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Christine Kharazian, Chair
Jeongseon Choi, Chair of Strings Competition
Mark Simon, Chair of Composition Competition
Edith Tatel and Carole Falvo, Chairs of Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Competition
Chen-Li Tzeng, Chair of Piano Competition
Mira Yang, Chair of Voice Competition

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FMMC holds a number of competitions for students in the Washington, DC, area:

  • Three annual instrumental competitions for students currently enrolled in grades 9 through 12 who live within 50 miles of Washington, DC.
  • An annual voice competition for high school and college students ages 17 to 22.
  • A composition competition for high school students in grades 9 through 12 residing in DC, Maryland, or Virginia.

Winners receive cash awards and one year’s free membership in the Club and appear in the FMMC student recital series. Winners of Honorable Mentions also receive a year’s free membership.

See below for information on upcoming competitions.

2016 High School Competition for Strings

The FMMC High School Competition for Strings in memory of Gustave N. Johansen, Jr., will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Avenue NW, Washington, DC.

The application form must be submitted by Saturday, November 5, 2016. For more information, please see below or contact: Jeongseon Choi, 301-461-2176 cell, jeongseonc@gmail.com.

Fees

A $35 non-refundable application fee is required. You may pay by check payable to “Friday Morning Music Club” and submit with your form. To pay the application fee online, please click on the “Pay Now” button below.




Eligibility

Students currently enrolled in Grades 9 through 12 who play violin, viola, cello, or bass.

Judges

  • Ko Sugiyama, violin
  • Allyson Goodman, viola
  • Kenneth Law, cello

Awards

  • First Prize: $1,000
  • Second Prize: $700
  • Third Prize: $500

All the winners (including Honorable Mention) are invited to perform in concert at 11:00 am on Friday, November 25, 2016, at The Mansion at Strathmore Arts Center in Bethesda, MD. The winners also have opportunities to perform at the FMMC student recitals throughout the season at various venues. They receive a membership for the remaining season for 2016-17 and the 2017-18 season.

Repertoire

Choose three works, each from a different period:

  • A fast movement from a standard concerto.
  • One work in a challenging, contemporary idiom (see suggested examples), employing such characteristic devices as atonality, polyrhythms, non-traditional notation, etc. No works drawn from film scores. The degree of the stylistic/aesthetic challenge of the work will be a factor in the judging. The work need not be memorized; though doing so will obviously increase the contestant’s score.
  • A composition in a style that contrasts with the other two works.

Requirements

  • All selections, except sonatas with piano, must be performed from memory. An exception may be made for a new piece in a contemporary idiom.
  • Only one sonata with piano may be included on your program.
  • Contestants must provide their own accompanist. Any music with accompaniment must be performed with an accompanist.
  • Repertoire must be approved by the Competition Committee prior to submitting application.
  • Each contestant will be allowed 10 minutes. Therefore, the judges may ask for portions of the compositions.

2016 Competition Winners

  • First Prize: Julia Angelov—Violin
  • Second Prize: Maréad Flory—Cello
  • Third Prize: Allison Park—Cello
  • Honorable Mention: Noelle Naito—Violin
  • Honorable Mention: Yukino Takehara—Violin
2017 Neva Greenwood Memorial Student Composition Competition

The FMMC is pleased to announce the Neva Greenwood Memorial Student Composition Competition for 2017! The Finals Concert will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at 1:00 pm at the National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Avenue NW, Washington, DC. Feel free to post the announcements for the competition or the Finals Concert.

Application and works for the competition must be submitted by Monday, January 1, 2017. Additional information, competition rules, and an application are available here. Contact: Mark Simon, hscomposition@fmmc.org, 301-526-9804, with any questions.

Fees

A $35 non-refundable application fee is required. You may pay by check payable to “Friday Morning Music Club” and submit with your form. To pay the application fee online, please click on the “Pay Now” button below.




Eligibility

Entrants must be in grades 9–12 as of January 11, 2016, and reside in Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia.

Awards

  • First Prize: $1,000
  • Second Prize: $700
  • Third Prize: $500

Winners will also receive a dues-free one-year membership in the FMMC. All finalists will receive a recording of the Finals Concert.

Works

Compositions may be up to 10 minutes in length, in any style, scored for up to six performers of acoustic instruments or voice.

2016 Competition Winners

  • First Prize ($700): Samuel Lam
  • Second Prize ($600): Kevin L. Su
  • Third Prize ($300): Kyle Gatesman
  • Third Prize ($300): Sami Louguit
  • Third Prize ($300): Jenny Luo
2017 Sue Goetz Ross Student Competition for Voice

The 2017 Sue Goetz Ross Memorial Competition for voice students ages 17 to 22 will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2017, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Bethesda Presbyterian Church, 7611 Clarendon Road, Bethesda, MD.

Deadline for applications is Saturday, March 4, 2017. No express mail will be accepted. For more information, please see below or contact: Mira Yang, hsvoice@fmmc.org.

Fees

A $35 non-refundable application fee is required. You may pay by check payable to “Friday Morning Music Club” and submit with your form. To pay the application fee online, please click on the “Pay Now” button below.



Awards

  • First Prize: $1000
  • Second Prize: $700
  • Third Prize: $500

Repertoire

Three selections of contrasting style and period, memorized:

  • Early Italian Art Song
  • Aria – Opera or Oratorio in original language
  • Contemporary English or American Art Song

2016 Competition Winners

  • First Prize: Erik Grendahl
  • Second Prize: Jeffrey Todd
  • Second Prize: Jacob Bowman
  • Third Prize: Shaina Martinez
  • Third Prize: Molly Allen
  • Honorable Mention: Charlotte Bagwell
  • Honorable Mention: Jack Chandler
  • Honorable Mention: Wesley Diener
  • Honorable Mention: Justin Harrison
  • Honorable Mention: Samuel Keeler
  • Honorable Mention: Danielle Muse
  • Honorable Mention: Andrea Newsome
  • Honorable Mention: Arianna Rodriguez
  • Honorable Mention: Olivia I. Rominiyi
  • Honorable Mention: Abigail Stanley
2017 Ross-Roberts Competition for High School Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion Players

This competition will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Avenue NW, Washington, DC.

Application and works for the competition must be submitted by Saturday, February 20, 2017. For additional information, please see below or contact: Edith Tatel and Carole Falvo, highschoolwind@fmmc.org.

Fees

A $35 non-refundable application fee is required. You may pay by check payable to “Friday Morning Music Club” and submit with your form. To pay the application fee online, please click on the “Pay Now” button below.



Eligibility

Students currently enrolled in grades 9–12, who play woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments and live within 50 miles of Washington, DC.

Awards

  • First Prize: $1,000
  • Second Prize: $700
  • Third Prize: $500

Repertoire

All contestants must use an official accompanist of their own choice or one provided (free) by the Friday Morning Music Club. There will be no advance rehearsals.

  • Woodwind and Brass: Choose three works, each from contrasting periods (transcriptions acceptable). One work must be from either the 20th or 21st century. One must be unaccompanied (2 to 5 minutes’ duration—an etude is acceptable). One must be a fast movement of a major concerto. One work must be memorized. All works must be currently published.
  • Percussion: Choose a 20-minute program demonstrating your best abilities. This may include a marimba solo using two or four mallets (original or transcribed); a timpani solo using four drums; or a snare drum or multiple percussion solo. Any selection written to be accompanied must be performed with the official accompanist. The performer must provide all percussion equipment.

2016 Competition Winners

  • First Prize: Hannah Lee—Flute
  • Second Prize: Lisa Choi—Flute
  • Second Prize: Yeama Ho—Flute
  • Honorable Mention: Tracie Kwan—Flute
  • Honorable Mention: Annie Zhao—Flute
2017 High School Piano Competition

The High School Piano Competition, in memory of Pearl Pate Stubbs, Fanny Ross Henbest, and Audrey Davis, will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Avenue NW, Washington, DC.

Deadline for applications is Wednesday, March 8, 2017. For additional information, please see below or contact: Chen-Li Tzeng, highschoolpiano@fmmc.org.

Fees

A $35 non-refundable application fee is required. You may pay by check payable to “Friday Morning Music Club” and submit with your form. To pay the application fee online, please click on the “Pay Now” button below.



Eligibility

Piano students who are currently enrolled in grades 9 through 12, living within a 50-mile radius of Washington, DC. First-place winners from previous years are ineligible.

Awards

  • First Prize: $1,000
  • Second Prize: $700
  • Third Prize: $500

Winners will be presented at a student concert later in the season. All winners, including honorable mention, receive a one-year membership in the Student Division of the Friday Morning Music Club.

Repertoire

Students must be prepared to play works from each of the following four categories:

  1. A prelude and fugue from either volume of the Well Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach, or two other comparable pieces from the Baroque Period.
  2. The first movement of a sonata by Beethoven (excluding Op. 49), Mozart (excluding K 545), Haydn (excluding early Divertimenti), or Schubert.
  3. A substantial work from the Romantic Period.
  4. An impressionist work or a work from the 20th or 21st century.

Requirements

  1. All selections must be performed from memory.
  2. Repertoire must be approved by the competition chair.
  3. Entrants must provide music for the judges. If the music is photocopied, the entrant will be disqualified.
  4. All decisions made by the judges are final.
  5. No changes in repertoire may be made after the application deadline.

2017 Competition Winners

  • First Prize/The George Manos Piano Prize: Evan Hu, 9th, Blair HS
  • Second Prize: Eric Lin, 11th, Thomas Jefferson HS
  • Third Prize: Kevin Xu, 11th, Centennial HS
  • Honorable Mention: Emily Quan, 11th, Thomas Jefferson HS
  • Honorable Mention: Jeffery Yu, 11th, Thomas Jefferson HS