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 creatingmusicjoy@gmail.com, 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.

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, pe973@aol.com
Vice President: Emily Baird, mlebaird@gmail.com
Secretary: Betty McCary, banddmccary@verizon.net
Treasurer: Dr J Zuill Bailey, ZBLB@verizon.net

Steinway for Colgan High School

I just learned from InsideNoVa.com 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, lmonson@gmu.edu

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.