What is a Federation Festival?
The National Federation of Music Club’s Federation Festival© is a musical event held every year, in the months of January – March 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.
The “Federation Cups” program is the system used to determine awards for students who participate in the Federation Festivals statewide. The cup’s size is determined by points received in performance participation. Cups range in size from the first of 15 points to the Grand Cup of 75 points, and the Presidents Cup of 90 points.
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.
What do I do next?
- Make sure you are a member of a senior club
- Create your own junior club for your students, or enter your students into your senior club’s events
- Using the Federation Festivals Bulletin, select music at the appropriate level for your students (refer to the details in the bulletin)
- Prepare your students for their events at their lessons
- Students attend their events (see Festival Info / 2024 Dates – publish date in October 2023)
- Work with your teacher to become a junior member of their club
- Select music with your teacher (2/event)
- Practice, practice, practice!
- Perform your event pieces for your friends and family!
- Attend your event and have fun!