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The Awards Issue

New Grants & International 2019 Scholarships Editor

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 J. Eddy DESIGN & PRODUCTION Paul Wilson Send all material for publication to: Melissa Eddy, or by mail to 220 Link Drive, Kingsland, TX 78639-5262

contents Colorado Springs Alumni surprised chapter founder and past president Janet M. Davidson (above) at a recent meeting when members presented her with the fraternity’s 2018 Orah Ashley Lamke Distinguished Alumni Award. Current chapter president Deborah Yagminer writes, “Janet’s dedication to Mu Phi Epsilon as an active participant in several states, in multiple positions, and as the chapter’s founder highly qualified her for the award. In addition, her activities and outreach to the community and her contributions to professional music activities made her an excellent choice for this prestigious award. Well done, Janet!”

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Annual Fraternity Awards International Sterling Achievement Winner Winning Chapter Projects Winning Musicological Research Papers Founders Day Message, 2019 Fraternity Contests 2019 Foundation Grants & Scholarships Foundation News New International Editor Hearing, The Gift


16 New ACME Honorees 18 Alumni Corner: Striving for Excellence 19 Collegiate Connection: Stay Connected, Strengthen Bonds

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President’s Message Applause / Encore Final Notes District Directors Directory Executive Officers Directory

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Achieving Excellence No matter how many years it has been since I was a student returning to school, or a teacher anxious for classes to begin, fall is always that “clean slate” time for me: time to take a deep breath and tell myself “I’ll get it right this time.” I’m not sure exactly what “it” is, but fall is my psychological beginning, as it may be for you. Calendars are filling up and our fresh state of mind says we can do it all! When reality sets in, we realize that we actually can’t do it all – yet we never stop trying, and in the process, we achieve excellence. Fall always comes soon after the IEB annual meeting, so my Mu Phi thoughts for the year are also gearing up. Here are some highlights from the meeting. The bond between the Fraternity and Foundation is stronger than ever. I am so pleased to note that at the foundation board meeting, they raised the amounts of nearly all their scholarships and grants! This is possible because you, the members, continue to contribute to the workings of the foundation, enabling its endowment to grow and prosper. I am proud of our foundation and its board of directors, whose commitment to Mu Phi Epsilon is rock solid. This is the year for the Fraternity’s composition contest. The application will be posted on the website soon, with directions for how our many composers can submit their work(s). With the passing of Marian Davidson, the fraternity lost continued funding for the Davidson Collaborative Pianist Award, but the remaining funds on hand allow us to accept applications for the Davidson one more time. Check on the website for instructions. As IEB discussed the role of International Editor, we realized we needed to revise the job description to meet the fraternity’s 21st-century communications needs. We reposted the position with a September 30 deadline, and at this writing, are reviewing applicants. Melissa Eddy has graciously agreed to stay as long as needed to help with the transition. [Editor’s note: see update, page 15.] Did your chapter miss out on an award this year? One you were sure you would receive? It could be because your chapter did not submit revised chapter bylaws. Instructions were sent, templates were sent, reminders were sent, and many still did not comply. Make sure your chapter sends in its bylaws this year. Collegiate dues are increasing for the first time since 2001. We all know the cost of living has greatly increased since then, yet Mu Phi has continued to operate on the same amount of income while trying to meet members’ growing needs and requests, causing the IEB to watch and worry each year as costs go up. This year, the board decided on a modest dues increase to better support our operations on your behalf. Collegiate dues will increase by $5.00 (to $40 total) beginning this fall. Next year, alumni dues will also go up $5.00 (to $70 total) in fall 2019. The board carefully reviewed the fraternity’s finances and our outstanding Synergos staff members Jess LaNore and Lane Velayo helped us fine-tune and adopt the fraternity’s 2018-19 budget. The IEB continues to be financially vigilant and takes its fiduciary responsibility seriously, as we are entrusted with the fraternity funds. I am excited to announce the location of the 2020 International Convention. We’ll be heading south to the Dallas, Texas, area, where the hotel location in Grapevine is close to the airport. The IEB will dive into convention planning this coming year, and by 2020, we’ll be ‘seeing clearly’ that Mu Phi is the way to go! I always enjoy reading the collegiate and alumni annual reports. The descriptions of the SERV projects for communities and schools are awe-inspiring, and your creativity and commitment to service through music is simply amazing. The annual board meeting is also a reminder of the great responsibility you have given me and the rest of the IEB. We strive always to remember that our decisions will guide Mu Phi Epsilon for many years to remain the strong, rewarding organization it is today. I look forward to working with you this coming year. I’m proud of my Mu Phi membership and proud to call you all my fellow members!

Rosemary Ames International President

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Int’l Alumni Chapter of the Year: Palos Verdes/South Bay

Atlantic: Boston

Winners’ Circle: 2nd Place: Lincoln 3rd Place: Minneapolis-St. Paul 4th Place: Atlanta 5th Place: Ann Arbor HM: Wichita

Eastern Great Lakes: None

Orah Ashley Lamke Award: Janet M. Davidson (Colorado Springs Alumni)

Great Lakes: Detroit

Outstanding Alumni Chapter Noteworthy Project: Palos Verdes/South Bay HM: Detroit, Kansas City

East Central: Indianapolis

Outstanding Community Service Project: Detroit HM: Kansas City, Palos Verdes/South Bay

Southeast: Atlanta

Outstanding Yearbook: Minneapolis-St. Paul

South Central: Dallas

Outstanding Newsletter: Minneapolis-St. Paul

Central: None

Katherine Doepke Creative Programming Award: Palos Verdes/South Bay

West Central: Wichita

2018 Musicological Research Contest Winners Division I: Dr. Danielle Kuntz (Mu Phi) Division II: Dr. Aurélien Boccard (Alpha Kappa, KC Alumni) Pacific: None Division III: Charissa Catlin (Beta Psi)

Pacific Southwest: Palos Verdes/South Bay

COLLEGIATE International Collegiate Chapter of the Year:

Phi Tau, University of North Texas

Collegiate Chapter of the Year Honorable Mentions:

Alpha Zeta, Radford University Beta Pi, Nebraska Wesleyan University

International Sterling Achievement Award:

Alison Stickley, Beta Alpha, California State University, Fullerton

Outstanding Chapter Service Project To School:

Mu Eta, University of the Pacific, for their series of projects to promote musicianship and education, including repeated Music History/ Theory review sessions, Large Ensemble Listening Parties, and Mock Juries

Honorable Mention, Chapter Service Project To School:

Phi Tau (University of North Texas), for their original series of ‘notes’ projects benefitting and encouraging students, faculty, and staff; Epsilon Sigma, Pacific Lutheran University, for their extensive inventory, cataloguing, cleaning, and care of their school’s instruments

Outstanding Chapter Service Project To Community:

Alpha Pi, Texas State University, for their combined efforts of fundraising, drives, and benefit concert with proceeds that went toward replacing instruments lost due to Hurricane Harvey in Pasadena ISD

Honorable Mention, Chapter Service Project To Community:

Gamma Eta (Central State University) for their music clinic at Trotwood Madison High School; Phi Xi (Baylor University) for their extensive Girl Scout Music Badge project that included a recital with handmade instruments; Zeta Omega (Illinois College) for their collaboration with the Jacksonville Symphony Society to provide transportation and a meal for members of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra

Most SERV Hours:

Phi Tau, University of North Texas

Honorable Mention, SERV Hours:

Lambda, Beta Mu, Alpha Pi, Beta Alpha, and Beta Omicron

Most SERV Projects:

Alpha Zeta, Radford University, 34 total projects



Outstanding Membership Recruitment Awards:

Mu Phi, Delta Zeta, Phi Tau, Eta Alpha, Beta Eta, Zeta Alpha, Epsilon Phi, Delta Tau, and Beta Theta

Outstanding Website of the Year:

Delta Sigma, University of California, Irvine

Outstanding Newsletter of the Year:

Alpha Nu, West Texas A&M University, and Beta Alpha, CSU Fullerton

Outstanding Social Media Engagement:

Phi Xi, Baylor University

Outstanding Overall Collegiate Communications (Newsletter, Website, and Social Media):

Alpha Zeta, Radford University

Dr. Jean Henderson

Kira Dixon

Barbara Kondalski

Gladys Rudolph

Tanner Wilson

Faculty Advisor of the Year: Dr. Jean Henderson, Beta Pi, Nebraska Wesleyan University Chapter Advisors of the Year: Barbara Kondalski and Gladys Rudolph, Epsilon, University of Toledo District Directors of the Year: Tanner Wilson (PSW), Kira Dixon (P2) Honorable Mention, District Directors: Eric Westray (EGL2), Ashley Bouras (SC2), Isabel De La Cerda (SC4) and Billy Sanders (P1)


Pacific: Mu Eta, University of the Pacific

Central: Beta Omicron, Western Illinois University

Pacific Northwest: None eligible

East Central: Beta Theta, Tennessee Tech University

Pacific Southwest: Beta Alpha, California State University Fullerton

Eastern Great Lakes: Zeta Eta, Binghamton University

South Central: Phi Tau, University of North Texas

Great Lakes: Eta Delta, Ripon College

Southeast: Alpha Zeta, Radford University

North Central: Beta Pi, Nebraska Wesleyan University

West Central: Epsilon Phi, Friends University

PROVINCE SENIOR ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS Atlantic: No applicants Central: Nathan Ankrom, Beta Omicron East Central: No applicants Eastern Great Lakes: Ellen O’Neill, Lambda

Nathan Ankrom

Ellen O’Neill

Meridian Prall

Trevor Cochran

Ryan Villahermosa

Katherine Nakasone

Alison Stickley

Jassandra Kono

Chanse Morris

Mary Kathryne Kelly

Rebecca Schwab

Great Lakes: Meridian Prall, Epsilon North Central: Trevor Cochran, Beta Pi Pacific: Ryan Villahermosa, Mu Eta Pacific Northwest: Katherine Nakasone, Epsilon Sigma Pacific Southwest: Alison Stickley, Beta Alpha, and Jessandra Kono, Delta Sigma South Central: Chanse Morris, Mu Theta, and Mary Kathryne Kelly, Beta Kappa Southeast: Rebecca Schwab, Alpha Zeta West Central: No applicants

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INDIVIDUAL International Sterling Achievement Award Alison Stickley Beta Alpha, California State University, Fullerton (PSW) Music education, choral conducting, soprano Alison was Beta Alpha president for 2017-18, when she spearheaded new music scholarship programs, improved the chapter’s SERV focus, organized an arts advocacy rally, and was the chapter’s business delegate to the 2017 International Convention. She previously served as chapter treasurer, pledge class president, and chair of numerous committees, and she participated in many chapter activities and performances. Outside Mu Phi, Alison was a leader in the American Choral Directors Association student chapter, serving in several offices including president; a representative to the Arts Inter-Club Council, where she successfully advocated for funding for Beta Alpha SERV events; and a member of other organizations. She performed with many vocal ensembles both on and off campus, including concerts (some award winning) in the U.S., Baltic States, France, and China, and she served some groups as section leader or house manager. She also worked as a private vocal coach and music theory/musicianship tutor. Alison was on the Dean’s List and President’s List for several semesters and graduated magna cum laude with a 3.85 GPA.

C O L L E G I AT E Outstanding Chapter Service Project to School Mu Eta (University of the Pacific) For a series of projects to promote musicianship and education, including repeated music history/theory review sessions, large ensemble listening parties, and mock juries. In collaboration with the professors of each class, chapter members led review sessions to prepare lowerdivision students for exams in their theory and survey 6

classes. For each large ensemble on campus (orchestra, symphonic wind ensemble, concert band, and choir), the chapter held listening parties so that musicians could hear the pieces they would later perform and examine the scores together. At the end of spring semester, the chapter held mock juries for students who wanted extra practice. Chapter members served as student adjudicators who gave feedback after each performance. Honorable Mention Phi Tau (University of North Texas) For an original series of “notes” projects to benefit and encourage students, faculty, and staff. Epsilon Sigma (Pacific Lutheran University) For a project to make an extensive inventory of their school’s instruments and to catalog, clean, and care for them.

Outstanding Chapter Service Project to Community Alpha Pi (Texas State University) For combined efforts of fundraising, drives, and a benefit concert, with proceeds that went toward replacing instruments lost due to Hurricane Harvey in Pasadena (Texas) ISD. Chapter members collaborated with other organizations in the School of Music to put on a bake sale and perform a substantial benefit recital. The chapter also raised funds through lunch specials and solicited donations. All proceeds helped to restock the instrument inventory destroyed by the hurricane in one of the hardest-hit local school districts. Honorable Mention Gamma Eta (Central State University) For a music clinic at Trotwood Madison High School. Phi Xi (Baylor University) For an extensive Girl Scout music badge project that included a recital with handmade instruments. Zeta Omega (Illinois College) For a collaboration with the Jacksonville Symphony Society to provide transportation and a meal for members of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.

Outstanding Community Service Project

A student ensemble performs at Palos Verdes/South Bay’s annual Musical Mosaic. The group of student violinists was led by chapter member Gail Gerding-Mellert (Mu Nu).

Detroit For a project to create booklets and CDs for local senior centers and nursing homes. The chapter applied for and won a Helen Haupt Alumni Chapter Project grant. The award supports the creation of booklets and CDs to share with senior centers and nursing homes in the Detroit area. Members selected and recorded songs in the summer and put the booklets together during meetings in the fall. The project enables the chapter to serve many more people than in previous years.


Honorable Mention Kansas City For an organ lecture/concert/tour by member Dr. Jan Kraybill.

Outstanding Alumni Chapter Noteworthy Project

Palos Verdes/South Bay For a public program at a local assisted living facility.

Palos Verdes/South Bay For a series of community service projects. The chapter gave a concert at a local assisted living facility, where members (and children and grandchildren) performed and spoke about how they came to be musicians. With performers ages 7 to 70, there were a lot of reasons, leading to much audience interaction after the program. The chapter performed other programs throughout the year, some free of charge, with as many as 250 present. The chapter’s annual fundraiser “Music Mosaic” engages emerging professionals, giving them an important performance opportunity with their peers. Chapter philanthropies support many local musical organizations and school music programs. In the course of a year, almost every member was involved in one or more events.

Katherine Doepke Creative Programming Award Palos Verdes/South Bay The chapter’s theme for 2017-18 was “Cast a Wider Net.” Its purpose was to help members think outside the box for programming and to be more inclusive of the persons and programs presented. Each month’s program title referred to the theme. Resulting programs were diverse in musical genres, performers’ and speakers’ ages, time of day, and topics.

Honorable Mention Detroit For a project to create music materials for senior centers and nursing homes. Kansas City For its annual world-class concert offered free of charge as a gift to the people of Kansas City.

Palos Verdes/South Bay members, patrons, and friends enjoy a fundraising dinner. Mu Phis pictured are Lenita McCallum, Carla Sedlacek, Lois Tai, and patron Shirley Ho.

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Division I: Doctoral Dissertation

Appropriate Musics for That Time: Oratorio in the Exchange of Power at the Portuguese Court (1707–1807)

patron redefined the representational interests of the court. Indeed, I contend that those terms became especially important as the court’s claims to absolute power were challenged at various turns across the eighteenth century by shifting cultural interests, the devastation of the 1755 Lisbon earthquake, and the increasing political discontent leading to the French Invasions and flight of the court to Brazil in 1807.


By Dr. Danielle Kuntz, Mu Phi Abstract Serving largely to replace operatic performances during religious seasons such as Lent, the oratorio arose as an important component of court musical life across early modern Europe. By the eighteenth century, the Portuguese court likewise employed the oratorio as edifying Lenten entertainment in its royal palaces and theaters. Nonetheless, the scholarly literature has largely neglected the oratorio as a distinct focus of study in the Portuguese context. In part, this is due to the genre’s existence in a sort of conceptual “twilight zone” between secular entertainment and sacred devotion. Portuguese musicological scholarship has thus treated the oratorio as a minor annex to more narrowly defined secular and sacred genres—an inconsequential extension of both operatic and liturgical repertories. Yet scholars of European oratorio more broadly have demonstrated that the genre frequently served the representational interests of court patrons through precisely the complex and conspicuous blend of earthly entertainment and religious expression uniquely exemplified in the genre. This study centers on that liminal musico-dramatic space at the Portuguese court and demonstrates that royal patrons in Portugal both recognized and specifically exploited the potential for meaning and power embodied in the genre’s existence at the edges of politics, religion, and drama. In applying critical pressure to the marginalization of oratorio in Portuguese musicological scholarship, this dissertation draws together a large body of archival and library documentation—including manuscript musical scores, printed libretti, royal financial documents, correspondence, and contemporary printed descriptions of court life—to provide a comprehensive analysis of oratorio sponsorship by Portuguese court patrons across 100 years. Identifying four distinct phases of production, I argue that the oratorio facilitated deeply politicized artistic expressions of courtly power in profoundly religious terms as each 8

Division II: Master’s Thesis

Maurice Ravel and Paul Wittgenstein: Le Concerto pour la Main Gauche in Response to World War I By Dr. Aurélien B. Boccard, Alpha Kappa, Kansas City Alumni Abstract Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein (1887–1961) lost his right arm during World War I. This tragic amputation could have destroyed his plans to pursue a concert pianist career, but his passion for music pushed him to persevere. Wittgenstein recovered from the surgery, then in 1915, returned to Vienna from Russia after surviving several war camps. Coming from one of Europe’s wealthiest families, Wittgenstein began to commission major artists of his time, including Maurice Ravel (1875–1937), Sergey Prokofiev (1891–1953) and Paul Hindemith (1895–1963), and these numerous commissions resulted in compositions that immensely enhanced the twentieth-century left-hand piano repertoire. By holding and maintaining the lifetime rights to this music, Wittgenstein ensured for himself fame on concert stages across Europe and in the United States, as well as a place among the most influential artists of the twentieth century. Wittgenstein commissioned one of the most celebrated left-hand piano pieces from Maurice Ravel, the 1930 Concerto pour la Main Gauche. Ravel’s war experience was not as dramatic as Wittgenstein’s, but it still affected him personally, professionally, and artistically. Ineligible to fight as a soldier, Ravel worked on the front line as a truck driver transporting wounded soldiers. His involvement with the war shaped his future compositions and most certainly his Left-Hand Concerto. Regarded today as a masterpiece

of the repertoire, many pianists, injured and non-injured, have played and recorded this virtuosic work. The story behind this concerto continues to be a rich topic of interest, in particular the fact that Ravel disapproved of Wittgenstein’s score modifications, which resulted in a friendshipending quarrel. This thesis explores Wittgenstein and Ravel’s war experiences through the scope of the Concerto pour la Main Gauche. Having fought on opposing sides, these artists are united post-war around this composition, which stands as a sign of peace and reconciliation. Several inquiries emerge: what could make this composition a war concerto? Is the piece a hymn to resilience, courage, and artistic triumph? Does Wittgenstein’s recording of it portray a general war experience or more specifically his war experience? How can elements of fragmentation, jazz and blues, industrial noise and sonic war material, cataclysmic virtuosity, and lyric beauty be linked to World War I? Finally, this research examines how these two musicians’ lives were marked by war, one subjected to terrible phantom pains for the rest of his life, and the other plagued with insomnia until his death in 1937. The thesis is available online at:

Division III: Undergraduate Paper

The Devil is in the Details: Rachmaninoff’s Paganini Rhapsody as a Russian Short Story

Russian writers … favored [a] “lyrical” approach, [and] Russian short stories of this period focused on development of the characters, setting, and atmosphere rather than continuous plot action. This made Russian literature uniquely compatible with Rachmaninoff ’s style of music. Instead of being shackled to a concrete storyline he was able, when drawing from literary influences, to focus on atmosphere, setting, and symbolism as opposed to decisive plot sequencing. Rachmaninoff ’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, though it does adhere to the form of theme and variations, is not written in an exact classical structure. The plot of the Rhapsody is formatted around the famous myth of Paganini and the devil. The worldrenowned Italian violinist Paganini was a performer like no other. He was deemed a “maleficus” by some, which meant one whose soul was traded to the devil voluntarily— the intensely virtuosic, and somewhat devilish, manner in which Paganini played his instrument increased this belief. At the time of Paganini’s musical prominence, the story of Faust was extremely popular. It was easy for Paganini with his strange appearance and macabre music to be inserted into that storyline, and that is what occurs in Rachmaninoff ’s Rhapsody. The Rhapsody, both in its original form and in the ballet, is more abstract than concrete. Just so, the music focuses primarily upon images and ideas as opposed to definitive, easily quantified action. The variations are essentially vignettes, introducing different thematic characters and further developing those ideas that already exist. This retelling of the story of Paganini serves as the musical basis for an instrumental narrative that has stood the test of time both as one of Rachmaninoff ’s greatest compositions and as a hallmark of Russian musical literature of the twentieth century.

By Charissa Catlin, Beta Psi Summary Pianist, composer, and conductor Sergei Rachmaninoff was an avid reader and lover of literature. He cultivated a friendship and collaboration with Russian writers [and] kept abreast of the literary scene. [Rachmaninoff ’s] most well-documented and influential literary relationship was his acquaintance with Anton Chekhov. Chekhov was noted as Rachmaninoff ’s favorite author, and the two corresponded throughout their lives. As part of their friendship, the two collaborated on several ideas. Chekhov’s work provided both inspiration and actual texts for Rachmaninoff ’s music. FALL 2018



Founders Day Message Greetings, Mu Phi Sisters and Brothers, Until about the mid-90s, small index cards were created for all members of Mu Phi Epsilon at the time they joined. In recent years, staff, board members, and volunteers have labored to transfer the information on many of the cards into digital format. However, many, many more cards remain undigitized. So I have been slowly plugging away at the boxes and boxes of cards and entering them into our database. I am thrilled each time I find a card for a member who joined Mu Phi in 1903 – one of the Alpha chapter’s charter members – and I feel a strong sense of connection with them, knowing that they too shared my love of Mu Phi. I smile when I find cards of members I have met who became valued friends: friendships that began because of our shared Mu Phi bond. And I shed a tear when I find a card for a special friend who is no longer with us. Our world has changed so much in 115 years, but there is great comfort in knowing that the values on which our fraternity was founded have stood the test of time and are unchanged. They guide us every day, and today we recognize and give thanks for not only our founders, Dr. Winthrop Sterling and Elizabeth Mathias Fuqua, but for all our early members who believed in our ideals just as we do today. What a grand time it would be if we could reunite with our Mu Phi ancestors. They would be so proud of all that our fraternity has become. I know I am proud to call myself a member and build on the foundation passed down to us from our earliest members. On behalf of the International Executive Board, I wish you a very happy Founders Day! Rosemary Ames, International President


2019 Mu Phi Epsilon Fraternity Competitions:

Davidson Collaborative Piano Award, Biannual Composition Contest The late Past International President Marian Bowker Davidson recognized the need to honor and support collaborative pianists – often the unsung heroes of vocal or instrumental performances – when in 1983 she established the annual fraternity award that bears her name. The award supports a collaborative piano project (or organ or other keyboard instrument) to develop performance skills, support further non-academic study, or facilitate a special project. In 2019, Mu Phi Epsilon will offer the Marian Bowker Davidson Collaborative Piano award for the last time. Due to her passing this year (see spring 2018 Triangle, page 21), the award is not funded beyond 2019. The IEB hopes that another donor will consider re-establishing the collaborative piano award in future years. The 2019 Davidson award is open to any actively affiliated member and is not limited by age, financial need, or location (projects outside the U.S. are eligible). Past winners may apply. Detailed information and application instructions are on the fraternity website. The biannual Mu Phi Epsilon Composition Contest will also be held in 2019. There are categories for large and small works by undergraduate, graduate/alumni, and former winner applicants. Each winner receives a cash prize. The composition contest is open to any actively affiliated member. Details and applications are on the fraternity website. 10






* MERLE MONTGOMERY DOCTORAL GRANT: To a bona fide doctoral candidate whose advanced work toward the degree is at a significant stage of completion. Value $3,000 Chairman: Taylor

** LIANA K. SANDIN GRANTS-IN-AID: For a specific purpose essential to completion of an exceptional musical project or undertaking well beyond the planning stage. Value $1,500 Chairman: Taylor

JOHN AND MARY VIRGINIA FONCANNON CONDUCTING/COACHING SCHOLARSHIP: To support study of conducting/coaching. Value up to $10,000 Chairman: Carlson

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, 2018. Value $1,500 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: Carlson * WIESE-ABEGG COLLEGIATE CHAPTER PROJECT GRANTS: To help support one or more special projects undertaken by collegiate chapters. Value up to $1,000 Chairman: Carlson

composition & theory * LILLIAN HARLAN RAMAGE GRANT FOR GRADUATE STUDY IN COMPOSITION: To a graduate student in composition. Value $2,000 Chairman: Kelts * ELLEN JANE LORENZ PORTER GRANT FOR GRADUATE WORK IN COMPOSITION: To a graduate student working on an advanced degree in composition. Value $2,000 Chairman: Kelts RUTH DEAN MORRIS SCHOLARSHIP: To a student majoring in Music Theory or Composition. Value $1,500 Chairman: Kelts

jazz JAZZ STUDY GRANT: To a student studying jazz performance or composition. The funds must be used to fund a project or jazz studies. Value $1,000 Chairman: Tegart

JOHN AND MARY VIRGINIA FONCANNON CHORAL CONDUCTING OR SACRED MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP: For study in choral conducting or sacred music. Value $10,000 Chairman: Carlson

* ALBERTA DENK SCHOLARSHIP FOR VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO: To support a music major’s study of music performance. Value $1,500 Chairman: Young * 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 $1,500 Chairman: Tegart (2 scholarships available) BETH LANDIS VIOLIN SCHOLARSHIP: For undergraduate or graduate study in violin. Value $5,000 Chairman: Young JEAN LOUISE MARTIN SCHOLARSHIP: To an undergraduate or graduate instrumentalist (brass, woodwinds, strings or percussion) for study in music performance. Value $2,000 Chairman: Tegart 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: Young

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

arts management EDYTHE G. BURDIN SCHOLARSHIP: To a student studying arts management. Value $2,000 Chairman: Florjancic

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F O U N D AT I O N 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 $2,000 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 pre-internship/ internship with a special population. Value $2,000 Chairman: Florjancic

keyboard 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 $2,000 Chairman: Weng 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

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 $2,000 Chairman: Bohm

voice * ELIZABETH BOLDENWECK VOICE SCHOLARSHIP: For undergraduate study in voice. Value $1,500 Chairman: Sandin * MIKANNA CLARK TAURMAN VOICE SCHOLARSHIP: For postgraduate study in voice. Value $1,500 Chairman: Sandin * SARA EIKENBERRY VOICE SCHOLARSHIP – UNDERGRADUATE: To a deserving mezzo-soprano or contralto voice student. Value $1,500 Chairman: Sandin * SARA EIKENBERRY VOICE SCHOLARSHIP - POSTGRADUATE: To a deserving mezzo-soprano or contralto voice student. Value $1,500 Chairman: Sandin INES PRATT JAMISON SCHOLARSHIP: To a music education major who is studying voice. Value $2,500 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

Applications are due 11:59 pm CST on MARCH 1. Complete information, qualifications, requirements, and online applications are available on Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation website at:

HELEN HAUPT PIANO SCHOLARSHIP: To a pianist. Value $1,000 Chairman: Weng

* Designates grants and scholarships funded through generosity of the Eleanor Hale Wilson Charitable Trust ** Grants significantly funded by the Pearle Francis Finigan Foundation



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

Applications for Wilson Summer Scholarships are due 11:59 pm CST on APRIL 15. Complete information, qualifications, requirements, and online applications are available on Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation website at:

Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation is also proud to support, through our philanthropic gifts, the following summer programs: • • • • • • • • • •

Aspen Music School Banff Center for the Arts Brevard Music Center Chautauqua Institution Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony International Festival at Round Top Lyra Summer School Music Academy of the West Tanglewood Music Center LMTA Mop

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, in good standing for 10 years or more at time of application. To be used for continued or renewed development of a mid-career transition in any field of professional music, including but not limited to performance, composition, pedagogy and education, music therapy, music administration, and music technology. Value $1,500 Chairman: Tegart

SCHOLARSHIP CHAIRMEN GRANT/SCHOLARSHIP COORDINATOR Dr. Kristín Jónína Taylor Dr. Keith Bohm, Zachariah Carlson, Linda Florjancic, Chris Kelts, Liana Sandin, Dr. Sophia Tegart, Dr. Lei Weng, Craig Young,

The previous information plus all details of the requirements along with the online application for scholarships and grants are available on Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation’s website at:

Foundation board having fun at the 2017 convention. FALL 2018




Important Updates about Scholarship & Grant Applications The Foundation Board is excited to announce that many of our scholarship and grant awards have increased this year! Please check the list of scholarships and grants for details. Three years ago, the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation Board made grant and scholarship applications available online for the first time, to overwhelming success. Since then, nearly all applications have been submitted electronically, and paper applications are rare. Last year, the Board changed to a different vendor that allows greater flexibility for the materials we uniquely need from applicants. Most recently, at its summer 2018 board meeting the Foundation made several additional decisions: • • •

Scholarship and grant applications and supporting materials, including recordings and recommendation letters, will now be accepted online only. Reference letters are accepted via email and/or the online application system, which automati - cally sends out reminders to references inputted by the applicant. Required recordings must not be older than two years from the date of application. A Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation scholarship or grant may not be used for everyday living expenses, to repay educational loans, or to repay personal debt.

Here are other valuable reminders about applications this next season: • Dues deadline. Applicants are only eligible if they are members in good standing (a.k.a. have paid their dues) by 11:59pm CST on December 31, 2018. This is a firm deadline with no exceptions. • Application deadlines. All applications (except for Wilson Summer Scholarships) are due by 11:59pm CST on March 1, 2019. The Wilson Summer Scholarships are due by 11:59pm CST on April 15, 2019. • References and recommendation letters must be uploaded separately to each scholarship for which the applicant is applying. The system doesn’t transfer information between scholarships, and judges don’t have access to information on scholarships they aren’t judging. So even though it’s a hassle to ask for multiple recommendation letters from your references, this is something you should do anyway. • Recordings will only be accepted via links to websites such as YouTube (preferred). Websites such as Dropbox, where sign-in by a third party is required to access materials, will not be accepted. On YouTube, make sure the listing is marked either Public or Unlisted. The Foundation Board continues to encourage all Mu Phis, whether collegiate, alumni, or Affiliated, to apply for our scholarships and grants. Remember our motto from the 2017 convention: The answer is “no” until you apply! We still received no applications this past season for several grants and scholarships, some of which had large awards. The Foundation exists to help as many Mu Phis as possible to be guided “in the path that leads upward toward the stars.” Don’t be bashful – apply for these opportunities to help further your own aspirations. Dr. Kristín Jónína Taylor Grant/Scholarship Coordinator


FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES SYNERGOS COLLABORATION The Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation is proud to announce a collaboration with Synergos Association Management Company. Due to increasing demands on the Treasurer position, we decided to forge a new path in the day-to-day handling of our finances. We will be working with multiple members of the Synergos team including Lane Velayo and Brett Bowman. The Synergos team will also assist the board with new fundraising efforts. As of September 1, 2018, please mail correspondence (including donations) to: Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation Attn: President 1611 County Road B West, Suite 320 Saint Paul, MN 55113

You can contact the Board via our new email addresses (e.g. as shown in the Directory on page 27.


Ellen Sackett Appointed International Editor

Mu Phi Epsilon is delighted to announce the appointment of Ellen Ritscher Sackett as the new International Editor. She takes the reins on December 1 and the winter 2019 Triangle will be the first issue under her editorial leadership. Outgoing International Editor Melissa Eddy will facilitate the editorial transition and serve as a consultant while Ellen learns the ropes. Ellen brings sterling credentials to the Editor position. A professional harpist, she was on the music faculty at University of North Texas for almost twenty years and performed with several Dallas-area ensembles. During that time, she also served as managing editor of a harp trade magazine, fell in love with journalism, took courses to study that profession, and made a career change. She subsequently held increasingly responsible writing and editing positions at prominent print, digital, and broadcast media outlets. More recently, Ellen switched to freelancing, and the

flexible, part-time Editor position fits perfectly into the rest of her work portfolio. Her music background also makes her an excellent fit for the Fraternity job. As she wrote in her application cover letter, “I adore magazine publication, and my experience as a professional musician helps me enormously because I am able to take a germ of an idea (an article, a whole magazine) and see it through to completion with spit and polish shine – just like preparing a piece of music until it’s performance-ready.” Although not yet a Mu Phi as of press time, Ellen is well known to Denton Alumni members and the chapter plans to initiate her soon. Several chapter members recommended her highly for the Editor position. Ellen looks forward not only to serving the fraternity in the Editor role but also to becoming a member. She will introduce herself further in the winter Triangle. Other Triangle transitions have already taken place. The IEB decided at its annual meeting in August to add Triangle design and production to the fraternity’s contract with Synergos, our association management company. Starting with this issue, Synergos team member Paul Wilson is the graphic designer, and he and other staff are coordinating production and distribution of the print and digital versions. Astute observers may notice subtle changes in the magazine’s design as Paul has recreated its look. He and Ellen may choose a more extensive design refresh for future issues. It’s an exciting time for all our fraternity communication platforms, as people with new energy and fresh ideas take the reins from longtime incumbents. Stay tuned for other announcements!

Melissa Eddy (above left) symbolically hands off The Triangle to Ellen Sackett (above). FALL 2018





Charles Dickerson

John Ferguson

Karen Leonard

Mu Phi Epsilon is proud to announce the latest ACME (Artists, Composers, Musicologists, Educators) honorees and is pleased to include them among our most accomplished members whose achievements place them at the acme of our profession. All ACME honorees are available as mentors to answer questions from members about their fields. You may email them with your questions or congratulations. Nominate an outstanding member for ACME. Membership in ACME highlights the strengths and accomplishments of our fraternity’s Artists, Composers, Musicologists and Educators. We encourage MPE members to nominate deserving, actively affiliated (dues-paying) candidates who have achieved national and/or international acclaim in their fields of musical endeavors for ACME consideration. Nomination information is at (click About, Honors & Awards, ACME).


Charles Dickerson (Omega Omega, Palos Verdes/South Bay Alumni) Charles E. Dickerson III (Chuck) has had a long career as a singer, composer, choral and orchestral conductor, and teacher. He is currently Executive Director and Conductor of the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, a member of El Sistema USA. Over his forty-plus years of conducting, Chuck has directed performances of many great orchestral and choral works throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He has prepared choruses for concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, and Hollywood Bowl Orchestras, including the L.A. Phil’s 2012 performance of Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. Chuck also serves as Director of Music at Rolling Hills United Methodist Church and formerly was Music Director and Conductor of the Southeast Symphony (2004-2011). Chuck also holds important compositional and arranging credits. His best-known work is I Have a Dream, a choral and orchestral setting of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s landmark speech. This work was performed for the unveiling ceremonies for the King Memorial on the National Mall in Washington D.C. and later at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, as Los Angeles County’s official celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the speech. Charles is a person of ideas, action, and dedication, with a special capacity for self-discipline and appreciation for dreams. He continuously opens the door of opportunity for aspiring musicians, often changing their musical lives forever. His impressive record of artistic achievement makes him a wonderful asset to Mu Phi Epsilon.

John Ferguson (Mu Theta, Austin Alumni) As both artist and educator, John Ferguson’s multiple cultural engagements have taken him worldwide. John currently resides in Bangkok, Thailand, where he carries out dual roles as a pianist and as executive director of American Voices ( John has had an exciting career as a pianist, master teacher, recording artist, speaker on cultural diplomacy and engagement, promoter of American music,

founder of American Voices, Director of the YES Academy, and Youth Excellence on Stage, among others. He is keenly interested in engaging through music with nations emerging from conflict or isolation, and as a result, his concert and broadcast experiences have included programs in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Afghanistan, Malaysia, Sudan, Pakistan, and Thailand. He has also appeared throughout Europe and North and South America. John’s recordings include Rhapsody in Blue with the Junge Philharmonie Thüringen and Saxofolies for EPM. He has been producer and artistic director for several recordings on the American Voices label. His innovative work in the field of cultural engagement received a national award at the Summit for U.S. Citizen Diplomacy, where American Voices was named one of the Top Ten Best Practices Organizations along with Sundance Institute and the Kennedy Center.

Karen Leonard (Phi Epsilon, Boston Alumni) Organist and conductor Karen Leonard exemplifies the qualities of an ACME honoree. She has dedicated her professional career to organ performance, church music, conducting, handbell ensembles, and private teaching. As a college junior, she won the Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition in organ. She is now in her 49th year as Minister of Music at West Chelmsford United Methodist Church in Massachusetts, where she developed a graded choral and handbell program of seven choirs and also serves as organist. Karen is active in the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers (AGEHR), having served as Chair of Area I and National President. In 2008, Karen received honorary life membership in AGEHR, the highest award given for extraordinary service to the organization. She continues to serve as chair of its National Master Series handbell curriculum program. Arietha Lockhart, Beta Gamma, Atlanta Alumni, ACME Chairman Phone: (404) 291-5162, Email: Mary Au, Mu Nu, Los Angeles Alumni, ACME Co-Chair Phone: (310) 508-8116, Email:

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Greetings, Alumni! As I write, I expect our chapters’ and members’ plans and events are well underway for the 2018-19 year. I look forward to reading and learning about your concerts, programs, and activities. I am also keen to know about the challenges many of you face, whether in building membership or cultivating receptive audiences for Mu Phi Epsilon programs. This past summer I received your annual chapter reports, officer updates, and SERV tallies. The International Executive Board discussed your noteworthy accomplishments at our annual meeting in August. I am continually impressed by the variety of initiatives alumni chapters have undertaken, like Palos Verdes/South Bay’s extensive programming around the theme “Cast a Wider Net,” Cleveland Area’s reactivation of the Baldwin Wallace collegiate chapter, Detroit’s creation of booklets and CDs for area senior centers and nursing homes, or Kansas City’s facilitating a concert and reception with organist Jan Kraybill. It is activities like these where, in addition to highlighting Mu Phi Epsilon, chapters can become eligible for awards. This issue of The Triangle and the Fraternity website list awards for individual members and chapters. I encourage all chapters, no matter their size or configuration, to strive toward achieving these awards. However, to be eligible for awards, the housekeeping has to be done. This includes updating your chapter bylaws and submitting them to the Fifth Vice President (Eligibility Advisor) for approval as soon as possible, as well as submitting your annual chapter and SERV reports by the June 15 deadline. By now, your chapter dues should have been submitted. Also, when striving for excellence, do not forget that the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation offers grants and scholarships to members and chapters, and that the fraternity’s Concert Artist, clarinetist Katsuya Yuasa, is available for bookings by both collegiate and alumni chapters. Of course, awards are not the only measure of a chapter or individual’s performance, just as chapter size 18



is not necessarily an indication of ability or achievement. Rather, it is a goal to work toward. And who doesn’t like receiving recognition for hard work? In this second year of the triennium, district conferences will be happening; international officers will attend when they can. At these conferences I encourage you to rely on your District Directors for guidance and support to help you stay on task and uplift you. Additionally, I encourage you to use these conferences, and any other opportunity, to connect with collegiates, young alumni, and unaffiliated members in your district. Collaboration can yield positive results as we all, regardless of generation, work and make music together in Music, Friendship, and Harmony. I wish you all the best for a successful year!



Today’s social networking and communication platforms make it easier than ever to keep up with our friends, even those who have graduated and moved across the country or even across the world. We are blessed to have this ability. Yet I feel that many of you (and I myself) take it for granted. How many times have you scrolled through recent posts without writing a reply or sending a personal message? How often do you see those people in person? Do the people who always come up in your feed know that you care and that you keep up with their life? When you graduate from college, the contact you have with many Mu Phi friends will shift from being in person to this state of online distance. While it’s great to not be a stranger to your far-flung brothers and sisters, you quickly realize that there is little substitute for one-on-one personal interactions. Things like sitting and sharing a meal, going on a walk, or just sitting and telling a friend about your hard day (and seeing that person’s look of concern when you tell of your troubles) become instantly more valuable experiences. In short, getting together in person may not be the first thing we think about, but it should still be a high priority, or at the very least, not forgotten. I want to encourage you, collegiates, to do more to collaborate with our alumni and affiliated members. These members, whether recently graduated or long ago, have experiences to share with you that will help you avoid pitfalls and troubles in your own blossoming careers. Within our alumni ranks, we have every profession you can imagine, encompassing science, social work, business, law, and of course every music discipline. Consider the following ideas for a collaborative event this year with local alumni and affiliates:



• Jointly plan your district conference or a district meeting • Ask alumni to come help with a resumé or CV workshop for juniors and seniors • Ask alumni to be a part of a Q&A panel about their careers or career path • Ask recent graduates to lead a workshop about post-graduation pitfalls to avoid, applying/ auditioning for graduate schools, and mock job interviews • Plan a joint meeting where you host alumni for a special recital • Plan a joint service project that benefits a school or location where an alum teaches or works • Set up a mentor network of your recent alumni who are willing to work one-on-one with juniors and seniors in your chapter

Our fraternity is only as strong as the bonds between our members. The more connections you make and keep, the more you are likely to positively impact those around you while you build your personal network. I look forward to hearing about your collaborations this year. Best wishes! FALL 2018





Yoko Nakatani is the founder and president of Vivace (, a Boston-based nonprofit with a mission to offer a new concept of music that incorporates different, traditionally separated arts and philosophies. Vivace presented a program in May called “Hearing, the Gift” as part of its educational concert-lecture series Talents Around Us. Yoko organized the May program, which featured audiologist Dr. Brian Fligor (below right) as lecturer, and composer/guitarist Dr. Apostolos Paraskevas (right) as performer. Fligor’s interest in musicians’ ears and his own love of music have led him to reflect upon human hearing as a gift that should not be taken for granted. He shared some of his thoughts and medical experience on the meaning and physiology of hearing. Paraskevas then performed several pieces, including his own compositions, that wove together many harmonics. He invited the audience to listen for overtones and non-traditional sounds, challenging their hearing ability and sensibility. The performance intentionally questioned the listener’s perception of sound, to lend a new appreciation for the gift of hearing. The Talents Around Us series aims to share the professional talents of inspirational friends, colleagues, and experts with wider audiences. Its purpose is to promote music and musicians while raising awareness about medical, cultural, and technical issues that have significant impact on music. The series unconventionally puts music in dialogue with other arts, sciences, and philosophies, and it looks at music through the lens of other disciplines such as medicine, education, history, and technology. 20


news from members

Pianist Madeleine Hsu Forte (Gamma Kappa, ACME) performed programs at Yale University and the Cultural Arts Center, New Haven, in September in memory of her late husband Allen Forte and to celebrate her eightieth birthday. Several of her former students traveled from Poland, Hungary, and the U.S. to perform solos, duos, and chamber music with her groups The Bel-Etre Ensemble and The Lillibridge Ensemble.

James Chiao and Mary Au

Pianist Mary Au (Mu Nu, Los Angeles Alumni, ACME) was rehearsal pianist and vocal coach for the September premiere of a new musical, Tenor by Night, in North Hollywood. She also had a small speaking part. Playwright and producer James Chiao, a Chinese national who survived a labor camp during the Cultural Revolution, immigrated to the U.S., started a successful high-end hanger and mannequin business, and fulfilled his passion for music by earning an MFA in music at age 67, based the musical on his own life. Conductor Marlon Daniel (Mu Xi) won the Special Prize with distinction at the 2018 Bucharest Symphony International Conducting Competition in late July. Representing the U.S., he was one of twenty-eight conductors selected from seventeen different countries. The Special Prize is awarded by the orchestra and the Bucharest Music Institute. Among other appointments, Marlon is artistic and music director of the Festival International de Musique Saint-Georges in Guadeloupe, which was featured in the August issue of EBONY magazine.

Linda McNair (Omega Omega, St. Louis Area Alumni) is a music therapist at Bethesda Meadow, a rehabilitation and therapy center in St. Louis. She was featured earlier this year in Living the Vision, a community magazine published by Bethesda Health Group. In the article she says, “Music opens up a lot of doors that other therapy can’t because of the way it’s processed, and it’s a lot more powerful than people think.” Linda is the daughter of late Past International President Fran Irwin. Choral conductor and organist Lynn Swanson (Gamma Pi, Atlanta Alumni) recently returned from a year in China, where she was Assistant Director of the Zhuhai Classical Children’s Choir in Zhuhai while concurrently serving as director of the Institute for Healthy Singing under the William Baker Choral Foundation. She writes articles about science of the voice for the Developing Voices weekly blog at Lynn began a new position this year as Executive Artistic Director of the Milwaukee Children’s Choir (

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news from chapters

The Kappa, Beta Psi, and Indianapolis Alumni chapters teamed up to present an August recital by clarinetist Katsuya Kuasa, the current Mu Phi Epsilon Concert Artist and 2017 International Competition winner, in Indianapolis. Timed to coincide with the International Executive Board’s annual meeting there, the concert was well attended and enthusiastically received by many Mu Phis and local residents. The newest pledge class of Kappa (left) produced the first annual “Mu Phest” at Butler University in spring 2018. Billed as “a celebration of music through performances, presentations, activities, food, and socialization with our fellow musicians,” the festival featured a stress-relieving Piano Smash, a more artistic Paint A Piano (the result went on display at the music school), and Build Your Own Professor Sundae, in which two music professors willingly allowed Mu Phis to cover them with ice cream.

Members of Phi Mu and San Jose Alumni participated in a choir tour to the Baltic region in June, along with singers from San Jose State University Choraliers, West Valley College Chamber Singers, and The Bay Singers. The combined choir visited Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius and performed several concerts including the Mozart Requiem, accompanied by an orchestra from Pärnu. Collegiate Mu Phis on the tour were Joshua Marrald, Jason Vincent, Truesten Taotolo, Marina Box, Jennifer Barnett, Danielle Imai, Emma Benatar, AJay Rodriguez, Laura Ramirez, Malcolm Jones (bass soloist for the Mozart Requiem), and Dario Johnson. Participating alumni members were Danielle Wells (soprano soloist for the Mozart Requiem), Simone Horne, Michelle Hennessy Dreyband, and Kira Dixon. 22



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Mila Katrine Beck Aho Alpha Kappa, April 21, 1968 Died April 26, 2018 Pianist, organist. Mila performed in Ohio, Illinois, Kansas, and Tennessee. While studying organ and piano in Finland and France, she gave numerous concerts in northern Europe. Mila was a member of AGO and served as president of the Illinois chapter of MTNA. She maintained an active piano studio for over sixty years, and later in her career she was a church musician in the Memphis area. Jean Alesbrook Blauvelt Phi Kappa, May 19, 1951 Detroit Alumni Died July 6, 2018 Pianist, organist, cellist, educator. Jean was a teacher and administrator in elementary and high schools in Michigan and New York. She later served as organist and choir director and Eucharistic minister in rural New York. She was a community volunteer and philanthropist who was especially active in locating instruments for children in need. Also a wood sculptor and published poet, Jean was a member of Fishkill Historical Society and a patron of Bardavon Opera House. Melissa Costello Gamma, February 20, 1964 Died January 28, 2018 Pianist, cellist, choral musician. Melissa taught in the Van Buren, MI, school district for 35 years where she received two distinguished teacher awards. She played piano and cello in numerous orchestral concerts. Carolyn Joyce Fulton Ditzler Mu Alpha, May 27, 1951 Died May 25, 2018 Pianist, organist, church musician, teacher. Carolyn taught piano and music theory for sixty years. She accompanied countless soloists at middle school and high school music competitions in California and Texas, and she served several churches as pianist or organist. She was a member of MTNA. 24

Madge Barron Griffing Alpha Eta, March 3, 1966 Died July 23, 2018 Pianist, vocalist, composer. Madge was recognized as a cultural pioneer in the Temecula Valley, CA area, where she co-founded the Rancho Music Association. She composed, directed, and produced the historical opera “Temecula, Temecula,” with vocalists and instrumentalists from the local community, to fund music scholarships. Norma Corinne Bridgewaters Hart Gamma Lambda, January 1, 1976 Denver Alumni Died June 9, 2018 Vocalist, church musician. Norma sang in college and church choirs and was a soloist in many choral concerts in the Denver area and at the United States Air Force Academy. She worked professionally as a chef and dietician for an area nursing home. Ruth Marjorie Havlik Phi Rho, October 27, 1945 Minneapolis-St. Paul Alumni Died August 14, 2018 Pianist, organist, music educator. In her early career, Ruth taught piano at Minneapolis College of Music, and then in her private studio for many years. As a church musician, she played the organ and directed choirs. Ruth’s interest in teaching music to the blind led her to the painstaking job of brailling music. A faithful Mu Phi, Ruth served as Editor of The Triangle in the late 1950s-early 1960s and was a past president of Minneapolis-St. Paul Alumni. Phyllis M. Graham Hazelwood Tau, December 9, 1951 Seattle Alumni Died abt. February 16, 2018 Vocalist. Phyllis sang in operas, churches, temple, and many performing arts organizations, both as a soloist and choir member.

Elizabeth “Betty” Austin Hensley Epsilon Phi, December 10, 1977 Wichita Alumni Died May 11, 2018 Flutist. Betty was a touring performer for the Kansas Arts Commission and internationally. Her concerts demonstrated how flutes play a central role in different world cultures. Her collection of over 400 flutes from eighty cultures was mentioned in the winter 2009 Triangle and is now housed at the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas. Betty was a charter member of the National Flute Association and the American Musical Instrument Society and a member of National Federated Music Clubs. Marcia Mumma Hodges Alpha Epsilon, June 6, 1996 Died March 11, 2018 Pianist, organist, vocalist. Marcia was the organist and bell choir director at her church for forty years, accompanied a local women’s chorus for thirty years, and sang with Cantare Con Vivo and The Notables. She was a member of Berkeley Alumni prior to its deactivation. Mary Joyce Bostick Jennings Gamma Pi, April 1, 1984 Died March 10, 2018 Pianist, organist, conductor, church musician. Joyce performed and conducted throughout the southern U.S., including women’s and children’s choirs, handbell choirs, and instrumental ensembles. She also served several churches over her career. An active adjudicator, Joyce was a life member of MTNA, AGO, and PEO, and a member of many other music and community organizations.

Barbara L Koesjan Phi Tau, April 29, 1951 Died June 6, 2018 Music educator. Barbara began her career as a band director and music teacher in Texas and later moved to North Carolina where she worked in public school arts for 37 years, retiring as a Program Service Specialist for Performing Arts. Barbara starred on “The Granny Show,” an educational television program to engage children with music. She received many awards for her teaching, performing, children’s theater, and leadership in music education organizations. Mary Louise Krengel Miller Phi Kappa, May 19, 1951 Died August 16, 1972 Vocalist. Mary Louise sang with The Musical Belles, an all-female symphony and chorus that performed in veterans’ hospitals in the 1940s. Kathryn J. Johnson Sliger Phi Gamma, October 22, 1944 Died February 29, 2016 Music educator. Kathryn was a band director. Annette B. Stolberg Beta Epsilon, May 11, 1988 Rochester Alumni Died August 2, 2018 Teacher, composer, bassoonist. Annette was a founding member of the Brighton Symphony Orchestra and performed as its principal bassoonist for twenty years. She composed, directed, and produced plays at the Jewish community center in Rochester. Faye June Oetter Watkins Mu Xi, January 16, 1949 Died June 8, 2018 Pianist, organist, vocalist, choir director. Faye taught voice and piano in her private music studio and was a member of the Greater Federation of Music Clubs in Montana. Faye recorded an album of sacred hymns, donating the proceeds to the community.

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ATLANTIC DISTRICT A1 Stephanie Berry 574 596 8285

DISTRICT SE3 Stephanie Sandritter 407 538 2371

WEST CENTRAL DISTRICT WC1 Chrisalyne Hagood 580 383 8011

DISTRICT SE4 — OPEN DISTRICT A2 Susan Todenhoft 703 323 4772 H 703 509 0224 C

SOUTH CENTRAL DISTRICT SC1 Rachel Reynolds 512 944 3398

EASTERN GREAT LAKES DISTRICT EGL1 Danielle Stoner 585 217 6597

DISTRICT SC2 Ashley Bouras 972 765 3252

DISTRICT EGL2 Eric Westray 571 239 1809

DISTRICT SC3 Ashley Roever 580 822 5682

DISTRICT EGL3 Nancy Jane Gray 330 688 7990

Anissa Smith 806 217 0395

GREAT LAKES DISTRICT GL1 Susan Owen-Bissiri 734 971 1084 DISTRICT GL2 — OPEN EAST CENTRAL DISTRICTS EC1 Herbert Jackson 678 577 3637 DISTRICTS EC2 & EC3 Sean Kilgore 317 750 3206 SOUTHEAST DISTRICT SE1 Marshall Pugh 252 599 2492 DISTRICT SE2 Arietha Lockhart 404 284 7811


DISTRICT SC4 Isabel De La Cerda 210 204 6425 CENTRAL DISTRICT C1 Ann Geiler 314 691 7648 DISTRICT C2 Paula Patterson 417 773 1176 NORTH CENTRAL DISTRICT NC1 Zack Carlson 218 201 1437 DISTRICT NC2 Liana Sandin 402 483 4657, 402 560 7126

Kathleen Jung 580 822 1170 DISTRICT WC2 Kiley Wilson 405 625 5265 PACIFIC NORTHWEST DISTRICT PNW1 Sophia Tegart 509 991 4906 DISTRICT PNW2 & PNW3 Michael Lasfetto 971 275 3800 PACIFIC DISTRICT P1 Billy Sanders 209 552 6996 DISTRICT P2 Kira Dixon 408 439 6076 PACIFIC SOUTHWEST DISTRICT PSW1 Tanner Wilson 951 515 9680





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

Linda Florjancic, President 7959 Wright Road Broadview Heights, OH 44147 216 219 4953

Julia Scherer, 1st VP/Extension Officer 15220 Dearborn St, Overland Park, KS 66223 816 225 2987 Jenny Smith, 2nd VP/Collegiate Advisor 1913 Dana Ct, Irving, TX 75060 214 662 5087 Marcus Wyche, 3rd VP/Alumni Advisor 2729 Nicholson St, #103, Hyattsville, MD 20782 301 484 3652 Rebecca Sorley, 4th VP/Music Advisor 7295 W Road 350 N, Bargersville, IN 46106 317 885 1103 Terrel Kent, 5th VP/Eligibility Advisor 2606 Galvez Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70805 225 772 7384 Lane Velayo Executive Secretary-Treasurer International Executive Office 1611 County Road B, West, #320 St. Paul, MN 55113 888 259 1471 Fax: 888 855 8670 Melissa Eddy, International Editor (through 12/1/18) 220 Link Drive, Kingsland, TX 78639 512 217 1264, Ellen Sackett, International Editor (after 12/1/18) 1309 E. Pecan Street, Gainesville, TX 76240 940 395 1300

Mary Au (Co-Chair) Mu Nu, Los Angeles Alumni 2363 W Silver Lake Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90039 323 666 2603 BYLAWS & STANDING RULES Kurt-Alexander Zeller Mu Chi, Atlanta Alumni 1872 Central Park Loop Morrow, GA 30260 770 961 4400 FINANCE Evelyn Archer Omega Omega St. Louis Area Alumni 5312 Sutherland Ave. St. Louis, MO 63109 314 481 2361 INTERNATIONAL Marlon Daniel, Mu Xi 45 Tiemann Place, Apt 5F New York, NY 10027-3327 212 641 0305 MUSIC LIBRARIAN & ARCHIVES Wendy Sistrunk, Mu Mu Kansas City Alumni 1504 S. Ash Ave. Independence, MO 64052 816 836 9961

Liana Sandin, Vice President 6321 A Street Lincoln, NE 68510 402 560 7126 Dr. Sophia Tegart, Secretary 225 SW Mountain View St. Apt. B Pullman, WA 99163 509-991-4906 Craig Young, Treasurer 2656 Bluebird Circle Duluth GA 30956 404-857-7045 Zachariah Carlson 405 River Street South #12 Delano MN, 55328 218-201-1437 Dr. Kristín Jónína Taylor 18926 Ontario Street Omaha NE 68130 641 590 0547 Rosemary Ames 13 Travis Drive Framingham, MA 01702 508 872 5818 Liana Sandin Artist Concert Manager 6321 A Street Lincoln, NE 68510 402 560 7126

HONORARY ADVISORY BOARD Katherine Doepke, Phi Beta 825 Summit Ave., Apt 606 Minneapolis, MN 55403 612 377 2043, Lee Clements Meyer, Phi Xi 8101 Club Court Circle, Austin, TX 78759 512 345 5072 FALL 2018



International Executive Office 1611 County Rd B, West, #320 St Paul, MN 55113 888 259 1471


CHAPTER NEWS Members of Indianapolis Alumni performed a Halloween outreach concert at an area assisted living facility — a now-annual event that residents look forward to each year. Alumni chapter members who performed included flutist Kim Coplen (Kappa), violinist Elizabeth Levin (Alpha Beta), vocalist Peggy Trieb (Kappa), and pianist Catherine Radomski (Kappa). Photos by Brandon “Tiny” Barnett (Zeta Xi).

Profile for Mu Phi Epsilon

The Triangle, publication of Mu Phi Epsilon music fraternity, Vol. 112, Issue 3, Fall 2018  

In this issue: The Awards issue; New International Editor; 2019 Grants & Scholarships

The Triangle, publication of Mu Phi Epsilon music fraternity, Vol. 112, Issue 3, Fall 2018  

In this issue: The Awards issue; New International Editor; 2019 Grants & Scholarships