VOLUME 110, ISSUE 3 FALL 2016
INTERNATIONAL PROFESSIONAL FRATERNITY FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF MUSIC IN THE COMMUNITY, NATION, AND WORLD
CHAPTERS ON THE GO
Individual & Chapter Awards for 2016
Explore, Engage, Elevate in 2017
Chapter News & Projects
FALL 2016 | VOLUME 110, ISSUE 3
contents features 4
2016 Awards Outstanding chapters and individual members of the year
How to make nominations for the next International Executive Board
Send all material for publication to: Melissa Eddy, email@example.com or by mail to 220 Link Drive, Kingsland, TX 78639-5262
Fran Irwin, Member Remembered
Explore, Engage, Elevate: music in the mountains
14 Foundation Complete information about 2017 grants, scholarships, International Competition
columns Founders Day Renew your Mu Phi journey Alumni Corner Envision the new day ACME Introducing the newest honorees Bookshelf Voice Secrets: 100 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Singer Upon Listening The Legend of Hagoromo Chapter News Phi Mu, Detroit Alumni, Beta Alpha
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DESIGN & PRODUCTION Corinne Lattimer firstname.lastname@example.org PROOFREADER Doris Braun
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EDITOR Melissa J. Eddy email@example.com
IEB 2017-2020 Nominations
Tributes and remembrances for a beloved past international president
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Fraternity Mission Statement: Mu Phi Epsilon International Professional Music Fraternity is a coeducational fraternity whose aim is the advancement of music in the community, nation, and world through the promotion of musicianship, scholarship, and music education, with emphasis on service through music.
President’s Message Applause / Encore Final Notes Alumni Presidents Directory District Directors Directory Executive Officers Directory
important deadlines Details in this issue or at muphiepsilon.org Jan 15 Jan 31 Feb 1 Mar 1 Mar 1
IEB Nominations (page 7) Convention Performers & Presenters (page 10) International Competition (page 22) Foundation Grants & Scholarships (page 18) Fraternity Collaborative Piano & Composition Awards (forms at muphiepsilon.org/honorsawards) Apr 30 Reserve Program Ads in Convention Book (back cover)
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On the cover: Phi Mu members at Kreuzenstain. Phi Mu photo courtesy of Angela Hinkley. Background: © Vladimir Korostyshevskiy | Dreamstime.com
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE ROSEMARY AMES
It always amazes me that the very busy time in preparation for the annual executive board meeting, is followed by…yes, what seems to be an even busier time as we dive into fall and the beginning of the Mu Phi year. I always leave the annual IEB board meeting feeling energized and so very proud of my fellow Mu Phi members. Reviewing the service projects, newsletters, yearbooks, and chapter projects helps me realize what amazing members we have. We are a dedicated lot – to our schools, communities, fellow members, and to supporting young musicians everywhere. I never stop being grateful that I am a fellow member of Mu Phi Epsilon. A large part of our IEB meeting discussion this year focused on the upcoming 2017 convention. The convention will be held in Denver, Colorado, at the beautiful Inverness Hotel and Conference Center, July 27 – 30, 2017. The IEB is excited about the convention and their ideas (and yours, via Facebook) overflowed for making it a great convention. Meeting with the Denver and Colorado Springs alumni chapters and a representative from the Delta Rho chapter added to the excitement. We’ll be turning to our host chapters in the WC and PNW provinces to welcome members from coast to coast. I can’t think of a better way to say it than I did in 2013, prior to the 2014 convention: “I love to go to Mu Phi conventions. The longer I am in Mu Phi, the more friends I acquire all over the country. Seeing them at the convention and renewing those friendships is always a highlight for me. Not to mention all the new friends I make each year. Each convention is much like a reunion of brothers and sisters, who just happen to love music the way I do and who are committed to bringing that joy to the lives of those around them.” All of this is still true, even more so since the 2014 convention. I hope it is for you as well and that you will begin your planning now to be in Denver for another wonderful convention. During the coming year, you will be receiving drafts of our updated bylaws. Our goal is to receive member input throughout the year, and at convention time, present to the voting body a complete revised Bylaws and Standing Rules for approval. I urge you to not only review the bylaws when they come to you, but provide your feedback to the committee. The bylaws belong to all of us and are the foundation upon which we build the future of Mu Phi Epsilon. Be sure to make your voices heard. This third year of our triennium of a bright new day is “Sunset.” By no means does that imply we are at an end! Instead we are envisioning and eagerly anticipating a new day, looking forward to celebrating all that we accomplished, and embracing all that is yet to come for Mu Phi Epsilon. Join in the excitement of this year as we build the momentum for our gathering in Denver next July. We have much to celebrate. I’m looking forward to seeing YOU in Denver, where together we will “EXPLORE, ENGAGE, & ELEVATE” music and Mu Phi Epsilon!
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Rosemary Ames International President
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2016 I N D I V I D U A L A W A R D S INTERNATIONAL STERLING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
PROVINCE SENIOR ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Tanner Wilson, Beta Alpha California State Univ Fullerton
Music achievement: Major in music education (choral concentration); 2014-15 Concert Choir member of the year; 2015-16 baritone section leader, Concert Choir; performer with CSUF Symphonic Chorus; active in campus ACDA chapter (president, project director); active in campus NAfME chapter (fundraising chair). Fraternity service: Chapter president 2015-16; planning committee for district conference; planned and implemented largestscale chapter SERV project to date; overhauled chapter bylaws and standing rules. Campus leadership: 2015-16 College of Arts representative, Associated Students, Inc.; University Affairs Committee; Committee for Environmental Sustainability; Arts Inter-Club Council (2012-13 rep of the year); established InterFraternal Music Council; volunteered with choral festivals and auditions. Academic: Numerous Dean’s List mentions; 3.38 GPA.
Nigel Range Beta Omicron
Alexander Greenberg Lambda
Haley Rubin Zeta Lambda
Hayley Park Zeta Psi
Shelly Anderson Alpha Zeta
Danika Klebe Mu Eta
Susan Bengston Phi Omicron
Leanna Noblett Epsilon Epsilon
Joanna Mackley Beta Pi
Tanner Wilson Beta Alpha
No Nominations: Atlantic, Great Lakes, East Central, West Central, Pacific Northwest
2016 MUSICOLOGICAL RESEARCH CONTEST WINNERS DIVISION II, DMA PAPER Aurelien Bastien Boccard Alpha Kappa, Kansas City Alumni “Edward's Epic Journey: Brahms Ballades Op. 10” DIVISION III, OTHER GRADUATE RESEARCH
YI-YANG CHEN Mu Upsilon “Goethe Erlkönig settings by Schröter, Reichardt, and Schubert”
2016 C H A P T E R A W A R D S ALUMNI CHAPTERS
INTERNATIONAL ALUMNI CHAPTER OF THE YEAR
INTERNATIONAL COLLEGIATE CHAPTER OF THE YEAR
Phi Tau, University of North Texas
PROVINCE ALUMNI CHAPTER ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
PROVINCE COLLEGIATE CHAPTER ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Atlantic Boston Eastern Great Lakes Cleveland Great Lakes Ann Arbor East Central Indianapolis Southeast Atlanta South Central Dallas Central Kansas City North Central Minneapolis/St. Paul West Central Denver Pacific Northwest Portland Pacific San Francisco Pacific Southwest Palos Verdes/South Bay
Atlantic Zeta Epsilon, Randolph Macon Univ Eastern Great Lakes Lambda, Ithaca College Great Lakes Epsilon Lambda, Eastern Michigan Univ East Central Beta Psi, Univ of Indianapolis Southeast None eligible South Central Phi Tau, Univ of North Texas Central Beta Omicron,Western Illinois Univ North Central None eligible West Central Gamma Gamma, Southwestern Oklahoma State Univ Pacific Northwest None eligible Pacific Mu Eta, Univ of the Pacific Pacific Southwest: Beta Alpha, CSU Fullerton
Palos Verdes/South Bay, Ann Arbor, Dallas, Denver Honorable Mention: Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Wichita
OUTSTANDING SERVICE PROJECT TO SCHOOL
Beta Mu, Texas A&M-Commerce OUTSTANDING SERVICE PROJECT TO COMMUNITY
OUTSTANDING NOTEWORTHY PROJECT Ann Arbor
Mu Eta, Univ of Pacific
OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT
CHAPTER WITH MOST SERV HOURS
Palos Verdes/South Bay, Alliance, Atlanta, Dallas
Beta Alpha, Cal State Univ-Fullerton
Ann Arbor, Minneapolis-St Paul, Palos Verdes/South Bay, Dallas
Phi Tau, Univ of North Texas
Randall Hooper Beta Mu Texas A&M Commerce
Nicole Baker Beta Alpha CSU Fullerton
OF THE YEAR
Isabel De La Cerda SC4 St. Maryâ€™s Univ OF THE YEAR
Danielle Stoner EGL1
OF THE YEAR
Susan Owen-Bissiri GL1
KATHERINE DOEPKE AWARD FOR CREATIVE PROGRAMMING Ann Arbor
Lambda, Ithaca College Runners Up: Beta Mu, Texas A&M-Commerce Phi Tau, Univ of North Texas Beta Alpha, Cal State Univ-Fullerton
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2016 A W A R D - W I N N I N G C H A P T E R P R O J E C T S
OUTSTANDING SERVICE PROJECT TO SCHOOL
OUTSTANDING CHAPTER NOTEWORTHY PROJECT
Beta Mu, Texas A&M-Commerce Helping Our Freshmen Beta Mu members provided several services to welcome new students to campus. On freshman orientation move-in day, they helped the marching band move into their dorms. During the fall semester, members offered a tutoring program to help incoming freshman get through tough classes such as music theory, music history, and ear training. They also organized social events within the music department so freshmen could get to know people and understand they can enjoy college while still being academically responsible.
Ann Arbor Alumni Society for Musical Arts Concert Series Ann Arbor Alumni has partnered with the local Sigma Alpha Iota chapter for more than 50 years as the Ann Arbor Society for Musical Arts. Each year, the Society presents a six-concert series and holds two young artist competitions with cash prizes and performance opportunities. In 2015, the Society used accumulated revenues to purchase a new concert grand piano which is housed at the Ann Arbor City Club, the venue for Society concerts.
OUTSTANDING SERVICE PROJECT TO COMMUNITY
Mu Eta, University of the Pacific Supporting Young Children in Music Mu Eta partnered with the Center for Community Involvement to facilitate a Saturday music program that exposed young children to music fundamentals through fun activities. Another offering was an Instrument Petting Zoo where children could get acquainted with different instruments and receive basic instruction in how to play them. Members also volunteered to help music teachers in local elementary schools by providing instrument repairs, leading clinics, and offering private lessons. Finally, Mu Eta members partnered with the Religious and Spiritual Life organization on campus to plant flowers in the common areas for special education children at an underprivileged elementary school.
OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT
Kansas City Alumni: Annual Musicale Kansas City Alumni’s annual Musicale is a world-class concert offered free of charge as a gift to the people of Kansas City. This year, the chapter partnered with the Kansas City Civic Orchestra to present the Musicale, featuring 2014 Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition winner Rachel Brandwein as harp soloist along with Hannah Porter Occeña (Alpha Kappa) on flute. See The Triangle, Winter 2016, page 8, for a detailed description of this event. KATHERINE DOEPKE CREATIVE PROGRAMMING AWARD
Ann Arbor Alumni Music Transcends the World: Many Cultures, Different Styles The Ann Arbor chapter’s theme for 2015-16 included a requirement that an ethnic lullaby be included in each program, and performing members rose to the challenge with music of various cultures and styles. The chapter produced nine performance programs, of which two were public. Concerts featured many multicultural as well as American works, including pieces by eight Mu Phi composers. One program featured Turkish music in a multimedia presentation.
MARY ALICE COX AWARD FOR LIFELONG LEARNING Matthew Hoch. Lambda, Allied, The award covered a portion of Matt’s expenses to attend Mary Ann Ploger’s Music Perception and Cognition Intensives at Vanderbilt University in summer 2016. He wrote, “This discipline is of great interest to me as [a] teacher of singing. [Recent research about] … how the ear responds to sound – and its relationship to what is happening acoustically in the vocal tract – has radically transformed vocal pedagogy over the past decade.” Matt is an associate professor of voice at Auburn University. MARIAN BOWKER DAVIDSON COLLABORATIVE PIANIST AWARD Yi-Yan Chen. Mu Upsilon, Pianist Yi-Yang Chen is a DMA candidate at Eastman School of Music. Chamber music is his passion, and he will use the award to establish a piano trio to perform educational outreach to hospitals and schools at all levels, aiming to bring people together and enrich them by music.
FROM THE INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT
Founders Day Message November 13, 2016
Nominations invited for 2017-2020 International Executive Board Deadline January 15, 2017 As we prepare for the 2017 convention, we ask chapters and members to nominate fellow members to serve our fraternity on the 2017-2020 International Executive Board (IEB). It’s easy to nominate. First, download the nomination form at muphiepsilon.org/convention. Then fill out a form for each nomination you wish to make, select the Screening Committee member for your region, and send that person your completed form(s) before January 15, 2017.
On the occasion of the 113th anniversary of our founding, I extend warmest greetings to you, my fellow members of Mu Phi Epsilon, Professional Music Fraternity! One hundred and thirteen years ago, two visionary people, one a Dean and one a faculty member, at the Metropolitan College of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio, gathered together with eight students for the first time. The original eight members represented the brightest and best, the talented women who were privileged to pursue higher education in the pursuit of a better future. On November 13, 1903, Mu Phi Epsilon became a reality! Since that day, the membership of our fraternity, numbering more than 25,000, has evolved into a collection of prominent musicians in all walks. Today, we continue the legacy of our founders in our pursuit of “the recognition of scholarship and musicianship, and the development of a bond of friendship among its members.” As your 31st President, it is my honor to greet you on this occasion. All across the country, chapters will be celebrating in a variety of programs, special events and rededication rituals. I’m hopeful that these gatherings will provide energy, a renewed commitment, and restored value to our great Fraternity.
The Screening Committee will make sure each nominee is eligible and willing to serve. After all nominees are vetted, a biography for each one will be sent to chapters this spring so all members may learn about the nominees before the convention. At convention, the Screening Committee will present all eligible nominees’ papers to the convention Nominating Committee, who will select a final slate of nominees.
During this time of celebration, I encourage you to recall the day that your name was added to the roll. Think back to the fresh start you experienced when you became a member of Mu Phi Epsilon. Your journey no doubt has had peaks and valleys; your life as a Mu Phi has had highs and lows. But today, no matter what your goal in Mu Phi might be, remember that your pledge, to “the advancement of music in the community, nation, and world through the promotion of musicianship, scholarship, therapy, and education, with an emphasis on service through music,” should be your driving force to achieving that goal.
It will be possible to nominate from the floor at the convention, but please do not wait to nominate then if you intend now to place a person’s name in nomination. Give other members a chance to evaluate all the nominees by sending your nominations to the Screening Committee by January 15.
On this Founders’ Day, my hope is that our membership will unite in one unbreakable bond. Let us continue our efforts to fulfill the mission of rendering service through music to our communities for the next 113 years. Let us celebrate decades of achievement in the name of Mu Phi Epsilon, as we set our sights on a promising future.
Serving on the IEB is a wonderful experience and I hope that members will identify some great leaders to nominate. This is especially an opportunity for district directors to contribute to the fraternity at a higher level. I encourage you to give careful thought to your nomination(s) and send in the nomination form soon.
On behalf of the International Executive Board, I wish you a very happy Founders Day!
Rosemary Ames International President
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FRAN IRWIN Frances Cernich Irwin Epsilon Upsilon, May 4, 1953 St. Louis Area Alumni, ACME Died April 16, 2016 In 2014 Fran wrote her own biography, excerpted here, for St. Louis Area Alumni’s 100th anniversary program book. It covers career highlights that were most important to her. Accordionist, vocalist, music educator. Fran began accordion study in second grade and sang in music programs throughout her school years. She joined the American Federation of Musicians and began performing professionally at age fourteen. She earned her music education degree magna cum laude at Duquesne University, where as a member of the Tamburitzans she performed folk music in the U.S. and Europe as soprano soloist, accordionist, and dancer. She also sang the lead role in the annual musical, was president of the Women’s Resident Council, and was listed in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
1987-1991 St. Louis Alumni Corresponding Secretary 1989-1992 District Director 1992-1995 International Second VP/ Collegiate Advisor 1996-1999 St. Louis Alumni VP 2001-2003 St. Louis Alumni VP 2003-2011 International President 2011-2016 Honorary Advisory Board
Top left: Fran celebrates the end of her second presidential term at the 2011 convention. Right: Fran is installed for her second term as International President. Installing officer was Wynona Lipsett. Opposite page: Fran (front right) and other members of the 2008-11 IEB.
Fran earned master’s and doctoral degrees in music education at Washington University and taught music in the Webster Groves School District for 31 years. Her work was recognized with an Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award. Fran wrote articles on music education and gave many presentations on Balkan music, and her collections Balkan Melodies for the Accordion and World Melodies for the Accordion were published by Mel Bay, Inc. After retirement, Fran became executive director of the St. Louis chapter of the United Nations Association. In 2003 Fran was elected International President of Mu Phi Epsilon, serving until 2011. She also served on the board of the Professional Fraternity Association. Fran and her husband Harry were former members of the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica Choir and were on the Metro South Arts Council, where Fran’s chief task was to oversee the annual Scott Joplin Ragtime Competition for young students.
A determined leader in a challenging time I first met Fran at the 2003 convention, on her election night; she was excited and eager to begin her job. Since we lived in the same state and I was the District Director at that time, we found a lot to discuss about challenges facing the fraternity. In subsequent months and years, Fran led the IEB as it obtained valuable outside consulting help for our organization. In 2006 she secured the appointment of Melissa Eddy as International Editor, with a charge to make The Triangle more interesting and attractive. Fran worked tirelessly to address the fraternity’s financial difficulties at the time, writing countless letters and making many calls to seek donations, sponsorships, and loans. Under her leadership, the 2008 convention was produced successfully and under budget. On a personal level, Fran and I traveled several times to staff a Mu Phi information table at large education meetings. We enjoyed each other’s company, so we decided to drive together to the 2008 convention in Jacksonville, FL. At that convention, I was elected to the IEB as 1st VP/Extension Officer. The next three years were busy and productive for Mu Phi, in large part because Fran was relentless to accomplish as much as possible. She will be remembered for her determination to leave office with the Fraternity in great shape. And that, she did! —Doris Braun, Alpha Kappa, Kansas City Alumni
Warm hospitality, hard work It was a pleasure to serve on Fran Irwin’s board as 2nd VP/Collegiate Advisor 2003-2008, and again as 4th VP/Music Advisor in 2011. I have fond memories of IEB meetings in Fran and Harry’s home in St. Louis and the warm hospitality we received there. Board meetings were punctuated with musical interludes that provided a fun respite during long days of hard work. Fran went out of her way to steer the Fraternity to financial stability during some rough times, and we all owe her a big thank you for getting the Fraternity financially solvent. She indeed embodied the Mu Phi Epsilon ideals of music, friendship and harmony and she will surely be missed.
Devotion and knowledge I was honored to be Executive Secretary-Treasurer when Fran Irwin was International President. She loved Mu Phi Epsilon and was a devoted President. I enjoyed working with her and the International Executive Board for the good of the fraternity. I learned a lot from Fran as she shared her life experiences and knowledge of nonprofits. I miss her very much. —Gloria Debatin, Phi Chi, Fresno Alumni
MUSIC EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP TO BE ESTABLISHED The St. Louis Area Alumni chapter is establishing The Dr. Frances M. Irwin Music Education Scholarship in memory of their beloved chapter member. The chapter is now accepting donations to create the scholarship fund. Contributions may be sent directly to: Evelyn Archer Treasurer, St. Louis Area Alumni Mu Phi Epsilon 5312 Sutherland Avenue St. Louis, MO 63109-2341 All checks should be made out to Mu Phi Epsilon. Donations of $20.00 or more will receive a tax deduction letter.
—Martha MacDonald, Phi Xi, Austin Alumni
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July 27-30, 2017
The Inverness Hotel & Convention Center Come to Colorado next July for some great music in the mountains. Together we will explore new information, engage in important business, networking and music, and elevate our fraternity to the next level. Read on for important things you need to know now.
Call for performer and presenter applications Would you like to perform at convention? Collegiate music delegates must be from the host PNW and WC provinces; any actively affiliated alumni may apply to perform. Have you created, developed, or implemented an original program or project on a music-related subject? Consider proposing a convention presentation. Any actively affiliated (i.e. current dues-paying) alumni or collegiate member may propose a presentation. Please review the applications on the convention page at muphiepsilon.org/convention for complete details and submittal instructions including required application form. Application deadline is January 31, 2017.
Write a new Mu Phi song for convention! Mu Phi composers and lyricists are invited to submit new songs for possible use at convention. Songs can be simple rounds or two- to four-part arrangements, accompanied or a cappella. Original compositions are especially welcome, but you may also use existing music in the public domain and write new lyrics expressing any aspect of Mu Phi Epsilon. Send submissions to Music Advisor Jan Scott, email@example.com. Electronic submittals are preferred. Acceptance for use at the convention is the decision of the Music Advisor.
International Competition finals – plan to attend The finals of the 2017 Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition will be the afternoon of Thursday, July 27, before the convention officially opens that evening. Come in time to attend and support our future Mu Phi stars as they give the performances of their lives for the competition judges and audience. The winner will perform a solo recital later in the week, always a convention highlight.
Special awards at Convention – nominations invited In addition to Mu Phi Epsilon’s annual awards, a number of special awards are given only in convention years. Chapters and individual members may submit nominees for any of these special awards: Award of Merit the highest award for an individual member, for outstanding achievement in music and honor to the Fraternity. Citation of Merit for a non-member’s contribution to Mu Phi goals through a professional music career. Elizabeth Mathias Award for a member’s outstanding and unique achievement in music and music service. Eleanor Hale Wilson-Rosalie Speciale Lifetime Achievement Award for lifetime commitment to Mu Phi Epsilon service beyond the chapter level. All award decisions are made by the International Executive Board. Send nominations to International President Rosemary Ames, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pre-convention checklist: make sure your chapter is ready Chapters have a number of convention responsibilities and the time to begin preparing is now. Here’s a handy checklist. __ Review the current MPE Bylaws, Article IV, and Standing Rules, Article IV, to brush up on convention rules. __ Select your chapter’s business delegate. The delegate should be someone who will continue to be active in 20172018 so the chapter can benefit from information gained at convention. __ Secure funds to help underwrite the delegate’s travel and convention stay. Try to send other members too, so more can benefit from the convention experience. Start fundraising now! __ Together as a chapter, review the proposed revised Bylaws and Standing Rules (to be issued to chapters several months prior to convention) and direct your delegate how to vote on behalf of the chapter. __ Nominate candidates for positions on the International Executive Board. All are up for election at each convention. See article on page 7 for details of how to nominate. __ Forward international dues for all active chapter members and annual convention fund fee to the International Executive Office, if not already done. __ Make sure IEO has been notified of any deceased chapter members so they may be recognized at the convention’s memorial ceremony. If such a person has not been mentioned in "Final Notes" in The Triangle, IEO may not have the information. __ Consider reserving an ad in the convention program book (see back cover). __ Note that the convention concludes with our formal banquet the evening of Sunday, July 30. Attendees should plan to travel home on Monday. If your chapter has questions or needs more information, contact your District Director or International Collegiate/Alumni Advisor.
ALUMNI CORNER BY RUTH CUCCIA
THIRD VP/ALUMNI ADVISOR
ENVISION THE NEW DAY Photos of classrooms, prepared with care for the new school year. Posts of excited comments by first-year teachers, ready to begin their teaching careers. These are some of the things that I’ve viewed on Facebook lately. These teachers were Mu Phi Epsilon collegiates a year or two ago, but now they are on their way to realizing their future dreams. I remember many of them from my District Director days when I got to visit their campuses once a year, and I’m excited for their accomplishments. It may seem like light years ago when they first pledged to Mu Phi. Now they’re facing the world on their own, sometimes feeling a little scared, but mostly excited and proud. Whatever path they have chosen in the music field or otherwise, they have come a long way to reach this point. I hope our alumni chapters will reach out to them as they make this transition, and let them know there is a warm, welcoming group of like-minded Mu Phi alumni that will be so happy to have them affiliate.
Begin with the end in mind I hope you and your chapters have entered the fall season happily and are planning your year. Remember to “begin with the end in mind!” This is the Sunset year of our 20142017 triennium, an opportunity to think ahead to the next three years of Mu Phi Epsilon. I shared with our IEB this summer that when I think of the Sunset year, I’m reminded of what I do before I go to bed each night: plan a little for the day ahead, what will I do, where will I go, whom will I see, etc. Collegiate Advisor Jenny Smith summarized this process as “envision the new day.” Well said, my friend! So, my dear alumni, make your plans, keep a record of what you do, take photographs, and keep in touch with the collegiate chapters in your area as well as with other alumni chapters near you. Welcome those new graduates with open arms and make this a year so beautiful that it will be worth remembering!
Envision the new day!
"Collegiate Connection" will return in the next Triangle. Fall 2016 | THE TRIANGLE
ACME ARTISTS, COMPOSERS, MUSICOLOGISTS MARY AU
MU NU, LOS ANGELES ALUMNI
NEW ACME HONOREES Mu Phi Epsilon is proud to announce the latest ACME honorees whose achievements place them at the acme of our profession. Like all ACME honorees, they welcome mentoring requests and other contacts from Mu Phi members. Our new honorees have all embraced important aspects of being a 21st century musician, so I asked each of them to share with us something about how their career unfolded.
Aaron Larget-Caplan, Beta, Boston Alumni Classical guitar Aaron Larget-Caplan is a sought-after soloist and chamber musician in Europe and the U.S. He is equally at home with new works (over 65 premieres to date), Bach fugues, Japanese-inspired music, and Spanish dance accompaniment. He records on Albany, Parma, and Stone Records, and his arrangement of John Cage is published by Edition Peters. Aaron is founder of the New Lullaby Project and of the ensemble ¡Con Fuego! (With Fire!). Aaron is on faculty at the University of Massachusetts/ Boston. He performs on a 2009 Olivier Fanton d’Andon guitar and a 2012 guitar by Franco Marino of Sicily, gifted to him by the luthier. ALCguitar.com About his career, Aaron says: “To me, being a 21st century American musician encompasses being an artist, educator and entrepreneur. Since I first held a classical guitar I knew I would perform. The road was not what I imagined, but I searched out teachers and healers, asked questions, accepted opportunities, and after a while, realized I had created my path. I never questioned being a teacher; it is what one does. I didn’t have a choice in being an entrepreneur; I wanted an audience to play for, so I created performance opportunities. I continue to challenge myself every day and surround myself with wonderful people. I am grateful to them, the composers who have written for me, and every person who participates in this life in music.” (See a review of Aaron’s latest CD on page 15.)
You Ju Lee, Beta Tau, Atlanta Alumni Piano You Ju Lee is an award-winning pianist who has performed recitals in Europe, Asia and the U.S. Hailed for bringing “clear, defined sonorous contour to Mozart,” Lee has performed solo and duo piano recitals at premier halls. Her CD Chopin: Selected Piano Works is available at the iTunes store and Amazon.com, and her article on the piano works of Marga Richter was published in Clavier Companion magazine. You Ju Lee earned the D.M.A. at the University of Georgia, and along with being an active concert artist, she is an associate professor of piano at Toccoa Falls College and an artist-teacher of piano at Brenau University. sites.google.com/site/dryoujulee/biography
About service as a music educator, You Ju says, “Never allow any difficulty or problem to block one’s path to success, whether that is with teaching or as a performing artist. As a young pianist, I did not initially consider a career as a music educator. That came later as I taught some students and came to the recognition that I could inspire them and make a significant difference in their lives. As a musician and teacher, I always try to find ways of expressing my personal character within the art of piano performing, and to encourage and instill this practice with each of my students. Their progress and achievements are my reward for being a music educator.”
Georgina Philippson, Phi Lambda, Allied Choral conducting Georgina Philippson is the founder (2006) and artistic director of Consonare Chorale in Portland. Seeking to redefine the perception of a community chorus, she creates unique programs that provide an intimate experience and veritable buffet of sound. Georgina has also directed the National Opera Association’s exhibition choir, Mu Phi Epsilon International Convention Chorus (2014), and many others. She has prepared choral musicians to sing in concert with Josh Groben and in state and regional honor choirs, and has directed for dozens of choir festivals, clinics, and ensemble retreats. She was the choral headliner at a Wyoming Music Educators state conference and has toured as a singer with the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. georgina.lessononline.org, consorarechorale.org About service through music, Georgina says: “Service is a challenge and an opportunity. To serve others in the charge of music is a very high calling and responsibility. It is a privilege to do music each week with like-hearted people, all striving to bring their best selves to fruition through making art. Music has given me many job titles over the years: director, vocal coach, soloist, retreat specialist, festival adjudicator, and more. Becoming an ACME honoree is a fantastic reminder of a continued journey of growth, motivation, and innovation. I’m especially inspired by music education, whether it’s helping a secondgrader gain self-esteem or shaping a college student towards a music career. Thank you for inducting me into this tradition of excellence in action.”
Jean Somers Woodruff-Griffin, Beta Tau, Atlanta Alumni Piano, music criticism An active recitalist and adjudicator, Jean Somers Woodruff-Griffin has taught in her private studio for 30 years and held faculty positions with Mercer University at Atlanta, Reinhardt College, and the Lovett School. She writes as a program annotator and music critic, and has authored or co-authored books about the history of the Atlanta Music Club, Atlanta Community Orchestra, and Atlanta Alumni. Jean is founder of Young Performers of Atlanta, an organization that gives young students opportunities to perform under professional recital conditions. Jean has held board positions in the Atlanta Music Club, Atlanta Chamber Players, Atlanta School of Music; Atlanta Music Teachers, and Atlanta Alumni of Mu Phi Epsilon. She was the fraternity's Third Vice President 1992-95. jeanwoodruffgriffin.doodlekit.com Jean says about her career, “Although I have always considered myself first and foremost a pianist and performer, my musical writings have broadened my career considerably. This began in graduate school when I wrote a rather lengthy thesis (later published) for my master’s degree in music history and literature. Later I began writing program notes for performing organizations, then started submitting reviews of performances to local newspapers. Being a music critic made me feel very popular, with many artists inviting me to review their performances. I love the turns my career has taken, although I didn’t anticipate nor plan for a lot of it, and I love the people I’ve met along the way.”
ACME Nominations Are Always Open Honor the most accomplished Mu Phis you know – it’s easy! Do you know a Mu Phi who has a distinguished national or international musical career as an artist, composer, musicologist, or educator? Does he or she deserve wider recognition within our fraternity? Nominate that member for ACME! Eligible ACME nominees are Mu Phis who are currently affiliated (dues-paying) chapter or Allied members. Just send your nomination in writing by email or letter, briefly describing the member’s career and why you believe she or he is worthy of ACME recognition. Be sure to include the nominee’s address, telephone number, and e-mail address.The ACME committee will evaluate and decide on the nomination. Contact one of the ACME co-chairs (information on page 31) for further details. There’s no deadline or closing date.
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BOOKSHELF Voice Secrets: 100 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Singer By Matthew Hoch (Lambda, Allied, ACME) and Linda Lister Reviewed by Melissa J. Eddy, International Editor Voice Secrets is an excellent practical reference for singers and voice teachers, and don’t let the title fool you. Most of the contents are not really secrets, but rather valuable reminders about tools of the trade. Also, while some of the so-called secrets are about performance, others are about practice strategies, the business of music, and much more. Finally, while “advanced singer” might suggest someone midway through a professional career, in fact many of the strategies in this book can be applied by students, choral musicians like me who may not be academically trained vocalists, and other singers who might not consider themselves advanced.
For the time-strapped singer Well organized and easy to use, the book is a quick look at a myriad of vocal topics. Nine chapters present broad subjects such as musicianship, language and diction, and stage presence, and the chapters contain a number of specific subtopics (“secrets”), each about 2 pages long and many cleverly titled (example: “Shake It! Musings on Vibrato”). Each secret includes an introduction, discussion of related technique, and expected benefit. The book could be read straight through or the reader might jump around. A fun project for the timestrapped singer might be to read one subtopic a day, whether in order, chosen at random, or of particular interest. Voice teachers might assign students to read the “secrets” that address their particular vocal challenges.
Nuggets of wisdom The breadth of information in Voice Secrets demonstrates the authors’ vocal expertise and knowledge of today’s music industry. Many of the book’s techniques and strategies can no doubt be found elsewhere, but how many voice references discuss YouTube (“Viewer Be Wary – the Pleasures and Perils of YouTube”) or business writing (“Represent Yourself Well on Paper – Spelling and Spacing Matter”)? The technique section of each secret gives clear, detailed instruction that any singer can follow. The writing style is engaging, accessible and non-academic, even when addressing highly technical topics. The book is full of golden nuggets of singing wisdom, some lighthearted and others pulling no punches. For example: “Being able to digest a score with accuracy is paramount … the industry no longer tolerates singers who do not arrive at lessons, coachings, or rehearsals fully prepared.” “Support your speaking voice in a manner similar to your singing voice. This doesn’t mean that friendly conversation has to become an oration from Julius Caesar, but employ healthy breath management instead of mumbling and dropping the ends of sentences, as so many Americans do.” “Sometimes even the most enthusiastic singer can lose the joy … [If you do], go back and sing along with one of your favorite soundtracks … When you rediscover gleeful singing, your performance will be freer and more connected to your body and spirit.”
With a detailed index and extensive bibliography, Voice Secrets is a valuable reference that belongs on every singer’s bookshelf. It is the latest of a “secrets” series for musicians of several varieties; clarinetists, saxophonists, oboists/English horn players, percussionists, and violinists might be interested in the analogous books for their instruments.
Available through Amazon Series: Music Secrets for the Advanced Musician Paperback: 282 pages Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers May 31, 2016 Language: English ISBN-10: 1442250259 ISBN-13: 978-1442250253 Dimensions: 6.9” x 0.7” x 10” Weight: 1.3 pounds
UPON LISTENING The Legend of Hagoromo Reviewed by Patricia Callan, Phi Upsilon, Boston Alumni
With this stunning performance, Aaron Larget-Caplan (Beta, Boston Alumni, ACME) furthers his adventurous interpretations of the classical guitar repertoire. From the moment the listener hears the title track, “The Legend of Hagoromo” by Keigo Fujii, it will be no mystery as to why classical guitarists want to master this tour-de-force. The recording was released in 2015 by Stone Records, U.K. “The Legend of Hagomoro” is based on an ancient Japanese myth in which a fisherman finds a robe of feathers on a pine tree and takes it. A celestial maiden appears to beg for its return, as she cannot go home to the spheres without it. He refuses, but tells her he will give it to her if she will dance for him. To his surprise she consents. Lovely chords open the dance and we hear the sweet theme of the mythological spirit. As delicate notes lift from the guitar, one imagines a Japanese woodcut, pine trees, and white sand. We sense desire too, as the guitar plays a duet between the fisherman and the unearthly being. Stars appear in the sky and the dance continues as she portrays the Palace of the Moon in motion. Is the artist playing a guitar, a cello, upper piano strings, a koto? The effects are imaginative and wonderful. In another track, Larget-Caplan performs Leo Brouwer’s “Hika,” a tribute to revered composer Toru Takemitsu. Hika (elegy) can be interpreted as “under the skin,” a wordplay in music, poetry, and fantasy. The performer’s tempo is as stately as a Shinto procession and we hear the guitar calling “Toru,
Toru, Toru” in descending minor thirds. Then angry chords erupt as grief protests the composer’s death. As the piece ends, Larget-Caplan’s meditative use of silence floats us with Takemitsu into the afterlife. American music crosses borders and is embraced worldwide, no song more so than “Over the Rainbow,” of which artists in every genre have made countless arrangements. On this disc Larget-Caplan endows Takemitsu’s version with a wistful aura. The guitarist is unrushed, there is time to find one’s dreams. When the guitar becomes a scat singer, there is no need to hurry, either. At the very last chord we feel we’ve arrived at the fabled place. “Summertime,” the opening song in Porgy and Bess, is a sweet lullaby sung by the character Clara. It is perhaps Gershwin’s best known song. The leisurely tune, beautifully adapted for guitar, belies the violent chaos that will come later in the opera. In this performance it’s not only a lullaby but can be imagined as a day off, a dad and a child going to a favorite fishing spot, a luxurious vacation for the listener. The Legend of Hagoromo is available from Amazon, itunes (download), Arkivmusic, Stone Records website and at concerts.
Original Release Date: July 3, 2015 Label: Stone Records Copyright: (C) 2015 Stone Records Total Length: 56:07 Genres: Classical ASIN: B00ZQAFWHU
1-The Legend of Hagoromo 2-Hika, "In Memoriam Toru Takemitsu" 3-Equinox 4-Ed e subito sera 5-Sui-hou 6-The Wizard of Oz: Over the Rainbow (arr. Toru Takemitsu for guitar) 7-Porgy and Bess, Act I: Summertime (arr. Toru Takemitsu for guitar) 8-Japanese Idyll No. 1 9-2 Japanese Idylls: Japanese Idyll No. 2
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FOUNDATION MU PHI EPSILON FOUNDATION GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS GRANTS general *MERLE MONTGOMERY DOCTORAL GRANT: To a bona fide doctoral candidate whose advanced work toward the degree is at a significant stage of completion. Value $1,000 Chairman: Taylor *LIANA K. SANDIN GRANT-IN-AID: For a specific purpose essential to completion of an exceptional musical project or undertaking well beyond the planning stage. Value $1,000 Chairman: Taylor MABEL HENDERSON MEMORIAL GRANT FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDY: To support study outside the United States in a country other than the country of the applicant’s birth or citizenship, awarded on the basis of high achievement in the applicant’s major field. Applicants must be 21 years of age by June 1, 2017. Value $1,000 Chairman: Taylor HELEN HAUPT ALUMNI CHAPTER PROJECT GRANTS: To support one or more special projects undertaken by an alumni chapter. Previous winners of this grant may re-apply for consideration of a significantly different project. Value up to $2,000 Chairman: Abegg *WIESE-ABEGG COLLEGIATE CHAPTER PROJECT GRANTS: To help support one or more special projects undertaken by collegiate chapters. Value up to $1,000 Chairman: Abegg
composition & theory *LILLIAN HARLAN RAMAGE GRANT FOR GRADUATE STUDY IN COMPOSITION: To a graduate student in composition. Value $1,000 Chairman: Wyche *ELLEN JANE LORENZ PORTER GRANT FOR GRADUATE WORK IN COMPOSITION: To a graduate student working on an advanced degree in composition. Value $1,000 Chairman: Wyche RUTH DEAN MORRIS SCHOLARSHIP: To a student majoring in Music Theory or Composition. Value $1,000 Chairman: Wyche
SCHOLARSHIPS * Designates scholarships significantly funded through generosity of the Eleanor Hale Wilson Charitable Trust
conducting JOHN AND MARY VIRGINIA FONCANNON CHORAL CONDUCTING OR SACRED MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP: For study in choral conducting or sacred music. Value $7,000 Chairman: Tegart JOHN AND MARY VIRGINIA FONCANNON CONDUCTING/COACHING SCHOLARSHIP: To support study of conducting/coaching. Value up to $7,000 Chairman: Tegart
instrumental *ALBERTA DENK SCHOLARSHIP FOR VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO: To support a music major's study of music performance. Value $1,000 Chairman: Kennedy *GERKE COLLEGIATE ARTIST SCHOLARSHIPS: Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Strings. To an undergraduate music major with a minimum 3.0 GPA in music and a 2.0 GPA in all other subjects Value $1,000 Chairman: Kennedy (2 scholarships available) BETH LANDIS VIOLIN SCHOLARSHIP: For undergraduate or graduate study in violin. Value $5,000 Chairman: Kennedy JEAN LOUISE MARTIN SCHOLARSHIP: To an undergraduate or graduate instrumentalist (brass, woodwinds, strings or percussion) for study in music performance. Value $2,000 Chairman: Kennedy ELEANOR HALE WILSON CELLO SCHOLARSHIP: To an undergraduate or graduate music education, music therapy, or performance major whose primary instrument is cello. Value $2,000 Chairman: Kennedy
chamber music JAMES AND LOLA FAUST CHAMBER MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP: To a chamber ensemble with one or two Mu Phi Epsilon members (depending on total number of members) demonstrating a performance history of at least two years. Value up to $5,000 Chairman: Tegart
EDYTHE G. BURDIN SCHOLARSHIP: To a student studying arts management. Value $1,000 Chairman: Abegg
BERNSTEIN-CROSMAN SCHOLARSHIP: Piano scholarship for study outside the United States in a country other than the country of the applicant’s birth or citizenship. Value $1,000 Chairman: Weng
music education MADGE CATHCART GERKE SCHOLARSHIP: To an applicant in music education with no professional classroom teaching experience who will complete certification requirements at the end of any term of the current academic year. Value $1,000 Chairman: Florjancic BETH LANDIS MUSIC EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP: For undergraduate or graduate study in music education. Value $5,000 Chairman: Florjancic *HAZEL B. MORGAN SCHOLARSHIP: For graduate study in music education. Value $1,000 Chairman: Florjancic NADINE WILLIAMS SCHOLARSHIP: To an applicant currently enrolled in an accredited program of graduate study in music education. Value $1,000 Chairman: Florjancic INES PRATT JAMISON SCHOLARSHIP: Value $2,000 (see Voice)
music technology BETTYLOU SCANDLING HUBIN SCHOLARSHIP FOR MUSIC TECHNOLOGY: In memory of Lucie Benefiel Scandling for a project or study involving music technology. Value $1,500 Chairman: Bohm
music therapy LA VERNE JACKSON MEMORIAL MUSIC THERAPY SCHOLARSHIP: To an applicant who is enrolled in an accredited music therapy program and will be doing a preinternship/internship with a special population. Value $1,500 Chairman: Flojancic
Complete information, qualifications, requirements, and application are available on Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation website at: mpefoundation.org/grants-scholarships/
ELEANOR B. WEILER and MILDRED B. FRAME PIANO SCHOLARSHIP: To support piano study in France (preferably Paris). One or more scholarships available. Value up to $6,000 Chairman: Weng HELEN HAUPT PIANO SCHOLARSHIP: To a pianist. Value $1,000 Chairman: Weng WIHLA HUTSON ORGAN SCHOLARSHIP: To an organist. Value $1,000 Chairman: Weng
world music BETTYLOU SCANDLING HUBIN SCHOLARSHIP FOR WORLD MUSIC/MULTICULTURAL MUSIC: Awarded in memory of Lucie Benefiel Scandling. Value $1,500 Chairman: Bohm
voice *ELIZABETH BOLDENWECK VOICE SCHOLARSHIP: For undergraduate study in voice. Value $1,000 Chairman: Sandin *MIKANNA CLARK TAURMAN VOICE SCHOLARSHIP: For postgraduate study in voice. Value $1,000 Chairman: Sandin *SARA EIKENBERRY VOICE SCHOLARSHIP – UNDERGRADUATE: To a deserving mezzo-soprano or contralto voice student. Value $1,000 Chairman: Sandin *SARA EIKENBERRY VOICE SCHOLARSHIP POSTGRADUATE: To a deserving mezzo-soprano or contralto voice student. Value $1,000 Chairman: Sandin INES PRATT JAMISON SCHOLARSHIP: To a music education major who is studying voice. Value $2,000 Chairman: Sandin BRENA HAZZARD VOICE SCHOLARSHIP: To any Mu Phi Epsilon member pursuing vocal study, awarded on behalf of the Los Angeles Alumni Chapter. Value $5,000 Chairman: Sandin
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ELEANOR HALE WILSON SUMMER SCHOLARSHIPS For study at any American or International Summer Music Program. Scholarship application may be made before program acceptance is confirmed. Value $1,000 (6 awards) Chairman: Taylor Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation is also proud to support, through our philanthropic gifts, the following summer programs: > Aspen Music School > Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony > Banff Center for the Arts > International Festival at Round Top > Brevard Music Center > Lyra Summer School > Chautauqua Institution > Music Academy of the West > Tanglewood Music Center Mu Phi Epsilon members applying to the above summer programs should advise them of your membership in the Fraternity for consideration of scholarship funds distributed directly by the institutions.
MARY ALICE COX GRANT FOR LIFELONG LEARNING To an alumni member, active for 10 years or more at time of application. To be used for mid-career transition from one professional field of music to another professional field of music, including but not limited to performance, composition, pedagogy and education, music therapy, music administration, and music technology. See mpefoundation.org/ for special application requirements. Value $1,500 Chairman: Tegart
SCHOLARSHIP CHAIRMEN Dr. Keith Bohm School of Music Sacramento State Univ 6000 J St. Sacramento, CA 95819 916-213-4085 email@example.com Linda Florjancic 7959 Wright Road Broadview Heights, OH 44147 216-219-4955 firstname.lastname@example.org Eileen Kennedy 2875 77th Avenue Baton Rouge, LA 70807 225-357-0310 email@example.com
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Dr. Lei Weng Campus Box 28, Frasier Hall School of Music University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO 80639 970-351-2615 Marcus Wyche 2729 Nicholson Street, Apt. 103 Hyattsville, MD 20782 301-484-3652 VideoAuth@aol.com Leiweng@gmail.com Grant/Scholarship Coordinator Beverly W. Abegg 8 Phillips Drive Westford, MA 01886 978-692-7353 firstname.lastname@example.org
The above information plus all details of the requirements along with the application form for applying for scholarships and grants are available on Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation's website at: http://mpefoundation.org/
GRANT AND SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION Descriptions and additional requirements available in Foundation Newsletter and at www.mpefoundation.org All Application Materials Postmarked by March 1, 2017 Summer Scholarships Postmarked by April 15, 2017 Grants & Scholarships must be used by March 1, 2018. Applicants must be dues-paying members as of December 31, 2016. Applicants may apply for more than one scholarship/grant. Each entry requires a separate fee and application material. Previous winners are ineligible to apply for the same scholarship or grant, except for the Helen Haupt Chapter Project Grant. I am applying for the following grant/scholarship: ________________________________________________________________________________________ Please print clearly. Name in full (no initials) ________________________________________________________________________ Current address ______________________________________________________________________________ Summer address
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Chapter of current affiliation ____________________________________________________________________ Send this signed application form and all supporting materials to the appropriate chairman. Include a selfaddressed mailer with sufficient postage for return of materials, if desired. (See Helen Haupt Chapter Project Grant and Mary Alice Cox Lifelong Learning Grant for the only exceptions to the following requests.) Application Materials: Check that you have provided all required items below. Current resume, including Mu Phi Epsilon participation Two current letters of recommendation, each sealed in an envelope and signed over the seal by the writer Most recent college transcript, official or unofficial (electronic submission acceptable) One professional head shot, 300 DPI resolution or higher, emailed to appropriate chairman CDs if required; must be of professional quality and playability. DVDs required for Foncannon Scholarship. Any additional supporting materials noted in specific grant /scholarship descriptions Please list any summer festivals you plan to attend: __________________________________________________ Application fee $25, by cashier's check or certified money order only, made payable to Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, or credit card. No personal checks will be accepted. Application fees are non-refundable. Method of Payment: MasterCard Visa Money Order/Cashierâ€™s Check Credit Card No
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FOUNDATION 2017 MU PHI EPSILON INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION DENVER, COLORADO - JULY 27, 2017 Rules and Procedures
2017 MU PHI EPSILON INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION Official Application Form Application Deadline – Postmarked by February 1, 2017 Name
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E-mail address ______________________________________________________________________________________ MPE Chapter of Initiation ______________________________Date of initiation __________________________________ Chapter Mu Phi affiliation: (Collegiate, Alumni, or Allied member) ______________________________________________ When submitting this application form, you must also include the following supporting materials: (Please see Rules and Procedures document for additional information.) 1. A CURRENT RESUME: One typed copy of your current resume (schools attended, teachers, degrees, other work). 2. CONCERT/RECITAL EXPERIENCES: One typed copy of concert/recital experiences. (Attach representative programs of major appearances. Vocalists should include opera and oratorio experiences. Photocopies of programs, reviews, etc. are acceptable and can be returned if requested and if self-addressed stamped envelope is included). 3. MU PHI EPSILON ACTIVITIES: One typed copy detailing your Mu Phi Epsilon activities. 4. COMPLETE REPERTOIRE LIST: Three typed copies of your complete repertoire list. Repertoire MUST be selected from the Official Repertoire Requirements specific to your category. 5. RECORDING: One high quality CD recording (no cassettes or DVDs), of at least 30 minutes chosen from the Official Repertoire Requirements. The preliminary audition CD must include selection A and the contemporary American work required for each applicant’s category. The balance of the time is of the contestant’s choosing. 6. PRELIMINARY AUDITION REPERTOIRE LIST: Three typed copies of the repertoire included on the preliminary audition CD. 7. SCORE: One photocopy of the contemporary American work score. 8. PHOTO: One professional 8X10 color headshot. Finalists will be required to submit electronic headshot 300 dpi resolution or higher for publicity use with proper permission for use from the photographer. 9. TWO LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION from teachers or other musical authorities, willing to attest to your readiness to concertize throughout the United States as an ambassador of Mu Phi Epsilon. 10. ENTRY FEE OF $50. (No Personal Checks or Cash accepted) a. BANK CASHIERS CHECK or CERTIFIED CHECK ONLY, payable to: MU PHI EPSILON FOUNDATION, or b. CREDIT CARD: [ ] Visa
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SEND COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM and SUPPORTING MATERIALS Postmarked by February 1, 2014 TO: Dr. Keith Bohm, coordinator, Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition, 114 Kerwin Way, Folsom, CA 95630 Further information? 916-213-4085 or email@example.com
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FOUNDATION 2017 MU PHI EPSILON INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS PIANO *All selections must be performed from memory with the exception of the contemporary American work (category E). Repertoire choices should represent a variety of musical periods and nationalities from the major repertoire for piano, and equate to approximately 60 minutes of music. A) An etude B) A concerto C) A sonata D) A major work E) A contemporary American work composed since 2000. Publisher and date of publication must be provided. (Please provide one photocopy of the score for the preliminary round.) VOICE *All selections must be performed from memory with the exception of the aria from a sacred or secular oratorio or cantata (category C), and contemporary American work (category F). Repertoire choices should represent a variety of musical periods and nationalities from the major repertoire for voice, and equate to approximately 60 minutes of music. A) Two contrasting arias selected from standard operatic repertoire sung in original key and original language B) Eight song selections sung in the original language, selections in at least 4 different languages. Your selections must cover at least 4 musical periods (i.e: Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, and 20th century). C) An aria from a sacred or secular oratorio or cantata, sung in the original key D) A major song cycle from the 19th, 20th or 21st century sung in the original language E) A major solo work originally composed for voice and orchestra F) A contemporary American work composed since 2000. Publisher and date of publication must be provided. (Please provide one photocopy of the score for the preliminary round.) WOODWINDS (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone) *All selections must be performed from memory with the exception of the sonata (category C) and the contemporary American work (category E). Repertoire choices should represent a variety of musical periods and nationalities from the major repertoire for your instrument, and equate to approximately 60 minutes of music. A) An unaccompanied work B) A concerto C) A sonata D) A major work
E) A contemporary American work composed since 2000. Publisher and date of publication must be provided. (Please provide one photocopy of the score for the preliminary round.) STRINGS (violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, guitar) *All selections must be performed from memory with the exception of the Sonata (category C) and the contemporary American work (category E). Repertoire choices should represent a variety of musical periods and nationalities from the major repertoire for your instrument, and equate to approximately 60 minutes of music. A) An unaccompanied work B) A concerto C) A sonata D) A major work E) A contemporary American work composed since 2000. Publisher and date of publication must be provided. (Please provide one photocopy of the score for the preliminary round.) BRASS (trumpet, French horn, tenor trombone, bass trombone, tuba) *All selections must be performed from memory with the exception of the sonata (category C) and the contemporary American work (category E). Repertoire choices should represent a variety of musical periods and nationalities from the major repertoire for your instrument, and equate to approximately 60 minutes of music. A) An unaccompanied work B) A concerto C) A sonata D) A major work E) A contemporary American work composed since 2000. Publisher and date of publication must be provided. (Please provide one photocopy of the score for the preliminary round.) PERCUSSION *All selections must be performed from memory with the exception of the multi-percussion work (category C) and the contemporary American work (category E). Repertoire choices should represent a variety of musical periods and nationalities from the major repertoire for your instrument, and equate to approximately 60 minutes of music. A) A major solo for timpani B) A concerto for marimba C) A multi-percussion work D) A major solo for marimba or vibraphone E) A contemporary American work composed since 2000. Publisher and date of publication must be provided. (Please provide one photocopy of the score for the preliminary round.)
Phi Mu Members Sing in Ireland By Jessica Nguyen, Phi Mu In June 2016, several Phi Mu collegiates and alumni participated in the Limerick Sings International Choral Festival in Ireland. Led by Dr. Jeffrey Benson, choirs from all over California and San José State University joined Irish choirs to perform Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and other works in several performances, both formal and spontaneous. It was the first time abroad for many collegiates, and the festival marked the international debut of Brandan Sanchez (tenor, Phi Mu) and Danielle Wells (soprano, Beta Alpha), who sang fantastically on their Haydn solos. Many newly initiated members from the chapter’s spring 2016 Delta class participated along with other collegiates, and alumni on the trip included Yumiko Shiraiwa, Michelle Hennessy, and district director Kira Dixon. Each day was filled with bonding over Irish food, dancing, culture, and sights like the famous Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Trinity College, and more. It was a wonderful two weeks of music, singing, and dancing with fellow Mu Phis and the Irish choirs. Photos Top: As W.B. Yeats said, “There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t met yet.” Top right: Emma Benatar, Phi Mu vice president, gets up close and personal with medieval Ireland. Bottom right: Phi Mu members who sang in Ireland were (not in order pictured) Kira Dixon, Yumiko Shiraiwa, Jennifer Barnett, Jessica Nguyen, Cody Espejo, Monica Menjivar, Emma Benatar, Danielle Wells, Michelle Hennessey, Andy Kwan, Brandan Sanchez, Leah Torres, Marina Box, and Simone Horne.
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Remembering noted members of Detroit Alumni By Donna Chrzanowski, Phi, Detroit Alumni Editor’s note: Detroit Alumni marked its centennial earlier this year; see “Encore” in the summer 2016 Triangle. Chapter president Donna Chrzanowski (Phi) gave a talk at the celebration luncheon about the chapter’s history, including some of its most illustrious members. This article is adapted from part of her speech. Through the years, some of our members were especially noteworthy in carrying out the goals of Mu Phi Epsilon. One of the most famous was undoubtedly Wihla Hutson (Delta), a composer, organist and librettist who lived to age 100. We hear her lyrics every Christmas when we listen to Johnny Mathis singing “Caroling, Caroling,” and she wrote many other songs that are still used in churches around the country. In Wihla’s last years, Detroit Alumni members performed a Christmas program every year in her honor at her assisted living residence. She was always sharp and continued to write poems until her death; the chapter helped publish her last set. Wihla left a bequest to the chapter that was used to establish a Foundation scholarship in her name for organists. Other Detroit Alumni were noteworthy for their service to Mu Phi Epsilon. One was Beth Shafe (Phi Kappa), first recipient of the Wilson-Speciale Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998. Beth’s service was
exemplary; she served as Fourth Vice President, Second Vice President, and president of the Foundation, of which she was a founding member. Beth reactivated Phi Kappa at Wayne State University more than once, and when she moved from Michigan to Arizona for health reasons, she started the Phoenix Alumni chapter. She was our chapter’s institutional memory and our strength for many years. Others who served the fraternity with distinction include Hilda Humphreys (Sigma) and Patricia Junker (Phi Kappa). Hilda served as the fraternity’s Second Vice President and was honored with the Orah Ashley Lamke award in 1973. Patricia was a longtime district director of the Great Lakes area and also received the most SERV awards for our chapter. She often spoke of the many ways she helped bring people to music, from teaching them to sing to driving them to concerts. She and all the late members highlighted here were wonderful examples of “Mu Phi for Life.” Photo: Donna Chrzanowski (left) and Beth Shafe at the 1995 International Convention, where Beth presented Donna with a chapter ring.
ALL SEWN UP FOR MUSIC By Emily Balderrama, Vice President, Beta Alpha I volunteer at a local public middle school that serves mostly low income students. The music program, directed by a Cal State Fullerton graduate, is strong in numbers but none of the students have private lessons. I offer my time weekly to coach and instruct the cello students, and also help organize and keep inventory of all the instruments. In spring 2015, the school received a grant from a generous local business to purchase 30 shoulder rests for the violin students. These, plus those already on hand, were enough for each student to be assigned his or her own instead of borrowing one each class period from a communal set. This led to a new problem of where the students could store their shoulder rests. Commercially sold pouches that attach to the outside of violin cases would be perfect, but too costly. So I decided to apply my limited sewing skills to make 60 drawstring pouches, enough for all the shoulder rests, and I recruited other Beta Alphas who were up to the challenge. With a budget of $80, we purchased fabric, drawstring, and clips. My mother helped with the design, and it took us 15 hours to sew all the pouches. When school started this fall, I helped pass out instruments to all the students and personally delivered the pouches. The students absolutely loved them and it felt great to make a difference. I hope this project inspires other chapters to see how they can provide a musical service in an unconventional way! Photos Top: Emily Balderrama (left) and Luke Versput at the sewing table. Middle: One finished pouch and the shoulder rest that will go inside it. Bottom: Finished pouches attached to instrument cases.
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Flutist Chaz Salazar, a past Phoenix Alumni scholarship winner and currently a grad student at Arizona State University, took his new Brannen flute on tour in June to the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, and Paris. In July he taught at a music camp associated with the Harmony Project in Phoenix, where he also instructs during the school year, and in August he attended the National Flute Association conference in San Diego. Chaz writes, “I’ve always wanted a Brannen since I was 12 years old and when I received it at my door, it was almost surreal. It’s still a little bit like that when I practice sometimes; I feel so lucky to be playing such a high quality instrument and to be playing the flute at all!”
The devastating mid-August floods in Baton Rouge, LA, touched many members of Baton Rouge Alumni and Beta Zeta. Several sustained substantial property losses, including musical instruments and music libraries, and all were emotionally affected. One wrote, “I had approximately 2-1/2 feet of water in my home. I lost all furniture, my piano, clothes, and both cars. Many others in the city had much more water than I.” An account was set up to offer financial assistance to Mu Phi sisters and brothers in need due to the Baton Rouge disaster. Managed by Terrel Kent (Beta Zeta), the fund generated nearly $1,100 in less than two months. Individuals and chapters sent donations and several chapters held benefits for the fund. As a result, several Mu Phis in Baton Rouge received financial assistance to help rebuild their lives.
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Mezzo soprano Melissa Parks (Alpha Nu) has played the role of Katisha in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado over 150 times in her life, most recently in July with Union Avenue Opera’s updated production in St. Louis. In an interview with KWMU Public Radio, she said, “The updates … really serve the language of the piece. We’ve helped the audience along by transporting them to Britain.” The St. Louis audiences heard many local references, a common tradition in G&S productions. Listen to the complete interview at bit.ly/29kZI2v.
Pianist Nick Susi (XI, Ann Arbor Alumni) performed in June at National Federation of Music Clubs state conventions in Michigan and North Carolina and its national convention in Oklahoma. He also taught and performed with the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra in Branson, MO. This fall he performs in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, including a doctoral dissertation recital at University of Michigan. Nick was the 2014 Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition runner-up. nicholas-susi.com Photo Credit Randall Kahn
Music therapist Linda McNair (Omega Omega, St. Louis Area Alumni vice president) directs the Tremble Clefs, a therapeutic singing group for people living with Parkinson’s disease and their partners. She says, “This group has become my real passion as I work weekly with them. They are truly an amazing group of individuals living life to the fullest in spite of their Parkinson’s.“ The choir gave a concert in June.
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Members of Beta Mu (left) were among the music ensembles of Texas A&M UniversityCommerce that toured Austria and Germany earlier this year to perform and sightsee. Also see cover photo. Participating Beta Mus were collegiates Alicia McCormick, Angela Hinkley, Laura Lansmon, Alex McCarthy, Lyndsey Rawls, Megan Burt, Lilly Goucher, Ryan Seekins, Karen Hancock, Bryson Foster, Dominick Stephenson, and Aubrey Meek; alumni Catherine Hinkley, Daniella Pacheco, and Benjamin Lampp; and faculty advisor Randy Hooper.
Epsilon Alpha hosted a successful NC1 District Conference (right) at its St. Catherine University campus on September 24. The conference theme, “Under One Roof,” reflected the Fraternity’s inclusive attitude and also celebrated the first time in recent history that representatives of all five chapters in the district were together in the same building: Epsilon Alpha, Mu Psi (Coe College), Zeta Lambda (Waldorf University), Zeta Rho (University of Minnesota, Duluth), and Minneapolis/St. Paul Alumni.
New York City Alumni had its first meeting of the year in late September and were delighted to host a special guest: Kansas City Alumni president Julia Scherer. The small but enthusiastic group concluded the meeting with, what else, a selfie. Pictured at left (l-r) are NYC Alumni president Monica Verona, Paul Verona, Cortland Mahoney, Cynthia Shaw-Simonoff, and Julia Scherer.
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Margaret Fultz Dougherty Xi, November 12, 1941 Denver Alumni Died January 11, 2013 Margaret served for some years as the Fraternity’s travel agent. Mary “Vivian” Newby Fleming Epsilon Phi, January 11, 1958 Wichita Alumni Died July 1, 2016 Vocalist, music educator. Vivian was a professor of voice and music education at Friends University. She performed as an alto soloist, was a member of the Wichita Music Club, and was advisor for Epsilon Phi at Friends University. Winnie Wilson Goree Delta Epsilon, June 7, 1984 Atlanta Alumni Died April 22, 2016 Vocalist, music educator. A lifelong choral musician, Winnie taught public school music in Georgia and South Carolina and later founded Atlanta Voice Lessons where she taught and coached privately. She performed in musicals, oratorios, and churches in the Atlanta area, was an adjunct instructor at area universities, and directed a children’s choir. Winnie was an officer in Atlanta Alumni and a NATS member. Florence Lockridge Mu Upsilon, June 6, 1949 Died July 5, 2016 Flutist. Florence was a flutist with the Kansas City Community Orchestra and later a member of the Maryville (TN) Music Club. Her life work was in public service for the Institute of Community Studies, Midwest Research Institute, and the Public Health Service in Kansas City.
Harriet Morgan Mogge Sigma, April 2, 1959 Died June 16, 2016 Music educator, association executive. Harriet taught music in the Evanston and Watseka (IL) school districts early in her career. She later worked as education director for music publisher Summy-Birchard, then as director of meetings and conventions for MENC until her retirement in 1993. She was also founding executive secretary for the Suzuki Association of the Americas and received its Distinguished Service award in 1996. She served a term as president of the National Association of Exposition Managers. Also an antique automobile enthusiast, Harriet was an active leader in Model T organizations. Dorothy Mae Gilbertson Morstad Phi Iota, November 11, 1944 Died June 19, 2016 Pianist, vocalist, choral conductor. Dorothy taught public school music in Iowa and later directed choirs and seasonal shows in Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Florida. Norine Wines Sharp Mu Phi, November 1, 1942 Cleveland Alumni Died July 13, 2016 Clarinetist, educator, church musician. Norine taught instrumental music in the Cleveland Heights public schools. She was active in music organizations including Music and Drama, Fortnightly Musical Club,
and Music Arts Society, and was a supporter of the Cleveland Orchestra. An active church musician, she sang, composed, and conducted for several choirs for nearly seventy years. Nell Belle Walter Wainwright Phi Sigma, November 30, 1947 Denver Alumni Died June 1, 2016 Pianist, music educator. Nell began piano studies at an early age and performed a solo piano recital at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City when she was seven years old. She began her piano teaching career at Chicago’s Settlement House for underprivileged children while still in college, and went on to teach privately for more than 50 years. She was active in the Champaign/Urbana and Denver alumni chapters and had served as president of both.
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