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November, wow!
As you look at your calendar, be sure November 10 is marked as Mu Phi meeting day, 7:00 pm at Pat Suitt’s home!!! We will be remembering our Founders AND welcoming two new members into our chapter by special election. Nathaniel Earhart and Lisa Marie Storm will be installed by the Phi Tau Chapter at the meeting. Founders’ Day pennies = $1.12.

I offered a challenge at the last meeting to all of us. During the 2015-16 year, I would like to see each one of us attend at least one concert at the Library. A few people are also needed to assist with hosting the concert. Please respond to Susan Poelchau or Mary Williams if you can help on one Sunday when they need to be away. November 15 is the last concert (Jeffrey Ou, piano) until the new year. Remember parking is available in the parking garage under the library and the free concerts are of the highest quality. Bring a friend.

In addition, please think of someone and/or a business that might become a patron of the library series. Our chapter has received several awards for this series and rightly so, but it is OUR project. Not Mary and Susan’s project, so let’s roll up our sleeves and get busy.

Wynona Lipsett’s daughter, Michelle, brought three boxes of goodies from her mom’s treasures to share with you. The items include: purple violet dishes, Mu Phi Epsilon books and scrapbooks, Mu Phi t-shirts, a canvas bag, and numerous Mu Phi pins. I would like to display those items some way so you could view them and choose if you would like a remembrance to keep. I will bring them to the next meeting.

November is wedding month for Ashley Kimmel (our District Director) and Basil Bouras (one of our patrons). Congratulations to both of you and many years of making beautiful music together!!

November is the month we celebrate Thanksgiving. I give thanks for all of you and the commitment you make to the Dallas Alumni Chapter in saying, “we want this chapter to move forward and be strong for the future”. I give thanks for our founders, Dr. Sterling and Elizabeth Fuqua, and the Fraternity they founded on November 13, 1903! I hope to see all of you on November 10, 2015. 112 years and counting!!

Phyllis Wilson, President


Upcoming Meetings

November: Remembering Our Founders
Tues Nov 10 - 7 pm

Host: Pat Suitt
Co-host: Susan Poelchau
Co-host: Virginia Potcinske
Program: Happy Birthday to (Pat Suitt's) Sohmer Piano #43572 (1915)
Sonata for cello and Piano, Op. 109, movement II:Andante (pub. 1916) by Faure
   Gretchen Nichols, cello and Pat Suitt, piano
En blanc et noir: I Avec emportement (1915) by Debussy
Ritual Fire Dance (1915) by de Falla/Braggiotti
   Susan Poelchau and Pat Suitt, duo-pianists

January: Tooting into the New Year
Mon Jan 11 - 7 pm

Host: Sylvia Taylor
Co-host: Ashley Kimmel
Co-host: Tena Hehn
Performance: Orff Lecture – Ashley Kimmel


Though generous contributions have been made to our Scholarship Fund for this year that will cover our $500 scholarship in spring, we still need to build up this fund and more contributions are welcomed. Send your check to Sandra McMillen, specifying what it is for.

We have also had a small contribution to our concert series and could use more funds for that. Money is needed for several piano tunings and for printing programs during the year. To get a tax credit you may donate directly to Mu Phi Epsilon International; mail your check made to Mu Phi Epsilon with a letter of explanation to International Executive Office – Jenny Maeda, PO Box 1369, Fort Collins, CO 80522. Or you may send a check made to Friends of the Library. Send to Friends of the Library, J. Erik Jonsson Library, 1515 Young St., Dallas TX 75201 specifying it is for the Mu Phi Epsilon Concert Series.

2015-16 yearbooks have been distributed at the Oct meeting or mailed. If you are a paid member and did not receive one, contact Mary Williams. If you are behind paying dues, it’s not too late. Send to Sandra McMillen.

For those wanting to apply for grants and scholarships through our Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, there is a December 31 deadline. See the website at

We would like to contact members with a meeting reminder by phone or if possible, text message. Contact Phyllis Wilson to volunteer to contact members before meetings - easy and quick job. Tena Hehn will help with that but we need one or two more.


International Artist Rachel Brandwine, harpist, will be here January 16-17 for the District Meeting at TCU. She is booked into Landreth Hall for a concert. Put this weekend on your calendar. She will require transportation while here.

Harpist Rachel Brandwein is the Winner of the 2014 Mu Phi Epsilon International Solo Competition. From 2014-2016 she is under management as Concert Artist and is performing throughout the United States. Rachel is Adjunct Faculty in Music at Luther College, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Harp at the College of Saint Benedict & Saint John's University, and also teaches at Mount Calvary Academy of Music. Among her performance and composition accomplishments are first prizes and grants in numerous regional and national competitions sponsored by the American Harp Society and the American String Teachers Association, as well as Mu Phi Epsilon.

A featured soloist at the Ninth World Harp Congress in Dublin, Ireland, Rachel also toured China with the Juilliard Orchestra. Since moving from New York to Minneapolis in the fall of 2012, she has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra and Vocal Essence. In the fall of 2013, Rachel embarked on a nine state, fifteen concert tour with Trio Matisse (flute, harp, cello) as part of the Allied Concert Services Tours and is continuing to perform with the trio. She enjoys giving recitals of original and arranged works with her trombone partner, Dr. David Peterson, as the Branderson Duo. They were awarded a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and in 2015 will premiere a commissioned work by Dr. Paul Salerni.

By invitation from The American Harp Society Rachel performed a full recital of her own music at the 2014 National Conference in New Orleans. She has presented her works on the Composer's Concerts at The Juilliard School and at Stony Brook University's Composer Concert Recital Series. In addition, her compositions have been performed at the University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, Kansas State University, and at Interlochen Center for the Arts where Rachel serves on the harp faculty for the summer camp programs.

Rachel earned degrees from the University of Michigan (BM), The Juilliard School (MM), and Stony Brook University (DMA). She studied harp and French for one year in Paris and Lyon, France. After performing at her doctoral commencement, Rachel was awarded the prestigious Ackerman Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies for "excellence in performance and pedagogy." Rachel's goal as a teacher is to help each student appreciate and fulfill his or her artistic potential with confidence, creativity, and dedication.

Special Elections

We are excited to initiate two Special Elections (ceremony conducted by members of the Phi Tau chapter at UNT) at the November meeting:

Lisa (Storm) Beyer is a native Oklahoman, who moved to Texas to attend Southern Methodist University and earn degrees in Music Education and Cello Performance. She teaches elementary music in Plano ISD, and is very excited to have joined the team at Gulledge Elementary this year. She loves to sing, dance, play cello, and eat ice cream. Although, sweets are her favorite, Lisa enjoys cooking and eating all kinds of food and never hesitates to try new dishes. She has spent the last two summers taking Orff levels I and II and Kodaly Levels I and II. Next summer she will finish her certification in both Orff and Kodaly. For the 2015 TMEA Convention, Lisa was chosen by Dr. Julie Scott (SMU Professor) to help develop and co-present the workshop, “Transitioning from Student to Teacher: Where’s My Place?” They discussed the process of transitioning to full-time teacher from the perspectives of student teacher, cooperating teacher, and professor. When she has free time she loves to perform on her cello, and she recently played in a new concert series, Classic Blend, at Union Coffee shop. Her other hobbies include reading and relaxing at home with her husband, Samuel, and their two cats, Berlioz and Toulouse.

Nathaniel Earhart was raised in the small town of Hillsboro, Texas. He first experienced music hands on at age 5 through classical piano lesson. After six years he quit his formal piano training to pursue the guitar. Nathaniel was self-taught in popular music for the next seven years until he was introduced to classical guitar by former Hill College instructor Stacy Arnold. In the summer of 2008, less than a year later, he began his studies with world class performer and teacher, Robert Guthrie. That fall he transferred from the local community college to Southern Methodist University, where he spent the next two and a half years studying both music and guitar intensively in the Meadows School of the Arts. Nathaniel graduated in December 2010 from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Music in Guitar performance, and in May 2013 from SMU with a Masters of Music in Guitar performance, on a full tuition artistic scholarship. He is currently working on a Performers Diploma from SMU also on a full tuition scholarship, candidate for graduation in May 2016. He teaches at Hill College and several other colleges as Adjunct faculty member.


You can “Like” the Dallas Alumni Chapter on Facebook to keep up with messages and events. Type it in within Facebook, or click on Members can post their own performances there as well.


September Meeting

We met at Chimneyhill Clubhouse, with Mary Williams host and Megan Carfa and Walteria Bethea Caldwell co-hosting. All members brought a great lunch.

< Phyllis Wilson and Dr. Kenneth Hart

Dr. Kenneth Hart gave an interesting presentation on the life and career of Dr. Lloyd Pfautch, complete with old photos and samples of Dr. Pfautch’s choral music.

Dr. Hart is now President of SMU Retired Faculty Association; he was Director of Graduate program in Sacred Music at SMU from 1987-2005 where he knew Dr. Pfautsch. He served as State Chair, Dean and Sub-Dean for Dallas AGO chapter. He wrote the book: A Day for Dancing: the life and music of Lloyd Pfautsch and brought books for sale.

< Photo of Edie and Lloyd Pfautsch’s wedding in 1946.

Jenny Smith introduced the new MPE logo and website and presented Ashely Kimmel with her award for District Director of the year. Congratulations Ashley!


October Meeting

Thanks to hostess Pat Hill and co-hostesses Sandra McMillen and Phyllis Wilson for providing a welcome space and delicious goodies.

Megan Carfa introduced Lisa Beyer, who played the Suite No. 1 for Cello by JS Bach.

Guitarist Nathaniel Earhart played selections by Villa-Lobos and Sevilla by Albeniz, followed by the Taos Suite by SMU professor Robert Guthrie.

Both candidates are area music teachers and spoke to us about their backgrounds and current positions. (More about them further on.)

We welcomed guest Donna Solberg, a former music teacher at James Hogg Elementary.


Jenny Smith presented a program featuring "Music, Math, & Science" for the Lecture Luncheon Club of Dallas. The LL members loved her presentation. Sandra McMillen is the program chairman and received numerous highly positive comments about her presentation. Jenny presented this program to our chapter a year ago.

Sandra and Phil McMillen celebrated their 50th Anniversary in August with a big family dinner party. Congratulations!

Cynthia Wadley is doing well at her assisted living facility in Bryan, TX and is grateful for any calls, contacts or emails.

Contact the President or webmaster for these changes and additions of contact information:
Change address of Ashley Kimmel and Basil Bouras
They will celebrate their wedding Nov 28 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. We all wish them the best!

   Lisa Beyer – cello

   Nathaniel Earhart – guitar

   Sheila Moore Piper

We remember our sister Karolyn Klein Sailer: Epsilon Epsilon and Dallas Alumni, born July 1945 – died May 1, 2015.

Karolyn graduated from Texas Christian University with a BA in Music Education, and received her MA in Choral Conducting from the University of New Mexico. She taught in Albuquerque and Grants, New Mexico, before moving back to Texas where she taught in Duncanville and Spring Town. She ended her career in Clovis, New Mexico. She was an adjunct professor at New Mexico State - Grants and the Junior College in Clovis. A memorial service honoring Karolyn K. Sailer was held on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Living Word Church of God in Street Clovis, NM.

From Sandra McMillen: Karolyn's  career included elementary classroom music, middle school and high school choirs and Showchoir. She founded the first orchestra program for Cedar Hill ISD (TX) and founded a Guitar Class in a Clovis New Mexico ISD Middle School. She was also an active Church musician wherever she lived. Karolyn maintained her membership in the Dallas Alumni chapter after moving to Springtown and Clovis. Karolyn was a very active member when living in the Dallas area. She came to as many meetings possible after moving to Springtown. She made many friends in Dallas and kept in touch via the chapter newsletter. She battled breast cancer for 20 years. Her sons are both fine musicians and the music tradition continues with her grandchildren.

Karolyn was one of my dearest friends. She would have been a 50 member of MPE this year. She told me that qualifying for membership in MPE was especially important to her because she had to work hard to meet the high GPA requirements. I do know that MPE was much more important, to her, than Tau Beta Sigma.

Concert Series

Please think of how you can participate in this maintaining this series.
- We need some volunteers to help out at the library concerts on Sunday afternoons.
  Contact Susan Poelchau if you are able to come -
- We could use someone to distribute concert schedule posters to residences in the downtown area.
- We could use someone to send publicity to news outlets (done online).
- We could use someone to find us some business who would like to be patrons
  (and get notice in our programs and on our Facebook page)
- We could use a new chairperson as of next year, as Susan would like to retire.
- Attend these wonderful performances when you can and bring your friends.
- Share concert information on Facebook.

Check our website - – for bios and programs that are updated as they are received. Remaining concerts this fall:
Nov 1 - Vivace Singers – Brookhaven College; Melody Gamblin-Bullock, conductor
Nov 8 - Duo Azul: Hye-Young Song and Amy Gustafson, duo piano
Nov 15 - Jeffery Ou, piano

Should you ever think our concert series is not worth doing, please read the following letter we recently received:

Dear Ms. Williams:

I am a Music Instructor at El Centro College, and I would like to take a moment and thank you and Mu Phi Epsilon for providing your concert series. I teach Music Appreciation and require my students to view concerts and write reports based on the experience. The free concerts provide an opportunity for the students to attend a live performance, particularly important for those with limited financial means. I have passed out your schedules every semester for numerous years and often hear back from students how much they enjoyed their experience.
Please know that the concert series is very appreciated.

Fayette J. Jones
Music Instructor
Arts and Science Division/C Bldg.
El Centro College, 801 Main Street, Dallas, Texas 75202

All concerts are FREE - on Sundays at 3 PM at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library First Floor Auditorium – 1515 Young St, Dallas. Reasonable parking is available in the Library garage entered from eastbound Wood Street behind the Library.

Schedule, programs and performer vitas are available as received. Check the Concert Series page.

Mu Phi Epsilon International

Mu Phi Epsilon has officially launched its new website! Head over to and check it out!

You are invited to go check out our new, improved, amazing site! Each member can make their own profile and make changes at any time to their status, contact information, and interests. If you are a member -- even a member who has not paid dues recently, you can still log in and reconnect. More functionality with this will be added later that will make this an even better tool for you to use moving forward. Alumni members will have the opportunity to pay dues for 2016-17 on this site.

Look for a message in your own email for a message from the Executive Office for your specific log in and password for your chapter (if you are a president). If you have any questions, contact Mark Gehrke, our new Secretary-Treasurer, at 1-888-259-1471.

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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