97th Annual VFMC Convention

Held April 26-28 in Roanoke, Virginia.

Included music from the Maestro of the Roanoke Symphony David Wiley - a program from an outstanding musician Jonathan Romeo on "The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail" which celebrates the traditional music that has been kept by families and communities of Southwest Virginia since colonial times - performance by Andre Chiang (baritone). Andre is 2018 Winner of National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and 2018 Winner of the Martha Marks Mack Vocal Award.  He was accompanied by Sean Brady.


Some of the attendees at the convention

Our guest Performer Andre Chiang said this...

“NFMC Concert #3 in the books! Always great to be in Virginia and first time in Roanoke! It’s great to share pieces people don’t know (Rorem) and give them what they want (Man of La Mancha). Back to OKC but thank you to Sean, Paul, Elaine, and the whole VFMC state conference for supporting music and young artists! #threedown #frequentflying #beltingasmuchaspossible”

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Sean Brady accompanied Andre

Andre Chiang with Elaine, Sean, and Paul Brady

Andre Chiang with Elaine, Sean, and Paul Brady

Nancy Hoback Milne Award to Jean Frazier


District I Senior Club Presidents


Woodbridge Music Club Display


The Voice of Music - Winter 201

I’ve been hearing lately about the declining membership in our clubs, and no one seems to know what to do or how to go about retaining and getting new members. Quoting from NFMC’s “Guide to Membership” “Membership Retention – Keeping Club Members” it says: “After having spent so much time and effort getting members to join the Club, it just makes good sense to do everything possible to make sure they renew their membership over and over. When asked to define their membership retention “program” many leaders say simply “the way to keep members is to provide good programs.” That’s certainly true. Good programs normally mean repeat members. However, it’s the members, not the Club leaders who define “good programs.”

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The Voice of Music is an official publication of the Virginia Federation of Music Clubs.

The Voice of Music - Fall 2016

Nine members of the Virginia Federation of Music Clubs attended the National Federation of Music Clubs 58th Biennial Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma,21-25June2016. President Michael Edwards had a FirstTime Ever Presidents Day at the Conference for all state presidents. This was information on how to have successful and prospering meetings and help to increase membership. It was an interesting day with Michael Edwards and others from his staff giving us helpful tips to bring back to our local clubs. We were also entertained during our President’s Day. Five of the nine members sang in the Festival Chorus enjoying being with friends we’ve made over the years and singing a lot of “Great Music.”

During the Conference, the Southeastern Region Vice President, Elaine Knight, held several meetings. One meeting was for the discussion of Virginia Federation of Music Clubs to donate funds to the Brevard Music Center to help in the renovation of some of the rehearsal cabins or in the construction of new rehearsal cabins. This was voted down by the members of the Southeastern Region.

Marcia Chaplin was elected as the National Federation of Music Clubs Southeastern Region Vice President to take office on 1 June 2017.

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The Voice of Music is an official publication of the Virginia Federation of Music Clubs.