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Echoes of Tau, Vol. 6, February 27, 1931

Echoes of Tau, Vol. 6, February 27, 1931

This Tau (Brenau University) chapter newsletter provides updates about the chapter, including articles on the new chapter house and the annual alumnae banquet and profiles on some of the collegiate members. Also of interest is an article about new privileges being granted to students by Brenau University.

Martha Baird Portrait Photograph, c. 1916

Martha Baird Portrait Photograph, c. 1916

Martha Baird (Zeta, New England Conservatory) was initiated in 1915. She placed first in the conservatory’s annual piano competition and then graduated summa cum laude from the conservatory's soloist program. That same year (1917), she made her debut in recital at Jordan Hall in Boston on November 17, garnering solid reviews from the arts sections of major newspapers, including The Boston Globe. She then pursued further advanced studies in Berlin, Germany with the legendary pianist Artur Schnabel. Her third and final marriage – to John D. Rockefeller Jr. – enabled her to take her philanthropic work to even greater heights. On the day of her marriage (August 15, 1951) she was given a sizable trust fund by Rockefeller, which she used to establish the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music in 1957. When her third husband died in 1960, she then redirected a significant portion of her $48 million inheritance to that fund. In operation until 1982, the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music provided critical scholarship and grant support to solo artists and ensembles for a quarter of a century before it was dissolved.

Alpha Chi Playing Piano Photograph

Alpha Chi Playing Piano Photograph

Marcia DeRocco Photograph, August 1979

Marcia DeRocco Photograph, August 1979

Marcia DeRocco (Alpha Chi, Butler University) was a sculptor and painter, earning the Margaret Emma Griffith national fellowship for her work, "Portrait of Marcia," in 1931. Marcia spent two summers studying at the MacDowell Colony after returning from her studies abroad. She won the Award of Achievement in 1962.

Winifred Byrd Playing Piano Photograph

Winifred Byrd Playing Piano Photograph

Winifred Byrd sits at piano while visiting Kappa (University of Wisconsin) chapter in Madison, Wisconsin.

Juliana Hitpas as Norina Photograph, 1980

Juliana Hitpas as Norina Photograph, 1980

Juliana Bishop Hitpas (Delta Sigma, University of the Pacific) portrays Norina in an unknown play or musical.

Inside Star Studio Photograph, 1966

Inside Star Studio Photograph, 1966

An unidentified woman poses inside Star Studio, the studio supported by Alpha Chi Omega at the MacDowell Colony.

Elthea Turner and Group Around Piano at Convention Photograph, 1966

Elthea Turner and Group Around Piano at Convention Photograph, 1966

Elthea Snider Turner (Gamma, Northwestern University), 1966 Award of Achievement winner and composer of "Long Have I Cherished," poses at a piano with part of the convention choir following her concert at the 1966 National Convention in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Each woman is individually identified on page 23 of the fall 1966 issue of The Lyre, where this photograph is featured.

Winifred Byrd Continues Her Sensational Pianistic Success Flier, 1923

Winifred Byrd Continues Her Sensational Pianistic Success Flier, 1923

This flier contains positive reviews for concerts by pianist Winifred Byrd (Zeta, New England Conservatory).

Third Convention Musicale Program, February 28-March 3, 1894

Third Convention Musicale Program, February 28-March 3, 1894

This program is for a musicale held at the home of Ella Young (Gamma, Northwestern University) during the 1894 National Convention in Evanston, Illinois.

Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity Second Soiree Musicale Program, October 20, 1887

Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity Second Soiree Musicale Program, October 20, 1887

Alpha Chi Omega Annual Concert, April 7, 1916

Alpha Chi Omega Annual Concert, April 7, 1916

The program includes a list of the performances and information about the short play to be performed as part of the event. The back of the program features a chapter roll.

How the MacDowell Colony Serves the Arts Brochure, c. 1960

How the MacDowell Colony Serves the Arts Brochure, c. 1960

This brochure explains the work of the MacDowell Colony. Alpha Chi Omega supports one of the studios at the colony, Star Studio. Of particular note is a list of Pulitzer Prize winners who have worked at the colony.

The MacDowell Colony Brochure, c. 1988

The MacDowell Colony Brochure, c. 1988

This brochure discusses the history of the MacDowell Colony, life at the colony and logistical information such as eligibility and applying.

Alpha Chi Omega at Work Brochure, c. 1964

Alpha Chi Omega at Work Brochure, c. 1964

This brochure provides information about Alpha Chi's various altruistic activities, including The MacDowell Colony, support of children, cerebral palsy, toy books and support for fellow Alpha Chis in need.

James Howe to Mrs. Gilbert L. Van Auken Letter, May 15, 1933

James Howe to Mrs. Gilbert L. Van Auken Letter, May 15, 1933

James Howe, former dean of the DePauw University School of Music and an instrumental figure in the founding of Alpha Chi Omega, writes to Fraternity President Ethel Mead Van Auken (Lambda, Syracuse University) with an update on his professional work, which Alpha Chi Omega helps to subsidize through an endowment. Howe also expresses wonder at the growth of Alpha Chi Omega, particularly the importance of Beta (Albion College) chapter, for whose installation he provided the funds.

Thelma Belair to Alpha Chis Letter, March 1, 1947

Thelma Belair to Alpha Chis Letter, March 1, 1947

Thelma Gardner Belair (Alpha Iota, University of Vermont) recounts the observations of Katrina Munn (Alpha Iota, University of Vermont) who visited the MacDowell Colony in the summer of 1946. Of particular interest is a list of artists who have occupied the Star Studio supported by Alpha Chi Omega.

Bulletin II: Facts About Alpha Chi Omega, November 1955

Bulletin II: Facts About Alpha Chi Omega, November 1955

This bulletin provides information about various aspects of the Fraternity, from its founding and governance structure to its altruistic activities.

Know Your Fraternity: Fraternity Altruistic Projects, February 1936

Know Your Fraternity: Fraternity Altruistic Projects, February 1936

This report outlines the noteworthy philanthropies sponsored by the fraternities of the National Panhellenic Congress.

Ann Burnett Clark Massachusetts State Day Speech Section, April 26, 1952

Ann Burnett Clark Massachusetts State Day Speech Section, April 26, 1952

In a portion of a speech given at the 1952 Massachusetts State Day, Ann Burnett Clark speaks about her grandmother, Founder Olive Burnett Clark (Alpha, DePauw University).