Missouri Music Notes

February 2017

President's Message

The MFMC State Convention is starting to come together. We'll have even more details next time, but wanted to give you more details for your calendar. Remember to send in your yearbook and many reports - aiming for a gold medal club!


Coming up on Thursday, April 6th is ArkansasGives - an opportunity to raise funds for Opera in the Ozarks.

MFMC State Convention

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

411 Central Methodist Square

Fayette, MO

You are invited to the MFMC State Convention on May 19-20 at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo. The registration form will be in the next newsletter. There will be lots of great music and fellowship. Fayette doesn't have a lot of accommodations. 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) 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.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Go for the Gold!

Remember the fall meeting theme? Now is the time to send in a lot of the reports. I think it's easiest if you can send electronically - but snail mail works too.

March 1st

Yearbooks to NFMC Cindy Steinbach

Parade of American Music report to SCR Christine Vitt (last call if you missed sending to Anne Moyer)

March 15th

Founders Day Report to Julie Watson

Opera Report to Alice Conway


April 1st

Music Outreach Club report to Elaine Minden

Dance report to Gay Dill and also to Julie Watson

Music in Schools and Colleges report to Marschnee Strong

Chamber Music report to Julie Watson

International Music Relations report to Connie Craig

Sacred Music report to Julie Watson

Crusade for Strings report to Julie Watson

Choral Music report to Elaine Minden

Together We Sing report to Doug Kinslow


More report deadlines coming later. Please let me know if you need help finding more details on chairman, etc. Report forms are available at www.nfmc-music.org Just do a search on a keyword to find the report.


Club designations with regard to reports:

Gold Clubs: submit 10 reports

Silver Clubs: submit 5 reports

Bronze Clubs: submit 3 reports

*Must send club yearbook to MFMC President (me) to qualify. Electronic is fine.

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Upcoming Award Deadlines

March 1st

$2,500 Emil and Ruth Beyer Composition Awards to Stephen Varney by CD

$2,000 Joyce Walsh Junior Awards for the Handicapped to Dr. John Kelly

$1,800 NFMC Mary Alice Cox Strings Award to Matt Miller by CD

$1,500 Martha Marcks Mack Junior Vocal Award to Naomi Sanchez by CD

$1,350 NFMC Dorothy Dann Bullock Music Therapy Scholarship to Margaret Smith

Up to $1,100 Student/Collegiate Composition awards to Peggy Willis by CD

$1,100 NFMC Carolyn Nelson Double Reed Award to Tim Bauman by MP3 or CD

Up to $1,000 NFMC Lynn Freeman Olson Composition Awards to James Schnars

$850 NFMC Oscar Valentin Violin Award to Dr. Gene Vollen by CD

$800 Marilyn Caldwell Piano Award to Marilyn Caldwell by CD

$600 Elizabeth Greiger Wiegand Sacred Music of the Faiths Award to Vicki Carr

$600 NFMC Ernest A Bluhm Flute Award to Sandy Reetz

$500 NFMC Claire Ulrich Whitehurst Piano Award to Suzanne Carpenter by CD

$500 NFMC Myrtle Mehan/Hazel Morgan Music Education Scholarship to Karl Morris

$400 Irma Carey-Wilson Music Therapy Scholarship to Margaret Smith

$300 NFMC Ruth B Robertson Music Therapy Scholarship to Margaret Smith

$300 NFMC Music for the Blind Composition Award to Lee Ann Cummings

$200 NFMC Music for the Blind Performance Awards to Lee Ann Cummings


March 15th

$5,000 Martha Marcks Mack Senior Vocal Award to Dennis Price by DVD


April 1st

$1,300 NFMC Elizabeth Paris French Horn Award to Cecil Fox by by CD

$1,150 NFMC Gretchen E. Van Roy Music Education Scholarship to Cheryl Schmidt

$400 NFMC Ruth Morse Wilson Handbell Award to Carole Langley by DVD

$400 MFMC Ruth Morse Wilson Handbell Award to Nancy Dreier by DVD (use same app)


*More details on state chairman can be found on the website under MFMC Directory. Password is debussy (all lower case)

Arkansas Gives fundraiser for Opera in the Ozarks

ArkansasGives is a 12-hour online giving event to be held on Thursday, April 6th from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. It is sponsored by the Arkansas Community Foundation and the Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance. We five South Central Region Sponsoring States hope to raise $30,000 that day, to benefit our Region’s Summer Center, Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point as well as the other IPFAC programs, the Children’s Opera, Informances, Adult & Senior programs and of course the Youth Piano, String and Vocal Camps. Simply go on line to ArkansasGives.org, use a credit card (Master Card, Visa, Discover or American Express), search for “Opera in the Ozarks” and assign your donation to it.

Church Musician of the Year and Most Musical Family awards

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.

Student/Collegiate Auditions

Saturday, March 11th, 12-4pm

327 East Capitol Avenue

Jefferson City, MO

You are invited to attend the Student/Collegiate Auditions on Saturday, March 11th at First Christian Church in Jefferson City from 12n - 4p. There are 6 pianist and 4 vocalists auditioning. Looks to be a nice afternoon of great music! Come on out!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Missouri Handbell Award

Please note there is a National Handbell Award with applications sent to Carole Langley and a Missouri Handbell Award with applications sent to Nancy Dreier. You can use the same application available on the NFMC website. A choir can not win both in the same year.

Upcoming dates

MFMC State Convention: May 19-20 at Central Methodist University, Fayette, MO


NFMC National Convention: June 20-24 at Crowne Plaza, Dayton, OH


South Central Region's Federation Days: July 19-22 at BW Inn of the Ozarks, Eureka Springs, AR

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. ~Plato