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Ashley's Aspirations

Greetings everyone,

I begin this year with reflection. It’s a powerful tool for many parts of your life, both professional and personal. As I ruminate upon my time as a member of Mu Phi, it is difficult to choose the most influential memories. So much has happened since my time as a candidate for membership to being inducted as president of this chapter. My fondest memories include camping with brothers and sisters, playing capture the flag at UNT, and participating in many moving initiations. The common thread that connects each memory is the bond I formed with many wonderful people.

I share this with all of you to prompt you to do the same: reflect on your time in the Fraternity, whether it be a few months or 50 years. What moments do you treasure the most? What is your common thread? Now look forward, keeping those treasured memories in mind. As we plan our year, think of what you want to accomplish and where you want to go. What path can we take to create new memories that we will forever cherish?

The most beautiful thing about Mu Phi is that each chapter is uniquely crafted based on its membership. This is our chapter. So here is where we start our brand new year. What do you want it to be?

Collaboration is key to our success and I’m excited to hear your thoughts and reflections in the weeks leading to our first meeting!

With love,
Ashley Bouras, President



Saturday, September 17 - 10 AM - 8:30 PM
The Dallas Alumni, Denton Alumni, and Phi Tau Chapters present harpist, Ms. Rachel Brandwein!

She is the winner of the 2014 Mu Phi Epsilon International Solo Competition and is a world renowned artist and performer. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear some amazing music!

The Master Class will begin at 10 am, hosted by Dr. Jaymee Haefner and the UNT Harp Studio.

The Recital will start at 6:30 pm in Voertman Hall, 415 Avenue C, Denton.
It is free and open to the public. Bring your friends and enjoy.


Tena Hehn and Mary Ann Taylor are scheduling our programs for this year. Note the theme of "Celebration" or "Celebrating..." -- Founders Day, Friendship (SAI in Feb), and others. Please volunteer to perform at a meeting or co-host. If you are assigned to co-host (bring food) for a meeting and can't come, trade dates with someone else.

Please invite Mu Phis in the Dallas area who might like to attend our meetings. We welcome you! See the complete list of meetings for the year on the Meetings page.

September: Celebrating a New Season

Saturday September 10 – 11 am
Host: Mary Williams
Location: Chimneyhill Clubhouse – 9223 Emberglow – just off Abrams Rd north of LBJ
Co-hosts: (need a helper to set up)
Potluck lunch – bring your favorite lunch dish to share (bring a little extra for guests)
Speaker: “The Impact of Youth Orchestra in the Music World”
Rev. Charles R. Moore, retired manager of Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra


October: Celebrating Fall

Monday 0ctober 10 – 7 pm
Host: Sylvia Taylor
Co-Hosts: Phyllis Wilson; Zelda Hantz, Sandra McMillen
Program: Sylvia Lerch, piano
Tena Hehn and Nancy Laine, duo-piano|



Help our chapter support International artist Rachel Brandwein’s harp concert here September 17 at UNT. Her housing is taken care of and her $200 fee will be reimbursed from International. Bring friends!

Send her flyer (that you received by email) to friends and students. Share on Facebook the notice posted on the MuPhiEpsilonDallas Facebook page. (LIKE US to get the page regularly.)



Sandra McMillen reminds everyone that our dues for 2016-17 are payable in April and/or May for the year beginning in September. See the Yearbook page 30 or ask Sandra if you have questions about what to pay.

We are publishing our yearbook for the year in time for our first meeting on Sept 10 - and Sandra has to pay our International dues right after that. But it is never to late to pay your dues and join our chapter.


New Officers

The following officers were installed at the April meeting:
   President - Ashley Bouras
   Vice President - Lisa Beyer
   Treasurer - Sandra McMillen
   Recording Secretary - Susan Poelchau
   Corresponding Secretary- Frances Estes
   Chorister - Mary Ann Taylor (with assistance from Tena Hehn)
   Steward - Jenny Smith
   Chaplain - Pat Suitt
   Historian - Mary Williams


Scholarship Fund

Thanks to many members for generous contributions to our Scholarship Fund. With interest rates as low as they are, we still need to build up this fund and more contributions are welcome. Send your check to Sandra McMillen, specifying what it is for.

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 for either one, you may donate directly to Mu Phi Epsilon International; mail your check made to Mu Phi Epsilon with a letter of explanation of what is to go for and our chapter. Mail to International Executive Office – Mark Gehrke, PO Box 1369, Fort Collins, CO 80522.  Questions?
There is now a form you may use to send with your contribution to help keep contributions straight: Click here for form.

Or for the Concert Series 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.


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.


March - Monticello West

We had a large, appreciative audience for our annual visit to this senior residence. Our singers, pianists and singalong were well-received.

Performers included Phyllis Wilson, Walteria Caldwell, Kimla Beasley, Claudia Jameson, Susan Poelchau and Nancy Laine.

April – Collegiate Meeting

We welcomed collegiates and guests to our April meeting.

Scholarship winner Nathan Ryland, pianist from Phi Tau chapter at UNT accepted his award of $500 from Ashley Kimmel Bouras and played for us.

Also performing were John Pickett, French horn from UNT -

and the Tarleton Singers from Tarleton University in a great program.

Certificates of membership in Mu Phi Epsilon were awarded to Tena Hehn – 50 years, and Mary Williams – 60 years, by President Phyllis Wilson.


Walteria Caldwell will be singing the role of Amneris in Atlanta (Duluth, GA) November 19th with Diversita Opera Arts Company's Aida in Concert. She sent a message saying that she will be inactive this coming year due to her work in Georgia with her non-profit opera company. She would also like to visit her son Jason at Oberlin where he will be attending with a generous assistance package. Jason is a super football player and Walteria hopes to make some games. Congratulations Jason! She regretted that scheduling conflicts this last year limited her Mu Phi participation.

Wynona Lipsett's daughter, Michelle, contacted us to say her father, Don Lipsett had passed away July 26th. He had fallen about 2 months before and broke a hip and later fell again after some recovery. The second time he did not break any bones but just never seemed to bounce back. He was 92. The service was in the same church as Wynona's service, First UMC in Mexia, Texas. Phyllis Wilson attended and our chapter sent a card to the family addressed to Michelle.

Patron Basil Bouras announced that he is "beyond excited to formally announce I have accepted an assistant band director position at North Mesquite High School. I could not be more thrilled to begin my long journey in this business with such supportive colleagues and the Big Blue Family." Way to go Basil!

Claudia Jameson's son William graduated in Electrical Engineering from Harvard and has accepted a job in Chicago. Congratulations William!

Sheila Moore Piper, our Houston member, is leaving Texas and will not be renewing her membership. We are sorry that Sheila didn’t make it to Dallas this year.

Mary Williams’ children gave her a “Blooming Bed” at the Arboretum for her 80th birthday. Look for it on the main street north of the DeGolyer house. She is delighted!


Susan Poelchau has lined up some great performers for our 2016-2017 series – our 80th year of providing free concerts to the public – completely volunteer.

See the complete season on the Concert Series page as well as bios and programs or late minute changes.

We hope each member will assist at least one Sunday during our 19-concert season. We need one extra person for Oct 16 and for Nov 7 to help out at the library. Contact Susan Poelchau to volunteer to come on one of those dates - Please share the schedule with students and friends. Come and hear some great music and support our chapter project.

Mu Phi Epsilon and the
Dallas Public Library
Concert Series 2016-2017

Oct 2

Abilene Chamber Players: Charles Coltman, clarinet; Peter Neubert, viola, Kristin Isaacson, cello and Leslie Spotz, piano
Oct 9 Young-Hyun Cho, piano
Oct 16 Jason Zhang, piano
Oct 23 North Dallas Trombone Choir – Phil Graham, conductor
Oct 30
Xiao Wang and Friends: Xiao Wang, piano; Eldred Marshall, piano; Laura Pillman, flute and Chaofu Tian, saxophone
Nov 6 Sheng-hsin Lin, clarinet and Ben Allred piano
Nov 13 Harp Society presents Katherine Siochi, harp
Nov 20 Nathan Ryland, piano

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.


Mu Phi Epsilon International

Fran Irwin

We remember with sadness the passing of past president Fran Irwin who died April 16, 2016. Fran was International President from 2003-2011 and International 2nd VP 1992-1995.

Fran received her Bachelor of Music Education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where she was a member of the renowned Duquesne University Tamburitzans, performing concerts of Balkan music in the U.S. and Europe. She was a voice major, organ minor. She received her Master and Doctorate of Music Education degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. She was a MENC Nationally Certified Music Educator and was a music specialist at Webster Groves, MO Public Schools. She received the Emerson Electric Excellence in Teaching Award and gave presentations on Balkan music at the local, state and international levels.

Fran was also a freelance musician and former Executive Director of United Nations Association-St. Louis. She published A History of Tamburitza Music in the St. Louis Area; Balkan Melodies for the Accordion and World Melodies for the Accordion (Mel Bay Publications)


Board Meeting

The International Executive Board met this summer to take care of organization business: Charlotte Brown, Ruth Cuccia, Rosemary Ames, Janet Scott, Jenny Smith and Kayla Lisa. Back: Mark Gehrke, Melissa Eddy.


The next convention will be in Denver - July 26-30, 2017; put it on your calendar.

The International Executive Office is now managed by Mark Gehrke.
P.O. Box 1369 | Fort Collins, CO 80522-1369  Phone: 888-259-1471



Go to the International website and check it the great website! 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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