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Nancy's Notes

Greetings, Mu Phi friends!

What a great start we’ve had this year! In September, we had a wonderful luncheon at Mary William’s clubhouse. We got to meet four new members, Emma Bjornson, Sam Melnick, Korinne West, and Taylor Gaskins -- all recent graduates of UNT! And longtime member Julie Schmitt rejoined the chapter! I can’t think of a better start for our “2020 Vision” year than the program that Kimla Beasley and Kyle Hancock presented. In addition to wonderful arias, they sang contemporary pieces that fit the “vision” theme – “On a Clear Day You Can SEE Forever,” “Someone to WATCH Over Me” – you get the idea. ?? For the big finish, we all joined in a karaoke version of “I Can See Clearly Now.” In addition to celebrating the many awards our chapter received last year in hindsight, we also looked forward and discussed our chapter’s roles in the 2020 convention next summer.

We also had a great time in October at Pat Suitt’s home. We were treated to music by the Elysee Piano Quartet, of which Pat is a member. And then we got a sneak preview of “Mindful Movement,” a teaching presentation by Ashley Bouras and Lisa Beyer (the rest of us were the students!) They will also be giving this presentation at TMEA in February 2020 - quite a big honor! Congratulations, Ashley and Lisa!

The Concert Series is also off to a great start for its 83rd year at the Library with quite a variety – harp, flutes, piano, clarinets, opera singers... Many thanks to Kimla, Susan, and Mary for their leadership and dedication! The fall season ends Sunday, Nov. 17, so there’s still time to catch a Sunday afternoon concert at the downtown Dallas Library.

Coming up on Tuesday, Nov. 12, we’ll be celebrating Founders Day at Claudia Jameson’s home. I think Dr. Winthrop Sterling and Elizabeth Mathias Fuqua must have had quite a “clear vision” when founded Mu Phi Epsilon 116 years ago, and we’ll be honoring and celebrating that vision that we’ve come to know and love. Also at the meeting, Dr. Amy Canchola will be treating us to highlights of her doctoral recital -- songs by Maria Grever. You may remember that Amy recently earned her doctorate from UNT, and also won Mu Phi’s Bettylou Scandling Hubin Scholarship for World Music/Multicultural Music for her research on composer Maria Grever.

There won’t be a meeting in December, so Founders Day will be our last opportunity to meet as a group in this decade! Hope to see you at 7:00 on Tuesday, Nov. 12!


Nancy Laine, President


September – 2020 Vision

On September 21st we enjoyed a great potluck lunch at Chimneyhill Clubhouse with a record number of Mu Phis attending. How fun it was to meet our new members – Emma Bjornson, Sam Melnick, Korinne West, and Taylor Gaskins -- all recent graduates of UNT! It was also great to see Julie Schmitt, a longtime member who rejoined this year! New members Melissa Logan and Daniel McKay were not present.
Korinne West Sam Melnick Emma Bjornson Taylor Gaskins Julie Schmitt
Nancy Laine presented our International Awards for the chapter:
• Outstanding Alumni Chapter in the South Central Province
• Honorable Mention in the Fraternity’s Circle of Winners – The Circle of Winners consists of the top
   five alumni chapters, based on points, regardless of Province. (We were #6).
• Outstanding Alumni Newsletter
• Outstanding Community Service Project (shared with the Oklahoma alumni) Library Concert series -
   special thanks to leaders Susan Poelchau, Kimla Beasley and Mary Williams!
• Katherine Doepke Creative Programming Award – First time to win this award!

Plus - SERV certificates for 300+ volunteer hours were awarded to Ashley Bouras, Nancy Laine, Susan Poelchau and Jenny Smith.

Kimla Beasley and her friend Kyle Hancock sang a great program that set up our “2020 Vision” theme for the year just perfectly! They performed selections from operas - Claire de lune by Faure, Io son l’umile ancella from “Adriana Lecouvreurt,” La calunnia è un venticello, Basilio’s aria from “Barber of Seville: and La ci darem in mano from “Don Giovanni.” They then sang Blue Skies, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Somewhere and Try to Remember by Harvey Schmidt. The group was anxious to share with Kyle that this last song has a special connection to Mu Phi, as Harvey was Wynona Lipsett’s uncle, and the song was sung at the Centennial convention. To emphasize our 20-20 Vision theme, they concluded by leading the entire group in a karaoke version of I Can See Clearly Now.

We sang Happy Birthday to Pat Hill, who turned 90 and concluded with The Triangle.


October – Seeing Double

On Tuesday, Oct. 8, Pat Suitt hosted our group. Thanks to Ashley Bouras and Lisa Beyer who demonstrated a part of their “Mindful Movement” program which they are developing for use in elementary music classes. The program, in part inspired by Mindful Kids Activities for Kindness, Focus and Calm, teaches music and rhythm skills through movement, along with exercises to develop the child's emotional control. They will present their work at the February TMEA meeting.

The Elysee Piano Quartet, composed of Pat Suitt, Pierrette Mouledous, Eunice Tavaglianoe and Terri McCoy, performed three selections for two pianos 8 hands: Bach’s Sicilienne, Masinter's Train Ride to Buena Suerte and the Waltz from “Faust” by Gounod.


Next Meeting

The theme for this year’s meetings is 2020 Vision to celebrate this coming year’s convention in Dallas. We are trying to incorporate 2020 in as many ways as possible into our meeting themes and selections.

Tuesday, November 12 – 7 pm – VISIONARY FOUNDERS
Location: Home of Claudia Jameson – 948 Hunters Creek, DeSoto
Host: Claudia Jameson
Co-hosts: Tena Hehn - Note: We need another co-host for November.

Program: Dr. Amy Canchola, soprano with Colleen Kilpatrick, piano
Songs by Maria Grever (1885-1951) - the first female Mexican composer to achieve international acclaim.
   Te Quiero, dijiste
   Un Beso
   Cuando Vuelva a Tu Lado

Founder’s Day Celebration


International reports no decision on chartering a requested chapter at Richland College.

A Scholarship Committee will be formed to select our next Scholarship winner for 2020.

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 deadline will be January 4.

Spread the word! Sign up for our Facebook page and share our concert series postings. You can post your own performances there as well. We just cannot use that space to advertise or sell products.


During last September’s trip to Germany, Susan and Harald Poelchau enjoyed taking part in a workshop in Crossen featuring the polychoral music of Heinrich Schuetz. Crossen is located a stone’s throw from Schuetz’s birthplace of Bad Koestritz, where his father kept an inn which served the famous Koestritzer Schwarzbier (dark beer). Their workshop involved about 20 singers and almost that many performers on Renaissance sackbuts and cornetti, combining to make a glorious sound! After the Sunday concert, each participant was given a souvenir bottle of Schwarzbier with a little tag featuring a portrait of Schuetz. It was great fun to perform such glorious music and be rewarded with tasty beer afterwards!

Tornado Report: Sylvia Taylor and Pat Suitt's neighborhood was badly damaged. Sylvia is OK, though she had no power for awhile. Pat had no power, a damaged shutter and trees. Mary Williams had some siding and tree damage. We were more fortunate than many.

In October Amy Canchola made a presentation at the National Opera Association conference held at SMU and performed with an orchestra on a Bach Millenium concert in California.

She will be presenting a recital/lecture at UNT in February. See Musical Events for details.  Amy announced that she has openings for voice students.

Kary Caboose is working full time at Nebraska Furniture, and is back in school majoring in computer engineering with a minor in music. She is taking a lot of classes each semester so she can graduate in 3 years instead of 4 years - taking 17 units this semester and 19 next semester. She is incredibly busy but maintaining good grades so far (on track for a 4.0 - woo hoo!). She says she can't find as many hours in the day to practice as she used  to but still plays her French horn daily.

Ashley Bouras continues to work with students in McKinney Youth OnStage which just concluded a performance of "Matilda." Nancy reports they did a great job, and Ashley’s student, who played the role of Matilda, was amazing!

Ashley will be playing her clarinet with the New Life Symphony Orchestra conducted by Johnny Fuller on November 10th at 6 pm at First Baptist Church, 800 W. Avenue D in Garland. See the poster in the Musical Events section.

Nancy Laine will be performing at a “Bach’s Lunch” organ/guitar concert on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 12:05 – 12:35 pm at Custer Road United Methodist Church 6601 Custer Rd in Plano. Nancy and her son Chris Unzicker, a classical guitarist, will be presenting a short recital of Bach’s music. You can bring a sack lunch to enjoy afterwards if you want.

Chris Brunt will be performing at a “Bach’s Lunch” organ concert on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 12:05 – 12:35 pm at Custer Road United Methodist Church, 6601 Custer Rd in Plano.

Our former member, dear friend and mentor to many of us, Yvonne Reynolds, died on Wednesday, September 18 at Barton House in Fort Worth where she had lived for the past 14 ½ years. She was 93 years old on August 26. Her son Randy and his wife, Wanda, had just visited her, and she recognized them and had a good visit. Her service was Friday, September 27 at Laurel Land Funeral Chapel. An obituary was posted on the Laurel Land website.

From Tena: You may remember Chuck Moore when he presented a program in September a few years ago as General Manager of GDYO. He died Oct 23 at age 73. He had a blood/bone marrow disease for the last two years. The last month or so he's been in the hospital, but was on hospice and died at home. He was a wonderful, quiet, gentle man and will be greatly missed. He was survived by his two grown and married sons, as well as his wife Margaret, who for years was Andrew Litton's administrative assistant at the Meyerson. A celebration of Chuck’s life will be held on Saturday, November 9, at 4 pm at First Unitarian Church of Dallas, 4015 Normandy Avenue. The service will also be live-streamed on the church’s website

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a contribution to one of Chuck’s favorite organizations: Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra; Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas; or Orpheus Chamber Singers. Address for Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra is 3630 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75219


Welcome to new member Taylor who attended our September meeting:
Taylor Gaskins:  (contact webmaster or president for additional contact info)

Please correct your yearbook listing and/or email listings for:
- Amy Canchola - VeriZon.NET and cell phone (contact webmaster or president for phone)
- Emma Bjornson - add zip code (contact webmaster or president for correction)
- Cynthia Wadley - (contact webmaster or president for correction to her address).
  Her daughter Linda Shaub's email is
- Julie Schmitt – add Composition as one of her specialties.
- Golden members: Tena Hehn - complete date is 11/66; Sandra McMillen is 5/64


Kimla Beasley recently had a meeting with Glen Ayars who is the Cultural Programs Manager at the City Of Dallas. They discussed our downtown library series and the funding for cultural programs the city has. Additional funding could help us with piano tuning, program printing, a travel stipend for the performers etc. We are applying for funding for our Concert Series.

Kimla 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. She is also open to ideas you may have about promoting our award-winning series.

Contact Kimla to volunteer to help on a Sunday at the Library.


Both our remaining fall programs have changed.
• Nov 10 will feature Jeong Hoon Lee, flute, and Jieun Lee, piano.

• Our Nov 17 program will feature Brandi Estwick, mezzo soprano and Eddie Healey, guitar. They are graduate students at UNT who specialize in Latin American and Spanish repertoire.

See the website for bios and programs for these performers (as soon as the website can be updated; our provider is moving to new equipment, causing some delays in posting).

November 17th will be our last concert for fall. We resume again at the end of January.

Changes for spring are:
• March 1: Szu-Ying Huang and Gustavo Romero - duo-piano

• March 15: Catalin Dima, piano

If 2020 is like past years, there will be more changes and additions to our series. Keep tuned by seeing the website: Click on Concert Series. The January Newsletter will have the full schedule for spring.


NOT NEWS – but reminder that we are the hosting chapter for the International Convention July 23-26, 2020 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 2401 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine, TX. This hotel is just north of DFW airport and west of the Hwy 121/LBJ interchange. Put this date on your calendar! You will want to be there.


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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