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Volume 107, Issue 4 Winter 2014

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Volume 107, Issue 4 Winter 2014

New Sterling Patron Convention 2014 Also: Also: Chapter Chapter Milestones Milestones

Volume 107, Issue 4

Winter 2014

EDITOR Melissa Eddy DESIGN & PRODUCTION Corinne Latimer PROOFREADER Doris Braun Send all material for publication to: Melissa Eddy, Fax 325/388-0914 or by mail to 220 Link Drive, Kingsland, TX 78639-5262 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: Summer — May 1 Fall — August 15 Winter — December 1 Spring — February 15 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 107, 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.

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.

contents Chapter Milestones . . . . . . . .4 Ann Arbor Alumni and Lincoln Alumni celebrate significant anniversaries and Zeta Upsilon is installed.

Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Golden Opportunity grant application; scholarship winner commissions new works; call for new board members

Call for IEB Nominations . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

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

ACME . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Opera by late ACME honoree Zenobia Perry to be revived in May. Cover Feature: Sterling Patron . . . . . . . . . . .8 Meet Bill Lively, fundraiser extraordinaire Convention 2014 . . . . . . . . .10 Featured artists plus information about convention choir, songbook, and more. Alumni . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Thoughts from fraternity leaders about Mu Phi Epsilon’s future, plus your opportunity to weigh in.

International Corner . . . . . .18 Thoughts on arts education and the community of musicmaking. Final Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 District Directors . . . . . . . . .22 Executive Officers . . . . . . . .23 Convention Insider . . . . . . .24 Tips from the convention chair on making the most of your visit to Sacramento.

Mu Phi Leaders . . . . . . . . . .13 Who are the Fourth and Fifth Vice Presidents and what do they do? Last in a series.

POSTMASTER: Send all changes of address to: Mu Phi Epsilon International Executive Office, 4705 N. Sonora Avenue, Suite 114, Fresno, CA 93722-3947 © 2014 Mu Phi Epsilon. All rights reserved.


On the cover: Violin, Piano, and Spring Flowers ID 28857655 © Becky Swora |

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President’s Message

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In December I watched the 36th Kennedy Center Honors program that recognized five outstanding artists, of whom three are musicians: pop star Billy Joel, jazz great Herbie Hancock, and opera diva Martina Arroyo. It reminded me that the language of music takes many forms and it’s no wonder music can touch us in so many ways. It was delightful to see the look of awe on Billy Joel’s face during the Martina Arroyo presentation and watch Ms. Arroyo singing along with everyone else during the Billy Joel presentation. Two very diverse forms of music, yet accomplished artists in each form were touched by the music of the other. As I travel to various parts of the country and meet collegiates and alumni, I realize that our membership includes musicians who study and participate in many different kinds of music. Each of us can excel in some and be not-sogreat in others. This is one of the special things about Mu Phi Epsilon: the tie that binds us is our understanding and appreciation that music speaks to everyone in an individual and special way. As Mu Phis, we reach out to the world with our music to enrich the lives of others, knowing that one doesn’t have to be a musical scholar to be touched by music. We have the best of both worlds by understanding how music is created and by giving joy and appreciation through sharing it with others. It’s easy to forget, in our daily hustle and bustle, how much music touches and unites us. In days past, we had record collections, then CD collections, and now we pack our computers and phones with so much music we might never have to listen to the same song twice. And there is music for every mood and every occasion. We can turn the volume up high with lively rhythms to keep us moving. We have music that takes intangible, inexpressible feelings and turns them into words or melodies that make sense. We count on music to cheer us up as well as share the sadness within us. Whether we feel lonely, happy, or ecstatic, there is music to soothe us, comfort us, and energize us. Just let the music play. We Mu Phis believe without a shadow of doubt that music is indeed the noblest of all the arts, a source of much that is good, just and beautiful. So when we come together this summer in Sacramento for our convention, let’s remember that we have much to share and celebrate, and depart the convention knowing more deeply than ever that we are part of something very special.

Rosemary Ames International President


Chapter Milestones Ann Arbor Alumni

One Hundred Years of Music, Influence, and Involvement By Deborah Rebeck Ash, Gamma Omicron, Ann Arbor Alumni

The Ann Arbor Alumni chapter held two anniversary chapter members and a stunning centerfold timeline of events in 2013: an April 9 public concert “Music with Ann notable chapter events. Much chapter memorabilia was on Arbor Connections: Celebrating 100 Years” and a Gala display, including a 1940 Cincinnati convention program Luncheon on September 22, the same date as the original book autographed by fraternity founders Dr. Winthrop chapter installation. The public concert featured music by Sterling and Elizabeth Mathias Fuqua. eleven Michigan composers including eight chapter members. The chapter has a rich history of Heather Huber (Epsilon community participation through Lambda), Laurel Federbush yearly public concerts for area (Gamma), and Gail Jennings retirement centers and hospitals, (Gamma) performed their own and of support for Mu Phi collegiates through scholarship compositions. Also on the awards. It looks forward to a program were Riding Past Grief, second century of service a song cycle set to poems written through music. by chapter president Deborah Commemorative/concert Rebeck Ash, and unique programs are online at transcriptions for handbells and Deborah Ash, Rosemary Ames, Nancy Murphy flute choir. A chapter choir (pictured, top) also performed. The luncheon attracted over eighty people. To emphasize the chapter’s connections in the community, honored attendees included representatives from area universities, musical societies, and performing ensembles. International President Rosemary Ames also attended as did Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom and wife Joan Morris, who as a duo performed music from 1913, and the chapter’s immediate past president Nancy Murphy (Gamma), who gave a presentation about the group’s history. A commemorative program book honored the chapter’s fifty-year members, with thoughts from many Seven chapter presidents attended the Gala Luncheon. Seated: Carolyn Austin (l), Chloris Patrick. Standing (l-r): Sue Owen Bissiri, Karen Madsen, Michele Derr, Nancy Murphy, Deborah Rebeck Ash.


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Chapter Milestones Lincoln Alumni Celebrate 90 Years with Weekend of Events By Sheri Ericksen (Beta Pi, Lincoln Alumni)

In 1923 a group of loyal Lincoln-area Mu Phis, many of whom were Mu Gammas at the University of Nebraska, established the Lincoln Alumni chapter. Over the subsequent ninety years the group has supported Mu Gamma and later Beta Pi in many ways including annual student scholarships, hosted a national convention, introduced the local arts community to Mu Phi competition winners, and supported other local music endeavors. In 1968 Beta Pi was installed at Nebraska Wesleyan University and has distinguished itself on campus for forty-five years. So it seemed appropriate to mark two chapters’ significant anniversaries with a unique celebration. The weekend of October 25-27, 2013 was devoted to the event that featured two invited headliners: International President Rosemary Ames and pianist/pedagogue Nelita True (Gamma, Rochester Alumni, ACME), who were honored to be interviewed on Nebraska Public Radio. The weekend opened Friday evening with a formal banquet for alumni, with extensive memorabilia, personal reflections on the chapter’s history, and a champagne toast. On Saturday collegiates and alumni participated in a District Conference facilitated by District Director NC3 Liana Sandin (Beta Pi, Lincoln Alumni), with activities including training, a Beta Pi initiation ceremony, and a pizza party. Dr. True gave public workshops and associated events in Omaha and Lincoln,

co-sponsored respectively by the University of Nebraska/ Omaha and the Lincoln Music Teachers Association. A recital by alumni and collegiate members was the weekend’s grand finale. The program featured works by Mu Phi composers Carolee Curtright, Emma Lou Diemer, Alice Jordan, and Jean Henderson (Beta Pi, Lincoln Alumni) including For Mu Phi Epsilon for piano, bassoon, and SSA choir, written especially for the anniversary celebration by Henderson and Lincoln Alumni poet Joy Maag (Mu Gamma). The choir was Lincoln Alumni’s Adelaide Singers, named for a late chapter member who encouraged outreach concerts at area retirement and assisted-living communities. Feature photo: Lincoln Alumni members at formal banquet. Back (l-r): Karen Howland (Beta Pi), Joy Maag (Mu Gamma), Carol Meyer (Beta Pi), Diana Warner (Phi Pi), Liana Sandin (Beta Pi), Joan Reist (Mu Gamma), Jean Henderson (Beta Pi), Susie Cook (Mu Gamma), Wanda Mandigo (Mu Gamma), Jan Brown (Beta Pi), Connie Heckman (Mu Gamma). Front: Barbara Jones (Beta Pi), Ginny Parker (Mu Gamma), Ruth Stephenson (Gamma), Barbara Brant (Beta Pi). Inset photo: Nelita True presented a pedagogy master class for local area piano teachers.


Chapter Milestones Welcome our newest chapter

Zeta Upsilon Installed December 8 At noon on a sunny but chilly California day, alumni and collegiates gathered at the home of Los Angeles Alumni member Janice Feinstein (Gamma Sigma) to initiate eight Zeta Upsilon members (six collegiates and two faculty) and install the new chapter at Santa Monica College with ten charter members. Chapter officers were also installed. Several other Los Angeles Alumni members participated in the ritual along with Lauren Cabral (Mu Nu), District Director PSW1 Ruth Cucci (Gamma Sigma, Palos Verdes/South Bay Alumni), International Third Vice President Lenita McCallum, and International President Rosemary Ames. The chapter was prepared for the rituals and knew “Our Triangle” well. Chapter officers were also installed. After photographs and congratulations, a lively and lovely luncheon was served by the Los Angeles Alumni chapter. Because the initiation fell right in the middle of finals and juries, the new initiates did not perform a dedicated recital for the alumni, but their musical achievements were documented by recent school recitals. The Los Angeles Alumni held their monthly meeting after the luncheon with a performance by guest artist Bryan Pezzone.

Two more collegiate candidates could not attend but were initiated after finals. Mu Phi Epsilon congratulates all members of Zeta Upsilon and welcomes them to our circle of Music, Friendship, and Harmony, with special thanks to Janice Feinstein for leading the way.

Call for Nominations: International Officers for 2014-2017 Triennium Deadline: June 1, 2014 EXTENDED!

In accordance with the International Bylaws of Mu Phi Epsilon, a Screening Committee of three members has been appointed to receive names of prospective candidates for International Office and investigate their eligibility and availability. The International Offices are: International President 1st Vice President, Extension Officer 2nd Vice President, Collegiate Advisor 3rd Vice President, Alumni Advisor 4th Vice President, Music Advisor 5th Vice President, Eligibility Advisor Eligibility and duties of the International Officers are listed in Article III of the Bylaws (revised 2011), and their activities have been further described in this and similar recent Triangle articles. Nomination(s) should be sent on a prescribed form to the screening committee member representing your chapter’s region. The committee members are B. Jean Johnson, Eastern Region; Wynona Lipsett, Central Region; and Mary Malm, Western Region. Their contact information is on the nomination form, which is in the convention registration packet mailed to your chapter or may be obtained from the IEO. 6

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Opera by late ACME honoree to be revived in May Tawawa House by Zenobia Perry Set in Civil War Period An opera by late Gamma Eta member and ACME honoree Zenobia Powell Perry (1908-2004) will be presented in a fully-staged, costumed, and choreographed production by the Townsend Opera Players on May 2 and 4, 2014 at the Gallo Arts Center in Modesto, CA. Tawawa House is the captivating tale of an unusual resort hotel in 1850s Ohio that played an important role in the Underground Railroad. Staff and guests of the 200room hotel included escaped slaves, freed slaves, and mixed-race children of white Southern slave owners. This lyric American opera offers a glimpse into a pivotal aspect of U.S. history immediately before and during the Civil War. Perry wrote the libretto and composed original music for the opera, which also included many of her arrangements of traditional spirituals as sung by her grandfather, a former slave. Working with Perry’s original hand-written sketches, scores, and parts with pencil corrections, Los Angeles-based composer Jeannie Gayle Pool and West Virginia University faculty member Janis-Rozena Peri have Courtesy of the Ohio Historical Society collaborated to restore, revise, and orchestrate the opera. Peri is Zenobia Perry’s daughter and sang the soprano lead role “Fanny” in a 1985 Ohio production of Tawawa House. Pool also wrote the biography American Composer Zenobia Powell Perry: Race and Gender in the 20th Century, which was reviewed in the winter 2010 Triangle (Vol. 103, No. 4, p. 7). Composer Deon Nielsen Price (Gamma, Los Angeles Alumni, ACME) writes of Tanawa House: “This historical story has great and inspirational relevance for today’s social concerns. Zenobia, a member of Dayton Alumni and chapter advisor at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, knew the music and the history firsthand. As a labor of love, Dr. Pool spent most of 2013 studying the five different versions of the opera, editing the libretto, and copying the vocal/piano score and orchestration.” The upcoming 2014 production, to be performed with live orchestra, will be the world premiere of the new Pool orchestration and revised score. Learn more about Perry at

A Message from the ACME Co-Chairs

ACME honorees, we want to hear from you! Every issue of The Triangle includes a column devoted to recent activities and accomplishments of our ACME honorees. But we can’t tell the world unless you tell us first. Please take a moment to email ACME co-chairs Arietha Lockhart and Mary Au with news about your latest performances, publications, awards, and other achievements. Article-length submittals (200-600 words) are also welcome, as are high-resolution, color photos of your activities. Then look forward to seeing your name in print! ACME Co-Chairs

Arietha Lockhart, Beta Gamma, Atlanta Alumni, 404-291-5162, Mary Au, Mu Nu, Los Angeles Alumni, 323-666-2603,


Cover Feature

Meet Sterling Patron Bill Lively Dallas Alumni host November presentation

Dallas Alumni members: Mary Williams, Walteria Bethea, Katherine Frieberger, Sandra McMillen, Phyllis Wilson, (Bill Lively), Tena Hehn, Pat Suitt, Jenny Smith, Wynona Lipsett and Susan Poelchau.

Mu Phi Epsilon has selected William H. Lively as its newest Sterling Patron. The honor, named after Fraternity co-founder Dr. Winthrop S. Sterling, has been bestowed since 1989 upon outstanding musicians and arts patrons in appreciation of the time, effort, and talent they have contributed to the world of music. Past recipients have included Dave Brubeck, James Dick, and Catherine Comet, just to name a few. Mr. Lively was nominated for the honor by International Second Vice-President/Collegiate Advisor Sandra McMillen on behalf of the Dallas Alumni chapter. It was presented to him by Dallas Alumni chapter president Phyllis Wilson at a ceremony at Southern Methodist University on November 20, 2013. Many members attended the event including Sandra McMillen, Past International President Wynona Lipsett, Past International Second Vice President Tena Hehn, and current SC3 District Director Jenny Smith.


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Sandra McMillan, Bill Lively, Phyllis Wilson

Cover Feature

Mu Phi Epsilon International Professional Music Fraternity bestows the honor of Sterling Patron upon William H. Lively Widely recognized as a foremost music educator, band director, and administrator at both the high school and university levels, as the founding president and CEO of the Dallas, TX AT&T Performing Arts Center, and extraordinary fund raiser for Southern Methodist University, North Texas State University, Super Bowl XLV and the National Geographic Society, thus making outstanding contributions to the musical, cultural and artistic life of this nation. ______________________ International President

Biographical Summary

Fundraiser Extraordinaire A Dallas native, William H. Lively earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in 1965 and a Master of Education degree from North Texas State University (now University of North Texas) in 1970. A music teacher and band director in his earliest career years, he went on to serve for twenty-five years on the faculty and in the administration of SMU, including seven years as the University’s vice president of development, alumni relations, communications, and lecture programs. He was the architect and director of a development campaign that yielded more than $550 million for the university.

Performing Arts Center in Dallas. He spearheaded a fundraising effort that garnered more than $340 million to design and build the Center’s four venues: Winspear Opera House, Wyly Theatre, Strauss Amphitheatre, and Sammons Park. His love for music and the arts, vision for the city’s cultural future, and fundraising prowess have helped make Dallas a mecca for quality performance and learning. Lively later served as president and CEO of the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee and as vice chancellor of the University of North Texas System, raising many millions for both. In 2012 Bill joined the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C., as senior vice president for development. He completed his tasks with the society in late 2013 and soon moved back to Dallas. An avid mountain climber, Lively has scaled Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro, Grand Teton in Wyoming and many of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks. He now divides his time between Texas and Colorado. Look in the next Triangle for a personal interview with Bill Lively.

Building on his fundraising success, in the 2000s Lively was the founding president and CEO of the AT&T


Convention 2014

Composer-inResidence Internationally distinguished composer Chen Yi (Sterling Patron) will be in attendance for two days as the convention’s composer-in-residence. She will conduct a workshop/master class focusing on her compositions; convention attendees interested in performing during the workshop may sign up Foundation as part of convention registration. (Note: Participation does not cost extra but is not guaranteed; it depends on how many people Guest Composer sign up for the available time.) Dr. Chen will also schedule Adrienne Albert (Phi Nu, Los one-on-one meetings with member composers looking for Angeles Alumni, ACME) has suggestions and advice. Finally, she will be the keynote been commissioned by the Mu speaker for the convention’s closing banquet on Phi Epsilon Foundation to Saturday evening. To learn more about Chen compose a small ensemble Yi, see the winter 2012 Triangle (Vol 105 work for the 2014 convention No 5, pp 6-8). in honor of the Foundation’s fiftieth anniversary. She will be the featured speaker at the Foundation sponsored luncheon and conduct a workshop. Adrienne began her musical career as a singer, but after Convention collaborating with other composers such as Stravinsky, Bernstein, Glass, and others, started Chorus Conductor writing her own music in the 1990s. Her works have Choral conductor Georgina since been widely performed on six continents. Philippson (Phi Lambda) will Get to know Adrienne and her music at rehearse and conduct the 2014 Convention Chorus for its performance at the Saturday banquet. (To participate in the chorus, just sign up when you register for the convention.) A native of the Pacific Northwest, Georgina is the artistic director and conductor of Consonare Chorale, a Portland-based ensemble she founded in 2006. Formerly a music teacher and choir director in Vancouver, WA middle and high schools, she currently maintains a voice studio for classical, musical theater, and vocal jazz studies and often serves as a choral music clinician and adjudicator. Learn about Georgina and her ensemble at


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Convention 2014

Martha’s Musings – Getting Ready for Convention

By Martha MacDonald (Phi Xi), Fourth Vice President/Music Advisor

Opening Night Artists Violinist William Terwilliger (Epsilon) and pianist Andrew Cooperstock (Mu Kappa, past Foundation board member) comprise the award-winning duo Opus Two, hailed for its “unanimity of style and spirit” and internationally recognized for its commitment to expanding the violin-piano duo repertoire. They are currently touring a multi-media program of music by iconic American composer George Gershwin, and will perform excerpts from that program as part of Tuesday’s opening night festivities. Opus Two won the United States Information Agency’s Artistic Ambassador Auditions in 1993, leading to a 30concert tour of Latin America and the Caribbean, and have since concertized on four continents. Meet the duo at

I’m looking forward to a great 2014 convention and sharing lots of musical experiences with you. We are very fortunate to have Dr. Chen Yi as convention composer-in-residence, and I am pleased that several members will get to perform one of her compositions for her master class/workshop at the convention. This is a unique opportunity to work with one of the leading composers of our time. There will also be a convention choir. If you like to sing, this is a chance to collaborate with other Mu Phi members to perform some fun and inspiring music. Sign up for the workshop and/or choir with your convention registration. We are going high-tech this convention and having the songbook available for download from the Mu Phi website. Not only will this save the fraternity a lot of money, but it will also keep the songbook available year around for chapters to use. Theatre stage curtain ID 34896559 © Radist |

We are always on the lookout for new songs to add, and now is the time to submit your songs for possible inclusion. Here’s your chance to be a composer! Send to by May 1, 2014.

For more convention updates visit



Spotlight on the Future

by Lenita McCallum, Third Vice President/Alumni Advisor If you’ve been reading The Triangle recently, you know that this article’s title is part of the theme for our convention in Sacramento this summer. To prepare for this triennial meeting, I am holding a series of telephone conference calls with the District Directors and a sampling of alumni presidents to gather input about issues facing the fraternity. The information gleaned from the calls and related surveys will guide our convention meetings with the DDs, and perhaps lead to changes in some fraternity operations – knowing that to survive and thrive, we must adapt and change. Here are some issues that have been discussed: Status, organization, and inclusion of Allied members as full partners in the fraternity. Many members do not understand this membership category, which has led to some confusion, misunderstanding, and underutilization. Role of district directors. The lack of a DD in some areas is a distinct disadvantage as we strive for a smoothly operating fraternity. The ritual. Are parts outdated? Participants have scrutinized the ritual and are considering proposals for revision. Organizational structure. Could it be streamlined to carry out the fraternity’s business more efficiently?

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Renewed emphasis on musical service. Through service, centered around music in all its forms, we offer clear examples of the value of membership beyond the collegiate years. Financial stability. It would be ideal to have a cash reserve for needs and opportunities that arise outside the normal budget process. How can we accomplish that? A second round of calls is taking place the first three months of 2014, and information collected then will be added to what we have so far. We want as many ideas as possible to be the foundation for steps our Fraternity may take in the future. To that end, I offer all members an opportunity to participate by responding to these two simple but important questions: What is the best aspect of membership in MΦE? What is the one thing (no laundry lists!) you would most like to see change? Email your thoughts to I look forward to hearing from you. 12

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Mu Phi Leaders Last in a series

Who are the IEB and what do they do? Introductions of the International Vice Presidents, with a snapshot of their duties and activities

Fourth International Vice President/Music Advisor Duties as stated in the Fraternity’s bylaws: be the Music Advisor of the Fraternity; arrange for and supervise Convention music; oversee procedures for Fraternity music contests and awards. Activities of the Fourth VP include: • Receive, review, and make recommendations to IEB about applications and entries to Fraternity music contests and awards. Most of this work is done electronically. • Recruit and coordinate outside contest judges as needed. • Notify winners and supply information for The Triangle. • Recruit, select, and coordinate all performers (featured artists, music delegates, accompanists) for the triennial convention. Create, execute, and manage related artist contracts. Involves communications by phone, email, and mail. • Oversee compilation and production of convention songbook. Incumbent Music Advisor Martha MacDonald says, “The music advisor might be the least busy of all the vice-presidents on a daily basis, just a few emails and phone calls. There’s more to do once a year when I receive and review applications for Fraternity awards and contests. But when it comes time to plan music for the convention, the pace steps up considerably. I research music, make contacts, and decide on repertoire, performers and presenters, and how to fit them into the convention schedule. Since I have run a chamber music program for many years, I find this part of the Music Advisor job very similar. To me it’s the most rewarding part of the position.”

Fifth International Vice President/Eligibility Advisor Duties as stated in the Fraternity’s bylaws: be the Eligibility Advisor of the Fraternity; approve or deny applications of candidates for Special Election and Special Permission subject to ratification by the International Executive Board; approve all Collegiate and Alumni Chapter Bylaws and Collegiate Chapter eligibility requirements. Activities of the Fifth VP include: • Ensure that published versions of the fraternity’s international bylaws and standing rules are correct and in accordance with amendments enacted by the membership. • Work with district directors, chapters, and occasionally university officials to ensure that all chapters’ bylaws are current and congruent with the international bylaws. • Approve chapter bylaws that have been amended for any reason. • Assist chapters to develop standing rules if desired. • Approve or disapprove requests to initiate new members by Special Election or Special Permission. • Answer questions from members and officers at all levels about the international bylaws and standing rules and their meaning. • Advise the Resolutions Committee at conventions. Incumbent Kurt-Alexander Zeller says, “Although I sometimes fear members see the Eligibility Advisor as a ‘rules cop,’ the job is actually more about enabling than enforcing. Bylaws provide a structure that enables an organization to pursue its aims and goals, and my purpose is to help chapters do just that, as effectively as possible in the context of their local situation and needs. To me, it’s very rewarding to help chapters find language for their parliamentary documents that enables them to accomplish exactly what they intend.”


Foundation “Golden Opportunity” Grant Official Application Form This unique, ONE-TIME GRANT, in the amount of $5,000, is being offered in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of our Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation. The purpose of this grant is to provide funding for musical studies, travel, enrichment, research projects, or other musical endeavor to a member or chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon. The grant winner will be selected by random drawing at the 2014 Mu Phi Epsilon International Convention in Sacramento, California. All members or chapters of Mu Phi Epsilon may enter (Collegiate, Alumni, Allied or Unaffiliated). Name in full (no initials) ______________________________________________________________________ Current address ____________________________________________________________________________ Preferred telephone ____________________________ E-mail address Name at time of initiation



Chapter of initiation ______________________________________________Date of initiation Current status:

Chapter Name: ____________________________________


____________ Unaffiliated

I realize that this one-time grant is offered to a member or chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon for purposes of musical study, travel, enrichment, research or other music-related endeavors. If I win this unique grant, I will use the grant for: _________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________ For each multiple of $50, I am entitled to one Golden Opportunity entry for the drawing. I am enclosing: $50 for 1 entry; $100 for 2 entries; $200 for 4 entries; $ _________ for _________ # of entries Entry fee may be paid by check, made payable to Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, or credit card. Method of Payment:




Credit Card No ______________________________________ Exp. Date


Name on card ________________________________ Signature of Cardholder ________________________ *Application must be postmarked by July 1, 2014 or submitted in person at the Mu Phi Epsilon Convention in Sacramento, California by 12pm, Saturday, August 2, 2014. Send to:


Beverly Abegg, Treasurer – Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation 8 Philips Drive Westford, MA 01886-3409

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Foundation Scholarship supports commission of new works for violin and piano Submitted by Wyatt True, Nu With support from the 2013 Beth Landis Violin Scholarship, violinist Wyatt True has commissioned four new multimedia works for violin and piano, inspired by landscapes of Oregon. True is currently finishing a doctorate in violin performance at the University of Oregon and is working closely with commissioned composers J. M. Gerraughty and Benjamin Krause, both recent University of Oregon graduates and current doctoral composition candidates at Stony Brook and Rice, respectively. A portion of the scholarship funds is also supporting a studio recording and website devoted to the work. Gerraughty’s pieces are a study in contrast, inspired by the rain shadow of the Oregon Coast Range. The Air Is a Chamber depicts the sodden stillness of Oregon’s temperate rain forest, while The Earth Is A Cell embodies the gritty dryness of the state’s desert region. The pieces react and grow in subjective response, spinning out and connecting associative webs of personal meaning.

J. M. Gerraughty

Wyatt True

Krause’s work The Activity of Sand is inspired by Oregon’s coastal dunes, where beautiful sand patterns and formations are sculpted by shifting winds, creating ever-flowing, kaleidoscopic designs. The music evokes a mysterious atmosphere wherein the musical elements are similarly developed and transformed. His other work Views of a City is inspired by Portland’s cityscape. A simple melody unfolds over a pulsing, hypnotic background, creating a cinematic soundtrack that evokes a sense of nostalgia and bittersweet beauty. Each short piece will be performed in a multimedia presentation that includes images of scenes that inspired the music. The composers are currently working with

photographers and photography clubs to find images that capture the beauty of Benjamin Oregon. The Krause work is scheduled for performances in early summer 2014 in both Eugene and Portland by violinist Wyatt True and pianist Matthew Pavilanis. Additional information and details about the premiere can be found at

HELP WANTED FOR THE ΜΦΕ FOUNDATION BOARD We are looking for new Directors, and one who might be interested in becoming Treasurer after a year of Board experience. Please contact Beverly Abegg, Treasurer, by telephone 978-692-7353, or email She will be happy to discuss the opportunities and answer any questions you might have. Act now so you can be at the 2014 International Competition and Convention in Sacramento CA.



news from members

Multiple award-winning composer Adrienne Albert (Phi Nu, Los Angeles Alumni, ACME) is working on three commissions to be premiered in 2014: War Stories for the Zinkali Trio; Cuban Adventures for flute, viola, bass clarinet, and piano to be premiered by Chamber Music America on May 6; and a new work for piano trio commissioned by the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation in honor of their 50th anniversary. It will premiere on July 31st at the Mu Phi Epsilon convention.

included a sing-along and a highlights video of Marian’s life, produced by her granddaughter. Remarks were made by family members, LA Alumni president Marie Brown Curea (Phi Nu) who also read a letter from International President Rosemary Ames, and by Marian herself, pictured below.

Pianist Mary Au (Mu Nu, LA Alumni, ACME) performed with saxophonist Chika Inouye (Mu Nu, LA Alumni) at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, CA in January. The two joined forces last fall with hornist/composer Lydia Busler-Blais (Mu Nu, LA Alumni, ACME) for performances of Global Warming for horn and piano by Adrienne Albert and Lydia’s Moon Lilies by for horn and piano. Lydia is presently working on a commission for flute, horn, bass and piano quartet, preparing to record a series of 3 CDs, and completing the second act of her first opera One Way In. Saxophonist and music educator Keith Bohm (Alpha Delta, Sacramento Alumni, ACME) teaches at California State University-Sacramento where he is also artistic director of the university’s annual Festival of New American Music. Music therapist Cynthia Briggs (Mu Chi, St. Louis Area Alumni) is head of Maryville University’s unique music therapy program Kids Rock Cancer, about which the a documentary is being produced. Narrated by television journalist and St. Louis area philanthropist Bob Costas, the hour-long film will be shown on public television stations across the country. Cynthia has also managed music therapy programs for rape victims and the mentally disabled. Vocalist Rona Commins (Alpha Delta, Sacramento Alumni, ACME) completed a month of research in Florence last summer. She was gathering information for a book of short stories she is writing about musical personalities in the Florentine Renaissance. Conductor Marlon Daniel (Mu Xi, New York Alumni, International Committee co-chair) was recently interviewed on Sweden’s SverigeRadio. His orchestra Ensemble du Monde performed a February concert to mark Black History Month, including a New York premiere. In January Marian Bowker Davidson (Mu Beta, Los Angeles Alumni, Past International President 1974-80) celebrated her 90th birthday with family, friends, and members of LA Alumni and the local PEO chapter. Her three sons planned and executed the event, which


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Marian Davidson

Vocalist Lestelle Manley (Epsilon Omega, Sacramento Alumni, ACME) was featured in recital at Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum in July, along with other Sacramento Alumni members. In August she sang in a fundraising concert to honor the late Carol Hawk (Epsilon Omega, Sacramento Alumni). Keyboard artist Nancy Metzger (Nu, Sacramento Alumni, ACME) is winding down her solo career but continues to teach and is in demand as a supply church organist. In 2013 she performed on harpsichord for the Historical Keyboard Society of North America and for the local All Saints Concert Series. In September a Mu Phi family performed together in Texas as keyboard and piano ensemble ClaviVoce. Participating artists were singer-pianists Janet Whitcomb Pummill and her three Epsilon Epsilon daughters Amy Pummill Stewart, Julie Pummill, and Sallie Pummill Pollack, who played on four pianos placed onstage in two tiers. Other family members involved in the production were were father

Doug (director), daughter/sister-in-law Rebecca Pitcher Pummill (vocalist and musical theatre artist who has two Mu Phi parents), and a Pummill brother who ran the sound system. Composer/pianist Deon Nielsen Price (Gamma, LA Alumni) plays all fifteen dances of her story ballet, “Toads and Diamonds� in the CD New Friends/Old Friends, soon to be released on the Cambria/NAXOS label.


Composer Carol Worthey (Phi Nu, LA Alumni, ACME) welcomed the October world premiere of her work Rescue: A True Story for cello, clarinet, piano, and narrator. The true saga of a real rescue dog, from abandonment to forever home, was written and narrated by comedian and dog rescuer Elayne Boosler.

CORRECTION: The phone number for St. Louis Area Alumni president Elaine Repking was shown incorrectly in the Alumni Presidents Directory in the fall 2013 Triangle. Her correct number is 314-852-6696.

news from chapters

Fullerton Alumni chapter patron Beulah Strickler received the 2013 Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award late last year at the Orange County (CA) Arts Community Celebration. Beulah is a distinguished pianist, music teacher, and chamber musician whose many accomplishments include founding Friends of Music, the oldest chamber music society in southern California, in 1959 and serving as its artistic director for fifty-four years.

International President Rosemary Ames (far left) was the special guest of Atlanta Alumni for a recital by its 2013 scholarship winners from Mu and Delta Psi.

A group of active Mu Phi leaders and friends (left) enjoyed a December social gathering in New York City. From left: Paul Verona (Epsilon Psi, New York City Alumni, Foundation board), Lenita McCallum (Phi Iota, Third International Vice President/Alumni Advisor), Gerry Abegg (Boston Alumni chapter patron), Beverly Abegg (Phi Upsilon, Boston Alumni, Foundation board), David Witherspoon (Palos Verdes/South Bay Alumni chapter patron), and Monica Verona (Omega Omega, New York City Alumni chapter president).


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Singing `Round the Campfire by Keith Ford

So it’s always nice when the parent answers your questions for you. The mother explained why she wanted her boys to learn piano: she herself had been an accomplished pianist as a teenager, and she wished her sons to know the value and fun of music. Our conversation ran as you might imagine, laying out mutual expectations. I learned that the boys were already playing recorder in a school club and enjoying it. One had even said he wanted to bring his recorder on their Christmas camping vacation and play songs around the campfire with his family. I was excited by her story; it was a good illustration of why I am a teacher. Being able to give such impromptu

performances makes learning music worthwhile and meaningful for children and their listeners. There is really nothing like playing for friends and family in communal spaces, be they living rooms or churches, at parties or around a campfire. I teach to prepare my students for such occasions. Lev Tolstoy, the great Russian novelist and theologian, helps put my excitement into context. In his last years, he had a crisis of conscience regarding his work: was it good? Was it Art? In his book What is Art? Tolstoy concluded that art – real art – creates communion and unity among people. It is not just something rarefied, found in art museums, concert halls, on buildings or statues, or written on manuscript paper; those, he explains, are only small parts of what Art is. He writes, “The whole of human life is filled with works of art of various kinds, from lullabies, jokes, mimicry, home decoration, clothing, utensils, to church services and solemn processions.” How are we as music teachers to judge whether what we are doing is any good? For me, I certainly wish to see all my pupils gain a technical knowledge of the piano, learn a wide range of pieces, and meet other musicians through festivals and competitions. But I also wish to help them find ways to share their music in neighbourhood

> International Committee Co-Chairs

Marlon Daniel

Mu Xi, New York Alumni 212-641-0305

Keith Ford

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concerts, with their families, or through writing or performing a piece for a school program. Helping children discover new spaces to play and enjoy music is part of the challenge and excitement of teaching. Keith Ford co-chairs the International Committee with conductor Marlon Daniel. Keith lives in London, England and works as a freelance accompanist, composer and teacher. He can be reached at

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Recently I received a phone call from a mother interested in having her two boys learn piano from me. Even after teaching lessons for eighteen years I still get nervous about these first conversations, and I’m never entirely sure how to go about them. In the past I’ve written out lists of appropriate questions and created a contract laying out “the Rules.” These exercises, learned in my undergraduate Piano Pedagogy 101 course, have been helpful. The lecturer’s advice is buried deep in my mind, but it doesn’t stop my heart from racing when I speak to a prospective student (or parent) for the first time.

Final Notes Member Remembered Jean Carolyn Sloop Alpha Alpha, May 19, 1957 Died September 11, 2012 Vocalist, choir director, music educator. A music professor at Kansas State University, Jean was a Fulbright scholar who received numerous grants to support her academic endeavors. In 1989 she was named Musician of the Year by the Kansas chapter of the National Federation of Women’s Clubs. She was a frequent soloist and recitalist, appearing with orchestras, choirs, and the Dave Brubeck Quartet. She also performed in musical theater productions and gave programs on folksongs, ballads, and tall tales of the Great Plains, accompanying herself with a handmade Appalachian dulcimer and a six-string German lute. Jean served the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation as president 1987-89 and chairman 1988-89. She also served NATS as chair of regional student auditions and Regional Governor.

Mary F. Bischoff Alexander Mu Omicron, November 13, 1955 Died January 19, 2013 Vocalist. Susan K. Hoonsbeen Akin Gamma Epsilon, April 29, 1986 Kansas City Alumni Died September 28, 2013 Pianist, music educator. Susan taught music in schools and private piano lessons. Accomplished in several instruments, she was active in Kansas City Music Teachers Association and National Federated Music Teachers. Marijune Ann Allison (Fiandt) Epsilon Omicron, May 28, 1954 Died March 30, 2013 Oboist, music educator. Marijune (pictured below) taught public school music and performed in several orchestras.

Sterling Patron James DePreist Sterling Patron, 1994 Died February 8, 2013 Conductor. Nephew of contralto Marian Anderson, James DePreist studied composition at the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music and received music degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He was chosen by Leonard Bernstein as assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic 1965-66, and went on to conduct many American and European orchestras, one of the first African-American conductors on the world stage. He served at various times as conductor/music director of the Oregon Symphony, director of conducting and orchestral studies at The Julliard School, artistic advisor to the Pasadena Symphony and Pops, and conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. He received the National Medal of Arts in 2005.

devoted to Salzedo’s harp compositions and unique style. She played with several orchestras and taught at the University of Texas where she developed a program using the Salzedo method. Sonja Louise Peterson Behrens Phi Lambda, November 24, 1957 Died February 24, 2012 Pianist. As a young girl, Sonja entertained WWII troops on the accordion and later performed throughout North America in solo piano recitals, concertos, chamber music concerts, recordings, and on television and radio. She was an artist-teacher at the University of Western Ontario where she was instrumental in establishing Delta Iota. Dolores Jean Gibson Bhardwaj Mu Eta, January 6, 1958 Died November 22, 2012 Vocalist, church musician, music educator. Dolores was an active member of the Music Teachers Association of California and National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and a former member of the Stockton Chorale. Dora Caroline McConnell Burdick Phi Chi, May 24, 1959 Died July 26, 2013 Pianist, organist. Dora taught high school math, later became a paralegal, and served as a church organist and choir director. She performed as a collegiate music delegate at the Fraternity’s 1960 national convention.

Charlene Young Andres Alpha Alpha, May 29, 1958 Died October 12, 2011 Vocalist, music educator. Charlene had a voice studio and taught instrumental music. Greta Gayle Horn Barrington Phi Omicron, December 6, 1959 Died March 16, 2013 Harpist. Gayle studied with prominent harp teacher Carlos Salzedo and toured with the Angelaires Harp Quintet that was

Mary Ruth Edwards Caldwell Mu Chi, May 15, 1959 Died November 2, 2013 Flutist, vocalist, music educator, church musician. Mary Ruth taught elementary instrumental music in Dallas schools and was a church choir director. She sang


Final Notes in the Mesquite Civic Chorus and Dallas Symphony Chorus, and served on the board of directors of the Church Music Institute. Dorothy Warne Dahlberg Cordell Mu Epsilon, March 21, 1939 Died July 16, 2013 Pianist, organist. Dorothy enjoyed a long performing career, taught piano and organ, and played the organ until age 93. Mary Jean Asher Gentry Mu Beta, May 28, 1959 Died February 11, 2012 Pianist, vocalist. Mary taught private piano and was a substitute teacher. She held the MTNA National Certificate in Music Education and was a member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers. She sang in the Houston Chorale Society and was involved in church music. Martha Ann Courtney-Durr Phi Xi, May 19, 1954 Died August 17, 2012 Pianist, music educator, church musician. Martha Ann taught music in public schools and private piano. She was past president of her Daughters of the American Republic chapter. Esther Mary Santee Fritsch Phi Zeta, June 5, 1939 Santa Barbara Alumni Died September 6, 2013 Violinist, music educator. In high school Esther played in the violin section with the Friedman twins, known later as Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren. A Phi Zeta president, she later played with several orchestras and taught instrumental music.


Dixie Dawn Holden Phi Omicron, January 25, 1941 Cleveland Alumni Died September 1, 2013 Pianist, music educator. Dixie was supervisor of music for the Cleveland public schools, a founding member of the Cleveland Women’s Symphony Orchestra in 1936, and active in the Fortnightly Music Club and Delta Kappa Gamma. She served as president of Cleveland Alumni 1957-59.

administrative positions at the University of Illinois. In retirement she remained an active church musician and volunteer performer and also took up creative writing, becoming a published author.

Emma Sue Depwe Johnson Phi Xi, May 26, 1947 Dallas Alumni Died October 5, 2013 Pianist, organist. Sue taught elementary-school music for forty years and was a collaborative pianist. She and her husband often performed as a musical team in schools, churches, and musical theater.

Audrey Kooperstein (aka Kooper) Hammonn Alpha Alpha, October 15, 1955 Saint Louis Alumni, ACME Pianist, composer. Audrey performed with several orchestras and as part of the Four Piano Ensemble managed by Sol Hurok, who advised her to change her last name. She was a Fulbright scholar in Paris and toured France as a goodwill ambassador for the U.S. She later taught at the university level and was a prolific composer; she is listed in Mu Phi Epsilon Composers and Authors.

Donna Teakell Jones Alpha Nu, April 1, 1983 Died January 24, 2013 Educator. Donna taught elementary school. Judith Ewing Kurzban Phi Omicron, May 8, 1955 Died June 26, 2013 Pianist, music educator. Judith was a faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music and also taught piano privately. A member of many civic organizations, she was honored with the prestigious Margaret Ireland Award in 1979 by the Cleveland Woman’s City Club. Erma C. Prahl Koehn Epsilon Xi, November 13, 1993 Urbana-Champaign Alumni Died June 15, 2013 Pianist, church musician. Erma was pianist for several churches and held

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Helon Truster King Phi Pi, February 4, 1964 Wichita Alumni Died September 7, 2013 Educator, pianist.

Roberta Marie Miller Lamberson Kappa, May 4, 1969 Indianapolis Alumni Died October 17, 2012 Vocalist, music educator. A longtime elementary school music teacher, Roberta also was active in local organizations including PEO. Louise Sonya Anderson Lerch Mu Phi, December 11, 1959 Dallas Alumni Died July 6, 2011 Organist, vocalist, music educator. Louise taught at several colleges and universities including Eastfield College, where she directed the Center for Studies in American Musical Theatre. She was a NATS Foundation board member including a term as acting president, a reviewer for the Journal of Singing, and recipient of numerous achievement awards.

Final Notes Patricia Ann McGee Epsilon, May 14, 1960 Toledo Alumni Died October 8, 2013 Vocalist, music educator. Pat taught in public schools for thirty years and was a church musician and professional soloist. Sarah (Sally) E. Calkins Maxwell Nu, April 4, 1955 Eugene Alumni Died July 27, 2013 Harpist, music educator. Sally was professor of harp at University of Oregon, where she developed a leading harp program, following in the footsteps of her mother/teacher who started the university’s first harp class. Sally performed with the Eugene Symphony and served as president of the American Harp Society. Gertrude Pagels Epsilon, December 15, 1973 Toledo Alumni Died March 4, 2013 Pianist. Gertrude was a piano teacher and church musician. Barbara A. Donaldson Petri Mu Upsilon, April 26, 1954 Died March 6, 2013 Marguerite A. Swiney Pinson Phi Tau, April 20, 1954 Allied Died January 11, 2013 Vocalist. Marguerite was a NATS member and was active in the MidSouth Watercolorists. Judith Diann Miears Preto Alpha Iota, May 30, 1959 Died March 6, 2012 Pianist, organist. Judith taught piano for fifty years and was an accomplished organist specializing in sacred music.

Rose Audrey Taylor Mu Theta, June 13, 1992 Austin Alumni, ACME Died September 14, 2013 Vocalist, music educator. An active mezzo-soprano soloist, Rose performed and recorded with opera companies, orchestras, and choruses in the U.S. and Europe. She was Professor Emerita of Music at the University of Texas, a tireless arts advocate and supporter, and a former Mu Theta advisor. Sarah Elizabeth Hillyer Schilling Mu Eta, January 6, 1958 Stockton Alumni Died November 5, 2012 Pianist. Sarah served on the boards of the Stockton Symphony and the Stockton Community Concert Association and was a member of several professional organizations. Sue A. Sgro Epsilon, May 31, 1970 Toledo Alumni Died July 6, 2013 Violinist, pianist, church musician. Sue was a longtime church pianist and taught several instruments. Hazel Elgene Kurtz Gonnerman Shea Omega, May 18, 1956 Died February 13, 2011 Vocalist, pianist, church musician. Elgene directed church choirs and a community college choir, and taught voice and piano lessons. She served on the local library board and was a Beethoven Club member. Mildred Jean Shields Mu Beta, January 27, 1957 Died June 27, 2011 Pianist. A longtime piano teacher and church musician, Mildred was active in the Pullman Music Teachers and MTNA.

Joan Harter Stanley Mu Upsilon, December 14, 1958 Died January 29, 2013 Violinist. Joan was first violinist in four Houston-area orchestras and played in a piano trio. She taught violin in several universities and maintained a selective private studio. Lois Harvie Thayer Epsilon Delta, May 4, 1959 Died February 15, 2013 Pianist. Lois was professor of piano at several universities and also taught privately. She served as president of the International Piano Festival. Frederika (Frieda) Op’t Holt Vogan Gamma, April 3, 1938 Died September 26, 2013 Organist, music educator, choral director. Frieda performed at the 1934 World’s Fair in Chicago and for numerous American Guild of Organists conventions. She performed with orchestras and taught university-level organ and theory. Often working in professional roles previously open only to men, she was described in her day as the country’s finest female organist.

> Final Notes Contributor

Wynona Wieting Lipsett

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


District Directors





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


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

DISTRICT A1 Nichole Roles 540-818-3452

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


DISTRICT GL1 Susan Owen-Bissiri 734-971-1084

DISTRICT SE1 Marshall Pugh 252-599-2492

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

DISTRICT NC1 Teresa Rowe 612-926-5854



PACIFIC NORTHWEST DISTRICT PNW1 - OPEN DISTRICT PNW2 Kathryn Habedank 206-405-4645 DISTRICT PNW3 Michael Lasfetto 917-275-3800


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


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

Did you know that as a Mu Phi Epsilon member, you could be eligible for a special discount on GEICO auto insurance? As one of the Fraternity’s affiliated vendors, GEICO welcomes your business. The company also offers coverage for RVs, motorcycles, boats, homeowners, renters, and more, with 24/7 service online or by phone. For more information on GEICO products and to obtain a free rate quote, visit or call 1-800-368-2734.


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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 Nancy Hawkins 1405A Lawrence Ave Lawrence, KS 66049 785-865-6379

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

Vice President Paul Verona 45 Tiemann Place #5M New York, NY 10027-3327 347-813-0368

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


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

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

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


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

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Convention Insider

By Kathy Earl (Alpha Delta, Sacramento Alumni), Convention Chair I can’t wait to welcome you to Sacramento! Besides a fabulous convention, my city has much to offer, and we’ve planned some opportunities to show it off. For example, attendees will take a Friday evening jaunt to picturesque Old Sacramento for dinner, sightseeing, and shopping. Visit for all the information you need for the excursion, including a link to area restaurants to make reservations. Here are other insider tips to make your stay enjoyable:

There are several on-your-own meals on the schedule, and options abound. Right across the street from the convention hotel is Arden Fair Mall, a three-story enclosed shopping center complete with a food court and several chain sit-down restaurants, including Cheesecake Factory. More are just a short walk (4-6 blocks) away, including Mimi’s Cafe, Appleby’s, and others.

The schedule also has a few open slots, depending on what optional convention activities you choose. Down the street from the hotel is the Raging Waters water park – just the place for family members or when you need a convention break.

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The Triangle, publication of Mu Phi Epsilon, Vol. 107, Issue 4, Winter 2014  

In this issue: New Sterling Patron; Convention 2014; Chapter milestones

The Triangle, publication of Mu Phi Epsilon, Vol. 107, Issue 4, Winter 2014  

In this issue: New Sterling Patron; Convention 2014; Chapter milestones