District III will host the upcoming Spring Convention in South Hill, Virginia this coming May, 2019. The event will begin in the early morning on May 16 with the Finance meeting followed by the Official Opening of the Convention and will culminate with the Mary Smart Competition on Saturday, May 18. We hope you all will plan to attend.
District III invites you to the town of South Hill for the 2019 state convention May 16-18. The meetings will be held at South Hill Presbyterian Church and rooms will be available at the Holiday Inn Express (hotel address 1840 N Mecklenburg Ave, South Hill, VA 23970). This will be a change as we will not be having the meetings at the hotel. South Hill is a small town, and the church and hotel are 1.4 miles apart. There is little traffic and no stoplights. The town is at the crossroads of I-85 and Route 58.
As an artist that “leaves no question about his riveting presentation and technical finesse” (Seattle Times), Canadian-born pianist Kevin Ahfat is acclaimed to be “poised to become one of the young heirs of the classical piano realm, with a bold, boundary-pushing, millennial style matched by refined execution” (Vanguard Seattle). He has appeared as a multi-faceted artist at venues and festivals nationally and internationally, most notably at Boettcher Hall in Denver, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Fumin Hall in Kyoto, Japan, and Troldhaugen in Bergen, Norway. He has performed with a wide range of artists and orchestras including Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Joshua Roman, Paul Katz, and Ani Kavafian, and the Colorado, Seattle, Juilliard, and Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestras. In addition to being a two-time winner of the Juilliard Concerto Competition, he has won top prizes at numerous competitions worldwide, including the Schimmel International Piano Competition, Steinway & Sons Concerto Competition, and the inaugural Seattle Symphony International Piano Competition. Currently, Mr. Ahfat continues his studies with Joseph Kalichstein and Stephen Hough at the Juilliard School. He also works as part of the Juilliard Global Ventures team, helping to develop new digital learning environments to reach musicians across the globe.
Andre Chiang, an extraordinarily gifted baritone, will perform at the 97th VFMC Convention to be held at the Holiday Inn-Tanglewood in Roanoke, Virginia and will perform in concert on Friday, April 27 at 8:30 p.m.
This commanding young singer possesses an enormous repertoire which spans the gamut of vocal music, and he has performed widely on stage and in concert across the country. In addition to winning the 2017 NFMC Young Artist Competition in Men’s voice, he was also a Regional Finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, winner of the La Grange Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition, finalist in the Liederkranz Art Song/Lieder competition, winner of the Grand Concours de Chant for French song, winner of the Eisenberg–Fried Concerto Competition for Voice at the Manhattan School of Music, and winner of the 45th National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards Competition.
Mr. Chiang earned a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of South Alabama and holds a Master of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Along with juggling innumerable upcoming engagements, Mr. Chiang is currently working toward a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Vocal Performance at Louisiana State University where he studies with Dennis Jesse.
You won’t want to miss this striking performance, so make plans now to attend.
Hello Club Presidents,
I just wanted to send a reminder of the date and place of our 2018 VFMC convention. It is a different date than usual and we need to make sure we let everyone know that the convention is April 26-28 in Roanoke. More information will follow soon via the Official Call.
Plans are being formulated to have a busy, but inspiring meeting. We will hear music from the Maestro of the Roanoke Symphony, David Willey. We will have a program from an outstanding musician, Jonathan Romeo, concerning Appalachian Music. Junior musicians will delight you with their talent, and much more. Of course you will want to let everyone know of your club by the displays that will be shown during the convention.
We decided that the banquet on Friday night will be semi-formal. Our young artist, Andre Chiang, will bring the recital after the banquet.
I look forward in seeing everyone Thursday morning about 11:00 (except those that have a meeting at 8:30)