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News Archives - 2013 and previous years

Photos from the Holiday Luncheon, Fashion Show and General Meeting - Saturday, December 7, 2013

Photos courtesy of Rosalyn Cohen

Save the Date!

Music Guild of New Mexico

Christmas Luncheon, Fashion Show and

General Meeting at Sandia Resort & Casino

Saturday, December 7, 11:00 AM

Cost will be $33.00 and will include a choice of

Top Sirloin Steak or Pan Seared Sea Bass.

A vegetarian meal will also be available.

Please RSVP by mailing your check for $33.00,

made out to MGNM, to:

Denise Lemanski
7200 Torin Dr. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87122

Questions?  Please email us at

Past Presidents' Luncheon - October 18, 2013


The past Presidents of the Music Guild of NM (previously the Albuquerque Symphony Women's Association) were hosted by Dixie Burch and Ginger Grossetete at a potluck luncheon on October 18, 2013 at Grossetete's home.


Sixteen past presidents attended whose terms were in various years during the decades of the 70s, 80s, 90s, and the 2000s.  They were provided an impressive update on the accomplishments of the Music Guild by the current co-presidents Jackie Tobias and Karen Hopkins.

Following lunch, the group discussed the many unique and varied fund raising ideas used during their terms.  Many successful events focused on food such as gourmet days, cookbooks, etc.


Another gathering of the group is planned for the spring.


-- Submitted by Ginger Grossetete

New Member Meet & Greet Social - October 16, 2013


Roz and Rick Cohen’s lovely home near the Petroglyphs was the venue for new and seasoned members of the Music Guild to get to know one another better.  Our Guild members came through again to provide delicious savory hors d’oeuvres, sweet desserts and tasty wine and cider.  Rick supplied the entertainment with a slide show of past Guild activities.  We enjoyed a circle of sharing our past and present Guild positions, stories, laughs and love of music.  New members even got to take home a bottle of wine!  A good time was had by all!

-- submitted by Peggy Way, Vice-President of Membership


New Member Meet & Greet Social - Photos

Photos courtesy of Fredric Cohen

September 2013 Luncheon at El Pinto Restaurant


The first luncheon of the 2013-2014 season for the Music Guild of New Mexico was held at El Pinto Restaurant on September 18.  Our members and friends had a wonderful chance to socialize and enjoy a delicious Mexican buffet on a beautiful September afternoon.


The Guild raffled four great gift baskets that were generously donated by Gayle McCormick, Patty Brewer and Karen Harmon.  Thank you ladies!


We look forward to seeing everyone at our Christmas Luncheon at Sandia Resort on Saturday, December 7 at 11:00 AM.  We’ll have a fashion show and vendors providing special Christmas gifts and surprises.  Our vendors include Silk Road Connection, Chico’s, White House/Black Market, and Mary Kay Cosmetics by Kay Rubin.  Should be a great time for all!  Reserve the date in your calendar now!

-- submitted by Denise Lemanski, President-Elect


September 2013 Luncheon Photos

Photos courtesy of Fredric Cohen

JMYAC Benefit Concert with Doug Montgomery - Photos

Click here to view the fabulous photos from the

Doug Montgomery concert!

The Music Guild of New Mexico Presents Doug Montgomery in a JMYAC Benefit Concert and Reception to Meet the Artist - September 12, 2013




WHO: Doug Montgomery, Northwestern University and Juilliard School of Music graduate, is an exceptional musician and consummate entertainer. Doug has performed at Vanessie of Santa Fe since 1983 and is in demand worldwide for his entertaining style at the piano and his vocal expertise. His repertoire is extensive, ranging from Chopin to Gershwin and many other pops, theater, and movie composers.


WHY: The Jackie McGehee Young Artists’ Competition for Piano and Strings, a musical education project of the Music Guild of New Mexico, will benefit from this event. The proceeds will help to defray costs of the Competition and to increase prize money for the winners. Maria Vigil and Gabriel Landstedt, past Competition winners, will also play during the concert.  Frederic Chaslin, Composer and Conductor, said, “Doug is the type of artist I admire most, not only an accomplished pianist with brilliant technique, he creates every evening a new world of music, combining improviser and arranger in the best tradition of great pianists like Franz Liszt, with the largest repertoire you can imagine, from Bach to the newest pop songs.”


WHERE: McCall Family Theatre, Sandia Prep School, 532 Osuna Rd. N.E., Albuquerque 87113, The theater seats 314 so purchase your tickets early. We expect a sellout.


WHEN: One Night Only. Thursday, Sept. 12th, 7 p.m. Reserved seating. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.


TICKETS: $61.50 per person. Guild members will have their first choice of tickets from Friday, July 26 until Friday, August 2, when ticket sales will be open to the public.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.  For questions, call either Teresa Edens: 250-3775 or Paula Bradley: 280-3528.
We gratefully acknowledge Doug Montgomery’s generosity in presenting this concert.

Honorary Members for 2013-14 Announced


The honorary members of the Music Guild of New Mexico for 2013-14 have been announced:


Kathie Fishback Anthony

Jackie and Everett McGehee

Dorothy and Larry Rainosek


Congratulations to our wonderful supporters!

Rachel Gallegos (2013 JMYAC Winner) Video


Click here to view a video of Jackie McGehee with one of our extremely talented

2013 JMYAC winners, Rachel Gallegos.  Rachel would like to raise funds for a new violin and appreciates your generosity!

May 2013 Luncheon at Tanoan Country Club


Tanoan Country Club provided a beautiful setting for our May 8, 2013 Luncheon & General meeting.  Ninety-four members were able to attend.  The MGNM 2013-2014 Board was installed, and Gayle McCormick received the “Grace Note” Award for her exceptional service to the MGNM.

We were delighted  to have Maria Vigil and Ken Lien, JMYAC piano winners, perform for us.  We also were entertained by the dancers from Festival Ballet Albuquerque who did a presentation of “Peter and the Wolf.”  Thank you to Patricia Dickinson Wells for her help, and a big “thank you” to Jackie McGehee & Rick Cohen for making this possible.  Thank you to Teresa Edens, Karla Bressan, Diana Whitehouse for the beautiful “Peter and the Wolf” centerpieces. 


We wish to say “thank you” to the members who so generously supported our raffles this year.   The following Guild Members won the raffle prizes: Rick Cohen, Valerie Huelskamp, Chris Lee, Sam Sherman, Diana Whitehouse, Lorna Wiggins, Karen Hopkins.

We thank the following community supporters for their generous donations: Now We’re Cooking, Keller’s Farm Stores, Great Harvest Bread, Landmark Musicals, Albuquerque Chamber Soloists, Festival Ballet Albuquerque.  Please thank these community people for their support if you have the opportunity.


What a thrill it was to see the excited grant recipient winners as they received their checks from the MGNM.  The MGNM members were able to give $75,000.00 to the following small musical groups: Albuquerque Baroque Players, Albuquerque Chamber Soloists, Landmark Musicals. Albuquerque Folk Festival, Albuquerque Youth Symphony, Black History, Ensemble Music New Mexico, Festival Ballet Albuquerque, Gay Men’s Chorus, Hey Mozart, NM Dulcimer Association, NM Jazz Workshop, NM Symphonic Chorus, NM Philharmonic, Inc., Polyphony Voices of NM, Quintessence Choral Artists of the SW, Rio Rancho Symphonic Band, Santa Fe Youth Symphony.  Congratulations to the winners!  Thank you for helping to enrich the arts in our Albuquerque community.

The Social Committee would like to thank everyone for their continued support this year.  We could not have done it without you!

-- submitted by Christine Lee, Social Committee Chair


May 2013 Luncheon Photos

Photos courtesy of Fredric Cohen

Gabriel Landstedt
(2012 JMYAC Winner)
Solo Piano Recital
Saturday, June 1, 2:00 PM
Keller Hall, UNM

Gabriel Landstedt was the Jackie McGehee Young Artists' Competition First Place Winner in the Piano division for the 2012 JMYAC  Competition. He hails from Los Lunas, New Mexico and is presently a student at UNM, studying with Professor Falco Steinbach. Gabriel has played several studio recitals at Keller Hall on the UNM campus, and he also performed a solo recital at the Lindlar Internationales Klavierfestival in Lindlar, Germany during the Summer of 2011. Gabriel placed first in the 2011-2012 MTNA Senior Piano State Competition and was awarded "Most Promising" in the Santa Fe Pro Musica 2011 Young Artists Scholarship competition. He also accompanies his church choir. Though focusing his interest in music, Gabriel also has a love of writing, and is in the process of writing a fantasy-fiction novel, which he hopes to publish. He also enjoys playing soccer and other sports. He hopes to see many of his old friends from the Music Guild at his recital at 2pm, at Keller Hall, Saturday, June 1st. 


Please click here for the official flyer and program. 


Submitted by Rick Cohen, JMYAC 

Date for 2014 Señorita Ball Announced:
March 29, 2014
The 2014 Señorita Ball will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the beautiful Marriott Pyramid.  Mark your calendars!

Señorita Ball Photos and News Article Now Available


The 2013 Senorita Ball was such a success!  Click here for photos, a recap of the exciting and fun evening, and - most importantly - the amount of money we raised to grant to our 2013 Grant Recipients!

Señorita Ball Auction Items for Sale

What a fantastic opportunity!  We ended up with too many fabulous auction items at the Señorita Ball, so they are now available for sale to you.  Click this link to see the entire list:


Señorita Ball Auction Items for Sale


Please contact Judy Gilman at 401-0562 or if you are interested in purchasing any of the items.  Thank you!

Jackie McGehee Young Artists' Competition

2014 Application Now Available


Click here to view and download the JMYAC application for 2014.

March 2013 Luncheon at Pelican's Restaurant

Pelican’s Restaurant provided the setting for our March 6, 2013, Luncheon & General Meeting.  We had the whole restaurant to ourselves which provided a nice venue to see one another & meet new members.  52 members were able to attend.


Gayle McCormick updated us on the fabulous upcoming Ball March 16 & encouraged all of us to attend!  Jackie McGehee shared her excitement about the winners of the “Young Artists Competition.”  The winners will play for us at the May 8th Luncheon @ Tanoan Country Club.


The 2013-2014 Slate of Officers was presented to and accepted by the members, and Grace Note ballots were distributed and collected.  Results will be announced at the May meeting.


The following Guild Members won raffle prizes:

St. Patrick’s Gift Basket & More—Jean Leonard
Hummingbird “Goodies” –Kathy Preonas
An Evening Concert with “The Music of ABBA”—Nancy Lutje
The Placitas Artists Series Music & Art in the Foothills—Rick Cohen
“Landmark Musicals” Production of “Hello Dolly”—Karen Hopkins
The door prizes were won by Terri Pribyl and Agnes Brown.

We so appreciate those of you who purchased raffle tickets!


We are excited to report on the money made at the Chico’s stores shopping day.  On December 14, 2012 both Chico's store locations donated 10% of their sales between 12 noon & 4pm to the Music Guild.  The Academy Chico's store donated $384.00 & the Uptown store donated $329.00.  Also, “Silk Road Connection” participated in the December 14, 2012 shopping day & donated $117.00.  They also donated 10% of the sales received at the December 8, 2012 luncheon at Savoy Restaurant which was $175.00.  If you are shopping in either of these stores, please thank them from the Guild!

We look forward to seeing each of you at the next Luncheon/General meeting on Wednesday, May  8, 2013 at Tanoan Country Club.  The winners of the “Young Artists Competition” will play for us.  Come & meet the fabulous grant winners!    

-- submitted by Christine Lee, Social Committee Chair

March 2013 Luncheon Photos

Photos courtesy of Fredric Cohen

The winners of the 2013

Jackie McGehee Young Artists' Competition:


First Place, Piano: Maria Vigil

Second Place, Piano: Ken Lien

Third Place, Piano: Molly Thomas


First Place, Strings: Rachel Gallegos, violin

Second Place, Strings: Ivan Aidun, double bass

Third Place, Strings: Samantha Andrew, violin

Honorable Mention, Strings: Brian Wade, violin


Click here to read more!




The 2012-2013 Music Guild of New Mexico

Board of Directors (from left):

Sharon Hart, Teresa Edens, Denise Lemanski, Teri Fahs, Sue Brown, Roz Cohen, Diana Whitehouse, Maria Romero McCue, Yvette Lyle, Jackie Tobias and Karen Hopkins.


~ Photograph by Rick Cohen ~

September Luncheon at El Pinto Restaurant

The patio at El Pinto Restaurant provided a warm, sunny setting for our September 19 Mexican buffet luncheon & general meeting attended by about 59 members. During the social time attendees enjoyed the music of a Mariachi band. The “Long Standing Members” of the Guild were thanked & honored for their years of continued support to the Guild and to the music/programs that enrich our community.


The following members were honored from 1955 to 1979:

Dorothy Black, Nancy Blaugrund, Anne Butterfield, Pat Carli, Beverly Cramer, Christine Custer, Mollie Custer, Kay Dahl, Gale Doyel, Maxine Friedman, Linda Grace, Ginger Grossetete, Jenny Huhn, Sue Hutchison, Julia Kavet, Judith Lackner, Jackie McGehee, Judy Matteucci, Shirley Morrison, Kathy Preonas, Lois Seibel, Julia Seligman, Jane Smith, Phyllis Smith, and Mary Williams.

A big “thank you” to these ladies!


The Guild is very grateful to Opera Southwest and the New Mexico Philharmonic for
contributing concert tickets to our raffle, and we also appreciate those of you who purchased raffle tickets.


We look forward to seeing you at the next luncheon/general meeting on Saturday, December 8, 2012, at Savoy Restaurant.


-- Submitted by Christine Lee, Social Committee Chair

September Luncheon Photos

Youth Concerts at Popejoy Hall


The 5th Grade Concerts with the NM Philharmonic benefited from a full complement of MGNM volunteers and “guest” volunteers on both September 18th and 20th.  We appreciated all of you.

Special thanks to Yvette Lyle for standing in as manager on the 18th and to Karla Bressan for her expertise and experienced advice.  With some changes in student traffic flow, at the request of the ushers, things went very smoothly, considering we ushered nearly 8,000 students, teachers, and chaperones from about 150 buses and 75 schools to Popejoy Hall over the two days. 

-- Submitted by Roz Cohen

Instrument Petting Zoo at Hyder Park


The Music Guild’s education programs are off and running, with a multitude of thanks to our faithful volunteers.


We had a most successful Instrument Petting Zoo at Hyder Park's International Community Day on September 15th, with a steady stream of interested and curious adults and children stopping by all day to chat, try-out instruments, and make some percussion instruments at our crafts table.  Rick Cohen entertained (and attracted business) on the English horn, clarinet, saxophone, and Indian flute.  Donations for our education programs were gratefully accepted.


-- Submitted by Roz Cohen

Instrument Petting Zoo - Photos

Memorial Service for Suzanne Fossett


A Memorial Service for longtime Music Guild member Suzanne Fossett will be held on Wednesday, August 15, 2012, at 10 AM at the Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas (West of Eubank).  Suzanne passed away on June 25, 2012, after a long battle with lung cancer.  Suzanne held many board positions in the Guild including Ball Decoration Chair, VP of Senoritas, and Presentation Chair.  She was also very active in the Uptown Garden Club, the Four Hills Garden Club, and was a valued member of the Rio Grande Arts and Craft show production team.  Suzanne and husband Paul moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in late 2010 to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

2012 Grace Note Award Winner, Judy Gilman 
Speaking at the May 9 Luncheon at Seasons Rotisserie, Judy Gilman thanks Music Guild members as she accepts the 2012 Grace Note Award.
~ Photograph by Rick Cohen

Grant Selection Committee

The Music Guild of New Mexico’s luncheon at Season’s Bistro was the pinnacle for not only the Guild, but also for the Grant Selection Committee.  On May 9, the Committee members had the pleasure to meet those individuals who submitted Grant Applications and were awarded seventy-five thousand dollars in grants.  

The nine members of this Committee are: Joyce Barkocy, Carol Cooper Skopil, Sharen Hart, Sam Sherman, Ann Jarrell, Regina Guest Rupert, Gale Rawlings, Gayle McCormick and Denise Lemanski (Chair).

The luncheon’s festive atmosphere was a perfect way to end our first fiscal year of the new Music Guild of New Mexico, formerly the New Mexico Symphony Guild.  It was an exciting year for the Guild as we were able to help multiple musical organizations in their pursuit to promote, educate and enrich our New Mexico community.

~ Submitted by Denise Lemanski
   Vice President, Membership

Membership Luncheon Meeting at Seasons, May 9, 2012

The Guild’s last Membership Luncheon Meeting of the 2011-12 year was held on May 9th at Seasons Rotisserie & Grill.  A large and festive group turned out to witness a full agenda of meeting items presided over by Co-President Yvette Lyle and to enjoy a delicious lunch of chicken, pork, or salmon.  We were sorry that illness precluded Co-President Gayle McCormick from attending.


During the Social Hour people had an opportunity to visit with one another, nosh on appetizers and to purchase a drink from the cash bar.  Judy Gilman brought the remaining items from the Senorita Ball and Auction, and several of them sold.  People also had an opportunity to view a running slide show of the Cinco de Mayo event held the previous weekend at Mark and Regina Rupert’s home.


After dispensing with the usual business items, the officers for 2012-13 were installed.

Twelve of the 13 organizations that won $75,000 in grant money from the Guild were present to receive their award checks.  Many Guild members expressed great pride in being able to present a significant amount of money to so several groups.  Our own roving photographer Rick Cohen “worked the crowd” and took numerous photographs throughout the event.  The grant recipients expressed their gratitude often and to many people, helping contribute to the festive atmosphere.  Overheard by one member:  “It’s fun to give away money!”  Indeed it is!  (Look for a separate article by Denise Lemanski about the grant recipients.)

Long-time Guild activist Judy Gilman won the Grace Note.  Most recently Judy chaired the Auction at the Senorita Ball. 


This month’s Spotlight on Members featured the Past Presidents of the Guild.  Sixteen Past Presidents were present, as follows: 


Phyllis Smith, 1972

Dixie Burch, 1973

Kay Hunt, 1978

Joan Allen, 1979

Elaine Chew, 1985

Beverly Cramer, 1986

Jackie McGehee, 1998

Julie Silverman, 1999

Kathy Preonas, 2000

Karla Bressan and Teresa Edens, 2002

Teresa Edens and Sam Sherman, 2003

Sue Brown, 2006

Donna Pedace, 2007

Jackie Guaderrama, 2008

Teri Fahs, 2009

Paula Bradley and Mary Sue Warner contacted or attempted to contact all the living Past Presidents who still reside in New Mexico, inviting them to the luncheon, and requesting that they submit any favorite memories that they had, if they wished.  Many of the Past Presidents did submit memories, which were compiled into a booklet that was handed out at the luncheon.  The Past Presidents present were introduced individually and given a long-stem red rose.  Nancy Blaugrund and Gayle McCormick were planning to attend the luncheon but were unable to do so at the last minute.  The Social Committee was very pleased to honor these women for their devotion and service to the Guild.


Raffle tickets were available to purchase a chance to win the Kitchen Items Gift Basket donated by Nancy Herring of Now We’re Cooking, or one of three music gift bags containing tickets donated by Chamber Music Albuquerque, a gift certificate donated by Seasons, and gift cards donated by Whole Foods Market, as well as miscellaneous music-themed items.  Shelley Koffler won the Kitchen Items Basket, Kay Hunt Music Bag # 1, Judy Gilman Music Bag # 2, and Mary Sue Warner Music Bag # 3.


Yvette Lyle closed by thanking people for coming and wishing them a good summer.


~ Submitted by Mary Sue Warner

   Chair, Social Committee

~ ~ Past Presidents' Memories ~ ~

From left: Sue Brown, Teresa Edens, Phyllis Smith, Karla Bressan, Jackie Guaderrama, Teri Fahs, Kathy Preonas, Sam Sherman, Jackie McGehee, Beverly Cramer, Joan Allen, Donna Pedace, Kaye Hunt, Julie Silverman, and Dixie Burch.



Catherine Musgrave (1959)


Zane Taichert (1960)


Janie Mossman (1968)


Dorothy Black (1969)


Ginger Grossetete (1971):  I was installed in April, 1971 as President of the Albuquerque Symphony Women’s Association and established the theme “Our World of Music.”  Yoshimi Takeda was Conductor.


Previous to that time I had already been working hard setting up the committee for the 22nd annual Symphony Ball scheduled for June 18 at the Civic Auditorium.  We recruited 27 Donitas de la Sinfonia to be presented at the Ball.  The theme “Celestial Fantasy” required that we cover the massive dome of the auditorium with blue net and lots of stars, planets, etc.  It was gorgeous, but we were exhausted.  Tickets were $30.


On December 15, 1971 the Albuquerque Symphony Board voted to discontinue the Ball as presently organized because the “debutante” image was outmoded.  Senoritas would now have to come from families that supported the Symphony and would be presented on the stage of Popejoy during the first Symphony concert.  A reception would follow at a hotel.  Activities would focus on service projects.


Our next big event was producing the opera “Hansel and Gretel” at Popejoy Hall on January 15, 1972.  Our ladies became carpenters, as we made all the sets, props, etc. for the stage.  We had a cast of nine, 44 boys from French’s Boys Choir, and the whole Symphony Orchestra in the production, which got raves in the newspapers.  We had two performances with tickets being $1.75.


Phyllis Smith (1972)


Dixie Burch (1973):  When I was ASWA President, we began the Mother’s Day concerts at the zoo, with Senoritas dressed in leopard hot pants (which were hot then!) as hostesses.  We received some negative comments, such as, “Who wants to hear Symphony at the zoo?”  Thanks to Art Spiegel, Yoshimi Takeda, Phil Day (who was President of ACLOA and active in the Zoological Society) and his wife, Martha Day (who was CEO of Albuquerque Arts Council), we were able to push this through.  I think the success speaks for itself.


Also, we introduced “Gourmet Day,” a major and new fundraiser, which produced thousands of dollars in revenue for ASWA.  This was largely due to Gale Doyel and Marion Wolfley and their extraordinary organizing abilities.


We also created the first ASWA cookbook!  This was a big deal since we had to agree to 15,000 copies on first printing with no idea whether they would sell or not.  Thanks to Martha Swink and Eleanor Seligman, we sold out instantly and reordered many more.


We also refined “Treasures and Trivia” and made $35,000 for ASWA, which continued until every organization in town copied our idea.  This event was the first auction in Albuquerque for which major items were acquired and auctioned off during cocktails and a high-end dinner.  This was held at the former Western Skies.    I have to say that many of these ideas came from attending American Symphony Orchestra League’s national conventions.  The trick is to take their ideas and transform them into what will work locally.


Finally, we provided refreshments for every Symphony rehearsal!  You cannot believe the creativity of our members!


Diane Brewer (1976)


Kay Hunt (1978)


Joan Allen (1979):  During the year I was President we conceived and published the cookbook “Parties Seasoned to Taste.”  At that time the President-Elect and a Member at Large from the Guild attended the conventions of the American Symphony Orchestra League, which was referred to by its acronym, ASOL.  Comedian Garrison Keillor was the guest speaker at one of the ASOL conventions that I attended, and he referred to the organization as “ass hole.”  Because of that, several years later the organization decided to change its name to the League of American Orchestras!


We had a very nice and profitable Ball, and I believe we contributed $60,000 to the orchestra that year.  Since we were publishing our cookbook, we needed to reserve adequate funds for that project.


Anne Schiffer (1981):  I was President in a most exciting and eventful year, 1981-82, the 50th anniversary year, and there were many additional events for the Symphony and the Guild to celebrate.  The theme was gold--from the yearbook to the Golden Anniversary Ball, which was chaired by two Past Presidents.  There were 65 Senoritas and 520 members listed in the yearbook.  That year we were able to donate $30,000 that we made to the Symphony, which provided payment for the first Symphony office.


Nancy Blaugrund (1984):  One of the most memorable times from my year as President occurred when we had a visit from Audrey Baird, a member of the Board of the American Symphony Orchestra League.  Audrey spoke at one of our luncheon meetings, at the Old Town Sheraton, about “Tailoring Activities for Today’s Women.”  During Audrey’s stay in Albuquerque the Guild’s Board Members and their husbands were included in a party for her, and Audrey fell on the stairs in my house.  When we took Audrey to the airport to return home, we had to get a wheelchair for her to use.  To commemorate her visit, we sent a picture of her, crutches and all, with the Sandias in the background!


The Ball was also memorable, as we had 95 Senoritas to present.  Sue Hutchison was in charge of the Senoritas, and Bev Cramer got the sabre team from the Air Force Academy to perform their routine at the Ball.


Elaine Chew (1985):  My most vivid memory is of the home tour in October 1985, which was entitled “Gourmet Day” and featured food from the Guild cookbook and included three very lovely Rio Grande Valley homes.  Lois Seibel and Judy Lackner were chairs for this event.  We had a wonderful day until late afternoon, when the skies darkened suddenly, and before long a funnel cloud transformed into a tornado over the Fair Grounds area of town.  I believe it was a very rare occurrence for Albuquerque to experience a tornado.   


Beverly Cramer (1986):  I remember our beautiful Cinderella Ball that was chaired by Sue Hutchison, and we made a lot of money.


Lois Siebel (1987)


Gail Hollinger (1993)


Karen Newmark (1995)


Kay Mcgovern (1996)


Geri Jones (1997):  My favorite memories of my year were the great success of the Show Home that Cookie Brown chaired and the beautiful Italian Ball that Teresa Edens chaired.


Jackie McGehee (1998):  My very eventful year began with a broken foot, the gavel from Geri Jones, and a piano solo from the JMYAC winner, Po Ching Chen.  Past Presidents were honored that day, also.  We had a very successful new member orientation at Jean Herbert’s home.  Our first fund raiser was a golf tournament, a great event chaired by my husband, Everett.  My greatest joy was when we introduced David Lockington many times as our guest.  A wonderful conductor and humanitarian.  He was present again with pianist Awadagin Pratt, Dorothy and Larry Rainosek, and 24 guests at a Musicale in our home.  Awadagin and I played a duet, and I accompanied David on cello! 


Our Senorita Ball had 35 gorgeous women, and we gave the Symphony over $125,000 raised that year.  Karen Newmark was chair.


Another event caused a stir.  David rode his Harley on stage at the 4th grade concerts.  Fond memories, fabulous events, and fun times made a magical year of music.


Julie Silverman (1999):  I was the 48th Guild President, and we had 286 members and 39 Senoritas.


Kelli Cooper chaired a most unique Ball, which was held in a 100,000 sq. ft. vacant building on Lomas and Louisiana that had to be decorated from the ground up!  The effort involved people in the community who had never supported the Guild before.  It took two weeks to get the building ready.  Trust me…we learned the hard way that a hotel Ball is way easier!  Examples of what needed to be done:  Get volunteers to pick up, break down, and return tables and chairs loaned by the City; get Coronado Center to bring their massive floor cleaners; masque off extra space with giant pipe; drape walls; disguise all the pillars in the room with beautiful fabric, twinkle lights, and twigs; build dressing rooms around port-a-potties with loads of free cosmetic samples from a New York friend in the business.  Also, the decorating committee built a beautiful entry with borrowed carpeting, a massive elevated stage, stairway with chandeliers and loads of beautiful green trees for the Senoritas to descend from. 


Thank goodness Dixie Burch was still running the Albuquerque Petroleum Club, as they catered the event.  They built food booths representing different regions of the country and an amazing chocolate buffet.  There were lots of bars spread between the food booths.  For people who had difficulty walking, we had decorated golf carts with cute names like “Senorita Shuttle.”


I had just returned from a national conference and brought with me the idea of selling diamonds in martinis.  We sold 100 at $100 each.  Another idea I brought back was the now-famous Treasure Box.  Mr. Butterfield was so excited about the idea.  The silent auction consisted of mostly art, and a local gallery gave us pegboard walls to present a beautiful display.


We painted the huge concrete dance floor and stenciled on it our theme “2000—It Will Be a Ball.”  The Pink Flamingos performed and packed the dance floor all night.  At one point we shot off confetti canons, which was great at the time but not the next morning when it was time to clean up!


Over 700 people attended the Ball.  We made nearly $150,000, thanks to the work of a super committee.  We became good friends, and many of us continue our friendship today!


Kathy Preonas (2000)


Karla Bressan (2002)


Teresa Edens (2002)


Teresa Edens (2003)


Susan (Sam) Sherman (2003)


Marianne Kelly (2004):  As the Guild began our 2004-2005 administrative year, we were proud to have a membership of over 350 talented women and men.  New members were each assigned an experienced Guild member to mentor them and make sure their needs were being met.  Our members enjoyed socials throughout the year at The Artichoke Café, Four Hills Country Club, Mykonos Café, and Tanoan Country Club.  Educational programs included Peter and the Wolf, Young Artists’ Competition in Piano, and Popejoy Concerts for 4th and 5th graders.  We were fortunate to have many fund raisers that were well supported throughout the year including Jazz in the Gardens at The Albuquerque Garden Center, a Citrus Sale, a Valentine’s Day Travel Raffle, Senoritas of the Symphony, and our Symphony Ball, held at the Hyatt Regency.  A Fund Raiser Task Force Committee was formed to evaluate these, as well as new fund raising ideas.  The Crescendo Award was proudly presented to Bernie and Anne Butterfield for their numerous contributions to the Guild, and Sue Brown was the deserving recipient of the Grace Note Award.  New this year was a Guild article in each NMSO concert program, a NMSO liaison invited to attend and report at each Guild Board meeting, meals/snacks provided by Guild members to the musicians, chorus, and NMSO staff members, and speakers from those groups invited to speak at our General Membership Meetings.  A big emphasis was put on good communication between NMSO and The Guild.  With the energy, enthusiasm, and commitment of so many tremendous volunteers, we were able to accomplish a great deal in 2004-2005.  It was a most memorable experience for me as President, one I’ll always cherish!!


Gayle McCormick (2005)


Sue Brown (2006):  It was my honor and joy to serve as president for the year 2006-07.  I’ll always appreciate the opportunity to be a part of an organization of such meaningful influence in the community.  I was inspired and challenged by such a worthy mission as is the Music Guild’s.  Serving with such passionate and talented women was a constant comfort and encouragement.  I will never forget the Senorita Reunion organized by the president-elect, Donna Pedace.  And of course, the amazing Senorita Ball under the capable leadership of Lisa Thomas, in her last year with us.  The event that year was truly unforgettable for many of us!


Understandably, I cannot name all the many dear ladies that helped and influenced me tremendously that year—just know that I love and appreciate all of you!  The sweet frosting on the cake was that one week before the Ball OUR oldest Senorita was married in California.  Needless to say, it was a fun-filled, jam-packed year and I have many dear friends to thank for being along for the ride on a very memorable year in my life!  Hugs and kisses to all!!


Donna Pedace (2007):  My best memory is of the great Board that worked with me throughout the year.  Each of them were an inspiration and all were willing to go the extra mile.  Their ideas, hard work, and dedication made it a successful year—both financially and socially.


We had great fun developing the Celebrity Conductor Competition, and the huge Cake Decorating Contest in the lobby of Popejoy was a delight for all NMSO patrons.  The Diamond Jubilee Symphony Ball was celebrated with the reunion of 50 years of past Senoritas and allowed the Guild to make a large contribution to the NMSO.  Thanks again to all who worked to make each event a success for the Guild and the NMSO.  I continue to treasure the friends who I met at the Guild.


Jackie Guaderrama (2008):  My year as President began in the fall of 2008 with a very successful Celebrity Conductor Competition in which we raised $30,000. 


The next event of the year was the Jackie McGehee Young Artists’ Competition.  String component became part of the Competition.  It was very exciting to see this goal met and was the highlight of my year.  The piano winner was Kathy Lin, and Julia Connor, violinist, won the strings portion of the competition.


The year culminated with the traditional Senorita Symphony Ball. 


I would especially like to recognize the board that I was most fortunate to work with.  I would never have survived my year without these fabulous, capable women.


Teri Fahs (2009):  The thing that I remember most from my tenure as President of the Guild was the tremendous amount of work that was given on behalf of the organization to “rebuild/reorganize” in becoming the Music Guild of New Mexico.  The amount of time, effort, blood, sweat, and tears that went into the rebirth was amazing.  The fruits of this labor have become stronger and stronger over the last several years.  It is WONDERFUL!


Committee (2010)



Note:  Past Presidents not listed are either deceased or live out of state and were not contacted.

~ Submitted by Mary Sue Warner
   Chair, Social Committee
Mrs. Geri Jones, winner of the 2012 Crescendo Award
The 2012 Crescendo Award was presented to Mrs. Geri Jones for the many years she generously supported the Music Guild of New Mexico. Geri presided as president in 1997-1998, was a Peter and the Wolf Docent, and contributed flowers and decorations to the Ball for many years.  Congratulations, Geri.

New Officers Elected at March Luncheon Meeting - March 14, 2012 


   On March 14th a vibrant group of women and one man gathered for our Annual Meeting at Terra American Bistro on Alameda. Gayle McCormick had a family emergency, so Co-President Yvette Lyle presided over the meeting by herself. Those present enjoyed the delicious cuisine of Chef/Owner Pete Lukes, complete with generous portions. (I heard one report that the chicken was dry and over-cooked, but all other reviews were glowing.) It was a beautiful and sunny day—perfect for a trip to the North Valley for those of us who do not live there.

After several announcements, the Guild elected the slate of officers as presented, with the addition of Maria Romero-McCue as VP of Communications. Next year’s officers are:

            Co-President – Jackie Tobias       

                      (Yvette Lyle was elected in 2011)

            President-Elect – Karen Hopkins

            Secretary – Diana Whitehouse

            Treasurer – Sue Brown

            VP of Senoritas – Teresa Edens & Teri Fahs

            VP of Communications – Maria Romero-McCue

            VP of Education – Rosalyn Cohen

            VP of Membership – Denise Lemanski

            Directors-at-Large – Sharen Hart & Katie Snapp


   Sam Sherman won Music Gift Bag # 1, Teri Fahs won Music Gift Bag # 2, and Chris Lee won the Irish Gift Basket. Lucky gals! The Guild appreciates the merchants/organizations/people who contributed to this effort. This month we thank Musical Theatre Southwest, Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Paula Bradley, and Suzanne Jacobi. And, of course, we thank those of you who purchased raffle tickets!

   In our Spotlight on Member(s) we honored the lovely Kay Dahl, former beauty queen and activist. (See the synopsis of this Spotlight).

After the meeting several people remained to assist in getting the invitations for the Margaritas and Music on the Bosque event on May 5th ready for mailing.

   Our next luncheon meeting is on May 9th at Seasons.

Submitted by Mary Sue Warner

Chair, Social Committee




2011-2012 Members Spotlighted


December Luncheon


Spotlight on Kay Dahl

2011-2012 Members Spotlighted:
Diane Bonnell
Jean Leonard
Francis Spallina
Kay Dahl
December Luncheon
Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa provided a stunning setting for our Holiday Luncheon with the fresh snow on the mountains (and not the streets).  Tamaya’s decorations and food received rave reviews.  Most of the 88 people who made reservations were present.  The beautiful music of Steve Whitehouse wafted through the crowd, also helping to create a holiday spirit, and the vendors proudly displayed their wares.

Chris Lee coordinated a very nice style show with Articles.  All the models looked very pretty in their stylish outfits, and Señorita Katherine Luce was a nice addition to the group.  Denise Lemanski filled in for Nancy Bashore, who had a death in her family. 

Articles presented the Guild with a $100 gift certificate, which was won in a raffle by one of our guests.  Long-time Guild activist Alyce Cummins won the music bag, and another guest won the tea basket.  The Guild is grateful to the merchants and organizations that contributed to our raffle items—New Mexico Symphonic Chorus, St. James Tea Room, Articles, and Melba’s Flowers. We appreciate those of you who purchased raffle tickets! 

We hope to see you on March 14th at Terra American Bistro for our next luncheon meeting.

Written by Mary Sue Warner, Social Committee Chair

Photos by Chris Lee


Spotlight on Kay Dahl, Former Beauty Queen

     At the March 14th Membership Luncheon, Kay Dahl, a genuine beauty queen, who has been a Guild member since 1977, was featured in the Spotlight on Member(s).

     A 32nd degree Cherokee Indian, Kay grew up near Tulsa, Oklahoma, where her father had been a superintendent of schools and principal. Her family moved to Albuquerque in 1942, when the population was approximately 35,000 people. Kay had her first taste of the theater when her mother enrolled her in the first summer program of Kathryn Kennedy O’Connor’s “Little Theatre” for children, when Kay was 12. Kay graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1950 and attended UNM, where she joined Chi Omega sorority. Kay remembers that Anne Butterfield was a senior when she was a lowly pledge!

    While a student at UNM, Kay began participating in beauty contests. Her first contest was New Mexico Home Builders Queen, and she was chosen by actor Ray Milland. This led to her picture appearing in the Albuquerque Tribune many times and also in the Paramount News Reels that appeared prior to feature movies. She also was a hostess when the movie premiere of “Ace in the Hole” starring Kirk Douglas and Jan Sterling was launched. Kay was asked and encouraged to become an actress, but after having a small sampling of life in Hollywood, Kay decided this was not the life she wanted to live.

     In l951 Kay was chosen to represent New Mexico in the Miss Saleslady pageant, and she attended the contest in Phoenix, where she won and became Miss Saleslady of the U.S. This presented many promotional opportunities, and Kay and her mother traveled to many events and became acquainted with several people. Kay was a model for Robert Watkins Modeling School in Albuquerque. One of her projects as a model was for the Maisel’s catalogs, which enjoyed a wide circulation in the Southwest. She was also the March of Dimes Queen, and in 1952 Kay was Miss New Mexico in the Miss Universe pageant. The pageant was held in Long Beach, CA, and Kay participated in the parade. People attending the parade voted on their favorite candidate, and Kay received the most votes. She did not win Miss Universe, however, losing to Miss Finland. Many people felt it was a political decision because Finland was hosting the next Olympics. Once again Kay’s picture appeared on the front page of the Tribune.

     In 1966 Kay married her first husband, who was from Buenos Aires, Argentina. They lived in Palm Springs, California until 1970 and then moved to Albuquerque, where they built a home. Their little daughter Alixana was born in 1973. When Alixana was three, Kay’s husband died.

     Kay became active in Sunset Mesa School, which her daughter attended, as well in her church. It was her involvement with church that led to Kay’s meeting her second husband, John, whom she fondly calls “Johnny.” Johnny was an Army officer and served in the war in Vietnam. He was involved in the Paris Peace talks and was in charge of repatriating 33,000 Vietnamese prisoners of war. He received the Merit of Legion medal. Johnny served at the Pentagon and had just been transferred to the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth when they met. Shortly after he retired from the Army, they were married, in 1978. Kay became an instant step-parent to Johnny’s two sons from his first marriage. Johnny immediately adopted Alixana.

     Johnny was appointed in 1990 by the Governor of Oklahoma as the State Director of Civil Emergency Management, the agency which governed any disasters, including tornadoes. While Director, Johnny developed procedures which saved many lives. Kay accompanied her husband in visiting each of the 72 counties in Oklahoma. She reports this as one of the most precious moments in her life—meeting people of all walks of life.

     Johnny Dahl had connections to New Mexico, having worked summers in the 1950s for his uncle who owned a lodging and general store business in Eagle Nest. It had always been Johnny’s dream to own it. Kay told Johnny that as long as her father was alive, she wanted to stay in Albuquerque, but when he was gone, she would go any place in the world with him. She didn’t mean Eagle Nest, New Mexico! But, that is where she went in 1982 when they bought the business. Johnny said the move was to get Kay away from shopping centers! They decided to keep their house in Albuquerque.

     By 1995 their business had expanded to seven businesses, and Johnny was elected as Mayor of Eagle Nest, a position he held for eight years. As the First Lady Kay traveled all over the state and became acquainted with all the legislators in Santa Fe and remains friends with some.

     Governor Gary Johnson appointed Kay to the New Mexico Arts Commission, on which she served for four years. She was also a board member of the Angel Fire Guild of the Santa Fe Opera. (Kay later learned from Governor Johnson that he had been a student of her father’s at Sandia High School and that her dad was the Governor’s favorite teacher.)

     Since joining the Guild, Kay has been an active member and has served on the Board for three years. She was in charge of Peter & the Wolf for two years and of the Young Peoples’ Concert at the Pit for one year. She is so proud that these programs have remained in existence. Her daughter was a Senorita in 1991.

    We were very pleased to honor this activist and former beauty queen, who seems as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.

Written by Mary Sue Warner, Social Committee Chair

Photo by Denise Lemanski