Club News Oct 2016

Letter from the President

October 14, 2016

Dear Fellow Woodbridge Music Club Members,

We had a terrific gathering of club members on September 17 to open the Woodbridge Music Club year! It was great to see all who attended and I particularly enjoyed meeting some of the new members. I hope we continue to build our club comradery as the year goes on with the many events that we have planned.

Piano Concert & Workshop

Please spread the word amongst the WMC members about the upcoming Workshop on Oct. 8. It is a great opportunity for ALL piano students, parents and teachers and will be a real treat for all. Mark Valenti will be presenting a workshop from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 that day at Grace United Methodist Church in Manassas on "how to play like you really want to". He's dynamic and this should be broadcast to all students and teachers. FREE to attendees.

Following the workshop, there will be a Manassas Festival meeting from noon to 1:00 at the same location. 1:00 - 3:00 (also at Grace) is our NFMC Festival Bulletin Review workshop. A fun-filled music day! Teachers should bring a sack lunch to eat during the 12:00 festival meeting.


Valerie Harris

Club News June 2016

Letter from the President (Updated)
June 15, 2016

Dear Fellow Woodbridge Music Club Members,

Thank you all for submitting your renewed membership applications and continuing your participation in the Woodbridge Music Club. I also want to welcome all new member to the Club and I look forward to meeting you at some of our events during the coming year. We have an exciting schedule for the coming year and I hope you and your students will take advantage of the many concerts, competitions, and workshops that we have planned.

I am pleased to report that …..

New WMC Officers

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President: Paul Brady,
Vice President: Emily Baird,
Secretary: Betty McCary,
Treasurer: Dr J Zuill Bailey,

Steinway for Colgan High School

I just learned from yesterday that our county has, or is, purchasing a Steinway Piano for the Charles J. Colgan High School Center of Fine and Performing Arts. However, there is quite a controversy over the funding of it. I am thrilled beyond words to think that one of our area high schools could have access to such an instrument, and I want to encourage as many people as I can to support this purchase. Our school budget is slated to be cut, and apparently this piano is being used as a reason to cut funding.

I was requested by School Board member Diane Raulston, of the Neabsco School District, to attend the next school board meeting on Wednesday, May 4, 7:00 p.m. at the McCourt Building and let my voice be heard in support of this acquisition. I feel very fervently that this piano would benefit not just our students, but our entire community and region. A world class instrument such as this is an investment in the best possible way for our future, and I'm sure I don't have to convince any of you of its value and merit. If there are any other interested music teachers out there who would like to voice support as well, please plan to attend and voice your support.

The following Friday, May 6, the County Board of Supervisors will be voting on whether to approve the budget, and I hope to attend that meeting as well, but it is not certain that I can attend. Our son is getting ready to be deployed, and that weekend may the our last opportunity to see him before he goes.

If any of you can lend your voice as well as to why you would support this purchase, and what it would/could mean to our community, please take the time to let your voice be heard. She also encouraged me to contact David Kline, Associate Superintendent of Finance, to influence him as well in this decision. His phone number is 703.791.8701.

Can you imagine having piano recitals on this piano? Can you imagine inviting world class musicians to our community to perform here because of it? Every single student that would ever have the opportunity to play this piano would cherish that memory for the rest of their lives. My daughter, Joy, and I visited the Steinway Piano Store in Manhattan when she was in high school (she has since earned her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, and now teaches piano). We were in awe of the countless Steinway pianos on display, and were thrilled to be able to try so many of them out, and determine which $50k or $60k piano we might one day like to own! That dream has yet to come to pass, but any lover of piano music will not find it hard to relate to how exciting that experience was for us. Many people are not aware that Steinway Pianos originated in Manhattan by a German born man, and that they are American made. I have nothing against Yamaha's, I own one myself, but wouldn't it be wonderful to help our community bring America back again to its place of preeminent world class status? Thank you,

Kathy Lenau
Woodbridge Music Club


WHEN: June 6-10, 2016


WHERE: Performing Arts Building, Mason Campus, Fairfax, Virginia USA

HOW MUCH: Tuition: $396 Regular, $95 Per Day

DIRECTOR: Linda Monson,

Master Class

robakheadshot_category Tomasz Robak, guest artist

The Piedmont Music Club would like to invite the Woodbridge Music Club members to attend a FREE master class on Friday, May 13 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas. It is free and available to ALL students, teachers, parents, music enthusiasts, etc.

2016-2017 Membership

Dear Woodbridge Music Club Members,

Attached is the Woodbridge Music Club membership application for 2016 - 17. It’s not late until after July 1st, but I wanted to give you the opportunity to send it in early.

Senior Scholarship Competition

Application postmark deadline: April 18, 2016

This scholarship is designed for graduating seniors who will be attending college. All instruments/voice are eligible to compete. Each entrant is required to perform two contrasting works from memory and to provide one original copy of the music for the judges (no photocopies). The competition will include an interview.


PWC Arts Council Opportunities

The Prince William County Arts Council is still accepting Participation Proposal Forms for the three “Arts Alive!” street festivals planned for fiscal year 2016.
  • Saturday, April 30th, 12:00 – 5:00 PM: “Woodbridge Alive”
  • Friday, May 6th, 6:00 – 9:00 PM: “Spring Gallery Walk Sponsored by Historic Manassas, Inc. and the Prince William County Arts Council”
  • Saturday, June 18th, 4:00 – 8:00 PM: “Arts Council Summerfest at Tacketts Mill”


Saint Paul United Methodist Church
Woodbridge, Virginia

St. Paul United Methodist Church, Woodbridge, Virginia is seeking a permanent, part-time Organist/Pianist beginning May 1, 2016 or when available. The musician selected for this position must have a high degree of musical expertise and the ability to work cooperatively with others. A music degree is highly desirable, but not required.


Scholarship Appllications

Greetings Club Members!

Attached are the 2016 applications for the Woodbridge Music Club Scholarship Competitions. Please make sure you note the dates that are changed from what was in the yearbook.

Thank you,

Emily Baird


Donald W. McCary (1939-2015)

Husband to Betty for 47 years. She, their two sons, and their entire family are in our prayers.

Memorial gifts may be given in Memory of Don McCary to the
St. Paul United Methodist Church Emergency Financial Assistance Program for the needy in our community. Read More...