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It’s the middle of summer and almost 100 degrees as I sit down to write to you. My summer has been full of music activities from attending a Presbyterian music camp at Mo-Ranch, to accompanying a musical for a week-long music camp, to filling in as the pianist at a United Methodist service, to a intense 4-day handbell event, to conducting the adult choir when the “real directors” are away, to singing in a big patriotic program. In addition, I was fortunate to attend a production of “Man of La Mancha”, “Menopause, the Musical”, an outdoor concert at the Arboretum and entertain out-of-town family for a week. To top it off, my husband and I are leaving July 31 for an almost 3-week vacation to celebrate our 50th anniversary (official date was March 13), which includes a Viking river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam!!!

However, my summer hasn’t been any busier than yours, I am sure. I say all this to encourage you to reflect on the many blessings we have each day to live in an area that offers so many wonderful musical opportunities. You could probably attend a fine musical performance in the metroplex every day, only limited by our purse strings and our energy.

I do try to give back as well as take in. Some of my giving is without compensation and other times I receive income. No matter our age or our level of ability, music is our friend and our gift we can give to others.
Members of Mu Phi Epsilon Dallas Alumni Chapter, we are going to have a great 2015-16 year. We are blessed with much talent, many gifts to share and a splendid organization to help us filter those assets into making the world a better place through music.

I know many of you are busy planning programs, hostesses, locations and repertoire. In addition, I am delighted the Ways and Means Committee with Andrew’s leadership are formulating ideas for fund raising. Thanks for all your planning and hard work. I would like to encourage each of you to find your niche and get involved in the chapter this year.

To our newer members: I congratulate you on bringing fresh ideas, new interests and contagious energy to our meetings.

To our seasoned members: join the lively discussions, stir in some wisdom and help us remember our values of music, friendship and harmony.

Let’s be the chapter every other chapter looks to for that forward-thinking mentality. Our first meeting September 12 is an opportune time to invite a friend (Mu Phi or not) (a musical “snob” or not) to gather with all of us to welcome in the new year with food, friendship and fraternity fun!!

Enjoy the remainder of your summer.

Phyllis Wilson, President


Quote from Sergei Rachmaninoff, born on April 1, 1873:
"Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music." 

Ways and Means
Andrew Balettie is heading up the Ways and Means Committee with members Ashley Kimmel, Claudia Jameson, Sandra Mcillen, Walteria Bethea, Virginia Hadzic and Mary Williams.
They met this summer and generated some ideas for Concert program revenue including enhanced publicity, program ads, donation feasibility, and spring fund-raising project. They recommended that each member donate at least $5 to our scholarship fund.

International Artist Rachel Brandwein will be here January 16-17 for the District Meeting at TCU. Jenny Smith will book her into Landreth Hall for a concert and advise Dallas Alumni how to help. Her housing is taken care of and her $200 fee will be reimbursed from International. She will require transportation.

Sandra McMillen is collecting dues for 2015-16.

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)

Send a check to Sandra. Her address is in the yearbook, or contact her at:

Special Elections
We are pleased to be able to initiate two wonderful musicians as Special Elections this year:
Lisa Beyer -
Nathaniel Earhart -

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.


Program and location planning is in progress and details will be posted as they become available. Put these dates on your calendar. Please volunteer to co-host and if possible, perform on a program.

If you are part of a group, have something you can perform, know of someone who would like to perform or bring an ensemble, know or can do a music history lecture for us, contact Megan Carfa now as she is arranging programs for the year -

Please invite Mu Phis in the Dallas area who might like to attend our meetings. We welcome you!

September: A New Year
Sat Sep 12 - 11 am

Host: Mary Williams
Co-host: Megan Carfa
Co-host: Walteria Bethea

Program: BOOK REVIEW of: "A Day for Dancing: the life and music of Lloyd Pfautsch"
by Dr. Kenneth W. Hart, author
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 has served as State Chair, Dean and Sub-Dean for Dallas AGO chapter. His bio is pages long; I will trim it down for the meeting.
Dr. Hart will bring books for sale.

October: Fall Fun
Mon Oct 12 - 7 pm

Host: Pat Hill
Co-host: Sandra McMillen
Co-host: Phyllis Wilson
Program: Nathaniel Earhart, guitar
Lisa Beyer, cello

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

February: Joint Meeting with SAI
Mon Feb 8 - 7:00 pm

Place: Collora Piano, 1451 Wycliff Ave., Dallas, TX
SAI hosts
Program: Recorder Program, Andrew Balettie on Saxaphone, Music from Phi Tau Alum Sam Melnick

March: Senior Songs
Sat March 12 - 10 am

Monticello West Senior Center
Program: Walteria Bethea, soprano and others (please volunteer)

April: Honoring Collegiates
Date/Time: Saturday, April 16 - 11 am

Lovers Lane UMC Parlor
Program: Scholarship Winners and collegiates perform
Co-hosts: All members

May: Mon May 9
(only if we cannot meet in January)


April Meeting

We welcomed collegiates to our April meeting. Scholarship winners were announced:

Brittany Bonner, oboe - Baylor University, $500 Scholarship Winner. Bethany was not able to perform due to surgery needed at that time.

Collin Boothby, organ - Texas Christian University, $350 Special Award presented by Sandra McMillen.



Blake Jennings (bass) sang Il Lacerato Spirito from "Simon Boccanegra" by G. Verdi, accompanied by Collin Boothby.

Collin Boothby (organ) played Praeludium in A minor, BuxWV 153 by Dieterich Buxtehude and Allegro from Trio Sonata in Eb BWV 525 by JS Bach

Dwight Dixon Jr. (saxophone) played Aeolian Song by Warren Benson accompanied by Michael Fowler.



A Brass Quintet from UNT also played









May Meeting

The chapter met on Tuesday, May 12 at 7 pm at the home of Sylvia Taylor.

Performing were Walteria Bethea, mezzo-soprano who sang Songs of Goethe & Langston Hughes,

and Sylvia Taylor, piano who played Sonata, K 331, 1st movement, by Mozart.

The following officers were installed:
President: Phyllis Wilson -
VP/Membership: Ashley Kimmel -
Treasurer: Sandra McMillen -
Secretary: Susan Poelchau -
Corresponding Secretary/Sunshine: Frances Estes
Chorister/Programs: Megan Carfa -
Chaplain: Pat Suitt -
Steward: Jenny Smith -

Committees Chairs:
Concert Series: Susan Poelchau -
Scholarships: Ashley Kimmel -
Webmaster/Yearbook/Newsletter: Mary Williams -
Historian: Mary Williams - and Virginia Hadzic
Patrons: Pat Hill -
SERV hours: Walteria Bethea -
Ways and Means: Andrew Balettie
Notification/Telephone: Susan Poelchau and Tena Hehn


Welcome back to Nancy Laine, former Dallas member who is returning from San Antonio,

Nancy Laine
Piano, organ

In April Claudia Jameson performed at Buzzbrews Classical Open Mic Tuesdays! Presented by, Claudia made her debut singing two Spanish songs by Manuel de Falla. Brava!

Kimla Beasley has also performed with OpenClassical - more to come.

Longtime member Karen Sailor died May 2. Sandra McMillen reported: "I will miss my wonderful friend and Mu Phi Epsilon sister. We bonded immediately on meeting and shared much great music and fellowship. She would have been a 50 year member of MPE this year. She was a true educator and connected students with more than just the music. She opened the door to the fact that music was a part of all elements of education."

Sheila Moore Piper is looking for a chapter home since her Houston Chapter deactivated years ago. She joined Mu Phi years ago as a Collegiate member at Southern University, Beta Zeta Chapter in Baton Rouge. Originally from Dallas, Sheila has been living in Houston for a long time. She would like to make a meeting in the fall of 2015. She taught Choir/ General Music to ages K- 12 for 14 years in the school system until August 2013. She is now in the Music Business as a Recording Artist with a single/album that has gone global around the world. She looks forward to meeting some Dallas Mu Phis soon!
Sheila Moore Piper,

President Phyllis Wilson reported on July 27:
“Our Dallas member Nickie Wilbanks died Saturday morning. Her husband, Rev. Tom Wilbanks, called me last evening with the information. Her condition worsened during the past month. She called me about a month ago and we had a nice conversation.
The memorial service was August 4 at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Mesquite. We had been long time friends and she had been in Mu Phi 67 years.”

Frequent performer on our Concert Series, Kristie Janczyk, received her DMA from Arizona State Univ. Congratulations to Kristie! We wish her all the best in her future career and know she will do well. She was such an audience favorite at the Library recitals.


Susan Poelchau has some great performers scheduled for our 2015-2016 series. See the complete concert schedule on the Concert Series page. Click on Performers or Programs for more information. Share this schedule with students and friends. Check our website for bios - Performers - and programs or late minute changes - Programs - or call Mary Williams before attending a concert. More updates are posted as they are received.

We need some volunteers to help out at the library concerts on Sunday afternoons. Contact Susan Poelchau if you are able to come -

Sunday Concert Series 2015-2016

Sep 27 - Kevin Ayesh, piano
Oct 4 - Laura Salfen, flute; Gary Fair, clarinet; and Zachary Ridgway, piano
Oct 11 - Jooyoung Kim, piano
Oct 18 - Daniel Kelly, trumpet
Oct 25 - Young-Hyun Cho and Fenia Chang, duo-piano
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
Jan 31 - Julee Kim Walker, flute; Brian Walker, trumpet; and Ekaterina Chernaya-Oh, piano
Feb 7 - Kimla Beasley, soprano and Walteria Bethea. mezzo-soprano
Feb 14 - Violin students of Jan Sloman
Feb 21 - Emerald (Hanhan) Li, piano
Feb 28 - Heather Hawk, soprano and Leslie Spotz, piano
Mar 6 - Hye-Young Song, piano
Mar 13 - Abilene Chamber Players – Peter Isaacson, violin; Charles Coltman, clarinet; Peter Neubert, viola; Kristin Isaacson, cello; and Leslie Spotz, piano
Apr 3 - Caen Thomason-Redus, flute and Cole Burger, piano
Apr 10 - Jonathan Tsay, piano
Apr 17 - Logan/Walters Harp Duo: Laura Logan Brandenburg and Jeff Walters
Apr 24 - Rio Brazos Ensemble: Karen Ferrer, Alice Derbyshire and Peggy Turner, recorders

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.


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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