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Ashley's Aspirations

Hello, everyone!

We hope you all enjoyed the summer as much as we did. Several of us were able to attend the convention in Denver, and we had a marvelous time! It was an inspiration to be with such a diverse group of people who share a passion for Mu Phi. I also appreciated being able to see how our chapter fits into the larger Mu Phi family. It would be difficult to find kinder or more generous people!

As well as being honored for our Outstanding Community Service Project, we also were named the Outstanding Alumni Chapter of the South Central Province. Four of our members were honored for Outstanding Service, Education, and Resource Volunteers in Music for contributing over 300 hours of service to the community! Our chapter won third place in the Circle of Winners and Sandra McMillen received the Onyx Award from the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation for donating $5,000.00 to the Foundation

Have a marvelous start to the new school year!

Loyally yours,
Ashley Bouras, President
Lisa Beyer, Vice-President / Convention Delegate


This year our theme is Music over the Decades.

Performers can use this theme liberally in their programming – or not. But it’s fun to be creative with the theme when possible.

Decades of Music

Saturday, September 23 – 11 am
Location: Chimneyhill Clubhouse,
9223 Emberglow, Dallas 75243
Host: Mary Williams
Co-hosts: All members - Bring a generous dish to share    for lunch.

Program: Convention report – Lisa Beyer
   Megan Carfa, from Junior Players
   Sing-along Mu Phi songs
                                       Bring your Mu Phi songbooks!

Decade of Our Founders

Tuesday October 10 – 7 pm
Location: 7133 Glendora Ave., Dallas 75230
Host: Sylvia Taylor
Co-hosts: Sandra McMillen, Tena Hehn
Program: Founder’s Day / Ghost Tea
Sylvia Taylor - Boulanger’s relative’s painting
   Kimla Beasley, soprano
   Kary Caboose

More information will be available in September about how we will conduct our Ghost Tea – making it the easiest possible fund raiser we can do. Volunteers?

Decades of Memories

Monday, November 13 – 7 pm
Location: 935 Nature Drive, Duncanville 75116
Host: Mary Ann Taylor
Co-hosts: Phyllis Wilson, Mary Ann Taylor
Program: Music Memory - Mollie Tower

Decades of Devotion

Monday, January 15 – 7 pm
Location: 7006 Currin, Dallas 75230
Host: Pat Suitt
Co-hosts: Susan Poelchau, Jenny Smith
Program: Boulanger and Bernstein: Pat Suitt and friend

Decades of Friendships

Monday, February 12 – 7 pm
Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church,
3300 Mockingbird Lane
Hosts: SAI
Co-hosts: SAI members
Program: Ashley Bouras, clarinet
   Claudia Jameson, soprano
   Nathaniel Earhart, guitar
   Susan Poelchau, piano or other accompanist

Decades of Pipes and Dreams

Tuesday, March 20 – 7 pm
Location: Custer Road United Methodist Church,
6601 Custer Rd, Plano, TX 75023
Hosts: Chris Brunt and Nancy Laine
Co-hosts: Fran Pearson, Lisa Beyer
Program: Organ and flute music – Chris Brunt, Nancy Laine, Mary Ann Taylor

Decades of Talented Collegiates

Saturday, April 21 – 11 am
Location: Lovers Lane United Methodist Church,
9200 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75220
Lunch potluck – food brought by all members
Coordinator: TBA
Co-hosts: All members
Program: Award Scholarship
   Scholarship winner and collegiate performers
   Installation of Officers

Decades of Dedication

Tuesday, May 8 – 7 pm
Location: 1910 Cap Rock Drive, Richardson 75080
Host: Lisa Beyer
Board planning meeting (or makeup meeting if a winter meeting cancels because of weather)


March Meeting

We did our annual service project at Monticello West, on Saturday April 25th with a game to involve the residents - Musical Bingo (designed by Ashley Bouras). Our guests recognized tunes from the past to win prizes.

We met after the program where our nominating committee consisting of Tena Hehn, Phyllis Wilson and Megan Carfa announced a slate of officers – to be the same as we had last year - and we decided on a winner of our Collegiate Scholarship.

April Meeting

We met on Saturday, April 22th at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church for our annual Collegiate meeting where we fed our collegiates lunch and UNT students performed for us.

Nathan Meyers, a Music Education major at UNT and member of Phi Tau, was our Scholarship winner. He performed excerpts from the Second Cello Suite by Bach. President Ashley Bouras presented him with a check for $500. He plans to use the money toward rent as he goes for further study.

Also performing were singers Michael Ramirez and Jordan Doss, who sang Agony from "Into the Woods." They were accompanied by Nathan Ryland, last year’s Scholarship winner. Nathan has been accepted to Eastman for graduate study.

Taylor Gaskin, clarinet performed Caprice 11 by Cavallini.

Thanks to all these excellent musicians.

Installation of Officers

Jenny Smith installed our new officers for 2017-18: Ashley Bouras, who was re-elected President, along with Lisa Beyer, Vice-President (Membership) Sandra McMillen, Treasurer; Susan Poelchau, Secretary; Frances Estes, Corresponding Secretary; Tena Hehn and Mary Ann Taylor, Chorister (Programs); Pat Suitt, Chaplain; Jenny Smith, Steward; and Mary Williams, Historian.

Officers for 2017-18: Jenny Smith, Ashley Bouras, Sandra McMillen, Susan Poelchau,
Tena Hehn,  Mary Ann Taylor and Mary Williams. Not present: Lisa Beyer, Pat Suitt and Frances Estes


Thursday July 27- 30, 2017
The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center
Englewood, CO

Our International Convention was held in Denver this summer hosted by West Central and Pacific Northwest Provinces. We meet only every three years – so this was a special opportunity to enjoy music with our fraternity brothers and sisters, hear some interesting workshop speakers, do our organization’s business and have fun. All Mu Phi Epsilon members are welcomed at a Convention. Non-delegate members are invited to attend sessions, meals and concerts.

Convention photos with Jenny Smith and Rosemary Ames modeling the "Fun" glasses.

Our chapter had seven members participating this year:

Sandra McMillen (Past national office), Tena Hehn (Past national officer), Jenny Smith (current International Second Vice President Collegiate Advisor), Phyllis Wilson, Ashley Bouras (current Dallas Alumni Chapter President and District Direct SC2), Lisa Beyer (Dallas VP and delegate), Mary Williams

Our South Central 2 Province includes several collegiate chapters plus Dallas, Austin, Denton and San Antonio Alumni chapters.

International Competition Finals

The Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition is held tri-annually in conjunction with our Convention and is sponsored by the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation. The Foundation is the non-profit philanthropic arm of Mu Phi Epsilon and awards many scholarships, awards and grants every year. (See The winner of the International Competition receives the opportunity to be presented in concerts and recitals by chapters of MPE for two years with their expenses paid and $200 per appearance. Each finalist also receives $500.

The Competition finals were held this year at the University of Denver Hamilton Hall on Thursday, July 27. The five finalists, who performed to a packed hall, were all artists of the highest quality:
- Katsuya Yuaso, clarinet
- Maria Wietrznyska, piano
- Chika Inoue, saxophone
- Jonathan Morris, piano (first runner-up)
- Ashlee Bickley, mezzo-soprano

The 2017 winner was Katsuya Yuaso, a fine soloist and chamber musician and Yamaha Young Performing Artist in 2014. He is Adjunct Professor at Florida A&M University, and a graduate teaching assistant at Florida State University where he is pursuing a doctoral degree. He was a Phi Mu member and is now an Allied member. He presented a full concert during the Convention. Our chapter will be considering ways to bring Katsuya here for a performance during the next two years. You won’t want to miss him!


New Address for Mu Phi Epsilon

A new company has been employed to take care of our business. Lane Velayo is the new Executive Secretary-Treasurer. Lane can be reached at or 1-888-259-1471. The IEO address is now:

     Mu Phi Epsilon
     1611 Country Rd B West, #320
     St. Paul, MN 55113

International Officers for 2017-2020

President: Rosemary Ames -
First Vice President Extension Officer: Julia Scherer -
Second Vice President Collegiate Adviser: Jenny Smith -
Third Vice President Alumni Adviser: Marcus Wyche - [Update]
Fourth Vice President Music Adviser: Rebecca Sorley -
Fifth Vice President Eligibility Adviser: Terrel Kent -
Editor The Triangle: Melissa Eddy -


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.

Funding Projects

Ghost Tea: Your Board suggested a Ghost Tea as a low-impact (on our busy lives!) fund raiser. Members should mail out an invitation to people they know, including collegiate chapters and international officers to NOT attend. A volunteer is requested to design a clever invitation.

Our two big projects – a $500 scholarship to a student each year, and 19 artist level concerts each year (series now in its 81st year) – are funded entirely by our small chapter. This is no small achievement!

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 and our Concert Series this past year. You are appreciated!

If you wish to give to either 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.

Dues / Yearbook

There are still a few members who have not paid their dues. They are due right now! Sandra needs to have them in to our international office by Sept 15. Your new Yearbook will list your name if you are paid up by then and you will get a Yearbook at our first meeting or in the mail. Let Mary Williams know if there are changes to your information/listing.

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 our Google form to log your SERV hours. This 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.

International By-Laws Change

Since no candidate had been found to replace International President Rosemary Ames, who is willing to serve a third term, the IEB recommended that Section iii.3.c of the By-laws be amended to allow any officer to serve a third term. This is a temporary solution, to be in effect from 2017-2020. This resolution was passed at the recent Convention and Rosemary Ames was re-elected to a third term.

Facebook Page
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 posted Mu Phi Convention photos with our page and shared them with their own contact list. Word of mouth (or Facebook) is the best publicity and is the easiest and cheapest to do.

South Central 2 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.


After attending the Convention, Mary Williams and Tena Hehn went on to Alaska for a wonderful two-week Princess Cruise-Tour. With perfect weather and interesting places to see they had a great time.

After Convention Jenny Smith took advantage of the Colorado mountains just out the door to do some vacationing in the Rockies.

Ashley and Basil Bouras moved to Rowlett (with Basil making it happen while Ashley was at the Convention). Contact her for her new address. They have been interviewed on radio honoring them for paying down their student load debt to zero in record time. Way to go!

Condolences to Judy Dardaganian and her family who lost Stephen March 27th. He will be missed. His obituary is available at:

For fun and inspirational reading, check out Mary Ann Taylor’s blog: Bluebonnet Syrup -

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


Susan Poelchau has an interesting lineup of performers for our 81st Concert Series at the Library. We hope each member will assist at least one Sunday during our 19-concert season. We will need one extra person on October 22 and 29. Contact Susan to volunteer to come -

Please share the schedule with students and friends (also available on our Concert Series page with links to 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
Electronic mail President/ General Information -
Ashley Kimmel Bouras:
Website - Mary Williams:
Concert Series - Susan Poelchau:
 Membership - Lisa Beyer:
Programs - Tena Hehn - and Mary Ann Taylor -
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