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Nancy's Notes

Greetings, Mu Phis!
We have one final meeting of the year coming up next Monday, May 6, at 7:00. Kimla Beasley and Claudia Jameson will sing, as well as a friend of Kimla's. The address is listed below with Meetings. (Don't use what’s in your yearbook). We will also install officers for next year.

A couple of reminders for end-of-year:

• It’s time to count up your SERV volunteer hours for the year. These hours are included on our end-of-year report to national. Participation is important, so please report these even if you only have a few. More details below.

• If you don’t want to mail your dues in this summer, you can bring them to the May meeting. Lisa Beyer will be taking over as treasurer, providing a well-deserved retirement for our long-time treasurer Sandra McMillen. National dues are increasing slightly this year.

   o Most alumni will owe $95 ($70 national, $25 local).

   o Members with life subscriptions to the Triangle will owe $80.

   o Patron dues are $25.

   o Donations to the Library Concert Series and/or the Scholarship Fund are always welcomed!

Hope to see you next Monday night!

Nancy Laine, President



The March 19 meeting - The Healing Power in Musical Family - met at the home of Lisa Beyer. The meeting opened with the program. Ashley and Basil Bouras performed Clarinet Duet #2 by Finnish composer Bernard Crusell.

Our treasury is in good shape and we were able to pay for our Library piano tuning and scholarship. The issue of how to financially support the Library concerts was discussed. It was decided that monies donated at the door could be retained by the chapter.

The Scholarship Committee of Lisa Beyer, Kary Caboose and Mary Ann Taylor presented the names of the three applicants for our annual scholarship: last year’s winner Michael Ramirez of UNT, Jose Olivares of A&M Commerce, and the winner Caleb Estrada-Valentin of Baylor. He will use the $500 toward a new flute.

Tena Hehn presented the following slate of officers suggested by the nominating committee including Phyllis Wilson and Susan Poelchau: The slate was adopted by acclamation:

President Nancy Laine
- VP Membership Kimla Beasley
- VP Administration Tena Hehn
Treasurer Lisa Beyer
Secretary Susan Poelchau
Corresponding Secretary Frances Estes
Choristers (Programs) Phyllis Wilson, Claudia Jameson
Chaplain Amy Conchola
Steward Pat Suitt
Historian Mary Williams

Note: The office of Vice President was split for this coming year into Membership and Administration.

Members remained for the initiation of Francis Wu into Phi Tau chapter, led by Phi Tau members Alexandria Roddy and Layne Williamson, assisted by Tena Hehn and Ashley Bouras.

The initiation concluded with the singing of Our Triangle.


On Saturday, April 6 at 11 am we met at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church for lunch and program. Theme was The Healing Power in Music Scholarship.

Members brought their usual abundance of covered dishes, salads, desserts and other food for our group plus guests. The meeting opened with an enthusiastic rendition of the Mu Phi version of “If you're happy and you know it,” led by Tena Hehn, to gather a crowd of 37 alumni, collegiates and guests who braved heavy rain to attend.

The program was split in two parts, as the four students from Baylor were delayed by bad weather. Soprano Makayla Locicero from Richland College performed Faure's Apres une Reve, accompanied by Tena Hehn.

Oboist Meghan Dunn from Phi Tau, UNT, performed Pastoral by Brazilian composer Brenno Blauth.

Visiting collegiates were recognized: 8 from Phi Tau (UNT), which is working with a homeless shelter to provide support. One member is working on a project to send feminine hygiene products to Uganda and asks for volunteers with sewing machines. Delta Pi members from Tarleton had planned to come and sing but unfortunately could not attend because of the bad weather.

Special guest, Mu Phi Melissa Logan, introduced 12 members who wish to start a Mu Phi chapter at Richland College, a NASM accredited 2-year college with 40 vocal majors out of 120 music majors.

Pat Hill was recognized as an Amethyst member and awarded her certificate for 70 years of membership by President Nancy Laine.

The business meeting concluded with the singing of Our Triangle. We adjourned for lunch to await the arrival of the scholarship recipient from Baylor.

The Baylor contingent arrived in time for lunch and then we resumed the program with Clarinetist Kasey McMurray (Phi Xi) who played Sonatina by Miklos Rozsa.

To conclude the meeting, the annual scholarship was awarded to Phi Xi Caleb Estrada-Valentin, who performed CPE Bach's Hamburger Sonata, accompanied by Nancy Laine.

Thanks to the participation of these collegiates and guests. We hope to see some of them join our chapter next fall.


Next Meetings

Monday May 6 at 7 pm - The Healing Power of Song

Our host is Kimla Beasley. Contact Kimla or the webmaster for location - the home of Kimla's friend Pam who is lending it to her for the evening.

The program will feature Kimla Beasley and Claudia Jameson, sopranos. We need a co-host for this meeting. Please let Kimla Beasley know if you can co-host this time.

New officers will be installed at this meeting.


Susan Poelchau has sent the minutes to Sandra McMillen so that the bank signatures can be transferred to our new Treasurer. Thanks to Sandra for her many years of service as our Treasurer.

New Treasurer, Lisa Beyer, will be collecting dues for the Mu Phi 2019-2020 year and can collect yours at our May meeting or by mail. Our alumni dues that go to International have been raised and are now $70.00. Local dues remain $25 for a total of $95. If you have a lifetime Triangle subscription, deduct $15 – total $80. In November we collect our Founders Pennies - $1.16 per member this year and if you like, you can pay this with your dues - $96.16.

We are hosting the International Convention at the end of July, 2020 in Grapevine. Lisa Beyer will be contacting members to ask for help. Planning will begin this summer.

Your Newsletter Editor Mary Williams appreciates knowing what you are doing or if you have changes to your information. Your news is our news. Next Newsletter will be Sept 1.


Lisa Beyer and Ashley Bouras have prepared an article on transitioning from college to alumni membership which will appear in the next issue of the Triangle.

New member and new "Doctor" Amy Canchola was awarded the Bettylou Scandling Hubin Scholarship for World Music/Multicultural Music. Her PhD thesis was related to work on Maria Grever. Congratulations Amy! Amy and her daughter Madeline attended the April meeting.

Mary Williams returned from a week in Cape Town, South Africa and a week on safari in Botswana, Africa. It was awesome!

Judy Dardaganian has moved into her new apartment and is busy unpacking multiple boxes. Her only phone # now is her cell phone – delete the old one. Contact the webmaster for new contact information for Judy.

We are glad to hear that Sylvia Taylor has recovered from pneumonia.

One of our long-time patrons, Mary Beth Johnson, lost her husband, George D. Johnson, last week after a short illness. The Memorial service will be held Saturday, May 4th, at 12:30 p.m. at Restland Cemetary Wildwood Chapel. Thanks to Pat Hill for this info.

Our not-active-right-now member Walteria Caldwell (far left) performed at the last-minute this past weekend in Porgy and Bess at Fort Worth Opera.


We completed our 2018-2019 series this past Sunday with a real treat - Luis Sanchez, pianist from Texas A&M Commerce, played some of our favorite pieces.

The Triangle will feature our Piano-Mania mini-series in the next issue. Scheduling six pianists in a row can be a problem, or an opportunity. Kimla Beasley turned it into a PLUS - a Piano Mania event.

Kimla will be the new Chairperson of the Library Series for next year and has been working on the new schedule with retiring Chairperson Susan Poelchau. We thank Susan for her years of devotion to this years, raising the quality of our programs to a new high. We have also experienced our highest attendance this year with several full houses.

For fall: If you or a musician/group you know wants to perform on our all-volunteer series, Kimla is filling this schedule now. Musical Arts Club will lead off the series on September 29th with a 100th anniversary concert and reception. They will also donate money toward a piano tuning prior to their program.

Mary Williams continues with the series and encourages everyone to visit our website and Facebook page and share our Facebook postings about the artists who perform at the Library. Spread the word! You can post your own performances there as well. We just cannot use that space to advertise or sell products.

Kimla Beasley is maintaing a mailing email list of our "regulars" and others who would like to keep informed as to what is happening each week at the concerts. Send email addresses of your contacts to Kimla for this database.

We will need some volunteers at the October concerts. Let Kimla know if you can help.


Contact Information
Electronic mail / President / General Information - Nancy Laine:
Website - Mary Williams:
Concert Series - Kimla Beasley:
VP/Membership - Kimla Beasley:
Programs - Phyllis Wilson: and Claudia Jameson:

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