Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation Board
Linda Florjancic Mu Phi, Cleveland Alumni received her Bachelor of Music degree from Baldwin-Wallace College (University) with a double major in Music History and Arts Management. She pursued post graduate studies at Bowling Green State University and was selected as the first graduate assistant for the Arts Village.
In 2007, she co-presented "Enhancing the Music Curriculum: Learning in the Dorm" at the College Music Society's Great Lakes Regional Meeting. Linda completed her Master of Music in Music History and Master of Arts in Arts Administration at The University of Akron. Linda was a Communications Intern at Interlochen Center for the Arts where she had the opportunity to host a Nickelodeon camera crew and interview Keith Lockhart, Conductor of the Boston Pops. She was an intern for the Canton Youth Symphony and a Development Intern for The Cleveland Orchestra.
Linda is the principal violist of the Parma Symphony Orchestra and secretary of their Board of Directors. She is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honorary and the League of American Orchestras. She is an active member of Mu Phi Epsilon serving on the International Finance Committee for three terms and is the current secretary for the Cleveland Alumni Chapter. Linda currently works at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, the nation's sixth largest historic home.
7959 Wright Road
Broadview Heights, OH 44147-1439
Liana K. Sandin, Beta Pi, Lincoln Alumni, received her BM degree in Vocal Performance from Nebraska Wesleyan University and pursued graduate work in same field at the University of Nebraska's School of Music. A past president of the Lincoln Alumni chapter, and the current Chaplain and Notification Chair, Liana is also District Director for North Central 2.
Active in local music groups, Liana has helped facilitate the merger of two performance clubs, each with over 100 years of history, and is the first president of the resulting newly-formed Musical Arts Review. She sits on the boards of the Nebraska Chamber Players and the Lincoln Friends of Chamber Music. She sang with the Lincoln Choral Artists at Carnegie Hall, and has been a church musician for over 30 years.
Liana is an expert seamstress who travels around the country giving classes and trunk shows featuring Italian designs to both local and national audiences.
As President and Executive Director of The Pearle Francis Finigan Foundation, she selects and manages grants for music and the arts to local educational, humanitarian and religious institutions. Recently funded projects include endowed music scholarships and stained glass installations.
6321 A Street
Lincoln, NE 68510-5010
Beverly W. Abegg, Phi Upsilon, Boston Alumni, received BME and MM degrees from Boston University and later was awarded a business degree in accounting from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her experience in both music and business has led her to positions as a private teacher in clarinet, flute, saxophone and piano, plus tutoring students in higher mathematics. Beverly is a manager for a regional philharmonic orchestra and recently retired from her accountant position with an investment firm. She is currently President of the Boston Alumni Chapter and Atlantic 1 District Director.
Treasurer and Grant/Scholarship Coordinator
Beverly W. Abegg
8 Phillips Drive
Westford, MA 01886-3409
Eileen Butler Kennedy, Allied, is a retired college director of special programs. She earned her B.S. degree Cum Laude in Music Education from Southern University/Baton Rouge, LA with applied music studies in piano. She is an initiate of Beta Zeta Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon at Southern University/Baton Rouge. She received the MMEd degree from Louisiana State University with minor studies in Music History. Upon graduation, Eileen taught elementary music and directed high school choirs in the Louisiana parish school systems before moving into college administration.
In retirement, she continues her role as accompanist, church music director/pianist/organist and is expanding her role as a community/music advocate through her participation in community choral societies and membership on church and music foundation boards. She is board chairman of the United Methodist Church's Wesley Foundation at Southern University and A & M College and board member of the local DeBose Foundation, Incorporated Fine Arts Festival Series and National Piano Competition. Eileen is currently Secretary of the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation Board and she serves on the Publicity Committee. She has two sons who are teaching music and are performing musicians, clarinet and trombone, respectively, in the Dallas and Oklahoma City areas.
Eileen Butler Kennedy
2875 77th Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70807-5610
Dr. Kristín Jónína Taylor is an Icelandic-American pianist who has been enthusiastically received for her performances of Nordic piano works. She has performed widely in the U.S. as well as in Iceland, France, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Belgium, Sweden, and Austria.
Dr. Taylor was the Grand Prize Winner of the Naftzger Young Artist Competition and a national finalist in the MTNA Collegiate Competition. She was a soloist with several orchestras and also was featured in the internationally prestigious Reykjavík Arts Festival.
Kristín was the recipient of two Fulbright grants to Iceland, the first for research on Jón Nordal's Piano Concerto, and the second to research the music of Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson. Her debut CD recording The Well-Tempered Pianist: The solo piano works of Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson was released by the Iceland Music Information Centre. Her second album, which is self-titled, was released by Pólarfónía Records. Her third album, Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson: Short Stories for Flute and Piano, was released by Smekkleysa Records in 2014. Kristín is Associate Professor of Piano and Music Department Chair at Waldorf College.
Kristín Jónína Taylor is a Steinway Artist.
Kristín Jónína Taylor
139 Indian Avenue
Forest City, IA 50436-2320
Dr. Sophia Tegart, Allied, has led a varied and award-winning career as a flutist, musicologist, and clinician. A popular performer, she has been soloist with the Spokane Symphony, the Washington-Idaho Symphony, Chehalem Symphony Orchestra, and the Kansas City Civic Orchestra. As a Yamaha Performing Artist, Tegart has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Competitive internationally, she was a finalist in the Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition and was quarter-finalist in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition.
An avid chamber musician, Tegart has performed at National Flute Association Conventions, the Florida Flute Association Convention, College Music Society conferences, and in collaboration with numerous museums. She co-founded the Cherry Street Duo and the Blue Box Ensemble, and has collaborated with the Portland Percussion Group. Her love of chamber music has also led Dr. Tegart to arrange works for small chamber ensembles, which are currently published by Audible Intelligence Music.
Tegart won orchestral positions with the Oregon Mozart Players, Washington-Idaho Symphony, the Walla Walla Symphony, and the Des Moines Metro Opera. Additionally, she was guest principal flutist in the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, and performed regularly with the Kansas City Symphony and the Portland Festival Symphony. Currently, Tegart is piccoloist with the Colorado Mahlerfest, and second flute and piccolo in Carl Fischer Publications' premiere recording ensemble, the Tradewinds Wind Ensemble.
A highly sought after pedagogue, Dr. Tegart regularly gives master classes, clinics, and lectures throughout the United States. She currently teaches at Young Musicians and Artists (YMA), and has served on the faculty of the Music For All Summer Symposium and Music in May. Prior to her appointment at Washington State University, Tegart served on the faculties of Pacific University, George Fox University, Concordia University-Portland, and the University of Idaho.
Tegart's research interests include nineteenth-century operatic mad scenes, representations of art and literature in music, and zoological elements in early twentieth-century French flute music. For her masters thesis, "An Instrumental Voice: Use of the Flute in Lucia's Mad Scene," she won the Mu Phi Epsilon Musicology Award. Tegart has also presented lectures about ekphrasis in the music of Jessica Rudman, specifically Anne Sexton's Transformations, a retelling of Grimm's Fairy Tales.
Dr. Tegart received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Flute Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance where she held the flute fellowship in the Graduate Woodwind Quintet, after graduating from the University of Oregon with a Master of Arts in Music History and a Master of Music in Flute Performance. An alumna of Washington State University, Tegart received a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Music in Performance.
Dr. Sophia Tegart
150 NW Larry St. Apt. 150
Pullman, WA 99163
Craig Young Mu Upsilon, Allied Membership, is a business analytics and strategy leader from Atlanta, GA. He grew up in Rhode Island, where he began his schooling as a Double Bassist. He went on to study Double Bass performance and Music Education at The Eastman School of Music where he was elected as the President of the school's Mu Phi Epsilon chapter. Craig has performed with various orchestras throughout the Eastern US, along with performances in England, Austria, and Germany.
Since leaving the professional music world, Craig went on to receive a Bachelor's of Business Administration from Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island. Craig has spent the last 13 years working in various capacities for Cox Communications. In his tenure at Cox, Craig has been responsible for creating plans for revenue growth, operational expense management, and leading teams of analysts and sales agents.
In his spare time, Craig enjoys attending local music events as well as Atlanta Symphony concerts as a subscription holder. Craig is also an avid brewer of wines, meads, and beers.
2656 Bluebird Circle
Duluth, GA 30096
Rosemary Ames, Omega Chapter, Boston Alumni, President of Mu Phi Epsilon International Fraternity. Rosemary served the International Executive Board as 2nd Vice President, Collegiate Adviser, for 8 years, 1995-2003. She was fortunate to be able to accompany her husband on business travels, and visit 58 collegiate chapters during her eight years in office at no cost to the fraternity. She was appointed in 2003 as Chairman for the 2008 International Convention in Jacksonville. Her experience on the International Executive Board, assisting in the planning of three previous conventions, including the Centennial, served her well in orchestrating a successful convention in Jacksonville.
Rosemary recently retired from the position of Senior Learning & Development Consultant for Sun Life Financial. She has previously worked as an elementary music teacher in Hawaii, Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, and Massachusetts and as a secondary music teacher in Iowa. Rosemary was also a classroom teacher in Colorado and at a military base in Ankara, Turkey.
Rosemary holds a Bachelors of Music Education degree from Drake University, Des Moines, IA and a Master of Science in Learning & Development from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. She currently resides in Framingham, Massachusetts with her husband Richard. They enjoy flying to spend time with their far-flung three children and granddaughter.
President of Mu Phi Epsilon
13 Travis Drive
Framingham, MA 01702-6131
Keith Bohm, saxophonist, has been noted for his "virtuosity," and "expressive playing" (Sacramento Bee and San Francisco Classical Voice). Dr. Bohm is currently an ACME Artist and has performed recitals in major cities across the United States, including a live broadcast performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. He has also toured throughout Europe including: Paris, France for the Bicentenaire de la Revolution Francaise, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, and music festivals throughout Italy. Dr. Bohm has given world premiere performances of works by American composers Samuel Adler, Jerome Begin, Leo Eylar, William J. Lackey, James Mobberly, and Chen Yi.
Dr. Bohm has had the privilege to perform with the Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, Merced Symphony, Palo Alto Philharmonic, Merrimack Valley Philharmonic, Diablo Symphony, Gold Country Chamber Orchestra, UCD Orchestra, CSUS Symphony Orchestra, California Wind Orchestra, San Jose Wind Symphony, Tacoma Wind Symphony, Sacramento Symphonic Winds, UCD Wind Ensemble, and CSUS Wind Ensemble. He has also been the principal saxophonist with the California Wind Orchestra, Mississippi Wind Band, Camellia Symphony, Placer Pops Orchestra and Empyrean Ensemble.
For the past fourteen years, Dr. Bohm has held the position of Lecturer in Saxophone at California State University, Sacramento and is currently Artistic Director of the Festival of New American Music at California State University, Sacramento. He also held the position of Artist Affiliate in Saxophone at the University of California, Davis for twelve years.
Dr. Bohm has been an active member of Mu Phi Epsilon, International Professional Music Fraternity since 1994, and was a director on the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation Board from 2000-2006 and 2012-2014. He was also the winner of the 1998 Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition held in Tacoma, Washington, a judge for the final round of the 2011 Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition held in Rochester, New York, and the Competition Chairman/Coordinator for the 2003, 2007 and 2014 Mu Phi Epsilon International Competitions. Dr. Bohm is currently the Collegiate Advisor for the Alpha Delta Chapter at Sacramento State and is the Vice President of the Sacramento Alumni Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon.
A native of California, Dr. Bohm received his DMA in performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Conservatory of Music, his MM degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, and BM degree from California State University, Sacramento. His principle teachers were Tim Timmons, Lawrence Gwozdz, Harry Kinross White, Carina Raschèr and Jack Foote.
Concert Artist Manager
Dr. Keith Bohm
School of Music
6000 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95819