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Services for Mary Ella Clark

maryellaclarkIt is with great sadness that AFMC announces the death of long-time member Mary Ella Clark. Mrs. Clark was a member of the Arkadelphia Philharmonic Club, a past AFMC President, and past member of the NFMC Board of Directors.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 21 at First Presbyterian Church in Arkadelphia.

Online obituary and guestbook can be found here.

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Arkansas student wins National Music Week Essay Contest

Dr. J.D. Kelly & Samantha Holt

Dr. J.D. Kelly & Samantha Holt

Samantha Holt was named the Arkansas winner in the 2014 NFMC National Music Week Essay Contest. Samantha is a senior at Valley View High School in Jonesboro, Arkansas. She began playing piano as a young child and is now taking lessons from Dr. J.D. Kelley (pictured). Outside of piano, Samantha has been involved in other areas of music as well. She has played flute as a member of the Valley View Band program for seven years and piano in the Jazz Band for three years. Recently, she became a part of the Valley View Chamber Choir. Also, she has participated in the flag line of the marching band for three years, two of which she was chosen to be captain. Samantha is also a part of National Honor Society and the competing Model United Nations group at Valley View. After graduation, she intends to attend Arkansas State University and major in Music Performance with piano as her primary instrument.

Samantha will present her essay at the 2014 AFMC State Convention in Jonesboro. Her essay can be found here.

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Services for Judge Clifton Bond

bondIt is with great sadness that AFMC announces the death of long-time member Judge Clifton Bond. Judge Bond was a member of the Monticello Music Club for many years.

Visitation will be Thursday, February 20, 2014, 9:00-10:00 a.m. at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello, Arkansas.

The funeral will be Thursday, February 20, 2014, 10:00 a.m. at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello, Arkansas.

Online obituary and guestbook can be found here.

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Texarkana club hosts renowned jazz pianist

The Texarkana Wednesday Music Club, in association with Texarkana College, Texarkana Music Teachers Association, and benefactor Judy Morgan, sponsored special events that featured Scott Kirby, renowned jazz enthusiast and Scott Joplin authority. Mr. Kirby has performed the works of ragtime king, Scott Joplin, all over the country.

On Thursday, November 14, Mr. Kirby performed an Artist Recital based on Pan-American themes; jazz and the rhythmic cousins from Central and South American cultures. On Friday, November 15, Mr. Kirby gave an entertaining and informative lecture, “The Joplin Legacy.” Texarkana’s own son still has relatives living in our city, along with an active Scott Joplin Support Group.

The three-day event culminated on Saturday, with Mr. Kirby serving as competition judge for the annual James Herrin Piano Festival. Over 80 piano entrants performed for judges on Saturday morning at Texarkana College. There were Junior Competition and Senior Competition winners, as well. Event director, Mary Scott Goode, said that all of the events were well-attended and well-received, and that the piano festival continues to grow in popularity with area teachers and students.

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Sympathy

AFMC extends its sympathy to the family and friends of AFMC member Hattie Meyer Janek who passed away November 13, 2013. Hattie was a member of the Arkadelphia Philharmonic Club. Her obituary and online guestbook can be found here.

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