Michael Casassa, Chair
Marta Howard, Assistant Chair
In order to appear in the Club’s public concerts, musicians must become FMMC Performance Members by successfully auditioning and then officially joining the Club, including paying Club dues. A deposit of $30 is charged for those wishing to audition for solo or chamber performance membership. The deposit is refunded at the audition. Note: An applicant for performance membership may opt, in lieu of a live audition, to submit a “virtual” audition in video (not audio) format electronically via YouTube (see Virtual Auditions). Please note that if more than one member of a chamber ensemble is auditioning, each auditioning member submits an individual audition application and pays the deposit, and each is judged individually according to standards applicable to his or her instrument and its role in the ensemble.
Performance Membership Categories
- Instrumentalist (not keyboard) — solo instrumental, chamber instrumental, orchestra
- Keyboardist — harpsichord, organ, piano (solo piano, chamber piano [piano with other instruments], duo-piano, and four-hand), vocal accompaniment
- Singer — solo, chorale, vocal coach
To see audition requirements for the specific performance categories, please click on link below:
Solo and Chamber Performance
2016–2017 Audition Dates
Avanti Orchestra: Contact Nan Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to schedule an audition. Please include a brief bio of music experience. See Audition Requirements for Orchestra Performance for more information.
Solo or Chamber: Auditions for performance membership (including accompanists) are held three times a year, and all candidates must perform before an Auditions Committee. Audition dates are Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; and Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The order in which candidates are heard is subject to change but usually vocalists first, then winds, strings, and finally pianists. All live auditions are held at the Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001, phone (202) 347-8355.
Audition applications for the October audition date must be postmarked by Monday, September 19, 2016. Audition applications for the March audition date must be postmarked by Monday, February 8, 2017. Auditions for orchestra or chorale performance membership can be arranged at any time during the concert season. Composers and conductors, and vocal coaches, upon presentation of credentials, are examined by a committee of their peers.
Audition Application Forms
Annual Club membership dues are as follows:
|Members ages 23–30||$60|
|Members ages 31–69||$95|
|Members age 70 or over||$75|
|Student members ages 14–22||$25|
Please go to our Membership page for more information and download a 2016-2017 Membership Form. There is no minimum age for performance membership. Students are eligible. However, most student members choose to participate in our student program, as explained on our Student Activities page.