Federation Festivals, WFMC

What is the Federation Festival?

The National Federation of Music Club’s festival is a musical event held every year, in the months of January – March as a means to foster musical education and development among students of music of all ages. Federation Festivals are held in many locations all over the nation. Students prepare memorized musical pieces which are performed before a judge. The judge issues each participant a written critique to help them improve and grow as musicians. In addition to providing a valuable educational opportunity in a non-competitive setting, students can earn Federation Cup trophies and certificates for their participation.

2020 President’s Cup Recipients

Addison Elliott, University School of Milwaukee, Piano Solo

Emma Kuehn, Kettle Moraine School for Arts and Performance, Violin

David Liu, Cedarburg, Piano

Emily Ratsavong, Oconomowoc High School, Violin

Ethan Squires, Union Grove High School, Piano

Mira Stephens, University School of Milwaukee, Piano

2020 Grand Cup Recipients

Alexander Ge, Waukesha County Conservatory of Music, Violin

Theresa Schirger, Milwaukee, Piano

Michael Zelinski, Milwaukee, Violin

2019 Grand Cup Recipient

Ethan Squires, Union Grove High School, Piano Solo

2018 President’s Cup Recipients

Mara K. Bajic     Eric Chen     Emily C. Johnson     Claire Y. Yun

Eric Chen with Jeanne Hryniewicki  at 2018 State Festival Competition

2018 Grand Cup Recipients

Adison Elliott     Emma G. Hilgendorf     Caitlin Morris

Mira Stephens

2017 Presidents Cup Recipients

Katherine Udell

2017 Grand Cup Recipients

Eric Chen     Maria Bajic     Elizabeth Peterson     Emily Bohlendorf     Shu-Ching Chang     Claire Yi Yun Liu

When is the Federation Festival Held?

The date of each Federation Festival varies from district to district and from year to year within the WFMC. You can view this year’s festival dates and locations.  If you are unsure of which district you live in, contact a local festival chairperson for advice. For much more information about festivals and getting your students involved in Federation Festival, please see the Teacher Support page.

The 2020 – 2024 NFMC Festivals Bulletin has been published and is available for purchase through the NFMC Headquarters in Indianapolis. See the nfmc-music.org site to order your copy. A reminder that all materials for music club festivals are copyrighted by the NFMC.

There are Bulletin Updates that are corrections, or additions, to the current Bulletin and these updates can be seen on the nfmc-music.org or in the Junior Composer Magazine. Make sure you are using the current Bulletin copy, event, and score listings!

updated 8/2021