, choral director, and piano accompanist. She attended North Waco Elementary, North Jr. High and graduated from Waco High School in 1957 with honors including making All State Band for 2 years playing clarinet. She attended SMU on a clarinet scholarship where she pledged with Sigma Kappa Sorority, joined Mu Phi Epsilon music fraternity, was honored by being called out to Mortar Board and received her BMEd degree. She then began her music education teaching career in the Dallas area. Twenty years later she took a sabbatical returning to SMU on a Meadows Fellowship and received her MMEd in one year.

On June 30, 1962, Wynona married her husband of 52 years Donald Lipsett of Dallas and moved to Mesquite where they established their careers. With daughter Michelle and son Chuck making the family complete, the Lipsett’s resided there until late 1994 when Wynona and Don both retired and moved to the Lake Mexia home they have since occupied. In Mesquite the family joined St. Mark United Methodist Church where both children and parents participated in many church activities. Wynona became church organist and was an inetragal part of the St. Mark music ministry starting and directing the Children’s Choir’s. She was the first choral director of the then-new West Mesquite High School whose choirs won many prestigious awards throughout Texas. She retired after almost 24 years as choral director and is renowned as the composer/lyricist of the West Mesquite High School Song.

Growing up in Waco, Wynona was baptized and confirmed at Austin Avenue Methodist Church where she was an active member until going off to SMU and joined the First United Methodist Church of Dallas where she sang her first public professional vocal solo as an alto in Handel’s Messiah with chorus and orchestra. Wynona joined the Dallas Symphony Chorus and sang many solos in Dallas performances as well as at the St. Stephens Cathedral in Vienna, Austria, when the Chorus toured in Europe. Wynona also sang in and served as accompanist for many musical theater presentations both in Dallas and in Mexia. Her favorite soloist role was singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” as Aunt Nellie Fowler in a “Carousel” production in Dallas, She was also an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a professional women’s education society, serving as Area Coordinator over 15 chapters and as State Pianist. She has been very active in retirement in Mexia serving in many leadership roles including the Woman’s Friday Club, the Limestone County Retired Teachers Association, the Mexia Magic Red Hat Society, FUMC committees, activities and has served as Church Organist since 1995. She also enjoyed her bridge club associations. In her “spare time” she volunteered at the Mexia Chamber of Commerce and read weekly to a kindergarten class.

As a Mu Phi Epsilon (MPE) member, she served 6 years as International Vice President, as International Competition Chairman, as Province Governor, and as a MPE Foundations Board Member. She was honored to be elected to serve 8 years from 1995-2003 as International President of that very large professional music fraternity with over 75,000 initiated members and around 17,000+ active members. As President, she traveled to 30 states visiting chapters, installed 11 new collegiate chapters and 2 new alumni chapters. She was responsible for revising the international Bylaws as well as the Ritual Book. What she considered one of the most important events of her lifetime was presiding over the MPE Centennial Convention in Cincinnati in 2003, where she was honored to introduce the guest artist for that gala event, her first cousin Harvey Schmidt, who was also honored for his musical creativity, genius and melodies from the musical theater world. He performed one of his best known compositions “Try To Remember” from the longest running Broadway musical of all times “The Fantasticks”. At this year’s MPE International Convention held in Sacramento, CA, in July, 2014, she received the MPE Lifetime Achievement Award, a well-deserved honor which she cherished.

Being raised in a musical family, Wynona and her three sisters and parents performed as a family orchestra while growing up in Waco with all of the sisters playing piano, woodwinds, strings and singing. She and her sisters continued all these years as frequent performers for various church groups and professional organizations with Wynona arranging all their musical scores. Wynona has been a lifetime musician whose parents began nurturing her musical talents with piano lessons at age three. She began as a church organist in the fourth grade playing for Junior Church at Austin Avenue Methodist Church. She was an accomplished pianist, organist, singer, clarinetist, choral director, and UIL choral music adjudicator.

Wynona and Don loved family traveling until the children were grown then continued that love of travel. They have been in all 50 states as well as 20 foreign countries. Wynona also had a passion for genealogy and much of her travels included research for the Lipsett and Wieting/Shaw lineages developing and maintaining extensive genealogy records as a result. Wynona is lovingly remembered as a loving and dedicated daughter, wife, mother, grand-mother, great-grandmother (Grammy), sister, niece, cousin, in-law, and friend. Many of her friends were life-long from childhood, school/college days and early career associations which have lasted her entire lifetime.

Wynona was preceded in death by her parents and infant brother John Frederick Wieting. She is survived by her husband Donald of Mexia, daughter Michelle Ray and husband David of Forney, TX, son Chuck Lipsett of Forney and daughter-in-law Cheryl Lipsett of Forney. Her beloved Grandchildren are Joshua Wilson and wife Charity, Cody Ray, Aaron Barber, Taylor Lipsett and wife Kathleen, Kaylee Luellen and husband Joseph; Great-Grandchildren Mariah Lipsett, Brynlee Luellen, and Mila Rae Lipsett (due in March 2015); sisters Marcia-Akal Wieting of Denver, CO; and twins Linda Lou McDonald and husband Larry of Gatesville, TX, and Sharon Sue Richardson of Axtel, TX; Brother-in-Law Gordon Lipsett and wife Carol of Richardson, TX; Sisters-in-Law Margaret Lindstrom of Ann Arbor, MI and Faye Cline of TX; many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, one aunt, Thresa Wieting of Houston, TX, and numerous colleagues and friends.

ACTIVE pallbearers will be: Joshua Wilson, Cody Ray, Aaron Barber, Taylor Lipsett, Joseph Luellen, Bubba Brumbelow, Larry McCarter, David Truss, and Jett Truss
HONORARY Pallbearers are: Jason McDonald, Harvey Schmidt, Bill Wieting, David W Wieting, Paul Wieting, and Roger Wieting
Special Family Thank You to Providence Hospice.
Memorial Contributions may be made to: Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation Memorials, c/o Beverly Abegg, 8 Phillips Dr., Westford, MA 011886-3409 or First United Methodist Church, 203 North Canton, Mexia, TX 76667.

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From Jenny Smith:

I cannot say enough about the impact that Wynona Wieting Lipsett had on Mu Phi Epsilon. And I know that it was only one part of her life. I count myself as lucky to know her as well as I did. We both took a Geology class at Baylor in 2004, and she encouraged me throughout my undergraduate years, as I changed from music to science, to believe in myself and pursue my truth.

We would talk in the hall about what we were learning in the class and it was honestly one of the things I will remember about her the most. She always had an appetite to learn. Many people knew her better than me, but I loved her and will remember her. Her bravery through these last few months was immeasurable. God bless her family, friends, and Mu Phi community as we move on without her. May you bless that choir above with your beautiful music and spirit.

We were pleased to have International President Rosemary Ames join us for Wynona’s service in January.



                   Rosemary with Jenny Smith








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The all-day conference at Baylor University in Waco was held on Saturday January 17, 2015. Collegiate hosts did an excellent job of putting on workshops and recital. There were representatives from each of the chapters in the SC2 district plus a delegate from Texas A&M. About 100 delegates attended.

Alison Jayroe, Chair, checks in Sandra McMillen











Education Panel: UNT grads Ashley Kimmel, Michelle Perez, Andrew Balettie >












< Dlaine Miley and Sandra McMillen - Finance/budgeting






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The conference began with a welcome from Baylor faculty advisor Dr. Jean Boyd and a choice of workshops in the morning; lunch at the student center; two workshops in the afternoon; and a recital featuring members from all chapters. Several newly-minted alumni members participated in panels and workshops, sharing experiences and encouraging collegiates to affiliate with an alumni chapter after graduation.

Alumni members from Dallas contributed to workshops such as:
- Discussion on Alumni activities
- Education – Experiences of a new teacher
- Building and running a professional studio
- Financial know-how for chapters

Ashley Kimmel coordinated the workshops. Jenny Smith, VP/Collegiate Advisor led a memorial service to honor Wynona Lipsett. An excellent student recital and sing-along of Mu Phi songs ended the conference.

Scholarship

Don’t forget to remind collegiates that you know that Collegiate Mu Phis in the SC2 region can apply for a $500 scholarship offered by Mu Phi Epsilon Dallas Alumni. Deadline is March 6. See info on our website: Scholarships tab.

Financial support for this project is greatly appreciated. If you are able to make a donation to help support our scholarship fund, contact Sandra McMillen or Phyllis Wilson.

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Condolences to Martha Peak on the loss of her husband, Preston.
Obituary:

Preston Peak (1922 - 2015) 92, passed away peacefully at his home in Dallas on Friday, December 26, 2014. He was preceded in death by his daughter Mary Lee Peak. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Martha Raley Peak, daughters Margaret Peak and Martha Peak Rochelle, son-in-law James A. Rochelle, and grand-daughters Katherine Rochelle and Rebecca Rochelle. Other survivors include his cousin William W. Peak and his brothers-in-law and their wives: Jack Raley and wife Lutetia and Bill Raley and wife Jo Ann. Preston was born to Clyde and Anna Mae Peak on April 25, 1922 in Greenville, Texas, where he lived until he went to college. He was graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1945. Follow-ing completion of active duty service in the Navy, he entered the Graduate Division of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania from which he received the M.B.A. degree. Returning to Texas in 1949, Preston joined the faculty of the SMU School of Business. In 1954, he became employed in the natural gas production and processing industry, serving as a corporate officer of two independent oil and gas companies, later as general partner of Dorchester Hugoton, Ltd. and most recently as a member of the Board of Managers of Dorchester Minerals, LP. Over the course of his career, he also served as a director of several investment firms and manufactur-ing companies. Preston faithfully attended the Tom Currie Bible Class at Highland Park Presby-terian Church for many years. He was a long time member of the Dallas Petroleum Club and the Dallas Country Club and served on the Board of Adjustment of the Town of Highland Park. Preston was devoted to his family, all of whom have a deep sense of loss and will greatly miss this wise, gentle and considerate man. He was a man of understatement in words and lifestyle. Preston was buried in a private service on December 31, 2014, at Sparkman Hillcrest Cemetery. A Memorial Service will be held at 2 pm on January 10, 2015, at Highland Park Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Joseph Rightmeyer officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the United States Naval Academy Foundation, 291 Wood Road, Beach Hall, Annapolis, MD 21402 or the Tom Currie Bible Class, Highland Park Presbyterian Church, 3821 University Blvd., Dallas, Texas 75205.

Congratulations to patron Basil Bouras for graduating from the University of North Texas with two degrees. He is now entering graduate school.

Judy Dardaganian fell on garage steps and injured her right hand, wrist and arm.

Mary Ann Taylor had an opinion article on the President's proposal to abolish community college fees accepted at the Dallas Morning News. You can see it at their website:
http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/latest-columns/20150123-maryann-taylor-run-from-obama-s-college-promise.ece

Phyllis Wilson's husband had heart bypass surgery at Baylor on Friday 1/31. The surgery was successful and he is doing well. We wish him a speedy recovery.

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February and March at the Library bring us a great lineup, particularly of outstanding violinists and pianists. Joseph Kingma played a wonderful program on Feb 1 including all the Chopin Op 10 Etudes.

Symphony violinist Eunice Keem will collaborate with pianist Anastasia Markina for the program on Feb 8. Outstanding violin students of Jan Sloman always amaze us – their program is Feb 15.




Joseph Kingma


We are pleased to welcome artists from out of town as well, like Dr. Cole Burger of Bowling Green State University who will perform with flautist Caen Thomason-Redus on February 22. They will perform seldom-heard works by African-American and African Diaspora composers, particularly William Grant Still.

Hye-young Song, piano, returns from rave reviews of last year on March 1 and talented Ensemble 75 founder Jonathan Tsay, piano, will replace Juyeon Kang on March 8th, as she is recovering from an injury. All superior performers! Be sure to find time in your schedule to attend with your friends and students.

Please volunteer to Susan Poelchau to help at Sunday concerts; we need someone on Feb 8, Feb 15, and March 22 as we will be shorthanded on those days. Check our website for bios and programs or last minute changes, or call Mary Williams if you have questions before attending a concert. Please invite students and friends to attend.


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
www.muphiepsilondallas.org/concert_series.htm
Click our Concert Series tab
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Mark your calendar now for Thursday, April 2 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.

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Contact Information
 
Electronic mail President/ General Information -
Ashley Kimmel: Ashley.kimmel12@gmail.com
Website - Mary Williams: mwilliamstxtravel@yahoo.com
Concert Series - Susan Poelchau: sdpoelchau@yahoo.com
 Membership - Lisa Beyer: lisamariestorm@gmail.com
Programs - Tena Hehn - tenahehn@sbcglobal.net and Mary Ann Taylor - mtaylor7@gmail.com
Mu Phi Epsilon http://www.muphiepsilon.org