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Greetings, Mu Phi friends!  

Hope all of you are staying safe and healthy. I had fun at our January meeting enjoying some of the musical “COVID creativity” that brightened the holiday season. And thanks to Any Canchola and Collen Kilpatrick in February for their beautiful internationl program.

In March, we’ll be celebrating even more creativity, particularly songs relating to our theme for the year, Changing Times.

What a time we’ve had – from our record low freeze and burst water pipes to beautiful springlike days, it seems like we’ve seen it all lately! So maybe it’s particularly appropriate that at our Monday March 15 meeting we’ll celebrate our theme for the year – Changing Times. Three of our members accepted the chapter challenge to write a song about changing times – Julie Schmitt, Susan Poelchau, and Mary Williams – and we’ll be treated to hear two of those compositions at the meeting. You won’t want to miss the “backstory” behind Susan’s piece, and maybe the others as well. ?? (We should say that our chapter commissioned these works!)

We are pleased to have on our program, Elisabeth Adkins, violinist and TCU professor, and her husband Edward Newman, piano, who will present Three Romances by Clara Schumann. (Incidentally, I just received an email advertising a “Women Composers Sale” during Women’s History month. Clara Schumann’s Three Romances is one of the pictured items on sale, and the first composer listed is Amy Beach, a Mu Phi. Hmm, sounds like we purposely planned a women composer program this month, doesn’t it?!)

Speaking of composing (or at least arranging), National has issued a challenge to create 4-part instrumental arrangements of Our Triangle and The Creed. See details elsewhere in this newsletter as well as composition and scholarhsip information.

Looking ahead to April, we’ve determined that our “luncheon” on Saturday, April 3, needs to be virtual. We still plan to have our scholarship winner, finalists, and other collegiates perform, but you’ll have to make your own lunch.

I know that some of you teachers will be enjoying spring break next week. But for the rest, I hope to see you next Monday, March 15, at 7:00 p.m.

Nancy Laine


March Meeting
Monday, March 15 – 7 PM
Zoom Host: TBA

- On Aging – Lyrics by Maya Angelou and music by Julie Schmitt

- Song and lyrics by Susan Poelchau - "After hearing that one of Ashley Bouras’ students had wished after music class that ‘music wouldn’t end,’ Susan was inspired to write a song and lyrics using this idea and our Changing Times theme. The piece is dedicated to Ashley and her students.”
Angie Hawkins, soprano with Nancy Laine, piano

- Three Romances by Clara Schumann
Elisabeth Adkins, violin and Edward Newman, piano

After 31 years as Associate Concertmaster of the National Symphony in Washington, D.C., Elisabeth Adkins was invited to join the faculty of Texas Christian University in the fall of 2014. She serves as Professor of Violin at TCU, and continues her orchestral career as the Concertmaster of the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, the Richardson Symphony, and the Plano Symphony. She has appeared as concerto soloist for the Baltimore Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Maryland Symphony and the Seattle Symphony, as well as numerous appearances with the National Symphony.

Since arriving in Fort Worth, she has performed concertos with the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra and the TCU Symphony, both under the direction of Germán Gutiérrez, and with the Corpus Christi Symphony, the Richardson Symphony, and the Sherman Symphony. She performs in recital with her husband, pianist Edward Newman; the duo has presented concerts at the Kennedy Center and the National Gallery, and was featured as the inaugural program of public radio’s Front Row Washington. The Adkins/Newman Duo are in residence at the Wintergreen Summer Festival and Academy. A noted teacher and chamber music coach, Dr. Adkins gives master classes and clinics, and is in demand for her expertise in preparing musicians for professional orchestra auditions.

The Zoom Link will be sent later, and again on the day of the meeting.


April Collegiate Meeting
Saturday, April 10 – 11 AM (NOTE CHANGE OF DATE FROM APRIL 3)
Zoom Host: TBA

Program: We still need to be virtual but are still planning to have our scholarship winner, finalists, and other collegiates perform
Lunch: Make yourself something special or order in - but you’re on your own for lunch.

The Zoom Link will be sent later, and again on the day of the meeting.


January Meeting
Monday January 11, 2021, at 7 PM
Hosted by Lisa Beyer via Zoom
[Thanks to the precise reporting of Secretary Susan Poelchau]

Program: Time to Visit Germany (and have fun too)
Claudia Jameson, soprano sang "Die Schnur, die Perl und Perle” and “Vergebliches Standchen" by Johannes Brahms with Sheree Bayless, piano. Sheree is organist at FUMC DeSoto and an elementary music teacher at DeSoto ISD.

For a rousing finish, several COVID related parodies were offered:
• Nancy Laine shared a funny video from a teacher friend: a parody called
  The Twelve Days of the School Year.
• Amy Canchola sang COVID Song 51 by Paul Richardson: Stay Home, All Ye Faithful.
• Claudia Jameson sang a parody on the visit of the Three Kings.
• Nancy shared her son Chris's video of a mix of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and Carol of the Bells on traditional acoustic and rock-style electric guitars with vibrant backgrounds.

Nancy led the formal closing followed by the unmuted enthusiastic singing of Our Triangle that is turning into a new chapter tradition.


February Meeting
Monday February 8, 2021, 7 PM
Hosted by Daniel McKay via Zoom

Program: Time to visit Mexico and Points Beyond, presented by Duo Floreciente - Amy Canchola, soprano and Colleen Kilpatrick, piano.
Jurame by Maria Grever
Signore, ascolta! from Turandot by Giacomo Puccini
Morgen and Zueignung by Strauss
Die Mainacht by Brahms
Selige Nacht by Josef Marx
When I Look at You from "The Scarlet Pimpernel" by Wildhorn and Knighton
All the Things You Are from "Very Warm for May" by Rogers & Hammerstein II, dedicated to Virginia Pharr.



If you know an active Mu Phi who is a junior or senior who might be interested in applying for our $500 Scholarship, send them this link on the home page ofour website: The MPEDallas Scholarship Form 2021.pdf can be downloaded from the Home page. The deadline has been pushed back by a week to March 27 (EXTENDED DATE).

If any members are willing to serve on the scholarship committee to help select the winner, please let Nancy know. The winner will perform at our April 10th meeting.

Newsletter / Website

Your Newsletter Editor Mary Williams at, appreciates knowing what you are doing or if you have changes to your information. Your news is our news. Next Newsletter deadline is April 26 for our May 3rd meeting.

This newsletter will be on our website in a day or two.

   Changing Times  


The Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation recently used Amy Canchola’s photo as their “poster child” on Instagram advertising their scholarships. (Amy won one of the Eleanor Hale Wilson Summer Scholarships last year.)

Amy presented a pre-audition workshop in February.

Appearing in the Winter Triangle were photos of our new District Director for SC2 - Sam Melnick, and Ashley Bouras with her award from Richardson ISD as a Super Teacher (we knew that! Because they grabbed our picture).

Ashley Bouras and Lisa Beyer will do their presentation of their Mindful Meditation workshop for the TAMU Commerce's Elementary Music Workshop on March 13.

New Affiliate member Ginger DeWeese lives in Richardson and performs at First Baptist Church, Plano as oboist in the orchestra and choral singer.

Nancy Laine performed on the Plano Symphony Orchestra Christmas concert by playing the Widor “Toccata” while brass played Christmas tunes.

Ashley Bouras just finished her full directing gig for Melissa Youth OnStage presenting the musical Annie. She and Basil have recovered from COVID without Evelyn catching it and are back at work.

Congratulations to Claudia Jameson, who became a first time grandma on February 1! Her daughter Rachael gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Delainey Rae, weighing in at 8 lbs. 2 oz. Claudia is in Oregon with the new family and was excited to be able to witness the birth.

Lauren Huff just graduated from Baylor University in December and was a member of Mu Phi Epsilon from 2017 onwards. She is interested in affiliating with the Dallas Alumni chapter.
Welcome Lauren Huff!

New email for Mary Beth Johnson:


Using Zoom

If you have not used Zoom or are having trouble with it, please ask for assistance.

Note: We are not requiring a password for our Zoom meetings, since a link is sent only to members and the likelihood of our meetings being crashed is remote. (If hackers have our link, they would also have the password.) Once you have downloaded Zoom (takes just a minute), Zoom is super easy - click a link and you are there.


You can participate with a video of yourself, if your computer has a built-in or add-on camera, and/or audio. You need to select one or both to have others see/hear you.
* Please sit in a lighted place and ajust your screen and/or chair height so we can see you.
* Please use headphones or earbuds to minimize noise and for best audio.
* Keep your audio muted (by clicking on the audio icon in lower left of your screen) when you are not talking.
* You can toggle between Gallery View (see everyone) and Speaker View (see only the speaker) by clicking on the square shaped icon in the upper right corner of your screen. If you don't see it, hover your cursor in the area until it shows up.
* At the end of the meeting, click Leave Meeting in the lower right corner.


We are in the final stage of our year of virtual concerts that would not have happened without Kimla Beasley. She booked these musicians, coached their efforts to record and download videos, received their videos, set up places weekly to watch on YouTube, Facebook and our website, and announced programs. During our season Kimla’s father died and her mother had surgery, with Kimla taking care of family while working remotely. Thank you Kimla for a wonderful job!

Lately we enjoyed the Boulanger Quartet filmed in a casual living room setting with a friendly and quiet dog wandering through – to Luis Sanchez, piano, one week with his excellent students last week in concert settings. All good music – delightful for a Sunday afternoon.

With only a few hold-your-breath moments, our concert year has gone smootly and we are so appreciative of these artists and audiences who have supported our efforts. Finishing up are:

Mar 14: Chamber Music from North Texas Conservatory – Brianna Jaeger, piano; John Keane, Violincello; Ashley Crawford, violin; Charity Morrison, horn; Dominic Jackson, alto saxophone; Briana Gillet, trumpet

Mar 21: Texas Flute Society
- Julee Kim Walker, Paula Mims, Hannah Leffler, Shauna Thompson, Amy Thiemann, Gaby Alvarado, Mehrdad Gholami, Brice Smith, Carolyn Keyes and Cara Dailey - flutes
Ilana Joyce Cady, cello
Corey Mackey, clarinet
Ya-Chen Lee, Luis Sanchez and Michael Bukhman, piano

Mar 28: Carlos Audi, cello and Adam Booher, piano

Apr 11: Sohyun Ahn, piano
Schumann’s Scenes from Childhood and Chopin’s Fantasy Impromtu in C-sharp minor Op. 66 and Sonata in B minor No. 3 Op. 58.

Access Sunday concerts from our Concert Series page:

See the full schedule on the Concert Series page.


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Triangle Editor Wanted

Mu Phi is looking for a new editor for The Triangle. It is a paid position, although we don’t know what the salary is. Having Ellen Sacket, the retiring editor, nearby in Denton, could make for an easy handoff.
Nancy Laine was editor for a while back in the dark ages (before The Triangle was printed in full color) and found it to be quite interesting and fun. She had a full-time job and a church job at the same time she was editor, so it wasn’t terribly time consuming. And there are only 4 editions per year. So if this your expertise - apply!

From: Rosemary Ames
International President, Mu Phi Epsilon
Dear Chapter Presidents and District Directors,

The IEB has received a resignation from Ellen Sacket, as editor of The Triangle. Ellen has worked hard for the last two years to give The Triangle a new fresh look and it has been well received by the membership. The editor position focuses on compiling and editing The Triangle material for four editions annually. The editor also plays an important role in creating our convention book and overseeing the convention photos and daily convention newsletter.

I am attaching the job description and encourage you to circulate this posting as widely as possible to members who would have the qualifications and desire we seek. We need your help to find excellent candidates for this important Mu Phi position! Note: while Mu Phi members are preferred, we will also consider applications from qualified non-members.

The following will be accepted immediately and through March 30.
• Resume
• Cover letter or email
• Writing and editing samples (could include multiple formats -
  website, PDF, ISSUU, mobile app, written, etc.)

Thanks for your help in finding a new editor for The Triangle.
Contact the webmaster for a Job Description:


Exciting Competition for Composers/Arrangers

Attention all Mu Phi's!

National issued a challenge to create 4-part instrumental arrangements of Our Triangle and The Creed. There is a competition to create a flexible arrangement of one of our two most important fraternity songs. The prize is to have the arrangement premiered at the 2021 Convention in July with use into the future.

Find PDF copies of the original versions of the songs on the national website: - Songs - Mu Phi Epsilon Fraternity, and as attachments to this Newsletter.

Rules for the competition:
• The arranger must be a member in good standing of an alumni or collegiate chapter or an allied member.
• The arranger may not already be involved in the convention as a featured composer.
• The 4-part arrangement is to be submitted in 5 scores with the 4 parts titled "Parts 1-4" for greater flexibility.
• These should be transposed and able to be played by strings, woodwinds and brass in the following manner:
   o C instruments (4 parts treble clef and 4 parts bass clef)
   o Bb instruments (all 4 parts treble clef)
   o F instruments (all 4 parts treble clef)
   o Eb instruments (all 4 parts treble clef)
   o alto clef (4 parts)
• The arrangement should be at an intermediate level (for limited rehearsal time).

Submissions must be in the form of a PDF and received by Rebecca Sorley 4th International VP: Music Advisor - by April 1, 2021.For questions, contact Rebecca Sorley.


Grants and Scholarships

Check out scholarships available, most ranging from $2,000 to $10,000, many available to alumni as well as to students — at Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation ( Scholarships are available for instrumentalists, arts management, music therapy, music education, vocalists, conducting, composition, jazz, chamber music, and much more.

Note that the deadline for most scholarship applications is March 1, although the deadline for summer scholarships is April 15, so check it out soon. At the same site, you’ll see information about several original composition contests.



JULY 21-24, 2021
Grapevine, Texas
Embassy Suites
All fees and room rates will remain the same.

The world may not be back to “normal” yet, but it’s encouraging to see what appears to be progress in that direction! The national Mu Phi convention is still scheduled this summer for July 21 – 24 at the Embassy Suites in Grapevine. However, the national board is weighing options as to whether it should be a virtual, in-person, or hybrid convention. In any case, we’ll be the host chapter, so mark those dates on your calendar. We’ll soon be working on what we need to do for that (advertisements, goodie bags, transportation, etc.).

Sam Melnick was chosen by the Board be our official chapter delegate. Our new GEM members, Mary Ann Taylor and Zelda Hantz, will be recognized.

Several Dallas Alumni members have been invited to present/perform:
• Composers Katie Freiberger's A Mountain Meditation and Julie Schmitt's piece A Hole in the Water will be performed.
• Lisa Beyer and Ashley Bouras will present “Mindful Movement.”
• Our new member Leslie Spotz will play some Beethoven and also give a lecture on him. We are so delighted she was chosen. Leslie has been performing on our concert series for many years and is an accomplished professor and touring pianist.
• Francis Vu Cathlina, chosen to direct the Convention Chorus, had already started working with his choir for their presentation.

These members hope to be available this year for Convention.            


Alumni Recruitment

Ann Geiler, St. Louis Alumni, is helping put together a campaign to recruit new alumni members, particularly studentss just graduating from college. The campaign is across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as well as sent directly to graduating seniors.

She requested feedback on things like the following:
• Why you joined an alumni chapter
• What does an Alumni Chapter or being an Allied member have to offer?
• What kind of things does the Alumni Chapter do at meetings?
• How is an Alumni Chapter different than a collegiate chapter?



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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