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We are so close to the end of our 2015-16 year!! My time as the President of the Dallas alums is quickly coming to a conclusion. I hope you read the proposed slate of new officers and will be prepared to vote at the March meeting at Monticello West on March 12. I have really enjoyed my tenure and feel a sense of pride for the progress we have all made together. We have increased our membership and I sense a renewed energy within our chapter. As we look forward to turning the reins over to a new set of officers, we have work to do as we continue our efforts to increase the scholarship fund and bring more revenue into our regular operating account. I believe we are up for the task.

This past year I have often urged us to stay connected and support our long-established concert series at the Dallas Public Library. There is still several Sundays you can do that before the season ends. Congratulations to our own Kimla Beasley and Walteria Caldwell for the wonderful program at the library on Sunday, February 7. We are so proud of you.

Your attendance at the March meeting is important, both for visiting with the residents and for your vote on the 2016-17 slate of officers. It is always a pleasure to share music with each other, but how rewarding music becomes when we share it with other persons outside our fraternity family. I know many of you share your talents during the year. Now is the time to remember to begin tallying your service hours. Be prepared to report your hours at the April meeting.

In closing, I would like to share a few sentences from an essay written in 2014 by a Baylor University Choral Conducting student, Timothy Brendler:

“We firmly hold to the fact that music has the most profound and long-lasting impact when it serves others. Our act of making music together has the greatest effect when it fosters faith, hope, compassion, and love. During times in which we experience feelings of estrangement, we are able to walk into the rehearsal, lift our voices in song, and express emotions that cannot be given voice by mere words. Music transcends our human understanding and is a healing balm...This community enables us to lean on each other and raise each other up.” [Or in Mu Phi Epsilon, we say, ‘With Music, Friendship and Harmony, our lives are filled with power]

My prayer is that we all come together to continue to keep the Dallas Alumni Chapter one of the strongest and most vibrant chapters internationally!!!!

All the best,

Phyllis Wilson, President


Upcoming Meetings

March: Senior Songs
Date/Time: Saturday, March 12 - 10 am

Location: Monticello West senior living home - 5114 McKinney Ave, Dallas
Program: Walteria Bethea Caldwell, soprano and others
Be thinking of some light music you might perform for appreciative residents of Monticello West
A short meeting will follow. Go out to lunch afterwards for those who want to go.
Contact Megan Carfa to volunteer.


April: Honoring Collegiates
Date/Time: Saturday, April 11 - 11 am
Lovers Lane United Methodist Church Parlor
9200 Inwood Rd, Dallas (first entrance off Inwood Road)

Program: Performance by winners of our Collegiate Scholarship and other collegiates
- Awarding of Collegiate Scholarship
- Installation of officers
Guests: Collegiates from several chapters
Pot luck luncheon: food brought by members
Co-hosts: All members


Election of Officers
The slate proposed by the Nominating Committee (consisting of Ashley Bouras, Mary Williams, Nancy Laine and Kimla Beasley) was as follows:
   President - Ashley Bouras
   Vice President - Lisa Beyer
   Treasurer - Sandra McMillen
   Recording Secretary - Susan Poelchau
   Corresponding Secretary- Frances Estes
   Chorister - Mary Ann Taylor
   Steward - Jenny Smith (for Founders Day Ceremony)
   Chaplain - Pat Suitt (for Founders Day Ceremony)
   Historian - Mary Williams
We will vote on these officers at the March meeting.

Scholarship Fund
Though generous contributions have been made to our Scholarship Fund for this year, we still need to build up this fund and more contributions are welcome. Send your check to Sandra McMillen, specifying what it is for. Thanks to all contributors.

We could use more funds for our concert series as well - for several piano tunings and for printing programs during the year.

To get a tax deduction, 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 – Mark Gehrke, PO Box 1369, Fort Collins, CO 80522.  E-mail: .
There is now a form you may use to send with your contribution: Click here for form.

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.

South Central District Conference
I have no information on the SC2 conference and recital of Rachel Brandwein at this time.


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.


January Meeting

 We met at the home of Sylvia Taylor where we heard an interesting presentation of the Orff method of teaching music presented by Ashley Bouras. We also participated in the activities the children would do and had lots of fun. Thanks Ashley!

Guests from the Phi Tau chapter joined us for the program and conducted the initiation ceremony for new member Nathaniel Earhart. Welcome Nathaniel!

Thanks to Sylvia and co-hosts Ashley Bouras and Tena Hehn.

February Meeting

We joined hosts SAI at Collora Piano for a delightful program, refreshments and renewed acquaintances.
Our chapter has a new recorder group! Claudia Jameson (far left) joined the group with singing on the last piece. Other performers were Ashley and Basil Bouras, Harald and Susan Poelchau, Virginia Hadzic and Lisa Beyer who played some delightful Renaissance and Baroque dances: La Bouree by Praetorius; Pavanne "Belle qui tens ma vie” by Arbeau; The Fairie-Round by Holborne and Balletto by Brunelle.


The group played some unusual recorders as well as the "normal" ones. Many thanks to Susan and Harald for researching and finding this music, organizing group practices and sharing this music and these instruments with us.

Completing this great program were SAIs Jennifer Hudson Kiser and Marlys Everitt Lindsey who sang four Brahms duets: Die Schwestern, Klosterfraulein, Phanomen and Die Boten de Liebe. They were accompanied by Betsy Groh Durnin (far left).


Mu Phi Lisa Beyer played the cello favorites The Swan from the “Carnival of the Animals” by Saint-Saens and Sicilienne by Faure, accompanied by Tena Hehn. SAI Barbara Reid finished with a piano solo of Chopin's Fantasie-Impromptu. Thanks to the performers, our SAI hosts and Collora Piano Co.


Please correct Nancy Laine’s zip code and Virginia Hadzic's new address and phone. Contact the president or webmaster to get it.

Though our attendance at concerts has been pretty good – we are not reaching the audiences we would like. Help us share these extraordinary programs with our community.
- We could use a new chairperson for the series as of next year, as Susan would like to retire.
- We could use someone to distribute concert schedule posters to residences in the downtown area and local libraries or bulletin boards.
- We need all our members to donate at least one Sunday per season to come to help at a concert. This is our CHAPTER project.
- Attend as many wonderful performances as you can and bring your friends.
- Please share concert information on your Facebook page. If you don’t have one, get one and share.

Own members Walteria Bethea Caldwell and Kimla Beasley presented the February 7th program with music composed by or made famous by African-American musicians. It featured a premier of a new work "Songs of a Prodigy" by Mario Sprouse, based on the life story and poetry of Phyllis Wheatley.

They are pictured here with accompanist Erik Barnes and composer Mario Sprouse. Thanks to all for the interesting and beautiful program.

We will not have concerts on Palm Sunday or Easter Sunday, but will have some excellent
ones coming up after that. Our final performers of this season are all accomplished musicians with great programs! Come and bring your friends.

Come to these remaining concerts:
March 13 - Abilene Chamber Players – Peter Isaacson, violin; Charles Coltman, clarinet; Kristin Isaacson, cello; and Leslie Spotz, piano
April 10 - Jonathan Tsay, piano
April 17 - Logan/Walters Harp Duo: Laura Logan Brandenburg and Jeff Walters
April 24 - Rio Brazos Ensemble: Karen Ferrer, Alice Derbyshire and Peggy Turner, recorders plus other players from the Dallas Recorder Society and the Cowtown Recorder Society in Fort Worth.

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



News about Delta Pi chapter - Tarleton: Many members are having junior and senior recitals this semester, if they haven't already done so. Any well wishes can be sent to them via email,!

They have exciting events coming up! On Easter Sunday, many of the members will be traveling to New York to sing at Carnegie Hall with the Tarleton Chamber Choir! This is a huge opportunity for both Mu Phi and Tarleton! A few members will be travelling to Italy this summer to perform and travel with the TSU jazz band! Both vocalists and instrumentalists will be participating in this trip.

From Phi Xi chapter - Baylor: Current Co-Vice President (and Past President) Brittany Bonner won the 2016 Baylor University School of Music Concerto Competition! Contestants must perform a complete solo concerto with orchestra, chamber orchestra, or wind ensemble with a minimum length of 12 minutes. She performed the Oboe Concerto by David Mullikin (1999) for the competition. The chapter could not be more proud! Brittany is a Senior Instrumental Music Education major. Several students entered in this competition, but only one winner was chosen through an intensive judging process. Congratulations to Brittany for this tremendous honor and accomplishment. Note: Brittany won our Dallas Mu Phi scholarship last year.

On February 2nd, the Phi Xi Chapter initiated NINE new pledges for candidacy for membership into Mu Phi Epsilon, and are very excited!


Mu Phi Epsilon International

Go to the International website and check it out! Make your own profile and make changes at any time to your 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. Direct any questions to Mark Gehrke, our new Secretary-Treasurer. E-mail:


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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