State Music Organization is 100 Years Old!!


November 2016 - The Pennsylvania Federation of Music Clubs was chartered in 1916 and in celebration of its 100th Anniversary on November 8, Opus I Music Society of Mars area invited the 2015 National Federation of Music Clubs' Young Artist winner in piano, Nicholas Susi, to present a concert at Seneca Valley Intermediate High School on Saturday, November 5, 2016. Nicholas presented a pre-concert lecture at 6:00pm that highlighted Germany, Italy, France and America since his repertoire included pieces from these four countries. His recital at 7:30pm was a masterpiece of artistry and musicianship and the enthusiastic audience was on its feet in appreciation at the conclusion. Included here is a photo of Nicholas with PFMC's winner in Junior Composers' 2014 and 2016 competitions, Nathanael Fleming, and it exemplifies President Linda Maurhoff's theme “Building our Future by Remembering our Past.” What better way to build our future than to have a 29 year old encouraging a 15 year old!! (Watch for the next issue of Music Clubs Magazine for more on this.)

Building Our Future by Remembering Our Past
May 31, 2016 - On April 21, 2016 at the 86th Board Meeting and Convention of the Pennsylvania Federation of Music Clubs in Sayre, PA Linda Maurhoff of Valencia was installed as the newly elected state President. After serving four years as Vice President and holding numerous chairmanships at the local, state and national levels, this piano teacher and church musician took the position that Barbar Murray had ably held from 2012-2016. Linda knows the Federation very well, especially in her position for many years as Chair of the popular Festivals program. She has reminded PFMC members that engineers design a beautiful building but it is the bricklayers and construction workers that get the job done! Her theme will be “Building Our Future by Remembering Our Past” since PFMC is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016! Her first newsletter says “Let's get started building our future!” Our congratulations to Linda, especially from the club she founded in 1991, Opus I Music Society of Mars!

Our “Cheerleader” has won the game!
January 21, 2016 - PFMC's greatest cheerleader and past president, Mrs. Nancy B. Hatz of Mt. Gretna, PA, passed away on January 20 after being in Hospice care for only 10 days! Many of us celebrated her 100th birthday when her Harmonia Club had a surprise party and recital on June 30, 2015! What a celebration of this remarkable and inspiring lady who held so many local, state and national offices in the Federation that they are too numerous to list. Who will forget her last 'pep talk' to the PFMC board just last September.
     Memorial gifts can be sent to the Keystone Tribute Fund (see link at www.PFMC-music.org forms) or to the Harmonia Music Association in Lebanon, PA.