What a treat to have Jill Kremer be part of our Sisterhood’s 150th celebration! Our Tampa Reciprocity flew her in for our annual Founder’s Day luncheon where she gave us a concert of her original piano works, highlighting each of our seven Founders. She has captured their personalities in these pieces and gave us a little insight into each of these special women who began our extraordinary Sisterhood. May you feel their presence as Jill presents these lovely pieces to those fortunate to be in attendance at this amazing celebration!
Past State President Karen Steward was kind enough to give me a quote, “When I was looking for music for the Convention of Illinois State Chapter in 2012, I ordered the CD “The Piano Solos: A Tribute to P.E.O. Founders” from Jill. She had composed and performed the CD and it was beyond my expectations! I had a hard time deciding which beautiful melody I loved best! I chose to use “Ella Stewart” as a processional and “Suela Pearson Penfield” as a recessional. I still listen to my CD today and it still brings me peace and. Thank you, Jill, for sharing your talents! “
It has been my great pleasure to be in contact with Tammy Laird,
who is the Great Great Granddaughter of Hattie. She received the
Founder’s Sheet Music a number of years ago. Here is what she said,
” I was the pianist for the Kansas State Convention this past June. I shared all seven of the Founders pieces that you had composed. They were very well received…our Sisters loved them!! “
Thank you for the support Tammy!
I’m looking forward to going to visit my P.E.O. sisters in Tampa Bay, Florida and giving a concert on February 17th.
This will be the third state that I perform the Founder’s Program, Washington and Pennsylvania being the other two.
An additional bonus is that I will be staying with a descendant of Alice Bird Babb, one of the founders!
A collection of piano solos with a variety of styles including :Classical,
Contemporary, a March and the Roaring 20s. There are also some very
peaceful quieter composition. Some uses for these songs are: giving Founder’s Day Program,
being played at initiations and many of these songs have been played at State Conventions!
It was also played at Sesquicentennial International Convention in 2019
Cost of the CD is $15 plus $3.50 for shipping and handling. Please contact Jill with orders or
questions. Thank you!
Vancouver, WA. February 13, 2016 SW Washington Reciprocity Luncheon
Bellingham, WA. March 12, 2016 Whatcom County Founders’ Day Celebration
Spokane, WA. June 3, 2016 Washington State Convention
Ellensburg, WA. October 15, 2016 Central Washington Reciprocity
Pittsburgh, PA. October 22, 2016 Founders’ Day Concert
Tacoma, WA. June 1, 2017 Washington State Convention
Two extraordinary events have taken place this year. First, the P.E.O. Founders’ Day
Celebration in Tacoma, WA in January 2014, and second, the P.E.O. Founders’ Day
Celebration on Mercer Island, WA. in March 2014. Both events were well attended
and both featured the same program: “The Piano Solos: A Tribute to the P.E.O. Founders”.
Some of the attendees commented that they were surprised at how different each piano
solo was from each other. For example: Franc Roads’ song is an aggressive march, but
Suela Penfields’ composition reflects the era of the Roaring 20’s.
Thankfully, I’m already booked in Ellensburg, WA for January 2015, but certainly looking for
Here are the compositions on the CD…
Alice Bird Babb Cultural, Reader of Classics, Intellectual, Mozartish
(composer note: Listen for her grand entrance at the end)
Hattie Briggs Bousquet Comforting, Note of Joy, First to propose sisterhood, Simplistic, Elegant
EIla Stewart Social, Lively Irish
Daisies This song was composed for Chapter BL in honor of all your support. Thank You!
Suela Pearson Penfield Musician, Flapper of the group, Rare Beauty, Roaring 20s
Alice Virginia Coffin Queenly, Warm Hearted, Fun, Light
(composer note: This is the longest composition I had trouble getting this song to end)
Franc Roads Strong, Vigorous, Artist, March
Mary Allen Stafford Graceful, Motherly, Cheerful, Flowing
Sister Eternal written in loving memory of my mother in law Elizabeth Raymond
In honor of Kay Ebert’s 2013 P.E.O. State Convention,
the new piano solo “My P.E.O. Sister” will be sold for $5 as
a convention fund raiser. This composition is the perfect gift
for a fellow P.E.O. sister or treat yourself to some inspiring