National Headquarters – Jennifer Griffin, Executive Director

NFMC President’s Theme

“Keeping the Music Alive for the Future”

NFMC President’s Song

“Star Spangled Banner”

NFMC Young Artists from Virginia

1989 - Alexander Kerr, Violin
1991 - Zuill Bailey, Cello
2007 - Rayanne Gonzales, Soprano
2011 - Nicholas Pallesen, Tenor
2017 - Natalie Conte

NFMC 2016-17 Special Programs & Events

Manassas NFMC Festival - February 23 & 24 & March 3, 2018
94rd National Music Week ("Music…The Universal Language") - May 1-8, 2018
NFMC Biennial Convention - June 19-23, 2018

NFMC Officers 2016-2017

President Michael Edwards

First Vice President Frances Nelson

Vice President SE Region Marcia Chaplin

Virginia Representative Sandra Anderson

WMC Members Serving NFMC

Lana M. Bailey
Past National President, Board Member, Headquarters/Office Committees, Bylaws & Rules Chair, FAMA Chair, Rose Fay Thomas Fellow

Dr Zuill Bailey
Board Member, Audio Chair, Centennial Chamber Music Chair, Investment Committee, Rose Fay Thomas Fellow

Cynthia Elmore
Founders Day Chair, Rose Fay Thomas Fellow

Susan P Tury
Memorials and Recognition Chair, Rose Fay Thomas Fellow

Together We Sing

(Monthly Suggested Songs)
The 2015 – 2017 Together We Sing booklet has been extended for another year.  NFMC is in the process of creating a compilation of Together We Sing.  The compilation will be available in Spring 2018.

NFMC Invocation

I will sing a song of prayer to Thee
O Lord, our God, eternally,
To invoke Thy blessings on this day
In all we do and all we say,
O Lord, hear my suppliant plea.

We will sing the song yet again to Thee
With a loving heart and fervently,
For we know all Good, all Truth and Light
Come from Thee, our source, our strength, our might.
O Lord, Our Lord, be with us through this night.

Julia Smith
Copyright 1954 Mowbray Music Printed By Permission Of The Publisher Theodore Presser Co.

NFMC Collect

We praise and thank Thee, Father, for the gift of music. Through us, as channels of Thy grace, may this blessed legacy be shared with all mankind. Grant that we may exemplify in our own lives the harmony of Thy great purpose for us.

Give us magnitude of soul, and such understanding hearts that we who make music may be as players upon rightly tuned instruments responding to Thy leading.

Let us with renewed consecration dedicate ourselves to the purpose of our Federation, to bring the spiritualizing force of music to the inner life of our nation. Open our minds that divine knowledge and wisdom may teach us how best to execute our pledge.

Mrs. Thomas J. Cole
Excerpts from A Musical Ritual, Mrs. Frank A. Seiberling

National Federation Hymn

To Thee, our God, Creator, King
To Thee our hymn of thanks we sing.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thy boundless mercy crowns our days,
Thine be the meed of joyful praise.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thy truth and patience make us know,
Toward Thy perfection let us grow.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thy providence our path has led,
By Thy good grace our souls are fed.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia!

On Thy strong arm Thy people lean,
Great vision clear and purpose keen.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Our lives to Thee we dedicate,
Thy trust to keep inviolate.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Irena Foreman Williams, 1925

NFMC Benediction - “The Gift of Song”

May we ever grateful be for the beauty of this day.
For love, for friends, for the gift of song,
Lord hear us as we pray. Bless us as we leave this place to go upon our way.
May the love of music bind our hearts as we join as one and say
Thank you Lord, Gracious Lord. Thank you for this day.

Lana Bailey, 2003