VFMC Stillman Kelley/Thelma Byrum Auditions
(Preliminaries for NFMC Stillman Kelley/Thelma Byrum Auditions)


Junior Performance Awards: Piano & Instrumental


Applicants must apply for this award on the State level (VFMC), not at the National level (NFMC).  First and second place winners are chosen and awarded. The VFMC then may send ONE entry on to the NFMC National competition.


1)  Must not have reached 19th birthday by March 1
2)  Native or naturalized citizen
3)  Member of NFMC or enclose $13 check (payable to Virginia Federation of Music Clubs) with application for Individual Membership (see rules)

Entry fee


VFMC Awards

First place - $250
Second place - $175

Deadline for applications


February 1

Students may download the application form by clicking here (JR 13-2 PDF), and rules by clicking here (JR 13-1 PDF). These are also available on the NFMC website at publications/junior division/instrumental/Stillman Kelley rules/application.

Must include three completed application forms (JR 13-2), three DVD’s of the performance, and three copies of repertoire list performed.

Important Information

National Level Rules

1. Entrants may enter one category only.

2. Entrants must be prepared to play a program of 15 (minimum) – 20 (maximum) minute duration on his or her selected solo instrument. Entries over 20 minutes will not be considered.

3.  All music submitted must be performed entirely from memory.

4.  Do not include award ceremonies from other competitions on the DVD.

5.  Each state may send in ONE entry to the National competition.

State Level Requirements

The applicant must send to the VFMC Chair the following in time to arrive by February 1.

1.Three completed application forms (JR13-2).

2.Three copies of the repertoire list the applicant will perform (do not label with student’s name).

3.Three DVD’s of the performance (do not label with student’s name.)

VFMC Chair

Nancy Turner
7305 Longview Drive
Kenbridge, VA 23944

Winners of the National (NFMC) awards are selected from the 1st place winners of each state.  The awards are:

Stillman Kelley:  first place is $1250, second place is $750, third place is $500, and five regional awards at $250 each
Thelma Byrum:  $350

National (NFMC) Chair: Nathalie Steinbach