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Happy New Year Mu Phis!

Running on fumes and extreme exhaustion I am forgoing a “real” letter this month. The new year is a good time to be grateful for the past year and look forward to the next.

I remember these details from 2017:
- I started with Melissa Youth OnStage and directed music for 6 shows and two camps!
- I visited seven countries.
- I embarked on my 5th year of teaching.
- Bingley [the bunny] turned 7.
- Basil and I celebrated our 2nd year of marriage and 8th year of being awesome together.
- And we are pregnant with our baby girl.

Things I look forward to in 2018:
- Meeting and holding Evelyn.
- Not being pregnant anymore and having my body back to myself.
- More shows with MYO – details at the end of this Newsletter.
- Continuing to be happy with Basil.
- Making music with wonderful Mu Phi friends in 2018!

Ashley Bouras, President



In November we met at Mary Ann Taylor's home in Duncanville to hear Mary Ann's longtime friend Mollie Taylor give an interesting presentation on the Music Memory Program. This program of study is used in schools to help students identify and remember musical compositions. We were treated to a sampling of materials chosen for this year’s pieces which featured animated videos, charts of the pieces’ form, visuals linked to rhythmic patterns and melody patterns along with the complete recording of the piece.

Music Memory was popular in the schools staring in the 1920s but died out in the ‘80s. Recently revived, with Mollie now in the business of providing teaching materials for teachers, the program has been adopted by many districts including DISD. Beginning in third grade through middle school, students are taught to recognize several classical pieces each semester. Contests are held for recognition of these compositions, with the next one being held in spring at the Meyerson with music played by the Dallas Symphony. The program is designed to encourage and enhance a lifelong love of classical music. A version for senior citizens, especially with memory loss, is being developed.

Thanks to host Mary Ann and co-host Phyllis Wilson.

We did not meet in December.


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
The exact location at the church is to be determined. It may be the chapel as the smaller space is a better fit for our size group. Or we may perform in the same room where we usually have refreshments. Details from SAIs later. We will let you know.

Presenting for Mu Phi will be Ashley and Basil Bouras, clarinet; Claudia Jameson, soprano; and Nathaniel Earhart, guitar. The SAIs will present a horn soloist and two flutists.

The SAIs are hosts this year.


Minutes from Last Meeting
See the separate attachment emailed to members for minutes from the November meeting. If you have any corrections to the minutes, please reply to Susan Poelchau via email.

Treasury / Dues / Funding Projects
Our Treasurer, Sandra McMillen, reminds members that they may donate to the chapter scholarship and the concert series throughout the year. Things are looking great and we are nearing our donation goal for the scholarship and the series funds!

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.

Tena Hehn and Claudia Jameson served as the Audit committee to check the books.

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.

SERV Hours
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


District Conference

The District Conference will take place on March 24th at UNT in Denton. This will be a great time of fellowship and learning with our collegiates - our future chapter members! Alumni members are encouraged to attend. The cost of registration will include lunch, a T-shirt and a goodie bag! Registration for the event will open soon and will be emailed to all members.

Ashley Bouras began the scholarship process in December this year encouraging collegiates to have membership up to date and to apply for our $500 scholarship. Applications are due March 1, 2018. Mary Ann Taylor and Kary Caboose will assist in determining a winner.

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.


Jenny Smith's father is at Baylor, Scott White hospital in Irving. He is on dialysis. Jenny could use our support right now.

Lisa Beyer is hosting a baby shower for Ashley on February 4th at her house in Richardson. We don’t have the time yet but will soon and will email the chapter.

Sandra McMillen had a very full season of events including the holiday production of The Grinch Stole Christmas at the Winspear Opera House. Wonderful production - especially for kids! Lecture Luncheon meeting complete with an Irish harpist playing holiday tunes; Oak Cliff Woman's Club Division Christmas Party with entertainment review of Christmas Traditions followed by carol and holiday song singing; Xi Rho Beta Chapter of BSP Christmas party at Celebration Restaurant. Good food, good fellowship, and good celebration throughout the season.

Mary Williams hustled to get gifts and cards sent early in order to host a Friendship Force member from Ghana at her home for two weeks just before Christmas. Isaac Teye is a member of that group in Volta Lake, Ghana and enjoyed parties, concerts, a play, the Dallas Arboretum and Fort Worth stockyards, Water Garden, Sundance Square and Sid Richardson Museum and lots of shopping. Northpark was his favorite. He went on to spend Christmas with his brother in Houston.

Mary will travel to Sydney, Gold Coast, Brisbane and Melbourne, Australia in March with the Dallas Friendship Force club.

Zelda Hantz has retired from her accounting practice. This tax season will be a little easier.

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


Susan Poelchau

We’ve completed our fall season of great classical music at the Dallas Public Library, and are gearing up for spring which begins on January 28. Featured this spring will be solo piano, harp ensemble, chamber music and two concerts featuring members: Nathaniel Earhart, guitar, on March 11, and a recorder concert on March 18 to include Claudia Jameson and Susan Poelchau. The season will finish with what should be a fascinating concert of Chinese music on April 22.

A complete schedule is, as usual, to be found on our website. Programs are submitted at least two weeks in advance of the concert, so the posting of programs, bios and photos of performers on our website continue to evolve throughout the spring.

We will need one volunteer at the Library concerts on March 3 and 11 and two volunteers on 3/18. Help support our series – contact Susan.

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.


January 11-13, MYO will present Heathers 101, directed by Ashley Bouras. The performance will take place at Cox Theater in Plano each evening at 7, and then a Saturday matinee at 2 pm. Tickets are expected to sell out, so it is recommended to reserve ahead of time. If anyone wants to come, contact Ashley and she will take care of it. Tickets are $10 each. The content of the show is for middle school age and up.


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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