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 28, 2020
Application Deadline: March 21, 2020
Location: West Lynchburg Baptist Church, 3031 Memorial Ave., Lynchburg, VA 24501
Contact District I Mary Smart Preliminaries Co-Chairs, Debbie Harvey (434-525-8169), Rosie Troxel (434-847-6347), or Linda Thomason (434-237-4566‬) for complete information.

District II:
Date:  Saturday, April 18, 2020
Application Deadline:  April 1, 2020
Location:  Manassas Baptist Church, 8800 Sudley Road, Manassas, VA
Contact District II Mary Smart Preliminaries Chair, Marcia Chaplin (703-298-0748) for complete information.

District III:
Date: April 18, 2020
Application Deadline: April 1, 2020
Location: College of William & Mary, Ewell Hall, Williamsburg VA
Contact District III Mary Smart Preliminaries Chair, Myrna Brinkley  (757-810-7385) for complete information.

VFMC Mary Smart Final Auditions

  • Date:  Saturday May 9, 2020

  • Location:  VFMC Annual Convention,
    Hilton Garden Inn Woodbridge, 2500 Neabsco Common Place, Woodbridge, VA 22191

  • Times:
    -Registration, 9:30 am
    -Final Auditions, 10:30 am
    -Competition Program, 1:00 pm

    Contact VFMC Mary Smart Competition Chair, Lisa Thomas, for complete information.

VFMC Mary Smart Final Auditions

Lisa Thomas
6300 Walkers Croft Way
Alexandria, VA 22315

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

Sept. 2019