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Many thanks to outgoing President Ashley Bouras.
And welcome to your new baby!



Our April meeting was held Saturday April 21 at Lovers Lane UMC at a luncheon honoring our collegiates. We were joined by nine member of the Phi Tau chapter at UNT.

The meeting opened with the program featuring UNT performers:
• Michael Ramirez & Mason Bynes performed two songs from Michael’s song cycle “Loving” accompanied by pianist Jeongmi Yoon. These songs are the first two of three he has written so far with a goal of writing and producing a musical based on the story of the bi-racial Virginia couple named Loving who broke the law in marrying.
• Kelli Williams, French horn, performed Wolfgang Plagge’s “Monoceros”

Flutist Morlitha Dukuly with the first of Ferroud’s “Trois Pieces.”

See more photos on our Facebook page:

Following the excellent program, the Scholarship Award of $500 was presented to Michael Ramirez. Michael is a composer, producer, pianist, singer and trumpeter with a 3.97 GPA and a great deal of community service to his credit.

Michael’s musical accomplishments are wonderful, and so are his academic accomplishments, leadership skills and awards. He has made the Dean’s List or President’s List each semester and has served the music committee of the Phi Tau chapter for as long as he has been a member.

He plans to use the money to produce a professional demo recording of his musical so that he may be able to present it to creative teams and potential financial backers to mount a professional production. He hopes that this recording will give him a solid head start as he enters an already competitive and populous industry. He is here with Lisa Beyer, VP and Sandra McMillen, Treasurer.

Jenny Smith installed the new officers: Sandra McMillen, Treasurer; Lisa Beyer, Vice-President, Nancy Laine, President; Kary Caboose, Steward;  Claudia Jameson, Chorister (Programs), Mary Williams, Historian; and Susan Poelchau, Secretary/Chorister. Not present: Frances Estes, Corresponding Secretary; Pat Suitt, Chaplain, Kimla Beasley, Chorister.



The meeting was held on Tuesday, March 20 – 7 pm at Custer Road United Methodist Church, 6601 Custer Rd., Plano. It opened with the program, which featured the beautiful new sanctuary organ. Chris Brunt explained the workings of the instrument as the program went along.

He performed Bach’s “Fantasia in G Minor,” Francois Couperin’s “Recitative on the Cornette,” Gilbert Martin’s “Brightest Diamond Jesus Christ” on the tune “Jesse,” the Langlais “Song of Praise” and Myron Roberts’ “Prelude and Trompettes.”

Nancy Laine performed Bach’s “Dorian Toccata”, and Alan Hovhaness’ “Sonata” based on Japanese instrumental motifs featuring Mary Ann Taylor, flute. Chris and Nancy closed the program with a rousing duet of “Stars and Stripes Forever.”


Decades of Dedication

Tuesday, May 8 – 7 pm
Host: Lisa Beyer
Co-hosts: Sandra McMillen and Jenny Smith
Program moved from January: Boulanger and Bernstein: Pat Suitt and friend


International Conference Dallas 2020

International President Rosemary Ames was in town last week. Along with local Collegiate Advisor Jenny Smith and a meeting planner. She toured hotels in Dallas, Arlington, Fort Worth and Grapevine in preparation for the International Convention in Dallas in 2020. Dates are still to be determined but will probably be around the end of July/beginning of August, 2020. Though the convention will be planned by the International Board and meeting planners, members in this area will be asked to participate in many capacities during the Foundation Competition and the Convention. Mark your calendar. More to come!

Mary Williams hosted a dinner for Rosemary and several board members who were able to attend on Thurs May 27.


Remember to send a record of your SERV hours to Jenny or Ashley ASAP. These are important in the President’s annual report on our activity this year and affects awards and our standing among other chapters.


Dues for 2018-19 will be collected by Sandra McMillen beginning with the May meeting. By a vote at our January meeting, we raised our local dues to $25 per year. If you are not a lifelong subscriber to Triangle, your dues will be $90. Patron dues remain $25.

New ByLaws

Yes, we just printed them, but they were not the most current and you will get a new copy at the May meeting. If you are not at the meeting, someone from your neighborhood will get one to you or Mary will mail it to you.

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.
This is especially helpful in promoting our concerts at the Library. Share with your friends what we are doing. You can post your own performances there as well.


This year’s Conference was held at UNT in Denton on Sat March 24.

                                                                                         Collegiate Advisor Jenny Smith was one of the speakers.

Seven chapters sent representatives to the District Convention held April 24th at UNT. Jenny Smith spoke on professional development and the benefits of alumni membership. More alumni members are anticipated next year. Jordan Doss is president of Phi Tau this year.


Evelyn Joyce Bouras was born on April 17th and was welcomed by Ashley and Basil. Mother and daughter are doing well, though Ashley is somewhat sleep-deprived at this point. We all wish Ashley and Basil all the best in their adventure in parenthood. (Evelyn looks like a little doll!)

Claudia Jameson's phone number has changed. She no longer has her landline. Please add her new numbers to your yearbook: [Check with the webmaster for her new phone.]

Pat Hill spent a week in the hospital in mid-April for a chemical infusion for kidney disease and had an allergic reaction to a heart medicine they gave her. Fortunately, she survived it all and returned to C.C. Young. Mary and Susan visited her last week. She appreciates a call or card or short visit.

Phyllis Wilson is recovering from a broken foot and is doing well.

Mary Ann Taylor visited Paris with her son and his family (the Taylor Boys Play It Where It Lays Society). She will have two stories published in August and six poems in September. She recently celebrated her one-year anniversary publishing her online blog:  – great reading.

From Cynthia Wadley's daughter, Linda Schaub:
"Mom doesn't write much anymore, but I found some notes from you asking for her current address and email. You can send mail to her at my house - [Check with the webmaster for her address and phone.] Either is fine. I check both. She doesn't email anymore but you can send something to my address and I can read it to her. It is

Thank you. She enjoys hearing what's going on.
Blessings, Linda Shaub (Cynthia Wadley's daughter)”

Mary Williams returned from Australia with a photo taken with a koala and another at the Sydney Opera House (a tour there and a concert of opera favorites were highlights of the trip), and a few new Aussie expressions. Example: "Stone the flaming crows! It's a sheila gone starkers!" translated – “Holy cow! It's a girl stark naked!” She can now tell you that she is too flat out like a lizard drinking to write any more.

So please let your newsletter editor, Mary Williams, know what you are doing so she doesn’t have to come after you.


Our spring series ended with several excellent concerts.

The Dallas Recorder Society, including our own Susan Poelchau and Claudia Jameson, played a program of early Spanish music, Bach, Telemann, Monteverdi and Handel. The group included Jamie Allen, Cornell Kinderknecht, David Podeschi, Harald Poelchau and Alice Derbyshire - recorders; Cris Gale - ocarina; Don Vitsentzos - guitar; Claudia Jameson, soprano; and Susan Poelchau, harpsichord.

Cindy Horstman’s Jazz Harp group played an interesting program. About half of the selections were written by Cindy. Other performers were Laura Logan Brandenburg, Kimberly Snaufer DeRosa – harps and Michael Medina, percussion.

Eldred Marshall, piano, stepped in for Amy Gustafson who moved to Illinois. He played a beautiful program - the first half of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier. He is completing his PhD at UNT.

Our last concert was an unusual and delightful concert of Chinese music presented by UNT graduate students and other interested musicians - most of whom were Chinese, but not all.

Three soloists performed in the first half - two different types of flutes, and a vocal selection from traditional Chinese opera. In the second half, the ensemble of 14 UNT musicians took the stage with their traditional instruments for a variety of Chinese songs in different combinations of instruments.

See more photos on our Facebook page for a look at some of the performers and their instruments.

Thanks to Lisa Beyer and Nancy Laine, for helping out with Nathaniel's program on March 11th and to Kimla Beasley in April.

Chairperson Susan Poelchau has begun finding performers for next year and has already booked the first concert on Sept 30 with one of our favorite pianists and Mu Phi from Texas A&M University Tarleton - Leslie Spotz and her colleague Carolyn Keyes, flute. Make a point to volunteer to help at least one concert this next year.


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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