VFMC Stillman Kelley/Thelma Byrum Preliminaries


Junior Performance Awards: Piano & Instrumental


Applicants must apply for this award on the State Level at the NFMC website.  Download detailed registration information by clicking on Registration Instructions for Stillman Kelley/Thelma Byrum Preliminaries. Submit all required materials before the deadline.  This will include a digital video recording (MP4) of your performance for the competition. The VFMC will award a first place winner and then send that entry on to the NFMC National competition.


Applicant must:

  1. be under the age of 19 on March 1 of the competition year.

  2. be a native citizen of the United States of America or have received naturalization papers.

  3. be a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC), either as a member of a federated Junior Club or Junior Associate Group or as an Individual Junior Member.  To become an Individual Junior Member visit www.nfmc-music.org/payment and pay the membership fee of $13 for annual dues. 

Total Entry fee

The total entry fee of $30 includes NFMC fee ($10) and VFMC fee ($20).

VFMC Awards

$100 to the student advancing to the finals.

Deadline for applications

Additional Important Information

February 1

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 recording.

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

State Level Requirements

The applicant must upload to the NFMC website (www.nfmc-music.org/applicant-file-upload) the following in time to arrive by February 1.

  1. Completed audition application forms (JR13-2).

  2. Repertoire list of the music the applicant will perform.

  3. Digital video recording (MP4) of the performance (do not label with the student’s name.)

Please refer to complete registration materials and requirements by clicking on Registration Instructions for Stillman Kelley/Thelma Byrum Preliminaries.

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

  • Stillman Kelley: 
    first place: $1500
    second place: $750
    third place: $500
    five regional awards: $250 each

  • Thelma Byrum:  $350

NFMC Awards

VFMC Chair

Nancy Turner
7305 Longview Drive
Kenbridge, VA 23944

National (NFMC) Chair

Laurie Marshall