Member News

President's News

Dear Woodbridge Music Club Members:

Just a reminder that we will have our first event for the Woodbridge Music Club next Sunday, October 1st, at our home - 6842 Lochmere Drive, Manassas, VA. This is a House Concert/Potluck, so please let me know by email if you want to perform, and let me know what you want to bring for the Potluck dinner. I especially want to welcome our new members and their spouses to this event. We hold several of these during the year, and its a great opportunity to meet other members of the Club, perform any pieces you are currently working on in a more informal setting, and find out what is going on this year in the Woodbridge Music Club. I am in the final stages of finishing the WMC Yearbook for this year, and hope to have it available for distribution at the House Concert/Potluck.

I also plan to hold a Board Meeting at our home on October 7, 10:00 AM, and I hope many of you will be able to attend so we can talk about our plans for this year and the out years, and also discuss ideas presented by the WMC Futures Committee.

Please make sure you have marked your calendars for for the Guest Artist Concert - the Polaris Piano Trio - on October 21st. Be sure to invite your students, friends, and family! This promises to be a wonderful concert and a great opportunity to enjoy good music performed by an outstanding group. A flier will be coming out shortly.

Don’t forget about the first student recital on November 4th. Applications for students performing are due to Grace Reid October 21st.

Looking forward to seeing you at the House Concert!

Paul Brady
President, Woodbridge Music Club

Members' Concert

Grace Joy Reid was kind enough to give us this photo her husband Carl took at the Members' Concert on September 17th. Left to right are David C, Emily B, Grace R, and Deborah M. (Laura & Bill R.)

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Arts Alive! Sep 17, 2017

August 21, 2017

Dear WMC Members,

Please make plans to attend Arts Alive at the Hylton Center, Sunday, September 17th from 1-5 PM. A great day for celebrating the arts in Prince William County, with performances inside and on the lawn. This is a family friendly event with art displays, and children's activities too, all sponsored by the Prince William Arts Council and the Hylton Center for the Performing Arts.

Members who had volunteered to play at our Members Concert will be performing in the Family Theatre. Pianists Emily Baird and Grace Reid, Soprano Debora Madsen, and Harpist, David will perform selections by Debussy, Puccini, Lecuona and more!


President's News

Dear Committee Chairs:

I am counting on each of you to continue in your current chair positions for the coming year. I have filled several chair positions with that were vacated in the past year by the Riski’s departure from the area, however Bill Riski has generously offered to continue to manage our Webpage from his new location in SC. Debbie Madsen has agreed to function as the Communications Chair and has some great ideas on how to generate interest in some of our activities. The listing of committee chairs as it stand now is below. I am looking at the possibility of adding a chair position for National Music Week, and perhaps Founder’s Day - these will be fairly limited responsibilities and I plan to go out to other members to get them involved in our club. Here is the list as it stands right now:

WMC Board Mtg, April 21, 2017

Dear Woodbridge Music Club Members:

We held a WMC Board Meeting on Friday, April 21and had a fairly good turn out for the meeting with 12 members present. All of the officers were in attendance, and 13 committees were represented by the members present. I have attached the agenda we followed for the meeting, however we did discuss quite a few other items that were not reflected on the agenda. Our discussions on various topics were lengthy in some cases, but I believe we got a lot of issues out on the table and either made decisions or determined a way ahead to address many of the issues I mentioned in the email announcing the meeting.

Scholarship Competition, Mar 4

Dear Woodbridge Music Club Members:

The WMC Scholarship Competition is coming up March 4th (winners' recital March 5). If you have students who want to compete, please submit the appropriate WMC Scholarship Application Form (attached below) to the chairperson indicated for each competition. Please note that this year there is a separate Chairperson for each of the Piano, Instrumental, and Vocal competitions. The postmark deadline for all applications is February 11, 2017.

Historically, this has been a very successful program for students of our Woodbridge Music Club members. We have changed some of the eligibility requirements this year - primarily the requirement that all student competitors must study with a member of the Woodbridge Music Club. We have also established a new category of membership - Secondary School Associate Membership - which allows high school music teachers the opportunity to join our club and enter their students in the Scholarship Competitions and other programs offered by the National Federation of Music Clubs. Hopefully this will build the number of Instrumental and Voice participants in our Scholarship Competitions and increase opportunities for these Prince William County students to further their music education.

If you have any question concerning the Scholarship Competition, please contact the appropriate chairperson as indicated on the Application Forms:

Piano: Laura Riski
Instrumental: Zuill Bailey
Vocal: Debora Madsen

The application forms are available by clicking the category above.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this important Woodbridge Music Club event as we continue to encourage the young musicians in our area to reach for new levels of musical achievement.

Paul Brady
President, Woodbridge Music Club

Student Recital, Feb 11, 2017

Dear Woodbridge Music Club Teachers:

The WMC Student RECITAL will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1400 G Street, Woodbridge, VA. Postmark Deadline: January 28, 2017.

The Student Recital is open to all members’ students on their chosen instruments. Ensemble playing is encouraged. Student expectations: wear appropriate performance attire (“Dress for Success” - no jeans or t-shirts), arrive 5-10 minutes early, perform solo pieces from memory, and bow when finished. (Duets and instrumental works with accompaniment may be played with music as is the tradition.) Please limit total time for long pieces. No repeats. Teachers should discuss expectations with their students so they are well prepared.

The new Student Application Form is
here. You may use this form or provide the information in the format below. Be sure to list each student individually:

  • Title (time in minutes)
  • Composer’s Name (first & last)
  • Movement tempo marking (if performing a movement of a larger work)
  • Student’s name
  • Instrument
  • Accompanist or duet partner’s name when applicable
  • Student’s age, grade, level of difficulty, and festival level
Include teacher’s name, email address, and telephone number below the last entry. List the total number of students and the total fee at the bottom. Send the form and one check per studio (made out to the Woodbridge Music Club) to: Grace Reid, 14531 Crossfield Way, Woodbridge, VA 22191. The student application form may be emailed to Grace Reid at, and the check mailed to the address above.

FEE $7.00 per performer, non-refundable. Submit one check for all of your students made out to Woodbridge Music Club.

I look forward to receiving your student applications.

Musically Yours, Grace Reid and Soo Cho

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.

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

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.


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...

Great recital photos!

Thanks to Mrs. Riski and Mr. Goergen for some great pictures of the performers on Sunday.
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First Recital is Nov 8, 2015

Dear Woodbridge Music Club,

Our 1st recital is coming up on the 8th of November! The cost is $7.00 per performer, non-refundable at St. Paul United Methodist Church 1400 G Street, Woodbridge, VA 22191.

Postmark Deadline: October 26, 2015

Provide the information in the format below. List each student individually.

Title (time in min)....................................Composer's Name (first & last)
Movement tempo marking (if performing a movement of a larger work)
Student's name, instrument
Student's age, grade, level of difficulty, and festival level

Include teacher's name, email, and phone number below the last entry. List the total number of students and the total fee at the bottom and send the form and one check per studio made out to the Woodbridge Music Club to:

Grace Reid
14531 Crossfield Way
Woodbridge, VA 22191

These events are open to all members' students on their chosen instrument. All instruments/voice are welcome. Ensemble playing is encouraged. Student expectations: wear appropriate performance attire ("Dress for Success" - no jeans or t-shirts), arrive 5-10 min early, perform solo pieces by memory, and bow when finished. (Duets and instrumental works with accompaniment may be played with music as is the tradition.) Please limit total time for long pieces. No repeats. Teachers should discuss expectations with their students so they are well prepared.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!


Grace Joy Reid
Student Recitals Chairmen

Photos - New Pres & VP

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Bill Gray (President), Emily Baird (Vice President), Lana Bailey Read More...

Photos - Alon Goldstein

Go here for more.

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Photos - Recital May 17th


Participants in the Gold Cup / Senior Scholarship Winner Recital, May 17, 2015
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Club News May 2015

Dear Woodbridge Music Club Members,

The 2014-15 season is coming to a close. It has been an exciting season for our club, and we have been fortunate to have had a variety of musical events throughout the year. Our club continues to grow, so please keep spreading the word about our unique organization.

In the past few months, the WMC hosted numerous events. In January, pianist Marianna Prjevalskaya performed at Westminster at Lake Ridge. The Kiki Thomaidis Piano Competition, the WMC Instrumental Competition, and the WMC Vocal Competition were held in mid-March, followed by a Winners’ Recital at St. Paul United Methodist Church. Geoff Crowley, a member of our club, gave a flute recital in March, which was held at Westminster at Lake Ridge. April was a busy month, which featured two Saturday Evening Concerts: the Navy Band Quarter Deck Consort at Westminster at Lake Ridge, and the Composer Members’ Concert at St. Paul United Methodist Church. Lastly, the Senior Scholarship Competition was held on May 4 at St. Paul UMC. (continued)

Club News Mar 2015

Dear WMC Members,

I hope you're all enjoying the Spring so far! We have some exciting performances coming up in the club, and I hope you are able to make it to some of them!
I wanted to let you all know that I will be stepping down as President in June. This has been a very difficult decision for me, since I love the Woodbridge Music Club and all that it does for students and the community. I really enjoyed serving as the VP for 2 years, and I'm happy to be serving as the President right now. However, I underestimated the time that it would take for me to care for my new son, and to continue working full-time. I had hoped to be able to do both of these and still remain as the President of this wonderful organization. However, I am unable to devote the time and energy necessary to continue making this club as excellent as it is.
Therefore, I would like to announce that
William Gray has graciously agreed to serve as President from June 2015 to June 2016. As a military musician, he has the musical and leadership skills necessary to ensure that this club continues to be as successful as it is. Some of you may recall that his son performed the cello at the house concert last June. Music is very important to his family, so I know he will be a great asset to the club in regards to programs for young musicians.
Our Vice President position, which has been vacant since Suzan Krannich moved in December, will be filled by
Emily Baird. She has already done so much for the club, and I am very grateful to her for agreeing to take on this position. I know she will continue to do wonderful things for the club.
Together with our Treasurer, Zuill Bailey, and our Secretary, Katie Largent, we are so fortunate to have William and Emily lead our great club. I will continue as the President until June, and after I step down, I plan to remain an active member of the club.
The members of this club are what make it so special, and I thank you all for everything you do to ensure that our club continues to thrive. William and Emily, I can't thank you enough.
Becky Crowley

Student Recital Feb 8, 2015

Woodbridge Music Club Student Recital, February 8th, 2015




Club News Jan 2015

Hello WMC members,

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a nice holiday season. The Woodbridge Music Club has many exciting events coming up in the next few months, so please check your yearbook and/or the club's website for details.

As some of you may have heard, our club's Vice President, Suzan Krannich, has resigned her position with the club. She and her husband are in the process of moving to Savannah, so they will no longer be in the DC area. Suzan was a great help to the club in the time that she served as the VP, and she will be greatly missed! As a result of Suzan's resignation, the club is in need of a Vice President. If you are interested, please let me know as soon as you are able. Our club thrives on the help and service of its members, so please consider this opportunity!

(continued …)

Dr. Becky Crowley

Locust Shade Park

PWC Arts Council - The show must go on! Woodbridge Music Club will be performing at Locust Shade Park this Sunday Oct 5th at 5.30pm! Please come out and see this group perform familiar solos, duets, pop, rock and classical music selections!


Dear WMC Members,

Come see David Crookston (harp) and my piano students perform at the outdoor concert at the Amphitheater. The weather should be lovely. Bring a picnic along. Some of the WMC members may want to sign up themselves or for their studio next year. Let me know. By the way, I am bringing my own keyboard. The park will provide a loudspeaker.

June Shuffett