VFMC Mary Smart Scholarship Competition
(Preliminary & Final Auditions)


Junior Performance: Instrumental & Vocal


The Mary Smart Scholarship Competition is held yearly in conjunction with the Federation Festival.  Students who meet the eligibility requirements may enter the Preliminary Auditions.  Applicants are required to perform their current year required festival pieces before judges.  Preliminary auditions are held in each of the 3 districts and nine winners chosen from each district will automatically advance to the Final Auditions held during the Annual VFMC Convention.


Entrant must have earned 3 Superior ratings in the SOLO EVENT Category on the same instrument as described in the Junior Festival Bulletin – Piano, Voice, Lynn Freeman Olson Piano Solo, String, Harp, Guitar, Accordion, Woodwind, Brass.  The three superiors are not required to be consecutive, however one Superior rating must have been earned in the current Festival year.  The Solo class (e.g. Elementary I) entered at the Mary Smart Competition must be the same Solo class (e.g. Elementary I) entered in the current Festival.  (Hymns, Concerto, Duet, Sonata and Ensemble Events do not qualify for the Mary Smart Competition.)
First place winners at the state level may not compete again in the same division level.  Teachers may not submit entrants if they do not personally teach them.

Entry fee

By Districts for Preliminaries
None at state level

VFMC Awards

DIVISION I: Elementary I through Medium Class
First Place  $225.00
Second Place  $175.00
Third Place  $150.00

DIVISION II: Moderately Difficult I through Difficult I Class
First Place  $300.00
Second Place  $200.00
Third Place  $175.00

DIVISION III: Difficult II through Musically Advanced II Class
First Place  $400.00
Second Place  $300.00
Third Place  $225.00

Sandra B. Anderson  $100.00
(Awarded to a graduating Senior who receives First Place in Division III)

Jan Schiffner Incentive Award  $100.00
(Awarded to one student in each division who does not place but who, the judges feel, shows outstanding ability, great potential, and is worthy of the encouragement which a special award brings.)

VFMC Mary Smart Preliminary Auditions

District I:
Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Application Deadline: March 20, 2019
Location: Lynchburg Music Center, 6006 Fort Ave, Lynchburg VA 24502
Additional Information:
Contact District I Chair, Linda Thomason (434-237-4566‬) or Co-Chair, Debbie Harvey (‭434-847-6347‬).

District II:
Date:  Saturday, April 13, 2019 (9:00 am – 2:00 pm)
Application Deadline:  March 23, 2019
Location:  Manassas Baptist Church, 8800 Sudley Road, Manassas, VA
Additional Information:  
Contact District II Chair, Marcia Chaplin (703-298-0748)       

District III:
Date: April 13, 2019
Application Deadline: April 1
Location: College of William & Mary, Ewell Hall, Williamsburg VA
Additional Information: 
Contact District III Chair, Myrna Brinkley  (757-810-7385)

VFMC Mary Smart Final Auditions

  • Date:  Saturday May 18, 2019

  • Location:  VFMC Annual Convention,
    South Hill Presbyterian Church, 914 N. Mecklenberg Avenue, South Hill, VA

  • Times:
    -Registration, 8:00 am
    -Final Auditions, 9:00 am
    -Competition Program, 11:30 am

  • Additional Information: Contact Lisa Thomas

VFMC Chair

Lisa Thomas
6300 Walkers Croft Way
Alexandria, VA 22315

Click to download PDF of Mary Smart rules, awards, and application