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What a year this has been so far! I want to thank you all for your passion and support for the Fraternity and for one another. Time has certainly flown, as another Founder’s Day is upon us! It's my favorite day to be a Mu Phi. Winthrop S. Sterling and Elizabeth Mathias Fuqua had a vision for us when they founded Mu Phi Epsilon in 1903. It may be hard to imagine, but their vision included you and me. The evidence is in our Creed, the words upon which our Fraternity stands:

I Believe in MUSIC
The noblest of all the arts,
A source of much that is good
Just and beautiful

Marked by love, kindness and sincerity

The essence of a true and happy life

I Believe in the Bond of Our Fraternity
Loyal, generous and self-sacrificing,
And its strength shall ever guide me
In the path that leads upward toward the stars.

As we continue to move forward with our chapter, we will strive to reach our goals that we set just a few short months ago. I am reassured and excited and that these goals are directly supported by the Creed! Every day we continue in our path with Music, Friendship, and Harmony. I know our Founders would be proud to see our efforts! The end result will be a thing of beauty, and I'm so thankful to be a part of the process with all of you.

Happy Founders Day!

Ashley Bouras, President


Decades of Memories

Monday, November 13 – 7 pm
Host: Mary Ann Taylor
Co-hosts: Phyllis Wilson, Mary Ann Taylor
Program: Music Memory - Mollie Tower

Please try to carpool. See address and maps in the newsletter.

The chapter will be collecting $1.14 for the Founder's Fund = 1 penny for every year MPE has been in existence. Bring your pennies (or more). The chapter is now being assessed that amount for each member.

We do not meet in December.

Decades of Devotion

Monday, January 15 – 7 pm
See address in the newsletter.
Host: Pat Suitt
Co-hosts: Susan Poelchau, Jenny Smith
Program: Boulanger and Bernstein: Pat Suitt and friend


September Meeting

In September we welcomed several collegiate and recent graduate guests for our luncheon meeting at Chimneyhill. Vice President Lisa Beyer conducted the meeting and reported on the International Convention held in Denver in July. She also presented awards to those getting SERV awards: Ashley Bouras, Susan Poelchau, Jenny Smith and Nancy Laine.

Follow up thoughts on convention: we want to encourage more members to try a leadership role; collegiates and new graduates desire flexibility from alumni chapters; our chapters want a yearly district conference.

Nancy Laine provided members with clever Ghost Tea invitations to send by November 1 (hence the Halloween theme).

Megan Carfa, our member who works for Junior Players, presented an informative program on Dallas’ oldest children’s theater. Junior Players provides free arts programing to children in North Texas, as well as summer camps, art and theater instruction and performances.

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October Meeting

Sylvia Taylor hosted our October meeting. She told us about her painting by Rodo Boulanger, sister in law of Nadia Boulanger. Her paintings all have musical themes and cheerful round faces. It was presented to Sylvia by her husband as a surprise birthday present.

Our program featured Kary Caboose, our new member from California, who played “Trippery” by Leslie Shaw on French horn….

and Soprano Kimla Beasley, who sang four arias with “Music minus one” accompaniment: Mozart's “Vado, ma dove”, Faure's “Mandolin” and “En Priere”, and “Un bel di” by Puccini. Thanks to these talented performers and to our host and co-hosts.


Minutes from Last Meeting

See the emailed attachment for minutes from the March meeting and May Board meeting. There was no meeting in February or April. If you have any corrections to the minutes, please reply to Susan Poelchau via email.


We are trying to invite Collegiates and recent graduates to meetings to grow our relationship with them and encourage affiliation with a chapter after graduation. If you know Mu Phis or possible special elections, please invite them to our meetings.

Funding Projects

The full Treasurer’s report with balances will be read in November and emailed to the Secretary.

Ghost Tea:
Members are sending “ghost tea” invitations. These should be mailed as soon as possible as it is a Halloween theme. Nancy Laine will have more invitations at the November meeting; Check the list of who already has an invitation and send your list to Sandra McMillen who will share it, so we don’t all invite the same people.

When updated bylaws templates are sent from International we will discuss raising our local dues from $20 to $25. This is small amount on which to run an organization. If bylaws are changed, we will need to change our standing rules as well. We will send out a copy of changes in advance of a meeting for consideration, with a vote at a meeting.

Many people who are not able to participate actively in our chapter as members or patrons can contribute to our goals of promoting music, young musicians and musicianship through gifts to sustain these projects. Thanks to the members who made donations to our Scholarship Fund, our Concert Series and the TMEA booth.

If you wish to give to either chapter project, write a separate check made to Mu Phi Epsilon with the project 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 deduction. Your statement is mailed to you at the end of the year. If your gift is less than $200, your cancelled check serves as your IRS deduction documentation.

SERV Hours

Four members of our chapter were honored at the Denver Convention for having over 300 SERV (service) hours. Congratulations to Ashley Bouras, Susan Poelchau, Jenny Smith, and Nancy Laine for their contributions to our community through their volunteer hours in music.

You can use the form on the last page of your yearbook to log your SERV hours or you can use our Google form. Instructions are at the back of your yearbook. Please submit all your hours to Jenny Smith by May 15.

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. We get free and easy publicity for our concert series with our page when you share postings on your own page.

South Central Facebook Page

Ashley set up a new group:
Mu Phi Epsilon: South Central 2 District
This group is Secret, which means only members can see the group, its members, and what members post.

What can you do in your group?
Members can post and comment on updates, chat with everyone at once, schedule group events, create shared docs, and more.

Let Ashley know if you are now on Facebook and would like to be added to this group. All present members who are friends with Ashley have been added already.



Due to the resignation of Estelle Manley, Marcus Wyche, formerly on the Foundation Board, is now the VP Alumni Advisor.

District Conference

From Ashley: The district leadership meeting was held November 5th as planned and conference details were discussed. The District Conference will take place on March 24th at UNT in Denton, TX. Early registration for the event will open in January. The cost of registration will include lunch, a T-shirt and a goodie bag! This will be a great time of fellowship and learning with our collegiates! I am looking forward to seeing you all in one place at the same time.


Ashley and Basil Bouras’ first child is due in April.

Ashley has directed Pippin and Little Mermaid in October and will play with NLSO Nov 11 at the First Baptist Church in Garland. They will perform New World and Bachanale.

Melanie Priest's grandchildren have returned home and she has more free time. We hope she comes back to the chapter.

Check out Mary Ann Taylor’s new story “When in Late November” on her blog:  We have so much talent in our group!

Mary Beth Johnson’s new email is:

Please let your newsletter editor, Mary Williams, know what you are doing.


Our concert series continues with great performers and interesting programs at the Library. Recent concerts include an excellent clarinet quartet plus marimba who played interesting music from around the world.

< Facebook notice after the Oct 22 Jonathan Tsay concert

Our November 19th harp duo concert will feature former member Laura Nell Mitchell’s daughter Emily Mitchell (right) and Jamee Haefner. v

We hope each member will assist at least one Sunday during our 19-concert season.

We have two cancellations for our spring schedule - a common occurrence when artists are booking more than a year in advance. One of these places (Feb 4) has been filled, but there is still one place open April 24.

Please share the revised schedule with your students and friends (also updated on this website), with details on performers and programs a work in progress.

Hear some great music and support our chapter project. You will be glad you did.

Mu Phi Epsilon and the Dallas Public Library
Sunday Concert Series

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.

Schedule, programs and performer vitas are available as received. 
Click on Concert Series. We take a break over Palm Sunday and Easter.


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: