Springfield Music Club
NFMC Federation Spring Festival
The Springfield Music Clubs holds an annual Spring Festival for music students in Northern Virginia. This festival is a fun opportunity for students to practice hard work and commitment as they strive for Gold (Silver for adults) Cup Trophies. It takes students at least three years to accumulate enough points to earn their first trophy. Students of all ages and levels may participate and perform in a non-competitive setting and receive feedback from other piano instructors.
Festivals are not competitions. Students are judged based solely on their own performance and their own music. (Even when someone play the same piece!) The ratings that each student receives is based on how well a particular follows the composer’s directions. This includes many things like dynamics (remembering to play soft at the end instead of loud) or rhythm (being careful to hold all half notes for two beats). This festival only has five ratings: Superior (5 points), Excellent (4 points), Satisfactory (3 points), Fair (2 points), and Needs Improvement (1 point). Participating students also receive a certificate for each year of participation. Students also receive Gold Cup Trophies (15, 30, 45, 60, 75, and 90 points) once enough points have been accumulated.
Students in 4th grade or higher must volunteer 1-2 hours as a page.
The Jazz-Blues Festival is held at Columbia Baptist Church which is located in Falls Church, VA. Students are assigned a specific performance time and must stay for the entire hour to listen to other students.
Normally on the first or second week of March.
The festival fee is $18 per student. For students performing ensembles, the fee is $15 per student.
Piano Solo Event – Participants perform two pieces by memory.
American Folk and Patriotic Event – Participants perform two pieces. Memorization is not required.
Hymn Event – Participants perform two pieces. Memorization is not required.
Theory Event – Participants must complete a written theory test.
Piano Concerto Event – Participants perform one memorized concerto with an accompanist.