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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 107, Issue 1

Spring 2013

EDITOR Melissa Eddy


DESIGN & PRODUCTION Corinne Lattimer

Three New Chapters . . . . . . . 4

PROOFREADER Doris Braun 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

Zeta Rho, Zeta Sigma, and Zeta Tau join the Mu Phi family.

International Corner . . . . . . . 6 by Marlon Daniel Exposure, diversity, and education lead the way in music outreach.

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Deadlines for submissions: Fall — August 15 Winter — December 1 Spring — February 15 Summer — May 1

Meet the winners of the 2013 Mary Alice Cox Lifetime Achievement Award and Marian Bowker Davidson Collaborative Pianist Award.

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The Triangle is published 4 times per year by Mu Phi Epsilon, International Professional Music Fraternity. Member, Professional Fraternity Association. (ISSN 0041-2600)(Volume 107, Issue 1) 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

Vice presidents Sandra McMillen and Lenita McCallum write about networking and harmony.

Award Winners: . . . . . . . . . . 9

Review by Rebecca Sorley Musician's Journey, a guide to creating a personal and professional life plan.

Upon Listening . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Review by Sherry Kloss Pianist Paul Verona performs music by Isaac Albéniz with flair.

Cover Feature: Inside the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 by Marcus Wyche Everything you always wanted to know.

The Onyx Circle . . . . . . . . . 14 Learn about the Foundation's special giving category.

Golden Opportunity Grant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Apply for a special one-time grant to celebrate the Foundation's anniversary.

International Competition . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 All about the 2014 competition.

Mu Phi Leaders . . . . . . . . . . 17 Meet two District Directors.

Applause / Encore . . . . . . . 18 News from members and chapters.

Final Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 District Directors . . . . . . . . .22 Executive Officers . . . . . . . 23

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President’s Message A year-long celebration of the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation’s 50th anniversary began in March. Fifty years ago, the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation was created to honor our founders and other deceased members. The Foundation’s purpose was to support the philanthropic and educational activities of Mu Phi Epsilon members. It is remarkable that the Foundation has grown from a beginning stake of only $14,000 to more than $1 million in assets today, enabling the Foundation to give around $80,000 each year to Mu Phis in all musical disciplines. This could not have happened without support from thousands of members. Some have endowed a specific scholarship, others have given in memory of another member, and many have donated on an annual basis. Ann Davis said it well in A Centennial History of Mu Phi Epsilon: “The Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation is an enduring resource. It is a lasting tribute to the members of Mu Phi Epsilon that extends, renews and advances professional excellence. Our traditions of Music, Friendship and Harmony embody the spirit and actions of the Foundation.” Each and every one of us can be proud that the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation has had fifty successful years thanks to members’ continued support and generosity. Together we will ensure our Foundation continues to provide musical and cultural opportunities to future generations. Over the next twelve months the Foundation will provide many opportunities for members to join in the fifty-year celebration, cumulating at the 2014 convention in Sacramento, California. The convention theme Spotlight: Sterling Past, Golden Present, & Brilliant Future certainly lends itself to the celebration. A few related convention events in the planning stages are: • International Competition finals and winner’s recital • Recital by past winners of Foundation grants, scholarships, and competitions • Special luncheon featuring the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation past and present • Workshops about how to complete an outstanding application for scholarships and grants • Panel of judges with valuable tips for any competition • One-time 50th anniversary grant of $5,000 The Foundation will also spotlight past winners of the International Competition and other winners of the many scholarships and grants awarded each year. Look for more information about our Foundation in this issue. And remember to mark your calendars now for the 2014 convention, July 29 through August 2, 2014 in Sacramento, California – you don’t want to miss it. With so many wonderful things to look forward to and celebrate, it’s a great time to be a Mu Phi!

Rosemary Ames, International President

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On the Grow

Our Three Newest Chapters Zeta Rho

Zeta Tau

University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN March 9, 2013

Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA April 17, 2013

Winter in Duluth is not the best travel time, but everything went smoothly for International President Rosemary Ames, who arrived early on an overcast, cold March day. Members from Minneapolis weren’t so lucky; they were unable to make the journey due to hazardous road conditions. They were missed, but all were thankful they were not in a ditch somewhere. Because no identified Mu Phi alumni live in the Duluth area, two transfer students, Zeta Lambda initiates Lauren Severson and Zack Carlson, assisted with the ritual. They were the driving force in the formation of Zeta Rho and excellent representatives of Mu Phi Epsilon.

Extension Officer Charlotte Brown met International President Rosemary Ames in Minneapolis before flying together to Spokane, arriving on a beautifully crisp spring day. Allied member Judy Goff from Bend, OR, worked Spokane into her vacation plans and arrived shortly thereafter. The three toured the lovely Gonzaga campus before joining the Zeta Tau candidates in the Music Annex to prepare the orchestra rehearsal room where the ritual was to be held. Spokane area alumni Verna Wagner and Laura Athearn arrived to help set up with the ritual. The evening ceremonies began with initiation of seventeen new members. Following the initiation, Zeta Tau was installed with seventeen charter members, and officers were also installed. The chapter was well prepared, singing “Our Triangle.” After photographs, congratulations, and storage of ritual equipment, the new Zeta Taus gave a recital. Chapter members are evenly divided between instrumentalists and vocalists, and both were showcased. The chapter is blessed with three trumpet players who began the recital with an arrangement of Bugler’s Holiday, and a later selection was composed by new member Catherine Hildebrand. Faculty advisor David Fague attended, as did Spokane alumni Sharon Straub and Jan Whaley.

Ceremonies began at 3:00 p.m. at a local church in a large room with a stained glass ceiling, perfect for the rituals of initiation, installation, and installation of officers. Fourteen members were initiated, including two faculty members, and the Zeta Rho chapter and officers were installed. After photos and congratulations, participants enjoyed a delicious dinner prepared by Lauren’s mother Tammy Severson and Duluth teachers Rod and Janine Dahlquist, Zack’s friends and Rosemary’s hosts for her stay. After dinner the new Zeta Rhos presented a musicale attended by fellow students, family and friends despite worsening road conditions. Those who braved the weather were treated to amazing talent from the North Woods. The chapter requested donations at the recital to support the Kako Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a positive and supportive environment to children through the arts, for which the chapter has already held successful fundraisers. Zeta Rho looks forward to continued service through music and building a relationship with the nearest alumni chapter in Minneapolis/St. Paul.


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Students prepared a lovely reception, giving the international officers and Spokane Alumni a chance to visit and congratulate the new initiates. Zeta Tau will quickly become an important organization in the Gonzaga music school; new members are enthusiastic and look forward to holding their first initiation of candidates unable to attend the installation.

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Zeta Sigma High Point University, High Point, NC April 7, 2013 High Point, NC, located south of Greensboro and north of Charlotte, is a lovely city with a beautiful university campus of fountains, waterfalls, benches, greenways, and manicured grounds. The school color is purple so there were purple banners everywhere, a fitting welcome for International President Rosemary Ames. When she arrived, the candidates were working with Alpha Xi president Charles Parker, who was administering the Entry Exam. He had worked with the candidates in the previous four weeks to do their training, some by Skype and some in person, and he along with other Alpha Xi members from the University of North Carolina/ Greensboro had conducted the Entry Ceremony in March. For the initiation, ten Alpha Xi members brought ritual equipment and participated; one provided background piano music. Alpha Xi’s enthusiam and support for Zeta Sigma was a wonderful part of the process. The ceremonies took place in the spacious ballroom of the university’s Wilson School of Commerce. Sixteen new members were initiated into Mu Phi Epsilon, including four faculty members, Zeta Sigma was installed, and chapter officers were installed. Alpha Xi sang a special version of a Mu Phi song, using the words of the Creed. Photographs, congratulations, and an impromptu song fest followed; the university chorale had just returned from tour and serenaded the new Zeta Sigma, as did the Alpha Xi’s. The beautiful singing in the foyer made for a touching recital following the initiation. To cap things off, Zeta Sigma was invited to the SE1 District conference the following weekend, bringing them promptly into the Mu Phi Epsilon family.


International Corner

Making Music Outreach Reach Out Instilling appreciation of classical music in today’s youth by Marlon Daniel


hen I was growing up in Chicago I was fortunate to be exposed to music at an early age. I still remember the concert experience that changed my life and put me on the path I am on today. I can’t remember the whole program but what I do remember is that after the first piece, something extraordinary happened. The orchestra moved off stage and then


the stage personnel rearranged chairs and wheeled out a piano. Of course I had seen a piano before. My family had one. But this was different – this was a grand, a shiny black behemoth that took up the greater part of the stage. The orchestra returned to the stage and the pianist, an old lady with a bun hairstyle and straight back,

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made her entrance with the conductor. I believe she was the Hungarian pianist Lili Kraus. She sat in silence for a few moments, and everyone in the hall seemed to hold their breath as we waited for her to begin. When she did, it was not at all what I expected. I thought it would be big and loud with such a huge piano on stage. But what I heard was sweet and inviting. I was

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mesmerized and led on a musical journey that I did not even know was possible. I was emotionally and spiritually moved, and from this point in my young life I knew I wanted to become a musician. I wanted to make other people feel the way I did and music was the key.

Exposure Now I am a musician, and I have sought to use that singular experience as a model to inspire others. Since the founding of my New York-based chamber orchestra Ensemble du Monde, I have given away hundreds of concert tickets to kids. I found that exposure to music was the key to inspire others to follow their dreams. I realized this when Josephine, an 11-year-old inner-city African American student, met me after a concert and said, “I never knew there was such a thing as a Black conductor. This makes me feel like I can now do anything.” To me this meant that by exposing kids to classical music, we provide high quality experiences that infuse music education and appreciation. But that is only a small part of what we do: in the greater picture, we provide hope. I found that a major element of outreach is exposure, and for performing artists this makes the most sense and is most effective. With my orchestra, I have recently created a program called the Global Outreach Initiative, which seeks to inspire kids through free concert tickets, exposing them to classical music and education. We also offer master classes, lectures, and workshops that not only train the next generation of musicians but invite other kids (non-music students) to be the audience. These kids are inspired by seeing their peers playing music and develop a greater appreciation of the work that goes into being a concert artist and why the arts need support. Most will not be inspired to become musicians

at this early age, but they are set on the path to become tomorrow’s audience members and music sponsors.

Diversity These experiences also alerted my intellect to the power of diversity. Though an old Hungarian woman had moved me to embark on my career as a musician, young Josephine was moved by the fact that someone who looked just like her was doing something she felt was extraordinary. I began to take notice at my concerts and found that other members of Ensemble du Monde were being approached by kids of their own particular backgrounds. I then knew that by assembling a diverse group of musicians such as Ensemble du Monde, we were unknowingly using the power of diversity to connect with kids too. Ensemble du Monde is a youthful group of musicians who represent over fifteen countries, cultures, and a plethora of varied backgrounds. The kids we invite to our concerts easily connect with us as positive role models because they can see a musician in the orchestra who is just like them. I take a global approach to outreach because as a conductor who travels internationally, I have found that kids are kids no matter where they live in the world. So when I tour with Ensemble du Monde, we always offer an outreach component as part of our concert programs.

Education Lastly I find that education is the third important key. Kids are sometimes put off by classical music because they don’t identify with the people or think the music is simply boring. I feel that to dispel this through education is essential; we want to “teach” kids something at every performance but want to steer away from “teaching them a lesson.”

All aspects of the concert experience must be entertaining. We found that adding a human aspect to the music, lectures, and demonstrations helps greatly. The musicians of Ensemble du Monde are living examples of this, but what about the composers? So we frequently add a composer profile to our educational plan. If the composer is living, we have him or her present, and if they are a composer of the past we do a composer biopic. For example, on our February tour in the Bahamas we presented “Before There Was Mozart,” an interactive biopic with music, illustration, and narration about the life of Joseph Bologne, also known as Le Chevalier Saint-Georges (1745-1799), an extraordinary but neglected composer of African descent from Guadeloupe. The interactive experience made learning about classical music composers approachable and fun too. Exposure, diversity, and education are a powerful set of tools to engage youth in classical music. All it takes is awareness of the communities in which we live and perform, and a little effort! Photo opposite: Marlon Daniel (front) with young fans in the Bahamas.

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Ideas to Build On Networking for Success by Sandra McMillen, Second VP/Collegiate Advisor Networking is building a group of friends, peers, teachers, and colleagues to share ideas and work toward development of a successful life and career. Only in hindsight have I realized how my unusual situation allowed me to build a strong network during my collegiate years. As a voice major, I was active in all vocal groups and opera workshop. I was also in the band and orchestra, adding two more layers to my budding network. I started working in the music library during my freshman year, and met all the music majors and minors when they visited the library to use the turntables and reel-to-reel recorder. I had contact with everyone in every performing organization and all music faculty and staff members. The relationships that grew then assisted me as I moved forward in school and then through my career. When I began teaching, often as the only music teacher on the faculty, I quickly learned that I needed to build relationships with other teachers across the district and also with local musicians. As the wife of a career

military officer, I relocated often and had to adjust after each move. In every new community, my network of old and new friends, colleagues, and local musicians helped me find the best way to continue my career. Over a forty-year public school career I taught everything from preschool music to high school choir, always with a private voice studio on the side. Having contacts in several disciplines – vocal music, band, and orchestra – enabled me to get information, advice, and referrals from a variety of supportive individuals. Mu Phi Epsilon and its chapters give collegiate and alumni members the built-in opportunity to form such relationships with a variety of musicians, especially those outside the member’s primary focus. Use your chapter, along with other music organizations, to provide you with the best network for your success as you build your career.

Harmony is Fundamental by Lenita McCallum, Third Vice President/Alumni Advisor Having previously mused on the many “ships” in Friendship (Winter 2013 Triangle, page 8), it seems appropriate to think now about Harmony, the third of four beliefs articulated in our creed. Let’s explore how it is fundamental to the life of the fraternity and its chapters. The Harvard Dictionary of Music defines harmony as “any simultaneous combination of sounds, hence synonymous with chord.” Our friend Google comes up with (1) “the combination of simultaneously sounded musical notes to produce chords or chord progressions with a pleasing effect,” and (2) “agreement in feeling or opinion; accord.” First observation: it takes more than one note or person to make harmony. It is a group effort. Do you ever feel like you’re doing a solo, even though there are many names on the chapter roster? Do some members seem to mostly “rest,” only passively participating in attempts to produce harmony? Or is your chapter a “string quartet” of four people who do everything? Would greater participation make for more beautiful harmony?


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We all understand that to consistently produce harmony requires many people working together, whether in an organization or a musical ensemble. Those people may include a president (conductor) to get things started and keep them moving and active board members (first chairs) to collaborate in choosing activities and lead in keeping the music going. Add a treasurer who makes sure that financial obligations are met so harmony can continue, and newsletter secretaries who keep members informed so they know when their turn to “play” has come. You get the picture. The Google definition brings the added value of “pleasing effect.” Uniform bylaws and standing rules provide basic structure for the fraternity and individual chapters. They can be excellent guides on how to set basic rhythms of chapter activities and allocate different solo or ensemble riffs (officers, committees) based on Continued on page 21

Award Winners Julia Scherer: Mary Alice Cox Award Will use grant to expand studio capabilities Julia Scherer (Alpha Kappa, Kansas City Alumni) is the 2013 recipient of the Mary Alice Cox Award for Lifelong Learning. The award is for renewed development or mid-career transition, in any field of professional music, for a Mu Phi who has been a member for ten years or more. Julia is a piano teacher who seeks to connect people of all ages with the sheer joy of self-expression through music. She taught piano part-time for nineteen years, then changed course to serve three years as director of development for a chamber music organization, followed by six years as a piano specialist at the local Steinway dealer. After this nine-year hiatus, she transitioned back to piano teaching, her first passion, and is licensed with Simply Music, a playingbased curriculum that encompasses all aspects of solid musicianship. Her fulltime studio currently has 23 students, and she is also a freelance accompanist. Julia’s proposal for the Cox award was to support the purchase of a second piano (Roland F-120 digital) to further develop her teaching studio and performance opportunities. The digital instrument will enable her to demonstrate technical and musical concepts to her students while they remain at their keyboard; accompany, practice, and perform two-piano compositions and improvisations; and perform at off-site events such as outdoor concerts and malls.

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Julia holds a master’s degree in piano performance and pedagogy and an undergraduate degree in linguistics. She has presented workshops on music performance and pedagogy and judged local and state auditions throughout the Midwest. An active Mu Phi, Julia is president of Kansas City Alumni and also serves on the board of the Kansas City Music Teachers Association. She has published articles and reviews in Kansas Music Review and American Music Teacher and has been featured in The Triangle (Vol. 101 #4, Winter 20072008, page 13).

Kairy Koshoeva: Collaborative Pianist Award New piano-dance work to premiere June 8 Kairy Koshoeva (Alpha Kappa, Kansas City Alumni) has received the 2013 Marian Bowker Davidson Collaborative Pianist Award. Her project is to perform Bach’s complete Goldberg Variations with twelve dancers at White Recital Hall, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, on June 8, 2013. She is collaborating with choreographer Jennifer Owen to create a new dance work that will be premiered at the concert, choreographed to all thirty variations with repeats. The project will be Kairy’s first collaboration with a choreographer and dancers. She expects the piece to be marketable to other dance companies around the world. Kairy studied at Mukash School of Music in Kyrgystan and holds degrees from Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow (BM, MM) and UMKC Conservatory (DMA in piano performance), as well as the Artist Diploma in Piano Performance from Oberlin Conservatory. She has extensive teaching and collaborative performance experiences and has won many awards and competitions.


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The Musician’s Journey: Crafting Your Career Vision and Plan By Jill Timmons, Oxford University Press, 2013 Review by Rebecca Sorley You have just received a degree in music; what is next? The Musician’s Journey: Crafting Your Career Vision and Plan combines some esoteric reasoning for redefining one’s role in the world with eminently practical advice on forming and implementing a musical life plan. Author Jill Timmons has created a career for herself as a collaborative and solo pianist. She also serves as a consultant to other musicians trying to find a place for themselves in the real world that uses the skills acquired through years of study. Entrepreneurship has been associated mostly with the business world, but is a necessary component in a musician’s life today. Musicians tend to be trained to excel in their particular instrument more than in creating a meaningful, sustainable career. Timmons works with musicians to help them make a plan to fulfill their personal mission, applying the talents they have honed in music school and other life skills. This work has led her to create The Musician’s Journey as a guide for others in this quest. She begins with a discussion of neuroplasticity and the importance of making changes in one’s life to develop the entire brain and not establish ruts caused by ongoing patterns. This is an especially important issue for people already established in a career but feeling stuck in a current position and unable to fulfill their ultimate mission. A career that fits with a person’s personal mission and vision statement is fulfilling and often creates new opportunities. A job that simply pays the bills will not allow a person to reach full potential. 10

Musicians are gifted with more than excellent skills at a certain instrument. The process of pursuing success in music helps one develop persistence, discipline, and creativity. These same life skills can assist everyone to reach great heights in any career. Just dreaming does not get the job done. Timmons provides step-by-step instructions for writing a personal mission statement, then using it to write a strategic plan for one’s life, with goals, timelines, and checkpoints. The plan may identify gaps in training that need to be filled, such as grant writing, marketing, or further degrees in music. She encourages clients to seek help in areas where they do not feel particularly gifted, especially the advice of an attorney, CPA, and financial planner. Timmons inspires those at any point in their careers to reach beyond their current position and truly explore their potential. She insists that the dreams many students have at the beginning, and then dismiss as impossible, can be reached through specific planning. The book ends with inspiring stories about real people who have taken a dream and made it into successful reality. An extensive bibliography with many additional resources is also included, and the companion website incorporates some of the forms and questionnaires Timmons uses with her clients. The Musician’s Journey is an encouraging book that fills a need in the literature for a practical description of how to create a living as a musician in the 21st century. Timmons states that it is especially meant for musicians who are

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The Musician’s Journey: Crafting Your Career Vision and Plan ISBN-13: 9780199861323 Publisher: Oxford University Press Publication date: 3/19/2013 Pages: 192 Dimensions: 6.30 x 9.30 x 0.70 Hardcover, $99 Also available in Paperback and Nook.

established in careers but feeling unfulfilled. It also provides helpful advice to those nearing completion of a music degree and trying to create a path in the music world.

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Upon Listening

Iberia by Isaac Albéniz Performed by Paul Verona Reviewed by Sherry Kloss

Upon listening to Iberia, a suite of twelve “impressions” for piano by Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz and performed by Paul Verona (Epsilon Psi, New York Alumni), prepare yourself for an armchair excursion to a magical country noted for kings, queens, explorers, food, art, music, and exotic charm.

Each of the suite’s twelve works describes an aspect of Spanish life or a particular Spanish location. From the meditative tones of “Evocacion,” to a beautiful touch on the octaves of “El Albaicin,” through an interesting harmonic journey which begs comparison to Rachmaninoff, Mr. Verona shows good spirit, sense of style, and fine pianistic mastery. “El

It is highly unusual for a musician to begin a listening experience by reading the CD program notes. But in this case, I highly recommend you do just that. Mr. Verona has a gift for verbal as well as musical expression, and he provides exceptionally informative, academically well-thought-out explanations of Albéniz’s brilliantly conceived impressions. Iberia is organized as four books of three short works each; a complete performance takes about ninety minutes. Since Albéniz is known as the “Spanish Liszt,” it is not surprising that the music is technically challenging, musically innovative, and thrilling to hear. Considered Albéniz’s masterpiece and bestknown work, it was praised by Debussy and Messiaen, who said, “Iberia is [a] wonder for the piano; it is perhaps on the highest place among the more brilliant pieces for the king of instruments.” The listener feels grateful to visit such special music with its playful thematic work, well-placed emotional pauses, massive chordal harmonies, multi-cross rhythms, and creative intervals, all amid singing melodic drama.

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Polo,” described in the program notes as a limp in a dance step, is extremely convincing and even humorous as a result of rhythmic groupings. “Lavapies” is undoubtedly an amalgam of all this composer is made of – a fabulous composition in the hands of an able interpreter.

on the Centaur label, was made possible by grants from Mu Phi Epsilon New York Alumni, Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation and Eccola Foundations. For more information, email

Pianist Paul Verona has performed as recitalist and orchestral soloist in concerts as well as radio and television broadcasts in the United States, Austria, Holland, Italy, and Germany. He holds degrees from the Bologna Conservatory and Juilliard and Manhattan Schools of Music. This CD, his debut recording

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Sherry Kloss

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Cover Feature Inside the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation Everything you always wanted to know by Marcus Wyche, Delta Delta, Washington, D.C. Alumni President, Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation


appy birthday, Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation! Fifty years ago a group of dedicated and enterprising Mu Phi Epsilon women started an organization that sought to open the doorway to major new educational and musical experiences for Fraternity members. In the same year as Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the first stirrings of Beatlemania came the incorporation of an enduring legacy that grew from the vision and initiatives established by Mu Phi Epsilon leaders back to the Fraternity’s founding. And now, five decades later, on our Golden Anniversary—a celebration that will culminate at next year’s convention in the Golden Gate State of California—we commemorate and honor the Foundation’s beginnings, achievements, and legacy.

What we do, who we are During my time on the Foundation Board of Directors, the question I’m asked most often is “What does the Foundation do?” I could give you the official, multisentence statement on our Facebook page and website, (which, all the same, I recommend you visit and read). But the simple answer is that, along with promoting musicianship, education, and various philanthropies, the Foundation serves the Fraternity membership directly by offering grants and scholarships. The next logical question is, “How?” Let me take this opportunity to explain. First, I’d like to clarify the Foundation with respect to Mu Phi Epsilon. Even though the Foundation and the Fraternity both use the name Mu Phi Epsilon, the Foundation exists as a separate non-profit entity from the Fraternity. The Mu Phi Epsilon Fraternity is governed by the International Executive Board which is elected by the members, and has as its hierarchy the elected leaders, district directors, chapters, and members. On the other hand, the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation has no membership and is run by a separate board of directors that conducts the Foundation’s business and administers its financial offerings. Many other music organizations have separate non-profit foundations to enhance their work or serve the membership. In this regard, Mu Phi Epsilon is no different.


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The Foundation Board of Directors can have seven people maximum and consists of a President (yours truly), Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Chairman, Vice Chairman, and the Fraternity President. The Chairman and Vice Chairman were originally considered honorary offices, with the Chairman merely presiding over the Board’s annual meetings. Over time, though, the Chairman’s duties have expanded to supervising general fundraising, acknowledging charitable contributions, and serving on the Board’s finance committee. The Vice Chairman fills in for the Chairman when necessary. Officers of the board are elected annually, with new Directors brought in when terms expire. For our grant and scholarship work, we receive the help of several Scholarship Chairs who, along with board members, oversee grant and scholarship applications and implementation. All the personnel involved are Mu Phi Epsilon members who volunteer their time, talent, and expertise.

Grants, scholarships, philanthropies It’s my pleasure to report that during my six years on the board, the Foundation has awarded $50,000-plus in grants and scholarships each year to assist Mu Phi Epsilon members and chapters in a wide variety of musical disciplines and projects. This money isn’t simply given away; for every Foundation grant or scholarship, there is an application and adjudication process. A complete list of offerings and application requirements is found in the Triangle each fall and on our website. Each applicant must be a dues-paying

Cover Feature member of Mu Phi Epsilon to be eligible. (Alas, we’re done with 2013; the next application deadlines are in 2014.) Although we offer some support to various summer music schools through long-standing philanthropies, 99% of the Foundation’s financial holdings are from endowments— sums that were bequeathed or donated to the Foundation for a specific purpose (for example, a performance scholarship). We can’t legally use that money for anything else, which is one of the reasons we send an annual donation appeal to raise operating funds. Indeed, one of my toughest duties as Foundation President has been to decline solicitations from Fraternity members and officers for a particular need or project. These requests have been worthy, but usually I have had to say no if they fell outside the confines of what the Foundation has already set up to fund or support. While the Foundation is receptive to occasional projects of mutual interest with the Fraternity, offering grants and scholarships is our primary purpose.

Mu Phis serving Mu Phis All it takes is a visit to our website to see what the Foundation does and has achieved over its long history. One of the most rewarding aspects of serving on the Foundation board is the difference we make in the endeavors and careers of Mu Phi Epsilon members. From helping grant or scholarship recipients study abroad or afford instrument care to facilitating a grand venture like the Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition, it is remarkable to witness the growth and development of both young and seasoned artists. With fifty years in its rearview mirror, what will the Foundation do next? The Foundation and its Board are continuing to expand and adapt. Recent initiatives include our Onyx Circle and a one-time Golden Opportunity grant to be awarded at the 2014 convention (see pages 14 and 15 for details). The International Competition will also be next year (see page 16). The Foundation is working to increase its online presence and strengthen its relationship with the Fraternity leadership. And there’s always the possibility of expanding our grant and scholarship

offerings. Any future steps will be informed by 21st-century challenges (print vs. digital, for example) and, as always, by the needs of Mu Phi Epsilon members. If there’s one thing I’d like you to take away from reading this article, it is that the Foundation—just like the International Executive Board, district directors, chapter presidents and officers—is here for you. Our purpose is to support the Fraternity membership and we always appreciate your feedback and your support, financial and Rosalie Spe otherwise. We are Mu Mu Phi E ciale, founding presiden psilon Fo t of undation Phis—performers, educators, composers, music administrators, and organizers who are passionate about the wordless poetry of music, just like you. The Foundation’s colors are black and gold and this is our Golden Anniversary, but purple runs through our veins. As Mu Phis, we serve on the Foundation board to serve you—in turn serving and building Mu Phi Epsilon through Music, Friendship, and Harmony—today as fifty years ago, and always.

A page from the Triangle, September 1963, shows the Foundation's earliest philanthropies.



THE ONYX CIRCLE Membership in The Onyx Circle is open to donors who pledge the sum of $5,000 to the Foundation over a period of ten years or less (for example, a pledge of $500 a year within ten years). Once you complete your pledge, you will be presented with this handsome glass memento designed by Jeffrey Hoover, PhD. Your donation to The Onyx Circle will make it possible for the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation to provide unique educational opportunities during the Mu Phi Epsilon Convention by establishing a special fund that helps with the mission of the Fraternity. For the 2014 Mu Phi Epsilon Convention and celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, funds from The Onyx Circle will be used to commission a new chamber work by composer and fellow Mu Phi, Adrienne Albert. The commissioned work will be premiered by past winners of the Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition at the 2014 Mu Phi Epsilon Convention in Sacramento, CA. Funds from The Onyx Circle are also being used for a keynote address and workshop by Adrienne Albert at convention. Because the majority of donations and gifts received by the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation are designated funds, The Onyx Circle allows the Foundation to create unique opportunities for fraternity members during a convention year that would not normally be possible. Become a member of The Onyx Circle today by contacting Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation treasurer Beverly Abegg, or download a contribution form at


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2014 MU PHI EPSILON INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION Sacramento, California - July 29, 2014 Purpose The Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition offers opportunities for recital and concert experience to an outstanding young artist member of Mu Phi Epsilon who is ready to pursue a performing career, and serves as a way of bridging the gap between advanced studies and professional concertizing. The competition enables collegiate and alumni chapters of the Mu Phi Epsilon Fraternity throughout the United States to present this young artist in professional concerts or recitals, and to promote local awareness and visibility of their Mu Phi Epsilon activities.

Adjudication Preliminary auditions, judged from high quality compact disc recordings and supporting materials, will determine those contestants chosen to proceed to the final auditions. Final auditions will be live performances judged by eminent musicians on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 during the 2014 Mu Phi Epsilon International Convention in Sacramento, California. The Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation is in no way responsible for the decision of the judges. No award will be made if the judges declare no contestant has the necessary qualifications. The judges’ decisions are final.

Awards One winner will be 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 2014 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 will be named. All finalists will receive a Claudette Sorel cash award of $500.

Eligibility Open to most instruments and voice. Entrant must be a current dues-paying member of Mu Phi Epsilon (collegiate, alumni or allied member) as of February 1, 2014; initiated before December 1, 2013; and not under contract with professional management at the time of the competition. Age: Under the age of 32 as of April 1, 2014. Applicants must have appeared in solo recitals and/or with orchestra. Past winners of the Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition are not eligible.

Application The completed OFFICIAL APPLICATION FORM, typed and signed, $50 entry fee, audition CD and supplemental materials must be POSTMARKED by FEBRUARY 1, 2014. Visit to download an application, rules and procedures, and repertoire requirements. Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition Coordinator Dr. Keith Bohm – 9 Halsey Place – Sacramento, CA 95835 916-213-4085 –


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Mu Phi Leaders Meet Two District Directors A continuing series of short profiles to introduce the district directors – leaders who keep the wheels turning at our fraternity’s regional level.

Marshall Pugh is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), where he was initiated to Alpha Xi in Spring 2008. He remained an active member until he graduated in December 2011 with a B.M. in music education. Since graduation, Marshall has pursued his dream of being a teacher and is now at Hertford Grammar School in Hertford, North Carolina, where he teaches general music to students in grades three through five. While a collegiate, Marshall took on many different responsibilities and held various important positions within the chapter. For several semesters, he maintained the chapter website and social media. He also held the positions of corresponding secretary and alumni secretary for two years and was the chair for the standing rules/bylaws committee and the swing dance committee.

Marshall Pugh Alpha Xi District Director SE1

Because of his deep passion and love for Mu Phi Epsilon, gained through his active Alpha Xi participation, Marshall decided to take on the responsibilities of district director. Soon after graduating in 2011, he became district director for the Southeast 1 District, staying connected with the chapters he was familiar with as a collegiate member at UNCG. His goals are to maintain those connection and make sure the Southeast 1 District continues on a smooth track. Recently, with the addition of Zeta Sigma chapter at High Point University, Skype has become a vital tool for touching base and being a part of chapter events. He plans to meet with each chapter at least once a month via Skype to continue a more personal relationship with them.

Stephanie Berry attended Ball State University, starting off as a double major in vocal performance and music education but finishing as an apparel design major with minors in vocal performance and marketing. When she was initiated into Beta Omega in 2002, it had just seven members. During her four collegiate years Stephanie served as Historian, Treasurer, Vice President, and two years as President. When she graduated in 2006, the chapter was up to 28 members and received the international service award. She guided her chapter to hold the first Music Activity Fair Day at Ball State, featuring all the university’s music opportunities. Stephanie was awarded numerous Founders Day scholarships from her alumni chapter and Mu Phi service awards for three years.

Stephanie Berry Beta Omega District Director EC 2 & 3

Stephanie continued as an affiliated member while pursuing her master’s in vocal performance at Indiana University of South Bend. In fall 2012, Stephanie’s previous faculty advisor Mary Hagopian recommended her to become District Director for East Central 2. After only a few months in that role, Stephanie volunteered to take the EC3 district under her wing as well. For both districts, Stephanie is dedicated to building strong chapters with emphasis on developing alumni memberships, using delegation and committees to extend responsibilities to all chapter members, doing at least one community service and recital each semester, and creating stronger bonds of friendship while promoting Mu Phi Epsilon.

Stephanie currently is performing at local theatres, has her own studio called Vocal Virtuoso with more than thirty students, and is finishing her studies with Nicholas Loren to pursue her dream of a professional operatic career.


Applause Penny Fischer (Epsilon Lambda, Ann Arbor Alumni), principal flute with the Ann Arbor Symphony, is also current president of the Ann Arbor Society for Musical Arts, which held its Young Artists Competition in February at the University of Michigan. The annual competition, cosponsored by Ann Arbor Alumni in collaboration with Sigma Alpha Iota, rotates among piano, strings, winds and brass, and voice; this year’s category was voice. Past International President Fran Irwin (Epsilon Upsilon, St. Louis Alumni) administers the annual Scott Joplin Ragtime Competition for pianists 7-18 years of

age. Winners are presented in concert at the Scott Joplin Historic Home in St. Louis, followed by an awards ceremony and reception. Fran reports that at this year’s event in March, “I was approached by Bee-De Lim [Gamma Sigma] from Palos Verdes/South Bay Alumni! She is the grandmother of our first prize winner in the youngest age group. She was even more pleased to see the tote bag was sitting on the floor underneath a table I was using, and it was the Palos Verdes bag from our Rochester convention.” Pictured above with Fran (second from left) and Bee-De (back, right) are Bee-De's winning granddaughter Isabel Saccone (front) and her piano teacher Patricia Cho (far left).


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Frances (Frankie) Nobert (Beta Alpha, ACME), left, and Williametta Spencer (Mu Nu, ACME), below, both Fullerton Alumni, were among four people who received the 2012 Whittier (CA) Cultural Arts Honor Award. The honor recognizes individuals who have contributed to the growth and appreciation of the arts in their field, supported the arts in the Whittier area, and/or inspired students and the community through instruction. The ceremony took place in July 2012. Honorees received stained-glass medallions and signed certificates from the Whittier mayor and the area’s U.S. representative. Katie Dukes Walker (Phi Mu) and her husband have opened Studio Forza (, a multidisciplinary studio that supports all types of art for all age groups in Bloomington, Indiana. The studio offers special events, private and group lessons in a variety of instruments, and instruction in other artistic genres including beadwork, which is taught by vocalist and professional crafter Michelle Hennessy (Phi Mu). Michelle is also studying toward her master’s in arts administration. Both Katie and Michelle served as Phi Mu chapter president in their collegiate days. Soprano Laynee Woodward (Beta Pi), a junior at Nebraska Wesleyan University, auditioned early this year for the Harrower Summer Opera Workshop in Atlanta. As reported in the university newspaper, she “sang an astonishing A-flat, ringing out above the rest … Competing alongside hundreds of graduate and undergrad students from across the nation, she proved that a small town girl with a big time voice can do anything.” Laynee was not only accepted to the program but also awarded the plum role of The Doll in its fully staged production of Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffman in June. Full story at


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Atlanta Alumni presented pianist and chapter member David Nash (Beta Tau) in concert last October. The concert was made possible by Seniors Enriched Living and a Helen Haupt Grant from the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation. Fellow chapter member Jean WoodruffGriffin (Beta Tau) wrote a comprehensive review of the performance, which was also recorded for a CD. Excerpts: “Overall, Nash is an exquisite pianist with great technique and great interpretations throughout … By far the most demandingly difficult work on the program is the Prokofiev Sonata No. 3 in a minor, one movement (seven sub-movements) that alternates between fff and pp subito throughout. With an energetic and virtuosic toccata-like melody, Nash gets to show off his power and fortissimo dynamics in this number. The great dynamic sweeps are almost scary … The entire experience is stunning.”

Districts were established in 1950 to strengthen knowledge and understanding of Fraternity procedures through triennial district conferences, annual collegiate chapter reviews, and triennial alumni chapter visits. A district consists of several chapters in close geographical proximity. As chapters change, it is periodically necessary to reexamine our districts to make sure that all active chapters have the benefit of a nearby District Director.

Epsilon Sigma and Tacoma Alumni teamed up in February to present an all-day workshop on career building for young musicians. Fifteen students and ten alumni attended. Epsilon Sigma president Anna Kosatka and Tacoma Alumni president Syra Beth Puett (Alpha Pi) presided, and panelists included alumni chapter members Gina Gillie, Svend Rønning, Elizabeth Paterson, Karen Pickett, Catherine Johnson (all Epsilon Sigma), and Kathryn Habedank (Epsilon Sigma, District Director PNW 2). According to participants, much valuable learning and networking took place; one wrote, “This kind of event is really essential to music students at any school. Our curriculum does not include any sort of career exploration, so this gave us the chance to ask questions, realize how versatile our knowledge can be, and think about more careers than just ‘performer’ or ‘teacher.’” The two chapters hope to build on this first experience to present similar future sessions together.

• Great Lakes 1 and 2 are combined into Great Lakes 1. If you were previously in GL2, you are now part of GL1.

Minneapolis/St. Paul Alumni presented its fourteenth annual concert to benefit public school music in March at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Chapter member and pianist Rebecca Davis (Mu Nu), who now lives in northern Minnesota, was the featured recitalist. Pictured after the concert are Past International President Katherine Doepke (Phi Beta), chapter president Jim Reilly (Epsilon Alpha), and Rebecca Davis.

• Pacific Southwest 1 and 2 are combined into Pacific Southwest 1. If you were previously in PSW2, your District is now PSW1.

To that end, the International Executive Board has approved the following district updates, effective immediately. Please read closely to see the changes that may affect you and your chapter. If your district is not mentioned, it has not changed.

• Great Lakes 3 is now GL2. If you were previously in GL3, your District is now GL2. • Southeast 5 is combined with Southeast 4. If you were previously in SE5, your District is now SE4. • South Central 3 now consists of Alpha Nu, Alpha Sigma, Gamma Gamma, and Zeta Beta. • North Central 1 and North Central 2 are combined into North Central 1. If you were previously in NC2, you are now part of NC1. • North Central 3 is now NC2. If you were previously in NC3, your District is now NC2.

Complete, up-to-date chapter listings by district, with District Directors, are always online at Members without internet access may request the current listing from the International Executive Office.


Final Notes Annette Nahmensen Albright Theta, April 18, 1949 Muncie Alumni Died March 28, 2013 String specialist. Longtime professor of music at Ball State University and teacher in the Muncie Community Schools, Annette chaired the Mu Phi Epsilon international SERV Committee 1996-2010. Dorothy June Gleckner Arey Psi, January 1, 1945 Washington D.C. Alumni Died February 1, 2010 Vocalist, church musician. Lena Belle “Peachy” Koch Denman Mu Theta, March 26, 1945 Died December 9, 2012 Music educator. Lena taught elementary music and private piano. Susan Gurfein Rosett Edelman Phi Nu, June 14, 1985 Los Angeles Alumni Died March 3, 2013 Pianist, music educator, vocalist. Susan was on the piano faculty at Santa Monica University and was a noted soprano. Lynne Priest Fitzpatrick Mu Upsilon, April 10, 1964 Washington D.C. Alumni Died February 3, 2013 Flutist, music and ESL educator. Lynne studied flute as a Fulbright scholar in Freiburg, Germany, and went on to a long career as performer and teacher. Delores Marshall Haber Tau, June 1, 1949 Beach Cities South Alumni Died January 6, 2013 Trumpeter, music educator. Delores was a music teacher who also played first trumpet and was a 20

soloist with the Golden West Pops Band. She served the fraternity as District Director PSW-2 1998-2003 and assisted in the installation of Delta Sigma Chapter at University of California at Irvine in 2000. Carol Sue Newton Hawk Alpha Delta, October 21, 1997 Sacramento Alumni Died March 5, 2013 Organist. Carol volunteered as piano accompanist at local elementary schools. She was active in Mu Phi Epsilon as well as American Guild of Organists, Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, and P.E.O. International, a charity that promotes educational opportunities for women. Shirley Ruth Barnhart Keith Epsilon Phi, May 2, 1955 Wichita Alumni Died February 23, 2013 Educator. Shirley was a past president of Wichita Alumni. Carol Ann Esselborn Sweeney Kilbride Kappa, May 5, 1978 Indianapolis Alumni Died July 1, 2011 Organist, music educator. Carol taught music in public schools and was an active church musician. D. Jane Howe Lenon Phi Lambda, November 28, 1939 Died January 19, 2013 Pianist. Laura Lucile Miller Lynn Gamma Lambda, February 16, 1974 Denver Alumni Died February 14, 2013 Vocalist, pianist. Lucile taught voice and music history at the college level and performed in opera. She funded a scholarship endowment at Westminster Choir College, served as president of the Colorado Opera Festival Guild, and wrote a memoir of her friendship with Leopold Stokowski.

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Maxine Mae Gambs McCaw Omega, June 2, 1939 Died January 26, 2013 Pianist, music educator. Maxine won numerous piano performance contests and was adjunct professor of music at several colleges. She also published children’s songs and authored books on genealogy. She served as an officer of Fortnightly Music Club and Des Moines Civic Music and was a member of P.E.O. International and American Federation of Music Clubs. Ann Watson McKinley Gamma, January 11, 1948 Died January 21, 2013 Pianist, musicologist. Ann taught piano, theory, music history, American music, opera, and the music of other cultures at North Central College. She was also active as a performer and composer. M. Elizabeth “Bette” McEwen Peterson Phi Rho, May 19, 1951 Minneapolis/St Paul Alumni Died December 28, 2012 Music educator. Betty taught band and orchestra and served her alumni chapter as president. Melba Jean Loyd Rauber Mu Eta, November 10, 1939 Died January 14, 2013 Pianist. Melba performed and taught piano and was a cofounder of Sierra Vocal Arts, an auditioned community choir for which she accompanied. While a collegiate, she studied composition in the same class as Crawford Gates (composer of the grand concert work at the 2003 Centennial Convention) and the late jazz great Dave Brubeck. Alvie Marie Olson Rissman Mu Rho, January 27, 1933 Denver Alumni Died December 7, 2012 Pianist, educator. Alvie performed recitals and taught piano privately and in public schools. She died at

Final Notes age 101, just one month short of being an 80-year Mu Phi member. Jane Sarah Pope Roberts Phi Mu, January 12, 1947 Died January 12, 2012 Pianist, violinist, music educator. Jane founded the first select youth symphony in the Yuba City-Sutter (CA) area and played in the Yuba Sutter Symphony forty years, many of those as concert master. She was a church musician and belonged to numerous music and other professional organizations. Caryl Bader Emerson Roeder Sigma, April 12, 1949 Berkeley Alumni Died November 4, 2012 Pianist, music educator. Caryl started playing piano on the radio at age four. She later studied piano with Darius Milhaud and taught generations of students. She especially loved ragtime piano. Roberta D. Schlosser Mu Upsilon, February 9, 1939 Died January 6, 2013 Vocalist, pianist. After her budding opera career was interrupted by World War II, Roberta went on to teach voice, vocal literature, theory, and opera at the secondary and university levels for sixty years. She retired from Binghamton University where she established the vocal program. Willa Estalene Lloyd Schulz Phi Tau, March 22, 1945 Wichita Falls Alumni Died September 11, 2011 Oboist, educator. Estalene played oboe in the Wichita Falls Symphony and was a longtime teacher and church musician. Beverly Nord Simpson Omega, January 30, 1946 Died October 6, 2012 Music educator. Beverly taught elementary vocal music for sixteen years.

Norene Bee Marshall Sundal Mu Kappa, April 15, 1944 Died October 21, 2012 Violinist, oboist. Norene was a founding member of the Austin (Minnesota) Symphony Orchestra and played in the group until age 74, including twenty-one years as concertmaster. She also taught violin lessons and public school music for many years.

> Final Notes Contributor

Wynona Wieting Lipsett

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

Ellen Cleminshaw Weaver Phi Omicron, November 19, 1946 Died May 14, 2011 Scientist. With degrees in chemistry and genetics, Ellen was a research plant physiologist who retired from San Jose State University as Professor Emerita. She was also an accomplished musician, passionate environmentalist, tireless advocate for women in science, and expert skier and skater.

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Eva Ruth Beall Williams Phi Xi, February 3, 1940 Died January 3, 2013 Eva worked as a dental assistant at the University of Texas Dental School

members’ particular gifts. This perspective helps us see that the effort to produce uniform bylaws and rules can truly help produce harmony in your chapter – a pleasing effect indeed.

Zona Diane Dooley Wingett Mu Rho, May 6, 1962 Denver Alumni Died October 24, 2012 Organist, pianist. Zona taught organ and piano and as a young woman played for silent movies. Also a church musician and member of American Guild of Organists, she had the rare gift of perfect pitch.

Harmony means different things to different people. I, for one, believe that dissonance arises when chaos is allowed to prevail. I do not accept that chaos can produce harmony. Shared ideals and responsibilities, an agreed-upon structure, and joy in a pleasing outcome are some of the fruits of “harmony” for our fraternity and its chapters.

Gloria Louise Brown Young Mu Rho, February 13, 1949 Denver Alumni Died February 15, 2013 Pianist, educator. Gloria was a second grade teacher, had a private piano studio, and performed; she particularly enjoyed two-piano works. As a collegiate she served as president of Mu Rho.

Now is a good time to consider what sort of harmony your chapter will produce next year. What part will you play? When should the sound be full and rich? When is it appropriate for a soloist to perform? Is there someone who keeps the beat? Will everyone have a part to play? How many movements will you compose? I look forward to hearing about the “harmony” you will produce.


District Directors ATLANTIC



DISTRICT A1 Nichole Roles 540-818-3452

DISTRICT SE1 Marshall Pugh 252-599-2492

DISTRICT NC1 Teresa Rowe 612-926-5854

DISTRICT A2 Susan Todenhoft 703-323-4772H 703-509-0224C


DISTRICT NC2 Liana Sandin 402-483-4657, 402-560-7126

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

GREAT LAKES DISTRICT GL1 Susan Owen-Bissiri 734-971-1084

DISTRICT SE3 Anne Richie 904-534-4419 DISTRICT SE4 - OPEN


SOUTH CENTRAL DISTRICT SC1 Jediah Spurlock 512-909-5616 DISTRICT SC2 Jenny Smith 214-662-5087 jenny.musicalscientist DISTRICT SC3 Chrisalyne Hagood 580-383-8011


DISTRICT SC4 Elda Garcia-Gomez 512-289-7113



DISTRICT EC1 Marilyn Sandness 937-434-2636

DISTRICT C1 Cathy Woelbling Paul 314-567-3281

DISTRICT EC2 & EC3 Stephanie Berry 574-596-8288

DISTRICT C2 Linda Chen 913-486-3337

To view updates to this directory and a list of chapters within each District, visit



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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


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 93001 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, Allied 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

Notice of Change of Address or Name Click on Alumni Update Form at

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2013 CHAPTER ANNIVERSARIES 100 Years Ann Arbor Alumni Ann Arbor, MI September 22, 1913 90 Years Lincoln Alumni Lincoln, NE February 1923 Mu Nu University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA January 5, 1923 Mu Pi Ohio Wesleyan University Delaware, OH May 30, 1923 Cleveland Alumni Cleveland, OH November 13, 1923 85 Years Washington DC Alumni Washington, D.C. February 1, 1928 80 Years Alliance Alumni Alliance, OH June 22, 1933

75 Years Phi Lambda Willamette University Salem, OR April 5, 1938 Phi Mu San Jose State University San Jose, CA April 9, 1938 65 Years Epsilon Epsilon Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX May 21, 1948 60 Years Epsilon Sigma Pacific Lutheran University Tacoma, WA February 7, 1953 Epsilon Upsilon Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA May 23, 1953 Epsilon Phi Friends University Wichita, KS May 30, 1953

55 Years Alpha Delta Sacramento State University Sacramento, CA May 4, 1958 Dayton Alumni Dayton, OH March 2, 1958 Cleveland Heights Alumni Cleveland, OH March 5, 1958 Kansas City Alumni Kansas City, KS November 9, 1958 50 Years Fullerton Alumni Fullerton, CA September 22, 1963 45 Years Beta Omicron Western Illinois University Macomb, IL February 16, 1968 Beta Pi Nebraska Wesleyan University Lincoln, NE February 18, 1968

25 Years Delta Eta University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL April 24, 1988 15 Years Delta Pi Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX May 14, 1998 10 Years Delta Psi Clayton State University Morrow, GA April 26, 2003 5 Years Zeta Zeta Elon University Elon, NC November 5, 2008 Zeta Eta Binghamton University Binghamton, NY November 12, 2008

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The Triangle, publication of Mu Phi Epsilon, Vol. 107, Issue 1, Spring 2013  

In this issue: Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation 50th Anniversary; Three new chapters; Cox and Davidson awards; Music outreach

The Triangle, publication of Mu Phi Epsilon, Vol. 107, Issue 1, Spring 2013  

In this issue: Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation 50th Anniversary; Three new chapters; Cox and Davidson awards; Music outreach