AFMC Conference

September 17, 2016

Second Presbyterian Church
600 Pleasant Valley Drive
Little Rock, AR 72227

Registration Fee: $5
Luncheon: $15
Registration Deadline: Friday, September 9
Registration Form: Download


Conference Meetings
Second Presbyterian Church (Google Maps)
600 Pleasant Valley Dr.
Little Rock, Arkansas 72227
Second Presbyterian Church Campus Map

Conference Schedule

9:30 a.m.
Registration/Silent Auction Bidding
Finance Committee Meeting

10:00 a.m. General Session

11:00 a.m. Break/Silent Auction Bidding

11:15 a.m.
Presidents’ Council
Treasurers’ Meeting
Chairmen’s Meeting

12:15 p.m. Luncheon

1:00 p.m.
Online Festivals Training Workshop
Finance Workshop

2:00 p.m. Silent Auction Bidding

2:15 p.m.
General Session Announcements
Silent Auction Winners Announced

2:30 p.m. Adjournment

Luncheon Menu

Chicken Salad on Croissant, Fresh Fruit Salad, Chocolate Chip Cookies.


Silent auction fundraiser with scheduled bidding times. Each Board member is asked to contribute a minimum of one item or else pay $10.00.

AFMC Directory

Conference attendees will receive a hard copy of the AFMC Directory and Bylaws. An electronic copy of the Directory will be available to all other AFMC members upon request.

From the President

Chris ThompsonDear AFMC Friends and Colleagues:

Transitions are never easy, and life seems to be full of them. But if you’re like me, there’s something revitalizing about getting back into a more regular fall schedule. And who knows, maybe attending the AFMC Conference might be just the spark needed to rekindle your enthusiasm for the coming year! Here are just a few of the things we have planned for you:

Senior Club President Workshop

A session for all club presidents based on information shared by Mr. Rob Coopman at the 2016 NFMC Conference in Tulsa. An attorney, commercial pilot, and the immediate Past President of the Music Club of Hollywood (Florida), Rob shared some innovative ideas about reviving our clubs, making them more viable and relevant to our communities.

Finance Workshop

A panel discussion of AFMC’s finances led by Dr. Ouida Keck, Finance Committee Chairman, and members of the Finance Committee. Each panel member will give a presentation, followed by a time for questions and answers.

Online Festivals Training Workshop

A session for all involved with Junior Festivals focusing on Online Festival Training (as presented at the 2016 NFMC Conference). Janine Tiner, our AFMC Junior Counselor, attended this day-long session in Tulsa designed to acquaint users with the new NFMC Online Festivals Management System. Janine will report back to us what she learned.

Silent Auction Fundraiser

A silent auction fundraiser with scheduled bidding times. Please bring at least one item to donate to the auction…or else pay $10.00 (just as we voted to do at the AFMC Convention in April).

It was great seeing so many of you at the Federation Days/Opera in the Ozarks Festival last month in Eureka Springs. A special treat was the opportunity to hear Tressa Tiner—daughter of Janine Tiner and granddaughter of Byron and Audrey Reeves—sing the role of Olympia in the young person’s opera, Pinocchio. Tressa, a vocal performance major at the University of Memphis, has also attended Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony piano & string camps for many years.

Several Arkansans were recognized during the Festival. Congratulations to Thelma Kern— a member of the Jonesboro Treble Clef Club and our State Opera Chair—who received a Servant Leadership Award. Congratulations also to Gloria Grilk who has been nominated to receive the 2017 NFMC Lifetime Achievement Award. And join me in congratulating Dr. J. D. Kelly, newly elected President of the Jonesboro Treble Clef Club, who has also agreed to serve as Chair of the Joyce Walsh Award, an NFMC annual junior award for a disabled instrumentalist or vocalist. It is truly a blessing to have so many Arkansans serve AFMC & NFMC in so many different ways.

Although this was my first time to attend Federation Days, I sure hope it won’t be my last! The productions were outstanding in every respect—directors, singers, orchestra, costumes, sets, etc. As NFMC President Michael Edwards puts it, “Opera in the Ozarks is NFMC at its best.” So don’t make the same mistake I did by saying “It’s just too far to travel,” or “I’ll do it some other time.” Once you’ve experienced it—even if you don’t consider yourself an opera lover or, like me, you’re more of a latecomer to the world of opera—you’ll wonder why you waited so long.

I look forward to seeing you in Little Rock next month! And remember to bring an item—or two, or three—for our silent auction. Let’s do our best to work together to make the coming year a really memorable one for the promotion of music, music study, and music students in our state.

Gratefully & musically yours,
Dr. Chris Thompson, President
Arkansas Federation of Music Clubs