Mu Phi Epsilon Dallas Alumni Chapter Scholarship

Scholarship award is open to all South Central 2 schools.

Every year the Dallas Alumni chapter awards one deserving music-scholar a $500 scholarship to be used at the student’s discretion. It is available to all collegiate members of the South Central 2 District. A panel of three-four Dallas Alumni members will judge the applicants and select a top candidate to represent each school. From those chosen, we will select one winner.

The finalists and winner will be REQUIRED to attend our April meeting (April 13, 2024 at 11am in Dallas, Texas) and give a performance to receive their award.

Collegiate members of South Central 2 are invited to join us for lunch, and/or give a performance as well.
Please RSVP number coming to Amy Canchola: [email protected].

Due date: ALL materials must arrive by April 3, 2024.

Award: $500

Eligibility: Must be an ACTIVE member of any Mu Phi Epsilon chapter in South Central 2. Member must be in good standing at the time of application review. Juniors and Seniors (by hours) are welcome to apply.

Criteria: Scholarship based on academic record, contributions to Mu Phi chapter, and service to the community, and written recommendations. Tie-breaker in case of split decision will be financial need. Award MAY be split if desired by Alumni chapter.

Requirement of Finalists: Perform at April Dallas Alumni meeting on Saturday April 13, 2024, at 11 am. Meeting will be at Lakewood United Methodist Church – fellowship hall
2443 Abrams Rd Dallas TX 75214

Materials needed to apply:
- Scholarship Information
- Scholarship Application Form
- Scholarship Questionnaire
- Transcript, with total GPA, and separate calculations for music GPA and ‘other’ GPA
- Two recommendations, one from the applicant’s primary musical instructor, the other is at the student’s
discretion, however a recommendation from a professional musician or member of music faculty is preferred and will be given more consideration.

Recommendations must be emailed directly to the Scholarship committee head below (subject line should
include “Recommendation for XXX”), or mailed from the recommender directly to the president with their signature on the letter seal.
- Brief letter describing financial need (optional).

Winners will be notified via their contact preference on or around April 5, 2024.

Please do not include a recording etc. or anything other than the requested materials.

Send materials to:
Mary Ann Taylor, President
[email protected]
(Email should include your name and “Dallas Alumni Scholarship” in the subject line)

Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition

One winner is awarded a two-year contract for expense-paid concert/recital appearances sponsored by the Foundation and chapters of Mu Phi Epsilon. Also included are:
1) a solo recital at the triennial Mu Phi Epsilon International Convention
2) local and national publicity
3) an honorarium of $200 for each performance and
4) presentation of community service programs

One alternate winner is named. All finalists receive a Claudette Sorel cash award of $500.


Scholarships 2023-2024

There are lots of scholarships available from MPE Foundation, most ranging from $2,000 to $10,000, many available to alumni as well as to students. Check out: Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation at

- Grants & Scholarships.

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 (deadline April 15).

Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation Grants and Scholarships

$1000 Merle Montgomery Doctoral Grant
$1000 Merle Montgomery Grant-in-aid for a specific purpose
$1000 Mabel Henderson Grant for International Study
up to $2000 Helen Haupt Alumni Chapter Project Grants
up to $1000 Wiese-Abegg Collegiate Chapter Project Grant
$1000 Lillian Harlan Ramage Grant: Graduate Composition
$1000 Ellen Jane Lorenz Porter Grant: Graduate Work in Composition
$1000 Ruth Dean Morris Scholarship in Music Theory or Composition
$7000 John and Mary Virginia Foncannon Choral Conducting or Sacred Music Scholarship
$7000 John and Mary Virginia Foncannon Conducting/Coaching Scholarship
$1000 Alberta Denk Scholarship for Violin, Viola, Cello performance
$1000 (2) Gerke Collegiate Artist Scholarships: Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Strings
$5000 Beth Landis Violin Scholarship
$2000 Jean Louise Martin Scholarship: Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Strings performance
$2000 Eleanor Hale Wilson Cello Scholarship
max $5000 James and Lola Faust Chamber Music Scholarship
$1000 Edythe G. Burdin Scholarship: Arts Management
$1000 Madge Gerke Music Education Scholarship
$5000 Beth Landis Music Education Scholarship
$1000 Hazel B. Morgan Scholarship, Graduate Music Education
$1000 Nadine Williams Scholarship, Graduate Music Education
$2000 Ines Pratt Jamison Scholarship: Voice Music Education
$1500 BettyLou Scandling Hubin Scholarship: Music Technology
$1500 Laverne Jackson Memorial Music Therapy Scholarship
$6000 Eleanor B. Weiler and Mildred B. Frame Piano Scholarship: (one or more) study in France
$1000 Helen Haupt Piano Scholarship
$1500 BettyLou Scandling Hubin Scholarship: World Music / Multicultural Music
$1000 Elizabeth Boldenwerk Voice Scholarship: undergraduate
$1000 Mikanna Clark Taurman Voice Scholarship: graduate
$1000 (2) Sara Eikenberry Voice Scholarship: mezzo-soprano / contralto - undergraduate
$1000 (2) Sara Eikenberry Voice Scholarship: mezzo-soprano / contralto - postgraduate
$5000 Brena Hazzard Voice Scholarship

Eleanor Hale Wilson Summer Scholarships

$1000 (6)  Study at any American or International Summer Music Program

Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation Summer Programs

Elizabeth Mathias Award
Sterling Patrons
International Sterling Achievement Award
Marian Davidson Collaborative Pianist Award Winners
Orah Ashley Lamke Award
Musicological Research Contest Winners
Original Composition Contest Winners
Outstanding Alumni Chapters
Outstanding Collegiate Chapters

Mu Phi Epsilon Awards

Elizabeth Mathias Award
Sterling Patrons
International Sterling Achievement Award
Marian Davidson Collaborative Pianist Award Winners
Orah Ashley Lamke Award
Musicological Research Contest Winners
Original Composition Contest Winners
Outstanding Alumni Chapters
Outstanding Collegiate Chapters

Chapter Award

Violet Award to outstanding chapter member

See these websites for more information:
International webpage:

Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation:


There was no award given in 2023.


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Clara Chestnut, flute/voice/piano

Clara is a senior at Texas A&M Tarleton in Stephenville. She is president of the Delta Pi chapter.

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Faith Ann Santucci, flute

Faith is a student at the University of North Texas, Phi Tau chapter.

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Talia Dugan, clarinet

At our Zoom meeting in April Talia Dugan performed Burgmüller's “Duo for Clarinet and Piano,” accompanied by her mother, Renee.

She has been active in the Phi Psi chapter as well as the Baylor Band and the Waco Symphony.  She's now home in Portland, Oregon where she is teaching remotely and plans a summer wedding


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The annual scholarship for 2019 was awarded to Phi Xi Caleb Estrada-Valentin, who performed CPE Bach's Hamburger Sonata, accompanied by Nancy Laine.


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Michael Ramirez, composer
Phi Tau - University of North Texas

With Lisa Beyer, Dallas Alumni Vice-President and Sandra McMillen, Treasurer

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.

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Nathan Meyers, Euphonium
Phi Tau - University of North Texas

With Ashley Bouras, Dallas Alumni President

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Nathan Ryland, piano
Phi Tau - University of North Texas


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Bethany Bonner, oboe
Baylor University, $500 Scholarship Winner


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Collin Boothby, organ
Texas Christian University, $350 Special Award


Alison Jayroe, Baylor
$500 Scholarship Winner

With Jenny Smith

Libby Taussig, TCU
$300 Music Education Award

With Jenny Smith


  Jack Sutey, UNT

Katie Salvatore, Baylor

with Jenny Smith


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Elizabeth Kirkendoll, oboe - TCU
with Jenny Smith
Elizabeth with Edith Widayani, piano
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