Mission Statement

 The object of this organization is to bring into working relations with one another, music clubs and other musical organizations and individuals for the purpose of developing and maintaining high musical standards, aiding and encouraging musical education, and the promotion of American music and American artists.

OUR PRESENT

 Our organization is multifaceted and is affiliated with the National Federation of Music Clubs.  We have clubs and activities for Seniors (adult) and Juniors (kids) as well as professional music teachers and social music lovers.  Please feel free to browse our website for more information.  

Texas Federation of Music Clubs (TFMC) is affiliated with the

National Federation of Music Clubs  (NFMC).  

National Federation of Music Clubs
Business Office:
1646 W. Smith Valley Road
Greenwood, IN 46142
phone: 317-882-4003 cell: 317-771-5369
fax: 317-882-4019
Executive Director: Jennifer Griffin
 
There are three divisions of membership:
            Senior (adults)
            Student (college and young adult)
            Junior (ages 0-18)
 
There are nine organizational divisions.
     Administrative Division
     American Music Division
     Arts Division
     Competitions & Awards Division
     Membership & Education Division
     Junior Division
     Student/Collegiate Division
     Finance Division
     Public Relations Division
  

There is one fall board meeting and one state-wide convention held every year, with the nine districts revolving as hosts for the convention.
 
Texas is one state in the South Central Region of NFMC, supporting Opera in the Ozarks with general funding and scholarships for this nine-week opera camp aimed at career students. Other states in the South Central Region include Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri.
  

 

OUR PAST

Organized 1915

The Beginning of  Texas Federation of Music Clubs 

from the letter by (Mrs. J. F.) Lucile M. Lyons, First President of TFMC 

FOREWORD
The Texas Federation of Music Clubs was organized at Brownwood in October, 1915. The organization is the outcome of a strong desire on the part of the music clubs of the State for a definite and central medium through which to
carry on the work peculiarly belonging to the music clubs, namely, the advancement of music in its many phases.
 
The organization owes its existence, in great measure, to the untiring efforts of Mrs. Louise Pace, the efficient Chairman of Music for the past two years, of the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs.
 
All music clubs affiliated with the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs, by virtue of this membership, now become members of the Texas Federation of Music Clubs and will send delegates, make reports and pay dues to the new Federation instead of to the parent organization. The Fiscal year dates from April the first and all clubs are requested to send dues as required by the Constitution, to the Treasurer on or before that date. (Note: Current TFMC fiscal year is July 1—June 30 ed.)
 
It is earnestly desired that all music clubs in the State affiliate with the Texas Federation of Music Clubs and assist with this interest and co-operation in the work for the advancement of music in Texas.
 
Clubs not formerly affiliated with the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs will send application for membership together with Constitution and By-Laws, to the First Vice-President, Mrs. Joseph G. Wren of Waco, who is Chairman of the
Club Extension Committee.
 
Our first annual meeting will be held in Waco on May 3, 4, and 5, and it is the earnest wish of your President that every club be represented at this meeting by its President and one delegate and that as many other club members as possible
attend this meeting. All committees recently appointed by the Executive Board will make reports of work already done and of plans for the future at this meeting.
 
In fact, the work of the Texas Federation of Music Clubs will be definitely launched at this time, and it is very necessary that we have a full representation of the music clubs of the State. Individuals interested in music who are not members of music clubs will also be welcome at this meeting. They may become Associate members of the Federation as provided in the Constitution.
 
In addition to a splendid program which is being arranged by our own Program Committee, we shall have the opportunity at this time of hearing the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, which will play two concerts in Waco on May 3.
 
Delegates to our meeting will be guests at one of these performances. Waco is making splendid plans for our benefit and entertainment and the meetings will be most interesting and advantageous.
 
Assuring you of faithful service to the limit of my ability and earnestly requesting the assistance and cooperation of
each and every one of you,
 
Cordially yours,
(Mrs. J. F.) Lucile M. Lyons
President
  

COLLECT

by May Belle (Mrs. Thomas J.) Cole
Excerpts from The Musical Ritual by Gertrude F. Seiberling
We praise and thank thee, Father, for the gift of music.
Through us, as channels of Thy grace, may this blessed
legacy be shared with all mankind.
Grant that we may exemplify in our own lives the harmony
of Thy great purpose for us. Give us magnitude of soul and
such understanding hearts that we who make music may be
as players upon rightly-tuned instruments responding to Thy
leading.
Let us with renewed consecration dedicate ourselves to the
purpose of our Federation--to bring the spiritualizing force of
music to the inner life of our nation. Open our minds that
divine knowledge and wisdom may teach us how best to
execute our pledge.
 

FEDERATION HYMN

Words by Irena Foreman Williams
Arr. by Peter C. Lutkin
To Thee, our God, Creator King
To Thee our hymn of thanks we sing,
Alleluia, Alleluia.
Thy boundless mercy crowns our days
Thine be the mead of joyful praise,
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Thy truth and patience make us know,
Toward Thy perfection let us grow,
Alleluia, Alleluia.
Thy providence our path has led,
By Thy good grace our souls are fed,
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
On Thy strong arm Thy people lean,
Grant vision clear and purpose keen,
Alleluia, Alleluia.
Our lives to Thee we dedicate,
Thy truth to keep inviolate,
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
 

THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER

National Anthem written by Francis Scott Key
Oh say, can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous
fight
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
O thus be it ever when free men shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation;
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Pow’r that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our Trust!”
And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
 

TEXAS, OUR TEXAS

Official State Song
Adopted by Texas Legislature, May, 1929
Words: Gladys Yoakum Wright & William J. Marsh
Music: William J. Marsh
Texas, our Texas! All hail the mighty State,
Texas, our Texas! So wonderful, so great!
Boldest and grandest, withstanding every test;
O Empire wide and glorious,
You stand supremely blest.
Chorus
God bless you Texas!
And keep you brave and strong.
That you may grow in power and worth
Throughout the ages long.
Texas dear Texas!
From tyrant grip now free,
Shines forth in splendor
Your star of destiny!
Mother of heroes,
We come, Your Children True,
Proclaiming our allegiance,
Our faith, our love, for you.