Member News

President's News - Sep 2018

Dear Woodbridge Music Club Members:

Our August 20 Board Meeting was very productive and we have set the course for the upcoming year. Our biggest challenge this year is increasing membership. We all need to talk up the club to our fellow musicians and music lovers.
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Planning Meeting Aug 2nd for Upcoming Year

Dear Woodbridge Music Club Members:

We will hold a meeting at
10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 2 at my home in Manassas, VA. This will be a planning meeting for the upcoming year and your attendance is very important. In addition to your input and opinions in determining the future direction of the Woodbridge Music Club we need your participation in club activities. A this meeting, we will discuss and make decisions about the activities of the WMC in the upcoming year. Topics to be discussed include:
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Renew WMC Memberships

Dear Woodbridge Music Club Members:

It is once again that time of the year to
renew your membership in the Woodbridge Music Club. The suspense date, published in this years WMC Yearbook is July 1st. I and sending this application early hoping that you take immediate action to complete the form and send it to the WMC Post Office Box provided on the form. Last year some of our members were not published in the yearbook because they waited to send in there application. The solution……Fill out the application now and send it! Don’t wait!

Also, please fill out the application completely and send it. The information on the form is used for reports that I send to the Virginia Federation of Music Clubs (VFMC), and some to the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC). The information I submit in these reports has to do with the type of activities our club and club members are involved in - no personal information is provided on the reports. This is information like how many members participate in church choirs, community band and orchestras, small chamber groups, etc.

Also, we use some of the information to publish the yearbook - this information only goes to other members - no further. Some of it I am unaware of unless you tell me - information like how many of you will federate your junior clubs so they can participate in Festival. I have struggled to get this information for the past two years, so please include it. This is published in the WMC Yearbook along with the name of your Junior Club.

We also ask for ways that you would like to be involved with the Woodbridge Music Club. We need your help, and if everyone does a little, the Club benefits and, in the end, all of you benefit.

Please respond now and send your application and check today!

Paul Brady
President, Woodbridge Music Club

Senior Scholarship Competition

Dear Woodbridge Music Club Members:

The WMC Senior Scholarship Competition will be held this year on May 7, 7:00 PM at St Paul’s United Methodist Church. If you have any graduating seniors who qualify and would like to compete for one of these scholarships, please have them submit their application and accompanying materials to Betty McCary before the
Postmark Deadline of April 16. Late applications will not be accepted. Winners must perform in the Gold Cup/Senior Scholarship Recital on May 12, 2:00 pm, at St Paul’s to receive their monetary awards.

Students must follow the attached instruction sheet
(click here to download PDF) and submit the attached application form (click here to download PDF) with accompanying materials if they wish to compete. These forms will also be available on the WMC Website. Piano and Vocal applicants will perform from memory. The board has approved allowing instrumentalists to perform with music as this is a common performance practice for instrumentalists.

Please let
Betty McCary know as soon as possible how many students you will have competing. This will help Betty and her co-chair, Dawn Layton, in selecting judges for the competition.

Musically yours,

Paul Brady
President, Woodbridge Music Club
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President's News

Dear Woodbridge Music Club Members:

We had a good turn out for the Soldiers’ Chorus last Saturday Night - perhaps not as good as we would have liked for such a special concert, but everyone enjoyed the magnificent performance. It was filled with variety, patriotism, and America! A very special thanks to Lara Brittain, the High School Choir Director, and member of the choir who came out and helped with set up and support for the performance. This was a very successful collaboration with Forest Park High School Choir and one we may want to continue in the future. I want to thank Debora Madsen who originally suggested bringing in the Soldiers’ Chorus, made the initial arrangements with the chorus, and advertised the event in the community. I also want to thank Emily Baird who approached Ms Brittain about collaborating with us for this event. All in all, this concert turned out very well for our club and for the community we serve.

Our next events include:

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WMC Scholarship Competition

Dear Woodbridge Music Club Members:

The WMC Scholarship Competition is coming up on March 3, 2018. 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. Note that there is a separate Chairperson for each of the Piano, Instrumental, and Vocal competitions.

The postmark deadline for all applications is February 10, 2017.

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U.S. Army Soldier’s Chorus

Another upcoming concert featuring, the U.S. Army Soldier’s Chorus, is scheduled for February 3rd, 7:00 PM, and will be held at Forest Park High School, hosted by the Forest Park High School Choir. Please put this on your calendar and plan to attend, and be sure to tell friends and family about this concert. This is a big event for the community and we need 100 percent support from the Woodbridge Music Club Members.

Musically Yours,

Paul Brady
President, Woodbridge Music Club
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Photos - Polaris Piano Trio

Photos of the Polaris Piano Trip performance on Oct 21st, 2017 are here.

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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
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Arts Council Performance

Grace Joy Reid was kind enough to give us this photo her husband Carl took at the Arts Council performance on September 17th. Left to right are WMC members David C, Emily B, Grace R, and Debora 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!

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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:
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