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Denver Alumnae Chapter * Xi C Province, Region 1

Fall * Volume 70, Issue 1

2020-2021 Denver Alumnae Theme
"To Champion Women Musicians of Color"

Presidential Thoughts

By: Marion Talley
Dear SAI members,

The Denver Alumnae chapter members have met the pandemic in fine fashion. Many now know how to Zoom for chapter meetings and social times for sharing our sisterhood. SAI members are resourceful and inventive! Your Executive Board anticipates hearing the results of your search for music by Black Women composers, or hearing recordings of Black Women musicians whom you introduce to us, as well as a new appreciation of the variety of music contributed by this group.  Stay alert and healthy in this unique time using music to heal the tired, frustrated, or anxious feelings. 


Marion Talley, President 
Denver Alumnae Chapter
The Denver Alumnae Chapter proudly accepted these Alumnae Chapter Achievement Awards.
Chapter Chatter
Here's what you've missed
  • On September 12th, sisters met via Zoom and at the home of Mary Hansen for our first chapter meeting of the year. Chapter Officers were installed. The Fr. Ed. theme was "Why DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) in SAI?" 
  • On October 18th, sisters met via Zoom. The Fr. Ed. theme was "Grounding in the Story of SAI". Check out the Presentation via our website.
  • On November 15th, sisters met via Zoom.  New member Kim Hustead was affiliated. The Fr. Ed. theme was "SAI and Race".
  • By the end of November, Yearbooks, masks (made by Jessica Knieff), and 80th Anniversary pamphlets (made by Donita Banks) were either dropped off at homes or sent via snail mail. If you have not received your package, please contact
  • On December 6th, sisters met via Zoom for Social Time. Sisters shared a short selection from their favorite book, movie, quote, lyric, etc.
  • On December 12th, sisters met via Zoom. Sisters held the SAI memorial ritual. The Fr. Ed. theme was "80th Anniversary". Keena Day, the 80th Anniversary Chairwoman, closed our Time Capsule and shared memorabilia sisters have submitted to be opened at our 90th Anniversary in 2030.
  • On December 31st, sisters met via Zoom for a social event to toast to the New Year and share their hopes and anticipations!
Editor Rachel Davis and husband Paul are expecting their first child at the end of February, 2021.
Sisters meet via Zoom for our October meeting.
Sweet, Sweet Music
Music has been shared in the 2020-2021 Year for Denver Alumnae.
If you missed a meeting or just want to enjoy again, check out this link for videos and photos!

July - SAI Songbook songs were presented by Marion Talley, Donita Banks, Linda Rolf, and Anna Maria Manalo.

September - Marion Talley on Piano and Anna Maria Manalo on Violin

October - Marion Talley on Harpsichord and Anna Maria Manalo on Violin

November - Donita Banks on Piano, Marion Talley on Piano, and Anna Maria Manalo on Violin.

December - Marion Talley on Piano and Anna Maria Manalo on Violin

Videos to the below performances can be viewed at the link above.

Donita Banks - “Reverie” composed in 1896 by Black composer Sister Marie Seraphine Gotay (1865-1932, Puerto Rico/Louisiana) 

Marion Talley -  “Balada” composed in 1884 by Black composer Francisca Gonzaga (1847-1935, Brazil)


By Rachel Joyce

A book review by Linda Rolf

When I am at the library looking for a new book to read, any title that has something about music in it always catches my eye.  I am so glad I chose to check out THE MUSIC SHOP because it was funny, entertaining and I learned fascinating facts about composers and music in general.  The year is 1988 somewhere in England and the owner of the music shop is Frank.  He deals only in vinyl recordings – no CDs, cassette tapes, etc allowed.  Frank might be called a music therapist since he instinctively knows which recording a person needs to hear.  For example, a man comes in who only likes Chopin but Frank introduces him to a song by Aretha Franklin that changes the man’s life. This uncanny ability of his  draws many customers to his store as well as collectors.   Frank’s fellow shopowners on Unity Street are each unique individuals and together form a tight, friendly community.

One day, a young woman in a green coat looks through Franks’ window and then faints.  He rushes out to assist her, she revives and quickly leaves.  Frank is mystified but attracted to her in the short time they met and the story of their unlikely relationship unfolds from there.  Romance does not come easy for Frank as he was raised by a very unorthodox mother (“I never received the recipe for motherhood”) .Frank has  been resigned and  content as a bachelor until he meets Ilse Brauchmann of the green coat.  Lots of humor keeps this touching story from getting sloppy and it has a nice balance of pathos and comedy.  There is much to enjoy in this novel and the reader will come away with a new appreciation of the power of music.

Did you read this book? Let us know your thoughts by emailing

Remembering Our Sisters
Donna Bogard  June 15 1931- July 13, 2019
Glenda Jo Powell April 16, 1929 - September 14, 2019
June Kane February 22, 1924 - November 13, 2019
Marjorie Minton October 30, 1921 - December 30, 2019
Ruth Law O'Neal July 6, 1924 - April 19, 2020
Phyllis Selby Tremmel July 11, 1916 - April 24, 2020
Martha Lobmeyer December 4, 1938 - August 15, 2020

Obituaries can be read for each sister by clicking on their name
Jessica Knieff - Oct 11
Sabrina Green - Oct 12
Dee Netzel - Oct 14
Cheryl Denslow - Oct 28
Rachel Davis - Nov 18
Juliann Pulliam - Dec 16
Need More Pictures?
Here is a link for a photo album of more pictures & videos 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 past SAI Events, please get them to me and I can add them to the album.
If you have a Google account, you can also add your own photos!

From Your Editor
Rachel Davis
I hope you enjoyed our Fall Newsletter.
If you'd like to share a message to your sisters about how you've been handling social distancing or have any GOOD NEWS to share, please email

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 May.
We Want Your Input!
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Announcements made at meetings may 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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