MFMC Music Notes

March 2018

President's Message

Although "Spring" is technically here, I'm not sure Mother Nature agrees. I trust everyone has their new slate of officers and will vote soon. Be sure to let me know the new officers once elected.

Instead of Arkansas Gives, we now have Northwest Arkansas (NWA) Gives on April 5th. Opera in the Ozarks would greatly appreciate your support!

Please note the details below about the upcoming Centennial Convention! It's important to have a delegate from every local club. We hope to see you there!

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Northwest Arkansas (NWA) Gives on April 5th

We are so excited because OIO has just been invited to participate in an exciting new program called NWA Gives. It is similar to the Arkansas Community Foundation's spring ArkansasGives program for non-profits that we participated in for several years. A group of individuals whose organization benefited greatly from the earlier ArkansasGives, have started a new giving day for our area, called Northwest Arkansas (NWA) Gives, April 5, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

This is how NWA Gives will work - Each participating organization is listed alphabetically. The NWA Gives website then has a link back to each individual organization's website. There will not be a central processor this year so you will go to their website which will link you to our website. You will then give directly to OIO (If you would like to see more about NWA Gives, just go to their website

Just visit the website, choose “Participating Non-Profits”, scroll down to Opera in the Ozarks and use your credit card to donate to OIO.

Won't you please help us raise $7,000 and help OIO win an additional $400 bonus too? You can be the difference!
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Centennial Convention Registration is open!

Plans are underway for an exciting Centennial Convention. We're excited to have internationally acclaimed composer, arranger, pianist Mark Hayes. He will present 2 workshops, conduct our Centennial choir and perform for our Friday night concert. We will still accept singers for the Centennial Choir, if you send a note asap to Myra Lemons. We're delighted to host NFMC President Michael Edwards as our national guest. Also performing on the Friday night concert are former Young Artists Mia Hynes and James Cockman III. The formal banquet on Friday night will begin with a procession of all past MFMC presidents and local association presidents. Plan for a fascinating presentation Saturday morning by David Izzard about the process of movie music from beginning to the big screen. Our historian Connie Craig is putting together a small booklet on our 100 year history. We've asked each district to prepare a small presentation on a 20 year span. Find more details about the convention here.

The convention hotel is the Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza. Go ahead and make your reservations now! The rate is $129/night plus tax. This link is applicable for Thursday & Friday night reservations. If you wish to stay additional nights, it is better to call 866-280-6326. The group rate must be booked by April 18th. The group code is MCL or ask for Missouri Federation of Music Clubs.

Convention Registration is due by May 10th.

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Award Deadlines

April 1st

$1,500 NFMC Elizabeth Paris French Horn Award

$1,200 NFMC Gretchen E. Van Roy Music Education Scholarship

$500 MFMC Ruth Morse Wilson Handbell Award, send to Nancy Dreier

May 1st

$2,250 NFMC Lucille Parrish Ward Veteran's Annual Award

$800 NFMC Lana M. Bailey Piano Concerto Award

$700 NFMC American Music Annual U.S. Armed Forces Award

$300 NFMC Dance Awards (Jazz, Lyrical or Tap)

Check out for more information.

Club Report Deadlines

April 1st

Chamber Music and Crusade for Strings to Janet Ferguson

Choral Music, Sacred Music, Together We Sing to Patti Grimmett

Dance Report to Julie Watson

International Music Relations to Connie Craig

Music in Schools and Colleges to Marschnee Strong

Music in Poetry Report to Katherine Burt

Music Outreach Report to Betty Watson

Opera Report to Alice Conway

April 15th

Arts Advocacy Report to Julie Watson

April 30th

Folk Music to Patti Grimmett

Past Presidents Assembly to Anita Blackmon

Radio/Television, Internet, Newspaper reports to Marlana Strasburg

Chairman also listed on the state website under State Board.

Church Musician of the Year and Most Musical Family

Please send recommendations and resumes to President Julie Watson by April 1st. Typically, families would have 3 or more musicians.

National Music Week is May 6-13, 2018

Theme: Music - the Universal Language.

Be sure to mention both the National Federation of Music Clubs and in honor of National Music Week in program or article. How about contacting your Mayor for a proclamation? We look forward to getting lots of reports/entries. The state chair is Dianna Lemaire.

NFMC National Conference: June 19-23, 2018

You are all invited to Milwaukee for the 2018 NFMC Conference, which will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Milwaukee Airport. There will be amazing concerts, enlightening workshops and opportunities to learn more about the many facets of the Federation. The more the merrier – so bring a friend! Registration details are available on the national website as well as the latest Music Clubs Magazine. I hope to see you there!

Federation Days at Opera in the Ozarks: July 18-21, 2018

Federation Days are a great opportunity for a summer vacation in Eureka Springs. This season will feature Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Johann Strauss Jr.’s Die Fledermaus, and Douglas Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe. If you have ever attended, you will know it is 3 days of amazing musical talent with just a little bit of meetings. The auditorium is now air conditioned, so come and experience the talent your money is supporting!