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Volume 108, Issue 1 Spring 2014

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Spotlight on Sacramento Volume 108, Issue 1 Spring 2014

Convention 2014 Also: Chapter Milestones A Chat with Sterling Patron Bill Lively

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 108, Issue 1

Spring 2014

EDITOR Melissa Eddy DESIGN & PRODUCTION Corinne Lattimer 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: Fall — August 15 Winter — December 1 Spring — February 15 Summer — May 1 Change of address, renewals, notice of deceased members, requests for extra copies and subscription requests should be sent to: Mu Phi Epsilon International Executive Office P.O. Box 1369 Fort Collins, CO 80522-1369 toll free: 888- 259-1471 fax: 888-855-8670 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 108, Issue 1) Subscription price is $20.00 per year. Single copies are $8.00. Periodicals postage paid at Fort Collins, Colorado and at additional mailing offices. Printed in the United States of America.

contents Chapter Milestones . . . . . . . .4 Zeta Phi installed; St. Louis Alumni celebrate 100 years; other important chapter anniversaries Convention 2014 . . . . . . . . . .6 Convention Insider offers more Sacramento tips; meet alumni music delegates Cover Feature: Sterling Patron . . . . . . . . . . .8 Bill Lively talks about his life in and outside music

Applause & Encore . . . . . .16 News from members and chapters. Alumni Corner . . . . . . . . . . .17 What business delegates need to think about as they prepare for convention Bookshelf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Novel about J.S. Bach helps humanize the great historical figure Final Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19

ACME . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Hansonia Caldwell produces a documentary about Jester Hairston Mu Phi Leaders . . . . . . . . . .11 New International Executive Secretary-Treasurer is announced

District Directors . . . . . . . . .22 Executive Officers . . . . . . . .23 Convention 2014 . . . . . . . . .24 Join the convention choir!

International Corner . . . . . .12 Mu Phi member teaching in Tanzania says musical beauty comes in many forms Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Golden Opportunity grant application; International Competition finalists and judges

POSTMASTER: Send all changes of address to: Mu Phi Epsilon, PO Box 1369, Fort Collins, CO 80522-1369. © 2014 Mu Phi Epsilon. All rights reserved.


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President’s Message Why Hold a Convention? Some Mu Phis may ask this question and wonder what all the fuss is about every three years. According to our bylaws, the reason is simple – business! The International Convention is the supreme legislative and executive authority of the Fraternity. We can advance the Fraternity’s aims and mission best when we think and talk together with fellow members. Not only do we attend to routine matters at convention, but our business sessions are like getting the annual report in person instead of an email attachment.

Visit the 2014 Convention page at for information updates and breaking news about our summer gathering!

Then there’s that other important side to Convention – friendship! You may find that at convention, it’s the spontaneous experiences that affect you the most profoundly: a chat in the corridor with someone from across the country, a thrilling performance by a delegate who happened to sit at your table for lunch, a long talk after midnight with your roommates. Those unexpected, precious moments will linger in your memory for years, long after you’ve forgotten about changes to the bylaws.

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And of course there’s the music! The 2014 International Competition finals on July 29 are live performances by four young Mu Phi musicians (see page 14) vying for two years of professional management as the newest Mu Phi Epsilon Artist. Later in the convention, we’ll be treated to recitals by the 2014 winner and past winners, sponsored by the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation. Other Mu Phis will perform throughout the convention as music delegates or members of the convention choir. The Foundation culminates its 50th anniversary year at this convention and is hosting a luncheon to celebrate its history and future of providing scholarships and grants to further members’ musical careers. The convention also offers a wide array of workshop choices sure to be interesting and educational for all. It’s a natural thing for people to convene and talk things over, and our Convention is just that: an intermingling of necessary business with enriching workshops, amazing performances, and renewed friendships. It will be rich in new contacts, inspiring with visions for our future, and vibrant with a realization that working together for a common good is one of the greatest joys on earth. We’ll dine together, meet together, and share together. Whether you come for music, friendship, harmony, or all three, we have you covered – you’ll enjoy every minute. See YOU there!

Rosemary Ames International President


Chapter Milestones Welcome our newest chapter

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St. Louis Area Alumni Mark 100 Years Chapter’s Centennial Tea held March 30 St. Louis Area Alumni was organized on April 8, 1914. Since early twentieth-century women often celebrated special occasions with a tea, current members decided to observe the chapter’s centennial with just such a gathering. It was the culmination of chapter programming for the past year, when each meeting’s presentation and music focused on a decade of chapter history. Chapter vice president (and past International President) Fran Irwin (Epsilon Upsilon) also compiled a history book entitled Centennial Tea, with help from fraternity Archivist Wendy Sistrunk (Mu Mu, Kansas City Alumni). After a rough winter, the day of the tea dawned with perfect weather. With a lovely church sanctuary as the setting, chapter president Elaine Repking (Beta Iota) welcomed almost eighty attendees and introduced a music program that spanned composers from Vivaldi to Benny Goodman and concluded with a piano performance by International Competition finalist Nick Susi (Xi) (see page 14). Friendship followed as attendees were called to tea by the ringing of three triangles of different pitch. Tables decorated in spring colors, including plenty of purple, were set with chapter members’ beautiful family china. Thirteen attendance prizes were awarded in memory of the fraternity’s founding members, and guests were entertained by a memorable video of chapter history, which can be viewed on YouTube at Past chapter president Pansyetta Fleener (Mu Xi) was awarded the Diamond Triangle certificate for 60 years of membership, and the chapter recognized ten members with 50+ years of devotion to the fraternity. Harmony abounded with the singing of “Our Triangle” in full voice by all present. It was a beautiful event celebrating the ideals of Mu Phi Epsilon and hope for another wonderful century of Music, Friendship and Harmony. 4

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The azaleas were in bloom and the air was perfumed with sweet scents of a North Carolina spring for the installation of Zeta Phi at University of North CarolinaWilmington on April 11, 2014. International President Rosemary Ames traveled to Wilmington for the occasion, where she reconnected with UNCW faculty member Daniel Johnson (Delta Zeta), whom she knew when he was a graduate student at New England Conservatory and active in the Beta chapter. He and Rosemary were prepared to conduct the ritual themselves, but his colleague Bettsy Dunn Curtis happened to see a Zeta Phi bake sale and mention that she too is a member (Mu Chi). She agreed to help with the installation and arrived proudly wearing her Fraternity badge. The three gave the new members a meaingful and special initiation. While setting up, the group realized that the shipped package of ritual materials had not arrived. Daniel quickly brought up the shield on his computer and projected it on a screen, a perfect substitute. (The package was later located in the campus mail room.) The ceremonies began at 5:00 pm with initiation of fourteen new members, including a faculty member who will serve as Faculty Advisor. Zeta Phi was then installed, followed by chapter officers. After photographs and congratulations, Zeta Phi gave a musicale for family and friends, and the evening concluded with a celebratory dinner. After dinner, new member Sallie Dunn showed President Ames some Wilmington historical sites, and the next morning Zeta Phi president Haley Pope returned her to the airport. It was another beautiful day and Rosemary was sure all the new Zeta Phis woke up with a smile on their faces.

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Chapter Milestones

2014 Chapter Anniversaries Congratulations to these chapters and their members for milestones of Music, Friendship, and Harmony. 110 Years Gamma University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 5/20/1904 105 Years Lambda Ithaca College Ithaca, NY 2/19/1909 100 Years St. Louis Area Alumni (MO) 4/8/1914 Cincinnati Alumni (OH) 4/14/1914 95 Years Mu Beta* Washington State University Pullman, WA 2/13/1919 Los Angeles Alumni (CA) 3/20/1919 Mu Gamma* University of Nebraska Lincoln, NE 3/27/1919 Portland Alumni (OR) 9/1/1919 90 Years Mu Tau* University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD 5/30/1924

Phi Omicron Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH 6/17/1939

Alpha Lambda* Portland State University Portland, OR 11/15/1959

70 Years Phi Sigma* DePaul University Chicago, IL 6/11/1944

Austin Alumni (TX) 12/14/1959

65 Years Epsilon Theta* Linfield College McMinnville, OR 3/19/1949 Epsilon Iota* Eastern Washington University Cheney, WA 3/24/1949 55 Years Alpha Epsilon* Holy Names University Oakland, CA 3/1/1959 Alpha Zeta Radford University Radford, VA 3/6/1959 Alpha Theta* Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA 5/17/1959 Atlanta Alumni (GA) 5/24/1959

85 Years Phi Zeta Morningside College Sioux City, IA 11/9/1929

Alpha Iota* Midwestern State University Wichita Falls, TX 5/30/1959

San Francisco Alumni (CA) 11/17/1929

Berkeley Alumni (CA) 11/1/1959

75 Years Phi Xi Baylor University Waco, TX 5/27/1939

Alpha Kappa UMKC Conservatory of Music Kansas City, MO 11/13/1959

Terre Haute Alumni (IN) 5/6/1979 30 Years Delta Delta University of Maryland College Park, MD 2/5/1984

50 Years Alpha Chi* Southwestern College Winfield, KS 3/8/1964

Delta Epsilon* Columbus State University Columbus, GA 6/7/1984 20 Years Delta Mu Slippery Rock University Slippery Rock, PA 5/8/1994

Palos Verdes/South Bay Alumni (CA) 10/18/1964 45 Years Muncie Alumni (IN) 5/18/1969 Beta Phi* Seattle Pacific University Seattle, WA 10/26/1969

5 Years Zeta Theta Lynchburg College Lynchburg, VA 4/28/2009

Beta Chi Florida State University Tallahassee, FL 11/9/1969 Beta Psi University of Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN 11/23/1969 Beta Omega* Ball State University Muncie, IN 12/7/1969

10 Years Delta Omega* Our Lady of the Lake University San Antonio, TX 3/27/2004

Zeta Epsilon Randolph-Macon College Ashland, VA 4/29/2009 * inactive

40 Years Gamma Nu Chicago State University Chicago, IL 4/21/1974 35 Years Gamma Psi St. Mary-in-the-Woods College SMITW, IN 5/6/1979


Convention 2014 Convention Insider By Kathleen Earl, Alpha Delta, Sacramento Alumni Greetings, Mu Phi sisters and brothers! Sacramento Alumni, Alpha Delta, and Mu Eta, along with all the chapters in Pacific 1 and 2, look forward to sharing our part of California with you. Keep in mind the weather can be quite warm in late July/early August, so don’t forget swimsuits and shorts (a light sweater is more than sufficient for evenings). In the previous Triangle you heard about water parks and nearby restaurants, so in this issue we want to give you a few pertinent facts about Sacramento and environs. o Pavilion at Wells Farg Music Circus C of Flintco, LL Photo courtesy

Sacramento QUICK FACTS • California’s state capital • Situated at the convergence of the American and Sacramento rivers, which empty into San Francisco Bay • Nicknames: River City, City of Trees, Camellia Capital of the World,The Big Tomato, Sactown, Sac, Sacratomato • Home of Sutter Fort, supplier to the Gold Rush 49ers (that’s 1849!) • Home of Crocker Art Museum (est. 1885; a 125,000 s.f. addition opened 2010) • Home of Sacramento Kings and Sacramento Monarchs (basketball, male & female), Rivercats (AAA baseball), and Capitals (tennis) • Home of the Sacramento Music Festival (formerly Sacramento Jazz Jubilee), every Labor Day weekend for 40 years • Home of Sacramento Philharmonic, Sacramento Opera, Sacramento Light Opera, Music Circus (summer only, but no longer in a hot tent), Sacramento Ballet, Camellia Symphony, and many community choral and instrumental organizations • Major concert venues: Sacramento Community Center, UC Davis Mondavi Center, Harris Center/Three Stages • Nearby universities: California State University, Sacramento; University of California, Davis; University of the Pacific, Stockton • Driving distances: 90 minutes to San Francisco/Oakland; 2 hours to Lake Tahoe, Napa Valley, or Donner Lake; 4 hours to Yosemite


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We encourage you to arrive early and/or stay late and enjoy the many recreational opportunities available in and around Sacramento. Don’t forget to sign up for the after-convention one-day tour featuring nearby Amador County wineries, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains (and much closer than Napa Valley!) – a can’t-miss opportunity! Details at

On Friday afternoon of Convention, we will all travel by bus (included in registration) to Old Sacramento, home of the California State Railroad Museum and the Delta King paddle-wheeler. There are about fifteen restaurants in Old Sac, from Subway to The Firehouse; make dinner reservations as appropriate (5 or 5:30pm would work best to be back in time for the Competition Winner’s Recital that evening). Dinner is on your own, so take your pick and enjoy! Yours in music, friendship, and harmony, Kathleen Earl, Convention Chair

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Cover Feature

A conversation with

2013 Sterling Patron Bill Lively Interview by Tena Hehn, Phi Tau, Dallas Alumni William “Bill” Lively was inducted last fall as the 2013 Mu Phi Epsilon Sterling Patron (see The Triangle, Winter 2014, pp 8-9). A few weeks later, Dallas Alumni member Tena Hehn spoke with Bill for The Triangle to learn more about his life in music and fundraising.

The Triangle: How did you get started in music? Bill Lively: Before WWII, my dad played in the band at Sam Houston State University and later was a high school band director in East Texas. In the service, Dad was at Yale University for officer training school where they had lockers assigned alphabetically. Because L comes before M, Dad’s locker was right next to Glenn Miller’s. He played in Glenn Miller’s band for about six weeks before Miller left on tour. So when Dad came home, I heard not Beethoven, but Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, and Benny Goodman. When I was in sixth grade, our church organist’s husband was my beginning band director. He found an old cornet and started me playing. Our art teacher would show the Leonard Bernstein “Young People’s Concerts” films, and that’s when I heard classical music for the first time and began collecting classical albums. By the time I got to Southern Methodist University, I thought of myself as the next Beethoven so I composed a piece. I followed all the rules, voicings, etc., and thought it was great, until I listened to it and realized what was missing was talent. So I majored in music education. I wanted to teach kids the value of all kinds of music – not just the great masters, but Sousa, patriotic – everything. I ended up getting my music education degree from University of North Texas in 1970. I did learn to be a fair arranger. I would take Dvorak’s New World Symphony and arrange it for my band. We would learn all about the composer – who he was, when and where he lived, his style of composing. Back then, there were no jobs for kids in junior high, no internet, little money, no organized sports, so you got them interested and “you , had em”, especially the boys. In 1973, SMU asked me to be assistant director of the Mustang band; later, my job expanded to include the Wind Ensemble, University Band, and Symphonic Band. In 1975, Tex Schramm,


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general manager of the Dallas Cowboys, invited me to create the Dallas Cowboys Band which I directed for fourteen years. Why and how did you make a career change from music to administration and development? When Jerry Jones purchased the Cowboys, he invited me to become Executive Entertainment Producer for games in Texas Stadium and the band was discontinued. I served in this capacity as an avocation for nine years. In 1978 I became Associate Dean of Arts at SMU, administrative work – I enjoyed the opportunity to listen more to music, not conduct for a while. Dr. Eugene Bonelli, dean of the Meadows School of Music at SMU, wanted to create a nationally prominent arts program – music, dance, art, theater – and he asked me to recruit high school students. To accomplish that, I had the SMU orchestra tour to Interlochen, Chicago, and other areas over a six year period. High school musicians came to listen and SMU professors gave master classes, all to attract students to SMU. I found I enjoyed this kind of work and stayed with it. What role does music play in your life today? It’s not the priority I want to make it when I retire. I’m still consulting with several organizations but will be

Cover Feature transitioning to retirement soon. I have a home office, great equipment, very peaceful, and I plan to spend a lot of time there just listening. Meantime, I travel a lot, especially on long car trips, so that’s musical catch-up time. I have a library of CDs and try to pick ones that I’ve not heard in a long time; Beethoven’s First and the Les Miserables score are among many favorites. I have managed to slip music into my administrative and development work in non-traditional ways. I’ve used the second movement of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony to teach CEOs and coaches to develop a budget: start with a simple melody, then create infrastructure, add and build to make it work. For National Geographic‘s 125th anniversary gala, I arranged Elmer Bernstein’s music he had written as their theme years ago, and it was performed by the brass and percussion sections of the National and Baltimore Symphony orchestras. We played in a huge building, had the brass musicians stationed all around up high without the audience knowing, and as several outstanding world explorers were introduced on stage, here came this music all around. It was quite a moment. What advice do you have for musicians who are contemplating a move into arts administration or development? Get some business or administrative training. In the 1970s a survey was done of the arts all over America, how and why they were successful – or not. It found that most arts organizations were led by administrators skilled in their discipline, but not in business. In the last fifteen years, many cultural non-profits have learned the hard way that what it takes to remain viable is as important as the cultural product. Many institutions, SMU among them, now offer arts administration programs to prepare students for careers in arts management, addressing both artistic and business preparation. You’ve had a tremendously successful career in development. What are your top hints for fundraising success? First, fundraising is an art, not a science. People give to other people passionate about organizations they care about. An organization can’t generate funding with staff alone; volunteers are key, and getting them involved with fundraising may require a change of philosophy and operation. An example is last decade’s cultural initiative to raise money for Dallas’s downtown Arts District, which had an extraordinary outcome. I served as head of the Arts Coalition, formed a board, made a master plan, then I went to people and said, “When I’ve

earned the right to ask, I want you to give $1 million.” Most of them I didn’t know. In the end, 133 people give $1 million each; the board alone gave $86 million. 82% of the givers had never given to the arts before. There’s always a new audience to be found. Also, avoid egos on the staff; they are the workers, but recognition should go to the volunteers. Be progressive. Second, there is a change in the paradigm of fundraising. In this new age of philanthropy, the spirit of entitlement is dead; today, funding sources rightly demand accountability. You must define the work and the goals. Utilize the volunteers thoughtfully and strategically. You must have integrity in the initiative. Recruit the finest people you can. For Mu Phi Epsilon, define the mission of the fraternity – membership, relevance – why is this important? Define yourself differently. How do you make great music attractive to young people? Listen to them, and remember this is a visual society, with everyone having access to information all the time. Acknowledge that we don’t always know how to embrace change. It’s all about doing things differently. I love to climb mountains—the Tetons, Mount Kilamanjaro (that one took six days up). Over the years I’ve learned it’s the process or journey, not the end result, that’s important.

Tena Hehn, NCTM, has served Mu Phi Epsilon as DD SC2 1974-1980, South Central Province Governor 19801983, International 2nd Vice President/Collegiate Adviser 1983-1989, and DD SE3 1989-1991. She has also held various offices in the Denton and Dallas Alumni chapters.




Hansonia Caldwell leads documentary project

Amen – The Life and Music of Jester Hairston by Mary Au, Mu Nu, Los Angeles Alumni ACME honoree Hansonia Caldwell (Gamma Sigma) was featured in the Spring 2012 Triangle, in which she expressed her wish to “create a video biography, with teaching materials, about the great African American conductor and arranger Jester Hairston.” Two years later, in February 2014 she hosted a local screening of Amen – The Life and Music of Jester Hairston on the campus of California State University-Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). Hansonia received funding for the documentary from CSUDH’s Program for the Study of African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians and its Georgia and Nolan Payton Archive. Known for his work with the African-American spiritual, Jester Hairston (1901-2000) was an internationally celebrated composer, conductor, actor, and educator. Amen examines the evolution of his spirituality, humanism, and interdisciplinary perspective through study of his life and work. The documentary includes valuable video and audio materials of Hairston teaching, conducting, and interacting with musicians who performed his work. It also includes elements drawn from Hairston’s newly discovered autobiography. Descended from plantation slaves and born in the time of racial segregation, Hairston’s musical talent enabled him to graduate from Tufts University and study at Juilliard. He worked for thirteen years as assistant conductor of the Hall Johnson Negro Choir of New York, and trained multiple choirs for many Broadway shows including The Green Pastures. In 1936 he moved to Hollywood to work on the chorus music for the show’s film adaptation. As a composer and arranger, Hairston left behind more than three hundred spirituals and introduced many into Hollywood films. As a choral conductor and educator, he took spirituals all over the U.S., including the Deep


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South, and taught choirs worldwide about the art of singing them. After the February screening, Hansonia Caldwell spoke about the spiritual as the soul of African American music and a significant influence on American music in general, including call and response hymns, gospel, ragtime, jazz, blues, and rap. Hairston was also an accomplished actor who opened industry doors for blacks and in 1992 received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Amen, the Life and Music of Jester Hairston will be shown in July at the National Association of Negro Musicians convention and will receive its official public premiere in fall 2014. Visit for project updates and more information.

Nominate the most accomplished Mu Phis you know for ACME recognition! Contact ACME Co-Chairs Arietha Lockhart or Mary Au for details.

ACME Co-Chairs

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

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

Mu Phi Leaders New International Executive Secretary-Treasurer Announced IEO now in Fort Collins, Colorado The International Executive Board is pleased to announce that, after a seven-month search, the Fraternity’s next International Executive Secretary Treasurer has been chosen. She is Jennifer Maeda (pronounced mah-EE-da), an association management professional with diverse, in-depth experience in financial and administrative leadership of nonprofit organizations. She is based in Fort Collins, CO, where she is backed by a team of other professionals in the association management firm Synergos, with which the Fraternity has contracted. As of June 1, the new International Executive Office address is: Mu Phi Epsilon PO Box 1369, Fort Collins, CO 80522-1369 The phone number and email address will remain the same: 888-259-1471 and The IEB spent countless hours to carry out the rigorous search process and make the selection. They began by creating a comprehensive new job description for the INEST position to fully describe its administrative, financial, and executive secretarial duties. The position opening was then announced widely, both within the fraternity and beyond. Eleven applications were received, nine from individuals and two from association management companies. As the IEB examined the applications and interviewed the top candidates, they realized that it would be difficult to find one individual fully proficient in all the needed skills. After much discussion and deep deliberation, the IEB decided that the association management firm Synergos, with Jenny Maeda as INEST, can best meet the fraternity’s administrative needs now and into the future. The firm brings other advantages: cost savings by not having to lease our own office, and a professional team with a wide range of expertise that can assist Mu Phi Epsilon in many areas as we continue to grow. We welcome Jenny and the expert Synergos team to the INEST position and thank retiring INEST Gloria Debatin for her years of loyal service. The IEB is excited about Mu Phi Epsilon’s new administrative leadership and looks forward to introducing Jenny at this summer’s convention. Watch for a profile of Jenny and the Synergos team in a future Triangle.

Appreciation for departing IEB members It is with mixed emotions that we realize four members of the International Executive Board will not be returning to the board after the convention. Our bylaws stipulate that a member may serve only two terms on the IEB, and these four have now completed two terms. We thank Sandra McMillen (2nd Vice President), Lenita McCallum (3rd Vice President), Martha MacDonald (4th Vice President), and Kurt-Alexander Zeller (5th Vice President) for the time, talent, and expertise they have given. Their ideas, input, and enthusiasm have been most helpful and have assisted in making valuable improvements to the fraternity. They have made a difference through their dedication and continued support of Mu Phi Epsilon. They will be missed at the board level, but we know their contributions to Music, Friendship, and Harmony will endure. Rosemary Ames, International President


International Corner

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Finding Beauty in Clay Pots by Keith Ford


nder the gaze of Mount Meru in northeastern Tanzania, and a few hours’ drive west of Mount Kilimanjaro, sits Tumaini Makumira University. Its music department is the largest in the country and is led by Mu Phi alumnus Randy Stubbs (Mu Beta). I recently spoke to Randy about his work there and learned about how he and his family took the big jump from the USA to Tanzania eight years ago. Keith Ford: What brought you to Tanzania in the first place? RS: I had worked as a music director at a church in Chicago for nineteen years, and we were looking for a change. Our church already had a relationship with one in Tanzania, and we learned about a brand new music program that was starting at Makumira. We raised our support to take a one-year volunteer role to teach at the school, and we’ve been here ever since. When we came here there were only four students, but now there are thirty music majors. Makumira has the only Bachelor of Music degree program in all of Tanzania, so we attract music students from all over East Africa.

Sweden. I have led the department since she left, teaching eleven courses a term, working in the local churches, drawing in other faculty, and working on funding bids. It has been busy! I see myself as a musical generalist, and I’ve had to be ready to teach every aspect of music, be it performance, music production, music theory, whatever. I have enjoyed engaging in every aspect of music like this. It may have been different if I was working in a Western university, where I might have had to specialize in a particular area of music. What about your family? What do they do?

What has been your role at the university?

All my family are involved in the life of the music department. My wife Carol teaches in the program full time; her areas are music education and voice. She also creates outreach programs for the local schools, leads a youth choir and youth orchestra, and creates workshops for local non-governmental organizations who work with children with special needs. We have four children, three biological and one adopted, all of whom play instruments, sing, or both. Welcoming guests is a big part of our life here, and we often have a dozen people around our table at mealtimes.

When we arrived here in 2005 we discovered the department head was heavily pregnant, and she soon went back with her family to her home in

How have your sensibilities as a Western musician come together with the musical tastes of your Tanzanian neighbors?


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When we arrived we did not realize just how many different cultural groups are here. There are 120 different ethnic groups in our area, and so many different kinds of music. Honoring other peoples’ cultures has always been important to me. The first step is to find ways to participate and experience their music without putting value judgements on it. Too often we either like music or we don’t like it based on our own Western criteria. I remember one day a Wafipa musician performed for me. He brought in three clay pots and began scraping them on the concrete floor. After he finished he looked up at me and said, “Isn’t that beautiful?” Well, “beautiful” wasn’t the first word that came to my mind after this performance, and it wasn’t a piece I would program at the end of a Christmas Eve service. But we miss out on new experiences of beauty if we insist on staying in our cultural boxes. When we live with those of another culture, we can discover new expressions of beauty. 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

> International Committee Co-Chairs

Marlon Daniel

Mu Xi, New York Alumni 212-641-0305

Keith Ford

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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



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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:




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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

Foundation 2014 Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition

Meet the Finalists

Tuesday, July 29, 2:00-5:00 pm Recital Hall, Sacramento State University, Sacramento CA

Pianist Yi-Yang Chen (Omega Omega, New York City Alumni) received a BA in piano performance at Eastman School of Music, is Harpist pursuing graduate studies at Rachel Brandwein The Juilliard School, and has (Gamma, Minneapolisstudied chamber music with St. Paul Alumni) is members of the Shanghai, Borromeo, Professor of Harp at the Brentano, and Guarneri string quartets. As College of Saint Benedict & winner of the 2012 MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition, YiSaint John’s University and Yang was awarded a Steinway piano and two Miami concerts teaches at several other sponsored by the Chopin Foundation/USA. He has won first institutions. She holds degrees prize in the Thousand Islands International Chopin Piano from University of Michigan, The Competition, Coeur d’Alene Symphony’s Young Artist Juilliard School, and Stony Brook Competition, and Canada’s Pacific International University (DMA). A featured soloist at the Piano Competition, and placed in several others. Ninth World Harp Congress in Ireland, she also toured China He has performed at the Taiwan National with the Juilliard Orchestra. Since moving from New York to Music Concert Hall, Kilbourn Hall, Minnesota in 2012, she has performed with the Minnesota Alice Tully Hall, and Orchestra, VocalEssence, and in the harp/trombone others. Branderson Duo. In 2013 she toured nine states with Trio Matisse (flute, harp, cello). Also a composer, she has performed her works for both solo harp and small ensemble at Juilliard, Pianist Interlochen, and several Nicholas Susi universities. (Xi, St. Louis Alumni) is a recitalist, soloist, and collaborative pianist currently based in St. Louis, Saxophonist where he performs, Jeffery Kyle Hutchins (Phi accompanies, and teaches. He Tau, Allied) has performed and taught in studied piano at University of Asia, Europe, and North America. He has been Kansas, University of Michigan a guest artist with new-music ensemble Zeitgeist (MM), and the Hochschule für Musik and regularly performs in the Minneapolis-based und Tanz Köln. Nicholas has placed in several Renegade Ensemble. He has commissioned and competitions, including first at the International Klavierfestival premiered more than forty new works for the saxophone, Rösrath Competition and the University of Kansas Mary O. released two CDs, and is a Yamaha Performing Artist. Fearing Competition, and received numerous scholarships Jeffrey is Instructor of Record at the University of for musical study, including a Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation Minnesota where he also teaches in the grant for travel, study, and performance in France. His Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. noteworthy appearances across the U.S. and Europe He has served on the faculties of include Klavierfestival Ruhr, Omaha Symphony, the E. Rousseau Saxophone Wiener Residenz Orchester, St. Louis Workshop (Wisconsin) and Chamber Orchestra, and the Jae Young Summer Philharmonia of Greater Camp (South Korea). He Kansas City. is currently completing a DMA in saxophone performance at the University of Minnesota. Join us for the competition’s final round to hear these outstanding musicians compete for two years of management and concerts under auspices of the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation.

Foundation 2014 Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition

Meet the Judges

Saxophonist David Henderson holds degrees from University of Michigan and The Juilliard School. He made his Carnegie Hall solo debut as the first saxophonist to win the East and West Artists Competition. He also won first prize in saxophone from the Conservatoire de Bordeaux, where he studied as a Fulbright-ITT grant recipient. He spent ten years playing on and off Broadway in New York, then moved to San Francisco where he has worked as an orchestral saxophonist and appeared as soloist with the Oakland/East Bay Symphony and the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony. Career highlights include performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Henderson Petersburg Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra, BBC Symphony, and New World Symphony, as well as the San Francisco Saxophone Quartet and Premiere Saxophone Quartet. David has taught saxophone at Ithaca College and Interlochen National Music Camp, and currently teaches at University of the Pacific and Stanford University. Pianist Yukiko Sekino (Omega Omega, Boston Alumni) has performed as soloist and chamber musician in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. She made her debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at age sixteen, appeared as soloist with orchestras including the New World Symphony, Harvard?Radcliffe Orchestra, Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, Nova Vista


Symphony, and Lakeside Symphony, and served as pianist for the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas (2005-2008). Yukiko was winner of the 2011 Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Competition, gold medalist of the 2006 International Russian Music Piano Competition, and recipient of the S&R Washington Award. She is a graduate of Harvard University and The Juilliard School, and holds a doctoral degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is currently an Affiliate Artist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and teaches piano at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. Cellist Marek Szpakiewicz (Mu Nu) began cello lessons at the age of six in Poland, later studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and completed a doctoral degree at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. He gained rapid recognition in the United States after he won the 2003 Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition, and his work as a Szpakiewicz soloist with orchestras in Europe and in the United States has drawn praise from critics. He has been described by celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma as an artist whose “energy, motivation, earnestness and generosity of spirit are evident through his work.� Marek currently teaches cello and chamber music at Azusa Pacific University. He has also worked in film orchestration as a collaborator with Polish composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek. Among others, he worked on the score for the critically acclaimed movie Finding Neverland, which received the 2005 Academy Award for Best Original Score.



news from members

Baritone Chy Billings III and lead Michael Mays (both Phi Pi), pictured below, sing in student-led barbershop quartet Shockapella at Wichita State University. Shockapella won the Central States District championship of the Barbershop Harmony Society in late April, qualifying to compete in the society’s International Competition this summer in Las Vegas.

Flutist Tara Nadel (Phi Gamma, Washington DC Alumni) is a member of the Woodbridge Flute Choir, which just released its fourth commercial CD Butterfly. Information at The title track was composed by her husband Russell Nadel (Phi Gamma, Washington D.C. Alumni), a Mu Phi Epsilon composition award winner. (See an interview with Russell and other Mu Phi composers in the Fall 2012 Triangle). Violinist Zina Schiff (Omega Omega, Boston Alumni) was recently featured in the Boston Globe. The article (online at centered around her March 23 performance as soloist with the Boston Chamber Symphony, conducted by her daughter Avlana Eisenberg. Zina said, “I really believe that whether it is family or friends, we need to share our passions. My oldest sister Eileen [Eileen Wingard, Phi Nu, San Diego Alumni] gave me my first lessons … As a conductor, Avlana reminds me of Arthur Fiedler, with whom I … first played when I was a kid. Like him, Avlana is very sensitive to her soloist and a true collaborator.”

Encore From left: Tenor Matthew Hale, bass Brandon Smith, lead Michael Mays, and baritone Chy Billings.

Pianist Julianne McLean (Mu Delta, Wichita Alumni), pictured below, has received the Wichita Arts Council’s prestigious Burton Pell Award, given to an outstanding individual whose life has been devoted to music. The award was conferred at a gala banquet last November. Excerpts from the printed program: “From her debut concert in New York City’s Town Hall through her frequent appearances with the Salzburg Mozarteum and as guest soloist with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe, Julianne McLean has kept her audiences spellbound.” Julianne is a past president of Wichita Alumni.

news from chapters

Rochester Alumni selected pianist and hammered dulcimer player Mitzie Collins (Mu Chi) as the chapter’s Musician of the Year. In March Mitzie performed at a wellattended public concert organized by the chapter in Kilbourn Hall at Eastman School of Music.

From left: Concert chair Sally Turner (Mu Upsilon), Musician of the Year Mitzie Collins, and Rochester Alumni president B. Jean Johnson (Mu Alpha). Photo by Katie McNally (Mu Upsilon).

Zeta Lambda was voted by the Waldorf College campus community as Outstanding Student Organization for 201314. Chapter president Haley Rubin says, “This is a huge honor for our chapter because there are so many noteworthy groups here on campus and our chapter has not been around very long.

Julianne McLean


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Alumni Corner Preparation for convention - attention business delegates

Spotlight on … past? present? future? Yes, yes, and yes By Lenita McCallum, Third Vice President/Alumni Advisor Later this summer we come together for our triennial convention, which promises to be full of all things wonderfully Mu Phi. There’ll be lots of music, workshops presented by talented members, an artistic competition of highest caliber, a celebration of the Foundation’s 50th year, renewal of old friendships and forging of new ones, and election of new International Officers who will guide and lead us in the next triennium. These short but jam-packed five days will also be rich in opportunities for attendees to give input to help focus the Fraternity’s energies and resources where you think they are most needed. Subjects to be considered during the Alumni Workshops were highlighted in recent Triangles and are here briefly repeated: • Allied membership • Role of District Directors • Review of the Ritual • Review of our organizational structure • Financial stability There will also be brief presentations on the use of Robert’s Rules of Order in your meetings (and at convention) and the filling of the INEST position (see announcement on page 11). None of these is a simple subject, and delegates will play a key role as members who possess knowledge of the fraternity and its ways, and can make intelligent decisions based on the will of the members as we know

and understand it. If you are a business delegate, please do two things before you arrive. One, peruse the current alumni manual. If you are not the chapter president, contact that person (or me) and ask that it be sent to you via email. This will give you an idea of the status quo. Two, ask to see the compilation from the Alumni Council conference calls; it was sent out to the current alumni chapter presidents in mid-April. Due to limited time we cannot begin every discussion with a recap, so familiarizing yourself with this document will save us at least a thousand words per session because you will already know where we are coming from. As another famous organization urges, “Be prepared!” All alumni members, whether official delegates or not, are welcome to attend the alumni workshops and all would benefit from this preparation. You are the strength (or the weakness) of the fraternity. I am excited to think about the conversations we will enjoy as we come together in Sacramento.

100 Years Ago in Mu Phi Epsilon In the June 1914 Mu Phi Epsilon Quarterly (now known as The Triangle), Supreme Historian Anna Overman (Omicron) wrote about that year’s annual convention held in Chicago. Excerpts: “Just think, I had not given the Mu Phi grip since 1913! You can imagine my pleasure on being with Mu Phi sisters again. Tuesday night the Faculty of Chicago Musical College gave a charming reception [when] an excellent impromptu program was rendered. On Wednesday morning the convention convened in the Chapter Hall and we really began to work. Thursday night the annual Ball and Cotillion was held ... Each girl looked her prettiest and felt her happiest. At 6:30 p.m. [Friday] the installation of officers was held, immediately followed by the banquet, always a Mu Phi “love feast” [long] remembered ... After the singing of Caliste’s Mu Phi song [and] an impromptu program, our farewells were said quite cheerfully for so many of us expect to meet [again] in 1915.”


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Bach’s Passion: The Life of Johann Sebastian Bach A novel by RuthAnn Ridley

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uthAnn Ridley (Phi Xi) has taken historical facts about Johann Sebastian Bach and woven them into an entertaining novel. This work of historical fiction comes complete with footnotes and a glossary of terms related to music and the culture of the time. The text begins in 1715 and takes us through Johann Sebastian’s death in 1750. According to Ridley, each chapter is based on at least one historical fact. The fiction comes with her creation of dialogue and relationship situations between the characters, propelling us into Bach’s time and making his world truly come to life. Ridley’s description of Bach’s struggles to find purpose in his life and compositions helps humanize the great historical figure. Johann Sebastian agonized over career


decisions and sought guidance in prayer about how and where God wanted him to use his musical gifts. Employers and others who did not realize Bach’s greatness made his life difficult, and it was hard for him to play his role as musical servant to those who did not appreciate his talent.

Bach’s wives feature prominently in the novel. Because Johann Sebastian shouldered a large amount of work, the women played crucial roles in maintaining the family. Each dealt with the trials of frequent moves for her husband’s work, and both lost numerous children to illnesses common in their day. After his first wife (and cousin) Maria Barbara’s death, Bach married the much younger Anna Magdalena. She came into a pre-existing family, becoming stepmother to Maria Barbara’s children, and also bore children of her own. The novel explores her relationship with her stepchildren and puts the historical characters into situations that make them seem quite current. Life was difficult for people of the Bach family’s social status, and with a large family to support, Johann Sebastian was required to work many long hours. Despite these circumstances, he managed to spend time with his family, sharing his musical gifts with his children and wives. The author’s portrayal of life in the eighteenth century is fascinating, with detailed

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Bach’s Passion is currently only available through the author. RuthAnn Ridley suggests that anyone wishing a copy contact her at 665 Pony Lane, Colorado Springs, CO 80904 or (719) 634-0274. The cost is $14.95 plus shipping. descriptions of clothing and customs. Ridley researched these cultural aspects, as well as historical information about Bach, to make the book realistic and engaging. It’s easy for the reader to forget that it is a novel and to take certain scenes as fact rather than fiction. However, Ridley is clear about the nature of her book and that it should be enjoyed for what it is, a work of historical fiction.

> Bookshelf Contributor

Rebecca Sorley

Kappa, Indianaolis Alumni

Final Notes

Members Remembered Sheri K. Ericksen Beta Pi, May 3, 1975 Lincoln Alumni International Editor 1996-2002 Died February 27, 2014 Pianist. Sheri was an accomplished musician with a lengthy second career in graphic arts. As a collegiate at Nebraska Wesleyan University, she served as president of Beta Pi, received several scholarships, and was a collaborative pianist. She earned an MM in applied piano at Michigan State University, acquiring a strong background in music theory. She completed master classes with members of the Julliard String Quartet, played saxophone and percussion in the university bands, and received the Gold Key award for highest academic rank. She went on to perform with the Lincoln Symphony, Nebraska Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Nebraska Chamber Players, for theatre productions, and as an accompanist. As a member of the IEB, she was known for wit, thoughtfulness, intelligence, and ability to come up with just the right solution.

Marie Ann Heiberg Vos Epsilon Tau, May 11, 1962 Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation Board of Directors 1978-84 Died January 13, 2014 Music educator, musicologist. During her dissertation research on Johann Christian Bach’s liturgical choral music, Marie Ann discovered his forgotten composition Gloria in D Major. She won the Fraternity’s 1970 musicological research contest for her work and was listed in Mu Phi Epsilon Composers and Authors. She later taught at McHenry County College and founded the McHenry County Youth Orchestra and an associated community music school. As the entire organization grew into the McHenry County Music Center, she served as executive director. After retiring in 2005, she served as board president and then executive director of the Illinois Council of Orchestras. She taught private voice and sang with the Chicago Master Singers for twenty years. Edith Victoria Leafgreen Balser Kappa, November 13, 1939 2nd Vice President/Collegiate Advisor 1968-74 Died February 4, 2014 Music educator. Vickie taught elementary choral music and volunteered in the Indianapolis YMCA’s Build Strong Kids Program, which honored her as its 2012 volunteer of the year. She served her church as music director and was a member of the Matinee Musicale.

Lois Zabel Banke Mu Theta Epsilon, March 26, 1945 San Jose Alumni (former Dallas Alumni), ACME Died December 1, 2013 Pianist. Lois was a concert performer, piano teacher, and church organist. She was a member of the California Music Teachers Association. Ann Toplitz Barron Mu Chi, February 14, 1935 Philadelphia Alumni Died December 23, 2013 Pianist, music educator. Ann taught public school music and was an accomplished pianist who learned much of the

repertoire for two pianos. She enjoyed performing with her daughters, violinist Linda Littwin (Omega Omega, Philadelphia Alumni) and cellist Carol Premack. Ann was the founder and first director of her temple and an active member of the Musical Coterie of Wayne. Grace Elizabeth “Beth” Stone Black Mu Alpha, February 19, 1949 Des Moines Alumni Died November 25, 2013 Pianist, composer. An interior designer by profession, Beth often performed two-piano works with Sue Hudson (Omega), and was active in many music and business organizations.


Final Notes Martha Helen Nelson Breese Phi Zeta, November 13, 1939 Died October 12, 2013 Vocalist, music educator. After overcoming polio, Martha Helen taught elementary vocal music, established a strings program, played in the Sioux City Symphony, directed her church choir, and gave piano lessons. Margaret “Peggy” Ryan Buker Mu Zeta, February 11, 1944 Died February 22, 2013 Pianist. With master’s degrees in both music and psychology, Peggy worked as a school psychologist and a piano teacher. Rowena June McWhorter Clark Mu Delta, July 8, 1947 Kansas City Alumni Died January 19, 2014 Pianist, oboist, vocalist. June was a private music instructor, teaching several instruments, and sang in church choirs. She served as activities director at care facilities and often provided music therapy. Martha Joseph Coleman Phi Psi, May 17, 1948 Died October 21, 2013 Vocalist. Graduate of several prestigious European academies, Martha had an active career in opera before returning to New York and working as an artist’s representative. In retirement she was known for her musical soirees to showcase local and foreign artists. Mildred Elizabeth “Betti” Stoddard Evans Tau, October 30, 1939 Seattle Alumni Died January 31, 2014 Pianist, music educator, church


musician. Betti taught piano and choir and also enjoyed organ and bells. She was a watercolorist and an active AAUW member. Elaine Pirtle Fambrough Phi Xi, May 26, 1947 Died June 18, 2013 Music educator. Elaine taught public school music and was a church musician. Collette D. Lewis Frederick Mu Psi, March 8, 1949 Cedar Rapids Alumni Died November 9, 2013 Music educator. Colette taught music in public schools and later gave private lessons. She also served as a church choir director. Gretchen Vera Nobis Garnett Mu Phi, January 19, 1936 Cleveland Alumni Died December 15, 2013 Music educator, vocalist. Gretchen was a pianist and voice teacher who taught at the Cleveland Music School Settlement 1945-52 and for over thirty years at Case Western Reserve University, retiring as Assistant Professor Emerita of Music. Rhoda Evelyn Hagar Gibson Beta Mu, April 29, 1945 Died October 23, 2013 Music educator, vocalist. Rhoda taught vocal music, sang for club programs, and directed the Music Makers Choir. As a church musician, she directed choirs, played piano, and was a vocal soloist. Faye Jeanette Nilson Gorham Phi Eta, November 6, 1938 Died February 10, 2014 Pianist, music educator, church musician. Faye was a longtime member of several teacher associations. Joy E. Lusk Griffith Mu Nu, June 1, 1952 Died December 17, 2013

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Violinist, singer. Joy taught in the Los Angeles School District and sang in many community choral groups. Barbara Ruth Dupuy Hammer Mu Nu, May 24, 1946 Palos Verdes Peninsula Alumni Died November 30, 2011 Vocalist, music educator. Barbara taught elementary school, sang for sixty years with the Manhattan Beach Community Choir, and directed and participated in music theater productions. Madeline Grace Hadcock Henshaw Gamma, April 28, 1934 Died November 29, 2013 Music educator, harpist, pianist, church organist. Madeline taught music at West Texas State University (now West Texas A&M) and Amarillo College, played harp in the Amarillo Symphony, and was a member of American Guild of Organists. She lived to age 101. Ina Mae Spink Holt Phi Mu, November 16, 1941 San Jose Alumni Died October 30, 2013 Flutist. Ina Mae performed with the San Jose Symphony, chamber groups, and concert bands, and had a private flute studio for over fifty years. June Beard Hiers Tau, January 29, 1947 Philadelphia Alumni Died August 30, 2013 Vocalist. June taught music in schools, was a church musician, and performed many leading roles with the Savoy Opera Company, receiving rave reviews. She served as president of Tau in 1948.

Final Notes Janice M. Loveland Johnson Jaworsky Xi, May 15, 1966 Wichita Alumni Died January 24, 2014 Vocalist. Janice was a soprano soloist, voice teacher, musical theater conductor, and church musician. Helen Gervaise Swenson Knutson Mu Epsilon, May 1, 1951 Allied Member Died November 15, 2013 Vocalist. Helen sang with the San Francisco Opera Chorus and was a church soloist. Marguerite “Mickey” Smith Miller Phi Pi, March 20, 1949 Died April 17, 2013 Pianist, music educator. Mickey was chair of the keyboard department at Wichita States University and Professor Emerita in its College of Fine Arts. Eeva Siukonen Oliver Mu Delta, May 14, 1949 Died April 4, 2013 Vocalist. Born in Finland, Eeva moved to Germany during WWII, where she performed for U.S. allies. She later emigrated to America, became a librarian at the Conservatory of Music in Kansas City, and taught voice lessons. Charlotte Louise Reinke Mu Phi, October 22, 1944 Died March 24, 2013 Vocalist. After studies in New York and Europe, Charlotte performed widely and won a regional Metropolitan Opera audition. She later taught at several

universities and retired emerita from the University of Georgia. She was active in PEO and sang in her church choir.

Violinist. A performer and violin teacher, Doris was concertmaster of her university orchestra. She was a Master Gardener and world traveler.

Lucille Marie Boatman Brite Reed Mu Kappa, May 23, 1948 Died May 18, 2013 Organist. Lucille served many years as a church musician.

Mignon Jane Beight Taylor Phi, June 24, 1948 Died September 14, 2013 Pianist, vocalist. Mignon enjoyed poetry, science, and working with the disabled.

Dorothy Ohannesian Renzi Phi Chi, May 4, 1969 Died February 12, 2014 Vocalist, music educator, church musician, arts activist. Dorothy’s 1966 role as Mimi in “La Bohème” opened Fresno’s new Saroyan Theater, and she later joined the music faculty of Fresno State College. In retirement she served as president of several arts organizations.

Emma Jean Lawrence Thomas Phi, December 4, 2000 Alliance Alumni Died October 20, 2013 Pianist, organist. Jean was initiated as a Special Election member in recognition of her lifelong career as a public school music teacher and church organist.

Doris K. Schieber Epsilon, May 10, 1956 Died February 6, 2014 Music educator, vocalist, organist, choral director, church musician. To fulfill her desire to see the world, Doris was among Pan-Am’s earliest flight attendants. She later was professor of music at several universities, retiring from Oberlin College and Conservatory. She also directed a choral group at Dow Chemical Company. Bettye Sue Bartlett McAnear Shryock Gamma Delta, April 10, 1976 San Antonio Alumni Died February 7, 2014 Music educator, vocalist, church musician. Bettye Sue had her own radio show, participated in community theater and opera, sang in vocal groups, and taught music, drama, art and English. Dorothy Ledbetter Smith Mu Chi, May 3, 1945 Houston Alumni Died June 18, 2013

Nancy Bricard Woods Mu Nu, June 20, 1969 Los Angeles Alumni Died November 17, 2013 Pianist, music educator. Nancy appeared as a recitalist and soloist with major symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles in America and Europe. Professor emerita at the USC Thornton School of Music, Nancy was a noted editor of piano masterworks for Alfred Publishing Company, and in demand as an adjudicator and competition judge.

> Final Notes Contributor

Wynona Wieting Lipsett

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


District Directors ATLANTIC



DISTRICT A1 Nichole Roles 540-818-3452

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

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PACIFIC NORTHWEST DISTRICT PNW1 - OPEN DISTRICT PNW2 Kathryn Habedank 206-405-4645 DISTRICT PNW3 Michael Lasfetto 971-275-3800

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 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 Jenny Maeda, Executive Secretary-Treasurer International Executive Office P.O. Box 1369, Fort Collins, CO 80522-1369 888-259-1471 Fax: 888-855-8670


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 64052 816-836-9961

Chairman Dr. Keith Bohm 400 Moon Circle #437 Folsom, CA 95630 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 P.O. Box 1369 Fort Collins, CO 80522-1369 1-888-259-1471

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

You Can Still Join the Convention Choir Are you a singer attending convention this summer? The Convention Choir needs you! All voice parts are welcome, but tenors and basses are especially invited. Director Georgina Phillipson (Phi Lambda) says, “Each piece was selected to set up the ensemble for success with an hour of rehearsal each conference day, culminating in our closing concert. The set list has a sampling of madrigal to master work, including the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone.’ Each selection is meant to honor the diversity of musicians singing in the convention chorus and the membership of Mu Phi Epsilon itself.” Music is available in advance, and rehearsals are built into the convention schedule. For more information, look for the Mu Phi Epsilon International Conference Choir group on Facebook and ask to join, or email Georgina at oir.. 11 Co nv en tio n Ch oir Learn more about 20 11 nv er Alu mn i ). Georgina in the winter 2014 Triangle, page 10. ( Ga mm a La mb da , De ay lotay lot Pa ula Pa : dit Ph oto cre

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The Triangle, publication of Mu Phi Epsilon, Vol. 108, Issue 1, Spring 2014  

In this issue: Spotlight on Sacramento, Convention 2014; Chapter milestones; A chat with Sterling Patron Bill Lively

The Triangle, publication of Mu Phi Epsilon, Vol. 108, Issue 1, Spring 2014  

In this issue: Spotlight on Sacramento, Convention 2014; Chapter milestones; A chat with Sterling Patron Bill Lively