Missouri Music Notes

Winter 2017/2018

President’s Message

Seasons Greetings and a Happy New Year! With the changing of years, it is great to reflect on the past year: all the great music we’ve heard, events we’ve presented and musicians/composers we’ve helped. Then, look ahead at 2018: our Centennial! This is our year to celebrate! How does your club plan to celebrate it? We'd love to know.

Founders Day

NFMC recognizes our founders in January. Not just the Founders of NFMC or Missouri FMC, but think about the pioneers of your local club! Does your club do anything to honor your founders? Why not consider having a Founders Day program. A suggested program can be found on the national website. Another great way is to donate $1 per member and make the honor roll. These donations provide funds for the Young Artist competition. If you’ve sever heard them, you will know this is a worthy cause! Please send reports to Donna Kinslow.

Upcoming deadlines

Postmark of January 10th for the National Music Week Essay Contest. Contest is open to 7-12 grade students. Essay must be typed and no longer than 500 words. Theme: Music - The Universal Language. Award is $50. Send with application to regional chair, Jan Hansen. Membership in NFMC is not required. What a perfect music/band assignment!

Postmark of January 15th for the Student/Collegiate Auditions. McHaney Award is $1,300 for the overall winner. The competition is on March 10th at the First Christian Church in Jefferson City. Application and fact sheet are available on the MFMC website under forms. Applications are due to chair Judy Shaw.

February 1st

$2,500 Thelma A Robinson Award in Ballet to national chair, Gay Dill

$1,250 NFMC Stillman Kelley Instrumental Award to state chair, Starla Blair

$1,250 NFMC Wendell Irish Viola Awards to state chair, Starla Blair

$1,000 NFMC Hinda Honigman Award for the Blind to national chair, Bobbye Guyton

$500 NFMC Vivian Menees Nelson Award for the Disabled and Visually Impaired to national chair, Chris Vitt

$350 NFMC Thelma Byrum Piano Award to state chair, Starla Blair

Up to $250 Junior Composer Awards to state chair, Terry Blair

February 15th

$75 NFMC Angie Greer Music in Poetry Award

More details can be found on the national website: www.nfmc-music.org

Local club pics

MFMC Centennial Convention

May 18-19, 2018

Kansas City, MO

Centennial Festival Choir

Time to start signing up for the Centennial Festival Choir, directed by Mark Hayes! Our plan is to send the music ahead of time, so you can learn your part. We will rehearse on Friday, May 18th and perform that night for the concert, so we won't have much (if any) time to pound pitches. You must register for the convention and attend the rehearsal in order to participate in the choir. Myra Lemons is going to be our Festival Choir Coordinator. So please send her an email with your name, phone, address and voice part. We'd like to have an idea of how many and what voice parts, in order to choose the music. So please let her know by February 28th.