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Competitions & Awards 2018 - 2019

The Virginia Federation of Music Clubs (VFMC) offers musicians of all ages a wide variety of competitive performance opportunities each year.  These include those offered by the VFMC as well as those sponsored by the NFMC (National Federation of Music Clubs).  All of the VFMC and NFMC competitions and awards are arranged on this website by age classifications as defined by both organizations:  Junior (under age 19), Student/Collegiate (ages 19-25), and Senior (adults).  Each of these three pages are then organized by category (i.e. Dance, Composition, Performance) to help viewers locate relevant competitions more quickly.

VFMC Competitions

The VFMC competitions are offered to eligible members; seven for Juniors, one for Students/ Collegiate members, and one for Seniors.  Some are stand-alone competitions while others are preliminary VFMC competitions associated with particular NFMC competitions.  Some provide monetary awards while others provide recognition for outstanding achievement.  All information, including eligibility possibilities for those not already members, can be found by selecting the desired competition as listed below.  Once on the selected competition’s page you can download the application form and any instructions sheets by clicking on the links.  For further questions or concerns you can email the appropriate VFMC chair by clicking on their name in the listing below.

Clicking on a title below takes you to a separate VFMC web page, if available, with more details.
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VFMC Biennial Student Auditions
Dr. Liana Valente

(Preliminaries for the NFMC Student/Collegiate Auditions)


VFMC Junior Club Achievement Book award –
Martha Windley


VFMC Junior Composers Contest
Nathalie Steinbach


VFMC Margaret Hunt Vocal Scholarship Award
Debora Madsen


VFMC Mary Smart Competition
Lisa Thomas


VFMC Music for the Visually Impaired Performance Award –
Cynthia Steinbach


VFMC Nancy Hoback Milne Award
Susan Tury


VFMC Stillman Kelley/Thelma Byrum Awards
Nancy Turner

(Preliminaries for NFMC Stillman Kelley/Thelma Byrum Auditions)

Click to download the  2018 - 2019 VFMC Chart for Competitions; suitable for printing and saving.


NFMC Competitions

The NFMC competitions are open to all members of the Virginia Federation of Music Clubs which includes all members of the VFMC Senior Clubs across the state.  To download the NFMC Competitions & Awards Chart for 2018- 2019 detailing the many offerings of the NFMC, click here.  Additional information and forms are available on the NFMC website.  Once on the home page, select Competitions and Awards, followed by the appropriate category in the drop-down menu.  Scroll down to find the competition in which you are interested.  All forms download for free; no user name or password is required.