About

The history of the Los Angeles Alumni Chapter began several years before its official installation on March 20, 1919. When Charlotte Andrus Brown left Chicago's Iota Alpha Chapter and moved to Los Angeles, she missed the splendid group of musicians she left behind. In 1915, while Charlotte's sister Caliste was visiting, the first meeting was called. (Caliste Conant Walker, more commonly known as Caliste Sinek, composed the words and music of "Our Triangle," which was adopted as the fraternity song at the 1913 convention.) Although only three people responded to the first call for members, an interested group found each other through The TRIANGLE. Six members formed the Los Angeles Alumni Club with Past Supreme President Harriet Wright presiding as installing officer. It was the first alumni chapter established west of St. Louis.*

Our members include prominent performers, composers, and music educators from all over the Los Angeles area.  Former Third National Vice President Gladys Stalling, former National President Marian Davidson, and Centennial Convention Chairman Dawn Phelps Neal are members of this chapter. Sharing some of the same geographic space with the Los Angeles Alumni Chapter is the Beverly Hills Alumni Chapter, as well as half a dozen other nearby Alumni Chapters.

2014 Ellen Berke Music Education Scholarship

Award WinnERS
MARJANI CLARKE
KELVIN FLORES
AMY JAMES
CLEMENTE SANCHEZ-GUZMAN

ADVISORS
Dr. Mary Schliff
Dr. Katherine Baker

From L-R:
Deborah H. How (Mu Phi)Clemente Sanchez-GuzmanMarjani ClarkeKelvin FloresMary Lou Newmark (Mu Phi)

Berke Winners, Debbie and MLN

The former San Fernando Alumni Chapter has merged with the Los Angeles Alumni Chapter and all scholarships are under the sole management of the Los Angeles Alumni Chapter. The Ellen Berke Music Education Scholarship Award is awarded to collegiate music education students in the San Fernando Valley area. In 2006, the Los Angeles Alumni Chapter held the Loeb Louviere Scholarship Competition for instrumental and vocal performance majors from colleges throughout Los Angeles. The competition was held again in 2010 with $10,000 in prizes awarded to students; the competition finals took place at the historic Ebell of Los Angeles Theater in a well attended public performance.

The Los Angeles Alumni Chapter advises and mentors three local collegiate chapters, UCLA (Phi Nu), USC (Mu Nu), and Santa Monica College (Zeta Upsilon). Santa Monica College is the first junior college to receive a Mu Phi Epsilon Collegiate Chapter Charter (2013). In order to play an active role in supporting music making, education, and creation in our community, the Los Angeles Alumni Chapter also donates annually to various non-profit music organizations in the local community, including P.S. Arts, Elemental Strings, Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, Palisades Symphony, and Westside Music Foundation.

The Los Angeles Alumni Chapter hosted the 1960 Mu Phi Epsilon Convention in Santa Monica and served as a host chapter of the 1974 Mu Phi Epsilon Palm Springs Convention. The Chapter has received a number of national awards including the Circle of Winners.*



Recent highlights include:

2015–2016
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2014–2015
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2013–2014
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2012–2013
Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation Scholarship 
James and Lola Faust Chamber Music Scholarship
Deon Nielsen Price

2011–2012
Mu Phi Epsilon Alumni Chapter Award
Outstanding Newsletter

2011–2012
Mu Phi Epsilon Alumni Awards
Service, Education, and Resource Volunteer (SERV)

Adrienne Albert | Deborah How | Phyllis Newman
Deon Nielsen Price | Diana Steiner 

2010–2011
Service, Education, and Resource Volunteer (SERV)

2009–2010
Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity Award
International Alumni Chapter of the Year

2009–2010
Mu Phi Epsilon Alumni Chapter Award
Outstanding Alumni Chapter of the Pacific Southwest Province

2009–2010
Mu Phi Epsilon Alumni Awards
Service, Education, and Resource Volunteer (SERV)

2009–2010
Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation Chapter Grant
Helen Haupt Foundation Chapter Grant
To send members to "Faces of Eve,"
a concert of women composers in New York City.

2009–2010
Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity Award
Musicological Research Contest
Deborah H. How (1st Place: Ph.D. Dissertations)

2008–2009
Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation Chapter Grant
Helen Haupt Foundation Chapter Grant
To send six of our members (performers and composers) to Bejing, China
for the International Alliance of Women in Music Congress.



*See Chapter Nine of
A Centennial History of Mu Phi Epsilon
(International Professional Music Fraternity): 1903–2003
First edition: July 2003.
Compiled by Wilma Froman Sheridan & Katherine Doepke, Contributing Writer
Copyright (c) 2003 by Mu Phi Epsilon International Professional Music Fraternity
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