Student / Collegiate Auditions Biennial Awards

(Held in odd-numbered years)

Agnes Fowler/Marie Thiesen Awards

National Awards of $3000 are offered in each of these 13 categories:

  • Piano
  • Organ
  • Harp
  • Classical Guitar
  • Male Voice
  • Female Voice
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Violoncello
  • Double Bass
  • Orchestral Woodwinds (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone)
  • Orchestral Brass (French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba)
  • Percussion

There are also Special NFMC Supplementary Awards for all 13 categories which are awarded to National Winners without students actually applying for them.

Prerequisite: To audition for a National Award, the student must have won first place in the North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs state auditions.

State Auditions: will be held live Mar. 5, 2017. UNCG Organ Recital Hall

State Awards: A state award of $700 will be awarded to the 1st place winner in 8 of the following 10 categories:

  • Piano
  • Organ or Percussion
  • Male Voice
  • Female Voice
  • Harp or Classical Guitar
  • Strings (violin, viola, violoncello, string bass)
  • Orchestral Woodwinds (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone)
  • Orchestral Brass (French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba)

State winners will advance to National Finals with a CD Recording.

Second Place State Winners with an award of $300 may also be declared by the adjudicators.
Age Requirements: As of January 15 of the audition year, 19 through 25 years old. The applicant cannot have reached the 26th birthday by January15, 2017.

Membership: Each entrant must be a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs, either through a student organization or as an Individual Student Special Member.

Fees: Individual Student Special Membership Fees are $16 and the Entry Fee is $30. Both fees must accompany the application form, postmarked no later than the DEADLINE, January 15, 2017.

Make all CHECKS PAYABLE to: North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs and send with application to:
Joel Adams, State Auditions Chairman,
301 Fayetteville St., Apt. 3108,
Raleigh, NC 27601
(phone: 919-630-5125)

Entrants must be native-born or naturalized citizens – USA. Applicants must furnish a copy of birth certificate facsimile or passport facsimile.

There are 3 Forms each applicant will need to download:
(1) Entrant information/fact sheet (2) Repertoire and requirements (3) Application. If you have questions, please email Joel at

You may also send applications as an attachment via email to but checks will need to be sent by USPS, postmarked by Jan. 15, 2017. NO EXCEPTIONS!