Missouri Federation of Music Clubs

Newsletter - February 2021

President's Note

Choose joy! It makes everything better. It feels a little more springlike this week after two plus weeks of very cold and snowy weather. Spring is still on the calendar even though other things may have been removed. ‘Change’ is the name of the game.


1st changeMarilyn Caldwell has moved from Kennett and Wednesday Music Club to Hendersonville, TN. So when sending your Parade of American Music report, address it to Connie Craig, 4025 Edgewood Rd, Hannibal, MO 63401


2nd change – The MFMC convention will be conducted in a virtual format on Friday, May 14. Watch your email for information for you to participate/attend the convention.


3rd change – The NFMC convention previously scheduled for June in Norfolk, VA has been cancelled.


On another note – National Music Week will be May 2-9 with this year’s theme of “Music…the Storyteller”. This event is celebrated each year to focus attention on the value and enjoyment of MUSIC throughout our nation. What better time to schedule concerts, recitals, and special presentations? To be eligible for awards, you must mention the National Federation of Music Clubs and National Music Week in the program of your event. Complete the Report and Entry Form (AR 12-1) and mail/email to Dianna Lemaire. The deadline is May 31st.


Connie Craig, 2019-20 MFMC President

Opera in the Ozarks

Opera in the Ozarks is a go for this year with a bit of a difference to observe the appropriate COVID protocols during the meetings and operas. Opera in the Ozarks will observe strict quarantining protocols for singers, and engage in regular testing of all singers, staff and employees. The performances will be in the theater which is open-air, which helps. The audience members will be socially distanced.


Members of the South Central Region of MFMC, including those from Missouri, will gather for the annual Federation Days meetings and celebrations in Eureka Springs from July 21-24 to enjoy the beautiful mountaintop scenery and lovely outstanding opera music.

Shop for Opera in the Ozarks Merchandise!

There is a new Opera in the Ozarks store available at the company web site, opera.org. It features craft items made by supporters of Opera in the Ozarks and also some logo-themed merchandise. Be sure to stock up before coming to Federation Days in July. You can show the colors!

Due Dates for Report Forms

NFMC is interested in what you do throughout the year, so send in your report forms. It only takes a few minutes to complete the form which can easily be downloaded from the nfmc-music.org website under Publications – American Music or Arts division. Here is a list of the forms and their due dates:


March 1 – Parade of American Music Send to Connie Craig


April 1 -- Choral Music Send to Clara Christian


April 1 -- Crusade for Strings Send to Janet Ferguson


April 1 -- International Relations Send to Julie Watson


April 1 -- Music in Schools and Colleges Send to Marschnee Strong


April 1 -- Music in Poetry Send to Katherine Burt


April 1 -- Opera Send to Alice Conway


April 1 -- Sacred Music Send to Clara Christian


April 1 -- Together We Sing Send to Patti Grimmett


May 1 -- Folk Music Send to Patti Grimmett

Save These Dates for the Following Events

May 2-9 National Music Week

May 14 MFMC Virtual Convention

May 15 MFMC Junior Virtual Competition

July 21-24 Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

The Perils of Outdoor Performances

In the 1960s Leonard Bernstein was conducting a New York Philharmonic concert in Central Park. On the schedule was Beethoven’s Leonora Overture No. 3, which includes a distant horn call.


Seeking to add verisimilitude to the performance, Bernstein sent his chief horn player to a stand of trees some distance from the stage, to play the horn call.


At the key moment when the player raised the horn to his lips he was seized by a policeman, who screamed, “You can’t do that! Don’t you know there’s a concert going on here?”