Now in its third year, the Delaware Federation of Music Clubs sponsors a non-competitive festival each March for music students of all ages and ability levels.
Students participate in solos, theory, duets, hymns, folk songs, fiddling, and sight-playing. They are judged according to how well they played their pieces and receive ratings, feedback, certificates, and ribbons. Students earn trophies over the years based on cumulative points.
Students receiving a superior rating will be invited to perform at the festival recital in the early afternoon.
Instruments include piano, organ, strings, flute, and voice.
The National Federation of Music Clubs Festivals program is designed to promote study, stimulate interest in American and world music literature and encourage each participant to reach a high standard of musical achievement.
Festivals are designed for ALL members of the NFMC. Festival is not a competitive event but an opportunity to perform and receive evaluation. The rules are set by the National Federation of Music Clubs and all Festivals are administrated by the respective State Federation of Music Clubs in accordance with the rules that appear in this Bulletin. No exception will be made. The National Festivals Chairmen, in consultation with the proper authorities, may pass final judgement on questions or interpretation of rules and procedures.
March 24, 2018, 8am-noon
Grace United Methodist Church
900 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
Free parking on-site
Meeting: January 20, 2018, 3pm
Deadline: January 31, 2018
November 4, 2017, 3pm
The festival offers many events for musicians to challenges themselves, and there are levels from beginners to concertos.
Students generally participate in 3 events — a Solo, Theory/Musicianship, and another of their choice (ensemble, hymn, folk-song, fiddling)
An event usually comprises 2 pieces, although there are exceptions like a concerto movement or a musicianship/theory test as a whole event.
Memorization may be required but it depends on the event; memorization is never required for adult participants.
Though each event has required pieces, there are several choices offered at each level. The following pages list only one of the choices at each level for your reference.
Requires two pieces, one required and of of the student’s choice. Memorization Is required only of the required piece.
Only 1 piece is required, only 1 movement. It must be memorized (unless you’re an adult).
Vivaldi’s Concerto in D Major “Il Cardellino” movement 1 or 3
Pergolesi Concerto in G Major, movement 1 or 3
Georges Adolphe Hüe’s Fantasie
CPE Bach’s Concerto in D Minor, movement 1 or 3
Level 1 music alphabet and staff
Level 2 C major scale and measures in 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 time
Level 3 Triads on C, F, G and all pitches on the grand staff
Level 4 Transpose an octave, eighth notes and rests, and triads on any note
Level 5 Transpose between treble and bass clefs, a minor and e minor keys, and AB & ABA forms
Level 6 Major triad inversions, sixteenth notes and rests, and Baroque period of music
Level 7 Augmented and diminished intervals, finish a melody using a sequence, and Classical period of music
Level 8 Time signatures 9/8 & 2/2, harmonize a melody with primary chords, and Romantic period of music
Level 9 Major/Minor/Diminished/Augmented triads on any note, in any inversion, whole tone scale, and Impressionism in music
Level 10 Transposing 2 voices between related keys, write melody over 3 given voices, basic 20th Century+ music
Level 11 Transposing 4 voices between any keys, write in missing alto and tenor voices, electronic music, more 20th Century+ music
Level 12 Composing authentic, half, and plagal cadences, minor scales of all types in all keys, Early and Renaissance music
2 tunes required, memorization required
Elementary I Boil ‘Em Cabbage down
Elementary II Fisher’s Hornpipe
Moderately Difficult McNab’s Hornpipe
Difficult Woodchopper’s Reel
Advanced Orange Blossom Special
Play 2 hymns at singing speed, with the music
Level Sample Repertoire
Primary level are arranged and simplified
Pré-Primary My Dreidel
Primary A O Come, All Ye Faithful
Primary B He Leadeth Me
Primary C O How I Love Jesus
Primary D Holy, Holy, Holy
Primary E Onward Christian Soldiers
Class hymns are played from a published hymnal of the student’s choice
Class I God of Wonders
Class II Amazing Grace
Class III The First Nöel
Class IV Sine Nomine
Class V All Creatures of our God and King
Each level has both Suzuki and non Suzuki required piece choices.
Play two pieces, one required, one choice, both for memory
Pre-Primary French Folk Song from Suzuki 1
Primary I Go Tell Aunt Rhody from Suzuki 1
Primary II Minuet #1 by JS Bach from Suzuki 1
Primary III Thé Happy Farmer by Schumann from Suzuki 1
Elementary I Hunter’s Chorus by CM von Weber from Suzuki 2
Elementary II Bourée by GF Handel from Suzuki 2
Medium I Minuet in D by WA Mozart from Suzuki 3
Medium II Gavotte by J Becker from Suzuki 3
Medium III Sonata in G Major (choose 2 movements) from Suzuki 5
Difficult I Hungarian Dance #5 by Johannes Brahms from Suzuki 6
Difficult II Andantino in the style of Martini by Fritz Kreisler from Suzuki 7
Advanced I. Sonata #3 in D Major: Tambourin by J-M LeClair from Suzuki 8
Advanced II Fantasie from Sonata Opus 11 #4 by Paul Hindemith
Perform one movement, for memory
Junior I Telemann Concerto in G
Junior II Hoffmeister Concerto in Bb Major
Junior III Stamitz Concerto in D Major
Senior William Walton Viola Concerto