Highlights from the April 2017 Newsletter


In spite of all the rain, spring is arriving in Seattle.  The cherry blossoms in the University of Washington quadrangle are spectacular!  The music school is at one end of it, so this must be an inspiration to the students, to be in the midst of such beauty.

Presidents' Message

Our last regular meeting of the 2016-2017 year will be held on Saturday, April 8th. 1:00 PM, at the home of Sheila Dennis. It is to be a formal meeting during which we will install our new slate of officers as well as remember our seven founders in the Founders Day Ritual.  Our program will be presented by pianist Nancy Matesky.  Nancy also performed as accompanist and soloist on our March Spring Concert along  with Lauren Trew, clarinet and bass clarinet, and soprano Karin Fleegal, accompanied by Sheila Dennis.  Lauren's husband, Michael, played a guitar accompaniment to violinist Julie Baldridge as she performed Irish Fiddle Songs.  Pianist Joshua Zimmerman began the program with a Chopin Nocturne.

We're planning our much anticipated May banquet and will tell you all about that when we greet you on April 8th at Sheila's.  Do come!  We're looking forward to seeing you!



In memoriam – Charlotte Totten (June 6, 1923 – November 11, 2016)

Charlotte was born in Oregon City, OR, to Fred and Norma Arant, the last of 10 children.  After her mother died, she was adopted as an infant by Harriet Willis and was raised in Issaquah and Seattle.  Charlotte attended Roosevelt High School in Seattle, Willamette University in Salem, and the University of Colorado School of Music in Boulder, CO., where she graduated with a degree in music performance at age nineteen.

Charlotte was a charter member of the Seattle Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, and prior to her death, was the chapter’s last surviving charter member.  She was also a member of Ladies Musical Club of Seattle.  She volunteered in LMC’s Music in Schools program.  Charlotte performed at various venues throughout Seattle, both as a solo artist and as an accompanist.

During World War II, Charlotte supported the war effort by working at the Underwater Sound Lab at Harvard University.  Later she worked at the Seattle Times, before her marriage to William Totten in 1947.  She is survived by two children, Cherie Grant and Pat Totten, predeceased by her son Bill.  She has two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


In memoriam – Carol Beaumier (January 19, 1922 – September 12, 2016)

Carol devoted her life to music and was an accomplished painter and a gourmet cook.  She was a public school music teacher, voice teacher, pianist, organist and church choir director.  As a teacher, mother and grandmother, she influenced hundreds of musicians.  She began playing church organ at the age of 16 and retired nearly 60 years later at the age of 75.  She was organist and choir director at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Seattle, St. Michael’s in Olympia and St. John Fisher in Portland, OR.  She was a parishioner at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta in Woodinville and Our Lady of the Lake in Seattle.  She received her undergraduate degree in music from the University of Michigan. Following World War II, she moved with her spouse to Seattle and later to Olympia. She obtained her Masters in voice and pipe organ from the University of Puget Sound. Throughout her life, she was active in professional music organizations and served as Nu Province president for Sigma Alpha Iota.  She was an adjunct professor of music at St. Martin’s College and served as president of Community Concerts Program in Olympia.  She also directed an Opera Preview program for the Portland Opera. Carol’s passing was peaceful, surrounded by beautiful opera music, her family and friends.



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