Missouri Music Notes

February 2019

Missouri State Convention Set for May 17-18

Missouri is making plans for its 2019 State Convention to be held May 17-18 at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. We are pleased to feature composer/ conductor/performer Mary Sallee, who will give workshops.

NFMC Young Artist Natalie Conte Johnson will delight us with her lovely voice for the Friday night concert.

We are excited to welcome NFMC Vice President Frances Nelson to our state for a keynote address. There will be other workshops and performances that you won't want to miss. Our Junior State Competition will close our conference on Saturday afternoon.

We hope you can join us!

Congratulations to the winners of the Junior Composers Contest

Greetings Junior Composer Contest Friends!

I am pleased to announce the results of the 2019 Missouri FMC Junior Composers Contest. Each participant is to be congratulated on their achievement. Special congratulations go to the first and second place participants in each category; these compositions have been forwarded to Regional Competition (MO, AR, KS, OK, TX). We wish each of these students the very best in this next level of competition. Regional judging should be completed by April 1.

Class I

No entries.

Class II

1st place - Evan Marshall; Columbia, MO; River

Teacher - Christine Vitt

2nd place - Keith Bass; Camdenton, MO; The Moonlight Waltz

Teacher - Judy Wingate

Class III

1st place - Brandon Kim; Columbia, MO; Diabolical Dances

Teacher - Ayako Tsuruta

2nd place - Eli Minasian; Springfield, MO; Hurricane Etude

Teacher - Reese Ancheta-Minasian

Class IV

1st place - Olivia Bennett; Nixa, MO; Imagination
Teacher - Dr. Carlyle Sharpe

2nd place - Madeline Stoces; St. Louis, MO; The Queen's Tale

Teacher - Jennifer Harkey

Once again the judge for the contest was Dr. Michael Murray, professor of composition at Missouri State University. We are grateful for his continued support of the composition contest.

There were 10 entries this year. I continue to be amazed at the level of music produced by these young people. There were compositions for orchestra, small ensembles, and solo piano. Each entry is required to have an audio recording, and it has been a delight to hear these compositions. I hope you enjoy this original piece, River, composed by 11 year old Evan Marshall which received 1st place in Class II.

Best musical wishes,

Terry Blair

Chair, Junior Composers Contest

Missouri Federation of Music Clubs

Henry Huang Wins Stillman Kelley Award for Missouri

Henry Huang, a pianist from Columbia, was the state winner in the Stillman Kelley Junior Award category. He will be continuing on to the national competition.

The Stillman Kelley competition was established in 1938 for the continued musical education of exceptionally talented junior members of the National Federation of Music Clubs to honor the eminent music educator, composer and Stillman Kelley, who had done so much for music in this country. The competition is available only to students who have not turned 19 by the national entrance deadline of March 1.

Congratulations, Henry, and best of luck for the national competition!

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Award Deadlines

March 1

$4,000 Emil & Ruth Beyer Composition Awards (ages 20-30)

$2,000 NFMC Joyce Walsh Award for the Handicapped (ages 12-18)

$2,000 NFMC Mary Alice Cox Double Bass/Cellist Award (18 and under)

$1,500 Martha Marcks Mack Junior Vocal Award (grades 10-12)

$1,500 NFMC Student/Collegiate Composition Awards (ages 19-25)

$1,500 NFMC Virgina Allison Collaborative Award (ages 20-30)

$1,500 NFMC Dorothy Dann Bullock Music Therapy Scholarship

$1,500 NFMC Oscar Valentin Violin Award (ages 19-25)

$1,250 NFMC Carolyn Nelson Double Reed Award (ages 19-25)

$1,000 Marilyn Caldwell Piano Award (grades 10-12)

$1,500 NFMC Lynn Freeman Olson Composition Award (grades 7-12 and up to age 25)

$1,000 NFMC Music for the Blind Composition Award (ages 10-18)

$1,000 W. Paul Benzinger/Valentin Music for the Blind Performance Award (ages 10-18)

$ 800 NFMC Ernest A Bluhm Flute Award (ages 19-25)

$ 800 NFMC Myrtle Mehan/Hazel Morgan Music Education Scholarship (college sophomores)

$ 750 NFMC Irma Carey-Wilson Music Therapy Scholarship (college juniors thru graduates)

$ 650 NFMC Ruth B Robertson Music Therapy Scholarhip (college juniors/seniors)

$ 600 NFMC Elizabeth Greiger Wiegand Sacred Music of the Faiths Award (ages 19-25)

March 15

$5,000 Martha Marcks Mack Senior Vocal Award (graduate students)

April 1

$1,750 NFMC Elizabeth Paris French Horn Award (ages 19-25)

$1,250 NFMC Carolyn Nelson Double Reed Award (ages 19-25)

$1,200 NFMC Gretchen E. Van Roy Music Education Scholarships (college juniors)

$ 500 NFMC & MFMC Ruth Morse Wilson Handbell Award

$ 150 NFMC Music Outreach (senior club)

$ 100 NFMC Choral Music (senior club)

$ 100 NFMC Crusade for Strings (junior club)

$ 100 NFMC Folk Music (senior club)

$ 75 International Music Relations (senior club)

Applications and requirements can be found at www.nfmc-music.org.

Report Deadlines

March 1

Club Yearbooks should be sent to MFMC President Julie Watson and NFMC Yearbook chair Patsy Whitaker

Parade of American Music reports should be sent to state chair Marilyn Caldwell and regional chair Carla Johnson for participation certificates. Contest Entries should be sent directly to national chair Deborah Freeman.

March 15

Founders Day reports should be sent to Donna Kinslow

The Marilyn Caldwell Piano Award

The Marilyn Caldwell Piano Award is given by the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) each year to a Junior Division pianist. It is named for MFMC member Marilyn Caldwell, who has been an NFMC member since 1961 and a life member since 1985.

Marilyn’s service to NFMC and MFMC has been truly extraordinary. At the national level she was the Missouri representative on the NFMC board of directors for two years beginning in 1985, and was a member at large for 14 years beginning in 1999. She was vice president of the South Central Region for two years, was publications chair, was Junior Division chair, and served as Gold Cup (now Festival Cup) chair for ten years. Marilyn was also on the Festival Committee for seven years, was the American Music Showcase chair, and chaired the South Central Region Festivals. She was registration chair for the centennial convention in St. Louis in 1999 and presented a workshop to the NFMC board in 2003.

At the Missouri level, Marilyn was the president from 1983-85 and prior to that was Gold Cup chair, corresponding secretary, editor of Missouri Music Notes, and served as vice president and historian, among other posts. She was a District president from 1977 to 1979 prior to that and also served as District Festival chair.

Marilyn’s music club activities started began with the Wednesday Music Club in the 1960s, where she served as president from 1971-73 and chairman of the scholarship endowment fund for 15 years. These are only a few of the many posts and honors she has held.

The idea for an NFMC piano award in the Junior Division came out of a conversation at a national convention. At that time the Junior Division was allowed to channel 10% of the profits from Junior Festivals (as they were then called) to awards, but the awards needed more funding. A Whitehurst piano award was given only in even numbered years, so the Division needed an award to be given in the odd numbered years.

Eventually the award was established. In a few years the endowment fund had accumulated sufficient assets to enable a $500 award to be given every two years. This Junior Division award was named for Marilyn when she left the Junior Division chair office in 2007. The award has been made based on endowment fund earnings and donations from the honoree.

The first year the award was given was 2011, when Christine Lai of Florida was the winner. In 2013 another award was made, this one to Gabrielle Chou, also of Florida. By 2014 the fund had accumulated enough to give an annual award, and even add a second place award of $250. In 2015 the award amounts were increased to $600 for first place and $300 for second place.

The amounts have continued to increase, and presently the first place award is $1,000 with the second place award being $500.

The number of entries each year has averaged around ten. The judges have commented on the outstanding quality of the applicants. Two award winners have performed at the national convention, Christina Greenwood of Missouri in 2015, and Mary Kate Bielinski of Wisconsin in 2017.

Congratulations, Marilyn, for an exceptional record of NFMC and MFMC service, and for the honor of this continuing award.

You are Invited to Attend State Collegiate Award Auditions

Date: March 2, 2019

Time: 12:30 p.m. until about 3:00 p.m.

Location: Bixby Hall located in the Brouder Science Center of Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri (park at Practice Hall on North 8th Street).

The auditions will include four or five collegiate applicants for the State award (the winner goes on to the national competition) and four others for an award that stays in-state.

Please make plans to attend! There is no charge.

Missouri Fundraiser for Opera in the Ozarks Music Stands

Missouri is raising money this year to buy music stands for Opera in the Ozarks. They cost approximately $50 each. How many will your club donate?

Church Musician of the Year & Most Musical Family

Time to start thinking of the Most Musical Family and Church Musician of the year. Please send recommendations and resumes to President Julie Watson by April 1st. Typically, families would have 3 or more musicians.

2019 NFMC Biennial Convention

You are cordially invited to attend the 2019 NFMC Biennial Convention June 18-22 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. Located on the banks of the St. Johns River, the Hyatt boasts many amenities including a rooftop pool and bar, amazing river views, and a Morton’s Steakhouse. Expedia listed Jacksonville as one of the “21 Supercool U.S. Cities” and Lonely Planet ranked Jacksonville on its list of the world’s 10 Best Value Destinations for 2018, the only U.S. city to make the list.

Opera in the Ozarks Begins on May 24

Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point in Eureka Springs, Arkansas will begin on May 24 and will continue through July 20. This season Opera in the Ozarks will feature Giacomo Puccini’s classic La bohème (sung in Italian), its first production of the Mozart comedy Abduction From the Seraglio (in the original German with English dialogue), and Mark Adamo’s modern classic Little Women, based on the Louisa May Alcott story.

Auditions for Opera in the Ozarks have been conducted nationwide in recent weeks, and beginning in May, almost a hundred young singers, orchestra musicians, coaches, conductors and designers will begin working on the 2019 season. The South Central Region’s annual Federation Days will be held July 17-20. Please plan to be part of the fun this summer!

Strawberry Soup Recipe

A few conventions ago, one of our treats was strawberry soup, and everyone wanted the recipe. We apologize for the time it has taken to locate the recipe, but better late than never, so here it is:

Strawberry Soup


2 pints strawberries (5 oz. frozen strawberries) thawed with juice

15 oz. sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup orange juice

1 1/2 teaspoons quick cooking tapioca

dash of cinnamon

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/4 cup grenadine syrup

1/3 cup half and half


Mix strawberries, orange juice, dash of cinnamon, and tapioca in blender until smooth. Put in microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients. Chill several hours or overnight. Serve chilled.

President Julie Watson

Assisted by Don Dagenais