The First Note
FORT WORTH ALUMNAE – A HISTORIC CHAPTER!
The Fort Worth Alumnae Chapter was chartered on October 5, 1946. Sixteen members were installed by national officers Mildred Sale, Dorothy Hamilton, and Annelle Mc-Adams.
Projects initiated locally through the years include: Texas State Day, which morphed into Province Day, Annual American Music Concerts, Annual scholarships awarded to women music students at Texas Wesleyan University, Annual American Repertoire Auditions awards encouraging TWU students to study the music of American composers.
Within the Fort Worth community, chapter projects have supported:
Fort Worth Symphony, Fort Worth Opera, and Arts Council of FW organizations, Cliburn International Piano Competition, Fort Worth Early Music, Schola Cantorum, Piano Texas Institute at TCU, Stephen Barr Memorial Concert and other activities of the music department of TWU.
On the national level the chapter has participated in projects benefiting the
International Music Fund, People-to-People, the Bold Note Music program, and the American Music Awards.
The chapter has initiated and enjoyed ongoing friendships with 15 Honorary Members Distinguished on the international level, 21 illustrious Friends of the Arts, and 2 Members Laureate. Honors awarded to the chapter include the National Chapter Achievement Awards on 4 occasions, the national Community Service Award (2), and numerous Province, District, and individual awards.
Eleven chapter members are recipients of the Rose of Honor, 4 of the Ruby Sword of Honor, and 48 recipients of the Sword of Honor.
We look back with pride, but we view today and tomorrow with heightened excited anticipation! Our current members are filled with enthusiasm for the opportunities that await us as members of FWAC. Many launched their lives as an SAI at Texas Wesleyan, but almost half our equally active alums joined us from other chapters across the country.
Fort Worth is the place to put down your personal roots and flower in your musical craft, however it is expressed – personal performance, teaching, business leadership, family development, civic participation, service to a faith community—wherever your “to be continued” is leading you! And you can plug these gifts into our own intriguing activities.
Recent projects reflect the “churn” of ideas and eager commitment which characterizes our chapter in recent years. Encouraging composition has become a hallmark, as we commissioned and performed an original work in celebration of our 70th Anniversary as a chapter: "Daughters of Music", composed by James Adler of New York, with lyrics composed by our local chapter member Debra Rue, was premiered on our annual American Music Concert in 2017.
The Future Sounds Good
We have a place and a warm welcome for all SAIs to join their song to ours—to serve the cause of music and the welfare of our community and most particularly, to develop their own special gifts in the company of caring, enthusiastic, supportive sisters.
Projects for the upcoming year include
Fund-raising for our gift in support of Pan’s Cottage, assistance with the prestigious Stephan Barr Memorial Concert, inaugurated by one of our own illustrious members, ongoing projects in assistance to TWU and the TCU Cliburn/Piano Texas Institute.
And most particularly, we are looking forward to packing our valises in July to go to National Convention at Scottsdale, Arizona!
Plus of course our monthly meetings and December Dinner with Friends—times of mutual enjoyment, encouragement, support, and learning together -- oh, and did we say, just plain fun??!!