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FMMC Foundation

Leslie Luxemburg, Director

The Friday Morning Music Club Foundation, Inc., is a subsidiary corporation of the Friday Morning Music Club, formed for the purpose of supporting the education of gifted young musicians. Founded in 1948 and financed by tax-deductible gifts and legacies, the Foundation sponsors the renowned Washington International Competitions (WIC) for voice, piano, and strings, in a 3-year rotation. Since 1976 it has also sponsored a triennial competition for composers, held in the same year as strings competition. For detailed information, please visit our Washington International Competitions page.

The Foundation also conducts the Johansen International Competition for Young String Players (violin, viola, cello) ages 13 through 17. Held once every 3 years, the competition is made possible through the generosity of a trust fund established by the late Anna Storch Johansen of Falls Church, VA. Mrs. Johansen was a violinist and a Life Member of the Friday Morning Music Club. The next competition will be held in March 2018. For more information, please go to our Johansen International Competition page.

Both competitions are judged by experts of international status and attract outstanding young musicians from the United States and abroad. Prizes include substantial cash awards, complementary membership in the FMMC, and performance opportunities in Washington and surrounding communities. The final round of each competition is open to the public, and provides a rare opportunity to hear five or six exceptional artists in a variety of works. Winners of both competitions have gone on to establish notable performing careers.

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees composed of and elected by members of the Club and is subject to oversight by the Club’s Board of Governors with respect to financial practices, budget, and governance. Club members are invited to serve as escorts and ushers at the competitions and to offer housing to candidates.


Much of the Foundation’s support comes from member donations and bequests. The Foundation is empowered to receive gifts to its general fund and gifts or bequests to support a specific competition. These contributions are tax-exempt. For assistance in directing your gift to a particular competition or making a bequest, please contact: foundation@fmmc.org.

Donate by Check: Gifts can be made through a check made out to the Friday Morning Music Club Foundation, Inc., and mailed to:

Friday Morning Music Club Foundation
ATTN: Leslie Luxemburg
4102 Ellicott Street, NW
Washington, DC 20016

Donate Online by Credit Card Using PayPal: Use the Donate button (below) for general support of the Foundation’s activities.

The Johansen International Competition and the FMMC Foundation welcome donations to help support this worthwhile project. Click on the Donate button below to make your tax-deductible donation using PayPal.

Board of Trustees

Director of the Foundation, Leslie Luxemburg, foundation@fmmc.org
Competition Chair, Suzanne Richardson, wash.intl.comp@fmmc.org
President of FMMC (ex officio), Olivia Adler, fmmc@fmmc.org
Treasurer, Frank Conlon
Secretary, Donna Smith
Competition Chair (Composition), Mark Simon
Competition Chair (Piano), Chen-Li Tzeng
Assistant Competition Chair (Piano), Grace McFarlane
Johansen International Competition Chair, Judith Shapiro
Member-at-Large, Roseanne Conway
Member-at-Large, Lydia Frumkin
Member-at-Large, Enoch Gordis
Member-at-Large, Katie Katinas
Member-at-Large, Yvonne Sabine
Member-at-Large, Ben Wallis
Consultant, Frank B. Conlon
Staff: Executive Administrator for the Johansen International Competition, Harriet Kaplan

Past Directors

Florence Howard*, 1948-1966
Leonore Bryan*, 1966-1968
Willa Mae Koehn*, 1968-1972
Josephine Smith, 1972-1975
Charlotte Shear*, 1975-1981
Clair P. Rozier, 1981-1985
Mary Kathryn Traver, 1985-1991
Charlotte Wesley Holloman, 1991-1995
Mary F. Hulen, 1995-2001
Thomas Mastroianni*, 2001-2007
Frank B. Conlon, 2007-2013
*indicates deceased

Alice and Arthur Nagle Fund Debut Recital

On Thursday, October 16, 2014, the Alice and Arthur Nagle Fund Debut Recital was held at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. Joshua Wright gave a piano performance. (Program)