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Welcome to the Virginia Federation of Music Clubs.  In 1920, just 32 years after the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) was founded, representatives from the Virginia State Teachers Association and numerous State Music Clubs came together and took the initial steps to become a state organization under the NFMC. Since that historic gathering, the Virginia Federation of Music Clubs (VFMC) has become a “Star State” within the NFMC. At its inception, the VFMC adopted the objectives established by the NFMC – to promote creative and performing arts in America and to foster young musical talent. To this end the VFMC has remained committed to high musical standards, the advancement of music and the arts in our communities, music education in our schools, and promotion of American music and musicians.

On a national level, Virginia consistently ranks at the top in festival participation, performance opportunities and competitions, junior composer awards, junior club activities, and awards presented to its senior members by the NFMC. Over the years, numerous VFMC members have held critical positions in the NFMC as committee chairs, division leaders, elected and appointed officers, and board members.

Through its nineteen music clubs, the VFMC brings musical opportunities for musicians and music lovers, young and old, to communities throughout the state of Virginia. Its structure parallels that of the NFMC with three member-classifications: Juniors (under age 19), Seniors (age 19 and older), and Student/Collegiate members (ages 19-25). Membership in both the VFMC and the NFMC is accomplished by simply becoming a member of one of the Senior or Junior Music Clubs in Virginia or by joining as an Individual member.

Both the VFMC and NFMC offer competition and award opportunities to members in all three classifications and all are listed on this website. The VFMC Competitions & Awards are those sponsored by the Virginia Federation of Music Clubs, while the NFMC Competitions & Awards are promoted by the Virginia Federation of Music Clubs but sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs. Additionally, there are ten NFMC Festivals located throughout the State of Virginia that are open to participation by both Junior and Senior members.

For those of you interested in supporting the goals of the NFMC/VFMC, please consider membership in the Virginia Federation of Music Clubs. It is gratifying to see the impact of music on people of all ages, and it is especially rewarding to enrich the lives of young musicians through various musical outlets.


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...where words fail, music speaks
— Hans Christian Andersen

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