"...acquaintance with great music instills a love of that which brings courage and lofty ideals and tends toward clean, noble living"
- - Submissions Due February 18, 2022! - -
The National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC), founded in 1898, is now the world’s largest philanthropic music organization supporting American music and musicians. It is one of three music organizations to be chartered by the United States Congress and the only music organization member of the United Nations. There are 6,000 NFMC-related organizations and music clubs nationally. Members are professional and amateur musicians, vocalists, composers, dancers, performing artists, arts and music educators, students, generous benefactors, and music lovers who are interested in creating a dynamic, musical and cultural environment in their communities.
Each year in February and March, CCSM sponsors the annual Jr. Music Festival (JMF) through the NFMC charter. This music festival is open to all music students and encourages creative growth and development through nationally-approved, graded performance material. Students choose various events to enter ranging from solo, chamber, concerto, music theory, and much more. This festival is not a competition, but rather an opportunity for each music student to receive specialized feedback and comments from an objective judge who evaluates students on individual merits of performance and aptitude. This special opportunity empowers students to achieve musical, academic and performance goals that might not otherwise be realized.
The Junior Music Festival for the Pomona Valley Area will be hosted virtually by the Claremont Community School of Music on February 18th - 20th, 2022.
*Please scroll down for additional information and instructions.*
Festival Online Submissions & Theory Tests
Performance evaluation videos and sheet music must be submitted by 11:59pm PST on Feb 18th, 2021.
Music Theory submissions must be turned in by 7pm on Feb 20, 2021. (Scroll down for more JMF Theory information)
Performances and theory tests will be evaluated through online submissions. We believe that students and teachers can continue to have a worthwhile experience performing and being evaluated virtually. Students can expect the process to be quite similar to recital submissions. However, there will be additional requirements to ensure that there is no editing to enhance performances.
Registration Fees are required from each participant. The following rates are per participant, per event:
$40 for the first event registered
$20 for any additional subsequent event including theory
$15 for any group event; duet, duo, trio, quartet, or any ensemble event
All registered students at CCSM will be billed on Feb. 1st, 2022 for NFMC registration dues; the fees will be included on participants' monthly CCSM invoices for February. Teachers will not need to collect payment from registered CCSM students. Unregistered students, or students participating outside of CCSM, will need to give a check (made out to CCSM) to their teacher. Checks from non-CCSM students will be collected and submitted by the student’s teacher to the CCSM office no later than February 1st, 2022.
Ratings and Point Accrual toward Gold Cup Awards
Ratings leading to a Gold Cup award are:
Superior = 5 points
Excellent = 4 points
Satisfactory = 3 points
Fair = 2 points
Needs Improvement = 1 point
The first Gold Cup is earned when the student has achieved a total of 15 points. Each subsequent Gold Cup is earned in increments of 15 points, so that a 2nd Gold Cup for example, would be earned when the student earned a total of 30 points. Each succeeding cup earned is larger in size respectively, with the largest Gold Cup worth 75 points. Students accumulate points that can also be transferred to different National Federation Music Clubs; however, only points earned at National Federation Festivals will count towards a student’s earning of a Gold Cup.
NFMC Junior Music Festival Class Advancement Schedule