History of the Minnesota Federation of Music Clubs
Established on April 14, 1921 in Minneapolis
Meetings and Conventions
1954 – 26th State Convention (1st Biennial) – Hibbing
- Michon de Villier – Violin – Austin – State Stillman Kelly Award
- Young Artist – State, District & National Finalists
- Donna Pegors – Dramatic Soprano – Minneapolis
- Richard Adams – Violin – Minneapolis – State Winner
- Student Auditions – State winner:
- Kathryn Simpson – Red Wing – Piano
1956 – 27th State Convention (2nd Biennial) – Alexandria
- Revised Constitution and By Laws – submitted and approved
- Student Auditions State Winners:
- Sharon Croskrey – Soprano – St. Peter
- Kenneth Peterson – Baritone – St. Olaf College — (both Sharon and Kenneth received Ethelwynn Kingbury Award
- Marie Morrisey Keith – Soprano – State Winner
- Joanne Soehl – Dramatic Soprano – Minneapolis
- Works of four Minnesota composers — Celius Dougherty, Ruth Taylor Magney, Earl George, and F. Melius Christiansen — were presented at the National Biennial in Columbus, Ohio
- A strong Crusade for Strings was inaugurated in Minneapolis with the organization of the Twin City Philharmonic Society, a Youth Orchestra and a Junior Orchestra.
1958 – 28th State Convention (3rd Biennial) – Minneapolis
- Published a catalog of available published works and manuscripts of Minnesota Composers
- 1100 senior Members, 400 junior members
- Performers: Temple of Aaron Choir, Messiah Lutheran Choir, St. Catherine’s Choral Club, Elaine Meltz & Marvin Bienstock – Folk Music, Richard Zgodava, National Young Artist Winner
- Five music groups welcomed into Federation.
1960 – 29th State Convention (4th Biennial) – Duluth
- Mrs. Chas. Pardee, guest – Vice President Central Region. Performers: Mrs. Robert. Couture, Duluth Light Opera Company
1961 – NATIONAL CONVENTION held in Kansas City, Mo.
- MN, ND, SD, NE were hostess groups dressed in Scandinavian costumes.
1962 – 30th State Convention (5th Biennial) – Moorhead
- Mrs. Bullock, National President, honored guest
- State Board plans for Sixth Biennial Convention.
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