NFMC Festivals in Virginia

Junior Club Dues Statement 2019-2010

NFMC Festivals program

The Festivals Program of the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) provides an opportunity for music students to perform before judges and receive constructive evaluations of their performances.  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, the Federation Festivals program provides participants a wide range of performance opportunities in all skill levels to build confidence and to increase in musical proficiency.

Junior clubs

Each adult member of the Virginia Federation may form a studio or group of students into what is known in the federation as a junior club. Those students are then eligible to participate in all Federation events, including the Federation Festivals program. To ‘federate’ your students into a junior club, simply fill out and submit the Junior Club Dues Statement and pay the annual required local and state dues to the VFMC Treasurer. (In Virginia, the deadline for federating a Junior Club is October 20. Contact the VFMC Treasurer for more information.)

Festivals are only one of many offerings to our students. Federating a junior club through the VFMC allows students to participate in other state and national competitions, awards, scholarships and music camps. Membership in the NFMC offers a rich array of musical opportunities.

Click here for the Junior Club Dues Statement - due October 20, 2019.

Virginia Festivals

The Virginia Federation’s ten area 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.  Teachers register their students online annually for the late-winter or early-spring area festivals. Teachers are responsible for compliance with all policies and rules as published in the NFMC Federation Festivals Bulletin, including the selection of acceptable repertoire for each instrument and level of ability. The Federation Festivals Bulletin may be purchased through the NFMC.

Liability Insurance for Virginia Festivals

For the safety and protection of all of our students, the Federation Festivals program requires child protection standards and offers event insurance coverage through the NFMC. Area festivals may apply for event liability insurance coverage by submitting the liability require and signed child protection forms to the VFMC Insurance Chair.

Click below if you would like information about liability insurance for your Festival Events:

Virginia Festival Chair and Cup-Chairs

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