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Ashley's Aspirations

Greetings Dallas Alumni!
Welcome to Spring!

Our next International Convention is right around the corner and I hope that each of you plan to attend.

Personally, this will be my third convention having been a member since 2010. The first time I attended I was the delegate for the Phi Tau chapter. It was at this convention that I met Rosemary Ames, who was incredibly kind and encouraging. In fact, I met so many people that were like Rosemary that I began to wonder if I would meet anyone I didn’t like. The other delegates from South Central 2 became some of my closest friends.

The next convention I attended was not as a delegate, but as a District Director in-training. I learned so much from the workshops and classes! I also had the pleasure of watching a dear friend compete in the International Competition.

I share this with you in hopes that you will reminisce on what makes convention so special and share them with one another. Encourage those who have not gone before to go. The end of each triennium is something to celebrate, and there is no better way to do that than with your brothers and sisters in Colorado this year!
Loyally yours,

Ashley Bouras, President


March Meeting

At Monticello West, 5114 McKinney Ave, Dallas

Due to scheduling conflicts with Monticello West, the date has changed to Sat April 25th - activities starting at 10:30 am, so please be there by 10:15.

Ashley Bouras has developed a game to involve more of the residents - Musical Bingo - where they will recognize tunes from the past. Plan to come if you possibly can.

We will have a short meeting in one of their meeting rooms directly after the 30-45 minute program. Our nominating committee consisting of Tena Hehn, Phyllis Wilson and Megan Carfa will announce a slate of officers and we will vote on them. We will also decide on a winner of our Collegiate Scholarship.

Those who wish can go to lunch afterwards.

April Meeting

Saturday, April 22 at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, 10 am.
9200 Inwood Road at Northwest Hwy. We meet in the Parlor – Enter from Inwood; the Parlor is in the first building along Inwood Road.

This is our Collegiate meeting where we feed our collegiates lunch and they perform a program for us. We get to hear our Scholarship winner perform and present him/her with a monetary prize. We will also install our new officers for 2017-18.

Phyllis Wilson will coordinate the lunch; tell her what generous dishes you are bringing.


January: Celebrating Our Chapter

Lisa Beyer hosted us in her new home on Tuesday Jan 10. Thanks to Lisa and co-hosts Tena Hehn and Fran Pearson for the goodies. Ashley, wearing her District Director hat, conducted our Chapter Review. We passed.

Our interesting program featured Lisa Beyer, cello who played Unaccompanied Cello Suite #2, by Bach.

Lisa and Ashley Bouras, clarinet – played Du Bist Die Mir, by Bach for cello and clarinet and the delightful Sophie's March by Arine Bich (about a dog's day) - for cello and clarinet


February: Music, Friendship, and Harmony with Sigma Alpha Iota

We met with the SAIs on Monday Feb 13 at Collora Pianos
We were hosts this year, and our efforts were coordinated by Nancy Laine and Tena Hehn. Our table overflowed with goodies and punch for us and our guests. Sadly Claudia Jameson was unable to perform but we had many other talented musicians and a wonderful program.


Sonata for Violin and Piano in three movements

by Mary Alice Rich
Bruce Wittrig, Violin and Debbie Austin-Totter, Piano

Prelude 1006a from Lute Suite no. 4 by J. S. Bach
Nathaniel Earhart, Guitar

Dance of the Blessed Spirits by W. Gluck
Send in the Clowns from “A Little Night Music”
by S. Sondheim
Lindsey Angerbauer, Harp and Mary Ann Taylor,

E Susanna nun vien!...Dove sono I bei momenti from “The Marriage of Figaro” by W. A. Mozart Marla Quimby, Soprano and Jane Echols, Piano

Canzona sesta ‘supra vestige I colli’ by Adriano Banchiari Radetzky March by J. Strauss
Ashley Bouras, Basil Bouras, Susan Poelchau, Harald Poelchau, Recorders


Women’s Month at the Library

The kickoff to Women's History Month at the Library was a day of events at the Library on Saturday March 4. We were invited to give a short program Saturday morning following an introductory speech from Nancy Brunson from WRR.

With very little notice some of our Mu Phis leaped to the rescue and put together a program featuring a woman composer - Katherine Freiberger and performers Kimla Beasley, Claudia Jameson and Nancy Laine who sang some of Katherine's songs.

They were joined by non-Mu Phis Ed Flaspoehler, flute and Kelli Short, oboe. Kimla also sang a song of Mario Srouse that had lyrics of African American Phyllis Wheatley and a French song by Adriana Lecouvreur.

The program was delightful, especially since Katherine and her husband were in the audience.

Nancy Laine, Katherine Freiberger, Kelli Short, Claudia Jameson, Kimla Beasley, Ed Flaspoehler

Nancy Brunson's talk was also informative - about the absence of many women from the roster of composers, conductors and performers over the years. She talked about how talented women musicians broke the barrier early in history - Hildegard Bingen, Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn and the conditions that made their success possible. A musician herself, Nancy also spoke about her years as a Hollywood agent and her job with WRR.

The audience was small - in no small part due to a short timeframe to put the program together and promote it, and lack of publicity even on the Library's own website. Many thanks to our performers and especially to Nancy Laine who organized our part.

Ed Flaspoehler, KelliShort, Kimla Beasley, Katie Feiberger, Nancy Brunson, Nancy Laine, Claudia Jameson


Minutes from Last Meeting

Members: See the separate attachment for minutes from January’s meeting that were emailed to you. There was no meeting in February. If you have any corrections to the minutes, please reply to Susan Poelchau via email.

Facebook Page

You can “Like” 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 and is the easiest and cheapest.

Funding Projects

Thanks to the several members who have made donations to our Scholarship Fund and the Concert Series. Unless your contribution was over $250, you will not receive a letter from our national organization; your check will be your receipt for tax purposes.

If you wish to give to either project, 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 with your check so that your contribution will go to the proper place. We receive these funds back for our projects and you get a tax break.

The Finance Committee has audited the books and found them in order.

SERV Hours

Remember to use our Google form to log your SERV hours. This new method was created to help organize the data for reports, as well as reducing the stress of trying to add up your own hours in their correct categories for an entire year.
1. Visit website:
2. Fill in your information:
    Date of Service
    Select the Type of Service (Resource, Education, Service)
    Description of Service
    Hours served
3. Click Submit and you’re done!

You can also use the form on the last page of your yearbook. Please submit all your hours to Jenny Smith by May 15 at

Virginia Hadzic is moving to Buffalo NY as her husband as a new job there as an immigration officer. She will finish the school year and have foot surgery, then move.

Ashley Bouras directed "Beauty and the Beast" the weekend of March 3-5 in Melissa. She said, "I'm so proud to have been a part of such a beautiful show. These kids are truly dedicated to their craft and were an absolute pleasure to work with. …The experience was beyond words and certainly one I will never forget.”

Susan Poelchau received a note from Pat Hill, who recently moved and is selling her home and many possessions:
Happy New Year. It has been a very difficult holiday for me, but I am now settled in at my new address:
C.C. Young Retirement Home - Asbury

....[Contact the President or webmaster for Pat's new address.]

Please come see me and spread the word. My best wishes for a happy, healthy new year to all of you!
God bless,
Pat Hill

Phyllis Wilson's hand bell group will be playing in April. She says:
The Chancel Hand Bell Choir of First Presbyterian Church, Dallas will join with the Sanctuary Ringers of Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, Dallas in a combined concert at 3:00 P.M. on Sunday, April 30 in the amphitheater at Oncor Park across Young Street from the First Presbyterian Church. The concert is free, but a goodwill offering will be taken to benefit the Stewpot, which is across the street from the amphitheater. In case of rain the concert will move inside the church.

Mary Williams spoke in January to the Oak Cliff Women’s Club about her other volunteer and travel group – Friendship Force of Dallas. Thanks to Sandra McMillen, a member of that group for issuing this invitation. Mary will be traveling to New Mexico in May for a Friendship Force trip featuring the Pueblo Indian culture of that area.

Andrew Balettie and his wife dressed up their new baby boy, Cole Alexander, as a football; Andrew posted a photo of him while he watched a game. Andrew is moving to a new job in August.

Please let your newsletter editor know what you are doing.


We continue to feature exciting programs at the Library with a few pretty good-size audiences. Jan Sloman’s violin students wowed as as usual and we have had two excellent string ensembles – Mount Vernon Music with their unusual and interesting Klezmer music concert, and Cezanne Quartet from SMU with interesting sonatas by Britten and Mendelssohn.

Our pianists have been top notch. Agnes Wan, a Steinway artist, performed March 12, followed by Yuanyuan Que, Young-Hyun Cho and Jonathan Tsay (who is filling in for Jason Zhang who is still not able to play because of a hand injury). We complete our Spring season with a harp quartet – HarpEssence. No concerts on Palm Sunday or Easter Sunday. Be sure to come! Check our website for bios and programs or late minute changes.

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 remaining concerts. You will be glad you did.

All concerts are FREE - on Sundays at 3 PM at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library First Floor Auditorium - 1515 Young St, Dallas, TX 75201
Schedule, programs and performer vitas are available as received on Click Concert Series

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: Elizabeth Boyson, Anais Feller, Nicholas Cerny, Clara Kim and Karah Cruse with Deborah Austin-Totter, piano
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. We take a break over Palm Sunday and Easter.
Notice changes in the lineup for March 19 and 29 and April 2.


The Scholarship Committee, composed of Ashley Bouras, Lisa Beyer and Mary Ann Taylor will review collegiate applications and make recommendations at our March meeting so we can select a winner. We have issued an invitation to our April meeting to collegiate chapter and look forward to hearing them perform.


The next international convention will be in Denver this summer.
We meet only every three years – so this your opportunity to come, enjoy and participate.

All Mu Phi Epsilon members are welcomed at the convention. Non-delegate members are invited to attend sessions, meals and concerts after paying the registration fee. Patrons, relatives, and friends may attend meals, concerts and open sessions. If you are bringing a non-member guest to the convention, please call IEO for registration pricing.

When: Thurs 7/27/2017 to Sunday 7/30/2017
Where: The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center
200 Inverness Dr W
Englewood, Colorado 80112
Contact: Mark Gehrke -
All Mu Phi Epsilon members are welcomed at the convention. Non-delegate members are invited to attend sessions, meals and concerts after paying the registration fee. Patrons, relatives, and friends may attend meals, concerts and open sessions. If you are bringing a non-member guest to the convention, please call IEO for registration pricing.

You can register online -
Cost for Alumni Chapter Members: Regularly: $325.00 Early Bird Price: $275.00.
Deadline: April 15, 2017. After April 15, registration fee increases to $325. - UPDATE: Extended early bird price.
Convention Registration Deadline: Postmarked by June 1, 2017
Your registration fee admits you to 3 lunches and 3 dinners and all convention events.
No refunds will be given after June 30 and any forms received after June 30 will incur a $50 late fee.

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 reservations: Our group rate at the Inverness Hotel is $155 + applicable taxes, per room night.
This rate is guaranteed until July 5, 2017 only; after that, reservations are made on space available and you may have to pay a higher rate. You may still use the reservation page to book, modify, or cancel. (Don't be misled by confusing information on the hotel website. Our rate is $155 + applicable taxes and your total will reflect those figures.)

If you wish to be assigned a roommate, or will be rooming with an official Business or Music delegate, make your hotel reservation with IEO at 888-259-1471. If you are not an official delegate, you will be responsible for your portion of the room rate.

If you want to be matched with a roommate, that will be possible via a form to be sent out in early May.  You will be able to request a certain roommate or ask to be placed with a roommate. You will also be able to request a meal reservation for a guest.

All other attendees make reservations directly with the Inverness. You may use the special registration page described above, or if you prefer to make your reservation by telephone, call the Inverness at 303-799-5800 and mention you are attending the Mu Phi Epsilon Convention.

The finals will be held at University of Denver/Hamilton Hall on Thursday, July 27 beginning at 2:00 p.m.
There is NO admission charge and you are encouraged to attend. The Foundation will provide transportation for convention attendees between the Inverness and Hamilton Hall.


Contact Information
President / General Information - Mary Ann Taylor:
Website - Mary Williams:
Concert Series - Kimla Beasley:
VP/Membership - Lisa Beyer:
Programs - Amy Canchola:

Mu Phi Epsilon International: