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Volume 106, Issue 4

Winter 2013

On the Grow Volume 106, Issue 4 Winter 2013

Welcome to New Chapters Also: Musicological Research, New ACME Honorees

Fraternity Mission Statement: Mu Phi Epsilon International Professional Music Fraternity is a coeducational fraternity whose aim is the advancement of music in the community, nation, and world through the promotion of musicianship, scholarship, and music education, with emphasis on service through music. Volume 106, Issue 4

Winter 2013

EDITOR Melissa Eddy DESIGN & PRODUCTION Corinne Lattimer

contents Feature: On the Grow—Four Chapters in Six Weeks . . . . . 4


Zeta Xi, Zeta Omicron, Zeta Pi are installed and Mu Nu reactivated.

Send all material for publication to: Melissa Eddy, Fax 325/388-0914 or by mail to New Mailing Address: 220 Link Drive, Kingsland, TX 78639-5262

Winner: 2012 Musicological Research Contest . . . . . . . . . 6

All materials submitted for publication become the property of Mu Phi Epsilon. Requests for return are accepted and must be accompanied with a self-addressed stamped envelope. Electronic transmissions are preferred. Photos must be scanned at a minimum of 300 dpi. Deadlines for submissions: Spring — February 15 Summer — May 1 Fall — August 15 Winter — December 1 Change of address, renewals, notice of deceased members, requests for extra copies and subscription requests should be sent to: Mu Phi Epsilon International Executive Office 4705 N. Sonora Avenue, Suite 114 Fresno, CA 93722-3947 toll free: 888- 259-1471 fax: 559-277-2825 email: The Triangle is published 4 times per year by Mu Phi Epsilon, International Professional Music Fraternity. Member, Professional Fraternity Association. (ISSN 0041-2600)(Volume 106, Issue 4) Subscription price is $20.00 per year. Single copies are $8.00. Periodicals postage paid at Fresno, California and at additional mailing offices. Printed in the United States of America. POSTMASTER: Send all changes of address to: Mu Phi Epsilon International Executive Office, 4705 N. Sonora Avenue, Suite 114, Fresno, CA 93722-3947

How Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts made the most of the television to educate and inspire.

International Corner . . . . . . . 7 by Keith Ford Help build the global Mu Phi community - what you can do.

Mu Phi Leaders . . . . . . . . . . 14 Series: Who are the IEB and what do they do? Plus, meet a District Director.

Applause / Encore . . . . . . . 16 News from members and chapters.

Final Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 District Directors Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Executive Officers Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Alumni . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 by Lenita McCullum The many "ships" on the Mu Phi fraternal sea.

Upon Listening . . . . . . . . . . . 9 J. S. Bach's Goldberg Variations performed on both piano and harpsichord in one CD/DVD set.

Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

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Golden anniversary coming up; meet Foundation directors Judith May and Keith Bohm.

Convention 2014 . . . . . . . . . 12 Theme, dates, place! Plus an exciting logo design contest, open now.

ACME . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 by Mary Au Meet oboist Richard Kravchak and clarinetist Berkeley A. Price, our newest ACME honorees.

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President’s Message The last six months have seen our Fraternity grow beyond our wildest expectations. Since September, we have installed three new collegiate chapters, one new alumni chapter, and reactivated one collegiate chapter, for a total of five newly active groups of members. Our outreach goal last year was for collegiates and alumni to reach out to each other, and this year’s goal is for all of us to reach out to unaffiliated members. I am proud to say that your “reach out” efforts are probably the reason we have seen such growth within our collegiate and alumni chapters. Member Janet Davidson from Colorado Springs, CO, is a Mu Phi who does not know the word “stop.” She was affiliated with the Denver Alumni chapter, but lived ninety miles away. So rather than complain about the drive to Denver for meetings, she decided to find Mu Phis living in Colorado Springs. She called, emailed, posted announcements on the local PBS station, and did not give up. In September, the Colorado Springs Alumni chapter was installed with thirteen charter members (see article in Fall 2012 Triangle). Since then, Janet has published two chapter newsletters and a yearbook. She is like the Eveready bunny – she just keeps going and going. Mu Phi is the beneficiary of her endless energy and dedication. A group of students at Howard University in Washington D.C. were dissatisfied with their options for membership in a music fraternity. They were looking for something professional that they could be proud to claim as their own. A search on the internet brought them to Mu Phi Epsilon. Brandon Barnett led the effort by contacting Mu Phi and finding eleven students who joined him in becoming charter members of Zeta Xi. The Washington D.C. Alumni chapter braved the impending Hurricane Sandy to attend the installation and celebration. In Walseka, GA, about an hour north of Atlanta, Mu Phi member Dr. Paula Thomas-Lee remembered her days as a collegiate at Phi Xi, and decided that the students at Reinhardt University needed to be a part of Mu Phi Epsilon. Almost single-handedly, she received permission from the university, recruited eleven new members, and organized the initiation, installation, and recital for Zeta Omicron. In Lake Forest, IL, students again found Mu Phi Epsilon on the internet, leading to the installation of Zeta Pi. Eugenia Flores brought together fellow students and arranged for the training, ceremonies, and recital. The help of Mu Phi members Mark Sudeith and Marion Kehrberg, both from the Chicago area, was invaluable. And finally, Lauren Cabral, a student at the University of Southern California, learned of the inactive Mu Nu chapter there and was unstoppable until she had the chapter active again with eight new members. District Director PSW Ruth Cuccia and the Los Angeles and Palos Verdes/South Bay Alumni chapters were there to guide and assist the new members. It is so gratifying to know and witness the commitment and dedication of fellow members whose efforts have resulted in this wonderful growth of our Fraternity. Mu Phis everywhere are reaching out to new or unaffiliated members near and far. Mu Phi Epsilon is growing and expanding our music and our friendships. Working together, there is no limit to what we can accomplish!

Rosemary Ames, International President

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On the Grow: Four Chapters in Six Weeks Three Installed, One Reactivated By Melissa Eddy, Mu Theta, International Editor

Zeta Xi Howard University, Washington D.C. October 28, 2012

Zeta Omicron Reinhardt University, Waleska, GA November 28, 2012

International President Rosemary Ames arrived in Washington D.C. on Thursday, October 25, to meet with the Zeta Xi candidates and administer their entry exam. She learned that although there are active chapters of other music fraternities at Howard, the candidates had sought out Mu Phi Epsilon as the fraternity that could best offer them a high level of professionalism, a bond of acceptance, and future opportunities. The candidates’ pride and excitement about becoming Mu Phis were demonstrated by their preparation for the exam, which all passed with nearly perfect scores. Then the group sang “Our Triangle” in four parts unaccompanied.

Faculty advisor Dr. Paula Thomas-Lee (Phi Xi), who had worked with the Reinhardt students through all the steps of candidacy and creating the new chapter, conducted the initiation and installation. She officiated in place of International President Rosemary Ames, who tried to make the trip to Georgia but was, to her great disappointment, foiled by flight delays. Dr. Thomas-Lee had previously conducted training and administered entry exams for the candidates.

On Sunday, October 28, eight members of Washington D.C. Alumni attended the ritual and presented the new chapter with a Bible. D.C. chapter member and pianist Elizabeth White played background music and several D.C. members took part in the ritual. Delta Delta chapter loaned ritual equipment. Eleven new members were initiated into Mu Phi Epsilon, and the Zeta Xi chapter was installed with eleven charter members. The ritual concluded with installation of chapter officers. After photographs and congratulations, Zeta Xi performed a musicale for many fellow students, family, and friends. Then, despite the impending arrival of Hurricane Sandy, all adjourned to a nearby restaurant to continue the celebration. They were pleased that they will be remembered as the chapter that blew into Mu Phi Epsilon on the wings of a hurricane! 4

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On Wednesday, November 28, the group began the evening with a celebratory pizza dinner. Then Dr. Thomas-Lee conducted the ritual, assisted by five collegiate members who had been initiated to Gamma Pi at Shorter College in Rome, GA, and subsequently transferred to Reinhardt University. Thirteen new members were initiated into Zeta Omicron, nineteen members (new and transferred) signed the new chapter’s charter, and chapter officers were installed. Then, after photographs and congratulations, Zeta Omicron members concluded the evening with a recital of music from Bach to Zabrack, for a variety of instruments and voices.

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Zeta Pi Lake Forest University, Lake Forest, IL December 8, 2012 Lake Forest is a small and beautiful campus north of downtown Chicago, right on Lake Michigan. Without an active alumni chapter in the widespread metro Chicago area, it had been difficult to find assistance for the ritual, but fortunately Mark Sudeith, faculty advisor for Gamma Nu at Chicago State University, was able to help. It was his second two-hour-plus round trip, as he had driven to Lake Forest several weeks earlier to administer the Entry Ceremony. Arriving on a cold December day for the installation, International President Rosemary Ames found the Zeta Pi candidates immersed in the warmth of last-minute preparations. Marion Kehrberg (Omega) also arrived from the west Chicago area to assist Rosemary and Mark in conducting the rituals with dignity, meaning and grace. The ceremonies began at 5:00 p.m. in the chapel. The first ritual was the Entry Ceremony for faculty advisor Christopher White, followed by new member initiation, chapter installation, and officer installation. The nine new initiates comprise the charter members of Zeta Pi.

Mu Nu Reactivation University of Southern California, Los Angeles December 11, 2012 Attendees at November’s PSW1-2 district conference (see story on p. 18) held an Entry Ceremony for incoming Mu Nu pledges. International President Rosemary Ames officiated and Dr. Joanna Nachef (Mu Nu, Palos Verdes/South Bay Alumni) spoke words of encouragement at the lovely ceremony. Then on December 11, seven candidates were initiated into Mu Nu, thereby reactivating the chapter after almost five years with no collegiate members. The initiation ritual was performed by PSW1-2 District Director Ruth Cuccia and members of Los Angeles Alumni, Palos Verdes/South Bay, and Gamma Sigma chapters, and was followed by a round of hearty congratulations. Mu Phis in California and around the country who were initiated into Mu Nu are proud of the chapter’s renaissance and await further happy news of its growth and redevelopment.

After photographs and congratulations, Zeta Pi gave a recital attended by many fellow students, family, and friends, including music department chair Donald Meyer and department administrator Kathi Siebert. Dr. Meyer teaches an electronic music class and one of the recital presentations was an electronic composition with a little Mu Phi touch (President Ames looks forward to using it at the 2013 convention). To conclude the evening, Zeta Pi gave a festive reception – complete with gold, purple, white and black balloons – followed by a dinner. The new chapter was featured in the campus newspaper; read the article at Zeta Pi is already planning joint activities with Gamma Nu, looks forward to introducing more students to the Fraternity, and hopes for continued support from Chicago-area alumni.



Musicological Research Contest Winner Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts: Contexts & Canons by Alicia Kopfstein-Penk, Ph.D. (Alpha Eta, Washington D.C. Alumni)

Abstract of winning paper, 2012 Musicological Research Contest Category: PhD dissertation in musicology, historical musicology, ethnomusicology, or music history

His fifty-three hour-long awardwinning Young People’s Concerts (1958-1972) are among his most significant television work and were seen at their height by nearly ten million in the U.S.A. as well as in over forty countries. Nonetheless, these marvelous arts education programs have been relegated to the periphery of his life. While the series clearly shows Bernstein’s brilliant pedagogy, and even deeper story lies beneath— how this musical genius was shaped by his times, and in turn how he attempted (both consciously and unconsciously) to use television to shape world opinion. Archival work, interviews, and a comparison of a timeline of American history with the scripts permits a four part investigation of the programs. The first part sets the stage by documenting scheduling of the programs, attendees at the live performances, production crew and issues, the creative process, and the selection criteria for both topics and works (revealing the sound economic basis of Bernstein’s decisions). The second and third parts investigate how Bernstein’s own cultural, political, and social contexts influenced him, and how he attempted to influence his viewers. The origins of this innovative arts


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programming in the early years of television, and its success through the turbulent sixties (even being broadcast during prime time for five glorious seasons) and the decline into the seventies are revealed through the story of inception of the series, the goals and types of sponsors throughout the run, and all the Nielsen ratings. As an early “post modernist,” the programs also show how he easily integrated elements from lowbrow and middlebrow culture into these highbrow programs. Unbeknownst to viewers, Bernstein addressed the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, civil rights, and feminism, hippies, and even the craze for astrology in a surreptitious, non-confrontational manner. The fourth and final part studies Bernstein’s programming of and reactions to modernism (his tonal bias is evident) and his quest to nurture American music. Eleven appendices document production and broadcast information, possible motivations for the program topics, recordings related to the Young People’s Concerts, young performers, Nielsen ratings, selected cultural references mentioned in the programs, twentiethcentury music and American music performed on the series, and New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts run by others during Bernstein’s tenure with the orchestra. Stamp with composer Leonard Bernstain© Konstantin32 |

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) was recently featured in BBC Magazine with the headline “Why he was the greatest musician of modern times.” No other twentieth-century musician has inspired so many people from all walks of life as profoundly as this composer, conductor, pedagogue, humanitarian, and activist. The growth of this Maestro’s career coincided with the growth of the new medium of television, so many knew him primarily through his broadcasts. Yet this facet of Bernstein’s life remains completely unexplored by scholars.

No other musician in the late twentieth century so fully addressed the issues of the day as did Bernstein, and no other classical musician has ever been so widely seen. Through his Young People’s Concerts, the Maestro not only spread his love of music but raised his artistic voice from this bully pulpit to work for a better world.

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International Corner

Building the Global Mu Phi Community: You Can Help by Keith Ford hen I was an undergraduate student in the early 2000s, I had my sights set on studying in London, England. I was fortunate that those dreams materialized and in 2003 I began postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music and haven’t looked back – I’m still here! But the transition was not easy and in those early days there were many unknowns. Would I be able to stay in London for more than a year? How would I pay the bills? How would I meet people?

Lonely or connected? Before I moved here, a teacher at the Academy warned me that London was a lonely, large, difficult place to meet people and establish oneself. (This is probably true for most big cities, whether Shanghai, Paris, Rome, New York, wherever.) I was reminded about the loneliness of London last week when an old friend from the Academy came to visit my church choir rehearsal. This Japanese pianist had been living in Italy for many years and recently decided to come back to London to try to make a better life for herself. It’s not going to be easy, since she doesn’t know many people here. I invited her to join our choir, because she could make friends there, friends with local knowledge. When we relocate, we need as much help as we can get. The Mu Phi chapter network is vibrant and strong in America. One of the purposes of alumni chapters is to serve as contact points for members moving from place to place. If a member moves from the East coast to San Francisco, for example, they know they can connect with new friends in the alumni chapter there who will help them get established. How might we carry over this community model into international contexts?

Mu Phi Epsilon has members living all over the world. Typically, they joined the fraternity as students in American universities and conservatories, and then either returned home or settled in another country. How can we keep these individuals connected into the Mu Phi community?

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First steps As a first step, I encourage every Mu Phi living abroad to affiliate as an Allied member. This creates an automatic connection through The Triangle and other fraternity communications, and gives you a voice in fraternity governance through Allied representation at conventions. Next, if you are in contact with members living abroad, ask them to provide their current international address and other contact information to me or to the International Executive Office, so the fraternity can communicate with them. Finally, I invite members who live outside the U.S. to consider volunteering as your city’s Mu Phi contact for members who move (or visit) there and need guidance and local knowledge. It would be a great benefit if a Mu Phi heading for a nonU.S. location could know that another member there stands ready to help. To start the ball rolling, I can be the London contact, a role I’ve been filling informally ever since I’ve lived here. If you live abroad, or spend extended periods overseas for study or work, would you be an international Mu Phi

contact too? Whether you have lived in a foreign city for many years or are moving to one soon, please email me if you would like to volunteer for your area. By summer 2013, I would like to see a list of international Mu Phi contacts featured in these pages. Moving back home or relocating for study can be both a scary and exciting prospect. So let’s support each other internationally in the same way that we support each other domestically.

> International Committee Co-Chairs

Marlon Daniel

Mu Xi, New York Alumni 212-641-0305

Keith Ford

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Many “Ships” on Our Fraternal Sea by Lenita McCallum, Third Vice President/Alumni Advisor

When I began musing on this subject, the connection between the words friendship, membership, and musicianship popped into my head. (I’m a crossword puzzle addict.) That connection led me to an online search for words that end in “ship,” where I discovered 218 of them. I chose about twenty that I think characterize successful Mu Phis and their chapters. So here’s my short list of “ship” words. Perhaps it will broaden and inspire your thoughts about who we are and what we do. Scholarship is the foundation of Mu Phi membership; we trust that we all have attained a certain level of knowledge vital to our profession. Mu Phis develop acquaintanceship with many kinds of music, history, art, and life through our pursuit of musical studies. As we prepare for our lives in the musical arts, an assistantship may help to pay those pesky graduate school fees. Sometimes winning a championship means we have been chosen as a competition winner, with either financial or performance awards. Or maybe a professorship is the reward for long hours of study and a place to share all that one has learned. We have a natural ambassadorship to share our knowledge and music with others, and often serve an apprenticeship to hone our skills as musicians or to learn how to promote music. Spokesmanship gives words and life to ideas as we promote music in our lives 8 THE TRIANGLE | Winter 2013

and the lives of those around us. Through sponsorship, we seek out worthy others and support their quest for musical attainment. Colleagueship is practiced daily as we perform or teach together, tutor each other, and enjoy the benefits of a shared goal. Consultantship means that when I need help, I can go to someone who will happily give me answers or advice. Entrepreneurship provides ideas and energy to renew chapters, start new ones, or find new ways to bring music to people. Co-authorship is practiced in vocal music, film scoring, and musical theater: you write the words, I write or orchestrate the music. Connoisseurship helps us discern what is of value and what needs to be discarded. Companionship means we are not alone; we have so many musical friends who walk and work with us. Relationships blossom and develop within the bonds of the Fraternity and last our whole lives long. Fellowship and partnership are wonderful ways we work together to provide music that makes our communities a better place. And stewardship fulfills our purpose as members of an organization that seeks to bring the beauty and life of music to all around us, wherever we may be. Taken together, all these “ships” serve as threads to build the friendship that is a relational aspect of membership and a vital cornerstone of our fraternity. Friendship grows in value as the years pass, becomes a treasure for all, and proves the wisdom of our founders many years ago.

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As Mu Phi Epsilon members, we hold up three values as the cornerstones of our fraternity: music, friendship, and harmony. Today I write about one of the values and its connection to “Reaching Out,” our theme for this year. That value is friendship.

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J. S. Bach: Goldberg Variations on Harpsichord & Piano Upon listening to and watching the DVD J. S. Bach Goldberg Variations on Harpsichord & Piano, presented and performed by Sophia Gilmson (Gamma Tau), your spirit will lift and your appreciation of Johann Sebastian Bach’s pure genius will be re-kindled. The music, in conjunction with the artist’s loving musical involvement, provides a perfect vehicle for this well thought-out educational format, an interesting opportunity to hear the two instruments’ obvious differences in one sitting. In this way, the listener experiences the captured sound of the music on the harpsichord as it resonates within the aural senses; just moments later, the contrast of the piano melds into a complete musical adventure.

Sophia Gilmson succeeds in transmitting Bach’s masterpiece, with crisp rhythms, nice resolutions, good attention to inner voices, and masterful concluding phrases. She brings out all the interest within the intricate voices and harmonic progressions (canons, fugues), which always lead somewhere. In particular, I enjoyed the special repose of #13: there is a beautiful touch, understanding of relaxation when called for, and poetic expressivity. Repeated notes are always different, thus the music remains vibrant. Number 25 further demonstrates Ms. Gilmson’s excellent instincts and fine musicianship, as a slight delay of harmonic resolution captures the musical moment. Minimum use of pedal throughout the piano realization was appreciated, and yet none of the piano work sounded dry. Her good use of the silence between sections represents maturity and emotional understanding of the music.

“... crisp rhythms, nice resolutions, good attention to inner voices, and masterful concluding phrases.”

One instrument has little sustaining ability, the other has massive sustaining ability. The harpsichord’s sonority transports us to a world of elegant, intimate sitting rooms of the 1700s, with powdered wigs, exquisite dress, and fashionable listeners. The modern-day keyboard arouses the senses in quite a different way, in experiences of our own times: large concert halls, recordings, choices of piano makers (e.g. Baldwin, Steinway, Bosendorfer), timbres, lids on full stick, half stick or no lid, etc., not to mention artists’ personal convictions as to pedal technique, dynamics, and interpretation. Naturally, with so many contrasting instrumental and personality differences, meaningful and successful interpretation of this music requires high-level understanding as well as physical skills.

The energy, forward movement, and manner of presentation in this DVD deserve a high recommendation for the classroom, practice room, and sitting room. Just one suggestion: timings of the entire DVD, teaching segments, and movements might have been included in the program.

Available through!store/cnnz $19.99 + $3s&h ($22.99 total) A 2-CD set includes two complete performances of Bach's Goldberg Variations, one on harpsichord and the other on piano. $39.95+$4.50s&h ($44.45 total) DVD includes demonstration of selected two-manual variations on harpsichord and piano, side by side, with close-up; a talk at the keyboard about the Goldberg Variations, its history, architecture, legend attached to it, performance practice, etc.; and two complete performances, one on harpsichord and another one on piano.

Sophia Gilmson is Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy at The University of Texas at Austin. DVD: Panda Productions ory/details.aspx?id=43

> Upon Listening Contributor

Sherry Kloss

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A Golden Anniversary and A Golden Opportunity 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation! Our celebrations will recognize and honor the vision, dedication, and careful planning of numerous members, patrons, and friends who brought the Foundation through these past five decades. The 50th Anniversary Committee is working on a number of exciting projects and presentations to help us all observe this momentous occasion throughout the anniversary year. Some wonderful surprises are being planned, culminating at the Fraternity’s Convention in August 2014. The committee is working closely with the Foundation’s Board of Directors to schedule special guest artists, commission an anniversary composition, plan master classes or a recital featuring fraternity artists, and develop a one-time “Golden Opportunity Grant” for which any active* member could apply (*dues paid by December 31, 2013). Watch for details to be announced in 2013! As we review the past fifty years, we look forward to continued growth and new possibilities. We urge you to consider how the Foundation’s various financial assistance offerings and professional incentives have aided members through the years. Perhaps this is the year you will apply for one of the Foundation’s 41 grants or scholarships, or enter the International Competition, or encourage your chapter members to join you in supporting the Foundation. Membership in Mu Phi Epsilon is both a privilege and a responsibility. We share the wealth of music as creators, teachers, performers, reviewers, appreciators, and contributors. The friendships we enjoy become part of our personal and professional identity, and the harmony we know in our lives and work – whether musical or mundane – helps shape us and direct our daily paths. A joyful, musical celebration of the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation’s 50th anniversary is our focus, and we can all participate!

Don’t miss out, watch for details on our website and in The Triangle

Could You See Yourself as a Director of The Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation? Then We Would Like To Talk With You! There will be positions opening up on the Board in 2013, our Golden Anniversary year. If you are interested in helping with our mission of scholarships, grants, International Competition and fundraising, please contact Treasurer Beverly Abegg at 978-692-7353 or She will be happy to discuss the opportunities and answer any questions you might have. Act now so you can be there to suggest, plan, and help with the festivities as we celebrate our Golden Anniversary.


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Foundation Meet Your Foundation Directors Judy May, Epsilon Xi A native of Illinois, mezzo-soprano Judy May holds the position of coordinator of the voice faculty in the Herberger College School of Music at Arizona State University. A winner of the Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition, she has performed recitals extensively both in the US and abroad. In addition to her appearance at Carnegie Hall with the Manhattan Philharmonic, she has been featured with the Phoenix Symphony, Sapporo Symphony (Japan), Central Wisconsin Symphony, Aspen Chamber Symphony with Luciano Berio conducting, and at the Grand Teton Music Festival.

A versatile interpreter of modern music, she has several world premieres to her credit, including Spiral II by Chinery Ung in Japan and Dream Sequence by Arthur Weisberg. Professor May performed songs by John Duke with Mr. Duke at the piano. Her first radio performance was a program of songs by Clara Schumann with pianist Judith Aldstadter on New York’s WQXR The Listening Room with Robert Sherman in 1977. She has many other radio broadcasts to her credit including WNYC in New York and Live from the Elvehjem on Wisconsin Public Radio.

Keith Bohm, Alpha Delta, Sacramento Alumni, Keith Bohm has been noted for his “virtuosity” and “expressive playing” (Sacramento Bee and San Francisco Classical Voice). An ACME honoree, Dr. Bohm has performed saxophone recitals in major cities across the United States, including a live broadcast performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. He has also toured throughout Europe including Paris, France, for the Bicentenaire de la Revolution Francaise, the Montreux Jazz Festival, and music festivals throughout Italy. Dr. Bohm has given world premiere performances of works by American composers Samuel Adler, Jerome Begin, Leo Eylar, William J. Lackey, James Mobberly, and Chen Yi. He has also been the principal saxophonist with the California Wind Orchestra, Camellia Symphony, and Empyrean Ensemble.

For the past eleven years, Dr. Bohm has held the positions of Lecturer in Saxophone at California State University, Sacramento, and Artist Affiliate in Saxophone at the University of California, Davis. He is also Artistic Director of the Festival of New American Music at California State University, Sacramento.

Before her appointment in 1986 to the voice faculty at Arizona State University, Professor May was on the faculties of Westminster Choir College, University of Wisconsin/Stevens Point, and University of Southern Mississippi. She has served on the faculty of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Judy May holds degrees from the University of Illinois and The Juilliard School.

A native of California, Dr. Bohm received the DMA in performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music (Alpha Kappa), MM degree from the University of Southern Mississippi (Alpha Gamma), and BM degree from California State University, Sacramento (Alpha Delta). Dr. Bohm has also had the privilege to study and perform abroad in Lörrach, Germany, with Harry Kinross White and Carina Raschèr of the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet. Dr. Bohm has been a member of Mu Phi Epsilon since 1994 and previously was a director on the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation Board in 2000-2006. He was also the winner of the 1998 Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition in Tacoma and was a judge for the final round of the 2011 Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition in Rochester, New York. Liquid gold Credit line © Clearviewstock |


SPOTLIGHT: Sterling Past, Golden Present, & Brilliant Future

2014 Convention

The 2014 MPE convention is for ALL members. Music, Friendship and Harmony will abound. Mark your calendars now and plan to join us. Sacramento, CA July 29 – August 2, 2014 Convention Logo Contest Now Open Cash prize! Entry Deadline May 31, 2013 Mu Phi Epsilon needs a logo for the 2014 convention, so we’re having a contest! If you or someone you know has graphics or visual art skills, get your creativity in gear and start designing. The contest is open to anyone, whether or not a Mu Phi. Formal visual arts or graphic design training is helpful but not required. The winner receives a $100 cash prize. Contest rules: The logo must incorporate the convention title “Spotlight: Sterling Past, Golden Present, & Brilliant Future,” the location “Sacramento, CA” the date “July 29 – August 2, 2014,” and of course “Mu Phi Epsilon.” A visual reference to music is desirable. Other elements are up to the designer. The logo may be full-color or black and white with a spot color. The design must be submitted electronically as a 300dpi .jpg file. Send as an email attachment to


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New ACME Honorees By Mary Au, Mu Nu, Los Angeles Alumni Mu Phi Epsilon is proud to announce the latest ACME (Artists, Composers, Musicologists, Educators) honorees, Richard Kravchak and Berkeley Price. We are pleased to include them among our most accomplished members whose achievements place them at the acme of our profession. Richard Kravchak Oboist Richard Kravchak (Gamma Sigma, faculty advisor Gamma Sigma) performs as a chamber player and orchestral musician Europe, Asia, and the Americas, and has appeared as a soloist with ensembles as diverse as the Dubuque Symphony, University of Hawaii Wind Ensemble, Carson Symphony, Banda Espinia de Portugal, and the Orquesta Symphonica de El Salvador. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald wrote, “Kravchak’s playing revealed a real beauty of tone, not monolithic, but always changing in color and intensity. He makes even the most difficult lines seem almost effortless.” He has given invited solo performances at conferences and festivals including the International Double Reed Society, North American Saxophone Alliance, International Clarinet Society, and others. Richard holds performance degrees from Eastman School of Music, Juilliard, and Florida State University, and was the first California teacher to receive national board certification in music education. He is professor of music at California State University-Dominguez Hills where he chairs the music department, directs the music education program, and is a studio woodwind instructor. He is also a member of the conducting faculty of the Valley Youth Orchestras and an elementary music instructor for the Los Angeles Unified School District. His teaching has been recognized by several awards including Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year and the Dunsay Award from the Los Angeles Music Center for the educator who “did the most with the fewest resources.”

Berkeley A. Price Clarinetist Berkeley A. Price (Mu Upsilon, Los Angeles Alumni) earned both the MMA and DMA at the Eastman School of Music where he received the Clarinet Teaching Fellowship. Earlier studies were at Brigham Young University, the Colburn School, and the Crossroads School of the Arts. He is currently professor of music and band director at Antelope Valley College in California. He was previously director of instrumental music at the Windward School and assistant professor of woodwinds and music education at West Virginia Wesleyan College. He was also music director and conductor of the Palos Verdes Regional Orchestra in 2004-2008. Active as a soloist, chamber musician, conductor, and recording artist, Berkeley’s solo and ensemble tours have taken him to Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. Solo concerti appearances have include the China National Symphony, Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra, Antelope Valley College Wind Ensemble, Palos Verdes Regional Orchestra, and Brigham Young University Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic, and Wind Symphony. Since 1994, Berkeley and his mother Deon Nielsen Price (Gamma, LA Alumni) have performed regularly as the Price Duo, whose mission is to bring high quality clarinet/piano music to the public through performance, recording, and artist residencies. Significant duo performances have included the Beijing Concert Hall, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Panama National Theater, Mu Phi Epsilon events and more.

> ACME Co-Chairs

Arietha Lockhart, Beta Gamma, Atlanta Alumni 404-291-5162,

Mary Au,

Mu Nu, Los Angeles Alumni 323-666-2603,


Mu Phi Leaders Meet a District Director One of a continuing series of short profiles to introduce the district directors – leaders who keep the wheels turning at our fraternity’s regional level. Jenny attended Baylor University where she was inducted into Phi Xi in 2003. She started out as a trumpet performance major but changed to biology after one year. Dedicated to keeping music a part of her life, she quickly became involved in Mu Phi leadership, serving twice as chapter vice president. During her undergraduate time at Baylor, Phi Xi was awarded international chapter of the year four times in 2003–2007 and had the highest overall membership increase in its history. Upon entering graduate school, Jenny became affiliated with the Dallas Alumni chapter. She was the chapter’s alumni delegate for the 2008 convention, where she had fantastic fellowship with Mu Phi leaders from all over the country, further solidifying her resolve to get more young alumni involved in the fraternity. Her dedication led to being recommended in 2008 to become SC2 district director. SC2 is a historically strong district in the heart of Texas, whose district directors have included many who have served in international offices. Although she had big shoes to fill, Jenny earned the honor of District Director of the Year for 2009–2010. Jenny makes a point of developing personal rapport with all her chapters. She also is diligent in addressing issues with them and guiding them towards professional problem resolution. She keeps them aware of their Jenny Smith yearly goals and encourages them to expand the quality and quantity of Phi Xi, Dallas Alumni their membership. Her success in encouraging strong chapter District Director SC2 development in her district is exemplified by Phi Tau, which was designated international chapter of the year from 2008 to 2011. Jenny is currently seeking to reactivate and/or start two new chapters in SC2 and further increase membership in the Dallas Alumni chapter. Jenny recently completed her Ph.D. in biomedical science with an emphasis in immunology from Baylor University; her dissertation topic was the development of a breast cancer T-cell mediated vaccine. She is an adjunct faculty member at Texas Woman’s University where she teaches two courses, Molecular Genetics and Biology for Nursing in the 21st Century. She is currently serving her second year as chapter president of Dallas Alumni and her fifth year as District Director.

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“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” — Ronald Reagan

Mu Phi Leaders Second in a series

Who are the IEB and what do they do? In this continuing series, we introduce each elected International Executive Board position, with a description of duties and a snapshot of activities. We hope you’ll have a renewed appreciation of our volunteer leaders.

Second International Vice President/Collegiate Advisor Duties as stated in the fraternity’s bylaws: Be the Collegiate Advisor overseeing the performance and growth of collegiate chapters; supervise chapter and faculty advisors and district directors in their work with collegiate chapters. Activities of the Second VP include: Receive and acknowledge receipt of all collegiate chapter reports and all District Director reports. Analyze reports and tally points for completeness and timeliness. Make annual recommendations to the full IEB for collegiate chapter awards, including province awards, service awards, and website award. Make annual recommendations to the full IEB for Province Senior Achievement Awards and Sterling Achievement Award

Current Second VP/Collegiate Advisor Sandra McMillen, a retired voice instructor, choir director, and classroom music teacher, estimates that she spend an average of 20+ hours per week on these activities. She looks forward to assisting chapters with questions and concerns. She provides suggestions to both chapters and district directors which she hopes will build strong chapters. Sandra says that the position bring personal reward when she sees growth and success in reaching both individual and chapter goals.

Supervise the work of district directors, faculty advisors, and chapter advisors. Provide information and assistance to collegiate chapter officers, district directors, faculty advisors, and chapter advisors by email, regular mail, or phone. Update chapter manuals. Plan and conduct collegiate workshops at convention. Plan and conduct district director training.

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” — John F. Kennedy

“If your ac legacy t tions create a hat insp ires oth dream m ers to ore, lear n more, more an do d becom e more, you are then an — Dolly excellent leade r.” Parton


Applause Hibakusha by Aaron Alon (Phi Omicron) was performed in December at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. It was part of the final concert of a 3-part series “Music and the Journey of War,” reflecting on the aftermath of war.

Information about the 2013 twentieth-anniversary Jascha Heifetz Symposium, directed by Sherry Kloss (Epsilon Upsilon, Muncie Alumni, ACME) is now available at

Ruth Anfinson Bures (Omega) has designed and released an educational iPad/iPhone app, “Fuzzy Little Caterpillar,” that is now available in the iTunes app store. It brings music and science together in an interactive format for children three and older to help them develop music skills and learn about moths and butterflies. More details are available at her website Cherubim Ruth is a clarinetist, choral singer, and retired music professor.

Mu Phi convention parliamentarian Carla Maltas (Mu Iota) was profiled in the January issue of Teaching Music, a publication of the National Association for Music Educators. The article covered her activities as NAfME chapter advisor at Central Missouri University, where she is associate professor of music education, as well as her distinguished career and love of teaching. In early December, Carla sustained a serious leg injury from an in-home accident. After hospitalization and surgery, she has been in a rehabilitation facility where her recovery has progressed rapidly; she looks forward to returning to the classroom soon.

Cellist Joyce Geeting (Tau, Los Angeles Alumni) performed Cesar Frank’s Sonata for Cello and Piano with pianist Christine DeKlotz in November at Thousand Oaks (CA) Philharmonic Hall. Joyce has enjoyed several previous performances with DeKlotz, including a memorial concert in New York on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, featuring Elegy after 9/11 by Carol Worthey (Phi Nu, Los Angeles Alumni). Joyce also recently performed with composer/pianist Hector Rasgado in Salzburg, Mexico City, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. Conductor, double bassist, and music educator Jane Gouker (Epsilon Omicron, Bloomington Alumni) has been in the local news lately. As director of the Hoosier Youth Philharmonic, which comprises the combined orchestras of two Bloomington high schools, she conducts a yearly collaborative performance with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, for which Jane plays double bass. The February 2012 collaboration, at which students and professionals sat side by side onstage to perform works by Handel and Bizet, preceded the HYP’s March trip to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall as part of a Choice Music Festival. Read more about the orchestra’s NYC visit at A tireless music education advocate and fundraiser, Jane previously took the HYP on tour to Paris in 2009. In December 2012 Jane and the HYP were honored with a Leading Light education award from the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. Two recordings by pianist Madeleine Forte (Gamma Kappa) are part of an audio tour of the keyboard exhibit at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments. She performed works by Chopin on two antique instruments: Baracarolle Op. 60 on a grand piano by Erard Cie., Paris, 1881, and Mazurka in E minor, Op. 17, No. 2 on a grand piano by Ignace Pleyel, Paris, 1842. Visit for more information. 16

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Mezzo soprano and pianist Mable Morrison (Phi Sigma, New York City Alumni) received an honorary doctorate at Delaware State University’s commencement in May 2012, bestowed to celebrate her fifty years on the school’s music faculty. She was the guest of honor at a subsequent reception at the DSU president’s residence, packed with friends, colleagues, and students. As the president noted, the high attendance was “clearly reflective of the campus community’s love, admiration, and respect” for Mable. Pianist Lei Weng (Alpha Alpha, Allied) became a Steinway Artist in January. He joins a distinguished roster of artists, including a number of Mu Phis, who perform exclusively on the famous brand and also personally own one. Lei is coordinating the 2013 Colorado International Piano Academy, a series of concerts, masterclasses, lectures and lessons from July 20 to August 2. Registration open through May 1; details at

ACME Co-Chair Mary Au (left) and 4th VP/Music Advisor Martha MacDonald enjoyed dim sum together when Martha visited Los Angeles in late 2012.

Encore East Central District 1 held its district conference on October 20, 2012, in Xenia, Ohio. Members of Gamma Eta, Mu Pi, and Dayton Alumni attended, totaling sixteen collegiate, four alumni, and two patrons present, reports District Director Marilyn Sandness (Mu Upsilon, Dayton Alumni). The conference theme was “Networking in Music, Friendship, and Harmony” and the day included a business meeting, discussion time, and a public music program that was beautifully performed despite several last-minute substitutions due to schedule conflicts. Alpha Xi debuted its Traveling Recital service project in fall 2012. Created by member Kelsey Philbrick, the project takes Alpha Xi student musicians to retirement centers, nursing homes, and similar venues, where they perform solo and as instrumental and vocal ensembles. The chapter newsletter reports that the first performance was such a hit with residents that the group added more pieces on the spot to extend the recital. Another Alpha Xi service project is Adopt-aFloor, in which members take turns cleaning a floor of the university library in exchange for the privilege of posting information there to promote the chapter. Alpha Zeta dedicated proceeds from its November fundraiser to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, donating two hundred dollars to a local charity for supplies to help storm victims. The chapter’s historian committee has begun keeping a digital chapter scrapbook, a new tradition that is less expensive, requires virtually no storage space, and allows more in-depth, personal

Attendees at the East Central District 1 conference.

coverage of the chapter’s and members’ activities. The chapter uses the university printing service to make hard copies for the faculty advisor and the chapter’s records. Ann Arbor Alumni held its ninth annual used music sale in October. The project achieves several worthy objectives: a beneficial way for alumni members to dispose of printed music they no longer use, an opportunity for students to purchase music at bargainbin prices, and revenue for the chapter’s award fund. The chapter holds the sale once a year at each of the two area universities with Mu Phi chapters. Members of the new Colorado Springs Alumni chapter are an active bunch, with several performing in

In April 2012 and again in November, Alpha Sigma collaborated with local nonprofit organization Reach for a Difference to present “Music and Me,” a program for children on the autism spectrum and their parents in Abilene, Texas. The events encompassed hands-on demonstration of musical instruments and singing as well as opportunities for the children to perform at an open microphone. Research shows that the arts in general – and music in particular – can teach, motivate, and communicate with autism-spectrum children in ways that other educational approaches cannot, and parents have praised Music and Me for the enrichment opportunities it offers their children.

Alpha Sigma member Lindsay Smith (red shirt) assists a student and a mom during "Music and Me."


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multiple ensembles. Lynn Maloy (Mu Kappa) recently joined three instrumental groups – Little London Winds, New Horizons Band, and Rocky Mountain Wind Ensemble – to get back in shape on French horn. Sarah Groh Correa (Xi) sings with the Colorado Springs Chorale and Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble, and Vanda Skadden (Mu Rho) is playing violin in both the Pikes Peak Philharmonic and the Colorado College Orchestra. Kansas City Alumni recently renamed their meeting door prize the Punctuality Prize, with each month’s drawing held promptly at the designated start time. The winner contributes the prize for the next month. Chapter president Julia Scherer (Alpha Kappa) was surprised and thrilled to be the first recipient of the “new” prize, taking home a purple crystal paperweight donated by Helga Beuing (Alpha Kappa). In October 2012, Sacramento Alumni joined with the VITA Academy ( for the second year to sponsor a benefit concert for the academy’s Link Up program. Funds were raised to double the number of schools and students receiving in-school music education, including violin and choral instruction, in Sacramento and Esparto. VITA Academy’s mission is to bring music and music education to underserved communities and to train emerging professional musicians to be effective teaching artists. Chapter members Maquette Kuper (Beta, flute) and Rona Commins (Alpha Delta, soprano) performed, and the chapter organized a reception and silent auction chaired by Cindy Teague.

Pacific Southwest Province (PSW districts 1 and 2) held a combined-district conference on November 10, 2012. The theme was “Staying Connected: Moving Forward with Mu Phi Epsilon.” Beginning with a business meeting that featured formal presentation of the 2012 Wilson-Speciale Award to Dr. Hansonia Caldwell (Gamma Sigma, Beverly Hills Alumni), the day also included information sessions, a luncheon with Dr. Caldwell as keynote speaker, and a music program. Among several chapters represented was Berkeley Alumni, whose newsletter reported, “We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful [and well-organized] day. It included our International President Rosemary Ames, a very informational business meeting, a friendly alumnispecific panel discussion, and a phenomenal recital.”

Rosemary Ames (left) presents the Wilson-Speciale Award to Hansonia Caldwell.

Terre Haute Alumni sponsored a special Founders Day Recital on November 8, 2012, for which the entire program was music composed by chapter member John McIntyre (Gamma Psi, ACME). John is associate music professor at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and a prolific, award-winning composer and arranger. Members of Gamma Psi performed the recital, which included sacred and secular music for both voice and several instruments.

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Final Notes Norma Josephine Anderson (Miller) Mu Beta, November 16, 1940 Spokane Alumni Died August 13, 2012 Pianist, vocalist. A long-time educator, Norma sang in the Spokane Symphony Chorale and was a world traveler. Katheryn “Kitty” Debnar Arwine Upsilon, April 24, 1949 Cincinnati Alumni Died December 20, 2011 Vocalist, educator. Kitty received a Fulbright scholarship for operatic studies in Italy, received the Spring Gold Medal for musical achievement, and was mentored by Metropolitan Opera conductor Max Rudolph. She later became a special education teacher. Doris Jean Brown Ayer Mu Omicron, March 17, 1946 Cincinnati Alumni Died November 11, 2012 Piano and organ teacher.

Jo Ann Schwab Carlson-Berry Mu Chi, April 21, 1948 Tulsa Alumni Died August 26, 2011 Organist, music educator. A church organist, Jo Ann volunteered for the Tulsa Opera, Tulsa Philharmonic, and numerous other organizations. She coordinated Philharmonic concerts for the public schools. Barbara Jean Brewer Cowles Phi Zeta, May 24, 1947 Tulsa Alumni Died January 27, 2011 Cellist, pianist. Barbara played in the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra for 44 years, taught cello lessons, and performed in the community. Jessie Mable Pruitt Duncan Kappa, May 25, 1932 Indianapolis Alumni Died June 8, 2012 Pianist, organist. Mable served as a church musician for seventy years.

Jean J. Nylin Brunzell Mu Epsilon, October 5, 1941 Minneapolis-St. Paul Alumni Died October 17, 2012 Pianist, music educator. An accompanist and soloist, Jean also taught at MacPhail College of Music and privately. She often performed at Mu Phi chapter meetings. Ione Ester Hinman Buyse Mu Upsilon, January 11, 1937 Died September 10, 2012 Ithaca Alumni Piano and music theory teacher. Ione was from a family of inventors and musicians. She earned degrees from the Eastman School where one of her instructors was composer Howard Hanson. Her master’s thesis was on ornamentation in the harpsichord works of François Couperin. Her flutist daughter Leone (Mu Upsilon) won the fraternity’s 1970 Sterling Staff Competition. Harriet Hayes Buckingham Phi Upsilon, May 14, 1948 Boston Alumni Died January 23, 2012 Pianist, organist, vocalist. Harriet taught private piano and voice and was active in community organizations.

Jazz great Dave Brubeck (Sterling Patron) passed away in December 2012. He was a graduate of College (now University) of the Pacific, home of Mu Eta. Though not a Mu Phi member, he was delighted to become a Sterling Patron. He is pictured (far right) at the 2003 presentation with Peter Jaffe, then conductor of the Stockton (CA) Symphony and ElmaMae Henderson (Theta), who writes, “It was my joy to be presenter – and give [Brubeck] a hug and kiss!”


Final Notes Phyllis Magnuson Dunn Mu Eta, December 3, 1942 Died June 9, 2012 Music educator. Phyllis was a longtime member of the Santa Barbara, Berkeley, and Bakersfield symphonies and was an adjunct instructor of string techniques at Santa Barbara Community College. She served as national secretary of the American String Teachers Association. Charlotte Burns Florence Mu Pi, November 12, 1939 Died July 12, 2012 Church musician. Charlotte served as a church organist, spent many years in the fashion industry, and was active in community organizations. Edna L. Gidden Hammond Phi Xi, December 4, 1942 Died July 11, 2012 Barbara Jean Standring Hector Phi Mu, November 16, 1941 Died September 20, 2012 Music educator. After serving in the Army during WWII, Barbara taught music for twenty years, was a church musician, and enjoyed traveling throughout the world. Kathryn Henley Hill Beta Psi, May 12, 1977 Indianapolis Alumni Died April 29, 2012 Music educator. An accomplished pianist, Kathryn taught public school music for forty years and was a valued volunteer in a literacy program. Ermine Hall Hudspeth Phi Tau, May 10, 1946 Died March 3, 2011 Music educator. Ermine was active in the Texas Federation of Music Clubs, Kilgore Community Concert Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and was a charter member of the Texas Shakespeare Festival. 20

Leah Jean Anderson Hunter Phi Pi, April 19, 1960 Chicago Alumni Died October 5, 2012 Flutist, pianist. Leah played flute in the Mount Prospect Community Band for 25 years, taught private flute and piano, and was a church musician. She was a past president of Chicago Alumni. Eda Lafaye Schlatter Jameson Phi Nu, December 1, 1940 ACME Died October 5, 2012 Pianist, music educator. After studying at the Paris Conservatory and in London and Italy, Eda performed and recorded internationally with symphonies and on the radio. She was professor of music at Yuba College. Nadine Bensley Keyes Mu Pi, December 1, 1940 Cleveland Alumni Died October 12, 2012 Music educator. A longtime schoolteacher, Nadine and her husband also performed locally as beloved Christmas characters. Affectionately known as Mrs. Jingling, Nadine authored the book How Mr. Jingling Saved Christmas. Janet R. Pohlman Kogle Epsilon Delta, March 29, 1947 Died November 2, 2011 Pianist, organist, church musician. Fayrinne T. Smith Lester Mu Chi, June 3, 1946 Died October 16, 2011 Music educator, voice teacher. Alva Nell Beacham Lokey Phi Xi, May 26, 1947 Died June 22, 2011 Pianist, organist, educator, church musician. Alva Nell taught 38 years and was named Louisiana PTA State Teacher of Distinction in 1974 and National Teacher of the Year in 1975.

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Martha Ann Holmes Longmire Mu Chi, November 25, 1947 Kansas City Alumni Died February 11, 2012 Vocalist. Martha was a professor of voice at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and received the Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award in 1989. She also served as executive director of the Kansas City Opera and general director of the Civic Opera Theatre of Kansas. Helen Osgood Lutz Phi Xi, May 29, 1939 Died July 22, 2012 Pianist. Helen was an accomplished performer and active in community organizations. Delores “Dee� Berg Midboe Phi Iota, November 20, 1944 Died September 12, 2012 Music educator. Dee was a church organist and sought-after piano teacher who was active in community organizations. Madeline E. Flint Neiman Omega, February 7, 1939 Died November 24, 2012 Teacher. Dorothy Ann Kucera Niebes Mu Psi, November 23, 1943 Dayton Alumni Died October 20, 2012 Educator, pianist. Dorothy Ann was a co-founder of Dayton Alumni in 1958 and later its first Violet Award recipient. In 1993, to celebrate her 50th anniversary as a Mu Phi, she established an accompanist award at her alma mater Coe College. She served as EC1 District Director 1989-2004 and in 2003 was honored with the Orah Ashley Lamke Award.

Final Notes Sophia S. Mastorakos Papageorge Theta, November 11, 1946 Died May 17, 2012 Elementary music teacher. Katherine Adalaide Pfohl Lambda, March 27, 1931 Died October 18, 2012 Vocalist, choral director. Kathryn was a choral director at Winthrop College. Her favorite recollections included a 1955 concert by Virgil Fox to inaugurate the college’s new organ, for which she had helped raise funds through a choral octet. Charlotte Reeves Kappa, November 24, 1936 Died June 27, 2012 Violinist. Charlotte grew up in a musical family and won a State Young Artist contest in 1935. That same year she became a founding member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, with which she played for more than forty years. Elizabeth Owen Smith Taylor Zeta, December 3, 1939 Cleveland Alumni Died August 30, 2012 Vocalist. Elizabeth was a church soloist, nursery school teacher, and administrator. Joan Stevens VanderPloeg Gamma, April 21, 1940 Died July 21, 2012 Pianist. Joan performed in the Grand Rapids area, taught piano at Calvin College, and was an active volunteer at church, schools, and music societies.

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MEMBER REMEMBERED Rosalie V. Speciale Phi Mu, June 4, 1938 San Jose Alumni Died November 5, 2012 Pianist, organist, music educator. Mu Phi Epsilon has lost a treasured member, a true legacy of the Fraternity. Rosalie served as National First Vice-President/Extension Officer 1954-1958 and was elected National President in 1958. During her four-year presidential tenure, she was also a founding board member of the Memorial Foundation, now known as the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation. She guided the Foundation with wisdom and devotion in its early years, serving as president 19641971. Rosalie enjoyed a 66-year career as a music educator in public schools and her private studio, and was a lifelong member of the California Music Teachers Association. Intensely devoted to opera, she translated Italian opera libretti and madrigals into English, and was a 1953 winner of the Fraternity’s musicological research competition with a paper about Jacobo Peri’s Euridice. She taught theory and authored “The Story of American Opera.” She is listed in Mu Phi Epsilon Composers and Authors. In 1998 a new Fraternity award was established and named for Rosalie and Eleanor Wilson, her dear friend and immediate predecessor as national president. The Wilson-Speciale Award recognizes a member’s significant service beyond the local chapter level and is given at each international convention to a winner selected by the International Executive Board. It was a proud occasion when both Rosalie and Eleanor were present at the 1998 Tacoma convention when the award was announced and first given to Beth Kalmbach Shafe, also a past officer for the Fraternity and the Foundation. Rosalie attended all national and international conventions through the 1998 gathering in Tacoma, as well as the 2003 centennial convention, and remained active as a past president and in her alumni chapter until her death. In fact, in Winter 2012 when International President Rosemary Ames visited California to begin plans for the 2014 convention, Rosalie attended the meeting, was excited that the fraternity would be convening in her state, and sang “Our Triangle” with gusto. Rosalie was truly a Mu Phi for life, and her inspiring example will shine for generations. – Wynona Lipsett

Wynona Wieting Lipsett

Mu Chi, Dallas Alumni 148 LCR Cedar B-1 Mexia, TX 76667 254-562-9397


District Directors ATLANTIC DISTRICT A1 Nichole Roles 540-818-3452C DISTRICT A2 Susan Todenhoft 703-323-4772H 703-509-0224C

EASTERN GREAT LAKES DISTRICT EGL1 Signe Zale 585-594-8422 DISTRICT EGL2 Kathleen Cameron 724-738-2894 DISTRICT EGL3 Nancy Jane Gray 330-688-7990

GREAT LAKES DISTRICT GL1 & GL2 Susan Owen-Bissiri 734-971-1084 DISTRICT GL3 OPEN

DISTRICT SE3 Anne Richie 904-534-4419 DISTRICT SE4 OPEN DISTRICT SE5 Kimberlee Gross 225-266-8631 kimberlee_gross

SOUTH CENTRAL DISTRICT SC1 Jediah Spurlock 512-909-5616 DISTRICT SC2 Jenny Smith 214-662-5087 jenny.musicalscientist DISTRICT SC3 OPEN DISTRICT SC4 Elda Garcia-Gomez 512-289-7113


EAST CENTRAL DISTRICT EC1 Marilyn Sandness 937-434-2636 DISTRICT EC2 Stephanie Berry 574-596-8288

DISTRICT C1 Cathy Woelbling Paul 314-567-3281 DISTRICT C2 Linda Chen 913-486-3337

DISTRICT NC3 Liana Sandin 402-483-4657, 402-560-7126


PACIFIC NORTHWEST DISTRICT PNW1 OPEN DISTRICT PNW2 Kathryn Habedank 206-405-4645 DISTRICT PNW3 Brandon Nelson 171-222-9294

PACIFIC DISTRICT P1 Lestelle Manley 916-485-0415 DISTRICT P2 Kira Dixon 408-439-6076




SOUTHEAST DISTRICT SE1 Marshall Pugh 252-599-2492



DISTRICT NC2 Teresa Rowe 612-926-5854

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To view updates to this directory and a list of chapters within each District, visit aboutmpe/officers/dds.html

Directory of Executive Officers 2011-2014 INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD



Rosemary Ames, International President 13 Travis Dr., Framingham, MA 01702 508-872-5818

ACME Arietha Lockhart (Chair) Beta Gamma, Atlanta Alumni 3159 Springside Crossing Decatur, GA 30034 404-284-7811

President Marcus Wyche 2729 Nicholson St., Apt. 103 Hyattsville, MD 20782 301-484-3652

Mary Au (Co-Chair), Mu Nu, Los Angeles Alumni 2363 W Silver Lake Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90039 323-666-2603

Vice President Dawn Phelps Neal 3072 Solimar Beach Drive Ventura, CA 90032 805-643-7322

BYLAWS Kathleen Earl, Alpha Delta, Sacramento Alumni 8009 Beethoven Court Citrus Heights, CA 95621 916-728-2122

Treasurer Beverly W. Abegg 8 Phillips Dr. Westford, MA 01886 978-692-7353

FINANCE Evelyn Archer, Omega Omega, St. Louis Area Alumni 5312 Sutherland Ave. St. Louis, MO 63109 314-481-2361

Secretary Eileen Butler-Kennedy 2875 77th Avenue Baton Rouge, LA 70807 225-357-0310

Charlotte Brown, 1st VP/Extension Officer 12578 Barkley St., Overland Park, KS 66209 913-345-8999 Sandra McMillen, 2nd VP/Collegiate Advisor 306 Shorewood Dr, Duncanville, TX 75116 972-298-5910 Lenita McCallum, 3rd VP/Alumni Advisor 28 Aurora Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274. 310-530-1468 Martha MacDonald, 4th VP/Music Advisor 8909 Wildridge Drive, Austin, TX 78759 512-345-3399 Kurt-Alexander Zeller, 5th VP/Eligibility Advisor 1872 Central Park Loop, Morrow, GA 30260 770-961-4400 Melissa Eddy, Editor 220 Link Drive, Kingsland, TX 78639 512-217-1264 Fax: 325-388-0914 Gloria Debatin, Executive Secretary-Treasurer International Executive Office 4705 N. Sonora Ave., Suite 114, Fresno, CA 93722 888-259-1471 Fax: 559-277-2825 Local: 559-277-1898

HONORARY ADVISORY BOARD Frances Irwin, Epsilon Upsilon 6464 Rhodes Ave., St. Louis, MO 63109 314-752-2585 Wynona Wieting Lipsett, Mu Chi 148 LCR Cedar B-1, Mexia, TX 76667 254-562-9397 Lee Clements Meyer, Phi Xi 8101 Club Court Circle, Austin, TX 78759 512-345-5072

INTERNATIONAL Keith Ford, Alpha Kappa, Allied 20 Lynmouth Road Perivale, UB6 7HP United Kingdom 44 7792 863 867 Marlon Daniel (Co-Chair) Mu Xi, New York Alumni 45 Tiemann Place, Apt 5F New York, NY 10027-3327 212-641-0305 MUSIC LIBRARIAN & ARCHIVES Wendy Sistrunk, Mu Mu, Kansas City Alumni 1504 S. Ash Ave. Independence, MO 64062 816-836-9961 STANDING RULES Open

Chairman Dr. Keith Bohm 9 Halsey Place Sacramento, CA 98535 916-213-4085 (cell) Vice Chairman Judy May 408 West Mission Drive Chandler, AZ 85225 480-813-6973 President of Mu Phi Epsilon International Fraternity Rosemary Ames 13 Travis Drive Framingham, MA 01702 508-872-5818

WEBSITE David Champion, Gamma Sigma, Palos Verdes/South Bay Alumni 229 15th St. Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 310-545-3442 webmaster@


Mu Phi Epsilon International Executive Office 4705 N. Sonora Ave., Suite 114 Fresno, CA 93722-3947 1-888-259-1471

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Suite 114

Did you ever wonder what Mu Phi Epsilon’s hub of international operations looks like? Take a look at Suite 114, our International Executive Office. International Executive Secretary-Treasurer Gloria Debatin (Phi Chi), pictured, works here every weekday to keep Mu Phi operations running smoothly; she does everything from managing a large database to bookkeeping to answering information requests, and much more. She is also a treasure trove of Mu Phi knowledge and history. If the IEO can help you with a Mu Phi matter, don’t hesitate to ask. Complete contact information is on page 23.

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The Triangle, publication of Mu Phi Epsilon, Vol. 106, Issue 4, Winter 2013  

In this issue: On the Grow - Welcome to new chapters; Musicological research; New ACME honorees

The Triangle, publication of Mu Phi Epsilon, Vol. 106, Issue 4, Winter 2013  

In this issue: On the Grow - Welcome to new chapters; Musicological research; New ACME honorees