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Mu Phi Epsilon Members Who Received the Prestigious ACME Award
Artists, Composers, Musicologists and Educators

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Adrienne Albert, composition, voice
Santa Monica, CA,
Initiated to Phi Nu 10/11/2001
Los Angeles Alumni
UCLA, Aspen Music School, California Arts, Certificate in Film Scoring 1994 Teachers: Jacob Gimpel, Aube Tzerko, Joanna Graudon, Stephan Mosko, Albert Harris Film Scoring, Free lance singer in NY & LA, performances with: Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein, Phillip Glass & Gunther Schuller. Compositions heard throughout US, Europe, Thailand & S. Africa. Recordings as soloist in Stravinsky's "Mass" and Bernstein's Mass, Soloist on Stravinsky's Four Russian Songs, Cantata and The Owl and The Pussycat Commissions, awards & grants and film scores Officer, Los Angeles Alumni Chapter
Aaron Alon, composition
Houston, TX,
Initiated to Phi Omicron 12/1/2003 Phi Beta Kappa
Houston Alumni
BA in music with honors (U of Chicago) MM in Composition (Cleveland Institute.) DMA in Composition (Rice University, Shepherd School of Music) Teachers: Composition - Karim Al-Zand, Easley Blackwood, Anthony Brandt, Margaret Brouwer, Shih-Hui Chen, Jean Milew, Marta Ptaszynska and Orianna Webb, Thomas Christensen Richard Cohn, Yonatan Malin and Lawrence Zbikowski. Performances throughout the U.S. as well as in Japan, China, Italy, Brazil and Slovakia. Awards from Mu Phi Epsilon, National Association of Composers, National Federation of Music Clubs, SCI, ASCAP, Renée B Fisher Composer Awards, Meet the Composer. President collegiate (Phi Omicron chapter). Committed educator in composition and theory, having taught for Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, Alvin Community College and the American Festival for the Arts, where he is the current chair of the composition department. CD releases from Capstone Records, National Association of Composers, and Wild Basin Winds.
Dr. Judith Alstadter, piano
Saint Petersburg, FL,
Initiated to Epsilon Psi 11/11/1962
New York Alumni
BA in music (Julliard School) DM (Yale Univ) Rosina Lhevine, Sascha Gorodnitzski, Ward Davenny, Volya Cossack, Abbey Simon, in France Marie Darre New York, Alice Tully Hall 1970 an all Faure recital French Government - Contributions to French music in America - named CHEVALIER at the Order of Arts and Letters Pace University Theatre and Fine Arts Dept. Workshop clinician Articles MHS and Educo Records
Betsy Jo Angebranndt, piano, composition
Bowie, MD,
Initiated to Alpha Eta 4/27/1975
BS in music ed (Trenton State College) M Ed in Music (Rutgers Univ) Private study - Composition and Piano Piano duet ensemble with Dallas Weekley gaining notable attention. They have researched and arranged for piano duet literature compositions, have been writtten for children's theater, chorus, voice and piano. Involved with music in the Unitarian Universalist Church. Works have been performed by the Bowie Storybook Players and the Peanut Gallery, the Children's theater company of M-NCPPC. Past president for the Music Teachers of Bowie. She conducts pre-school music classes and teaches private piano. Privately, pre-school classes List for 4 hands The Weekly/ Angelbranndt Team My parents had a profound influence on my playing.
Dr. Maria-Pia Antonelli, piano
Newton, MA,
Initiated to Phi Upsilon 12/13/1946
Boston Alumni
BA and MM from Boston Univ College of Music Teacher at Perkin's School for the Blind in Watertown MA. Performs frequently in the Greater Boston area Received award for 35 years of service to the Perkin's School for the Blind Perkin's School for the Blind Maria says, using a MuPhi quote" Music is the noblest of the arts. I hope our students have experienced some of that nobility."
Helen Armstrong, violin
deceased 4/28/2006
Initiated to Epsilon Psi 12/1/1971
BA & MM at Julliard School of Music Ivan Galamian, Dorothy Delay, Meadowmount School of Music Performed on tour and in New York receiving accolades for her sensitive command of violin repertoire. 1976 performed with Boston Pops and on WQXR as well as WNYC. Programs include classics and contemporary compositions. Scholarship to Julliard School of music, the Society of American Musicians Award, Outstanding Artist Illinois Award, National Federation of Music Slubs, Society of Strings and a MuPhi Epsilon Memorial Foundation Grant. 1970, Tibor Varga International vio From Brussels "A superbe violinist with impeccable technique, infallible sureness and a perfect aptitude for adapting to the diverse character of the works.
Karan Friedrich Armstrong, voice
New York, NM,
Initiated to Phi Iota 4/30/1962
BA from Concordia College Toured as sololist with Roger Wagner Chorale, 1965 won San Francisco Opera auditions, 1966 Met auditions, Debut 1969 w/ NYC Opera company's LeCoqd'Or. Performed at Lake St. George Opera festival, Santa Fe, Milwaukee, Fort Worth Opera company, Los Angeles Opera Guild and San Francisco Opera. Roles: classical to contemporary, 42 roles in 31 separate operas. Work with orchestral and oratorical repetory, Pittsburg Symphony and the Israel Philharmonic Columbia Artists
Mary ??? Au*, piano, education
Initiated to Mu Nu 2/24/1973 co chair ACME
Los Angeles Alumni
Hong Kong born pianist MARY AU ??? is a much sought after collaborative artist, chamber musician and master teacher with worldwide experience. Hailed for her "sensitive, seamless transition between chamber music collaboration and piano accompaniment" (Daniel Cariaga, LA Times critic), Ms. Au has collaborated with renowned artists from around the globe, including the legendary Tchaikovsky Gold Medalist Nathaniel Rosen and Opera Superstar Christine Brewer. Known for her "impassioned music making, technical brilliancy, and superb artistry" (Rosen) and active involvement on the contemporary music scene, Au is equally adept at collaborating with strings, vocals and other orchestral instruments. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and University of Southern California and a committed advocate of music education, Au presents master classes in the United States and China and is presently a member of the faculty at the California State University, Dominguez Hills. As a former executive of the GRAMMY Awards, Mary Au dedicates herself to a lifetime of sharing her music with audiences from all walks of life. “To have the opportunity to share my music with others, and bring joy to those whose paths I cross, is one of the greatest blessings ever bestowed upon me.” Available for performances, masterclasses and workshops.
Dr. Norma B. Holmes Auchter, piano, composition
Houston, TX,
Initiated to Mu Upsilon 11/27/1940
Houston Alumni
DMA Eastman School of Music "She has concertized widely as a soloist and a collaborating artist for a half century. She is a pillar of the piano pedagogical community, serving as a consultant, adjudicator, and coach." At the 2006 National Conference, MTNA recognizedher for her 50 years of service to the music teaching profession. MelRay CD " Cabaret Violin "
Dr. Carolyn Backus, voice
Waco, TX,
Initiated to Epsilon Xi 5/7/1954
Professor Emerita of Vocal Studies at Baylor. Church soloist, former member of New York Pro Musica, Recording and concert artist, has taught literature courses, diction, voice, and vocal pedagogy. Presenter at TMEA.
Lois Zabel Banke, piano
Monte Sereno, CA,
Initiated to Mu Theta Epsilon 3/26/1945
San Jose Alumni
Outstanding piano studio instructor. Freelance pianist, member of CMTA.
Dr. Elinore Barber, composition, musicology, piano, theory
Hastings, NE,
Initiated to Mu Phi 1/11/1970
BM Kansas Wesleyan University for solo and concerto, MM Eastman School of Music Sandor Vas, Dr. Schweitzer in personal home Director of Storm Lake, IA Buena Vista College Conservatory, assist prof of piano & theory at Hastings College Conservatory, lectures and recitals for Dr. Schweitzer's hospital, 1970-98 Director/editor, Riemenschneider Bach Institute, Baldwin-Wallace College. Produced publication of Bach Journal and oversaw operation of the Bach/Baroque research libraries. 2 years director of the Buena Vista College Conservatory, Storm Lake, IA, assist prof of piano and theory at Hastings College Conservatory, 1944. Articles Strathmores's 1997-98 4th Ed. And/or Riemenschneider-Bach institute Baldwin-Wallace College "I think we must all agree that the difficulty of our time is (primarily) a difficulty of the human spirit." First time essay, The Responsibility of the Fine Arts in the Present World Crisis 1951, American Colleges Bulletin
Tana Coleman Bawden Angrove, piano
New York, NY,
Initiated to Epsilon Psi 5/14/1977
New York Alumni
Julliard School of Music 1955-59 Nellie Tholin, Claudio Arrau, Jorge Bolet, Rosina Lhevine 11 yrs old, debuted with Portland Junior Symphony, Known recitalist and orchestral soloist in America and Europe. Appeared with the Baltimore, Harrisburg, Bostom Pops, Portland, Seattle, Florida West Coast, Fargo-Moorhead & the Symphony of the Air Orchestral Organizations Edgar M. Leventritt Gold Medal, Concert Artists' Guild Award, National Federation of Music Slubs Young Artists' Award, Frank Damrosch Award, YHMA Young Artists Award New Era International Concerts LTD Baltimore Evening Sun: "A tremendously gifted pianist. A performer who at all times subordinates her fine technical facilities to the meaning and projection of the music…"
Sonja Peterson Behrens, piano
North London, Ontario Canada,
Initiated to Phi Lambda 11/24/1957
Rochester Alumni
Sisters of the Holy Name at St. Mary's School of Music in Medford, OR, BM from Willamette University Salem, OR and MM from Julliard School of Musc, PhD Boston Univeristy Adele Marcus, Vincent Persichetti, Sergius Kagen Faculty member of Music Department at Univeristy of Western Ontario, London, CAN. Faculty Ad for Delta Iota Chaper (the first in Canada) Aaron Richmond Scholarship and the Prize She teaches and feels the quality of an individual's lifelong enjoyment of music depends upon childhood experiences. Her teaching career encompasses graduate courses for classroom teachers as well as creative classes for young children. She lectures and "Music is more explicit than words and it has the capacity to say the infinite. I play so that people can share in the live presentation of the great piano literature… a world fashioned from feelings and experiences that has the power to bring balance an
Helen Louise Buschmann Belvin, piano
Seattle, WA,
Initiated to Tau 12/4/1947 Seattle Ladies Musical, Washington Musical Omnibus
BA in music University of Washington, MM piano performance University of Texas, PhD University of Washington, teachers include Bertha Poncy Jacobson, Egon Petri, Dalies Frantz, Bela Siki. Performances: solo: Bush School, Ladies Musical, Seattle Public Library, Seattle Pacific Artist Series, Fry Museum Artist Series and WA Concert Caravan. Television/Radio: Seattle Channel 9 & 5 and Univeristy of Texas, Seattle KIRO & KISW. Soloed with Bremerton Symphony, Ellensburg, Yakima and Seattle Symphony, Univerisity of Washington Symphony and Seattle Youth Symphony. Faculty: Bush School (1963--73); Chairman of Piano Dept (1968-75) Faculty University of Texas (1948-50) Adjudicator: WA State Music Teachers, National Guild of Piano Teachers. Member of Board of Directors of the Chopin Foundation of the United States and president of the Northwest Council 2005-2007. Active member of Washington State Music Teachers Association.
Elaine Eaton Bernstorf, voice, education
Wichita, KS,
Initiated to Phi Pi 11/28/1972
Wichita Alumni
Voice Faculty and Professor of Music Education at Wichita State Univversity, Interim Dean for College of Fine Art. Researcher, Author. Faculty Advisor to Phi Pi Chapter.
Marshall Bialosky, composition
Rolling Hills Estates, CA,
Initiated to Gamma Sigma 4/28/1978
Former National President of National Association of Composers USA Sanjo Music Co. Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA: music for piano, mixed chorus, women's chorus, vocal music, winds, strings and brass.
Diane Bish, composition, conductor, organ
Bloomington, IN,
Initiated to Mu Kappa 5/5/1962
Mary H. Watson, (305) 771-8840
Dorothy Addy, Mildred Andrews, Nadia Boulanger, Gustav Leohardt, Marie Claire Performances, Broadcasts from Coral Ridge Presbyterian, "the Joy of Music" series, Fort Lauderdale, FL senior organist artist in residence. The only person to play organ and synthesizer simultaneously. Composition: duo-piano, chamber ensemble, organ w/orchestra, organ w/narrator, organ w/ synthesizer, organ, choir and orchestral pieces. Fulbright and French Government grants in Amsterdam and Paris to study with Nadia Boulanger, Gustav Leohardt and Marie Clair, Winner of MuPhi national Composition Competition. 30 recordings available through Mary H. Watson (305) 771-8840 Journal of Church Music: "She plays with sensitivity and enthusiasm." San Francisco Examiner: "D. Bish is an organist of extraordinary technical skills." Antwerp Gazette: "D. Bish is an incredibly fiery organist."
Dr. Keith Micheal Bohm*, saxophone
Sacramento, CA,
Initiated to Alpha Delta 2/24/1995 College Music Society, American Federation of Musicians, Local #12, CMENC, Golden Key Honors Society
Sacramento Alumni
Saxophone major BM CA. STATE U Sacramento 1995- MM U. of Miss. Summa cum laude1997-DMA U of Mo. Kansas City 2001-studied in Lorrach Germany. 4 mos. Dean Tim Timmons, Dr. Lawrence Gwozda, Harry Kinross White, Carina Rascher, Dr. Jack Foote specialized studies in saxpophone., oboe, clarinet, flute, crumhorn/collegium musicum and conducting--University Master class- guest lecturer- community teaching experience solo and chamber music perf.- Mu Phi International Winner 1998- traveled all over US and Europe- performed in Kennedy center 1999- many awards and scholarships President And Vice president of Mu Phi Fondation board California State in Scramento 2001-present- U of Davis 2001-present-graduate TA200-1998at U of Miss and California State. Known for his "virtuosity" and "expressive playing" Sacramento Bee and San Francisco Classical Voice- Always looking for new music and arrangments for saxophone.
Elaine Carrington Bonazzi, mezzo soprano, voice
New York, NY,
Initiated to Mu Upsilon 2/11/1949
Thea Dispeker, Lew & Benson NY, Trawick Artists Management
BM Eastman School of Music " with distinction" Peformances with: NBC-TV , the opera companies of: Santa Fe, Pittsburg, Dallas Civic, Boston, Cincinnati Summer, Opera Nationale (Mexico City), Opera Society of WA, Vacouver Opera Association.Eminent composers: Argento, Chavez, Foss, Menotti, Pasatieri, Rorem, Thompson and Strarinsky. Participated in 25 world premiers. Columbia, Candide and Vanguard. CRI, Folkways. On the 1972 premier performance of "The Trial of Mary Lincoln": Boston Globe: "opera-acting achievement of the year." Clevland Plain Dealer "splendid job of singing and acting." Houston Chronical: "Elaine Bonazzi demands and holds your attention with he Elaine has magnificent gifts as a "singing actress" have been sought after in the US as well as in Latin America and Europe. She does opera, orchestral engagements and has had success as a recitalist.
Victoria Bond, conductor, composition
New York, NY,
Initiated to Epsilon Psi 5/30/1975 ASCAP
BM University of So California, MM and PhD in Musical Arts, Julliard School of Music Sixten Ehrling, Jean Morel, John Nelso, Vincent Persichetti and Roger Sessions, Aspen School: Blomstedt, Mueller, Milhaud. Paul Glass and Ingolf Dahl, Nadia Reisenberg Compositions: Orchestra, strings, cello w/piano, chamber orchestra, Brass trio, voice w/piano, piano ballet, film score. Conductor with Roanoke Symphony. Scholarships: Victor Herbert Award, Julliard School, Aspen Music School, David Mannes School and Rudolf Steiner School vocal soloist: Columbia & composer's Recordings, Inc.
Edith Borroff, composition, musicology
Durham, NC,
Initiated to Gamma 5/28/1958
Borroff received her education at Oberlin Conservatory, the American Conservatory of Music and the University of Michigan. She has taught at Hillsdale College, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and has been professor of music at Eastern Michigan University since 1966. Her areas of research have centered on 17th-century French chamber music, American and contemporary music. Borroff also holds an interest in education and has contributed to many educational journals. She became the contemporary music critic for the Ann Arbor News in 1966. She has written extensively on musicological subjects with an emphasis on women composers. Her publications include books, editions, encyclopedia entries, and professional papers. She has composed for voice, chorus, organ, piano, voice w/organ, chamber music & theater.
Barbra Bailey Bradley, composition, harp, piano
Rockville, MD,
Initiated to Epsilon Omicron 2/9/1969 Friday Morning Music Club of Washington, American Federation of Musicians, Maryland State Music Teachers
Washinton Alumni
BA in Music Education University of Western Ontario - the Western Ontario Conservatory of Music and Indiana University. MM in piano. Attended Aspen School of Music. Brooks Smith (Aspen), Marian Mac Lennon (London), Walter Robert (Indiana), Henry Upper (Indiana), Teacher, Adjudicator: Music of Music, Leidzen Institute of Music, Music festivals & competitions in both SW ontario and Washington DC area. Continues to compose and arrange harp music (solo/ensemble), teaches at the National Cathedral School/St. Albans School since 1988. Television performances, Windsor Ontario, Washington DC & Indianapolis, Indiana Scholarships: Aspen School of Music and Winner of Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition as accompainist. Vice President for Alumni, Local chapter president Bringham Young University, Royal Hamilton College of Music, Leidzen Institute of Music 2 Harp Books 2 Harp CD's
Rose Violette Bruno, voice
deceased , 12/27/2001
Initiated to Epsilon 5/13/1950
Gloria Turquette Brydon, voice
deceased , 06/17/2013
Initiated to Mu Chi 4/21/1948
Art History
Ruth Sturm Burczyk, piano
deceased , 6/15/2008
Initiated to Phi Kappa 3/31/1968
Detroit Alumni
Ruth was a well-known concert pianist and dedicated teacher since her concert debut at age 16. A member of several local music organizations and piano faculty at Interlochen Center for the Arts for nearly 20 years, she was honored as an outstanding pianist and nationally certified by the American Music Teachers Association. Ruth played with many local symphonies including the Grosse Pointe Symphony and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She also served multiple terms on the board of the Grosse Pointe Symphony. A Steinway Artist, she was a recipient of the prestigious Steinway citation wherein her signature is captured on a one-of-a-kind piano featuring exotic woods and inlaid signatures from the Steinway Artists Roster, which travels the world on display and will eventually rest in a permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Goeffrey Burleson*, piano
Valley Stream, NY,
Initiated to Phi Gamma 5/16/1985
New York Alumni
BM Peabody Conservatory (1986), MM New England Conservatory, DMA State University of NY Stoneybrook Gilbert Kalish, leonard Shure, Veronica Jochum, Leon Fleisher, Malcom Frager & Yefim Bronfman Faculty, full performances as soloist, recitalist, lecturer, recording artist and chamber music. Performances in Greece, Spain, France, Holland, Mexico & US. Compland Recording Grant, 1991 Semi-finalist in Gauderamus International Performers Competition Princeton University 2001 New World Records, Centaur Records NY Times: Mr. Burleson played with command, projecting & rhapsodic quality without loss of rhythmic vigor… and an appropriate sense of fetching color…" and other positive reviews piano solo and recording works in NY Times,Boston Globe, Gramaphone, Tempo
Lydia Busler-Blais*, composition, education, french horn
Montpelier, VT,
Initiated to Omega Omega 3/10/2010
Los Angeles Alumni
Hornist and composer LYDIA BUSLER-BLAIS began her career performing at age 16 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and composed for dance troupes. Lydia has since performed with the New York City Ballet, Brooklyn Philharmonic, José Limón Dance Company, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, and Solo Horn with the Rome Festival Opera. Soloist, improvisationalist and commissioned composer (ASCAP), Lydia has premiered works by numerous prominent and upcoming composers. Many of her own works are performed by artists around the world. In honor of the 2011 Year of the Vermont Composer, Lydia was awarded a commission by the Consortium of Vermont Composers for a collaborative musical production with playwright Lars Nielsen, and an award from the International Horn Society Meir Rimon Commissioning Fund for Lanterns, a trio written for the Manhattan-based ZINKALI trio. As an educator, pedagogue and clinician, Lydia has provided workshops and master classes throughout the United States. Lydia Busler-Blais is a member of the Los Angeles Alumni Chapter of the international music fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon. Her works are published by the Westleaf Edition and you can view Lydia's catalogue on the internet at Available for performances and presentations.
Leone Webster Buyse, flute
Houston, TX,
Initiated to Mu Upsilon 12/15/1965
BM Eastman School of Music, Cert of Study at Paris Conservatory, MM Emporia State University David Berman, Joseph Mariano, Michel Delast and Gaston Crunelle, Master classes, Jean-Pierre Rampal and Marcel Moyes, Piano- Paul Hersh & Barbara Lister-Sinh Orchestral Assistant: Boston Symphony, Boston Pops (principal), San Francisco Symphony (assist Principal), New Hampshire Music Festival (principal), Rochester Philaharmic (2nd) ,concerts and recitals and chamber music in US and France. 1970-72 Mu Phi Competition Winner San Francisco University, Nazareth College (Rochester) and Gensesco State University (NY) Sonar Label (1979) "Miss Bryse's fine dynamic shadings brought out the liniar beauty"
Dr. Hansonia Harriford Caldwell, musicology
Los Angeles, CA,
Initiated to Gamma Sigma 4/28/1978
Beverly Hills
Internationally recognized composer, conductor and actor who rekindled interest in the African-American Spiritual. Professor of Music at California State University Dominguez Hills. Past International 5th VP of Mu Phi Epsilon 1986-95.
Dr. Carol Cannon, mezzo soprano, soprano, voice
Commerce, TX,
Initiated to Phi Gamma 1/11/1965
1967 BM Peabody Conservatory of John Hopkins Univ., 1972 MM (vocal performance) Univerisy of Maryland, 1983 Ed. D. East Texas State Alice Gersti Duschalk, Lili Wexberg, Frances Bible. Coach: David Garvey, Otto Guth, Leo Mueller, Pierre Bernae, Harold Heiberg Full time artist/ Teacher E. Texas 1975-81, Visiting Voice/Vocal Rep. Shepberd Music School, Rice Univ. 1978-79, Artist in Residence at: Texas 1981-2002, Arkansas Arts Council 1991-2002, State Arts Council Oklahoma 1991-94. Recitals performed extensively throughout US, Mexico and Canada Fellowship in voice: Tanglewood Music Center, Ellen Battell Performing Scholarship. Operatic Scholarship resident opera Company in Barga, Italy 2006: " I continue to give concerts and recitals at international congresses, conventions and world forms."
Dr. Rosita Casanova, piano
Puerto Rico,
Initiated to Beta 10/8/1957
Duo piano team with Violet de la Mota. Taught at Escuela Libre de Música of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Joyce Maliki Castle, mezzo soprano, soprano, voice
Lawrence, KS,
Initiated to Xi 5/18/1958
Janice L. Mayer & Assoc.
BFA Univ. of Kansas (theater/voice), MM Eastman School of Music (performance & literature) Recital and opera diva in USA, Europe and Israel. Recruited by Sills to NY City Opera 1983. Debut Met. Opera 1985. Regular performer in Met and NY City opera. Baroque to modern day sophisicated literature. Univ. of Kansas, Faculty & Artist in Residence and current performer. Ecstates Records, Cedille Records, new World, Koch International, Book of the month Records, Albany and Americus Records. There is a lyric strength in Castile's performance that is entirely her own." Newsweek. "Mezzo of a thousand faces." Opera Monthly.
Alan Chow, piano
Mundelein, IL,
Initiated to Epsilon Psi 1/26/1980
Interlochen World Youth Symphony, BA University of Maryland, MM Julliard School, PhD Indiana University Nelita True, Gorodnitzki, Menahem Pressler Performances through US and Asia Palm Beach International Competition (grand prize), 1st prize at Concert Artists Guilde (NY), UCLA International Piano Competition, Silver medal and audience favorite prize - Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, Mu Phi Epsilon International Comp LA Daily News: Alan Chow is a pianist without fear and his horizons are vast"
Dr. Dimpa Clarin, education, soprano, theater, voice
deceased , 5/13/2006
Initiated to Mu Xi 3/7/1965
BM University of Santo Tomas, MM American Conservatory of Music (Chicago) cum laude, PhD Musical Arts, American Conservatory of Music (Chicago) Concepcion, Frederico Mompou, Francies Ernest (a student of Marcella Sembrick) Debut: 1975 Carnegie Hall, Performances in operas, oratories, operettas, drama, concerts, radio, television and stage shows. Soloist on own radio program DZFM, Manila 1973 fellowship to the Musica en Compostela in Spain Faculty of Arts and Humanities Div. South Suburan College (S. Holland, Illinois) and voice faculty of the American Conservatory. MICO, DBC, SATURN, HABAGAT Balita: Miss Clarin's voice is delightful. Aside from its volume and strength, it is smooth, light and cool to the ear.
Rona Meinza Commins, voice
Sacramento, CA,
Initiated to Alpha Delta 5/5/1968
Sacramento Alumni
BM, Sacramento alumni. MA in music Villa Schifanoia: Tito Gobbi. American Institute of Musical Studies: Helen Hodam, Nico Castel Concerts in USA/Europe (Florence, Paris, Madrid, London), Director of Mu Phi Outreach Program Project and Bookshelp editor for Triangle Editor for Triangle Ben Britten Aldeburg in England Is willing to share her experience with others.
Fern Barbara Law Cooney, piano
Bryn Maur, PA,
Initiated to Gamma 2/13/1955
Philadelphia Alumni
Wetherill Artist Management 610-527-1265
Cranbrook, Interlochen. 1955 University of Michigan. Studies at Curtis Harold Haugh, Josef Blath, Elizabeth Westmoreland Member of Rittenhouse & Opera Players. Tours as soloist in Midwest, South and Eastern US with Michigan Singers. Performed at Philadelphia Civic Center. Range from folk songs to the most fluid operatic roles. 1972-4 tour to England and Scotland with the Savoy Opera Co. Recitalist. Has brought life to operatic music for thousands of children.
Dr. Andrew Cooperstock, piano
Erie, CO,
Initiated to Mu Kappa 4/28/1992
Denver Alumni
State Arts Council Touring Artist, National Federation of Music Clubs Artist, Baldwin Piano & Organ Company Artist
BM University of Cinn. College Conservatory of Music (summa cum laude), MM Julliard School, PhD MA Peabody Conservatory of Music, Johns Hopkins University. Abbey Simon, David Bar-Illan, Walter Hautzig, Samuel Sanders Performances: solo recital, concerti, chamber music in US (NY, NC, OH, MI, MD, MI and TX) Terivilliger/Cooperstock trio (South America), Trio Contrasti (France, Belguim, Holland & US) Radio, television, Adjudicator for Mu Phi, Concert Artist's Guild, National Federation of Music Clubs, 1995 Mu Phi Convention artist VP of International Foundation Board, Faculty Advisor Mu Kappa Julliard, Peabody, Baltimore School for the Arts, S Arkansas University Bievard Music Center & University of Oklahoma School of Music Robert Storer 1993: Technically impeccable and musically profound. First rate. Expreso Ecuador: Brilliant performance… An exquisite program
Marie Joy Curtiss, musicology
deceased , 1/23/1999
Initiated to Gamma 2/25/1928
BA University of MI (Music, Drama) 1928, MA Wayne State transfer credit to Univ. of CA 1940, Ed.D Univ. of MI Music 1964, Professor Emeritus, Syracuse Univ. NY 1977, Post doctoral study in Hindi (south Asian research, Indian culture, Sanskrit and Indian p Grants and fellowships for : exploring the humanaties and Indian culture. Acting consulatant in world education and international studies combined with music making. Books and reviews Music Educator's Journal "Immersion in an oriental culture, such as the Indian culture, brings a warmth of understanding that a single-minded approach to life can never match." Quote from Marie Joy's writing.
Dr. Irene Dalis Loinaz, mezzo soprano, soprano, voice
San Jose, CA,
Initiated to Phi Mu 1/23/1944
San Jose Alumni
BA Oberlin, MA Columbia Univ., Fullbright in Italy Coached: Dr. Otto Mueller and Martha Modi Leading artist of Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, London's Covent Garden and the Berlin Municipal Opera. 1958 Hollywood bowl. Signature Role: Princess Eboli, Don Carlo (Met). Has sung major roles for Mezzo-soprano in Verdi, Wagner & R. Strauss. Fullbright in Italy 1976 full professor of Opera Workshop at alma mater "One of the most exciting debuts of the season… Her foice has range, security and brilliant top notes… her singing has color and fire." Taubman 1957.
Ann Gibbens Davis, harpsichord, oboe, organ, piano
Sykesville, MD,
Initiated to Phi Lambda 6/11/1951
Washington DC Alumni
Past Chair and President of the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation. (Chair 1983-87, 1990-96) (Pres 1984-87, 1991-94) Received the Mu Phi Epsilon Mathias Award 2001. Chairman of a decade display at the Mu Phi Epsilon Centennial Convention 2003.
Rebecca F. Davis Lee, piano, education
Tujunga, MN,
Initiated to Mu Nu 5/13/1993
Los Angeles Alumni
BM and MM Julliard School on Scholarship Co-Creator, judge, performer at competition for young musicians in MN. Recital benefit for brain surgeon at home of Denzel Washington. Free performances for senior citizen centers & the Braille Institute in LA and MN. 1991 performed for League of Allied Arts. Grant member of the Dominant Club (professional musicians). Produced and Host of "Commuter Classics" for KUSC Radio (NPR). 2003 Chosen to participate in the Bachauer International Piano Competition. Scholarship to Julliard, 1974 Scholarship student in N. C. School for the Arts. Attended Interlochen Academy under scholarship. Finalist in the Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Auditions. Julliard pre-college division faculty member "Rebecca's sincere, giving ways shows a person whose determination and dedication to any task reveals her mind set which is to be the very best…that includes to be a concert peianist." Nobuko Fujimoto
Carolyn Mitchell Davy, double-bass
deceased , 4/4/1997
Initiated to Epsilon Xi 4/21/1996
Urbana Champaign Alumni
Janet Yvonne Davis Day Brelje, voice
Initiated to Epsilon Delta 5/17/1955
Compiler of choral teaching materials, choral editor and arranger.
Joanna De Keyser, cello
Albuquerque, NM,
Initiated to Mu Nu 4/26/1958
Professor Emerita at University of New Mexico, recording artist, recitalist, chamber music performer. Performed at 1960 convention. Winnter of the 1960 Sterling Achievement Award. Performed in Russia for Shostakovich and Kabalevsky, was in master classes with Pablo Casals, toured for US State Dept. Won a medal in the Geneva International Competition with Marilyn Neeley, pianist. Performed in the Verano Trio with Leonard Fesberg and Marilyn Neeley.
Artiss De Volt Zacharias, harp
deceased , 8/28/2000
Initiated to Beta 2/20/1928
BM New England Conservatory (harp) Alfred Holly After completing BM went to Vienna. Returned to US to teach. Soloist in US with orchestras, touring, solo and chamber music. Took 10 years to write, "Memoirs: Alfred Holly" NE Conservatory, Boston University, Mozarteum Academy (Salsburg), Jacksonville Univ. Guest editor for December Issue of American Folk Harp Journal. Written articles for German Harp Magazine, United Kingdom and American Harp Journals. Harp Journals Review of book "Memoirs: Alfred Holly." "The book elucidates with fascinating clarity the difference betweena musician who entertains, perhaps even on a sublime level, and the artist who changes the world around him."
Nancy Bloomer Webster Deussen, piano, composition
Palo Alto, CA,
Initiated to Mu Nu 1/1/1958
Palo Alto Alumni
Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation Grant-in-Aid Award 1989. Received a commissioned to compose a piece for small ensemble that was premiered at the 2003 Centennial Convention at Cincinnati. Winner 2005 Mu Phi Epsilon Composition Contest.
Elisa Smith Dickon, harp
Norfolk, VA,
Initiated to Phi Omicron 12/8/1963
BM & MM Cleveland Institute La Verne Hodges, Carlos Salzedo, Alice Chalifoux Carnegie Hall Young Artist Recital. Harpist with Florida Symphony. Does recitals. Faculty at Interlochen Music Academy
Marcia Dickstein, harp
Los Angeles, CA,
Initiated to Phi Nu 5/29/1988
University of So. California (harp) Plays with LA Music Center Opera and Long Beach Symphony. Private studio in LA. Teacher/Artisic Director of Central Coast Harp Workshop. Adjunct professor, Founder and performer in the Debussy Trio (recordings & performances), guest artist with chamber & festival orchestras. Master classes for 21st century harp. Composer 75 new works in classical and jazz fusion genres. California State Long Beach, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Monica city College, Cal/Poly at San Luis Obispo Fatrock Ink Music Publishers, DSD Associates RCM (compositions), Koch, Harmonia Mundi, First Edition, Klavier British Music Society News: "Great fire & passion in the faster sections, delicacy in the quieter passages."
Dr. Emma Lou Diemer, composition, keyboards
Santa Barbara, CA,
Initiated to Mu Delta 5/6/1951
Allied Member
BM & MM Yale School of Music (composition), PhD 1960 Eastman School (composition) Richard Donovan, Paul Hindemith, Bernard Rogers, Howard Hansen, Roger Sessions, Ernst Toch, W. Sabinski (piano), David Craighead (organ), Edna Scothen Billings (organ) Composer in residentce, Beckshire Music Center, Ford Foundation (VA), Consultant for MENC, organist at various churches, 1st Presbyterian Santa Barbara ( 1984 - ) Commisions & publications in the following genres: Orchestra, solo w/orchestra, band chamber, vocal, organ, solo Piano, chorus, mixed chorus and misc. interesting instrument combinations. Fullbright composition/piano (Brussels) Awards as composer: VA Band directors, National Endowment for the Arts, U of CA, U of Maryland, Arthur Benjamin, Lousiville Orchestra, etc. 1977 commissioned for MuPhi Convention Professor of Theory & composition: Univ. of Maryland, Univ. of CA Coronet, Golden Crest, Capriccio, UC Barbara Series, Contemporary Record Society.
Doris Ann Diephouse, education, music therapy
deceased , 11/29/2009
Initiated to Theta 5/31/1948
St. Louis Area Alumni
MM (Music Ed.) & PhD (Special Ed.) Eastern New Mexico University Washington Univ. Division of Child Psychiatry, NM Governors's speaker board for MR, Consultatnt for American Book Co. Board member of MD Anderson Tumor Institute and Houston CP Center Lighthouse ofr the Blind, Principal of Casa Linda School for all Handicap (Alburquerque) Written several books tying Music Theory to Public School Music. Runner-up for most popular teacher in Texas Webster College (piano teacher), Washington Univ. Division of Child Psychiatry, Chairman of Music for VIPS Houston, Runner up for most popular teacher in Texas. Books
Dr. M'lou Dietzer, piano
Irving, CA,
Initiated to Beta Alpha 4/12/1975
BA Univ. of Texas (Austin), Cal State University (LA), D Musical Arts from Univeristy of South Carolina Accompanist: Univ of TX, Beaumont Texas chorus, Port Arthur Texas Opera Co., Staff accompanist ofr Fullerton College, CA State Univ. (LA) opera. Keyboardist: La Petite Ensemble of Denver CO.Affiliated with MTNA (conv. Chairperson, piano editor for state mag.) MTAC state program Adult Seminar for college age music majors, pianists and music teachers. MTAC Young Artist Guild and Certified Merit program. Full Prof CA State Univ. Fullerton since 1970 (developing Master Degree Program) Faculty of Music Department Cal State Univeristy Fullerton
Katherine Guldberg Doepke, education
Golden Valley, MN,
Initiated to Phi Beta 2/5/1943
Minneapolis Alumni
Music teacher in public school system, produced, directed and judged youth in multi state choral presentation venues. Writings on music education, career development curriculum for music teachers International President Minneapolis Public School Teacher. Developed curriculum for music teachers
Dr. Jo Ann Leary Domb, education, mezzo soprano, soprano, voice
Indianapolis, IN,
Initiated to Alpha Alpha 12/3/1977
Indianapolis Alumni
BM Oberlin College1967 and MM 1973 & PhD1977 Univ. of Cinncinati (music education) General music teacher '69-72 S.C. and OH. TA for visiting prof. Univ. of Cinn Conservatory of Music. Administrator planning new music/art facility (grants and new curriculum), committee work established and maintains a community music center. NASM Commission on Accreditation for Schools of Music. Has many research papers, articles and lectures to her credit. Active recitalist and orchestral soloist. Chair tours with Univ. of Indianapolis in US, Europe, Asia and Alaska. General teacher SC and OH, Mount St. Joseph, currently at Univ. of Indianapolis (chairperson of music department)
Jeaneane Dowis Lipman, piano
Denton, TX,
Initiated to Phi Tau 5/1/1947
BM North Texas State (piano performance), MM Julliard School of Music (piano Performance) Hazel Cobb, Adel Marcus, Silvio Scionti, Rosina Lhevine US tour, Assistant to Rosina Lhenine at Julliard. 1996 co-founded the Academic Franco Americain in Provence, France (3 week long summer festival) Carl Rolder Award "most outstanding pianist in talent and achievement" Aspen Music Festival artist and faculty member for 30 years. Waterloo Music Festival for 17 years. Students: James Levine, Emanuel Ax, Duane Hulbert, Edo di Waart, March Jablonski… David Diamond: "It has long been known that Jeanean Dowis is one of the finest pianists of her generation, an an inspiring teacher as well."
Ruth Landes Drucker, soprano, voice
Pikesville, MD,
Initiated to Mu Upsilon 2/10/1952
BM and MM Eastman School of Music and Performer's Certificate of Voice from Music Academy of the West under Lottie Lehmann. Performances: Bernhard Pumgarten and Felix Prohaska. Recitals with orchestra and opera. Baltimore symphony in concert and on tour, National Symphny, Hartford Operah Theater, Baltimore Chamber Opera. Published author. Reviews vocal music for NOTES (Music Lib. Association Journal) Fulbright grant - Academy for Music Vienna and Mozarteum in Salzburg. Faculty Advisor Tuson State Univ. prof. 20 years faculty member of Peabody Conservatory of Music. VP of National Association of Teachers of Singing, MD. Collection of Art songs by Women Composers, 1988. Orion Records, Golden Crest Records Baltimore Sun: "In the solo vocal passages of Mahler's 4th Symphony, Ms. Drucher produced phrases graceful and polished, her voice light yet rich, her technique elegant and her tone impeccable…"
Susan Dunn, soprano, voice
Seattle, WA,
Initiated to Mu Zeta 5/22/1986
Herbert Breslin
BA Hendrik College in Conway Arkansas, MM Indiana Univ. Vera Scammon, Eileen Farrell, Walter Casses, Wustman Solo with Pavarotti in Phaldelphia (Verdi Requiem). Engaged for a gala opening in Peoria Ill Civic Auditorium as "Aida". Concert with "Sieglind" under Julius Rudel. Pavarottie International Competition and Metropolitan Competition auditions winner London/Decca Telac. Critics say: she has the natural long line needed to sing Verdi.
Dr. Doriot Anthony Dwyer, flute
Brookline, MA,
Initiated to Mu Upsilon 1/11/1943
Doriot Anthony Dwyer has retired from the Boston Symphony after serving as principal flute for the better part of 40 years. In 1994, to honor her on the occasion of her retirement, the BSO commissioned a new concerto for her. She expanded flute repretoire, having discovered old and supported new composers. She performed concerti with : Abbado, Giulini, Leinsdorf, Ozawa, Tilson-Thomas, Bernstein. Boston Symphony Chamber Players and Portland State Quartet. She performed recitals and conducted master classes throughout the United States. She was the first woman employed in a major symphony orchestra - 1952 Nomination to the Women's Hall of fame, 1974, Seneca Falls, NY. She is from a long line of female leaders, the granddaughter of pioneer suffragist, Susan B. Anthony. San Francisco Examiner: "Erotic reveries are woven from gauzy, longorous performances like that given by Ms. Dwyer (Anthony)."
Dr. Sally Echeto, voice, education
West Hollywood, CA,
Initiated to Mu Chi 5/14/1965
Gamma Sigma
Dr. Sally Etcheto has been a member of the Music faculty at CSUDH since January of 1973, where she currently serves as the Chair of the Music Department. Primarily responsible for all things “vocal”, she has conducted large and small choral ensembles, taught three levels of voice class, and been the studio instructor of voice. She is the Faculty Advisor for the award winning Gamma Sigma Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity on the campus of CSUDH. In conjunction with the CSUDH Theatre Department, Etcheto has been the musical director for eight major musical theatre productions. A recipient of the Lyle E. Gibson Domingus Hills Distinguished Teacher Award in 2010, Dr. Etcheto was instrumental in facilitating the prestigious “All-Steinway” School designation for the California State University, Dominguez Hills in the Spring of 2014. In addition to her teaching career, Dr. Etcheto has continued to sing professionally, both as a soloist and choral singer. She is a member of Actor’s Equity, and the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), having formerly served on the National Board of AGMA for many years. She has appeared with the Los Angeles Opera, the Dallas Civic Opera, the Dallas Summer Musicals, as well as the Los Angeles Master Chorale. As a founding member of the 12 voice a cappella group “Zephyr, Voices Unbound”, she helped produce and performed on 2 CDs and a “cutting edge” 5.1 surround sound DVD recording (2002). Additionally, she frequently performs both as a soloist and as conductor of the CSUDH Chamber Singers. "A true mentor to her students," Dr. Sally Etcheto "has exhibited an extraordinary tenacity of purpose…and is a true leader." She "combines her pedagogical skill with an interest in the well being and progress of her students that goes well beyond what is required of a faculty member," and she is "a rare individual who combines mastery knowledge of her subject matter, vocal music, with an innate ability to understand how students best acquire knowledge."
Dr. Judith Eckelmeyer, musicology
E. Cleveland, OH,
Initiated to Phi Omega 5/16/1958
Cleveland Heights
BM Westminister College (voice), MA (music history) and Ph.D in humanities (music history) from Syracuse University Academic teaching and administrative career. Committed to her community cultural events and organizations through direction, promotion and writing. Faculty Advisor Former faculty & chairman of Fine Arts Dept. at Alliance College in Penn., Now assoc. Professor of music and a member of the graduate faculty at Cleveland State Univ. Books, Articles and a 2 vol. monograph "The Cultural Context of Mozart's "Magic Flute."
Elaine Joyce George Ehlers, organ
San Antonio, TX,
Initiated to Mu Kappa 5/17/1995
BM Univ. of OK (organ) Ffulbright Mildred Boggs Andrews, Pierre Cochereau (Notre Dame), Michel Chapuis, Maurice Durufle and Jean Langlais Fulbright to Paris, Notre Dame. Church organist: OK, Walnut Hill UMC (Ft. Worth, TX), Recitalist: US and Europe (organ and lectures), Organist in residence: Cooker United Methodist church. Active alumni fund raiser for Univ. of OK. AGO, Tues. Musical Club, programming Artist Series. Fulbright - Paris, cathedral of Notre Dame. "Arts at Coher" Castle Hills Elem. San Antonio Fort worth Press "The organist exhibits flawless technique."
Hermene Warlick Eichhorn, organ
deceased , 10/3/2001
Initiated to Alpha Xi 5/23/1961
She studied piano, organ, and composition with Alla Pearl Little, a Lutheran church organist in Hickory, and became backup organist for her family's German Reformed church at age thirteen. Matriculating at Woman's College (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro) in 1922, she studied composition and graduated with bachelor's degrees in piano (1926) and organ (1927). For many years she served as organist and choir director of Trinity Episcopal Church in Greensboro, and wrote a weekly music column for the Greensboro Daily News. The Euterpe Club, a Greensboro music club numbering 180 musician members in the 1920's, and her informal continuing association with Woman's College, were venues for Mrs. Eichhorn's formidable organizational and musical talents. In 1939, the thirty-voice women's chorus of the Euterpe Club premiered her most intense choral work for women's voices, "A Woman Plowing in the Field," and in 1940 a 140-voice chorus at Woman's College premiered her Easter cantata, Mary Magdalene.
F. Marcella Eisenberg, violin
deceased , 12/10/2007
Initiated to Sigma 5/18/1940
Ms. Eisenberg had a lifelong career in New York, playing under the baton of Beecham, Stokowski, Bernstein, Barzin, Rudel and others. Her debut concert was at Town Hall in 1950, after which she played in the first two Prades festivals, led by Pablo Casals in southern France. Later, Ms. Eisenberg joined the musical staff of WQXR and the faculty of Sarah Lawrence and Mannes. Because of her love of chamber music, she founded the Eisenberg String Quartet, which performed in New York schools and all along the Eastern seaboard. The quartet was invited to perform for the Kennedy children at the White House.In 1980, Ms. Eisenberg moved to Chicago where she recorded jingles.
Frances Marsh - Ellis, voice
Baton Rouge, LA,
Initiated to Beta Zeta 4/23/1966
When Frances Marsh-Ellis began studying opera and musical theater at the College of Fine Arts, she aspired to a career as a high-profile opera singer and planned to succeed Leontyne Price, the first African American to sing with the Metropolitan Opera. But despite early successes in Boston and then New York, she chose to give up this dream to work in arts education and activism. At the age of sixteen, she began training with a professional vocal coach. After high school, she studied opera at Oberlin College for two years, then transferred to BU, where she would earn a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. Marsh-Ellis moved to New York, where she found work as a soloist with the Eva Jessye American Concert Ensemble. From there, her plan was to set to work immediately toward her Metropolitan Opera dream. But her father had a different idea: he thought that gaining experience in teaching would benefit her singing career, and he persuaded her to move to Baton Rouge and spend just one year teaching music at Southern University. Louisiana was a different world for Marsh-Ellis, who was shocked to find that she could not eat where she pleased and was expected to weather racist insults quietly. Instead of hurrying back to New York, however, she took these experiences, common injustices against Southern blacks, as signs that she was needed. She decided to stay. "I was determined to expose the people of the Deep South to the wonderful artistic qualities to which I had been exposed at the Boston University theater and music departments," says Marsh-Ellis, who retired in 1989 from her dual posts of professor and chair of vocal music at Southern University. During her thirty-two years at the university, she trained choral groups, staged musical productions, and taught courses in music history, voice, and the contributions of blacks to American music, among other subjects. She was also an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church.
Lenore Engdahl, piano
Natick, MA,
Initiated to Mu Epsilon 2/14/1949
Piano faculty at Juilliard School, recording artist, MGM records New York Times: "An intelligent and reliable performer. Her sensitivity was compelling."
Anne Patricia English Santucci, soprano, voice
Rome, Italy,
Initiated to Epsilon Psi 2/23/1960
BM New England Conservatory, Tanglewood Music Festival (scholarship), currently working on Masters in voice opera and art song at eh Conservatory of St. Cecilia in Rome. Fulbright to Italy to The Teatro dell 'Opera di Roma. Soloist with orchestra directors: Munch, Bernstein, Burgin, Scheppers, Morel and others. Performed with: musical societies, theaters, radio systems and television networks in America, Europe and the Orient. Faculty, master classes and adjudicator . Fulbright - Rome, "The artists diploma and the coveted Eleanor Steber Prize. 2 year scholarship to Tanglewood Music Festival. Chair of Voice Faculty at Conservator of Music "Rancesco Morlaceki" Perugea, Italy 25 years. Retired: 1998
Beverly Christiansen Fernald, coloratura soprano, soprano, voice
Lakewood, CO,
Initiated to Mu Rho 10/22/1955
Denver Alumni
BM Univ. of Denver Extensive career with performances with Ny Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Denver Symphony and NYC Opera. Appeared with: Siles, Milnes, Peters and Peerce. 2 concert tours of Italy and 1994 Russia. Voice teacher and coach. Founder & Exec. Dir. Colorado Center for the Vocal arts. 40 operatic roles plus oratories, art songs. Choir Director: Holy Cross Lutheran Church and lay pastor. Winner: Regional Met Auditions. Grants: Ford foundation, Swers Concour de Geneva, Rochefeller Foundation and International Institute of Education for international competition in Europe. Faculty member at Metropolitan State College. Voice of the Homeland (Moscow) "pure light translucent voice… Mrs. Fenald is a charming soprano - a "star of singing." We would be most happy if she could organize a school in Moscow."
Madeleine Hsu Forte*, piano
Hamden, CT,
Initiated to Gamma Kappa 11/6/1973
Franco-American pianist Musicology and Artist Diploma from Ecole Normale de Musique (Paris), BM & MM Juliard, PhD New York University ( 84) Zbigniew Drzewiecki, Rosina Lhevine, Martin Canin, Wilhem Kempff Faculty. Recording and performing artist: Paris, Warsaw, Argentinian TV and NBC in NYC. Orchestral and solo recitals worldwide. Yamaha perforrming & recording artist. Lecturer, leader of Master Classes in US and abroad. Prof. Emeritis of piano at the Morrison Center for Performing Arts Josef Lhevinne Award 1970 Boise State University "Alivie Messiaen, the Musical Mediator" Romeo Records Activite's Musicalies Paris: "Madeleine Forte's technical perfection and liveliness, the sparkle of life she communicates to the music is seductive…"
Katherine Lasater Freiberger, composition
Durango, CO,
Initiated to Mu Chi 10/1/1966
Dallas Alumni
Early training: Baylor College. AA 1946, Hockaday Junior College, BA Univ. of TX, Austin 1949 (English), BM, SMU 1966. Pursuing MA at Univ. of TX 1979 Mary Hardin, Dr. Walter Gilewicz, Alfred Mouledous. Composition: Dr. Jack Kilpatrick, Dr. David Ahlstrom, Dr. Robert Rodriguez. Mother was sister of David Guion, Member of: TX Composers, Dallas Opera and Music in the Mountain Festival at Durango/Purgatory, CO Board. Avery Active composer for Piano, voice and ensemble.
Doris Coulston Frerichs, piano
deceased , 11/02/2010
Initiated to Tau Alpha 10/12/1943
New York City Alumni
Outstanding pianist, teacher, composer and poet, Doris has combined music and poetry throughout her career. A Laureate graduate of the Juilliard School, and later a member of the piano faculty, she combined teaching with performance for many years. She made solo tours of the United States and Europe, including Russia in 1976, and appeared as chamber music artist with members of the New York Philharmonic. As National Chairman of Music and Arts for People-to-People International, she led musicians abroad to Europe and South America on five occasions and was honored for "Outstanding Service to the Cause of International Understanding." Her love of poetry has been compatible with music throughout her life and was recognized nationally in 1992 by invitation to read one of her award-winning poems at the World of Poetry Convention in San Francisco. Her poems have been presented each year since then. Doris has the distinction of descending from Emily Dickinson's family line—a source of inspiration and one which has led to requests for her readings of Dickinson poems in solo appearances and in collaboration with vocalists. She has also composed original musical settings to some off the Dickinson poems.
Gail Freudenberg, voice
Elmhurst, IL,
Initiated to Beta Omega 4/11/1992
Recording artist and professional chorus member.
Genevieve Davisson Fritter Bieber, composition, violin
deceased , 3/18/2009
Initiated to Phi Omicron 6/17/1945
Washington DC Alumni
BM Judson College, Merion, AL (violin, piano, french) Ottokar Cadek, Mikail Stolarevsky Cincinnati: Solo & Chamber Music, Concert Master of 2 Civic Orchestras (1940). Music Director and Composer in Residence for Montgomery Ballet Co. (1960-80). Cleveland, Washington DC: Opera House Orchestra 1971-82., Concert master: National Gallery Orchestra under Richard Bales. Composer: 1991 Commissioned by Flute Assoc, 1994 Sinfonietta of Mt. Vernon Orchestra, over 100 works for: orchestral instrumental ensembles, solos, full length children's ballets. Member: National Gallery Orchestra. 1939: Prize to solo with Birmingham Symphony. National Awards from National Federation of Music Clubs & Mu Phi. ALRV Publications; Neil A Kjos, Jr.
Carolyn Davis Fryer, double-bass
Westford, MA,
Initiated to Epsilon Psi 5/22/1976
Mu Phi Epsilon Grant-in-Aid Award 1980. Chamber Music Player, Recording Artist, co-founder of Nashoba Youth Orchestra.
Jeanine York Garesche, clarinet
Saint Louis, MO,
Initiated to Mu Gamma 2/8/1977
St. Louis Area Alumni
BM University of NB (Education), MM St. Louis Conservatory of Music (Performance) George Silfies, Robert Coleman, Wesley Reist Faculty member, St. Louis Symphony, St Louis conservatory of music 1989 - , Lindenwood College 1993 - Performer in: Chamber music group (Synchronia), St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Tour recording 1980, Opera Theater of St. Louis (extra), Synchronia 1990, Quintessence wood wind quintet 1980, Springfield Symphony Orchestra (extra) 1987. Conductors: Robert Emele, Zimmerman, Slathin, etc.
Evelyn Cumming Garvey, piano
Silver Spring, MD,
Initiated to Alpha Eta 4/5/1967
Evelyn Cumming Garvey studied at the Philadelphia Conservatory with Olga Samaroff and was a theory student of Vincent Persichetti. She holds degrees from Temple University and the Eastman School of Music and has studied piano with Bristow Hardin, Arthur Hice, Cecile Genhart and William Masselos. Since 1977, when she was invited to give a recital at the Smithsonian Institute on their restored Duiken fortepiano, she has become interested in the performance of music of the classical period on the piano as it existed in those days. After a meeting with Evelyn Garvey, Paul Badura-Skoda, the eminent pianist and authority on the music of this period, commented: "...Evelyn Garvey, the versatile pianist, has turned recently to fortepianos. With delicate phrasing and fine artistry, she played to me Mozart on her Walter replica made by Philip Belt. It was a delightful experience..." The fortepianist Malcolm Bilson said this about Mrs. Garvey: "...There are very few harpsichordists or modern pianists who adapt readily to the Viennese fortepiano. Evelyn Garvey has taken to the fortepiano as though that were the most natural instrument for her. Her interpretations go directly to the music through the instrument as she plays..." Following her concert at the Smithsonian, James Weaver, Director of Chamber Music Programs wrote: "Evelyn Garvey's performance on the Smithsonian's eighteenth-century fortepiano had style and brilliance. She mastered the technical nuances available on the instrument, offering wonderful insight to the works on her program..."
Edna Mae Garabedian George, mezzo soprano, soprano, voice
Fresno, CA,
Initiated to Phi Chi 5/8/1960
BM Fresno State College, Music Academy of the West Lottie Lehmann 1961 Regional Met. Opera Assoc CA, Sung at NYC Opera formal debut in 1965 in "Calleria Rusticana." Performed: Washington Opera Society, for John F. Kennedy at the White House, Washington Choral Society and National Symphony. 1961 Second prize in Metropolitan Opera Association CA competition. 1964 Winner of Baltimore Civic Opera Co. Competition.1970 6th place at the Tschaikowsky Competition in Moscow. American University Home Washington Post: "Edna - Mac George displays sumptuous voice in recital."
Judith Balo Goff*, soprano, voice
Natick, MA,
Initiated to Alpha Nu 4/18/1967
Boston Alumni
BM W. Texas A&M (W. TX State University), MM Univ. of S Mississippi (vocal music) 2 summers of study: Tito Gabbi (Villa Schifanonia in Florence, ITALY) 1 year: Maestro Luigi Ricci (Rome) Toured as recital and concert artist. Performed in regional opera & community theater. Charter member and teacher with Ninnewasha Chamber Music in NY. 1994 assisted Ms Estill in Denmark and provided translation and teaching assistance for 3 workshops in Milan, ITALY. Subject for voice research at Yale Univ and in Milan. Active performer in recital and cabaret style programs, church musciian. Winner: Mu Phi Internaitonal Competition ('74) Teacher with Minnewasha Chamber Music Society, NY. Intern/Teacher with Estill Voice Training Systems in US and Denmark, teaching assistance in 3 workshops in Milan, ITALY. Certified Master Teacher with Estill Voice Training Systems. 2007 has voice stud Currently has 42 students in her voice studio and in "very available" to share her experience with others.
Lillian Rehburg Goodman, cello
deceased , 8/16/1995
Initiated to Beta 7/3/1946
Professional debut in Chicago (age 14). Age 19, soloist with Chicago Symphony, competition winner, tours of Pacific coast, midwast and eastern United States. Walter Naumberg prize and first prize ever awarded to a cellist in nationwide competition of National Federation of Music Clubs at San Francisco Book: "Developing Cello Hands - Mental and Physical Approach" NY Tribune: "A cellist of unusual ability, musicianship and poise… a fine polished tone… praiseworthy warmth and depth."
Marjorie Knapp Mackay Gordon, coloratura soprano, soprano, voice
Bocca Raton, FL,
Initiated to Epsilon Upsilon 10/27/1958
Allied Member
BM Hunter College, NY, Musical training in NY City. Debut with NY Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall. Sany with Philadephia NBC Symphony, Detroit and Pittsburg symphonies. NY Opera Co., 40 operatic roles, many recitals (in concert, television and radio). Founder and director of Piccato Opera Co. Lecturer, educator, operatic director, manager, organizer of opera groups. Honorable Mention by Michigan Legislature (1987) Assistant professor of voice at Duquesne, Univ of Pittsburg. Sought after for master classes, workshops and seminars as well as producing and directing NY Times: "Excellent… exemplary clearness and brilliance…"
Dr. Louise Goss, composition, education, piano
Skillman, NJ,
Initiated to Gamma 2/18/1951
BM Kalamazoo College (English and Music), MM Univ. of Michigan, pursued doctorate while instructing at University of Michigan Frances Clark (piano pedagogy) Assistant to Frances Clark, workshops & seminars. Music Critic, 1960: founder and director of New School for Music Study, Princeton NJ (609) 921-2900 Assistant to Frances Clark, progressive priano education
Dr. Anne Kathleen Gray*, musicology
La Jolla, CA,
Initiated to Omega 5/18/2003
San Diego Alumni
BA Hunter University NY, MM San Diego University, PhD Human Relations from Ja Jolla University Choir director, music educator, English teacher in lower to college levels. Piano accompianist, published author in field of motivational and musical literature. Winner of numerous literary, music, public speaking & writing awards. Lower through college level teacher "World of Women in Classical Music"
Mary Helen Parker Hale, choral conductor, music education
deceased 10/12/2007
Initiated to Epsilon Psi 10/30/1963
A high school music teacher, Mary was past Director of the Anchorage Community Chorus and founder of the Alaska Festival of Music. She was a Charter Member of the Alaska State Council of the Arts and was nominated several times as, "Alaskan of the Year." She received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the University of Alaska in 1965 for her contributions to the State in the Arts. She worked for many years as an Administrator at Anchorage Community College and University of Alaska, Anchorage, founding and directing their popular Arts Fair.
Audrey Kooper Hamman, piano, composition
deceased , 11/01/2013
Initiated to Alpha Alpha 10/15/1955
St. Louis Area Alumni
AB Smith College (composition), Julliard School fellowship (piano & composition), fellowship and private studies Ross Lee Finney, Werner Josten, Olga Samaroff-Stokowski, Frederich Jacobi, Bernard Wagenaar, Nadia Boulanger, Robert Wykes, Rosalyn Turick Goodwill Ambassador for US Embassy, Composes for chamber chorus, piano and violin. Piano concerts & education. 1996 program with St. Louis Chamber Chorus. Settie Lehman Fatman Prize for original work. Full fellowship to Julliard, Fullbrigh Scholar to Paris. US Embasy goodwill ambassador to France. Teaches "Nadia Boulanger overwhelmed me with her musical virtuosity and her compelling dynamism" Ms. Hamman's comment
Portia Shuler Hawkins, piano, education
Roswell, GA,
Initiated to Delta Zeta 10/13/1990 MTNA, National Guild of Piano Teachers, National Federation of Music Clubs, GA Music Teachers and National Association of Negro Musicians
Atlanta Alumni
BA Fish University, MM Yale University (full scholarship) Anne Gamble Kennedy, Matthew Kennedy, Ward Davenny, Frances Whang, Dr. George Walker, Betty Nalting, Virgina Hutchings Music faculty member, performer (in concert and public radio), accompanies professional instrumentalists and singers. Active adjudicator, active in music societies. Teaches. Past President and Past Scholarship Director of Atlanta Mu Phi Faculty of Emory Univ, Georgia Perimenter College and Spelman College. Teaches at Spelman College and privately Has CD: African American Sampler "Her passion is the promotion of African American composers." from La Nelle Nash's intro and commentary on a collection of piano works by William Grant Still.
Jacquelyn Helin, piano
Santa Fe, NM,
Initiated to Nu 5/15/1973
Palo Alto
Damestoy Artisits Representative 904-797-9068
BM Yale School of Music, MM Stanford, PhD 1982 Univ. of TX John Perry, Adolph Baller 1981 debut in NY. Soloist and chamber player in Washington, Chicago and San Francisco. European capital cities. Appeared at Aspen, 1982 world's Fair in Knoxville, KY. European debut, Wigmore Hall, London, ENGLAND. Lectures, recitals, residences and masters classes Master classes Music Heritage LP, Virgil Thopson, Ballet & Film Score LP Lp mhs 7458T "She is applauded for her lucid, highly expressive interpretations of contemporary music"
Pamela Hinchman, theater, voice
Evanston, IL,
Initiated to Xi 10/19/2003
Lawrence Alumni
1973-75, Hiram College, 75-79 BM Cleveland Institute of Music (voice), MM Curtis Institute of Music Irvin Bushman, Marlene Malis, Ellen Faull, Nancy Milnes, Norma Newton Trained in Opera, Music Theater. 60 operas nationally and 6 internationally. 26 recitals (15) internationally, 6 radio and television performances. Adjuciator and mid-west coordinator for opera auditions. Repretoire in opera, art songs and orchestral works. Professor of voice at University of Kansas PBS: 2002 Messiah in MO, Premier recordings 1999 A Gottschalk Gala, RAI Television and Egyptian Broadcast system. Many reviews on file
Beverly Steinel Hoch, soprano, voice
Denton, TX,
Initiated to Epsilon Phi 2/22/1971
Denton Alumni
Faculty member of Bach Aria Group, NYC Winner: Kathleen Terrier Prize: 1980-81. Regional Metropolitan Auditions 1977 Washington Post: "Hoch is blessed with a lovely clear, high, lyric soprano that is admirably controlled and she can manage the coloratura requirements…"
Dr. Matthew Hoch*, voice, education
Auburn, AL,
Initiated to Lambda 12/1/1995
Matthew Hoch is Associate Professor of Voice and Coordinator of Voice Studies at Auburn University, where he teaches applied voice, diction, and vocal literature courses. Before coming to Auburn University in 2012, he spent six years as Assistant Professor of Voice at Shorter College, where he taught applied voice, vocal literature, and served as Coordinator of Vocal Studies. Dr. Hoch's students have gone on to successful careers in both classical and musical theatre genres and have won awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council (MONC), NATS, MTNA, ACTF, and others. Dr. Hoch is the author of two books: A Dictionary for the Modern Singer (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014) and Welcome to Church Music & The Hymnal 1982 (Morehouse, 2015). His articles have appeared in the Journal of Singing, Journal of Voice, Opera Journal, Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians, and The Chorister. From 2008–2016, he served as Editor-in-Chief of VOICEPrints: The Official Journal of NYSTA. His research has been presented at many national and international conferences and symposia, including those hosted by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), College Music Society (CMS), National Center for Voice and Speech (NCVS), Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities (HICAH), National Opera Association (NOA), Classical Singer, Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), International Horn Symposium (IHS), Acoustical Society of America (ASA), American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the Hymn Society (HS) of the United States and Canada, the Voice Foundation (TVF) in Philadelphia, and the Eighth International Congress of Voice Teachers (ICVT8) in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Dr. Hoch earned his BM degree from Ithaca College with a triple major in vocal performance, music education, and music theory; his MM degree from The Hartt School with a double major in vocal performance and music history; and his DMA in vocal performance and literature from the New England Conservatory. He has pursed advanced studies in voice science and pedagogy with Ingo Titze, Johann Sundberg, and Scott McCoy, and has completed all three levels of Somatic Voicework certification with Jeannette LoVetri.
Giannina Lombardo Hofmeister, piano
Indianapolis, IN,
Initiated to Kappa 5/16/1977
1960-64 St. Mary of the Woods College Edith Acmodt, Fred di Leo, Frank Cooper Teacher, recitalist for Metropolitan Arts Council, Indianapolis. Created a piano orchestra receiving an award from Steinway. Formed Hoffmeister/Elizabeth Lane duo, touring exstensively including at Tully Hall. Achievement Medal from Steinway for creating a piano orchestra. Baller University
Dorothy Cadzow Hokanson, piano
deceased , 6/26/2001
Initiated to Tau 11/12/1938
Her education began with piano studies with her mother and went on to include the violin before settling on composition. After graduating from the University of Washington in 1939, she taught music in the Tacoma public schools (1940-42) and then returned to academia with a fellowship at the Juilliard graduate school in New York, where she studied with Frederick Jacobi. Her diverse career included such milestones as being a member of the famed Robert Shaw Chorale; orchestrating music for broadcast by the NBC Orchestra on the "Stars of the Future" and for the Broadway revival of "Show Boat"; and creating music for children. She taught piano on the faculty at University of Washington prior to concentrating on her compositions.
Gail Nelson Holgate, soprano, theater, voice
New York, NY,
Initiated to Beta 3/15/1967
New York City Alumni
Philadelphia Music Academy, BM Oberlin (1965), MM New England conservatory of Music (67), American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, AUSTRIA (1972) Ellen Repp, William Woodruff, Judy Oas, Gladys Miller, Myron McPherson 1982 debut Carnegie Hall with National Symphony Orchestra. 1987 debut at Barbican Center with London Symphony. Affiliate artist in residence, Birmingham Alabama, Denver CO, Monroe LA, Spokane WA. Musical theater on Broadway, off Brodaway, Tours and Television. Commercial & Industrial films, recording artist, cruise and club artist, performances with symphony orchestras. For information contact ACME Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 1988: "Gail Nelson put across both words and the melodies…projected the words and the story…"
Dr. Jeffrey Hoover, composition, art
Peoria, IL,
Initiated to Beta Omega 12/7/1979
BS Ball State (composition, theory, saxiphone, music education), MM Ball State (composition and music), PhD Texas Tech University (composition and interdisciplinary fine arts) David Foley, Ernesto Pellegrini, Loretta Jankowski, Mary Jean van Appledorn. (electronic studio tech) Cleve Scott & Steven Paxton Theory professor, band director, composition teacher, director and founder of New Music Today, wood wind player, visual art shows. Lectures (composition and visual artist), adjudicates, associated with organizations having to do with composers, orchestrations and electro-acoustic music. Mu Phi memorial grant-in aid (1984), Mu Phi original composition (1985) Ball State, Wilkes University, SW Michigan College, St. Mary of the Plains, Sterling College, etc. 1996-present: Chairman of Fine, Performing and Applied Music Department at Illinois Central College, Peoria Yes Brave New Music,Shawnee Press, Moon of Hope Publishing, Strings Magazine "The purpose of art is to help us be human."
Carolyn Harer Hoover*, composition, organ, piano
Vashon, WA,
Initiated to Mu Pi 5/30/1950
Tacoma Alumni
BM Ohio Wesleyan University (piano and organ performance), MM No. Texas State Univ. + 2 year fellowship (performance) 1955, Music Academy of the West Paul Strouse, Tilden Wells, Rexford Keller, Dr. Silvio and Dr. Isabel Scionti, Gyorgy Sandor, Maria Varro & Emmanuel Bay Solo, chamber music and Accompanying in WA, TX, OH, MI, CA, CO and Austria. Organist, choral and oversll program director at 1st Congregational, 1st Baptist churches in Tacoma WA, 1st Presbyterian Church in Lansing MI. Organist, piano instructor and dance accompaniest at Annie Wright Seminary (school), Tacoma VP-Pac. NW II District Director, National Chair of ACME (2003-) Pac. Lutheran University Recordings "Being an ACME honoree brings with it a greater possibility to share the joy of music making and sharing to more people. Encouraging others along the way is very important to me so I am always available to listen and perhaps help where needed."
Marilyn Horne, mezzo soprano, soprano, voice
Santa Barbara, CA,
Initiated to Mu Nu 6/1/1952
Columbia Artist Management
University of Southern California (1952) First teacher was her father, Lottie Lehmann, Fritz Zweig 1956 performed under Hindemith's baton, 1960 operatic debut (San Francisco), 1970 Metropolitan debut "Norma", Opera singer, recitalist, recordings. Legendary roles at Met, La Scala, Lyric Opera in Chicago, Covent Garden & San Francisco Opera London Records, DG, Colujmbia & RCA records Il Giorno, MILAN "the mistress of bel canto." San Diego Mirror: "One of the most exciting singers ever" "The voice is beautiful, powerful, accurate in pitch, wide in range and she uses it sensitively."
Anne S. Husband, piano, education
deceased , 09/03/2010
Initiated to Mu Upsilon 11/29/1941
1941, initiated to Mu Phi at Eastman. Performer: recital, duet, chamber, lecturing and adjudication 1965 Award for Outstanding Teacher in Michigan, 1972 Elizabeth Mathais Award 1964-77 Detroit Community Music School Director, former faculty member of Stephens College, University of Missouri, Wayne State, University of Detroit.
Karen Lisa Hutchinson, piano
Hillsborough, CA,
Initiated to Beta Eta 5/6/1978
Protegee of Phillippe Entremont and took first prize in the Charlotte Andrus Brown Competition Los Angeles. She studied at the Paris Conservatory with Jeanne-Marie Darre, and later at the San Francisco Conservatory and worked under the tutelage of Adolph Baller at Stanford University. Ms. Hutchinson received her Bachelor and Masters degrees in Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl, The Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Denver, Oakland, and Shreveport. Ms. Hutchinson continues to concert abroad while performing regularly throughout the Bay area as both soloist and accompanist. A Steinway Artist, she performed at Carnegie Hall, with symphonies in USA and in Europe.
Winifred Prince Hyson, composition, harpsichord, piano
Bethesda, MD,
Initiated to Alpha Eta 2/29/1964
Washington DC Alumni
Winifred Hyson is a composer with an undergraduate degree magna cum laude in Physics from Harvard University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. A solid understanding of physical acoustics governs her harmonic structure and orchestration, and enables her to exploit the resources of the individual instruments. Childhood summers spent in the wilderness of the Adirondack Mountains are reflected in frequent musical references to the outdoors. A love of poetry and a fascination with the relationship between words and music has led to the creation of may works for voice, including songs, vocal chamber works, choral pieces, and a musical about America's First Ladies, Ladies First: Songs, Rhymes and Times of the President's Wives. After advanced study in piano with Evelyn Swarthout Hayes and Roy Hamlin Johnson, and several years of teaching she was Nationally Certified by Music Teachers National Association to teach Music Theory and Composition, and awarded the MTNA Lifetime Master Teacher Certificate in Piano. her many works for piano ensemble have been enthusiastically received by teachers and amateur pianists. She is a composer of piano duets, vocal music, piano solo, choral music, chamber music, orchestral music. Prizes & Awards from: Compsers Guild, National League of American Pen women; Mu Phi Epsilon, National Federation of Music Clubs, etc. Publishers include Arsis Press; CPR/Belvin; Elkan Vogel; Hansen House; Neil A Kjos, Jr.
Dr. Frances Cernich Irwin, accordion, education
St. Louis, MO,
Initiated to Epsilon Upsilon 5/4/1953
St Louis Alumni
Bachelor of Music Education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where she was a member of the Duquesne University Tamburitzans, performing concerts of Balkan music in the U.S. and Europe. Voice major, organ minor. Master and Doctorate of Music Education degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. Music specialist, Webster Groves, MO Public Schools. Freelance musician; former Executive Director, United Nations Association-St. Louis; Emerson Electric Excellence In Teaching Award; MENC Nationally Certified Music Educator. Presentations on Balkan music at the local, state and international levels. Publications: A History of Tamburitza Music in the St. Louis Area; Balkan Melodies for the Accordion and World Melodies for the Accordion (Mel Bay Publ.)
Eda Lafaye Schlatter Jameson, piano
deceased , 10/05/2010
Initiated to Phi Nu 12/1/1940
BA & MA University of California (1940) Florence Fernald, Emanuel Bay, invited to work with Arturo Benedetti Michalangeli of ITALY and F. Motte-Lacroix at the PARIS conservatory, Lili Kraus at Texas Christian Univ. (1974) Teacher Invited to Italy and France to work with famous teachers Faculty member at Yuba and Marysville campus of University of California
Mary Ellen Sturtevant Jenkins, voice
deceased , 6/28/2007
Initiated to Mu Epsilon 5/17/1948
Minneapolis/St. Paul Alumni
India Zerbe Jobelmann, cello
Tigard, OR,
Initiated to Phi Pi 12/20/1943
Portland Alumni
Yale University (1943) Aldo Parisot, Emily Hauser (Budapest String Quartet), Paul Hindemith Adjunct professor, principle cellist of Oregon Symphony, Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Britt Festival, and Portland Opera Orchestras. Private studio. Member of New Haven, New Jersey Symphony. Guest principle of Honolulu Symphony. Appeared as chamber music artist and soloist along the eastern seaboard. Cello Technique
Mary Jane Rose Johnson, soprano, voice
Amarillo, TX,
Initiated to Epsilon Pi 11/30/1971
Columbia Artist Management
BM Texas Tech University, MM W Texas State University 1986 debut in Leeds ENGLAND "Girl of the Golden West." Recitals in over 50 US and Canadian cities. Sung in ITALY, CA, TX, IL, NY. Many operatic and orchestral roles. 1980 Regional winner Metropolitan Audition, National Metropolitan Opera semi-finalist Opera News: "Miss Johnson showed great promise…for she is beautiful to behold and possesses a strong, focused voice."
Dr. Joyce Gilstrap Jones, organ
Waco, TX,
Initiated to Mu Theta 1/8/1951
Richard Torrence Management 254-763-8776
BM Univ of Texas, MM & D of MA University of Texas, MM SW Baptist Theology (sacred music) Karl Richter, Andre Marchal, Helmut Walcha Debut: Dallas Symphony, 3 years in Germany, Fellow of American Guild of Organists, Organist in Residence at Baylor Univ. Concerts thoughout US, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Japan & Europe. First woman to play at Crystal Cathedral. Only woman organist listed with the Community Concert organization. Only organist to win Dealey Award, First woman to play organ at Crystal Cathedral and be listed with the Community Concert Organization. Head of Organ Department and Organist in Residence at Baylor Univ. 10 books of Organ Music LA Times: "Utterly charming. Dazzling brabura mingled with intelligence." Praised for impeccable technique, beautiful expression, perfect rhythm and audience rapport. Joyce enjoys taking classical music to small communities.
Dr. Alice Yost Jordan, composition
deceased , 01/15/2012
Initiated to Omega 4/2/1938
Greater Des Moines Alumni
BME Drake University (1938) and graduate work. 1986 honorary PhD of Letters, Grand View College. Audited courses in composition, theology and improvisation at Union Thological Seminary 1965 Performer, frequent speaker on writing for church and school, member of ASCAP, Composer: Chorus SATB, Service music, SSA, organ 1st place 1954 Mu Phi competition. Honorable mention 1956 & 67 competitions Books Boardman press, Larenz Publishing, Belwin-Mills, Harold Flammer, Abington Press RCA Red Seal (ARL 1-1403), Delta Records
Rose Marie Jun, voice
New York, NY,
Initiated to Mu Psi 1/6/1948
Recording artist, session singer of Boadway music, her Broadway demos for some huge shows are now on CDs called Broadway First Takes. She was also in Needles and Pins with Barbra Streisand. Rose Marie is now a member of “The New York Granny Chicks,” a singing group of three Grandmothers Against the War. The New York Granny Chicks recorded a CD of two of their most popular anti-war songs, “Granies, Let's Unite” and “I’ve Got to Take Back My Country,” which have played on Air America Radio, WBAI, and a number of Manhattan cable programs.
Leigh Wright Kaplan, piano, monologue
Arroyo Grande, CA,
Initiated to Mu Nu 4/26/1958
Palos Verdes Peninsula Alumni
Mary Beth Treen - Artists Management
BM & MM University of S California (piano performance) 1958 + 55 units of graduate courses for continuing education requirements Media, Concert, State as solo and chamber player. Film, Theater and Television/Radio. Performances with Boston Pops and at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Recording artist. Teacher. Co-Owner and Driector of Whitecliff Music Studio. Text book and monograph author. Citrus & El Camino Colleges ( 1973-78), Whitecliff Studios Text books CAMBRIA label, Radio: KCET, KPFK, KFAC, KCRW The Albany Herald - GA: "Miss Kaplan brought the audience to their feet in a spontaneous ovation at the conclusion."
Dr. Lucrecia R. Kasilag, piano, composition
deceased , 8/16/2008
Initiated to Mu Upsilon 2/10/1950
BA Philippine Women's University (1936), BM St. Scholastica's College (1939), BM Philippine Women's Univ (1949), MM Eastman School of Music (1950), Honorary PhD Centro Escolar Univ. (1975), PhD of Laws Phillipine Women's Univ. (1980), PhD in Fine Arts St. Member of Philipino League of Composers, Pres. Of Cultural Center of the Philippine Complex, Director for Theater for Performing Arts. Dean emeritus for Philippine Women's Univ (College of Music and Fine Arts). Presided at international and national music conferences, Adjudicator for piano comptitions in Italy, Australia and USA. Wide range of compositions: orchestral, chamber;percussion; ethnic music; choral and keyboard. Travel grants for study and sharing her heritage
Emily Sue Hastings Keene, mezzo soprano, voice
Greensburg, PA,
Initiated to Phi Omicron 4/25/1976
Formerly on the faculty of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Now on the faculty at Seton Hill University.
Margaret Templeton Davis Kew, violin
Atchison, KS,
Initiated to Omega 2/25/1945 Kansas City Federation of Musicians
Concert master for 21 years for the Des Moines Symphony, played in St Joseph Symphony, Prof of music at Drake University and Benedictine College. She was active in the Missouri Music Teachers Association and served often as an adjudicator.
Joyce "Joy" Slote Kim, soprano, voice
Ridgefield, GA,
Initiated to Mu Nu 5/26/1950
Albert Kay Associates, Ernst Rieser Exclusive Management
BM & MM University of Southern California Lillian Backstrand, Wilson & Carl Ebert, Lattie Lehmann, Operatic debut, San Francisco as Madame Butterfly. Opera & Concert recogition (Europe, Far East, S. America & US), Broadway, television, radio & motion pictures. Specialty: Lieder. Munich: "A sensitive artist… her pure and lovely voice displayed a beautiful eveness of tone line and flexibility…"
Dr. Frances Bartlett Kinne, piano, education
Jacksonville, FL,
Initiated to Omega 5/22/1951
AA Univ. of North Iowa, BM & MM Drake Univ (music ed), PhD University of Frankfurt (music, english literature & philosophy), Honorary Degree of Laws, Lenoir Rhyne College. Degree of Fine Arts, Drake Univ. Degree of Humane Letters, Wagner College. Degree Public school music teacher, choral and instrumental conductor, army hostess, Recreation director, music consultant to General MacArthur's staff, first female Dean of College of Fine Arts (1961-79), President of Jacksonville University (1979-89), Chancellor 1989-94. Much more information from ACME chair and folder file First woman Dean of College of Fine Arts, Jacksonville Univ. 1961-79. Public school, Jacksonville University, Tsuda College in Tokyo JAPAN Des Moines Sunday Register: "Life is Franny's adventure."
Jane Bakken Poloway Klaviter, conductor, piano, prompter
New York, NY,
Initiated to Epsilon Xi 11/4/1969
New York City Alumni
Certified in Spanish, Russian. BM & MM University of Illinois (piano performance) Malcom Bilson, Stanley Fletcher, Soulima Stravinsky, Paul Ulanowsky, John Wustman, Rudolf Gang, Bernice Peck, Luigi Ricci, Norman Shetler Prompter at Metropolitan Opera (1987), Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Philharmonic production of Falstaff, Assistant Conductor, Metropolitan opera 1987 and numerous other positions there., Lecturer, adjudicator, recitals and master classes. Languages, Italian, German, French Spanish & Russian. 1992 Founding dirctor of Bel Canto Institude Faculty member of Julliard (1987), Manhattan School (1984-86) Deutshe Grammaphon (Falstaff LA & Giulini) Klaviter: "I am a security for the singers and an extra pair of hands for the conductors. The tradition for propters, though, is we must never lose our cool."
Dr. Carol Jachec Klose, conductor, education, piano
deceased , 02/17/2013
Initiated to Alpha Omicron 5/4/1980
BM Rosary College of Dominican University (piano performance), M FA Villa Schifanoia (piano performance), School of Fine Arts of Florence, ITALY Orazio Frugoni, Renato Premezzi Faculty member, recording artist, tours in US and abroad in workshop settings. 26 years of writing and publishing textbooks, developed teaching series. Developed electronic keyboard tap system for the blind to learn. Faculty member of Univ. of WI, teaching series, textbooks, learning system for the blind
Sherry Labinger Kloss*, violin
Muncie, IN,
Initiated to Epsilon Upsilon 5/1/1964
Muncie Alumni
BM & MM Julliard School Honorary degree of excellence Sienna, Italy Ivan Galamian, Tibor Varga, Nathan Milstein, Heiftz Touring artist, London debut at Wigmore Hall (86), premier concerts in St. Petersburg, RUSSIA. Presented master classes at St. Petersburg Conservatory. Co-founder of Jascha Heifetz Society. Founder and Artistic Director of the "Music Institute for the Development of Personal Style." Honorary degree of Excellence from Academia Musicale Chigiana, Siena, ITALY. 1972 prize at International Councours of Violin, Sion, SWITZERLAND. Assistant to Heifetz Master Class at Univ. of S. CA, Sursa distinguished professor at Ball State Univ. Protone Records
Ruth H. Kahn Kobart, voice
deceased , 12/14/2002
Initiated to Mu Xi 2/13/1944
Barbara Kolb, composition
North Providence, RI,
Initiated to Alpha Beta 4/27/1957
New York City Alumni
Composed and debuted many works in the New York area by "Da Capo", St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, Hunter College and Julliard. Integrates tape with live performances and around auditorium placement of instruments. Has created a distinctive contemporary form of Impressionism, turbulent yet sensual compositions, Poetic or visual images often inspire her pieces, as in her orchestral work Grisaille (1978-79), named for the painting technique, "[Kolb] hears timbres as precisely as she manipulates intricate motivic structures." — Chicago Tribune, Has collected numerous awards including a Fulbright Scholarship to Vienna, two Guggenheim Fellowships, an Institute of Arts and Letters Award, and seven NEA grants, first American woman to win the Rome Prize in Music Composition (1969-1971), created a music theory instruction course for the blind and physically disabled under the auspices of the Library of Congress, clarinetist in Hartford Symphony. Elizabeth Mathias Award 1970.
Susan Beate Krausz, piano
deceased , 2/24/2008
Initiated to Phi Omicron 5/8/1955
Stuttgart Musik Hochschule, Columbia University, MA Western Reserve University (musci), Certificates from Columbia University and Cleveland Music School Settlement in piano teaching. Walter Rehberg, Dinu Lipatti Lecturer in piano at Case Western Reserve (26 years), Solo, duet with husband and recital performances. Teaches privately Mu Phi prize winner Lecturer at Case Western Reserve University, private studio teacher in Cleveland Heights
Dr. Richard Kravchak*, oboe, education
Huntington, WV,
Initiated to Gamma Sigma 11/13/2005
Dr. Richard Kravchak has been heard as an oboe soloist, chamber and orchestral musician around the world, performing concerts throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. He has appeared as a soloist with ensembles as diverse as The Dubuque Symphony, The University of Hawaii Wind Ensemble, The Carson Symphony, Banda Espinia de Portugal and the Orquesta Symphonica de El Salvador. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald has written “Kravchak's playing revealed a real beauty of tone, not monolithic, but always changing in color and intensity. He makes even the most difficult lines seem almost effortless.” The Florida Flambeau raves "Kravchak made a good case for his virtuosity.” Dr. Kravchak has been invited to present solo performances at conferences and festivals including The International Double Reed Society, The North American Saxophone Alliance, Festival Forfest, the International Clarinet Society, and many others. Kravchak holds performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the Juilliard School, and Florida State University. Richard Kravchak was Professor of Music at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where he was the Chairman of the Music Department. His duties also included directing the Music Education program and serving as a studio woodwind instructor. He is now the founding Director of the School of Music and Theatre at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Concurrent to his appointment at CSUDH, Dr. Kravchak served on the conducting faculty of the Valley Youth Orchestras, as well as serving as an elementary music instructor for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Dr. Kravchak’s teaching has been widely recognized by his colleagues. Dr. Kravchak was the first California teacher to receive National Board Certification in music education. He has also received a Platinum Apple Award from the United Teachers of Los Angeles, a Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year award from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, and has been a finalist for a Bravo Award, granted by the Music Center of Los Angeles. Dr. Kravchak received the Dunsay award from the Music Center, as the Bravo Award Finalist who “did the most with the fewest resources”.
Bettye Krolick, braille specialist, violin
deceased , 08/05/2011
Initiated to Epsilon Xi 5/10/1957
Denver Alumni
BM Stevens College Eastman School. University of Illinois (braille) Heray 1968 Fort Collins and Greeley, CO Symphony Orechestras. Certified transcriber for Library of Congress. Writer in braille. Visiting lecturer and researcher for Braille organizations. MAJOR PROJECT: Music from the Keys of a Braillewriter. 1987-89, President of N B A. Merit awards from Mu Phi Epsilon, Distinguished Alumni award from Stevens College (1981) New International Manual of Braille Music Notation Spungin AFB VP of national Programs and Initiatives: "Bettye Krolich is considered by many to be the "mother" of the braille code…Due to her efforts, the music braille code is the only braille code uniformly accepted by all nations."
Maquette Kuper, flute, education
Davis, CA,
Initiated to Beta 5/16/1971
Sacramento Alumni Chapter
MAQUETTE KUPER is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, spent two summers as a fellowship student at Tanglewood (summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra) and studied in Paris on a Fulbright fellowship. She has also studied privately with Lloyd Gowen, James Pappoutsakis, and Michel Debost. She has been a performing participant in master classes given by Julius Baker, who described her as “a soloist of the highest calibre.” Ms. Kuper is a winner of the Mu Phi Epsilon International Young Artist Competition and has appeared as soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra. She has performed in Europe and throughout the United States. Ms. Kuper is listed in Outstanding Young Women of America. The Sacramento Bee has said she performs with “strength, steadiness and authoritative style.” The Davis Enterprise has said, “Maquette Kuper had such warm intonation and such musicianship that her playing was a delight . . . the flute was dazzling.” In March of 2013 she was the featured soloist with the Sacramento Symphonic Winds and the Sacramento Bee reported “The audience gave a standing ovation to the classic and widely recognized "Fantaisie Brillante sur des airs de Carmen" which showcased the sweet beautiful music of local flutist, Maquette Kuper.” Ms. Kuper has been a founding member of Sacramento’s Capitol Chamber Players and the California Wind Orchestra. She plays principal flute with the Auburn Symphony and was a featured soloist in its 2006-07 and 2011-12 series. She also performs with the California Baroque Ensemble. A longtime Davis resident, she teaches flute privately and is the founder and director of the Davis Youth Flute Choir.
Dr. Nelita True Laires, piano, education
Rochester, NY,
Initiated to Gamma 2/12/1956
Rochester Alumni
BM University of Mich. (1956), MM Julliard School of Music, DM Peabody Conservatory Nadia Boulanger, Sascha Gorodnitzki, Leon Fleisher Faculty and Chairperson of Piano Department. Invited to teach at St. Petersburg Conservatory. Concert performances throughout US & Europe Council of International Exchange of Scholars to teach in Russia, Fulbright Scholar in France Eastman School of Music, University of Maryland (19 years) Educo Records "I try to develop and impress on my students that each one of them is unique and each brings something special to a piece of music…"
Elizabeth Searle Lamb, harp
deceased , 2/16/2005
Initiated to Xi 11/13/1936
Elizabeth planned a life as a harpist but when marrying tropical forester Bruce Lamb, which took them to Central and South America, she turned to the typewriter for a creative outlet. In 1961, after moving to New York City, she was writing and publishing mainly prose when she discovered haiku. In 1963, American Haiku, the first American haiku magazine, began to publish her haiku. On October 23 1968, she participated at the first meeting of the Haiku Society of America and became a charter member. Editor of Frogpond from 1984 to 1990, and 1994, Elizabeth has written critical works, earned numerous awards, has been widely published, translated and frequently anthologized. She donated her extensive collection of haiku materials to the new American Haiku Archive in California State Library in Sacramento, CA and, in July 1996, she became the first honorary curator.
Rosemary Lang, clarinet, composition, education
deceased , 2/5/1985
Initiated to Kappa 5/15/1945
Indianapolis Alumni
Albert Kay Associated Inc.
BM & MM Jordon College of Music, Butler Univeristy. Faculty of Jordon College since 1946, solo & recital chamber and orchestral music. Composes & coaches. Writer. Sub for Indianpolis Symphony. Faculty of Jordon College as Assistant Prof. of woodwinds, teaches composition and coaches woodwinds. Textbooks for teaching woodwinds Textbooks Lang Music Publications
Ludmilla Kovach Lazar, piano
Skokie, IL,
Initiated to Alpha Omicron 1/14/1961
Central Music School of Ljubijana, YUGOSLAVIA. BM & MM Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University (piano performance) (1963 &65), DMA NW School of Music (piano performance). Pursued post-doctoral studies in orchestration, conducting, organ, pedagogy Dr. Rudoph Ganz, Mollie Margolies, Jack Rodunsky, Karel Jirak, Oswald Jonas Recitalist in Chicago in chamber music and as accompianist. Active in leadership at Roosevelt University. Officer in Society of American Musicians. Organizes piano workships, conferences and master classes. Serves as a adjudicator. 1st place winner in numerous competitions. Goethe Institute Award to continue adanced studies of the German language. Officer Chicago Musical College as Chairperson of the Piano Department since 1983)
Verona S. Lee, soprano, voice
deceased 02/28/2008
Initiated to Alpha Beta 
Arthur Judson Management, Herbert Barrett Management
Hart College 1958 Debut 1959, New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, Deutsche Opera (most of her career is here). Contemporary works, Menatti, Britten, Dello Jio, etc. Europe and US. Opera, operetta, musical comedy, television and recording artist NY Journal: "soared with enviable purity…" NY Times: "an attractive girl, moves like a dancer…an admirable actress."
Sung Sook Lee, soprano, voice
Atlanta, GA,
Initiated to Tau 3/2/1968
Herbert Barrett Management, Columbia Artists Management
Born in Korea and trained at the University of Washington and the Julliard School of Music in New York, Ms. Lee has achieved international recognition for her vocal talents. A Metropolitan Opera Audition winner, she has performed leading roles in opera houses and concert halls all over the world. In 1975, she debut at LaScala, at London's Royal Opera in Covent Garden and at the New York City Opera. Other performances include roles and recitals at the Frankfurt Opera, the Netherlands Opera, the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. She is currently teaching vocal music at Lee University in Cleveland, TN.
Cynthia Cozette Lee, flute, composition
Philadelphia, PA,
Initiated to Beta Beta 4/8/1972
Philadelphia Alumni
CC of Philadelphia (Spanish & French), Albanian Masjid School (Arabic), Taylor Allderdice School, Univ of Pittsburg (Black History), Jacksonville Univ. (Music Composition), Temple Univ (Piano, Ballet, Spanish), Julliard School (Manuscript copying), Carneg George Rochberg, George Crumb, Roland Leich, Leonardo Balaka, Hoskins, ;Arnold Arnstein Bernard Boldberg, Donald Gibson Cynthia has been a: music copyist, ballet student, program consultant for a cultural alliance, flutist, radio writer, producer for a classical radio music series classical music research consultant, manager for a flute quartet, written articles for publications, teaches and lectures and has been involved in various music festivals. Mu Phi National Composition winner: 1975 3rd Prize, 1979 2nd Prize Cynthia has written 2 operas along with various vocal, choral, chamber, symphonic and solo and ensemble works.
Dr. Joyce Lindorff*, harpsichord, education
Amber, PA,
Initiated to Mu Nu 1/25/1977
BM Sarah Lawarence, MM University of S. California, DMA Julliard (1982), Mellon Post Doctoral teaching and Reasearch fellowship at Cornell Arthur Fuller, Igor Kipnis, Leonard Stein Pro musicis artist, performances with NY Philharmonic, Waverly Consort, NY Chamber Orchestra, etc. North Carolina Arts Council's Visiting Artist Program performer, teacher, recitalist throughout CHINA. Pro Musicis Foundation Artist Sponsorship (1983), 1978 Mu Phi Grand in Aid 1991 Shanghai Conservaor, Hong Kong. Associate Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University and harpsichord instructor at the Chinese University Serenus, Digitech labels and Titanic Records
Jeaneane Dowis Lipman, piano, education
deceased 12/04/2013
Initiated to Phi Tau 5/1/1947
Pianist, music educator, Jeaneane entered the Julliard School at age sixteen to study with legendary pedagogue Rosina Lhe'vinne, and later taught there herself. She won piano competitions, toured the U.S. with several orchestras, and later was on the Aspen faculty as an artist-teacher for nearly thirty years. Jeaneane often performed four-hand works with her husband Samuel Lipman, a well know pianist and music critic.
Wynona Ruth Wieting Lipsett, piano, education
deceased , 01/02/2015
Initiated to Mu Chi 10/22/1958 Texas Music Adjudicators
Dallas Alumni
BM (61) & MME (82) SMU (clarinet & piano) Teacher, choral conductor, Adjudicator, Soloist Civic Chorus, Dallas Symphony Chorus (section leader, rehearsal accompainist & soloist), organist,choral director and accompianist for professional music theater Meadows Fellowship Recipient, SMU 1982, International President of Mu Phi Epsilon, 1995-2005 Mesquite, TX. Elementary Music 1960-76, High School Choral Conductor (76-94)
Arietha Lockhart, music education, soprano
Decatur, GA,
Initiated to Beta Gamma 11/4/1979
Atlanta Alumni
BM University of AL Elizabeth Nohe Colson, Karen K. White, William Stome, Arleen Auger Atlanta Symphony, Robert Shaw Singers, Festival Singers, Atlanta Bach Choir, Alabama Symphony, American Institute of Musical Studies Festival Orchestra in Graz, AUSTRIA and Aspen Opera Theater. Former District Director, Retired Teacher Elementary school music in DeKalb School District, GA Telarc Recording Robert Shaw: "Arietha Lockhart is a young artist of taste and intelligence with a beautiful high soprano voice…" Specializes in Early and Contemporary Music.
Emily Boyd Lowe, choral conductor
deceased , 08/01/2012
Initiated to Epsilon Lambda 2/11/1961
Founder and director of the Emily Lowe Singers, recording artist, retired choral director for Florida Keys Community College.
Dr. Martha Varnell Frances MacDonald, clarinet
Austin, TX,
Initiated to Phi Xi 12/9/1958
Austin Alumni
John Higham, New Era International Concerts, London
BM Baylor Univ (music ed), MM Univ. of MI (wind instrument), DMA Univ. of TX Austin (clarinet - 1986), Cert.of Management for Not-for-profit Organizations at Univ. of TX (1991) Band & music teacher, clarinet and woodwind instructor at The American School at the Hague,NETHERLANDS. TA at University of TX, ensemble touring (TX Commission for the Arts) in TX and Europe (11986,1990, 1992). Founder and director of Clarinet of Austin Chamber Ensemble. Performances with, Trio Contraste. Manager & clarinetist for TX Chamber Symphony. Adjudicator Tour for Texas Commission for the Arts, Texas and OK touring grants District Director 86-92, National VP, member of International Foundation board DMA Treatise 1986
Mary Sinclair MacDonald, piano
deceased , 11/27/2009
Initiated to Phi Nu 9/20/1961
BM University of CA Istvan Nades, Lili Kraus, Pierre Sancan, Leo Smit, Noble Cain, Peter Jona Korn, Roy Harris 1967 debut Texas-San Antonio Symphony. Santa Cecilia Arch, Rome, ITALY. Redlands Bowl, CA. Peter Britt Festival, OR, NW Chamber Orchestra, Seattle,WA. Copenhagen, Luxemborg, Dubrovnik. Invited on US Embassy tours in Spain, Mexico, Italy, Germany and Belgium DMS Records El Sal de Mexico: "Her playing is spontaneous, her touch is rich and varied…"
Lestelle Johns Manley, coloratura soprano, soprano, voice
Sacramento, CA,
Initiated to Epsilon Omega 4/27/1958
Sacramento Alumni
BA California State University San Francisco & Univ. of the Pacific Stockton John Burke, Alex Gould, Frank Purcell Jacqueline Vistorino, William Ferrin, Kurt Adler, etc. 40 music theater productions with Oakland Light Opera. Seen in little theater groups in CA, NC and with the armed forces. Vocal Director, performed with Sacramento Symphony. Sacramento Light Opera Association's Music Circus San Francisco Regional Opera audition winner Dramatic Arts in San Juan school district Presbyterian Church of Fair Oaks
Virginia Marks, piano
Bowling Green, OH,
Initiated to Alpha Eta 2/29/1968
Toledo Alumni
BA Temple University, MA American University, Curtis Institute of Philadelphia. Studied with Eleanor Sakoloff, Maryan Filar, Leon Fleisher and Evelyn Sworthout Hayes. Distinguished Teaching Professor and chair of music performance studies at Bowling Green State University Ohio. Named the 2002 Certified Teacher of the Year by the Ohio Music Teachers Association. She made her concert debut at age 10 as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and is an internationally acclaimed recitalist, orchestral soloist and chamber artist presenting recitals throughout the United States, Canada and Europe with appearances at New York's Town Hall, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Spoleto Festival in Italy; formerly a faculty member at Temple and Cornell Universities, Ithaca College and the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan. Recording artist for Educo Records; awards and grants include first prizes in the Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition, the Concert Artist Guild Competition and the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund; students are active performers and have won numerous local, state and national competitions; has written articles for Clavier, Keyboard Companion, Piano and Keyboard and the American Music Teacher; renowned lecturer on piano pedagogy; has presented workshops, master classes and serves as an adjudicator in 40 states.
Jane Manton Marshall, composition
Dallas, TX,
Initiated to Mu Chi 2/14/1944
Composer of choral music and a hymnwriter, Sacred Music graduate faculty at Perkins School of Theology, SMU, clinician in churches around the country, writes & publishes choral music for all ages.
Marcelene Hawk Mayhall, piano, harpsichord
Youngstown, OH,
Initiated to Mu Phi 12/10/1951
Cleveland Heights Alumni
Pianist and accompanist. Honored in 2004 for 34 years as music director in her church.
Brunetta Elizabeth Graham Mazzolini, voice
Portland, OR,
Initiated to Epsilon Theta 6/2/1951
A soprano with major opera houses, recording artist and teacher.
Robin Mc Cabe, piano
Seattle, WA,
Initiated to Tau 5/26/1968
New York City Alumni
Herbert Barrett, Olympic Artists Management (Seattle)
BM University of WA, MM & PhD Julliard School. Bela Siki, Rudolf Fiskusny, Mme. Ania Dorfman, Ilona Kabos Debut Carnegie Hall 1975, tours in US, Canada, S. America, Europe and the Far East. Collaboration with violinist, Ruggiero Ricci. Julliard faculty member, now University of Washington Biography - "A Pianist's Progress" by Helen Drees Ruttencittio T. Crowell, (1979) "Young Musical Artists" BIS Label, Qualition Records & Vanguard LA Times: "As much authority and stylistic bite as one might wish… and she brought the house down."
Lenita Chadima Mc Callum*, education, mezzo soprano, soprano, voice
Palos Verdes Estates, CA,
Initiated to Phi Iota 1/18/1957
BM concordia College, MM Eastman, Performer's Cert in voice and opera & private study Todd Duncan, Natalie Limonick Active in Mu Phi, Private studio teacher, recitals in US and GERMANY. Opera performer and children's music director. Lecturer on performance etiquette Fulbright Scholar to study at Mozarteum Foundation V Chair, District Director, performer Private studio teacher for voice
Ruth Duncan Mc Donald, piano
deceased , 03/04/2012
Initiated to Mu Delta 2/18/1941 National Federation of Music Clubs
Atlanta Alumni
BM Univ. of Missouri in Kansas City. Julliard Artist Graduate Carl Friedberg Town Hall debut 1949. NY Greenwich Village jazz and classical pianist. Performances with: Kansas city Phil, Detroit Symphony and Atlant Symphony. Performed at Wigmore Hall, London and toured England. 1975, recital of American Composers at Alice Tully Hall. Faculty Advisor Georgia State University NY Post: "undoubtedly intensely musical and gifted with imagination…(Ives Sonata) an achievement both technically and musically."
Dr. John Samuel Mc Intyre*, education
Terre Haute, IND,
Initiated to Gamma Psi 2/1/2007
Terre Haute Alumni
BA Western Washington Univ. (music ed), MM Univ. of Miami (theory and composition), DMA Univ. of So. California (church music, choral, film scoring, history and literature) Studies in Desktop Music Production, Chironomy at Gregorian Chant Intitute Faculty, composer and author. Contact ACME for more information 1999 & 8 ASCAP award and ASCAPLUS awards Mary-of-the-Woods College, Indiana articles and compositions Live Oak House, Concordia Publishing, Augsburg, Fortress Publishing, GIA, Orenz Corp. Check his website for more information
Lynda Keith Mc Knight, mezzo soprano, soprano, voice
Pearland, TX,
Initiated to Phi Xi 4/5/1979
BM Baylor Univ, MM & PhD Cincinnati Conservatory Joan Dornemann, Barbara Honn, Mignon Dunn, Paul Nadler, Italo Tajo, Sherrill Milnes, etc… Artis in residence, assist. Professor of vocal studies, Baylor Univ. 1993 Debut at Metropolitan Opera, 2 year tour after winning Young Artist's Award at national Federation of Music Clubs convention. Many operatic roles throughout the US. Young Artists Award from National Federation of Music Clubs convention. Won National Metropolitan Opera Audition Assist Professor in Vocal Studies - Baylor Toledo Blade: " Things livened up when Keith came on the state. She had a strong presence…a smooth voice which was warm, shapley and employed with finesse."
Julianne Mc Lean, piano
Wichita, KS,
Initiated to Mu Delta 3/15/1947
Wichita Alumni
BM & MM Kansas City Conservatory of Music, master classes, Santa Cecialia Academy in Rome, Julliard School (4 years) Dr. Wiktor Labunski, Olga Samaroff, Carlo Zecchi, Rudopho Caporali, Rosinna Lhevine Debut at Town Hall, played Aspen Music Festival, CBS and NBC television, Salsburg Mozarteum, Queen Elizabeth Concours etc… NY Herald Tribune: "a distinguished showing…her deliniation of the composer's ideas was clear and meticulous…"
Dr. Janet Pfischner McNeil, composition
deceased , 1/28/1998
Initiated to Mu Phi 4/12/1965
BM Baldwin-Wallace College (theory/piano) 1967, MM Univ. of CO (composition), DMA Univ. of ILL (composition) Ben Johnston, Herbert Bruin, Paul Zonn, Charles Bahin, David Burge, Walter Hasenmueller, John Melby Faculty member and productive composer Teaching fellowships, Fischer Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts Grant, etc. Univ. of CO, Univ of SD, Univ. of IL, Compositions and articles Carl Fisher, Joseph Boonin Co Reviews can be found in Theory/Composition and New Music in Choice Magazine
Rilla Rowe Mervine, contralto, voice
deceased , 6/15/2013
Initiated to Phi Gamma 5/11/1946
Sacramento Alumni
Catholic University, Washington DC, 1946, member and soloist with the State College Choral Society.
Dr. Eunice Louise Boardman Meske, music education, education
deceased , 05/05/2009
Initiated to Phi Pi 11/25/1958
BME Cornell College Mt. Vernon, IO 1947. MME Teacher's College at Columbia Univ. 1951, Ed.D University of ILL 1963 Elementary music specialist and choral director. Professorship, leadership in national and local organizations, articles, books, Visiting lecturer and consultant Awards and grants Former officer Music Education at Wichita State 1957-72. "Musical Growth in the Elementary School." "Exploring Music" "Individualized Music Program." Holt, Reinhart and Winston, 1975
Nancy Doris Metzger*, composition, harpsichord, organ
Sacramento, CA,
Initiated to Nu 5/16/1965
Sacramento Alumni
BS Syracuse Univ (design), Univ. of OR (theory & organ), CO State Univ (music history). MA California State Univ. Sacramento (music history) N. German Summer Organ Academy David N. Johnson, Arthur Poister, John Hamilton, Richard Purves, Lauretta Goldberg, Harold Vogel Soloist & lecturer on harpsichord, organist/director in OR, CO, DC & CA, St. James Lutheran Church, Portland OR. Private organ and piano teacher, adjudicator, recitalist and lecturer. 1978 Mu Phi Musicological Research paper prize and Grant in Aid Professor at Warner Pacific College, private organ & piano "Harpsichord technique: a Guide to Expressivity" Musica Dulce, 1990 and 1998 Dean Billmeyer, Univ. of Minn: "I have used your method - at the university (where I teach harpsichord and coach early music ensemble) with great success."
Mary Emily Mitchell, harp
Bedford, NY,
Initiated to Mu Upsilon 1/19/1975
Columbia Artist Management
BM Eastman School of Music, MM Royal College of Music LONDON Eileen Malone 1980 opening recital for the American Harp Society Convention. Exchange recitalist to Holland. Singer with celtic harp Representative at International Harp Festival in Holland, 1980. 1st Place of 1979 Isreael International Harp Contest. Vox Records, Argo Records NY Times: "The first thing one noticed was her mature, incisive musicianship, her grasp of style, her ability to mold long phrases in short, Miss Mitchell is a MARVELOUS harpist."
Ewan Habrecht Mitton*, voice
Provo, UT,
Initiated to Phi Lambda 10/24/1963
Training in Los Angeles, Milan, London, Paris and NY. Ruth Miller Chamber Opera at Stanford Univ under direction of Jan Popper, Univ of S. CA under Carl Ebert and Wolfgang Martin. Debut: Theatro Nuovi, MILAN. Teacher. Founder and President of the Utah Lyric Opera Society. Private studio, directing and producing. Supports Young Utah Singers. W. Oregon University (24 years), Brigham Young
Valorie Goodall Mooney, soprano, voice
East Brunswick, NJ,
Initiated to Phi Xi 10/29/1956
Albert Kay Associates, Inc. William Morris Agency
BM Baylor University, MM Univ of Colorado Martha Barkema (Baylor), private study: Paola Novikova Engaged by Graz Opera Co, guest at festivals of Flanders, Ghent, Belguim. Concerts and television appearances in Austria and Germany. Operatic debut in Graz 1964. Expo 1967 at Montreal Opera. 1976 debut as conductor. Teaches voice at Rutgers University Rave notices from German and Belgium critics. Washington Post: "A beautiful woman who acts and sings with a sparkling manner and phrases with a smoothness that reminds one of a young Elisabeth Schwarzkopf."
Barbara Hill Moore, education, soprano, voice
Plano, TX,
Initiated to Mu Chi 4/28/1959
BS Lincoln Univ. MO, MS Univ. of ILL (graduate fellow) Hermanus Baer, Bruce Foote, Horst Gunter, Virginia Babikian, Martin Issep, Madame Re'Koster, John Wustman Professor, Performances with orchestra in Europe (especially GERMANY), Researcher, teacher, performer and recruiter in S. AFRICA. Founder and Director of Spiritual Voices, Christmas tour in 2001 of Germany. Advocate for minority students. Amalfi Coast Music festival, Summer Opera Institute (2004) Many awards, grants and honors. Professor of Voice SMU's Meadows School of the Arts. Amalfi Coast Music Festival and Summer Opera Institute. Master Classes in ITALY, KOREA, GERMANY and S. AFRICA Barbara Moore: "I didn't teach because I couldn't sing. I have a gift for teaching. I think this is the role God meant for me."
Shirley Hobgood Moore, composition
deceased , 04/21/2015
Initiated to Beta Tau 3/1/1978
Atlanta Alumni
BM Stephan's College (piano), MM Georgia State Univ. (piano), Heidelberg Mannheim School of Music Hans Vogt Performances: GA, Emory, SC, Atlanta, Mercer Univ. Brenau College, GA radio, Agnes Scott College. Recitals, lecturer, accompainist and composer (in voice, piano, string quartet, chambe orchestra and smaller ensembles) Emory Univ. faculty Arioso Trio. For more information contact ACME for Folder File Emory University
Judith Ann Moore, voice
Richmond, VA,
Initiated to Beta 5/5/1953
Harriet Porter Moore, voice
San Diego, CA,
Initiated to Gamma 11/15/1942
San Diego Alumni
Jeannine Romer Morrison, piano
Decatur, GA,
Initiated to Delta Zeta 10/13/1990
Atlanta Alumni
BM Rollin's College (piano) Winter Park, FL. MA Teacher's College at Columbia Univ. (piano performance), Licentiate Diploma at Royal Acameny of Music London, 1979. Dr. Edwin Hughes Professor, recitalist at Town Hall, National Gallery of Art in DC, Toronto and California. Performed with orchestras, soloist and duets, coach, accompianist for the GA State Univ. summer opera workshop. 1988 Baldwin Piano Co. Artists roster Clayton State College, Decatur GA University Society, Inc. NY Times: "To all this music Miss Romer brought substantial technique and communicative musical ideas."
Joan Marie Moynagh, soprano, voice
Oxford, OH,
Initiated to Epsilon Xi 5/23/1961
Regis College, New England Conservatory, New England Opera Theater of Boston Madame Sundelis Music faculty, teaches voice and tours Miami University, University of Illinois Vanguard Records
Dr. Clive Muncaster, conductor, composition
Princeton, NJ,
Initiated to Alpha Kappa 4/10/1983
Fernden Haslemere Stowe School in Buckingham and the Royal Academy of Music, LONDON (violin, piano, composition, conducting), MM Florica State (music therapy) Krzysztof Pendercki, Sir Adrian Boult Assistant conductor of Worthing Symphony, Finchley Orchestra. Founder/Director of Oxford Chamber Ensemble. Founder of Churchill Memorial Concerts at Blenheim Palace. Music therapy pioneer. BBC debut compositions. Director of Music Therapy Program at University of Miami, Smithsonian documentaries, conducted, music director at the VA School of Arts in Lynchburg and founded the "Dr. Clive Muncaster's Music Clinics" (music therapy for the elderly) Director of Music Therapy Program at Univ. of Miami, DM Univ. of MO - Kansas City, College of St. Teresa, MN
Dr. Shirley Munger, piano, composition
deceased , 07/1/2005
Initiated to Tau 1/28/1945
Philadelphia Alumni
West Chester State College, Penn.
Linda Susan Brandt Nager, piano
Santa Barbara, CA,
Initiated to Epsilon Psi 5/12/1962
Linda Susan Nager Brandt was born in Detroit, Michigan, where she discovered her musical gift at the age of three, when she began playing piano by ear. She studied throughout her childhood, continued her training at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and completed her Bachelor of Music and Master of Science degrees at the Juilliard School in New York City. While studying at the Juilliard, she played jazz in night clubs in New York and Detroit. Linda Brandt has served on the piano faculties of numerous colleges and she has given several performances nationwide. These performances include: Appearances as soloist with symphony orchestras, solo recitals, young people's concerts, lectures on jazz, popular music, Broadway theater, master classes, and piano teachers workshops, as well as radio and television programs. On November 4, 1990, she made her New York City debut in a solo recital of both Classical and Jazz piano at Carnegie Hall. Linda is on the National Roster for the Baldwin Piano Company. She currently resides in Santa Barbara, California, where she writes music, teaches piano, and performs in various venues.
David Nash, piano, education
Atlanta, GA,
Initiated to Beta Tau 8/17/1986
Atlanta Alumni Chapter
David Nash, a native of Jackson, Mississippi, began piano study with his mother at the age of 6. At age 15, his family moved to Roswell, GA. After graduating from Roswell High School, he enrolled at Mercer University and graduated from Mercer Summa Cum Laude. He also graduated Summa Cum Laude from Georgia State University with a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy. While a student at GSU, he was chosen to give a teaching demonstration at the Music Teachers National Convention held in Arkansas. At the 1985 Mu Phi Epsilon International Convention, David performed with his Jazz Group, Music Ficta. David has performed solo classical recitals at Mercer University, Georgia State University, Roswell United Methodist Church, and Lenbrook Square. His CDs "Music for Pets", "Piano Classics" and his 2012 Recital CD "David Nash, pianist, Live from The Roswell Cultural Arts Center" have all been used for classroom music instruction for students K3-5 in Florida. David is also a much sought after piano teacher as well as a beloved teacher of a music appreciation course during the Winter Quarter at the Roswell Presbyterian Church where incorporated knowledge of theory and composing is taught along with masterworks of great composers. He is owner of a professional recording studio and specializes in piano accompaniments and many other studio recording needs. "An International Christmas," featuring internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Magdalena Wör and pianist Misha V. Stefanuk with David Nash as the recording engineer is available for sale nationally through and iTunes.
Grace E. Chapman Nash, education
deceased , 11/09/2010
Initiated to Mu Pi 5/31/1929
Nash's pedagogy was a result of approaches indicating teachings by Orff, Kodaly and Laban. Her work influenced many people through her Orff Certification Program at the Northern Arizona State University, and publication MUSIC WITH CHILDREN. A total of 273 surveys returned showing strong agreement that Nash was an outstanding teacher, a leader, a unifier, and a catalyst for the Orff Schulwerk movement. Grace C. Nash, noted pioneer in American music education, has said for over 20 years that music and movement are the first languages of childhood - used before traditional language provides the link to communication. Having lived the better part of a century, Nash has led a life that most people only read about in novels. Her story has unfolded like a fairy tale – complete with romance, danger, villains and a happily-ever-after ending. She accomplished things most women of her generation only dreamed about – and lived a life most of us couldn’t even imagine.A master teacher and musician, Nash also has published more than 30 music books and has taught hundreds of workshops and college-level courses nationwide. Her books are still widely used in teaching the Carl Orff method, combined with Kodaly hand signals, to public school children throughout the world. Throughout her musical career, Nash wrote more than 30 books using the Orff principles of learning. This technique focuses on using music, speech and movement to cultivate a child’s learning. Nash is credited with introducing the program into the public school system. She spent 25 years teaching these methods to hundreds of elementary music and classroom teachers in 48 states, plus Germany, China, Japan, the Philippines, Norway, Nova Scotia, Canada and New Zealand, among others. Still alert and writing at age 98 in April, 2008.
Edna Mae Burnan Nauman, composition
deceased , 4/27/2007
Initiated to Alpha Delta 5/5/1968
Sacramento Alumni
1983, 1988 Piano soloist, teaching levels catalogued Willis Music Company
Marilyn Gerle Neeley, piano
deceased , 5/30/2007
Initiated to Mu Nu 5/20/1956
Washington DC Alumni
Vera Mechaelson Management
BM Univ. of California Los Angeles. MA in religion Ethel Leginska, Muriel Kerr Faculty member, soloist, chamber music (Brevard Festival Trio) and duets with violisist Robert Gerle. Soloist with US and European orchestras. BBC, Radio VARA, Holland and Radio Zurich recordings Van Cliburn International Competition, Geneva Internaional Competiiton, Leventritt Competition, San Francisco Kimbu Award USC, Ohio State, Prof. of Music University of MA Westminster Records, Grenadilla Records.
Mary Lou Rice Newmark, electric violin, violin
Pacific Palisades, CA,
Initiated to Mu Chi 4/21/1985
Los Angeles Alumni
BM Southern Methodist University (violin), MM University of So California (violin & composition) Active composer, works heard in North America, Austrailia, new Zealand, Argentina, Spain & Croatia. Wide range of styles & techniques incorporating live performances, original poetry and electronically generated sounds Many awards, grants and commissions Advisor, treasurer of alumni Zebulon Records See website for more in depth lisitng of compositions, awards and performances
Helen Bovbjerg Niedung, voice
Cape Coral, FL,
Initiated to Mu Upsilon 1/13/1956
Opera Singer. Post graduate studies at the Stuttgart Conservatory of Music in Germany. Rockefeller grants took her to Rome, Munich, and Hamburg for additional vocal training. Subsequently, she sang over 460 performances of 36 roles in opera houses in Germany and Denmark and has performed concerts and recitals, including concerts with renowned orchestras and conductors, in both Europe and the United States. Professor of Voice at Edison College in Ft Myers.
Dr. Frances Nobert*, organ
Whittier, CA,
Initiated to Beta Alpha 1/26/2004
Fullerton Alumni
Emerita Professor of Whittier College, California. BM Salem College 1950, MM Syracuse U. 1963, D MA U of SC 1980 - Fulbright Cert. Cons. Of music Frankfurt 1961 John Mueller, Helmut Walcha, Arthur Poister, and Guy Bovet served on faculties of Valley Community College in Van Nuys, Pamona College in Claremount, Organist at Arcadia Prresb, All Sainta Episcopal in Pasadena, UCC,and Congregational in Claremount, St. Matthias Episcopal in Whittier First Methodist in Pasadena and First Methodiat in Santa Monica has appeared as solist in America, China, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Holland, Korea, and Spain -accompanist for the Roger Wagner Chorale. Whittier College- artist for Organ Historical Series-AGO officer Organ Compositions by Women Raven label release "Music" and Organ Hist. Society's recording Organs of Maine researches works for women for organ / piano , chamber music ensembles, and performs nationally and internationally. Presents workshops, writes articles and makes recordings of these compositions. Region IX Councillor and Conveno of Regional Councilors for American Guild of Organists.
Dr. Alice "Linda" Anderson Oglesby, piano, violin
Tucker, GA,
Initiated to Phi Xi 12/1/1964
Atlanta Alumni
BA 1964, MM at Georgia State and N. Texas State (1982), Studies at DeKalb College, Ga Institute of Tech, Baylor Univ., Julliard School, Indiana State Univ. DMA N. Texas State. William Steck, James Lerch, Ivan Galamian, Sally Thomas, Joseph Gingold, James Barth, Sidney Harth, Ruth McDonald, Stefan Bardas, Daniel Sternberg; David Gibson, Johan Harris, Elizabeth Tillman Keyboard & violin instrumentalist with Atlanta Orchestra and across Texas. Tours and recordings.
Aiko Onishi, piano
Los Altos, CA,
Initiated to Phi Mu 5/19/1968
BM Eastman School of Music 1968, performer's certificate and artist's diploma Teiko Onishi, Aiko Iguchi, Motonari Iguchi, Madam Cecile Genhart, Frank Mannheimer, Dave Myra Hess Originally from Japan. Performer and artist in Japan and US. Master classes & recording artist Prof of Music San Jose State (1966) The Osaka Mainichi: "Her music flows with such genuine feeling…beautiful nuances and sensitive touch."
Lois Carole Smetona Pachucki, piano
Poway, CA,
Initiated to Epsilon Psi 11/5/1961
Studio piano instructor.
Elvina Truman Pearce, piano
Naperville, IL,
Initiated to Mu Rho 8/2/1951
Nationally recognized as an author and clinician on piano pedagogy as well as a highly successful composer of educational piano music, orchestral soloist, recitalist, editor-in-chief of Keyboard Companion magazine and is one of the founders of the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy.
Karen Beardsley- Peters, voice
Tenafly, NJ,
Initiated to Epsilon Iota 10/18/1975
Professional studio of voice, made triumphant appearances in opera, recital, and orchestral engagements throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, distinguishing herself as a versatile singer of consummate artistry, leading roles in the foremost opera houses in New York, London, Paris, Singapore, Amsterdam, Taipei, Santiago, Los Angeles, Chicago and Santa Fe, concerts with the major symphony orchestras across the United States, Canada and Europe, New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 1997, Voice faculty at Manhattan School of Music.
Cynthia Thomas Phelps, viola
Leonia, NJ,
Initiated to Gamma 11/20/1983
Principal viola in New York Philharmonic. Distinguished herself both here and abroad as one of the leading instrumentalists of our time, awards include 1988 Pro Musicis International Award and first prize at both the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and the Washington International String Competition, performs throughout the world as soloist with orchestras, recitalist, recording artist, husband, cellist Ronald Thomas.
Dr. Mary K. Philips, musicology, education
San Diego, CA,
Initiated to Epsilon Eta 11/13/1948
San Diego Alumni
International Parliamentarian 1995-2003. Past National 5th VP/Eligibility 1968-74. Dean School of Performing and Visual Arts, San Diego. Theory, Musicology, Music Educator.
Eunice Podis-Weiskoph, piano
deceased , 4/2/2008
Initiated to Phi Omicron 6/17/1945
Cleveland Heights Alumni
Degree 1945 Sindell Belkin, Frances Bolton Korthever, Arthur Rubinstein, Rudoph Serkin 1947 debut Town Hall, teacher, artist in residence. Performer in Holland, Austria, Switzerland, England & Sweden. First European tour 1950. Over 100 concerts with Cleveland Symphony. Tour of US Cleveland Institute of Music Telarc , Advent Performing Artist Associates: " An artist in the grand style…" The Sun Press: " She so identified herself with the music that she was able to convey their spiritual essence to her listeners…"
Stephanie Chase Pollens, violin
New York, NY,
Initiated to Epsilon Psi 12/9/1978
Teachers include Sally Thomas and Arthur Grumiaux. Debut Alice Tully 1978, Heard with orchestras Pittsburgh, Baltimore, St. Louis, Houston, London Symphony, Scottish National Orchestra. Received Bronze in the 1982 Tchaikowsky Competition. Also received the Avery Fisher Award. Member of the Boston Chamber Music Society. Concert tours in twenty-five countries have brought violin virtuosa Stephanie Chase international recognition and include appearances with the world’s most distinguished orchestras, recording artist, nationally recognized as a child prodigy at age six, Carnegie Hall debut was at age eighteen, recitalist, faculty of New York University's School of Education and has given master classes at conservatories and universities throughout the United States and in Mexico City. She plays a Venetian 1742 violin.
Dr. Gary M. Potter, education
Bloomington, IN,
Initiated to Epsilon Omicron 9/12/1990
Gary M. Potter, Ph.D is a jazz musician, associate professor, and coordinator of musical undergraduate studies in music theory at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He has published articles in Jazzforschung, College Music Symposium, and Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy. Dr. Potter currently teaches at Indiana University, in addition to previously teaching at the Musikwissenschaftliches Institut of the University of Hamburg, San Francisco State University, and the University of California Santa Cruz. Dr. Potter has contributed questions to the GRE Music Tests, in addition to regularly reading the exams. His accomplishments are not just limited to higher education, however. He has also performed music on the trombone, keyboard, and double bass. He has released several albums and published recordings.
Dr. Belva Prather, conductor, education
Springfield, MO,
Initiated to Alpha Mu 2/6/1989
Springfield Alumni
BA Arkansas Tech. University, MM Northwestern Univ. (performance), Ded Univ. of Arkansas Russell Langston, Gene Witherspoon, Robert Bright, Eldon Janzen, John Paynter, Walfrid Kujala Faculty. Director of bands, instructs graduate research, advanced conducting & Wind band literature. Taught and administrated elementary, Junior high, high school & university levels active as conductor, adjudicator, clinician, serving many states and numerous european countries. Missouri State University
Dr. Deon Nielsen Price, piano, composition
Culver City, CA,
Initiated to Gamma 2/19/1961
Los Angeles Alumni
BA Brigham Young University (composition) 1954, MM Univ of Michigan, DMA University of S California (1977) Carl Frestner, Erwin Schnieder, Benning Stexter, Gyorgy Sander, Leslie Bassett, Leonard Shure, Aribe Tzerko, Gwendolyn Koldofsky, Brooks Smith, Daniel Pollach, Malcolm Hamilton, Halsey Stevens and Dr. Samuel Adler. Computer projects: Dr. Steve Adams Extensive studies in L.A. in piano, hapsichord and composition. Performer, conductor of orchestra and choir, musicals, cantatas & oratory performances. Faculty member, coach for chamber music, teaches theory, composition, piano, piano accomp. Adjudicator. ECHOSPHERE sax ensemble, radio performer KPFK. Recording artist, books on accompanying. 1961 honorable mention Mu Phi University faculty, music coach, theory Book on Accompanying Dorn & Culver Crest Cambria, Creative & Town Hall Gregor Piatigorsky (1977) "Your pieces for cello, Stile Antico, are fine. We (master class members) has a good time with them."
Dr. Berkeley Price*, clarinet, education
Lancaster, CA,
Initiated to Mu Upsilon 8/10/2003
Los Angeles Alumni
Berkeley A. Price, clarinet soloist, chamber musician, conductor, and recording artist, earned both the Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees and received the Clarinet Teaching Fellowship at the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Peter Hadcock, Eli Eban, and Kenneth Grant. Price's earlier studies were at Brigham Young University with Dr. David Randall, at the Colburn School with Yehuda Gilad, and at the Crossroads School of the Arts in Santa Monica. Dr. Price is currently Professor of Music/Band Director at Antelope Valley College (CA) and was previously Director of Instrumental Music at the Windward School and Assistant Professor of Woodwinds/Music Education at West Virginia Wesleyan College. He was also music director/conductor of the Palos Verdes Regional Orchestra from 2004-2008. Active as a free-lance performer, his solo and ensemble tours have taken him to Europe, China, Ukraine, Japan, Greece, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Panama, and throughout the USA. Solo concerti appearances include the China National Symphony at the China National Centre for the Performing Arts, Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra, Antelope Valley College Wind Ensemble, the Palos Verdes Regional Orchestra, and the Brigham Young University Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic, and Wind Symphony. Recent concerto performances include the Weber 2nd Clarinet Concerto, Artie Shaw Concerto, and Clariphonia by Dr. Deon Nielsen Price. Since 1994, Dr. Price and his mother, Dr. Deon Nielsen Price, have been performing regularly as the Price Duo, a mother/son chamber music ensemble whose mission is to bring high quality music on clarinet and piano to the public through performance, recording, and artist residencies. Their programs include Deon's original compositions, well-known classics, and exciting music from the 20th Century which often features music by women composers. Significant Duo performances include Beijing Concert Hall, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Panama National Theater, various Mu Phi Epsilon sponsored events (e.g. 2003 Centennial Convention) and IAWM (International Alliance for Women in Music) Congresses and Annual Concerts. His discography includes: Music of Zenobia Powell Perry: Art Songs and Piano Music (Cambria Recordings 2010), Dancing on the Brink of the World contemporary works by Deon Nielsen Price (Cambria 2009)
Carol Ann Procter, cello
Cambridge, MA,
Initiated to Mu Upsilon 12/13/1959
Retired in 2003 at the end of the Tanglewood season. Procter played with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 38 years. Cellist. Country, classical and jazz player, First female member of the Boston Pops.
Alice McElroy Proctor, composition
deceased , 12/20/1987
Initiated to Mu Upsilon 1/11/1937
Dr. Sarah Ruth "Sally" Johnson Reid*, composition, oboe
Abilene, TX,
Initiated to Alpha Sigma 4/23/1966 ASCAP
BM Abilene Christian (music ed & oboe), MM Hardin - Simmons Univ. (theory & composition), PhD Univ. of Texas, Austin. Summer studies Univ. of NC Thomas Stacy Professor of Music, editor of International League of Woman Composers, teaches advanced theory & computer applications in music. Instrumentalist with Abilene Symphony. Composer using electronics. Writer Many Abilene Christian University, Chairman (1979-90) Scores & tapes, Compostition Catalogue Souther Music Co.
Dorothy Spencer Remsen, harp
deceased , 10/04/2010
Initiated to Mu Upsilon 12/6/1939
Motion picture recording artist, published writer, recorded the harp parts for the movie "Mary Poppins" among others, "I especially enjoyed working with Igor Stravinsky," she recalls. "I was involved in a lot of Stravinsky's Columbia recordings--and let me tell you, he challenged everybody." Dorothy was the first harp graduate of Eastman professor Eileen Malone and had the privilege in 1997 of presenting to Eileen an honor from the American Harp Society in recognition of her distinguished career. Dorothy made her mark as a professional harpist with Walt Disney Studios--debuting with the nature documentary Water Birds in 1952 and performing in hit after hit for the studio until her retirement in 1993. She is a published journalist. “I started playing the piano when I was about four. When I was about nine, I wanted a bicycle and I didn't get one--but I did get a xylophone. And in a couple of years I was proficient enough at it that it was arranged for me to play on a children's broadcast from WTIC in Hartford. We wandered into the studio and sitting there in the corner was a harp. I met the lady who played the harp and there it was arranged that I should take harp lessons.” Dorothy performed regularly with the National Symphony in Washington D.C. where her husband, trumpeter Les Remsen, was a member of the Marine Band. She conveniently alternated maternity breaks with fellow harpist Sylvia Meyer, also a sister in Mu Phi Epsilon. “There just so happened to be an opening for harp in Minneapolis where Antal Dorati was conducting, so I called him up and we had a very nice conversation and he said 'Yes, I remember you, you played in that National Symphony concert with Yehudi Menuhin.” She got the job, but a year later moved to California where her husband was working on his doctorate at USC.
Jill Bailiff Reyes, harp
Sarasota, FL,
Initiated to Mu Theta 5/14/1954
Outstanding teacher of harp. A 2004 International Harp Competition prize was named for her.
Sondra "Sandra" Marie Frazier Rivers, piano
Cincinnati, OH,
Initiated to Epsilon Psi 5/22/1966
Professor of Accompanying at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. In 1978 Rivers was awarded the first prize as Best Accompanist in the International Tchaikovsky Violin Competition in Moscow. She has been soloist with major orchestras in USA, recitalist, official accompanist for several major competitions, recording artist, piano and chamber music master classes throughout USA and China.
Dr. Svend John Ronning, violin, education
Tacoma, WA,
Initiated to Epsilon Sigma 12/8/1986
Tacoma Alumni
BM Pacific Lutheran Univ (violin) 1989, MM (91), MMA (93) & DMA (97) Yale University Syoko Aki, Sidney Harthh, Jaap Schroder, Ann Tremaine Faculty Chairman & Associate Professor, Soloist, chamber musician, concert master. Concerto with Prague Orchestra. Recording artist. Tours: Aspen, Eastern Harkness, Jerusalem Winter Classics, Methow, Pacific, Rhode Island, Sssspoleti & Wntergreen Festivals.. Regency String Quartet. Fellowships Pacific Lutheran University Clearfield Records, MMC Records
Anne Rothged-Peschek, soprano, voice
Vienna, Austria,
Initiated to Beta 5/14/1956
BM Univ. of N. Carolina, MM New England Conservatory, Diploma Vienna Academy of Music Ferdinand Grossman, Erik Werba, Lilly Kolar Television, concert and operatic performances in US, Western Europe, Near & Far East. Leading roles in Boston Lyric, Colorado Festival of the Arts, Swiss Touring Theater, Baden Operetta Theater & Vienna Chamber Opera. Teacher & performer in Vienna. Published researcher. Winner Eleanor Steber Award, Fulbright Scholarship & Rockefeller Grant to Vienna Vienna AUSTRIA Research on vocal chamber music
Judith Martin Sainte Croix*, composition, sythesizer, voice
New York, NY,
Initiated to Epsilon Psi 12/2/1988 New York Women Composers
BA Indiana University (electronic media), MM Indiana University (composition) John Eaton, Jannis Xenakis Pioneered synthesis of classical instruments and electronic synthesizers called "synesthetics." Composes for: acoustic instruments and electronic synthesizers. Founded Sonora House, Inc. which supports artists in vanguard of modern music. Music Director of the NY Renaissance Festival. Artist in residence of Lincoln Academy. Productions at Lincoln Center. Officer in NY Women Composers. Developing classroom "musical infusion" program. Awards, grants and commissions for compositions Compositions Landmark Press Aphrodite Tapes, Columbia Records, CRI, Public Television NY Times, Kozinn: "simple direct communicative style…colorful, varied, sweetly melodic and rythmically vital…"
Nadine Stuhlmuller Salonites, voice
deceased , 01/27/2012
Initiated to Mu Eta 1/17/1951
Sacaramento Alumni
A well known teacher and performer in the Sacramento Valley area She has presented many concerts at the Woodland Opera House to benefit its restoration. She has sung professionally in many areas of vocal music, having performed in many operas and as a soprano soloist in California, the United States, London, and Munich. She received a BA degree in music from the University of the Pacific and an MA degree from California State University Sacramento and has studied voice, drama, and languages in England and Germany. She was named Singer of the Year by the East Bay Opera League and twice was a finalist in the San Francisco Opera Merola Training Program. For 15 years, she was a voice instructor at the UC Davis Music Department and UC Davis Extension and later opened a private voice studio in Woodland. She performed a one-woman show on the life of Madame Schumann Heinke at 1997 convention in Tacoma. She also sang at 1960 convention.
Joan Metcalf Schaefer, education
Los Angles, CA,
Initiated to Epsilon 11/17/1945
Dean of The College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at University of Sothern California for over 40 years. Now Dean Emerita.
Dr. Margaret "Maggie" Rickerrd Scharf, education, organ
Lakewood, OH,
Initiated to Mu Upsilon 2/11/1949 American Guild of Organists
Cleveland Alumni
Dr. Scharf has been active throughout the United States as a recitalist, pedagogue, and clinician for over five decades. Her numerous recital appearances have included concerts in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Chicago. She has given concerts and master classes for conventions of the American Guild of Organists and Music Teachers’ National Association and has appeared as concerto soloist with the Eastman-Rochester orchestra, Toledo Symphony, and Ohio Chamber Orchestra. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance and Pedagogy from the Eastman School of Music. She also received her BM and MM as well as the Performer’s Certificate in Organ from that institution, where her principal teachers were Catharine Crozier, Harold Gleason, and David Craighead. Dr.Scharf’s former students hold teaching positions in a number of colleges and universities and serve as directors of music in prestigious churches throughout the United States. She previously served on the music faculties of Hastings College ( Nebraska), Oklahoma State University, Mississippi Southern College, American University, and Otterbein College. She currently also serves on the faculty of Baldwin-Wallace College in addition to Cleveland State University. At Baldwin-Wallace, she is Co-Director of the concert series Music Under the Spire. From 1969-1999 she and her husband, Dr. Warren Scharf, were Co-Directors of Music at Cleveland’s historic Old Stone Church. In 1998 they shared the prize given annually by the magazine Northern Ohio Live for the best classical musician in Cleveland. She has participated in numerous recital appearances with her husband in the organ duo, Scharf II. At Cleveland State she teaches organ performance and organ pedagogy and also coaches students preparing to take certification examinations given by the American Guild of Organists.
Dr. Dorthy May Elliot Schechter, piano, education
Ventura, CA,
Initiated to Mu Nu 5/1/1960
Dorothy Elliot Schechter is currently professor of music at California Lutheran University where she teaches piano and music history in both the undergraduate and graduate divisions. Upon earning her baccalaureate and masters degrees from the University of Southern California, Dorothy Schechter matriculated, as a Fulbright Scholar, at the University of Oslo, Norway to research the music of Edvard Grieg and to study piano with Robert Riefling. She earned her D.M.A. from the University of Southern California and has studied with and taken private instruction from John Crown, Lillian Steuber, Alice Ehlers, Gwendolyn Koldofsky, Purvis Smith, Daniel Pollock, and Mme. Rosina Lhevinne. Dr. Schechter has performed extensively in both Norway and in the West, having given her first piano recital at the age of seven at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. She has appeared on CBS TV with one of her mentors, the late John Crown, and she was the author as well as performer of the "Nationalism in Music" segment of the PBS TV series "From Chant to Chance." In addition to solo recitals on Norwegian State Radio, she "starred" in the film "the Norway of Edvard Grieg", produced by the late Max Krone and Ray Garner, ISOMATA Films. Her recitals have included performances in such places as Contempo (Westwood), Palm Springs Desert Museum, Cypress College, University of California, Riverside, faculty recitals at California State University, Long Beach and California Lutheran University, benefit concert with Henri Temianka, and soloist for Mme. Rosina Lhevinne's master classes at the University of Southern California. Ventura County Symphony, the Conejo Valley Symphony Orchestras and West Valley Symphony.She was featured pianist for the Edvard Grieg Festival held at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego for two years.
Janet Sillars Scott, flute
Saint Louis, MO,
Initiated to Epsilon Tau 5/14/1955
St. Louis Area Alumni
1955 Washington University, St. Louis Albert Tipton, Harold Bennett 1974 debut at Carneige Hall, member of Aspen Festival Orchestra and St. Louis Symphony, faculty, solo, conerto and chamber music performer. Member of "Rarely Perfomed Music" of Greater St. Louis Southern Illinois University
Daria Semegen, piano, composition
Setauket, NY,
Initiated to Mu Upsilon 4/30/1967
BM Eastman School of Music (composition), MM Yale (composition and electronic music), PhD Columbia School of the Arts Robert Gauldin, Burrill Phillips, Samuel H. Adler, Witold Lutoslawski, Bii Len Arel, Alexander Goek Music center technician & administrative manager of Columbia-Princeton, faculty, composer of solo, chamber, choral, orchestra, electronic music and vocal music. Fulbright Scholar to Poland at Warsaw Conservatory. Awards, fellowships and grants State University of NY at Stony Brook Long Island (mus. Comp) Compostions Composers Facsimille Opus One, Columbia, CBS, Finnodar/Atlantic Records, CRI
Nancy Shade*, mezzo soprano, soprano, voice
Cedar City, UT,
Initiated to Zeta 5/16/1965
BM DePauw in Greencastle, Indiana University. Vera Scamnen Leading role performances with New York City Opera, San Francisco and Sand Diego Opera. 1974 debut in Boito's "Mefistofele". European credits. Metropolitan National Audition winner. Press Release: "Nancy Shade has amazed her audiences and critics alike with an enormous range of roles…vocal beauty and uncommon dramatic ability."
Barbara Cooney Law Shanna, coloratura soprano, soprano, voice
Bryn Mawr, PA,
Initiated to Gamma 2/15/1955
Philadelphia Alumni
Wetherill Artist Management 610-527-1265
Cranbrook, Interlochen. 1955 Univ. of Michigan. Studies at Curtis Harold Haugh, Josef Blath, Elizabeth Westmoreland Member of Rittenhouse & Opera Players. Tours as soloist in Midwest, South and Eastern US with Michigan Singers. Performed at Philadelphia Civic Center. Range from folk songs to the most fluid operatic roles. 1972-4 tour to England & Scotland with the Savoy Opera Co. Recitalist Has brought life to operatic music for thousands of children
Alex Shapiro*, composition
Friday Harbor, WA,
Initiated to Phi Nu 4/8/1999 New Music USA, ASCAP, The MacDowell Colony, Society of Composers & Lyricists, Composer's Forum of Los Angeles, NACUSA, College Music Society
Los Angeles Alumni
Manhattan School of Music, The Juilliard School, Aspen School, Mannes College of Music; teachers included Ursula Mamlok, John Corigliano, Craig Shuler, Bruce Adolphe, Michael Czajkowski, George Tsontakis, Leo Edwards, Marshall Kreisler. West coast composer known for her acoustic and electroacoustic music, found on over twenty commercially released recordings around the world. Style is lyrically expressive, dramatic and rhythmically driven. Current active leadership with the boards of New Music USA and The MacDowell Colony, and serves as the the nationally elected concert composer representative on the ASCAP Board of Review.
Elizabeth Lane Shapiro, piano
Alexandria, VA,
Initiated to Kappa 4/27/1979
Graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Fontainebleau Conservatoire Americain and Wheaton College. Her ensemble, Duo Con Brio, has presented annual recitals at Levine for the past eleven years. Also teaches piano at Episcopal High School and in her Alexandria, VA studio. Duo piano team with Barbara Wing.
Dr. Karen Shaw, piano
Bloomington, IN,
Initiated to Epsilon Omicron 5/21/1959
Bloomington Alumni
Wilfrid Van Wyck
1973 BM,MM & DM from Indiana University Bela Nagy, Menaham Pressler, Abbey Simon, Jorge Bolet 1967 Debut at Town Hall. Faculty chairperson. Known for her performances of 19th Century music esp. Rachmaninoff. Major appearances in NYC, London, Berlin, Washington DC, Quebec and Russia. Teacher and chairperson Indiana University Musical Heritage Society Clavier: "Shaw has a crisp, clean, strong touch and commands a wide range of tone color. She has the authority and the panache to make the super-romantic pieces sound important and interesting…"
Margaret G. Hanne Sheridan, voice
deceased , 12/13/2004
Initiated to Epsilon Alpha 5/2/1947
Associate Professor in the English and Humanities department at Pennylvania State University, Altoona, retired in 1974. She was also a member of the first Music Committee of the Alleghany Chorale and served on their Board of Trustees.
Dr. Wilma Froman Sheridan*, education, theory
Wilsonville, OR,
Initiated to Phi Lambda 1/9/1945
Portland Alumni
BM Willamette Univ. (piano & music ed), MM Lewis&Clark (education), PhD Univ. of Oregon (musicology) Teaching experiences from 1977-1998 from public schools to Dean of School. Recitalist, accompaniest, lecturer and substitute organist. Advisory committees in support of fine and performing arts. Developed programs for children and those with special needs. Writer 1993 Distinguished Faculty Service Award, Portland State University, various grants, awards and fellowship to futher music education Portland Public Schools, Lewis & Clark College, Portland State University Articles Contact ACME
Myrna Sislen, education, guitar
Washington, DC,
Initiated to Alpha Eta 6/9/1969
Lindy S. Mailin
American University in Washington DC Charlie Byrd, Laurindo Almeida, Sophocles Papas, Aliro Diaz, Leo Brouwer, Abel Calevero, Guido Santorsola Music Faculty, recognized pioneer in the field of classical guitar. Soloist, ensemblist, solist with orchestral accompaniment. PBS Television series. Concerts throughout US, Canada, Western Europe, Central and South America. Author, teacher lecturer, arranger, anthologist, program director George Washington University Articles Robbins Music Co, Big 3 Music Corp, Columbia Pictures
Dr. Barbara Barnard Smith, musicology, education
Honolulu, HI,
Initiated to Mu Upsilon 5/8/1943
BM Pamona College, MM Eastman School of Music (music ed) Faculty. Leadership in ethnic communities to develop better understanding of their own culture. Piano soloist, leecturer, education workshops on ethnic cultures. Developed Master's degree program in ethnomusicology. Developed Micronesian Club. Retired 1982 University of Hawaii
Marva Lou Powell Sneegas, voice
Lenexa Shawnee Mission, KS,
Initiated to Xi 5/12/1956
Phoenix Alumni
Rebecca Corwin Snider, carillon
deceased , 07/13/2006
Initiated to Phi Gamma 2/17/1935
Phoenix Alumni
Dr. Williametta Spencer, composition
Whittier, CA,
Initiated to Mu Nu 5/26/1950
Fullerton Alumni
Composer, college professor, pianist and organist, Many commissions. Composer in Residence at Whittier College. 1959 winner of composition contest.
Dr. Joan Carol Singer Spicknall, piano, education
Columbia, MD,
Initiated to Phi Gamma 5/29/1961
BM & MM Johns Hopkins Univ Peabody Institute of Music, DMA Univ. of Maryland (piano perf. & pedagogy), Certified in Suzuki Method Aaron Copland Teaching assistant, Founder and Director of the Suzuki Music School of Maryland (1988), People to people music educator delegate to South Africa. Recording artist, author, lecturer, master classes, recitalist in piano and chamber music. Concerti soloist. Scholarships for education, fellowship post-grad chamber music at Peabody Music School of Maryland, colleges in Maryland, Indiana and Iowa. Eroica Classical Recordings from Golden Age Recording Label
Anita Louise Steele, education, music therapy
Euclid, OH,
Initiated to Phi Omicron 5/17/1970
Cleveland Alumni
1964 BM Florida State Univ (music therapy), MME Univ. of Kansas, Nationally certified by Nat. Assoc for Music Therapy Speech and Hearing clinic at Florida State Univ., Topeka State Hospital, Parsons State Hospital in KS. 1966 Staff of Cleveland Music School settlement. Artcles, editor, administrator and advisor for professional and educational groups. Cleveland Music School
Diana Dickstein Steiner, violin
Los Angeles, CA,
Initiated to Epsilon Psi 2/23/1960
Los Angeles Alumni
DSD Associates, Columbia Artist Management
BM Curtis Institute of Music, MA Univ. of S. California (violin), DMA University of S. Cal. (candidate) Efrem Zimbalist, Josef Hofmann, William Primrose, Rudoph Serkin, Jascha Heifetz, Marcel Moyse, Serkin, Adolph Busch, Alexander Schneider Solo debut (age 9) with NY Philharmonic. Performances with major orchestras. Recording artist, radio & TV appearances. Teacher and adjudicator. Faculty, staff accompaniest to Ivan Galamian at Curtis. Pre college violin teacher. Published author Setlemant Music School in Philadelphia. Private violin teacher Book "violin classics" and "string orchestra classics." Highland Music Co Orion Records Her playing has been described as "Brilliant," "totally free, decisive…with technical eclat - dedication, virtuosity, unerring fingers…"
Dr. Frances Tarlow Steiner*, conductor, cello
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA,
Initiated to Beta 4/28/1960
Palos Verdes Peninsula Alumni
BM Curtis Institute of Music, B.S. in Ed. Temple University, MA Harvard Univ., DMA Univ. of S. California, summers at Marlboro & Meadowmount, attended Fountainbleau School, Rudolf Serkin, Gregor Piatigorsky, Eugene Istomin, Alexander Schneider, Leonard Rose, Walter Piston, Randall Thompson, Nadia Boulanger, Daniel Lewis, Leonard Bernstein, Pablo Casals. 35 years as professor and chairperson at Cal. State Univ. Dominguez Hills, Director of South Bay Chamber Orchestra, Conductor Carson-Dominguez Hills Symphony. 1977 first woman to direct a professional orchestra (Glendale Symphony) orchestra at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (Los Angeles) Guest conducter: WI Chamber, Long Beach Symph, Oakland Symph, National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic, Sofia Chamber Orchestra (Russia). Soloist with Philadelphia orchestra; recital and chamber music performances at Town Hall (NYC), Kennedy Center (WA DC). Principal cellist with CA Chamber Symphony, Festival Orchestra (Lincoln Center) Recipient of Mu Phi Epsilon Award of Merit and Elizabeth Mathias Award. Professor emeritus California State University Dominguez Hills LA Times: "wonderfully vital and crisply executed performances."
Joan Crossman Stenberg, piano
Burlingame, CA,
Initiated to Mu Xi 12/17/1952
Studio piano intructor.
Dr. Jonathan Sturm*, violin, viola
Ames, IA,
Initiated to Gamma Omega 5/18/1988
BM Oberlin Conservatory (1983), MM & MM Eastman School of Music (performance violin & musicology), 1995 DM Indiana University Josef Gingold, Sylvia Rosenberg, Burton Kaplian, Zoi Zetlin, Stephen Clapp, Gregory Fulksison Faculty, Ames Piano Quartet. Solist, ceoncertos, chamber musician. Tours of East and West Coast, Cuba and Europe. Published author, as a pedagogue he is in demand as a lecturer in master classes. Many awards, honors and grants. Recognized by ASTA and string peers. Iowa State University (music history), Drake University Ames Piano Trio For more information contact ACME
Dr. Phyllis Bryn-Julson Sutherland, soprano, voice
Kelso, WA,
Initiated to Phi Iota 11/12/1964
Washington Alumni
Sheldon Siffer Management Inc, Columbia Artists Management, Murtagh-McFarlane Artist Management
1977 - B minor Mass, Chicago Symphony, Mahler 4th Boston Symphony, inaugral concert for President Carter, Bach & Barber with Tennesee Symphony, Duo voice/organ recitals with husband, Mahler 2nd Minnesota Orchestra, Friday Morning Music Club Washington - Kennedy Center to Paris, France opening of the New Paris Institute and on & on... Columbia, Nonesuch, Spectrum, Vox, CRI, Odyssey and Edici New York Times 1973:"She has a voice of unusual color, produced in the easiest way imaginable." In general: "with her 3 octaves, gift for absolute pitch and innate musicianship she is well suited for 20th century repetoire.
Dr. Bessie Ruth Swanson, education
Portola Valley, CA,
Initiated to Mu Eta 4/29/1943
Palo Alto Alumni
AB, BM & MA University of the Pacific, DMA Stanford University Faculty & Department head (music and music education), Cal Poly Tech State University, University of MI, University of WA Music in the Education of Children. Music Fundamentals through Folk Song Wadsworth Publishing
Dr. Rose Prickett Taylor, mezzo soprano, soprano, voice
Austin, TX,
Initiated to Mu Theta 6/13/1992
Austin Alumni
John Gingrich Management
University of S. California, Music Academy of the West, Julliard School, American Opera Center, Metropolitan Opera Studio Gwendolyn Koldafsky, William Vennard, Walter Ducloux, Martial Singher 1985 joined voice faculty, Operatic performances sung at Metropolitan Opera, Fy. Worth Opera, Austin Opera, American Opera Center, Dallas Opera, Cinncinati Opera. Oratory, concert and recital performances in both US and Europe. Affiliate Artist in Worcester Mass. Voice faculty at University of Texas, Austin
Dr. William Terwilliger, violin
Columbia, SC,
Initiated to Epsilon 5/16/1994
Towson State Univ, BM Eastman (1984), MM Eastman (violin), 1990 DMA Eastman School of Music (violin), Aspen School of Music Zvi Zeitlin, Donald Weilerstein, Peter Saloff, Koichiro Harada, Sylvia Rosenberg Faculty, Coaches violin, viola and chamber music. Active recitalist, chamber musician, soloist throughout US, S. America and Europe. Artistic ambassador to S. America (Bolivia). In Trio Contruste. Conductor of University of Toledo Orchestra Artistic Ambassador to South America University of Toledo, private teaching and coaching Albany Label, Azica Label
Kathleen Armstrong Thomerson, organ
Austin, TX,
Initiated to Mu Theta 9/25/1953
Austin Alumni
Organist, recitalist, church Organist and Director of Music. Studied in Antwerp, Paris, Spain and Switzerland. University teacher, past Director of the Educational Resources Committee of the American Guild of Organists, holds the AGO certificates of Fellow and Choir Master, and is a published composer and author.
Margaret "Peggy" Beckman Thorndill*, cello
University Place, WA,
Initiated to Mu Beta 12/6/1970
Tacoma Alumni
BM Washington State Univ (1973), MA California Institute of the Arts (cello performance) Clares Adams, Joel Grosnick, Gabor Reijto, Cordelia Wikarski Miedel, Phylis Alport Freelance performer in LA. Member of Singapore Symphony, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, ConBrio String Quartet and Seattle South Sound String Quartet. Teacher. Solo, Chamber and symphony performer in Pacific NW. Co-president of Tacoma Youth Symphony Board. Director of Cultural Affairs and Programing for University of Puget Sound Mu Phi scholarship to Aspen Music School 1972 Most offices of Mu Phi Tacoma Alumni Private teacher, University of Puget Sound
Ann Kafoury Tremaine, violin
deceased , 10/10/2009
Initiated to Nu 3/3/1950
Tacoma Alumni
1951 BM University of Oregon (violin performance), MM University of WA Boris Sirpo, Emanuel Zetlin, Kato Havas, Jascha Heifetz Concert Master of University of OR Symphony Orchestra. Ambassador of Goodwill tour with Little Chamber Orchestra of Portland. 1960 Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Faculty and Department Chairperson, 1982 sabbatical to Oxford and Master classes with Heifetz. Researcher on both mental and physical stress for string players. Soloist with Pacific Northwest Orchestras, member of Robert Jaffrey Orchestra, Seattle Opera Orchestra and Concertmast er of the Tacoma Opera and Pops orchestras. 1994 Washington State American String Teachers Association as outstanding String Teacher in Higher Education. Merit Awards and Orha Ashely from Mu Phi Local Coordinator and Music Liaison for Mu Phi Convention 1998 Pacific Lutheran University. Retired prof of music from Pacific Lutheran Univ. 36 years in Tacoma Symphony, 27 as Concertmaster. Recipient of Violet Award from Tacoma Alumni.
Carolyn Val-Schmidt, voice
Boulder, CO,
Initiated to Epsilon Xi 4/28/1963
Performed at such esteemed venues as Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera and has presented master classes at several universities. She has also been a guest artist with various orchestras and chorales in the Denver area"As an American artist I feel privileged to sing whatever music I want to," she said. "Plus, I love the connection when you're singing. You're energy comes out and goes into the audience and comes back to you ... there's this big circle." Published composer. Past chair of voice department of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.
Helen Spaeth Vanni, mezzo soprano, soprano, voice
Santa Fe, NM,
Initiated to Epsilon Alpha 5/10/1946
Columbia Artist Management
University 1967 Faculty, operatic roles (San Francisco opera Countess in Marriage of Figaro" Debut with Metropolitan Opera, concert and recital performances in US and Europe. Cleveland Music Institute as head of the voice faculty Columbia Records NY Times: "Miss Vanni was all that could be desired, a perfect foil for Leontyne Price's Fiordiligi."
Lee Venora, soprano
Initiated to Alpha Beta 
Shirley Verrett (Lomonaco), coloratura soprano, soprano, voice
deceased , 11/05/2010
Initiated to Epsilon Psi 4/28/1957
Edgar Vincent Assoc, Hurah Management, Herbert Barrett Management
AA Ventura College (accounting), Julliard School of Music Father was first teacher, Anna Fitzier, Mme Marion Szekely-Freschi, Boris Goldowsky 1958 debut Town Hall, 1960 orchestral debut Philadelphia Orchestra. 1964 debut at Metropolitan Opera. Performances in San Francisco, London's Covent Garden, Milan's La Scala, Paris Opera, Vienna Staatsoper. Recitalist & soloist with orchestras. "Live from Lincoln Center" and "Live from the Met" TV performances. Life-long learner. Angel, ABC (Audio Treasury), Columbia, DG, Everest, Kapp and RCA
Dr. Jeannine F. Wagner, soprano, voice
Carbondale, IL,
Initiated to Epsilon Kappa 4/20/1980
Epsilon Kappa
BM & MM Southern Illinois University, DMA Univ. of Illinois Willa Steward, Lorna Haywood, John Wrestman, William Warfield, Virgina Zeani Director of Marjorie Lawarence Opera Theater at So. Illinois Univ. Director of Opera on Wheels since 1984 John Guinn, Detroit Free Press (93): "Her voice is flexible, brightly colored and even from top to bottom… She uses it with consistent musical intelligence…"
Rebecca Lewis Wagner, harp
deceased , 3/18/2003
Initiated to Kappa 11/13/1939
Sandria Ward, organ
Houston, TX,
Initiated to Alpha Alpha 4/11/1965
Houston Alumni
Organist, Reviewer, Active in AGO. Organist/director of music at St. Ambrose Church in Houston.
Dr. Katharine Mulky- Warne, piano, composition
deceased , 4/24/1015
Initiated to Xi 1/10/1948
Cleveland Alumni
BA Mills College (composition) 1945, MSC Julliard School of Music, DMA Cleveland Institute 1975 Darvis Milhaud, Benjamin Moore, Bernard Wagenaar, Olga Samaroff, Donald Erb Instructor, visiting lecturer (Boldwin-Wallace Conservatory), faculty member. Founding Trustee of Milhaud Society and editor of the Society's Newsletter. Expertise on Milhaud Honors and awards, prizes and grants and commissions. Univ. of Kansas, Kent State University, Tutor (theory) at Cleveland Institute of Music, Laurel School piano instructor
Helen Clarke Watson, composition, education
deceased , 7/6/2002
Initiated to Mu Xi 4/16/1963
Chicago Alumni
AB Northwestern University, MM American Conservatory, Julliard Adolph Weidig, Leo Sowerby, Nadia Boulanger 1929 faculty, 1981 Co Chair of theory department (North Centeral College) 2 year scholarship to Julliard North Centeral College, American Conservatory in Chicago
Nancy Arganbright Weekley, piano
Daytona Beach, FL,
Initiated to Epsilon Omicron 5/24/1955
Duo-Pianist with husband Dallas Weekley, largely responsible for the revival of interest in one-piano, four-hand performance, Composer, edited & arranged piano duet repertoire.
Ruby Wentzel, cello
Lafayette, CA,
Initiated to Epsilon 12/12/1930
Former University of Michigan Faculty, Director of Music Prepatory Division at University of Bridgeport. Member of Connecticutt String Quartet, Dallas and San Diego Symphonies. University of Bridgeport, Hameline Univesity, Macalaster College, Minn. College of Music Golden Crest, Musical Heritage Society.
Marguerite Yannopoules Willauer, soprano, voice
Athens, Greece,
Initiated to Beta 3/15/1955
Lola Faust or Ludwig Lusteg Management
BM Converse College ( 1961), New England Conservatory- Artist Diploma Debut at Jordon Hall, Primier of "The Rakes Progress" with Stravinsky directing. Married to Dino Yanopoules, Metropolitan Opera Director and founder of the Athens Festival in Greece. Sings at the Met and Spaleto, Italy at the 1964 Festival of 2 Worlds.
Patricia Wise, education, soprano, voice
Bloomington, IN,
Initiated to Xi 5/9/1964
Bloomington Alumni
Columbia Artists, Berbert Barrett Management
BME Kansas University 1966, apprenticed at Santa Fe Opera Leading soprano at Viennese State Opera & NY City Opera. 1979 debut in La Scala in Milan. Casual Strauss specialist. Full schedules between New York, Vienna and Chicago. Recitals and orchestral performances. Faculty. School of Music, Bloomington Indiana " The parts that suit me best are tragic figures. It's wonderful to go mad or die on stage."
Dr. Karen Lias Wolff, education
Ann Arbor, MI,
Initiated to Phi Zeta 4/28/1956
Minneapolis Alumni
Karen Wolff served as the fifth Dean of the University of Michigan School of Music from 2000 to 2005. Dr. Wolff brought to the University of Michigan her national prominence and widely acknowledged success in leading major programs and schools of music. In the spring of 2003, she was appointed by President Bush to the National Council on the Arts, an advisory body to the National Endowment for the Arts, for a six-year term. She was Dean and Professor of Music at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music from 1991 to 1999 before accepting the position of Dean of the School of Music in Ann Arbor in 2000. Dr. Wolff has dedicated over ten years of service to the National Association of Schools of Music. She has served on that group’s Executive Committee and as a NASM accreditation reviewer. She also has served on the boards of the Minnesota Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera, the Minnesota Composers Forum, the Greater Twin Cities Youth Orchestra, and the Ohio Chamber Orchestra. She currently serves on the Boards of the University Musical Society and the Michigan Shakespeare Festival. A music educator, Dr. Wolff served from 1987 to 1991 as Director of the School of Music at the University of Minnesota. From 1978 to 1987, Karen Wolff was a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music where she also served as Acting Dean and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Dr. Wolff's research has focused on the impact of music education on children's intellectual and social development in areas outside of music. One of Dr. Wolff’s interests is in helping artists and performers understand the public policy issues related to the arts.
Carol Worthey, composition
Hollywood, CA,
Initiated to Phi Nu 6/24/2000
Los Angeles Alumni
Award-winning Composer and Painter, lyricist, poet, arts lecturer, humanitarian and active participant in musical theater. Studied at the Merrywood School of Music, Tanglewood, Aspen Music Festival, Dartmouth School of Performing Arts. First Prize in Composition, Columbia University (1965). Graduated with Honors from Contemporary Composing and Arranging Program at Grove School of Music. Mentors include Grant Beglarian, John Harbison, Otto Luening, Vladimir Ussachevsky, Henry Cowell, Darius Milhaud, Vincent Persichetti, Walter Piston, Elliott Carter and Eddy Lawrence Manson.
Elizabeth Wrancher, soprano, voice
deceased , 03/06/2012
Initiated to Epsilon Omicron 5/28/1954
BM Indiana Univ., New England Conservatory Dorthea Manski 13 years of career spent in EUROPE in 35 different roles. Head of vocal programs at Florida Tech. University in Orlando FL Fulbright Scholar to Munich, GERMANY
Julianne Rambeau Vanden Wyngaard, piano, carillon
Wyoming, MI,
Initiated to Mu Upsilon 12/9/1956 Guild of Carillonneurs of North America
Delta Gamma
Eastman School of Music (1958), BMA Univ. of WI (1983), Netherlands Corillon School Chester Berger, Armand Basile, Ralph Votapek, George Walker, Todd Fair Faculty, piano soloist, chamber musician, lecturer, adjudicator, music director. Leader of seminars, author, program developer and university committee leadership Faculty Advisor, 4th VP, Music Advisor of National Mu Phi & other positions Grand Valley State University, Carillonist Articles Orion Label
Frances L. Lynch Yeend-Benner, voice
deceased , 4/27/2008
Initiated to Mu Beta 4/14/1935
Frances was principal prima donna at the New York City Opera for 14 years before joining the Metropolitan Opera in 1961 where she performed until retiring to West Virginia. In 1958, in her fifth appearance as Turandot, Yeend sang before perhaps the largest audience she had experienced, in Arena di Verona in Italy. The audience numbered 25,000, with 2,000 people on the stage in the Second Act, and 180 in the pit orchestra. She sang without any amplification. Her performance of Turando convinced Leontyne Price, another of America's great voices, to become an opera singer. In 1966 she joined the music faculty at West Virginia University in Morgantown where she was Professor of Music and Artist in Residence until her retirement in 1978. She continued to teach part-time until 1989. For many years she would appear in recitals with her husband and accompanist, pianist James Benner, at her side. On one tour they did 72 concerts in 15 weeks. She was a founding member of the Bel Canto Trio with Mario Lanza and George London, and toured extensively. A joint concert in the Hollywood Bowl in 1948 with Mario Lanza catapulted him into his fabled movie career. She appeared more than 300 times as a soloist with the world's most famous symphonies, and recorded for RCA, Columbia, Mercury, MGM, Allegro, King and DaVinci records.
Sylvia Ann Preston Zaremba, piano
deceased , 6/5/2005
Initiated to Mu Kappa 2/2/1954
Eastman Boomer Associates, Maxim Gershunoff, Inc.
Concert pianist Sylvia Zaremba, former chair of the keyboard department in the Ohio State University School of Music. she was a prodigy who began performing publicly at age 5. She attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia on a scholarship and was a classmate of pianist Gary Graffman, now director of the institute. At 10, she made her Cleveland Orchestra debut under Rodzinski, and, at 15, she performed the Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor with the New York Philharmonic, again with the Polish maestro conducting. She also performed in Europe and South America. In the United States, she appeared with the American Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and Symphony of the Air. She recorded on the Unicorn and Realistic labels. Retired from OSU since 1994, she maintained a private teaching studio at her home.
Dr. Kurt-Alexander Zeller*, education, tenor, voice
Morrow, GA,
Initiated to Mu Chi 5/1/1982
Atlanta Alumni
BM & BFA at Southern Methodist University (voice performance & theater), MM & DMA College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati (voice, musicology and opera directing). Performances throughout North America in early music, opera, recital and as opera director. Toured Austria. German TV appearance. Director of Opera and Vocal Studies at Clayton State University in suburban Atlanta. Lecturer on music, and program annotator for Salem (OR) Chamber Orchestra. Co-author of What Every Singer Needs to Know about the Body and Certified Body Mapping Instructor - Andover Educators. Recitalist and college teacher. International 3rd VP, Alumni Advisor on IEB of Mu Phi Epsilon, 2003-2008.
Bettye Sue Volkart Seitz Zoller*, composition, voice
Dallas, TX,
Initiated to Alpha Kappa 4/29/1962
Dallas Alumni
BM & MM University of Missouri, University of Minnesota, MMEd and PhD at North Texas State (harpsichord) Stanley Deacon, Vera Brackigreen, Eugene Stoia Faculty (music history), successful recording artist of jingles. Performances in 30 states (supperclubs, niteries and stage shows). Owns a digital audio recording studio in Dallas Kansas City Mu Phi Scholarship University of Missouri Books on studio career singing and compositions EMI, Screen Gems, Inc. Simon and Schuster RCA Records An extremely versital singer, entertainer with much to share if asked. She is eager to share her expertise with sister Mu Phi's.