Who We Are ~ What We Do
As music advocates and supporters, members of the Wednesday Music Club undertake many activities throughout the season, which runs from October through May. Members choose to be as active as suits their interests.
~ WMC Competitions ~
Each year the WMC holds a competition for music camp scholarships and monetary prizes. It is open to any student in Charlottesville and Albemarle County, as well as those who study with WMC members. Applicants must be recommended by their music teachers. The Annual WMC Competition is held in the late winter, and winners perform at a recital in their honor shortly afterwards.
Last year's competition (2013) was held at First Presbyterian Church where a total of 69 young musicians competed for 15 monetary prizes and music camp scholarships. Six distinguished judges spent up to 8 hours listening to the performances, carefully rating each soloist. A total of $9,050 was awarded to the winners in 2013.
For more information on the Annual WMC Competition, please choose here.
~ Music Lesson Tuition Assistance ~
The Wednesday Music Club provides music lession tuition assistance each year for students whose parents are not able to completely afford private music lessons for their child. Applications are submitted by music teachers. Recipients of financial assistance are also supported in their development by the opportunity to perform in WMC Young Musicians Recitals. They are encouraged to perform and compete in other community events.
Tuition assistance for the 2013-2014 Season ~ Information can be found on the links below. Application deadline for our receipt of completed applications is May 25, 2013. The awards will be announced before September.
~ Performance Opportunities~
The Club holds four Young Musicians Recitals and one Adult Student Recital each year at the Colonnades in Charlottesville. All area music teachers are invited to submit the names of one or two of their students to perform in these recitals. The dates for the 2012 – 2013 Young Musicians’ Recitals are:
October 20, 2014 1:30 PM applications due October 14, 2013
January 26, 2014 1:30 PM applications due January 20, 2014
March 2, 2014 1:30 PM applications due February 24, 2014
April 13, 2014 1:30 PM applications due April 7, 2014
The Adult Student Recital will be held May 4, 2014 at 1:30 PM. Applications due April 28, 2014
Application form is available here.
For 2013 -2014 the application forms are to be emailed or mailed to Ruth Barolsky at email@example.com or 1206 Augusta Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903. Questions may be directed to Ruth at her email address or 434-295-1496.For the Adult Student Recital May 4th application form should be sent to Barbara Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or addressed to Barbara at 1213 Hazel St. Charlottersville, VA 22902. Questions may be directed to Barbara at 434-293-9234.
~ Fundraising ~
The Wednesday Music Club supports the love of music in our community through various means. The generosity of club members and the community at large make it possible to provide performance outlets, music lessons, instrument rentals, music camp scholarships, and financial support.
Endowments and Grants
Endowment funds support many of our youth programs, augmented by donations of numerous club members.
The Maurice Amado Foundation once again has generously awarded a three-year grant to the WMC to cover a variety of music scholarships, awarded through the annual competition each year. In the upcoming competition, to be held on March 2, and in the next two years, $9,000 will be given out to support young musicians in the community.
Over the past nine years, funds for music lesson tuition assistance have come from musical "Soirees" presented in lovely area homes with elegant dinners prepared and donated by club members. Beginning with the 2009-2010 season, funds from the Soirees have been merged with proceeds from other fundraising endeavors in order to support all assistance programs offered by the Club to young musicians. The soiree performances are performed by club members and others who also donate their time. One of the 2011-2012 fundraising events was the Raphael Bell Concert and Patron's Dinner following, which raised $10,000, thanks to the generosity of Raphael Bell, who donated his performance.
The WMC Soiree Cookbook, featuring the soiree reception recipes so well loved, is still available for purchase at all WMC meetings this season. If you are interested in purchasing one of these cookbooks, please choose here.