Ellis Piano Duo

The Ellis Piano Duo, [known as The Happy Dog Duo] will perform in concert March 26, 2019 at 8 p.m. in the beautiful, historic Smedes Parlor on the campus of Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh, NC.  The piano duo consists of Eric Tran and Nathan Cheung of San Francisco, California.  Eric and Nathan were the first prize winners of the NFMC Ellis Duo competition in 2017, as well as the Abild American Music Award. These awards carried a cash prize of $40,000. They have also won 13 gold medals in piano duo events at the United States Open Music Competition, along with other accolades. The Ellis Duo has performed with numerous symphony orchestras around the nation and have played at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado.  They have also performed on extensive tours in Korea, China, and Canada. The name ‘Happy Dog’ comes from their eponymous 30 second “masterpiece” composition, The Happy Dog. Neither Nathan nor Eric owns any dogs.

Note:  This concert is sponsored and produced, jointly, by NCFMC and Saint Mary’s School- Smedes Parlor Concert Series.  The concert is free admission and open to the public.

NCFMC Centennial Minutes, May 2017

May 19 – 20, 2017 is a date for the history books. It was the 100th birthday celebration of the North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs, which officially organized in March, 1917 in Charlotte, NC. The Downtown Holiday Inn, 320 Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, was the setting for the event, near the historic North Carolina State Capitol Building.

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May 19-20, 2017 Raleigh, NC – Holiday Inn Downtown  919-832-0501
Reserve rooms by April 19 @ $109 for King or 2 Queen beds and mention you are with the North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs.  May 3rd is the registration deadline.

Schedule: May 19

PLEASE NOTE: The workshop for Online Festival Cup Management is scheduled for Friday, May 19, 2 -4 pm with Janice Flinte as the clinician in Event Meeting rooms C & D at the Holiday Inn Downtown.

2:00 – 5:00 pm – Preliminary auditions for the new Gregory McCallum Piano Scholarship.
5:30 pm – Banquet to honor 8 living Past Presidents
8:00 pm – Attend North Carolina Symphony Concert

Schedule: May 20

Breakfast on your own – No Executive Board Meeting
8:30 am – Opening for General Session
8:35 am – Welcome by Mark Fountain
8:50 am – Full Business Meeting
9:45 am – “Composition for Juniors Workshop” led by Diane Higgins
10:45 am   Break
11:00 am – Open Auditions for 3 Finalists for McCallum Award
11:50 am – Memorial Service led by Irene Craig
12:15 pm – Luncheon – Skye Tower Restaurant  (Hotel)
1:20 pm – National President, Michael Edwards: The Next 100 Years
1:40 pm – Hinda Honigman Fellows Inductions
1:50 pm – Break
2:00 pm -Collegiate Winners Concert
3:00 pm – Door Prize Drawings
3:10 pm – Adjournment


NCFMC will commemorate 100 years affiliation with NFMC in Raleigh,  May, 19-20, 2017 with a Gala Celebration.  The Holiday Inn Downtown Capitol will be hotel central where most events will take place.  Michael Edwards, President of NFMC will be our special National Guest. On Friday evening, May 19, following a banquet to honor 8 living Past Presidents, the group will attend a performance by the North Carolina Symphony in Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.  There will be a concert by an NFMC Young Artist on Friday who will also present a Master Class with selected students.  In addition, 2 workshops for teachers are scheduled:  Composition Tips for Teachers of Junior Composers and Online Federation (Gold) Cup Registration Workshop.  Bring your laptops.  The workshops will occur on Friday and the Online Registration Workshop will run 2-3 hours.  A must for teachers who have Junior Clubs, since NFMC will mandate online registration in the near future.

Minutes from State Convention Meeting – New Bern, June 2016

Executive Board Minutes | General Meeting Minutes


May 7, 2016,
Western Avenue Baptist Church,
1206 Museum Road,
Statesville, NC 28625.
Royalty Competition State Finals in the morning.
Afternoon RECITAL of State Auditions Winners and
Royalty Competition State Winners.


June 3-4, 2016  STATE CONVENTION in historic New Bern, hosted by St. Cecilia/East Carolina Music Club.  Hear NFMC Young Artist, Nicholas Susi, pianist, in concert, as well as a motivational talk by Diane Higgins of Charlotte.  Barbara Hildebrand, national treasurer for NFMC, will give the convention address on how NCFMC may safely invest funds in order to maximize earnings. Also, learn what your Federation is doing and how the organization is improving music opportunities for all NC youth. Spend a week’s vacation at the North Carolina coast and take a couple of days for the convention and for visiting North Carolina’s Colonial Capitol Building, TRYON PALACE, as well as the historic drugstore that is the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola! Or take a relaxing tour boat ride around the New Bern harbor. Come join the fun, learn from others and meet club members from around the state.


July 22-23, 2016  BREVARD WEEKEND.  North Carolina is the host state this year. Take a mini-vacation in the serene mountains of NC and hear beautiful music in our world famous music camp, Brevard Music Center.  Michael Edwards, newly elected President of NFMC, will be our national guest.  There will be concerts and opera to enjoy, as well as socializing with members from our 13-state Southeast Region.  This summer marks the first time our new Southeast Region/Beth McAuley Scholarship in the amount of $2000 will be awarded.  Come meet the winner!


Minutes of the 2015 Conference

NCFMC Minutes – June 6, 2015 Executive Committee
NCFMC Minutes June 6, 2015 General Meeting

Madeline Bauer wins President’s Cup

MadelineBauerLenoir pianist Madeline Bauer was recently honored by the National Federation of Music Clubs as recipient of the President’s Cup Award for excellence in piano performance. The 90-point trophy is awarded to outstanding musicians who have earned at least as many points in the annual Festival Spring Auditions. Miss Bauer earned a total of 93 points during her 14 years in the Festival, with a perfect record of Superior ratings in the piano solo/piano concerto events. Miss Bauer is the first student in North Carolina to earn this very prestigious award. She has been a student of Hickory pianist and teacher Robert Setzer, whose students number a long list of state, regional and national winners in competition events.

Madeline, age 19, is the daughter of Dr. Brian and Cynthia Bauer of Lenoir, and is a May graduate of the Caldwell Early College High School. She was a state winner in the North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs scholarship awards auditions in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2013. Aside from her classical skills, Madeline has also served as keyboardist for the youth and adult praise team of the Flemings Chapel Baptist Church in Lenoir. Madeline has recently finished her freshman year at Furman University.