This month the chapter had our final meeting of the year. We had the honor of inviting our scholarship award winner, Maya Keys from Gamma Epsilon (University of Maryland – College Park), to perform in our musicale. Washington DC Alumnae sisters Paula Moseman and Carolyn Freel also performed. The chapter also enjoyed presenting Sharon Schafer with the Rose of Honor.
What follows is a write up of Sharon’s amazing achievements so far, written by sister Mary K Traver:
“Sharon Shafer, singer, composer, administrator, music historian and author, has been an active member of Sigma Alpha Iota since her college days as a member of Beta Phi at the Catholic University of America followed by membership in the Washington, DC Alumnae chapter. In recent years, Sharon has served on committees including the alumnae chapter’s Scholarship Awards committee, and for four years was Vice President for Programs. She planned excellent programs which were well-balanced, and often included American music. Her annual “Meet the Composer” musicales were outstanding. At present, she serves as a Member at Large, offering wise counsel when needed. Sharon holds the fraternity’s Sword of Honor.
At the national level, Sharon served with distinction as Project Director of Doctoral Grants for SAI Philanthropies, Inc.. While serving as Vice Chairman of Philanthropies, Inc. I had the pleasure of reading her reports which were professionally prepared and a pleasure to read. The selected candidates were outstanding scholars.
Sharon holds the Bachelor of Arts degree from Catholic University, Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Maryland. She was awarded the Mullen Memorial Scholar Award at CUA, was a National Endowment of the Humanities grantee, and also a fellow of the National Defense Education Act for three years.
In 1974-she joined the faculty of Trinity University. She held the position of Professor and in 1992, was named Chair of Arts and Humanities. She was recipient of Trinity University’s “Outstanding Faculty Award”.
She is the author of “The Contribution of Grzyna Bacewicz to Polish Music 1909-1969″.
Her compositions include song cycles, works for solo piano, flute and piano. Performances of her works have been very well received. She has performed extensively, including Wolf Trap Performing Arts benefit concerts, the College Music Society, Friday Morning Music Club of Washington, and Sigma Alpha Iota., There have been appearances at the International Congress on Women in Music (Heidelberg, Germany and New York City). and performances throughout Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Memberships include National Women’s Studies Association Conference, and Phi Beta Kappa (Treasurer 1976-1990).”
The chapter has an incredibly successful year, and we can’t wait to see what is in store for us next year!