NFMC Festivals in Virginia

Click here for the Junior Club Dues Statement (what will allow a teacher’s students to participate in Festival). Due October 20, 2019.

The Festivals Program of the National Federation of Music Club (NFMC) provides an opportunity for music students to perform before judges and receive constructive evaluations of their performances.  Individual Festivals are held across the country and are open to all members of the NFMC through State Federations organized under the NFMC. The program is designed to stimulate interest in American and international music and encourage participants to strive for high standards of musical achievement. Although it is not a competition, it provides participants an opportunity to perform under pressure, build confidence, and mature musically.

In Virginia, ten festivals are organized and run by the VFMC.  Members of local VFMC music clubs are eligible to enter their students in the local festivals.  They must first federate them into Junior Clubs and pay the required dues during the fall of the year.  (In Virginia, the date for federating a Junior Club is determined by the VFMC; contact the VFMC Treasurer for more information.) Teachers then register their students online for the late-winter or early-spring festivals.  Teachers must read the rules as published in the NFMC Festival Bulletin and are responsible for the music selections of their students. Bulletins can be purchased through the NFMC.  

The ten Virginia festivals serve approximately  6,000 students across the state.  This makes Virginia the third largest participating state in the Federation Festivals.  Our students perform in many events, including solo piano, piano ensemble, strings, voice, music theory, and a variety of other instruments.  The Virginia festival-chairs and festival cup-chairs are:

Cynthia Abernathy

SE Region: Cynthia Abernathy, NFMC Chair: Lisa Smith

VFMC assistant FESTIVAL Chair for computer matters-
kathryn peters

Suzanne Smith

NFMC Chair: Mary Jane Timmer


Blue Ridge Festival -
Julia Bouldin, Festival chair

Bittsy Hall, Festival cup Chair


Falls Church Festival -
Marilynne Jost & Sucheta DamLe, festival chairs

Sharon Walker, Festival cup Chair

loudoun festival -
kay willett, festival chair

kate moore, festival cup chair

Lynchburg Festival -
Linda Thomason, Rosie Troxel & debbie harvey, festival chairs

Anne Laird, Festival cup Chair


Manassas Festival -
Kathryn peters & Mary Beran, festival chairs

Kathryn Peters & Jane Cole, Festival cup ChairS


Richmond Festival -
Suzanne Krauss, festival chair

Jeanne McClelland, Festival cup Chair


Springfield Festival -
Cynthia Abernathy, festival chair

Lezlie Taguding, Festival cup Chair


Virginia Beach Festival -
Josephine Jones, festival chair

Josephine Jones, Festival cup Chair


Virginia Peninsula festival -
Myrna Brinkley, festival chair

Tonia Herrin, Festival cup Chair


Winchester Festival -
Melanie Nesselrodt, festival chair

Melanie Nesselrodt, Festival cup Chair