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Denver Alumnae Chapter * Xi C Province, Region 1

Winter 2019 * Volume 68, Issue 2

2018-2019 Denver Alumnae Theme

Presidential Thoughts
By: Marion Talley
Wow! The Denver Alumnae Chapter has been sharing sisterhood and music in the Denver area for 79 Years!  Congratulations to the many members who have supported the chapter with music and other talents throughout those years.  As the 80th year begins, may you continue to leave your mark in support and participation of the chapter.  I have only been here just over 2 years, but I see how each of you brings something special and unique to this chapter.  It is fun to look back, but it is even more exciting to pave the way for future projects, sister activities, and community endeavors.  

Get on board for the 80th year of SAI -- share your talents.  Tell everyone that you are part of an international organization which is 116 years old!  Sigma Alpha Iota supports its members with grants and scholarships.  Sigma Alpha Iota supports communities with gifts of music, and/or gifts of instruments.  Pan's Cottage at MacDowell Colony supports many artists, not just musicians.  Wow! What is ahead for Denver Alumnae Chapter?  Mark your calendar, March 22, 2020.  Come and share!

Marion Talley, president
Chapter Chatter
Here's what you've missed
December in Review:
  • Sisters celebrated Incorporation Day with our annual lunch at Fresh Fish Company.
  • Many sisters participated in their local church's Holiday concerts.
  • Sisters joined at The Gathering Place to perform holiday carols to the guests eating lunch as part of our bi-monthly service.
January in Review:
  • Sisters gathered for an informal meeting at the residence of Anna Maria Manalo in Denver.
  • A Musicale of "Select Pieces by Amy Beach" were performed on piano by Linda Rolf.
  • Four new sisters were affiliated during our January 20th meeting. Read more about them in the 'Get to Know the New Sisters' section.
  • FRED: VP Ritual Linda Rolf helped us review the SAI Symphony.
  • On January 27th, the chapter held a successful Fundraiser at Sipping N' Painting where $340 was raised for SAI Philanthropies, Inc.
February in Review:
  • Sisters performed a Musicale at the Cherry Creek Retirement Community.
  • Sisters gathered for an informal meeting at the home of Krista Aliga. Mischief Barbershop Quartet performed for musicale.
  • Postcards were sent out to local sisters who are not affiliated with an alumnae chapter.
  • FRED: VP Ritural Linda Rolf gave members a quiz to see how much we knew about our National Executive Board.
March in Review:
  • Sisters gathered at the home of Donita Banks for an informal meeting. "Wild Mountain Thyme: Songs and Stories of Ireland" was the theme of the musicale performed by Donita Banks on piano, autoharp, and voice.
  • Denver Alumane Chapter was featured in the National Newsletter Tempo!
    • We'd like to correct the mistake on the caption of the picture. The caption should read "The Denver Alumnae Chapter affiliated Nicole Kobayashi, Shelley McCluskey, and Ariana Olivero in November".
  • Province Day was held on March 3rd hosted by Xi C.
  • Congratulations to Catherine Rands who received her 50 year member certificate.
  • Congratulations to the new chapter officers for 2019-2020: President, Marion Talley; VP Membership, Cassidy Boone; VP Programs, Anna Maria Manalo; VP Ritual, Linda Rolf; Secretary, Shelley McCluskey; Treasurer, Sabrina Green; and Editor, Rachel Davis.  
  • FRED: VP Ritural Linda Rolf gave members a quiz to see how much we remembered from last month about our National Executive Board.
Upcoming Events
**Indicates a Denver Alumnae Event

Wednesday, April 3 at 12:10pm: A Lenten Recital "Take Us to the Light" Hymns for Lent
Donita Banks, Singer and Pianist
St. Andrew United Methodist Church (9203 S. University Blvd, Highlands Ranch)

Wednesday, April 3 7:00-9:00pm Tina Phillips Trio
Broomfield Auditorium (3 Community Park Road, Broomfield)

Wednesday, April 3 at 7:30pm: Valeria de Luna-Kent (Sigma Upsilon President) Junior Voice Recital
Lamont School of Music, University of Denver (2344 E Iliff Ave, Denver)

**Sunday, April 14 10:00am-1:00pm: SAI goes to Free Day at Botanic Gardens (York Street Location)
Informal Social Event (guests welcome)
(1007 York Street, Denver)

**Tuesday, April 16: Musicale (SAI's Got Talent) will begin at 7:00 PM with our formal meeting and affiliation beginning by 7:30 PM. 

Saturday, May 4 at 8:00pm The Elegant Plums Album Release (featuring Rachel Davis: Back Up Vocals)
Your Mom's House (608 E. 13th Ave, Denver)

**Tuesday, May 21: Musicale will begin at 7:00 PM with our business meeting beginning by 7:30 PM. 

**Saturday, June 15 at 10:00 AM. This will be a brunch/potluck event with awards/honors, installation of new officers, and songbooks. 

Remember to check the calendar on our website for more information!
Get to Know the New Sisters
Four New Sisters Affiliated at the January, 20th meeting
Tina Phillips, Keena Day, Callie O'Buckley, Jessica Kneiff

Keena Day is from Detroit, MI, and eventually received her B.A., and M.A., in English with education credentials from Tennessee State University. She has been an educator for 15 years, completing an educational fellowship situated at Yale University and subsequently opening her own educational consulting company and blog called The Savvy Urban Educators and is currently working for KippColorado Schools as the Director of Secondary Literacy grades 3-12. Keena is also a published author, freelance writer and journalist having written for newspapers and magazines in Nashville, TN and working in media while performing as a poet. Keena was initiated into the Kappa Iota chapter in 2003 at Tennessee State University; she went on to serve as Psi B Province Officer and Region 4 Officer while living in Tennessee. She is the mother of a graduating senior (Jimmy, III), a 6th grader (Jimari) who both play low brass instruments and her partner Jimmy, II is a member of Phi Mu Alpha and is Band Director at East Middle School and Assistant Band Director at Hinkley High School.


Jessica Kneiff graduated from Washburn University  in Topeka, Kansas in May of 2018 where she was a member of Theta Chapter. She plays the bass clarinet and the saxophone and graduated with a degree in public relations and a minor in music. Jessica moved to Denver in June for a marketing job at a software company. Her fondest memories of SAI are when her chapter earned the Katherine Becker National Collegiate Chapter Achievement Award in 2017 and when she attended the 2018 National Convention in Scottsdale, where she met some of her new Denver SAI sisters for the first time. Jessica volunteers with the Aurora Symphony Orchestra and is looking forward to finding new ways to bring music into her life through the SAI Denver Alumnae Chapter sisterhood. 


Callie O'Buckley is from North Carolina and has recently moved to Denver, CO. Before moving, she graduated from University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BA in Arts Administration. While in her collegiate chapter of SAI, she served as the Sergeant at Arms, Secretary, and President. Callie plays flute and she is looking for new opportunities in Denver to continue playing. She has recently accepted a position with the Boy Scouts of America, Denver Council as a District Executive.

Tina Phillips is a respected Jazz artist and songwriter based in the Denver region. Influenced most by Betty Carter, Sarah Vaughn, Charlie Parker and her dear friends Sheila Jordan and Art Lande, her style is versatile - including straight ahead, bebop, blues, and Latin Jazz. Her charismatic on-stage performance is the finishing touch. Tina, a Denver native, attended the University of Colorado as a vocal performance major. She is a highly respected vocal coach, clinician, award winning billboard songwriter and performs with internationally known jazz musicians.  Her music is played worldwide and she performs nationally. Respected Internationally known Jazz critic, Scott Yannow, listed Tina in his book The Jazz Singers The Ultimate Guide.

Exciting Member News
Our current Vice President: Programs Krista Aliga and her husband Chet are excited to announce they are expecting their first child in September!
JoAnne Kyhl Memorial Performance Competition
Accepting applications for 2019


Applicants must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at DU for the semester in which the competition occurs.
  • Be an initiated member of the SAI Sigma Upsilon chapter and in good financial standing.
  • Not have won the competition in the immediate prior year.
Check out more information on our website:
Tina Phillips - May 3
Katie Nicholson - May 9
Nancy Johnson - May 10
Ariana Olivero - June 5
Ellen Shamas-Brandt - June 20
Need More Pictures?
Let me know what you think of this new feature I'm trying out for the first time in this newsletter!
Here is a link for a photo album of more pictures from the last few months. I can easily add more photos to it even after you've received this newsletter so if you have photos from December 2018-March 2019, please get them to me and I can add them to the album.
From Your Editor
Rachel Davis
Thank you so much to the chapter for voting me into this position for another year. If there was a mistake in the yearbook in regards to your contact information, please double check and email me so it may be corrected for the 2019-2020 Yearbook Directory.
As well as our MailChimp email, I also send our Newsletter in PDF to our chapter email list server for those who prefer to print their newsletter before reading. If you do not receive that email, please email me at so you can be added to the list!
Look forward to our next Newsletter at the end of June!
We Want Your Input!
Please always feel free to send any articles, upcoming events, & personal news, to the Editor for a feature in an upcoming Newsletter. (
Announcements made at meetings will be included in future Newsletters. If your news is not something you'd like to be shared, please let me know during your announcement.
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