Missouri Music Notes

April 2018

President's Message

It feels like spring has finally arrived. As your club activities are tapering off for the summer - the state, regional and national activities are a great opportunity to fill the gap. The Centennial Convention is coming right up! We hope you will join us as we celebrate our heritage of the past 100 years. We have an exciting convention planned for you! Hope to see you there!
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Centennial Convention ~ May 17-19 ~ Kansas City, MO

The convention committee has been working hard to plan this momentous occasion. We would most appreciate if you would register as soon as possible - so we can make proper arrangements for the meals. We are delighted to have internationally acclaimed composer, arranger, pianist Mark Hayes and to host NFMC National President Michael Edwards. There will be a Centennial Choir directed by Mark Hayes, which will perform on Saturday morning. Our Friday night concert will feature Mark Hayes and former Young Artists Mia Hynes and James Cockman III. Mark Hayes will speak at our opening session Friday morning, present a reading session Friday afternoon and present a workshop on Improvisation/Arranging/Modulating on Saturday morning. The senior track will enjoy a Saturday morning presentation by Music Therapist Rachelle Norman. David Izzard will give a fascinating presentation on how music makes its way to the big screen on Saturday morning as well. The Saturday morning concert will include former Ellis Duo Janet Fetterman with Mia Hynes and 2018 Most Musical Family, the Bryant family from Bolivar, Mo.

We are looking forward to the lovely historical booklet put together by our Historian Connie Craig. Each district will give a presentation on a 20 year span of our history. What MFMC memories do you have? Conventions are a great time to relive - and make new ones! We hope you will join us as we celebrate!

See the latest schedule on the state website!

National Music Week

Have you made plans to celebrate National Music Week this year? It's coming up this Sunday, May 6-13. The theme is Music - the Universal Language. For a fun idea, how about asking your students to color this NMW page? Then, post them on our Facebook page with hashtag #coloringNMW. If you are having a recital, please include in your program: the National Federation of Music Clubs and in honor of National Music Week. You will want to fill out the form and submit your program with those words underlined in red. Our state NMW chair is Dianna Lemaire. Reports are due by May 31st.
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Upcoming Deadlines

May 1
Past President's Assembly Report to Anita Blackmon
Radio/Television/Internet/Newspaper Reports to Marlana Strasburg

May 15
$300 NFMC American Music Award to Regional chair, Carla Johnson
$250 American Music Junior Club Award to National Chair, Deborah Freeman
$100 American Women Composers Program Awards to National Chair, Ann Kay
NFMC Just Jazz report to National Chair, Sally Palmer

June 1
$1,500 NFMC Dr. Ouida Keck Professional Development Award
Junior Club Rating Report to National Chair, Gilda Hendricks
National Music Week Reports to Dianna Lemaire

July 15
Senior Club Rating Report form to Annette Mayhew

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NFMC National Conference ~ June 19-23 ~ Milwaukee, WI

You are all invited to Milwaukee for the 2018 Conference which will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Airport. There will be meetings, workshops and clinics during the day along with some special performances by Junior Wisconsin and Illinois Award winners. The Rose Fay Thomas luncheon will include a surprise featuring Wisconsin cheese. On Tuesday evening you will be delighted by a performance of the Trinity Irish Dancers, the most widely recognized Irish Dance group in the world. Wednesday, we will hear Dr. Jeffrey Hollander, retired University of Wisconsin professor of music and internationally acclaimed soloist. Thursday brings us the Young Artist winner, Andre Chiang and Friday we will hear a performance from Stas Venglesvski on the Bayan Accordion together with Tatyana Krasnobayeva who will be playing her beautiful dulcimer dating back to sixteenth century Belarus.

There is a very special tour planned starting out with a narrated cruise highlighting the Milwaukee River and the Lake Michigan shoreline, followed by an authentic German dinner at the Bavarian Bierhaus complemented by Tyrolean music. Don’t miss our Friday night dinner honoring all the State Presidents and hear about a Wisconsin Legend, Les Paul.

Make plans now to attend! It is a great time to make new friends, see the nuts and bolts of the organization and hear a lot of wonderful music! Hope to see you there!

-By the way, Southwest has a great sale for flights to Milwaukee through this Thursday, May 3rd.

Federation Days at Opera in the Ozarks

Missouri is the host state for Federation Days at Opera in the Ozarks in Eureka Springs for July 18-21. That means we handle the registration, take care of the National Guest, host the Friday night banquet (including decorating the tables) and provide the floral centerpiece for the platform/head table. It would be so wonderful to have a strong showing of members. If you haven't been before, you are in for a treat. We hear such wonderfully talented singers. It really is a lot of great music with just a little bit of meetings. This year's season will feature Rossini's "Barber of Seville", Moore's "Ballad of Baby Doe", and Strauss' "Die Fledermaus". More details are coming soon!
Northwest Arkansas Gives was a success! We raised $10,975 total. Thank you to all that contributed! Your support is always appreciated!