Stillman Kelley and Thelma Byrum Piano Award

Entry Deadline: February 1st. Open to instrumentalists 18 years or younger who are, or who become, members of the National Federation of Music Clubs as Individual Junior members or through Active Junior Club affiliation in Wisconsin. Entrants prepare a 15-20 minute DVD video audition, performed by memory. Repertoire must include an American composer. Entrants apply at the State level first, where a Wisconsin winner may be named who moves on to national judging. National and Regional prizes are available up to $1000.

For more information, official rules, and the application see the NFMC website here.

2017 NFMC Thelma Byrum Piano Competition

Congratulations to Monica Bertucci who has received the National Federation of Music Clubs 2017 Thelma Byrum Piano Competition award. This announcement was recently made by the WFMC Chairman for this award, Sue Beranek.

The WFMC says ‘congratulations’ and best wishes as you continue your piano studies, Monica!

2017 Stillman Kelley Winner Announced 

Monica Bertucci has been chosen as the 2017 winner of this award for the Wisconsin Federation of Music Clubs.  She is a senior at Hartford Union High School in Hartford. She recently won first place at the 2015 and 2016 State Festival Competitions in the solo and duet events. Monica won first place at the 2016 Milwaukee Area Piano Teachers Association solo competition. Monica recently became a published composer when her piece ‘Midwinter Snowfall’ was published domestically by The License Lab as well as 37 sub publishers internationally.

She is a student of Janet Acker. Her audition repertoire included:

Beethoven ‘Tempest’ Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Opus 31, no 2, III Allegretto

Barber ‘Excursions’ Opus 20, No 1

Brahms ‘Intermezzo in A Major’ Opus 118, No 2

2016 Stillman Kelley Winner Announced

Congratulations to Mary Bielinski, the 2016 Stillman Kelley Competition winner for Wisconsin. Mary is a junior, honor student at Brookfield Academy High School in Brookfield, WI. She has recently won first place at the 2014 Wisconsin Federation of Music State Festival, has won first place for three consecutive years in the Milwaukee Area Piano Teachers Association competition, and was a winner in the 2015 Chopin Youth Piano Competition at Milwaukee’s Polish Fest. She also plays the violin. Mary is active in numerous activities at her school, but she excels at athletics and is a member of the varsity tennis team. She also enjoys reading, cooking and traveling.

Mary is a student of Richard Saler of Wauwatosa. Her audition included the following repertoire:

  • Beethoven – Sonata Op. 57 (3rd Movement)
  • Rachmaninoff – Prelude in G minor, Op. 23 No. 5
  • Chopin –Scherzo in B flat minor, Op. 31