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It is with a hopeful and heavy heart that I write my last President’s letter to you all. My heart is heavy because I will greatly miss serving you as President. My heart is hopeful because I know the leadership ability in this group in beyond reproach and someone else will take on the role of President and lead us into our next chapter.

My life will forever be changed in a few short weeks when I become a mother to Evelyn and I am so excited for this new beginning. Thinking about this upcoming transition, I wondered... what does is required to have a "new beginning? Is it the passing of time? A major life event? A choice? I believe it to be all of the above. As much as I hate to admit it, many things in our lives are completely out of our control. We cannot stop or slow down time. We cannot dictate when life events will take place. However, the parts of our lives that we do have control over are governed by one force: choice. I want to encourage each of you to choose to enter this next phase in our chapter's history with excitement, purpose, and motivation. Nothing is meant to stay the same forever if it is also expected to grow, to live, to thrive. Choose to embrace what comes our way when new members join, when new ideas are brought to the table, and when new perspectives challenge our current one. And for some of you, choose to step into a leadership role and submit yourself to one purpose: to continuously pursue our three pillars of Music, Friendship, and Harmony with vigor.

I am choosing to end my time as the President of this chapter and devote myself to a new role that is totally unknown to me. It has been my absolute pleasure to serve you all in the last two years. Thank you for the endless support and encouragement. And most of all, thank you for your love of Mu Phi Epsilon.

With love and loyalty,

Ashley Bouras, President



We met with the SAIs in Cox Chapel at Highland Park United Methodist Church on February 12th. We enjoyed our Annual Musicale with musicians from both groups performing.

Fantasia in A Minor by Georg Philip Telemann - Jackie Akin, flute

Clarinet Duets by Ignas Pleyel – Ashley and Basil Bouras, clarinets

Pavana Triste
by Antonio Jose – Nathaniel Earhart, guitar

Five Duets (# 2, 3 and 5) by William Presser
– Kendyl Drayer, flute and Jordan Dreyer, French Horn

The SAIs provided a valentine-themed reception in the adjoining parlor where me mingled, renewed
acquaintances and ate heartily.

We did not meet in January due to bad weather. This meeting will be made up in May.


Decades of Pipes and Dreams

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

NOTE: Because of construction at the church, Nancy suggests these directions:
Our meeting will be in the sanctuary, on the north end of the campus. However, there’s a lot of construction going on at the church, and you’ll need to enter the campus on the south side, at the traffic signal at Custer Road and Cumberland Trail. After entering the campus, you’ll follow the one-way drive, which will take you along the south side of the church, then behind the church, and finally into the parking lot on the north side of the church. After the meeting, you’ll exit from the parking lot directly onto Custer Road. (That “entrance”
is designated as exit-only during the construction.)

We will also have election of new officers and new copy of By-laws/Standing Rules. (Pick up yours or it will be mailed to you.)

Decades of Talented Collegiates

Saturday, April 21 – 11 am
Location: Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, 9200 Inwood Road, Dallas TX 75220
Luncheon potluck – members please bring generous amounts of food for our collegiate guests
Coordinator: Lisa Beyer will coordinate. Let her know what you are bringing.
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
Co-hosts: Susan Poelchau and Jenny Smith
Program moved from January: Boulanger and Bernstein: Pat Suitt and friend


Since we didn't have a meeting in January due to bad weather, and we met with SAIs in February, we don't have minutes more recent than November, which were previously sent.

In March we have the opportunity to participate in the South Central2 Conference in Denton. This biennial get together of the collegiate chapters is a perfect way for us to get to know our future members, welcoming them to a place in an active alumni chapter. Help us do that by attending on March 24. See more information below.

New Officers

Nancy Laine, Phyllis Wilson, and Lisa Beyer make up the Nominating Committee and will present a slate of officers at the March meeting.


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.

Funding Projects

Remember that you may donate to the chapter scholarship and the concert series funds 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.

Facebook Page

Help our chapter “be in the news” through social media. 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 Facebook 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.


South Central 2 District Conference

UNT Denton - Sat March 24

The conference will begin at the UNT Union in a ballroom for the opening speaker and lunch and then move to the music building. Parking is across the street at the practice building.

From Ashley: I am very much looking forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming District Convention on March 24th at UNT! The day will run from about 10:30 am to 7 pm and include a social hour, lunch, keynote speaker, three wonderful sessions, and a recital. It will be a GREAT opportunity to build relationships with our future alumni members, as well as learn and collaborate about various aspects of Mu Phi Epsilon.

The host chapter is working really hard to create a wonderful convention for all of us. Jordan Doss, the UNT president, has asked for some alumni input: what kinds of sessions do you feel would benefit you the most? What do you want to learn about or have a discussion about? The current sessions include Resume Building/Job interviews, group discussions pertaining to each pillar (Music, Friendship, and Harmony), Mu Phi After Graduation, and a panel for performance/
teaching careers. Any and all ideas you have are appreciated!

The tentative schedule as of now is as follows:
10:30 am Registration
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Social Hour
12:15-1:45 Keynote Speaker and Lunch
2:00-2:50 Session I
3:00-4:45 Session II (Pillar Discussions/Roundtable)
5:00-6:00 Session III
6:30-7:30 Recital and Closing Remarks

Below you find the link to register for District Conference which will take place on March 24th at UNT. The cost is $25 which includes a T-shirt, lunch and a goodie bag. The link will be open until March 1.

This message is from the host chapter: "PLEASE uncheck the box on the PayPal. Otherwise, we will not collect all money we need. Thank you!"

South Central Facebook Page

Ashley set up a 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.


We were saddened this month to lose two long-time members after long, full lives. Both contributed so much to music and our chapter.

Bea Carney and her daughter Susan moved to be with her son in Arkansas some years ago. Susan called Tena Hehn a few weeks ago. Bea had fallen and had broken her hip. She was in much pain and began receiving hospice care under medication and was not expected to recover. She died on January 28th. Bea was a special lady, always with a smile and her New Yawk accent, but full of life and ready to teach or help. She invented several piano teaching aids that granddaughter Laura now sells. (Remember Bea's Keys?) Bea would have been 100 on September 20th of this year.

Thanks to Tena for keeping up with Bea all these years and providing this information.

From Clavier Companion:
Beatrice Carney
Beatrice N. Carney passed away on January 28 at the age of 99 (her obituary can be found at the end of this article). Her accepted publication for Clavier Companion was written when she was 97 years old, submitted when she was 98. Her daughter wrote, informing the editors of her passing. It is our privilege to honor Bea's memory here, with her Tips for Teachers. These days, ageism can still wield a sharp sword in an otherwise PC world, so let this article remind all of us of the wisdom that can be found in living life fully.
[Tips for Teachers was printed in the last edition of Clavier Companion. If you do not have access to this magazine and would like to see it, contact Tena Hehn.]

Obituary Beatrice Nilsson Carney - 1918-2018
Beatrice Nilsson Carney, age 99, died January 28, 2018 in Bentonville, Arkansas. She was born in New York City on September 20, 1918. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 67 years, Hugh William Carney, in 2008. Bea Carney started teaching piano in Dallas in the late 1950’s and taught her last student atthe age of 90. She was a popular workshop presenter and created Bea's Music Teaching Aids which are still being ordered and used by teachers today. Bea’s students were proficient in theory as well as performance, coming for one private and one group lesson each week. She was a prime mover in the group piano teaching movement in Dallas, participating in master classes by Robert Pace, James Bastien and Frances Clark. Bea was a member of the Dallas Southwest Music Teachers Association, the Texas MTA, MTNA and the Dallas Alumni Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon. Bea will be greatly missed by her family and numerous friends.

Laura Nell Mitchell, 96, passed away peacefully Friday, February 16, 2018, at Autumn Leaves assisted living home of CyFair, Houston, TX. Laura was the widow of James R. Mitchell, owner and president of Southwestern Blueprint Company, Dallas. She dedicated her life to teaching a private piano studio from her Dallas home, and to presidencies of the Dallas Music Teachers’ Association and Dallas Chapter of the American Harp Society. She was a former member of Delta Delta Delta and professional music fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Music from Texas Woman's University. Laura is survived by son James R. Mitchell, Nokomis, FL, daughter Mary Emily Mitchell, Nacogdoches, TX and son and daughter-in-law Robert H and Elizabeth V. Mitchell, of Houston; grandchildren Laura Soloff Solomon, Albuquerque, Lena Soloff, Los Angeles, Ruben J. Mitchell, Lewisville, TX; and three great-grandchildren.

In February Lisa Beyer hosted a baby shower at her home for Ashley Bouras. Many Mu Phi Alumni and Bouras friends and family celebrated the quickly-approaching arrival of Evelyn Joyce Bouras. It was so sweet getting to see such a wonderful, supportive group of people. We cannot wait to meet Evelyn in April.

Our chapter members thank Ashley for all the work she has done for our chapter and the MPE organization as District Director. Ashley was at the head of the line when ENERGY was being passed out. She has set a high standard for all of us in the chapter and we wish her much joy as a new mother.

Mary Ann Taylor is off to Paris in April with her son and his family. We will look forward to knowing how traveling with the three little boys went.

Mary Williams will join the Dallas Friendship Force club on its trip to Gold Coast and Sydney, Australia in March – staying with ladies she hosted the past two years. She will also renew friendships in Brisbane and tour the Melbourne area.

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


Our concert series this spring is offering a wide variety of concerts on instruments of all kinds, which makes for an exciting season! In addition to excellent pianists to start off the spring season - Dongni Xie and Sunny Heesun Yun - we had a first: Sunny Chou presented a solo Euphonium recital on Feb 11 with the talented pianist Xiao Wang. An excellent and unusual program. Jan Sloman presented three of his outstanding students on Feb 18. One of them, 9th grader Matthew Ho, won the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Concerto competition and will be featured on their concert Sunday March 4 at the Meyerson.

Two upcoming concerts feature Mu Phis: On March 11 Nathaniel Earhart presents a guitar recital, and on March 18 Claudia Jameson and Susan Poelchau join outstanding members of the Dallas Recorder Society to present a lovely and challenging program featuring virtuoso performers. Mount Vernon Music string trio features Ebonee Williams, flute and Evan Mitchell, piano on March 4. Come and support our series and hear music you don’t often have a chance to hear – featuring outstanding performers.

Thanks to Lisa Beyer, Nancy Laine, and Mary Ann Taylor who have offered to help out on these dates in the absence of Mary and 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.


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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Contact Information
Electronic mail President/ General Information -
Nancy Laine:
Website - Mary Williams:
Concert Series - Susan Poelchau:
 VP/Membership - Lisa Beyer:
Programs - Kimla Beasley:;
Susan Poelchau:; Claudia Jameson:

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