MFMC State Convention

May 16-18, 2019

Members of the Missouri Federation of Music Clubs are called to gather to celebrate our 101st state convention on May 17-18, 2019 at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus in Cape Girardeau.
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MFMC 101st State Convention

Friday, May 17th, 8:30am to Saturday, May 18th, 1pm

SEMO's River Campus, 512 S. Fountain Street, Cape Girardeau, MO

It's time to celebrate this year's accomplishments and elect new officers. We have a great event planned! NFMC Vice-President Frances Nelson will be joining us and giving an address at the Friday night formal banquet. NFMC Young Artist Natalie Conte (soprano) will delight us for the Friday night concert. Composer, pianist, teacher Mary Sallee will present 2 workshops: Music that Motivates and Teaching Jazz & Rags. Musician and historian Jerry Ford will present a history of SEMO's river campus highlighting local museums and talk about his book Dreamers, about big time stars that came from Southeast Missouri. This is a convention you won't want to miss!


All events will be held at the beautiful River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University at 512 S. Fountain Street. Please be careful as your GPS may take you to the main campus if you use SEMO Music Department. Please park in the lot for the Cultural Arts Center. You will need a parking pass, so please pre-register here.


Attire: meetings are dressy casual and the banquet is formal.


Lodging is available at the Auburn Place at 3265 William Street, Cape Girardeau. We have block of rooms on hold for $79/night including breakfast until April 10th. After that point, rooms are subject to availability. Please call 573-651-4486 and ask for the MFMC group rate.


The Friday night concert and Saturday afternoon Junior Competition are both open to the public. Other events require registration. The convention is not limited to MFMC members - we welcome your musical friends! We'd love to introduce them to the Federation.


Please register online by May 9th. Please make your check to "MFMC" and send to Julie Watson, MFMC registration, 14032 Hayes St, Overland Park, KS 66221.


Registration $30

Friday lunch $13

Friday formal banquet $30

Saturday lunch $13

Total for all: $86


*Student/Collegiate members get half price of the registration fee ($15).
Student/Collegiate registration

Tentative Agenda

Thursday, May 16

7:00 p.m. State Board Meeting (MFMC Officers and all state chairmen)


Friday, May 17

8:45 a.m. Registration begins, Dobbins Center

9:00 a.m. Opening Session of the 101st state convention, include address from Mary Sallee

10:15 a.m. Musical Moment

Noon Lunch

1:00 p.m. Together We Sing-along

1:15 p.m. Afternoon Session: Mary Sallee, Music that Motivates

2:30 p.m. Musical Moment

2:50 p.m. Presentation: Jerry Ford, history of River Campus and Vincentians

3:30 p.m. Adjourn to check out area options

6:00 p.m. Formal Banquet. Featured speaker: NFMC VP Frances Nelson

7:30 p.m. Concert: NFMC Young Artist Natalie Conte, accompanied by Kevin Hampton, Shuck Recital Hall - open to public

Reception following


Saturday, May 18

9:00 a.m. Memorial Service

9:30 a.m. Morning Session: Junior & Senior tracks

Junior: Mary Sallee, "Teaching Jazz & Rags"

Senior: Jerry Ford, "Dreamers"

10:15 a.m. Musical Moment

11:00 a.m. Awards & Recognition

11:20 a.m. Election & Installation of 2019-2021 MFMC Officers

Noon Luncheon

1:30 p.m. Junior Competition, Kathe Quigley chair

Shuck Recital Hall - open to public

Announcement of Winners

NFMC Vice President Frances Nelson

Friday night banquet speaker: Frances Nelson began her involvement in the Federation at the age of 8 with Festivals in Mississippi. She has served in almost every office and chairmanship as well as 6 terms as President of her local club, MacDowell Music Club of Jackson. At the state level, she has also served several positions and chairmanships as well as President for 1997-1999. She was recording secretary of the Southeast Region. Currently, Ms. Nelson has been serving as NFMC First Vice President and will assume the President's position at the upcoming NFMC Convention in Jacksonville this June. She is a NFMC Life Member and Rose Fay Thomas Fellow.


Ms. Nelson is currently Music Director and Organist at Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle in Jackson, MS. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Applied Piano from Mississippi College and Master Degree in Music Education from Jackson State University.