You're invited!

May 19-20, 2017

Members of the Missouri Federation of Music Clubs are called to gather for the annual state convention in Fayette on May 19-20.

Registration Form due by May 10

2017 MFMC State Convention

Friday, May 19th, 9am to Saturday, May 20th, 4:30pm

411 Central Methodist Square

Fayette, MO

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, May 18th

7:00p State Board Meeting (Executive Board, District Directors, State chairmen)

Friday, May 19th

8:45a Registration

9:00a Opening Session

10:30a Musical Moment: Zoe Melcher, 2014 Opera in the Ozarks artist

12:00n Luncheon

1:15p Together We Sing
1:30p Afternoon Session

4:00p Adjourn

6:00p Banquet

7:30p Concert: Drs. Jon & Mia Hynes

Saturday, May 20th

9:00a Memorial Service

9:30a Morning Session: Junior and Senior tracks

10:30a Musical Interlude

11:30a Installation of Officers/Silent Auction closes

12:00n Luncheon

1:30p State Juniors Competition

Electronic registration form due by May 10. Regular paper registration form here.

Attire: daytime is dressy casual, banquet is dressy


Comfort Inn Booneville

I have held a block of rooms at the Comfort Inn Booneville for $109.99/night held until April 23rd. (Ask for the MFMC rate) Deadline for rate is May 1st.

CMU Dorm

Another alternative is staying in the dorm at $30/night, however you will need to bring your own pillow and linens. Contact Julie Watson for more details. Deadline to reserve is May 11th.

Biography of Convention Artists

A gold medal winner of the Nena Wideman International Piano Competition and the Young Keyboard Artists International Competition, Jon Hynes has enjoyed an extensive performing career with solo recitals in venues including St. Martin-in-the-Fields (London, England), Trinity College at Oxford University, Boccarelli Auditorium (São Paulo, Brazil), the American Cathedral (Paris, France), the Musicora Festival (Paris, France), Aula Hall (Interlaken, Switzerland), the American Consulate (Frankfurt, Germany), the American Concert Series (Geneva, Switzerland and Brussels, Belgium) and numerous concerts throughout the United States and France, including the American Consulate and the United States Embassy.

Hynes holds DMA and MM degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where he was a student of (and served as teaching assistant to) Natalya Antonova. He won the coveted Performer’s Certificate, and performed as soloist with the Eastman Philharmonia as the winner of the Eastman Concerto Competition. Prior to his studies at Eastman, he was awarded a Rotary International Scholarship for Study Abroad and spent two years at the Paris Conservatory as a student of Michel Béroff. Dr. Hynes holds a BM degree (magna cum laude) from the University of Arkansas where he studied with Alan Chow. Before graduation he attended the International Fine Arts Institute in Moscow, USSR, as a student of Lena Bulatova at the Gnessin School of Music for Gifted Children.

Devoted to teaching the next generation of musicians, Jon Hynes has presented lecture-recitals for the European Piano Teachers Association Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia; the International Conference on the Arts and Humanities in Honolulu, Hawaii; and workshops for students and teachers throughout the United States and abroad. He served seventeen years as both the Founder and Director of the Arkansas Baptist School of Fine Arts and he continues to maintain a large private studio of international students, many of whom have won prizes in competitions such as the Music Teachers National Association competitions, the CICA International Concerto Competition, and various national scholarships in some of the most prestigious colleges and music programs in the country. From 2015-2017, Dr. Hynes served as interim piano faculty at the University of Central Missouri.

Mia Hynes made her professional debut with the Indianapolis Symphony at the age of twelve. A winner of numerous competitions, including the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Auditions, and NFMC Student Auditions, Hynes has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, including appearances with the Kansas City Symphony (and actor John Lithgow); at the Chautauqua Music Festival (New York), the Rocky Ridge Music Festival (Estes Park, Colorado), the Library of Congress Coolidge Recital Series (Washington, D.C.), the Dag Hammerskjold Library at the United Nations (New York), Steinway Hall (New York), the Summerfest Chamber Music Festival (Kansas City), and Missouri River Festival of the Arts (Boonville). Much in demand as a collaborator, Hynes has performed on National Public Radio's "Performance Today" with violinist/conductor Scott Yoo; and in recitals with violinist Chee-Yun, tubist Sam Pilafian (founding member of Empire Brass), David Halen (concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony), Daniel Lee (principal cellist of the St. Louis Symphony), and Mary Ann Hart, mezzo-soprano, (head of the Voice/Opera Department of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music). She makes frequent recital appearances with members of the Kansas City Symphony. In March 2017 she will be performing in Thessaloniki Greece, and giving master classes at the University of Macedonia, and in April she performs with Eric Halen, concertmaster of the Houston Symphony.

Mia Hynes received her doctoral degree from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with (and served as teaching assistant to) Nelita True. She holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Indiana University where she was a student of Menahem Pressler and Leonard Hokanson. Dr. Hynes makes frequent appearances as a clinician and adjudicator. She has presented masterclasses and workshops for the European Piano Teachers Association, the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Austin (Texas) Music Teachers Association, numerous area chapters of the Missouri Music Teachers Association, and at many universities around the country, including Ithaca College, Texas Womens University, Elmhurst College, and East Central Community College. She currently serves as Professor of Piano / Piano Pedagogy at the University of Central Missouri.

Deeply devoted to supporting the musical culture of her community, Hynes served as the director of the Warrensburg Area Youth Symphony from 1997-2002, is a past state president of the Missouri Federation of Music Clubs, and is the founder and current president of the Warrensburg Friends of Music.

National Guest: Starla Blair, Vice President of the South Central Region

Serving currently as Vice President of South Central Region. Starla is a life member and has served on the National Board since 1993. During the years she has served in several capacities including, Chairman of the Council of State Presidents; Chairman of Membership and Education Division, National Gold Cup Chairman, Vice President of Central Region. Starla is a Junior Counselor and has many students annually in Festival. She has played viola with the Springfield MO Symphony for over 40 years, and also is adjunct faculty at Evangel University. During the past two years Starla has served as the President of the Springfield Symphony Guild.