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Welcome to a New Year!

New Year’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. No matter the trials a person has faced, the first day of a New Year refills us with hope. Goals are set and resolutions are made, so we face the New Year with squared shoulders.

Often thinking about what we can improve in the New Year overwhelms us. For me, there’s my professional life, my home life, my friendships, my Fraternity responsibilities, my finances, my musicianship, my health… The list goes on and on. As I reflect on these topics and make my goals, I already start to anticipate my future failings. How on earth can I accomplish so many things in such a short period of time? A year goes so quickly! After wallowing for a bit in unnecessary sadness, I decided to shift my mindset from accomplish to aspire. Once this mentality switched, my goals began to morph. I resolved to focus on moments that carry me towards accomplishing goals and to appreciating the time spent with family and friends. While this New Year brings many busy events your way, don’t forget to stop and enjoy the love and music that surrounds you.

Many wonderful wishes for each of you,

With love,
Ashley Bouras, President


January: Celebrating Our Chapter
Tuesday Jan. 10 -- 7 pm
Host: Lisa Beyer
Location: 1910 Cap Rock Drive, Richardson
Co-Hosts: Tena Hehn, Fran Pearson
Program: Chapter Review
                 Lisa Beyer, cello
                 Ashley Bouras, clarinet

February: Music, Friendship, and Harmony with Sigma Alpha Iota
Monday Feb. 13 -- 7 pm
Collora Pianos, 1451 Wycliff Avenue, Dallas
Hosts: Our Chapter – bring plenty of food!
Coordinator: Nancy Laine
Program: Claudia Jameson, soprano
                 Mary Ann Taylor, flute, with Lindsey Angerbauer, harp
                 Nathaniel Earhart, guitar
                 SAI chapter members TBA


November: Celebrating Our Founders and Eric Satie

We met on Tuesday Nov 15 for our Founders Day Observance at the home of Pat Suitt. Co-hosts were Susan Poelchau and Jenny Smith.

We had an interesting program celebrating Erik Satie’s 150th birthday with notes from his life (he was an interesting man even in his own time!) and samples of his music.

Performers included Frances Estes, oboe and
Pat Suitt, piano

    Sylvia Taylor, piano

Guests Pierette Mouledous and Lisa Coleman

Tena Hehn, piano

The meeting opened with the program:
R. Vaughan Williams' Three English Folk Songs for English horn and piano, played by Frances Estes and Pat Suitt

An introduction to the life of Eric Satie by Pat Suitt

Gymnopedie #2 played by Frances Estes and Pat Suitt

Picturesque Child's Play performed by Sylvia Taylor and narrated by Pat Suitt

Selections from Pieces in the form of a pear performed by Pat Suitt and Sylvia Taylor, then by guests
Pierette Mouledous and Lisa Coleman.

The program closed with Gymnopedie #1 and remembrances of Satie by Tena Hehn.


You can the Dallas Alumni Chapter on Facebook to keep up with messages and events. Type MuPhiEpsilonDallas on the search line within Facebook, then click on LIKE US. You can post your own performances there as well. Thanks to the several people who are SHARING Mu Phi activities and Concert Series announcements with their own contact list. Word of mouth (or Facebook) is the best publicity.

Funding Projects

Several members have made donations for scholarships and the Concert Series. Thanks to all our donors so far! If you desire to donate, write a separate check made out to Mu Phi Epsilon with the recipient noted and give it to Sandra McMillen. She will then send forms to International so that a tax form can be sent to donors at the end of January. We need additional donations to the Concert Series fund as the little nest egg we had is depleted and we continue to incur expenses for piano maintenance and printing.

Ashley Bouras is looking into getting Arts Grant money fund some ads for the Concert Series on WRR-FM, which cost $65 per week.


Walteria Caldwell has been busy with her Diversita Opera Arts group over the holidays, singing roles in Amahl and the Night Visitors and in The Messiah.

Pat Hill received rehab at Presbyterian North in the months before Christmas for a heart condition. She is in process of selling her home and has moved to C.C. Young retirement home. Contact the webmaster for her  new address and phone.

Phyllis Wilson is moving; contact the webmaster for her address.

Andrew Balettie will be staying in the Dallas area and they expect a baby soon.

Ashley Bouras performed in Hansel and Gretel and Basil in the Dallas Wind Symphony.


We had some wonderful concerts this past fall and look forward to 11 more great concerts this spring, beginning with excellent pianist from Tarleton (and Mu Phi), Leslie Spotz.

She kicks off the spring portion on January 29th at 3 pm with this program:
     Sonata in C major, Op. 53 “Waldstein” by Ludwig van Beethoven
     Minerva, Op. 11 No. 4 by Andrew Anderson
     Iberia, Vol. I, by Isaac Albéniz
       El Puerto
       Fête-Dieu à Séville
     Scherzo in B flat minor Op. 31
by Frédéric Chopin

Be sure to come! Check our website for bios and programs or late minute changes.

We were sorry to learn of the death of Leslie’s colleague in the Abilene Chamber Players – Charles Coltman, clarinet. He was a fine musician who played his last concert on our series.

At our final concert in fall, Jennifer McAtee, the new coordinator of the Music Department at El Centro College brought a group of her students who diligently took notes. We do have an audience!

We hope each member will assist at least one Sunday during our 19-concert season. Contact Susan Poelchau to volunteer to come - Please share the schedule with your students and friends. Come and hear some great music and support our chapter project. Plan to attend one of our several fine concerts for spring.

Mu Phi Epsilon and the Dallas Public Library
Sunday Concert Series
Spring 2017

January 29

Leslie Spotz, piano
February 5 Alex Wasserman, piano
February 12 Gustavo Romero and Szu-Ying Huang, duo-piano
February 19
Mount Vernon Music - Mark Miller, violin; Ute Miller, viola; John Scott, clarinet; Elise Belk, oboe; Evan Mitchell, piano
February 26 Violin students of Jan Sloman
March 5
Cezanne Quartet: Eleanor Dunbar, violin, Lauren Densinger, violin; Steven Juarez, viola and Elizabeth White, cello
March 12 Agnes Wan, piano
March 19 Yuan-Yuan Que, piano
March 26 Young-Hyun Cho, piano
April 2 Jonathan Tsay, piano
April 23 Harp Essence: Susan Koskelin, Grace Johnson, Joan McCord, Linda Mudd
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 behindthe Library.

Schedule, programs and performer vitas are available as received on  Click on Concert Series.


The next international convention will be in Denver this summer. See the big picture for our fraternity – collegiates and alumni, meet fellow members, hear great concerts, and experience the fun and excitement of our triennial convention. Put it on your calendar.
You can register online -

When:  Thurs 7/27/2017 to Sunday 7/30/2017
Where: The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center
              200 Invernness Dr W
              Englewood, Colorado 80112
Contact: Mark Gehrke -

Cost for Alumni Chapter Members: Regularly: $325.00 / Early Bird Price: $275.00
Payment for the 2017 International Convention must be postmarked by June 1, 2017 – No refunds will be given after June 30 and any forms received after June 30 will incur a $50 late fee.

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FINALS: There is NO admission charge and you are encouraged to attend. The finals will be held at University of Denver/Hamilton Hall on Thursday, July 27 beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Opening ceremony is at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 27
Final banquet is on Sunday evening, July 30. Leave anytime the following day.

Hotel rates are good for a few days after the convention. Make reservations at the Inverness Hotel separately - @ $155 per night (double).


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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