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
2017 Presidents Cup Recipients
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.
Federation Festivals in the state of Wisconsin will be virtual via a company called HeartOut. Information will be forthcoming from District Festival Chairs in the coming weeks.
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!