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PENNSYLVANIA FEDERATION OF MUSIC CLUBS

WELCOME 


PFMC's Mission is to bring Pennsylvania's musical clubs, organizations and individuals together: 
 to promote American music and encourage American composers and performers to develop and maintain high musical standards, reaching their greatest potential;  

 to support and encourage musical groups and individuals with monetary awards and certificates, as well as opportunities to be of service to communities; and

 to serve as a channel for competitions offered at the local, state and national levels for both youth and adults. 


Musical organizations, music teachers, composers, music students and all lovers of music are invited to be a part of our Federation. Our organization consists of teachers, performers, composers, listeners and, all of us, as perennial students and lovers of this most wonderful art. Membership is all inclusive: professionals, amateurs and supporters of the arts. 
 
The Federation welcomes everyone. For more information, contact the PFMC president at pfmcpres203@hotmail.com. 

 PENNSYLVANIA FEDERATION OF MUSIC CLUBS pfmc-music.org 
 
President’s Theme:   Building Our Future by Remembering Our Past 
 
EXECUTIVE BOARD:

PRESIDENT……………………………………………….Linda Maurhoff   pfmcpres203@hotmail.com

VICE PRESIDENT…………………….…* Charlene Hubbard   charlenehubbard@hotmail.com

RECORDING SECRETARY………………* Linda Alisesky (interim)   lala@auntlalapiano.com

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY…………………………….…*Joan Stanisha   jstanisha@aol.com

TREASURER…………………………………….……Sherry Reynolds   pfmctreasurer@hotmail.com 
 
STATE CHAIRS: 

Junior Festival………………….…………….…….……Barbara Murray   bemurray84@yahoo.com

State Jr. Counselor & Extension…….………..… *Linda Alisesky   lala@auntlalapiano.com

Music in Poetry Jr. Contest………….……...…* Phyllis Chvostal   ivycat@consolidated.net

Roster & Directory……………..………* Charlene Hubbard  charlenehubbard@hotmail.com

Junior Competition……............* Charlene Hubbard   charlenehubbard@hotmail.com 
 
PITTSBURGH DISTRICT CHAIRS:      

Senior Clubs………..……….…..…* Charlene Hubbard   charlenehubbard@hotmail.com      

Festival North Hills……….…………….…...…* Barbara Kelly   blkclassical2@verizon.net      

Festival East Hills……….……………………….……* Ellen Johnson   ellenj16@hotmail.com      

Cup Awards North Hills……….…….……* Laura Grguras    mslaurapiano@hotmail.com

 

*members of PPTA A paid membership to a PFMC Senior Club makes you a member of PFMC.  To become a Federated teacher within the PFMC as a Junior Studio there are other fees.  Contact the State President for more information. 
 
FEDERATED SENIOR CLUBS IN THE PITTSBURGH DISTRICT:

District Chair……..Charlene Hubbard  

Vice-Chair………....Joan Stanisha

Secretary………………….Linda Alisesky  

Treasurer………..Michael Abraitis 
 
Greensburg Friday Evening Music Club  Meetings the 4th Friday of the month at Pittburgh’s Campana Chapel, Greensburg Sept. thru April.        

Org. 1940  Fed. 2009 President:  Christopher Bartley……………………………………………………….…CLB200@pitt.edu Send all Club President correspondence to Federation Secretary,                     Beverly Hritz…………………………………………………………………………..……hritzbg@comcast.net 
 
Johnstown Music League No regular meetings scheduled but sponsors 2 Jr. Clubs:     Chromatics Music League and Music Makers Club.                       Org. 1929  Fed. 1930 Co-Presidents:  Elaine Mostoller……………………………….…..……….magbee@atlanticbb.net                       .                       V. Jean Reavel………………………………….…….………jeanreavel@gmail.com 
 
McKeesport Music Club  Meetings the 3rd Sunday from Oct. thru April.      O & F 1948 President:  Michael Abraitis………………………………………………………………………412-678-0469 
 
North Hills Music Club  Meetings the 2nd Mon. from Oct.-Dec/April-June   O & F 1934 President:  Virginia Pintado………………………………………..…………..vpintado16@gmail.com  
 
Paisley Cats  No regular meetings scheduled,  participate in Festival       O & F  2008 President:  Phyllis Chvostal………………………………………..………..ivycat@consolildated.net 
 
Pittsburgh Piano Teachers Association   Meetings the 3rd Wed.  Sept.-May          (not Jan/Feb.)                                                                         Org. 1936   Fed. 1937 President:  James W. Iman………………………………………………..jameswiman@hotmail.com 
 
Tuesday Musical Club  Meetings the 1st Monday  Sept. thru June  Org. 1889 Fed.1908

Note:  All mailings to be sent to Tuesday Musical Club, Stephen Foster Memorial, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh  15260-6695  

Phone: 412-682-0439              Email:  office@tuesdaymusicalclub.org                   Website:  tuesdaymusicalclub.org  

President:  Jerry Agin…………………………………………………………..…..jerryagin@intonia.com 

 
PENNSYLVANIA FEDERATION OF MUSIC CLUBS EVENTS 
 
State Events PFMC FALL BOARD OF DIRECTORS' MEETING Date - September 15-16, 2017 Location - Comfort Inn, Duncansville PA Hospitality - Pittsburgh District 

 

PFMC Biennial CONVENTION and Annual Board Mtg. Date – April 18-21, 2018 Location – Pittsburgh N. Marriott Hotel, Cranberry, PA Theme – American Music:  Our History…Our Future 
 
"Surrounding the national seal is the keystone, symbol of Pennsylvania, supporting and drawing on the National Federation of Music Clubs." 


National Events NATIONAL MUSIC WEEK 2018 Date - May 6-13, 2018 Theme - "Music - The Universal Language" 
 
NFMC Annual CONFERENCE/Board Mtg Date - June 19-23, 2018 Theme - "Great Music on a Great Lake" Location - Crown Plaza Hotel, Milwaukee WI Airport 
 
NFMC FEDERATION DAYS (NE Region) Date - July 14-15, 2018 Location - Chautauqua Institution,     Chautauqua NY 
 
 
NFMC Festival Program

 
PITTSBURGH DISTRICT North: March 4, 2018 - Duquesne University, Pittsburgh       Registration fee - $7.00 East: March 17, 2018 - Westminster United Presbyterian Church, Upper St. Clair       Registration fee - $7.00 

 

The NFMC Festivals program is designed to promote study, stimulate interest in American and world music literature, and encourage each participant to reach a high standard of musical achievement. 
 
"Music is one way for young people to connect with themselves, but it is also a bridge for connecting with others." — Daniel A. Carp, Eastman Kodak Company Chairman and CEO. 
 
Pittsburgh District Fall Conference Annual Business Meeting and Luncheon Date - October 7, 2017     Host – Tuesday Musical Club Location - St John's Evangelical Lutheran Church                 Perrysville Hwy, Pittsburgh 
 
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF MUSIC CLUBS

 
NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS: 
1646 Smith Valley Road, Greenwood, IN  46142   317-882-4003  317-882-4019 (Fax) 
Email:  info@nfmc-music.org    nfmc@nfmc-music.org   Website:  nfmc-music.org 
Jennifer Griffin, Executive Director   317-771-5369 
  President………………………………………..…Michael Edwards 
  First Vice-President………………………..….Frances Nelson 
  Treasurer………………………………….….Barbara Hildebrand 
  VP of NE Region………………………..…….…Jeannine Morris 
  National Board Member – PA Rep……..Mary Ellen Ulmer 
National President’s Theme and Song: 
“Keeping Music Alive for the Future” and “Star Spangled Banner” 
 
NFMC Division Chair from Pennsylvania: 
Membership and Education Division- Sr. Extension………………………….………Ruth Ann McChesney 
NFMC Chairs from Pennsylvania: 
Senior Club Reporting……………………………………………………………………………………………….Linda Flick 
Jr. Martha Marcks Award in Voice………………………………………………………………….……….Kristin Ivers 

 

NFMC Northeastern Region Chairs from Pennsylvania: 
Secretary………………………………………………………………………………………………………..….Barbara Murray 
Editorial Board/National Music Week Essay Contest/ 
Music Clubs Magazine-News Gatherer…………….………………………………………Mary Ellen Ulmer 
Wendell Irish Viola Award-Publicity/Sr. Club Reporting and Evaluation…………………Linda Flick 

 
NFMC Committee Members from Pennsylvania: 
Sr. Membership/Summer Music Schools-Chautauqua Inst. Awards Rep…..Ruth Ann McChesney 
Bylaws and Rules……………………………………………………………….………………………..…….Linda Maurhoff 
Arts Advocacy…………………………………………………………………………………………...……………Lois Tamplin 
 
OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS SPONSORED BY THE NFMC 


The NFMC website has a complete list of the Scholarship and Awards Chart on their website.  There are many opportunities for students through the NFMC in performance, composition, and essay contests.  To participate, a student must be a member of a federated club (teacher is a member of a Sr. Club), or become an Individual member. 


Laura K. Wilson Memorial Award for Composition is an annual award given by NFMC honoring Dorothy Dann Bullock, a past National President with contributions by the PPTA and friends. (Jr. Class IV)  Application deadline is January 15th and must be submitted to the state Junior Composers chair. 


NFMC Lynn Freeman Olson Composition Award given in two divisions:   Intermediate grades 7-9 and High School grades 10-12.  Deadline is March 1st of oddnumbered years. 


Stillman-Kelly Scholarship and Thelma Byrum Awards are given annually to student’s who have not reached their 19th birthday by March 1st in the year of audition.  Deadline is February 1st.  Applicants must apply for this award at the State level.  Each State may send in ONE entry to the National competition. 


JUNIOR FESTIVAL is an annual program held throughout the United States.  Students through the age of 18 are eligible to participate in this event and are evaluated on performance and theory.  Festivals are designed for ALL members of the NFMC.  Festival is not a competitive event but an opportunity to perform and receive evaluation.  There are numerous event categories for a variety of instruments that includes Piano Solo; Junior and Senior Piano Concerto; Piano Ensemble for Duet, Trio, Duo, and Quartet, Piano Chamber Music for Piano Trio (Piano-Violin-Cello); Organ; Voice for Solo, Duet and Ensemble; also Strings, Accordion, Woodwind, Percussion, Dance, Musicianship, and Theory events.  Performance levels start at Primary through Musically Advanced and Theory from Level 1-12.  
 

 
There are many Competitions and Awards that students of a Federated teacher may enter including the Biennial Junior Awards – Claire Ulrich Whitehurst piano award, and the Lynn Freeman Olson Composition Award (keyboard composition). 


There are also many Annual Junior Awards in categories for piano, composition, vocal and other instruments and including the Interlochen Arts Academy Herman and Mary Neuman Award, the Lana Bailey Piano Concerto Award, the Marilyn Caldwell Award (piano), and NFMC Junior Composers Contest Awards:  Laura K. Wilson Memorial Award (composition for piano).  Also in this catetory are the Stillman-Kelly Awards and the Thelma Byrum Piano Award. 


The NFMC also has several Summer Music Scholarships that are given in all instrument categories.   


Teachers must Federate their studio FIRST before entering students in the Festival program.  Please visit the PFMC’s website for membership information.  Registration forms for the Festival are available from the District Chairs.  There will be an entry fee for each student.  Adult students may also participate in the Festival program.    


There are two area Festivals in the Pittsburgh District:  North Hills and East.  Please see the NFMC’s website to purchase the Festivals Bulletin to confirm all rules and event category levels.  Certificates and Gold Cups are given to students. 


Parade of American Music is celebrated in November with programs that feature American Music.  The purpose of this program is to encourage Senior Clubs to perform, publicize and promote American music and its composers throughout the year.  Entry forms are available on the NFMC website and Reports are to be sent to the Regional Chairs (Northeastern) postmarked by March 1st.  All Contest Entries are to be sent directly to the National Chair, postmarked by March 1st.  Return postage must be included if materials are to be returned. 


Senior and Junior Rating Report forms are available on the PFMC website and are to be completed by teachers.  There are two Senior Club Rating Reports:  Appreciation (ME 7-1) and Teaching (ME 7-2) to be completed by July 1st to the State Chair.   The Junior Club Rating Report (JR 1-1) is to be completed by June 1st to the National Chair. 


 To find the NFMC INVOCATION, NFMC BENEDICTION,      “THE GIFT OF SONG”, NFMC COLLECT, EXPLANATION OF THE  NATIONAL SEAL, FEDERATION HYMN and TOGETHER WE SING (list of specially chosen music) please refer to the NFMC website.          nfmc-music.org 


"Music is about communication, creativity, and cooperation, and, by studying music in school, students have the opportunity to build on these skills, enrich their lives, and experience the world from a new perspective." — Bill Clinton, former President, United States of America