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Volume 109, Issue 1

Members Remembered: Wynona Lipsett & Roberta O'Connell

Teaching Music in Guyana

Spring 2015

Zeta Chi Installed April 18

© Curaga | - Summer Sunrise Photo

President’s Message Progress, Possibilities, and the Price Donate Today They tell me it’s spring. As I write this in late March, some of us are having trouble believing it with the ground still covered in snow. Yet I have faith that the seasons will continue to come and go as nature intended, each unique in its own way, requiring us to be flexible to adapt to whatever is happening. Spring also finds Mu Phi leaders anticipating an overhaul of the fraternity’s information management system. The IEB has committed to a new integrated system that will streamline management of member records, events, and communications. Data will only have to be entered once and will be kept in one comprehensive, secure online database that will sync with our accounting system and include the ability to accept online payments. The fraternity website will also be redesigned and managed via this platform. The new platform has tremendous capabilities and its possibilities are endless. Of course, progress comes at a price. The IEB has committed the Fraternity to purchasing the software, and we need the financial help of each and every member to make this change on budget. Often we wonder when asked to support something: what’s in it for me? In this case, the answer is a lot of efficiency, convenience, and connection. The new database will enable dues-paying members to search for and contact other members, receive timely fraternity news, update their own records, make financial contributions, file annual chapter reports, record chapter officers, and more – all online. Allied members will be able to pay their dues online. And in 2017, you’ll be able to register for the convention right on the website.

Report Deadlines > Collegiate Chapter Annual Report and Form G-1: May 31

Our plan is to roll out the new platform’s first phase this September, so we need your support now. You received the Harmony Campaign appeal in December (many thanks to those who responded), and you can make a contribution any time through our web site. Just click on the Donate button on the home page and send us what you can. Every gift of any amount will help, and voilà – you will be a part of propelling Mu Phi Epsilon technology into the 21st century. If you have the means and inclination to give a large sum, we will even name the new database after you! Become a part of this new direction for Mu Phi Epsilon, bringing our fraternity a system that will benefit all members. Happy Spring to all!

> District Director Collegiate Chapter Review Reports: June 1 > Alumni Chapter Annual Report: June 15


Rosemary Ames International President

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.


EDITOR Melissa Eddy


DESIGN & PRODUCTION Corinne Lattimer



Members Remembered Final Notes and remembrances for two distinguished Mu Phi leaders.


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.

International Corner A recent graduate blogs about her adventures as a first-year teacher in Guyana.

President’s Message Progress, possibilities, and the price: new fraternity information system coming


Music Therapy A Mu Phi music therapist invents a therapeutic drum table.


Upon Listening New music for harp.

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Welcome Zeta Chi Installed April 18 at George Fox University, Newburg, Oregon.

ACME The gift of your honest self.


Foundation Recent scholarship winners grow as conductor, performer.


Applause / Encore News from members and chapters.


Final Notes Members who have passed on; seeking new Final Notes contributor.


District Directors Directory


Executive Officers Directory

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Alumni Corner Spring is a busy season; remember to stop and recharge yourself. Collegiate Corner Thoughts for seniors on the value of staying affiliated with Mu Phi after graduation. Chapter Anniversaries Twenty-five chapters celebrate milestone anniversaries this year.

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. POSTMASTER: Send all changes of address to: Mu Phi Epsilon, PO Box 1369, Fort Collins, CO 80522-1369. © 2015 Mu Phi Epsilon. All rights reserved.

On the cover and above right: Zeta members visit Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany. See page 17 for story. Photos courtesy of Zeta.



Zetas in Europe.


Member Remembered Wynona Wieting Lipsett Mu Chi, October 22, 1958 Dallas Alumni Died January 2, 2015 South Central Province Governor 1974-1977 International 5th Vice President, 1974-1977 International 2nd Vice President 1977-1980 Foundation Board 1989-1994 (Competition Chairman 1989-1994, President 1994) International President 1995-2003 Honorary Advisory Executive Committee 2003-2014 Triangle “Final Notes” contributor, 2003-2014 town, and she asked if I had experience directing church 2003 choirs. I had. She called the pastor over and immediately I found myself with a new job as the choir director. Thus began a wonderful friendship. Wynona and I served at that church for fourteen years, but the relationship we shared in Mu Phi Epsilon was even more meaningful and long-lasting. At the 2014 convention I was privileged to watch as Wynona received the fraternity’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her many years of service. What a legacy she has left that will enrich our lives for many years to come. 03 and Wynona Lipsett, 20 Rosemary Ames (left)

The Most Positive Person I first met Wynona at a Mu Phi convention and was instantly impressed with her dynamic personality, leadership, organization, creativity, genuine warmth, and ability to make new friends from the moment you met her. I later had the opportunity to travel many miles with Wynona as we visited Mu Phi chapters. Amazingly, I don’t think there is anywhere she went that she didn’t already know someone. Wynona was the most positive person I have ever met. A well-known adage says, “if you think you can, you’re right; and if you think you can’t, you’re right.” Maybe that is why Wynona accomplished so much in her life. She simply never thought that we could not, but always that we could. And she was right. Wynona has been my rock, my inspiration and my friend. I will continue to learn from her wisdom, guidance, and friendship, for she leaves behind so many memories. -Rosemary Ames, Omega, International President

My Friend Wynona I am a long-time fan of Wynona Lipsett. She was the musician I always dreamed to be. I first met Wynona in 1970 after a worship service where she was playing the organ. I introduced myself as a new church musician in


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As a symbol of this legacy, at her memorial service the Dallas chapter placed purple African violets in the church. The purple violet, the fraternity’s official flower, represents diversity, tenacity, and even musical qualities (its scientific name is viola odorata). Wynona’s love of Mu Phi Epsilon and the beauty of the violet led Wynona Lipsett (left), Barbra Bradley her to collect (center back), and Da na Wolf, 2001 an extensive array of porcelain pieces with a purple violet pattern. Wynona truly was the poster child for Mu Phi Epsilon; she exemplified Music, Friendship, and Harmony. We will miss you dearly, my friend. -Phyllis Wilson, Mu Chi, Dallas Alumni President Excerpted and adapted from remarks delivered at Wynona Lipsett’s memorial service on January 6, 2015. Read Wynona’s obituary at for more about her life, accomplishments, and family.

Member Remembered Roberta White O’Connell Phi Mu, January 23, 1944 Died February 4, 2015 National Executive Secretary-Treasurer 1968-1983 National/International President 1983-1986 Honorary Advisory Executive Committee 1986-2006

Remembrance from a Past International President I met Roberta at the 2003 Centennial Convention in Cincinnati. Katherine Doepke hosted all the Past Presidents for an informal luncheon, and there was much discussion about their experiences in office. It was during Roberta’s term that “National” became “International” when Alpha Tau was installed at Philippine Women’s University; Allied membership was established for members who live far from an alumni chapter; and the IEO got its first computer thanks to Roberta’s initiative. All these and other accomplishments in a whirlwind three year term – and the fraternity was debt-free when she left office. Roberta sent many notes of encouragement to members and officers, always written in purple ink. In one of her letters to me, she wrote, “I will never get Mu Phi out of my blood, so to speak, and will always be interested in its activities.” Roberta was an awesome example of “Mu Phi for Life,” and her devotion to Mu Phi Epsilon and all that it stands for is a lasting inspiration to all. -Fran Irwin, Epsilon Upsilon, St. Louis Area Alumni, Past International President

to visit at her lovely home surrounded by Roberta O'Con big pine trees. As we nell, 1998 reminisced about the INEST job, I found that we shared many of the same experiences working with members, chapters, and doing fraternity business. She told me the IEO had been located in the basement of that very home, and gave me some Mu Phi Epsilon mementos which have since been sent to our Archivist Wendy Sistrunk. My second visit was in summer 2012 when I attended Roberta’s 90th birthday party at her daughter’s home, also in Pioneer. Many Sacramento Alumni members were there, along with friends and family. I read aloud a letter of congratulations to Roberta from International President Rosemary Ames. Roberta was thrilled. -Gloria Debatin, Phi Chi, Fresno Alumni, International Executive Secretary-Treasurer (2004-2013)

Remembrance from a Past INEST I met Roberta O’Connell twice while I was International Executive Secretary-Treasurer. We had spoken by phone, but meeting her was my goal because she had been the National Secretary-Treasurer some years before. My first visit was in spring 2010. The International Executive Office was in Fresno and Roberta lived in the Northern California town of Pioneer, in the mountains east of Sacramento, so I drove

Gathering of past Mu Phi leaders at the 1998 Convention. From left: Katherine Do epke, Beth Shafe, Ele anor Wilson, Rosalie Speciale, Robe rta O'Connell.

Lives of Exemplary Service Wynona Lipsett and Roberta O’Connell led lives of exemplary service to others and were especially devoted to Mu Phi Epsilon. In August 1974 at the Palm Springs convention when I was elected President, Wynona was elected Eligibility Advisor. Roberta had been serving as National Executive Secretary-Treasurer for six years, which eventually stretched to fifteen years, and she later served a term as National/International President. Wynona later served eight years as International President; during her term she presided at the Centennial Convention in Cincinnati, which was a source of great pride for her. She was also an officer in the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation. We are all saddened by their passing but should strive to follow their example of untiring devotion to the job at hand. -Marian Bowker Davidson, Mu Beta, Los Angeles Alumni, Past National President (1974-80)


International Corner

Taking a Passion Abroad Adventures teaching music in Guyana By Kelli Jo Lair, Zeta Lambda

After graduating last spring, Kelli Jo Lair moved to New Amsterdam, Guyana, in fall 2014 to work for a year as a teacher at the new Guyana Lutheran Music Academy. She has kept a blog about the adventures and challenges of starting a music school (including the facility) from scratch, and we excerpt it here with her gracious permission. All photos courtesy Kelli Jo Lair. Get the full story at

Cheerful flexibility 8/14/14 At this time tomorrow I will be in Guyana! On Monday my parents dropped me off in Minneapolis to start orientation with my [teaching] team. We learned a ton about what we will be doing, people we will meet, the culture, and each other. 8/23/14 Cheerful flexibility, our team motto, is something everyone should learn. The team thought we would move into our house and unpack the instruments [shipped from the U.S.] right away. Neither of these situations was the case. Our house isn’t ready and the instruments made their way into town late. Then another challenge faced us: the keys to open the locks of the container were still in Minneapolis. The locks got cut off, a group of men helped us unload the crates, and everything got taken upstairs to the academy. The past few days have been nothing but registration and unpacking of instruments. The exciting thing is that we are starting to look like a music school. 8/29/14 We moved into our house yesterday! It feels good to have a home base. The academy itself is starting to shape up nicely as well. [Team member] Michael is building storage shelves from the wooden shipping crates. It is really nice to have the instruments on shelves instead of organized on the floor. The people of Guyana have just amazed me so far! Many of our new friends have stopped by multiple times a day, several have helped put together shelves or carry things, and others have brought food so we could continue working.


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I have a wide age range in my classes, from 12 to 72. There are lots of challenges in these class makeups, but at the same time it is neat to see people of different ages helping each other understand a concept. Last night one of my two guitar classes played their first song. I remember when I played my first song I was so excited, and I saw that same excitement on many of my students’ faces.

In the dark & band karate

Up and running 9/6/14 This week has been a big one. We started with a little under 90 students registered and as of today we are just shy of 200! We still have a lot to do before the opening of school, but I finally feel like we have enough time and hands to get everything up and running. 9/13/14 This was the first week of classes. It is a very different experience to teach six days a week and in the late afternoon and evening. I really love my students; they all bring different perspectives and seem to be excited to start learning. I have two guitar classes, a class of beginning brass, and a brass class with COFONA, the Council of Friends of New Amsterdam. The group is partnered with COFONA in New York and is a marching band of sorts here. [Team member] Dan and I are excited to work with them because of our marching experiences back home. It feels good to finally be able to do what we came down to do, teach. I am really blessed to be a part of this team of pioneering teachers. We balance each other out so well, and we are all there for each other. Plus, three of the four of us are mighty fine cooks, and the fourth takes directions on cooking really well and makes a mean boxed mac and cheese.

The second week 9/22/14 I love my job! These classes have really showed me that I have gone into the right profession. The beginning brass class may make me cringe and joke every so often, but it is a great refresher for me and makes me examine my own playing. When six of my seven brass players blasted their first notes, I couldn’t have been more proud!

11/6/14 I am writing while sitting in the pitch dark at the academy. We are in a blackout right now. The percussion class is trying to use what daylight is left outside; we already had to let the brass and keyboard students go home because no one could see and the keyboard students had nothing to play. We do have a generator; why don’t we have it running, you ask? Well, we did. For all of two minutes and then it died. The gas had evaporated because the lid had a huge hole that was covered with a flimsy piece of paper. So I went out with a gas can. Come to find out Guyana is in a gas crisis and both gas stations in town ran out yesterday. We have to go over the bridge in order to get gas, and I am not doing that by myself in the dark … Yippie! The lights just turned back on! This blackout only lasted 45 minutes, not too bad. 12/10/14 My students have come so far since September. I am excited to celebrate their accomplishments with them in a concert next week. I will be running around like a crazy person getting everything ready. My two guitar classes will be doing a Guyanese folk song, and the small brass class is doing “Amazing Grace” and an arrangement of Christmas songs that I did. We just had a good conversation about musicality in the context of “Amazing Grace.” Those brass students never cease to amaze me. Yesterday I introduced band karate to my COFONA class. In band karate, I give frequent playing tests that allow students to earn different belts. I have been struggling with classroom management and motivational things in this class, so I thought band karate might be a good approach. The students all seemed excited about this idea. I think some of them are going to attempt to earn three belts before the semester is done! To earn a belt they must play different lines out of their lesson book with correct articulation, dynamics, pitch, etc.

A performance like no other 12/18/14 Guyana Lutheran Music Academy has given concerts the past two days. Last night’s featured the keyboard and percussion classes, and tonight the brass, guitar, violin, Continued on page 19


Music Therapy Student Invents Therapeutic Drum Table Music therapist Sherry Bube (Gamma Psi) carried out an unusual and significant senior project before her 2014 graduation from Saint Maryin-the-Woods College. Dubbed BEAT! – Bring Everyone Around the Table – the project was to design and create an electronic drum table for use in therapeutic settings. The drum table is an electronic percussive instrument with a programmed audio system that enables participants to produce sounds of different instruments, depending on where the drumhead is struck.

Rhythm is basic to gait, speech, and other physiological functions, and is valuable in addressing various client needs.

Before Sherry’s invention, there was no known drum table of this kind. She designed the prototype, evaluated design feasibility, and led the fabrication process, an intercollegiate collaboration with mechanical engineering students from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. The drum table’s electronic programming and unique technological capabilities make it adaptable for a variety of therapeutic applications, and its adjustable base makes it accessible to individuals with physical disabilities, including those who use a wheelchair. As part of the project, Sherry conducted a training session for other music therapy students to demonstrate the maintenance, troubleshooting, and operation of the drum table. As a percussive instrument, the drum table is readily interactive and provides both tonal and rhythmic musical elements. Rhythm is basic to gait, speech, and other physiological functions, and is valuable in addressing various needs of clients in both group and individual therapeutic settings. For example, individuals with Alzheimer’s disease often respond to rhythm even in late stages of the disease, despite decreased mobility, coordination, and social and communicative abilities.

Top: Inside the drum table. Above:Sherry Bube (left) and her mechanical engineering colleagues. Photos courtesy of Sherry Bube.


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The project was funded by an $11,000 Independent Colleges of Indiana Ball Venture grant, for which Sherry wrote the proposal and managed the contract. She has presented her work at the Great Lakes Regional Music Therapy Conference, national American Music Therapy Association Conference, and Ball Venture Fund Colloquium, where she was the only student presenter. Read more about Sherry’s project at

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Sound waves set. Credit line © Beholdereye |

Upon Listening Sherry Kloss, Epsilon Upsilon, Muncie Alumni, 765-287-8469, 3510 West University Avenue, Muncie IN 47303

Tribe Tales for the Harp Composed and performed by Laurel Federbush Reviewed by Sheri Kloss

Each one of the works is just long enough to convey an idea that leaves the listener with a sense of spiritual breadth. “The Crossing” (#1 & 6) is laden with snappy rhythm, off-beats, themes repeated in different octaves, and angelic strumming. “With Tambourines and With Dancing” (#2) paints a joyful scenario for the imagination. The jazzy “Smoke on the Mountain” (#3) incorporates a nice addition of dissonant accompaniment. “The Scouts’ Report” (#4) swings with variety of the repeated motive. “Taking the Land” (#5) exudes pride of triumph and revelry of the victorious warrior. With eyes closed, it is possible to imagine a conversation between a shepherd and his flock in “Where’s the Sheep” (#6). “Hagar’s New Look” (#7) captures the essence of the handmaid who bore Abraham children in arrogant strut

and defiance of Abraham’s beloved wife Sarah, who has been unable to produce a child (yet). “Leah’s Tune” (#8) exudes a calm acceptance of deceit and the knowledge that she is not the chosen love. “The Meaning of Your Dream” (#9) has much to say; you can hear the musical storyline ebb and flow, gaining momentum to completion. But wait – a sudden modulation to a new key indicates the dream is still alive. The repeated and insistent “A Stiff-Necked People” (#10) depicts the determination of a people who will not give up their message. My favorites are “The Secret of My Strength” (#11), a heartfelt, intimate expression of self, and the beautifully conceived “David’s Melody for Saul” (#12), rich and full in fantasy, with varied settings that emphasize the subject’s strength of character. “Esther’s Prayer” (#13) is a plaintive pleading, as she uses every one of her winning qualities to be heard by the King. How could he resist in this compositional realization? “Solomon Says” (#14) captures the didactic character of a king, and “I Knew You Before You Were Born” (#15) elicits a soothing tenderness in bonding.

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Classical Music Instrumental Self-produced $10.00

Available through Laurel Federbush 2000 Anderson Court Ann Arbor, MI 48104 phone: 734-663-9292 email:

© Ghen | Harp With Musical Notes Photo

What could be more enchanting on a blustery day than to hop on the wings of a dove and allow it to take us to another time and place? This charming CD Tribe Tales for the Harp, conceived and performed by harpist Laurel Federbush (Gamma, Ann Arbor Alumni) transports us to another world. The set of original compositions, based on Jewish biblical themes of ancient times, is a convincing, magical realization of a personal journey through the Old Testament.

Kudos to Laurel Federbush, a fine harpist and composer who has the gift of instilling life within her art to create an enriching, innovative musical experience.

Write a concert review for The Triangle! Because few Mu Phis have submitted their recordings for review in recent years, we are expanding the “Upon Listening” column to include reviews of live concerts. Members are invited to submit reviews of excellent performances you’ve heard recently. Reviews of performances by Mu Phi members (collegiate or alumni) will receive preference, but others will be considered. Article length may be between 200 and 400 words, and relevant color photos are encouraged. Submit electronically to No deadline; reviews will be considered on an ongoing basis. We hope to hear from you!


Welcome to Zeta Chi Installed April 18 at George Fox University

After a late-night Friday arrival at the Portland airport, International President Rosemary Ames was joined on Saturday morning by Portland Alumni president Everett Barr-Hertel, special election candidate Esther Landers, and PNW3 District Director Michael Lasfetto for the quick drive south to George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. A small Quaker school in the heart of the Willamette Valley, George Fox is surrounded by vineyards, produce farms, fruit orchards, and other agriculture. Oregon is the nation’s top producer of Christmas trees and hazelnuts, and both abound in the valley. Six Portland Alumni members and Allied member Judith Goff were an important part of the day’s events, as they set up for the initiation and subsequent lunch as well as assisted in the ritual. Portland member Arletta O’Hearn provided background piano music and accompanied the songs, as alumni sang the “Initiation Song” to the new members and all present raised their voices in “The Creed” and “Our Triangle.” Ten collegiates and special election Esther Landers were initiated, and one more collegiate was an existing member, totaling twelve members who signed the charter for Zeta Chi. Esther becomes a member of Portland Alumni. Zeta Chi’s officers are President Lauren Timmons, Vice President Jesse Groat, Treasurer Katie Craighead, Secretary Claire Potmesil, Historian and Chorister Emily Davenport, Steward Jordan Paulus, and 10

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Top: New Zeta Chi initiates Middle: Installation participants Bottom: Recital performers

Chaplain Andrew Bergh. Portland Alumni and George Fox faculty member Sophia Tegart is Faculty Advisor. Sophia and Michael Lasfetto were instrumental in getting the new chapter launched. After the installation, the new Zeta Chis gave a recital with many family and friends attending, enjoyed a light luncheon complete with a Mu Phi cake in the shape of the shield, and received gifts from nearby Phi Lambda. Zeta Chi is already planning its fall service projects and looks forward to joint activities with Phi Lambda and Portland Alumni. Welcome, Zeta Chi!



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Fuzzbones | Title: Pencils

Arietha Lockhart, Beta Gamma, Atlanta Alumni, ACME Chairman, 404-291-5162, Mary Au, Mu Nu, Los Angeles Alumni, ACME Co-Chair, 310-508-8116,

Music: The Gift of Your Honest Self By Mary Au ACME honorees are encouraged to share their expertise and serve as mentors for the Fraternity membership at-large. With that in mind, this article is devoted to various aspects of sharing. After one of my recent recitals, an audience member asked who inspired me to share my life and music with audiences around the globe. Two people, I replied: my father, a doctor who gave his patients discounts or did not charge them anything because they had no money to pay, and Dusi Mura, a Hungarian pianist/teacher who taught me for free and revolutionized my playing. This reminds me of what Mr. (Fred) Rogers asked the audience at the 1997 Emmys after he was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award: “Would you just take, along with me, ten seconds to think of the people who have helped you become who you are? Those who have cared about you and wanted what was best for you in life? I’ll watch the time.” Rogers also once said, “One of the greatest gifts you can give anybody is the gift of your honest self.” Our music is the ultimate gift of our honest selves. Composers expose the very core of their hearts, minds, and souls to the world through their musical creation. Performers interpret of the music, infusing aspects of their personal lives to bring the composer’s lifeblood to full expression. It is such a blessing for me to share myself with my audience, and hopefully leave them something that is a feast for their soul.

In giving, we receive My most memorable performance was in Louisiana in the final encore at the end of a fourteen-day, elevenperformance tour. We were performing at a beautiful synagogue and the piece was Romance for Cello and Piano by the Russian composer Rubinstein. It started with the piano playing alone. When the cello began playing the melody, a choir of birds joined in our serenade. When the melody was repeated again, as we played more loudly, so did the birds chirp. But in the middle section of the piece, they stopped abruptly, as if they sensed the change of mood and key. When we started the third section, the bird choir joined in again and accompanied our performance until the end of the piece. I wish we had taped that performance. It was magical. As many of you know, I love to share both music and food with my friends. I am grateful to have made friends with many individuals during my concert trips. During a concert tour to Austin presented by Mu Phi Epsilon, I was asked to cook and host a Chinese meal. To share music, food, culture, and experiences with new friends, to get to know each other in a social environment over favorite food and wine, was such a blessing. I would not trade it for the world. I hope each reader will gain as many blessings in sharing your music as I have. Please enjoy some of my favorite quotes: “Enter to learn, go forth to serve” - motto from Brigham Young University “A life not lived for others is a life not lived” - Mother Theresa “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” - Mahatma Gandhi Mary Au at th e 2014 Conve “The real issue in life is not how many blessings we have, but what we ntion. Photo by Kat hy Earl. do with our blessings. Some people have many blessings and hoard them. Some have few and give everything away.” - Mr. Rogers. Let’s use our collective resources to foster the Fraternity ideals of music, friendship and harmony, to provide networking and performance opportunities, and to promote the importance of being a Mu Phi Epsilon member.

Nominate the most accomplished Mu Phis you know for ACME recognition! Contact ACME Co-Chairs for details.


Alumni Corner Remember Who You Are By Ruth Cuccia, Third Vice President/Alumni Advisor In a recent email conversation with my son David, he said he was feeling a little frayed around the edges from job stress. I told him, “Remember to be nice to yourself – ride the bike, play the piano – don’t let all the busyness let you forget who you are.” Alumni readers, you and I know that between all the performances, teaching, organizing or attending recitals and concerts, membership in many organizations (professional, musical, and church), and managing our homes and families, we too often feel frayed around the edges. Here’s another recent conversation I had with Michael, a businessman who was a non-musician guest at my chapter’s 50th anniversary celebration in January. Michael: “As I look around the room, in addition to some younger folks, it seems there are a lot of seniors here tonight.” Me: “Yes, it’s true,” (I realize that Michael has no idea of the true character of these “seniors,” so I go on…) “but bear in mind that most of these seniors began their musical careers in colleges and universities, then went on to be performing artists, college or university faculty, or music teachers in schools or their homes. Many are instrumentalists, with a generous variety of instruments represented among them. Several are solo or ensemble singers of opera, musical theatre, jazz, and other genres. There are composers in the group, as well as conductors of orchestras, choirs, and other ensembles. You may have heard of some of these musicians, others not. Some of my colleagues here today have been working in their music career for many, many years, while others have just begun. But whatever their age – young, mid-life, or older – they always strive for excellence and they are all bound together by the love of music.” Michael: “Wow!” (And at that moment he looked around the room with fresh eyes, new understanding, and renewed respect for the “seniors” and other musicians present.) Springtime brings with it an energized vitality and a vibrancy of color and mood. For many of us, it is our busiest season, so remember to find a time and space to regroup and recharge yourself. What will help you?


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Remember “Sunrise,” our Mu Phi Epsilon theme for 201415. Think of this season as a beginning of wonderful things to come. And think of another group of seniors present in our Mu Phi “room” – those who are graduating from your local collegiate chapters and anticipating what is to come in their own lives. How about reaching out to them in this vibrant, energized season? I know they will love and appreciate your support, and perhaps, just maybe, they will also think of affiliating next year with alumni chapters or as Allied members. Remember who you are, you wonderful musicians, you fabulous alumni members of Mu Phi Epsilon!

Springtime brings with it an energized vitality. For many of us, it is our busiest season, so remember to find a time and space to recharge yourself.

Collegiate Connection Thoughts for Graduating Seniors By Jenny Smith, Collegiate Advisor/Second Vice President Greetings collegiates! In this column I especially want to connect with members who are embarking on a new journey: graduating and moving on from the wonderful experiences you’ve had in your collegiate chapters. As your chapter wraps up candidate initiations and activities for the year, I invite you to reflect on the friendships you’ve made, the growth you’ve experienced, and the special place Mu Phi Epsilon inhabits in your heart. Are you ready to transition to the next step of Mu Phi membership? We’ve created a simple quiz (right) for you to test your readiness. If you answer yes to one or more quiz items, I encourage you to affiliate as an alumni or Allied member after graduation, serve our fraternity as an officer or committee member, and/or continue to support collegiate chapters by becoming an advisor. Our alumni network is evolving to better serve you. We are listening to what you need and what you want. We are looking for ways to fully utilize the many tools at our disposal to make your membership in Mu Phi become even more advantageous after graduation, while still honoring the traditions that make us who we are. This is a work in progress, and we want your ideas, input, and continued support. Mu Phi is a network of unique individuals who bring their strengths together for the ideals that unite us. Your continued involvement will fortify that network, benefiting both you and the fraternity. Contact any IEB member, District Director, or alumni chapter officer for information on how to stay connected. I wish you many blessings on your own path upward toward the stars.

Alumni Readiness Quiz Ask yourself these simple questions: Yes


Has being a part of Mu Phi Epsilon enriched my life?



Have I made friendships and connections through Mu Phi that I know will last a lifetime?



Has being in Mu Phi somehow deepened my appreciation of music?



Do I see the advocacy and importance of music continuing to play a key role in my life?



Would I like to see future student musicians continue to have opportunities to serve their schools and communities with like-minded colleagues?



Do I want future collegiates to be able to have the same opportunity I had, and share many of the same joys I did, with Mu Phi Epsilon?

If you answered yes to any of these, congratulations! You are ready to move on to alumni or Allied membership status. Visit to find a local chapter in your area or get more information on Allied affiliation.



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Foundation Summer conducting workshop offers insight and inspiration Jason Pano (Beta Alpha, California State University-Fullerton) was fortunate enough to earn the 2014 John and Mary Virginia Foncannon Conducting/Coaching Scholarship. The funds that were awarded to him paid his way to study in Rochester, New York, for a summer conducting course at the Eastman School of Music. The week-long intensive was focused on conducting all of Johann Sebastian Bach’s motets and other small works by some of his earlier contemporaries. The experience included podium time to work and rehearse with a professional-level ensemble under the guidance of Dr. William Weinert, Professor of Conducting at Eastman, and Craig Hella Johnson, Artistic Director of Conspirare. As a developing conductor, Jason felt the program was extremely rewarding. Both Dr. Weiner and Craig Hella Johnson began with each student conductor wherever he or she was in knowledge of the score, and gave insights toward conducting Bach. The daily rehearsals were set up so all students were assigned certain parts of a motet the evening before and were expected to rehearse on their section the following day. Since the course used a professional ensemble, students did not have to worry about teaching notes and rhythms and were instead able to work more on interpretation. Over the course of the week, Jason received many new insights toward score preparation, rehearsal technique, and Baroque era performance practice both on and off the podium. While it is one thing to watch other conductors’ ensembles in performance, much more can be gleaned from their rehearsal process. Through the structure of the course, Jason was able to network and observe the work of other graduate choral conductors from all over the United States who came to do the Eastman program. This allowed and facilitated discussion of schools and teachers for consideration of post graduate studies. Having lived on the West Coast for most of his life, Jason also found it extremely valuable to experience the music environment of a completely different location. During the week in Rochester, Jason attended several evening events at the Eastman School of Music and local churches. Concerts included a Renaissance/medieval choral ensemble performance and community sing-alongs of Mozart’s Requiem and Bach’s monumental Mass in B Minor run by Dr. Weinert or Eastman graduate conducting students. The experiences allowed students to see what is musically possible in a different community from their own and gave inspiration and ideas to bring back to their programs. Jason is putting his Eastman experience to good use back at Fullerton as he studies to conduct his school’s production of Lehár’s The Merry Widow and Menotti’s Amelia Goes to the Ball. Jason also hopes to work on producing performances of Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, Gustav Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, and Handel’s Messiah in the near future. Article and photos contributed by Jason Pano.


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International summer experiences broaden cellist’s musical horizons Cellist Jason Pegis (Phi Lambda, Willamette University) was the winner of the Foundation’s 2014 Eleanor Hale Wilson Cello Scholarship and a Summer Scholarship. Using the funds provided, Jason studied cello at two summer institutes in 2014—one in Northfield, Minnesota, and one in Castres, France. The first stop was “Cello: An American Experience” (, an international summer academy run by St. Olaf College professor Anna Clift. The two-week camp featured an intensive daily schedule of practice time, lessons, technique class, master classes, chamber group rehearsals, and other activities. Eighteen students ages 15-24 participated, from China and Argentina as well as around the U.S., and many prominent cello instructors were there including Astrid Schween, Mark Summer, Eric Kutz, Bruce Uchimura, and others. “It was a really special opportunity,” Jason said. “There was a large emphasis on improvement and it was such a friendly, welcoming environment. We all became good friends and better cellists. It was also a great way to meet other cellists, both students and teachers.” Participants played several concerts for the Northfield community and students had many opportunities to hear professionals perform as well. After camp #1, Jason flew straight from Minnesota to camp #2 in the south of France. “Cellos at Belle Serre,” an intensive course operated by English cellist Lowri Blake, took place in a rural setting near a town called Castres. Jason was the only American participant, so it was a truly new and significant experience for him. The curriculum emphasized open lessons, so when not in his own lesson, he could watch others being taught and learn even more. Besides becoming a more experienced and developed musician, he made many connections and was able to travel out of North America for the first time. Jason said, “It would not have been possible for me to attend these camps without the generous support of the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation.” Wrapping up his third year of cello performance and environmental science studies at Willamette University in Salem, OR, he keeps busy with competitions, recital and audition preparation, and performing in multiple ensembles. He has applied for fellowships at several 2015 summer music festivals. Article and photos contributed by Jason Pegis.

Calling All Mu Phis — How About Joining the Foundation Board? The Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation has openings for its 2015-2016 Board of Directors, including the key position of Treasurer. This job is especially gratifying since the Treasurer gets to write the checks to scholarship recipients. What could be more fun than that? Just think of the great feeling one gets from helping our Fraternity colleagues receive some of the 42 grants and scholarships the Foundation offers each year. The Board conducts its business through one in-person annual meeting (this year near Boston July 18-25) and otherwise via conference calls and email. We hope you will seriously consider this important service. Please email Beverly Abegg at or call 978-692-7353 to show your interest or ask questions.



news from members

Organist Diane Bish (Mu Kappa, ACME) is finalizing plans to host two European riverboat tours in late November – one to Normandy, France and the other to the Christmas Markets – in conjunction with her nationally syndicated television show The Joy of Music. The tours will include television tapings in magnificent cathedrals along the way. Diane continues to produce new programs, most recently from Istanbul and from her fall 2014 trip to the Black Sea area.

Doesn’t everyone celebrate their fortieth anniversary by giving a concert? High school sweethearts Debbie Ash (Gamma Omicron, Ann Arbor Alumni president) and husband Jeff Ash (chapter patron) did, pictured above. On the same day of the year and at the same church as their wedding, the Ashes, pianist Janice Clark, (Gamma), soprano Suzanne Lange (Gamma), and other musician friends performed for the anniversary. The program included Schumann’s Voice of Love (also played at the 1974 wedding), Doppler’s L’Oiseaux des Bois for flute and four French horns (one hornist was a groomsman), and works by Bach, Clarke, Cohen, Isoz, and Schwartz. Slides of the couple’s trips to Switzerland were background as Jeff played alphorn. Debbie played alto and bass flutes as well as piano for Jeff’s solo, then sang “For Good” from Wicked. Vocalist Walteria Bethea (Alpha Xi, Dallas Alumni) sang in the April premiere of the opera Wading Home by composer and violinist Mary Alice Rich. The libretto is based on the novel of the same title by Rosalyn Story about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Walteria gave Dallas Alumni members a preview by performing excerpts at a chapter meeting last fall. 16

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Pianist Janice Clark (Gamma) is Ann Arbor Alumni’s 2015 Violet Award winner. Janice served as Gamma’s Chapter Advisor for countless years and also organized many competitions through the Society for Musical Arts. She is retired from the University of Michigan School of Music and has served 55 years as organist and choir director for a local church. Janice continues as a leader and performer in many chapter activities and events. Vocalist and author Rona Commins (Alpha Delta, Sacramento Alumni, ACME) led seventeen participants including Barbara Baker (Alpha Delta, Sacramento Alumni) to Venice, Florence, and Rome in December 2014 to see Christmas sights and hear music. They attended a production of Simon Boccanegra in Venice at the La Fenice opera house and Falstaff in the newly opened Florence opera. Rona returned to Florence in March to give a lecture and book signing. Soprano Christina Lynn-Craig (Gamma Lambda, Denver Alumni), mezzo-soprano Marlena Hooker Moore, and pianist Grace Asquith performed a George Lynn Centenary Recital in March. All works on the program were composed by Lynn, including several for his wife Lucile Lynn (Gamma Lambda). George Lynn was the music director at Westminster Choir College in the 1960s and later was active on the Colorado music scene and throughout the U.S. as a conductor, organist, voice teacher, and composer. 2015 is the centenary year of his birth and Christina, his older daughter, is spearheading The George Lynn Centenary Celebration, featuring performances of his music all over the

country. She invites all Mu Phi musicians and their associates to be a part of the project by programming a piece by George Lynn in a 2015 performance and notifying so it can be added to the official Centenary Celebration list. (See The Triangle, Winter 2015, page 13, for more detail on the Centenary Celebration.) Christina also would be delighted to present a Lynn program for local Mu Phi chapters; contact her at 303466-2879 or

to inquire.

The late Lucile Lynn (left) and Christina Lynn-Craig.

Pianist Madeleine Forte (Gamma Kappa) announces the creation of the Madeleine and Allen Forte Archives at the University of North Texas, home of Phi Tau. Madeleine’s late husband Allen was a professor of music emeritus at Yale University, which also houses some of his papers. Pianist Rebekah Healan (Gamma Pi, Atlanta Alumni) recently became President-Elect of Georgia Music Teachers Association.


news from chapters

Eleven Zeta members went on tour to Germany and Austria in January as performers in the DePauw [University] Chamber Symphony. Zetas who went on this trip were David Acton, Matt Acton, Maureen Bailey, Nina Dugan, Will Johnson, Kate King, Robert Martens, Jacob Peterman, Eleanor Price, Anna Urso, and Alison Sherrick. The tour group consisted of thirty-three DePauw musicians, of whom the Zetas made up a full third. The ensemble performed a total of five concerts: at the Benedictinergymnasium in Ettal, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Folkshaus in St. Leonard am Forst, the Brahmsaal of the Musikverein in Vienna, and at the Vienna School for the Blind. The program included works by Brahms, Haydn, Dvorak, Strauss Jr., and others. Along with the life-changing experience of performing in such august venues (especially the Musikverein, home of the Vienna Philharmonic), the Zetas got in plenty of sightseeing. Highlights included Munich and Salzburg city tours, Mozart’s birthplace, a Sound of Music tour, visiting Neuschwanstein castle (cover image), Vienna Staatsoper, and Schoenbrunn Palace, and seeing the graves of Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, and both Strausses at the Vienna Central Cemetery.

Choral conductor Craig Hella Johnson, recipient of Mu Phi Epsilon’s 2011 Citation of Merit, won a 2015 Grammy® for Best Choral Performance along with his professional chamber choir Conspirare. The award was given for The Sacred Spirit of Russia, a recording of 19th and 20th-century a cappella Russian Orthodox liturgical works. Audio samples and ordering information at Lynn Maloy (Mu Kappa, Colorado Springs Alumni) gave her presentation “Dyslexia and the Music World” at the chapter’s March meeting and for the Boulder Music Teachers Association in April, and will give it at the National Pedagogy Conference in July. Lynn was a presenter on the same topic, as well as a music delegate, at the 2014 Mu Phi Epsilon convention. Correction: Joanna Medawar Nachef is a music instructor at El Camino College, not El Campo College as shown in the winter 2015 Triangle. Vocalist and operatic director Kurt-Alexander Zeller (Mu Chi, Atlanta Alumni) directed the Peach State Opera’s March production of Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love and also the Clayton State University Music Drama Workshop’s double-bill production in April. The latter featured Pergolesi’s From Maid to Mistress (aka La serva padrona) and selections from Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, with Delta Phi members performing. Zetas at the Vienna Musikverein


2015 Chapter Anniversaries Congratulations to these chapters on their milestone anniversaries of Music, Friendship, and Harmony.

110 Years Epsilon Toledo Conservatory of Music, Toledo, OH December 9, 1905

65 Years Epsilon Lambda Eastern Michigan Univ., Ypsilanti, MI April 23, 1950

Zeta DePauw Univ., Greencastle, IN December 9, 1905

Epsilon Kappa Southern Illinois Univ., Carbondale, IL May 20, 1950

100 Years Toledo Alumni (OH) November 16, 1915

Tacoma Alumni (WA) June 30, 1950

Phi Mount Union College, Alliance, OH May 15, 1915

60 Years Urbana/Champaign Alumni (IL) October 20, 1955

95 Years Boston Alumni (MA) January 7, 1920

55 Years Alpha Mu Southwest Missouri State Univ., Springfield, MO April 24, 1960

Mu Eta Univ. of the Pacific, Stockton, CA November 13, 1920 Mu Theta Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX November 27, 1920 90 Years Mu Upsilon Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY February 28, 1925 70 Years Phi Tau Univ. of North Texas, Denton, TX March 22, 1945


Alpha Nu West Texas A&M Univ., Canyon, TX April 30, 1960 50 Years Alpha Omega Stephen F. Austin Univ., Nacogdoches, TX April 4, 1965 Beta Alpha California State Univ./Fullerton, Fullerton, CA April 10, 1965

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45 Years Phoenix Alumni (AZ) October 24, 1970 40 Years Gamma Pi Shorter College, Rome, GA February 1, 1975 15 Years Delta Rho Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO February 27, 2000 Delta Sigma Univ. of California/Irving, Irving, CA June 3, 2000 San Antonio Alumni (TX) May 18, 2000 10 Years Zeta Alpha Williams Baptist College, Walnut Ridge, AR April 5, 2005 Zeta Beta Cameron Univ., Lawton, OK April 23, 2005 1 Year Zeta Phi Univ. of North Carolina, Wilmington, NC April 11, 2014

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and choir classes performed. That means all of my classes had their concerts tonight. [Team member] Claire commented, “It’s brass, violin, and then the Kelli Lair show!” She wasn’t kidding either. My small brass class started the program, then her violin class, and after that I was involved with every single piece through the end of the concert. I was extremely nervous because this was my first time conducting a concert as a teacher.

Mashrami and Phagwah – Colorful Celebrations

I could not be more proud of my students! Things came together that I did not think would be possible two days ago, and many of them surprised me by how much they had practiced. Seeing them on stage performing for their friends and family reminded me why I fell in love with music so many years ago. These students are why I do what I do. I see joy and passion from them, and a spark when they see and hear themselves be successful. Yes, they may drive me crazy some days, but that is what they are supposed to do.

2/25/15 [The team] traveled to Georgetown, Guyana, to see Mashramani up close and personal. Mashramani, celebrated each February 23rd to mark when Guyana became a republic in 1970, is a tamer (but not much) version of Carnival. The word Mashramani is of Amerindian origin and means “a celebration after hard work.” The event is one giant party that incorporates aspects of Guyanese culture with colorful costumes, parade floats, and steel band calypso music. The party continues this weekend right here in New Amsterdam. This time we won’t be quite as tired though, because we can go into our house as often as we want or need to. 3/10/15 When holidays happen in Guyana there seem to be a bunch of them all around the same time. This past Friday was Phagwah, a day to celebrate the triumph of good over evil, traced back to Hindu lore. Participants wear white clothing and throw harmless colored water and powder at each other. Dan and I invited two of our classes to show us how to play Phagwah. Little did they know we had bought water guns, dye, sparkle (glitter), and powder; we were planning an ambush. We got some of the kids before they realized what was happening, and proceeded to get everyone soaked. It was fun to spend time with some of our students just playing, and they got to see a different side of the teachers than ever before. I think we are done with holidays now until Holy Week. If we are, that will be a welcome change. It will be nice to have a normal week of classes once again. Editor’s Note: 3/10/15 was the latest blog post at the time this article was written. Visit to read about the rest of the school year!


Final Notes Compiled by Rosemary Ames and Melissa J. Eddy

Peggy Altenburg Albrecht Alpha Alpha, May 15, 1966 Dayton Alumni Died January 16, 2015 Vocalist. Peggy won the Cincinnati Opera competition in 1953 and performed with the company the following season. She was a frequent soloist with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dayton Bach Society, Dayton Music Club, and local church. She often performed with her baritone husband Joseph Albrecht and was honored in 1977 when the family was named Ohio Musical Family of the Year by the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs. She also taught voice privately and was a NATS member. Barbara Welch Bateman Phi Mu, January 23, 1944 Palo Alto Alumni Died December 28, 2014 Bassoonist. Barbara taught in the Palo Alto, CA schools for over thirty years and played in several local orchestras. She co-founded the Peninsula Youth Symphony and coached the woodwinds. Barbara also had a large class of private students. Karen Hildegarde Rondestvedt Bodmer Phi Iota, November 18, 1957 Colorado Springs Alumni Died January 26, 2015 Music educator. Karen taught elementary music in public and private schools and gave private piano and violin lessons. She also worked a few years for an airline, giving her the opportunity to travel widely. A member of the Pikes Peak Music Teachers Association, she served a term as secretary. She was a charter member of Colorado Springs Alumni and served as chaplain.


Elizabeth Dean Baker Buck Theta, December 6, 1943 St. Louis Area Alumni Died August 24, 2014 Organist. Betty was a church organist and choir director, well known for her beautiful and stirring Christmas programs. She held several offices in St. Louis Area Alumni, with her local PEO chapter, and was past president of the St. Louis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Jane Ferris Crandall Gavel Caruthers Phi Theta, May 27, 1953 Died August 25, 2014 Soprano. Jane performed as a soloist with the St. Louis Symphony, St. Louis Chamber Chorus and Orchestra, and other ensembles, and in operatic roles with St. Louis Opera Theatre. She also taught voice and was vocal director for Westport Playhouse and Theatre Project Company. She received several awards including the Artist Presentation Society Award and recital, NATS Missouri Singer of the Year, and St. Louis Opera Guild Scholarship Awards. Marian Laut Danek Kappa, November 13, 1939 Terre Haute Alumni Died November 29, 2014 Music educator. Marian was a music professor and received her Mu Phi 75-year membership award in 2013. Madge Conaway Ebright Nu, October 31, 1937 Alumni Sacramento Alumni Died December 24, 2014 Cellist, librarian. Madge’s primary professional career was in library science. She played cello with the Paradise (CA) Symphony for over

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thirty years and later, when traveling after retirement, as a guest with ensembles in Germany, France, China, Japan, and other countries. She also founded the string program in the Paradise public schools. She was active in AAUW and PEO, which established a music scholarship in her name. Laverne Watts Edwards Nu, June 4, 1950 Died January 11, 2014 Pianist, organist. LaVerne also worked as a real estate broker. Louise Hansen Gamma Psi, March 19, 1985 Terre Haute Alumni Died November 16, 2014 Bassist. Louise played with the Utah Symphony, Arlington Symphony, and 25 years with the Terre Haute Symphony. Louise was also an accomplished watercolor artist, having exhibited widely in the U.S. and Germany and won many awards. She taught art in public schools and at Indiana State University. Gail Herbert Phi Theta, April 13, 1963 St. Louis Area Alumni Died January 18, 2015 Pianist, organist, violinist. Gail taught middle school music in St. Louis area schools and served as director/organist for several local churches. Later she volunteered as accompanist for a vocal group in a local hospital.

Final Notes Beverly Coldsnow Hutton Phi Pi, December 21, 1946 Wichita Alumni Died January 16, 2015 Music educator, pianist, organist. Beverly taught elementary school music for sixteen years and received the district’s Master Teacher Award in 1982. She was a founding member of her church, where she also founded the choir and directed it for fifty years, also serving as pianist and organist. Beverly served Mu Phi Epsilon as a District Director for six years, was honored with the Outstanding District Director award, and received the Diamond Triangle Award for sixty years as a Fraternity member. Marion Erganian Izmirlian Sigma, April 20, 1948 Died February 20, 2015 Pianist. Marion taught piano in public schools and privately. Patricia Junker Phi Kappa, February 2, 1952 Died January 1, 2015 Music educator. Patricia taught music in Detroit public schools for many years and also maintained a private studio.

Helen Koehler Mu Beta, May 23, 1976 Died October 12, 2013 Church musician. Helen earned her music degree later in life following a distinguished, award-winning career as university professor, researcher, and author in the field of food chemistry. She sang in her church choir and was active in several local music organizations. She was also involved in AAUW, Camp Fire Girls, and civic organizations. Carol Luer Beta Iota, January 7, 1967 Died March 3, 2015 Music educator, violist, vocalist. Carol was an award-winning teacher in public schools for 36 years, serving as gifted program coordinator late in her career. She was also a founder of Dance Discovery, singer with Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Concert Chorale, and violist in Confluence Chamber Orchestra.

Ruth McEwen Omega Omega, February 19, 1999 Denver Alumni Died February 7, 2015 Pianist. Ruth was active in the Colorado Music Teachers Association and compiled its 50th anniversary organizational history in 1970. Janette Bodden Moote Mu Nu, June 1, 1952 Palos Verdes/South Bay Alumni Died 2015 Pianist, technical writer. Catharine Wagner Zahrt Alpha Alpha, May 15, 1966 Dayton Alumni Died January 22, 2015 Music educator, church musician. Catharine was a music teacher, choir director, pianist, and organist. She was co-director of Summer Cloister Concert programs at the Dayton Art Institute. She served as president of Dayton Alumni and was an officer in other local cultural organizations including Dayton Music Club.

Seeking Final Notes Contributor Do you like to do online research and data compilation? Would you find it interesting to learn about the lives and accomplishments of Mu Phis who have passed on? If so, the volunteer position of Final Notes contributor may be right for you! The estimated time commitment is 10 hours per issue (approximately every three months). If you’re interested, please contact International Editor Melissa J. Eddy for more information. Meanwhile, information about the death of a member may be sent to until further notice.


District Directors ATLANTIC Header DISTRICT A1



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

EASTERN GREAT LAKES DISTRICT EGL1 Signe Zale 585-594-8422 DISTRICT EGL2 Cassandra Eisenreich 724-728-2440 DISTRICT EGL3 Nancy Jane Gray 330-688-7990

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EAST CENTRAL DISTRICT EC1 — OPEN DISTRICT EC2 & EC3 Stephanie Berry 574-596-8285

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SOUTH CENTRAL DISTRICT SC1 — OPEN DISTRICT SC2 Ashley Kimmel 972-765-3252 DISTRICT SC3 Chrisalyne Hagood 580-383-8011 DISTRICT SC4 Isabel De La Cerda 210-204-6425

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

NORTH CENTRAL DISTRICT NC1 Teresa Rowe 612-926-5854 DISTRICT NC2 Liana Sandin 402-483-4657, 402-560-7126

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


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

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

PACIFIC SOUTHWEST DISTRICT PSW1 Jane Davidson 626-487-6201

Directory of Executive Officers 2014-2017 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

Vice President/Acting President Paul Verona 130 West 15th Street, Apt. 5V New York, NY 10011-6794 347-813-0368 (Cell)

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

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

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

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 Jenny Smith, 2nd VP/Collegiate Advisor 1900 Westminster St #105, Denton, TX 76205 214-662-5087 Ruth Cuccia, 3rd VP/Alumni Advisor 3408 S. Denison Ave, San Pedro, CA 90731 310-832-7433 Jan Scott, 4th VP/Music Advisor 6223 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63130 314-727-6876 Kayla Lisa, 5th VP/Eligibility Advisor 7881 Reflection Cove Dr #208, Fort Myers, FL 33907 434-987-9191 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 Lee Clements Meyer, Phi Xi 8101 Club Court Circle, Austin, TX 78759 512-345-5072

Chairman Judy May 408 West Mission Drive Chandler, AZ 85225 480-813-6973

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

Vice Chairman Linda Florjancic 7959 Wright Road Broadview Heights OH 44147 216-219-4953

INTERNATIONAL Marlon Daniel, Mu Xi New York Alumni 45 Tiemann Place, Apt 5F New York, NY 10027-3327 212-641-0305

President of Mu Phi Epsilon International Fraternity Rosemary Ames 13 Travis Drive Framingham, MA 01702 508-872-5818

MUSIC LIBRARIAN & ARCHIVES Wendy Sistrunk, Mu Mu Kansas City Alumni 1504 S. Ash Ave. Independence, MO 64052 816-836-9961 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

Mu Phi Epsilon Concert Artist Update

Rachel Brandwein receiving acclaim Harpist Rachel Brandwein (Gamma, Minneapolis-St. Paul Alumni), winner of the 2014 Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition, has begun touring and is receiving a great deal of praise and admiration for her artistry, elegance, and poise. She has already performed in Sacramento, Berkeley, and Macomb, IL, sponsored by local chapters. Future dates include Spivey Hall in Atlanta; solo orchestral engagements with Kansas City Civic Orchestra and Merimack Valley (MA) Philharmonic Orchestra; recitals sponsored by alumni chapters in Lincoln and San Diego; and a Portland appearance with Consonare Chorale directed by Georgina Phillipson (Phi Lambda). Rachel is being welcomed everywhere with great enthusiasm, warmth, and sometimes abundant humor. Bookings are still available, so consider bringing this consummate artist and Mu Phi ambassador to your community. Information about booking, host chapter responsibilities, and related forms are at One of the biggest challenges for hosts has been procuring a suitable harp locally. To help with related costs (rental, cartage, etc.), the Foundation will contribute $100.00 to a host chapter when an engagement is booked. For details, contact Paul Verona at 212-242-2172 or

Above: Airport greeter Sue Waller, Berkeley Alumni. Right, top: Rachel with Sacramento Alumni members. Right, bottom: Rachel with Berkeley Alumni members.

Profile for Mu Phi Epsilon

The Triangle, publication of Mu Phi Epsilon, Vol. 109, Issue 1, Spring 2015  

In this issue: Members remembered; Teaching in Guyana; Zeta Chi installed April 18

The Triangle, publication of Mu Phi Epsilon, Vol. 109, Issue 1, Spring 2015  

In this issue: Members remembered; Teaching in Guyana; Zeta Chi installed April 18