Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation

2010 Recipients



Julia-Sophia Bellingrath, Phi Omicron, Cleveland Institute of Music. Beth Landis Violin Scholarship - $5,000. Sophia's quartet was fortunate enough to attend the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, the Banff Chamber Music Residency, and the St. Lawrence String quartet Seminar at Sanford University. Her quartet learned and performed three works over the summer: Bartok's Quartet No. 2, Mozart's Quartet K. 458 "The Hunt" and the Brahms' Sextet in G-Major which they had the pleasure of playing with Barry Schiffman (formerly of the St. Lawrence Quartet) and Denis Brott (formerly of the Orford Quartet). With the money Sophia was also able to record a DVD and CD recording of two movements of the Bach b minor Partita for Solo Violin. The remaining money was used for her tuition for the spring semester.


Brian Louis Giebler, Mu Upsilon, Eastman School of Music, tenor. Mabel Henderson Memorial Grant for International Study - $1,500. Mikanna Clark Taurman Voice Scholarship - $500. In February, Brian is using the money from the Henderson Grant for travel, lodging, and vocal studies with Joy Mammen, a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England. Meanwhile he has begun a two-year master's program at the University of Michigan.


Carolyn Marie Chwalek, Mu Phi, Baldwin-Wallace College, trumpet. La Vern Jackson Memorial Music Therapy Scholarship - $1,500. Carolyn used the money for Music and Imagery Level I training (Music & Imagery for Wellness) at Anna Maria College. She will finish her practicum upon completion of her internship in December 2010. She is interested in pursuing a Masters Music therapy program because of the specialization in Mental Health Counseling.


Jacob Michael Ertl, Mu Upsilon, Eastman School of Music, piano. Eleanor B. Weiler and Mildred B. Frame Piano Scholarship - $6,000. Jacob used the money to study at the Nice International Summer Music Academy where he was able to participate in the master classes of a number of famous teachers. His favorite professor he worked with was probably Vladimir Krainev whom he felt extremely nervous to play for the first time because he is so famous in Russia and Europe. He was also offered the chance to perform a few times in the public concerts held at the Joseph Kosma Auditorium at the Nice Conservatory of Music where he performed Ravel's Alborado del Gracioso and Franck's Prelude, Chorale and Fugue. There were only two other Americans at the festival when he was there.


Lisa McDaniel Foltz, Beta Beta, Jacksonville University/Atlanta Alumni. John and Mary Virginia Foncannon Choral Conducting or Sacred Music Scholarship - $7,000. The money Lisa received paid for the bulk of her tuition as a Master of Music in Conducting student at The Florida State University for the 2010 calendar year. Last summer she continued her association and participation with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus, with performances and a recording of a newly commissioned work, in addition to a performance of the Verdi Requiem for Chorus America, and she participated in two workshops for the same.


Erin Elizabeth Anderies Bollacker, Mu Upsilon, Eastman School of Music. Madge Cathcart Gerke Scholarship - $500. Nadine Williams Scholarship - $600. Hazel B. Morgan Scholarship - $500. Erin used the money from all three scholarships towards tuition for summer courses, which reduced the amount of loans needed to pay for her master's degree courses.


Meagan Mahlberg, Delta Rho, University of Colorado, soprano. Brena Hazzard Voice Scholarship - $5,000. Meagan used the money for expenses of completing her Master's Degree in vocal performance. She also used it to cover expenses in beginning a professional career, such as for audition fees for young artist programs, competitions, and small opera companies.


Matthew Ryan Hoch, Lambda, Ithaca College/Gamma Pi, Shorter College, baritone. Bettylou Scandling Hubin Scholarship for World Music/Multicultural Music - $1,250. Matthew used his money to attend the Pedagogies of World Music Theories, which was held at the University of Colorado-Boulder from May 25-29, 2010. World Music Theory is a growing field that dovetails traditional Western music theory and analysis with music that falls outside of the Western Canon. Throughout the week, the students analyzed and discussed complicated and diverse modal systems, forms, and rhythms from diverse cultures: the music studied derived from Bali, North India, Turkey, Native America, South America, and West Africa.


Jeffery Kyle Hutchins, Phi Tau, University of North Texas, saxophone. The Jean Louise Martin Scholarship - $2,000. Jeffery used the money for living expenses, tuition, and supplemental materials such as books and sheet music. He prepared for graduate auditions as well as several competitions, including getting his program ready for the Mu Phi International Competition. He also worked with his new quartet, the Xenix saxophone Quartet, which has been accepted to perform at the Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium in January at George Mason University.


Michael Koch Kaufman, Mu Upsilon, Eastman School of Music, cello. Gerke Collegiate Scholarship - $500. Michael used the money for expenses at the Sarasota Music Festival where he was able to play with a fantastic piano trio, play principal in Stravinsky's Pulcianella, and receive coaching with Robert Levin.


Areon Flutes, Tamara Maddaford - Chairman, Phi Mu, San Jose State University/Denver Alumni. James and Lola Faust Chamber Music Scholarship - $5,000. The Areon Flutes, a chamber music ensemble is using the money to produce a CD. The first recording session was booked at the San Francisco Conservatory for September 18th and 19th. The ensemble planned to record Robert Dick's Eyewitness and Chia-Ying Chiang's Four Elements during the six hour session. The CD artwork design was to start in November of 2010. They will be recording Gossip Cats are Dancing with Robert Dick on January 9-10, 2011. During this recording session they will also be recording their own commissioned work, Alluring Wave by Mark Grey. February 5th, 2011 is scheduled to be their last recording date at the San Francisco Conservatory where they will record Steeley Pause by Jennifer Higdon. Members of the Areon Flutes pictured above are: Kassey LeBow, Amelia Vitarelli, Jill Heinke, and Tamara Maddaford.


Madeline Apple Healey, Mu Phi, Baldwin-Wallace College. Elizabeth Boldenweck Voice Scholarship - $500. Madeline used her money for school expenses.


Sophia Nicolle Tegart, Alpha Kappa, UMKC, flute. Merle Montgomery Doctoral Grant - $1,000. Grant-in-Aid - $500. Sophia used her money to travel to The Cortona Sessions for New Music in Italy where she was able to study Brian Ferneyhough's Cassandra's Dream Song and look in depth at the extended techniques and notational practices of this composer. Because of this, she will have ample information and insight that will help her with her lecture-recital topic "Representations of Madness in the Flute Repertoire" in the spring of 2011.


Nicholas Scott Omiccioli, Alpha Kappa, UMKC, composer, guitarist. Lillian Harlan Ramage Grant for Graduate Study in Composition - $500. Nick used his money for travel costs and application fees toward the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Italy. He was able to attend lessons, masterclasses, and lectures by faculty composers Gabriela Frank and Forrest Pierce. Nick had a very busy summer. He was at the Thailand International Composition Festival in Bangkok as a finalist and winner, the Wellesley Composers conference as a commissioned composer, and Vox Novus Composers Voice Concert Series in NYC as a featured composer.


Andres Mauricio Salguero, Alpha Kappa, UMKC, clarinet, composer. Bettylou Scandling Hubin Scholarship for Music Technology - $1,250. Mauricio used his money to buy a MAC PRO laptop. He was planning to use it to perform electro acoustic music at ClarinetFest 2010 at Austin, Texas and on a tour to six universities in the Midwest.


Dallas Alumni Chapter - c/o Susan Dixon Poelchau - Chairman, Epsilon Pi, Texas Tech/Dallas Alumni.Helen Haupt Alumni Project Grant - $700. The Dallas Alumni Chapter funds a Dallas Alumni Chapter Library Concert Series every year. The money is being used for piano tunings, printing and publicity for 18 concerts, etc. The entire series was booked up within 3 weeks of the first invitation.


Los Angeles Alumni Chapter - c/o Deon Nielsen Price - Chairman,Gamma, University of Michigan/Los Angeles Alumni. Helen Haupt Alumni Project Grant - $1,300. The entire amount was used to help with airfare for six of their members to travel to New York City for the "Faces of Eve" concert on the Women's Work Series at the Greenwich House Music School on March 10, 2010. The Hall, with seats for 100, was filled and they were all pleased to be in attendance with so many other Mu Phis also on the program. Pictured are: Back Row: Carol Worthey, Lydia Busler-Blais, Deon Nielsen Price, Berkeley Price. Front Row: Adrienne Albert, Mary Au.


Joanna Elizabeth Nunley, Beta Psi, University of Indianapolis, piano. Ruth Dean Morris Scholarship - $1,000. Joanna used her money to pay for tuition.


Kathleen Jeanne Tertell, Phi Omicron, Cleveland Institute of Music, cello. Alberta Denk Scholarship for Violin, Viola, Cello - $500. Kathleen used the award towards repairs on her cello, which were greatly needed. Since there are so many incidental expenses involved in the upkeep of a stringed instrument, the Alberta Denk scholarship really helped her afford to get work done on her cello that needed to be done for a long time. She wouldn't have been able to afford them otherwise. She also used some of the money to be in the Castleton Festival in Rappahannock County, Virginia. Katie was also a member of the Spoleto Festival, USA, and orchestra in Charleston, South Carolina this summer.


Zhou Tian, Omega Omega/Los Angeles Alumni. Ellen Jane Lorenz Porter Grant for Graduate Work in Composition - $1,000. Zhou Tian used the money to travel to New York for rehearsals of his latest composition - a new song cycle that was commissioned by the Lotte Lehmann Foundation and to be published by C.C. Schirmer.


Elizabeth Marie Tredent, Phi Omicron, Cleveland Institute of Music. Sara Eikenberry Voice Scholarship - undergraduate - $1,000. Elizabeth used the money for school expenses.


Hannah Thomas-Hollands, Phi Omicron, Cleveland Institute of Music, cello. Gerke Collegiate Artist Scholarship - $500. The money was used to purchase flights to the Texas Music Festival in Houston, Texas. The festival is an orchestral program, playing a concert of different repertoire every week, working with conductors such as Horst Foerster, Stefan Sanderling, and Mei-Ann Chen. Hannah learned a lot about solo playing as well and took lessons with Brinton Averil Smith, Alan Stepansky, and Vagram Saradjian.


Kayla Clarene Trabun, Mu Beta, Washington State University, Pullman, music ed. Ines Pratt Jamison Scholarship - $2,000.


Andrew Louis Wilson, Phi Lambda, Willamette University/Allied. Beth Landis Music Education Scholarship - $5,000. Andrew has been studying a series of books by Dr. Gary Chapman on relationships. The books discuss a concept of different forms of transmitting "love" in a form that fits a student's desire rather than need. Andy has applied this method while teaching music at an after school program for low income and at risk elementary students. This fall he plans on continuing his experiment while student teaching choral music at the high school level.


These $1,000 scholarships are offered for study at any American or International Summer Music Program.


Emily Botel-Barnard, Phi Omicron, Cleveland Institute of Music, violin. Emily used her money to attend the Banff Art Centre.


Yu Hui (Grace) Lai, Alpha Kappa, UMKC, flute. Grace attended the William Bennett International Flute Summer School.


Yukiko Sekino, Boston Alumni, piano. Yukiko attended a master class of Russian pianist Elisso Virsaladze in Sermoneta, Italy. She worked on the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, the Symphonic Etudes of Schumann, and Mozart's Sonata K.309. This master class is part of a series of master classes organized by Campus Internazionale di Musica and held in Caetani Castle. In attendance were phenomenal pianists from Italy, England, Germany, Russia, and elsewhere from whom Yukiko learned much about other works. Yukiko also won the Bernstein-Crosman Scholarship - $1,000, which helped pay her cost of travel, tuition, and room and board.


Amanda Marie Setlik, Alpha Alpha, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music/Delta Rho, University of Colorado, piano. Besides a summer scholarship, Amanda won the Helen Haupt Piano Scholarship - $1,000. She used the money to attend the CCM Prague International Piano Institute in the Czech Republic, held at the Jan Deyl Conservatory, which is part of Charles University. The eleven days was comprised of master classes, recitals, and discussions covering subjects such as careers in music and the psychology of performing. During the institute, Amanda performed in Ian Hobson's master class. She participated in private lessons with Zhe Tang, Vit Gregor, Petr Šefl (historical instruments specialist, Prague), and Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff.


Anna Louise Hoard, XI, University of Kansas, soprano. Anna attended the Seagle Music Colony in Upstate New York.