Arkansas Federation of Music Clubs
Ninety-second Annual Convention

April 22-23, 2016

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

Hosted by
Central District
Dr. George Keck, District President

Registration Fee: $20
Registration Deadline: Friday, April 8
Registration Form: Download

For more information about Junior Day, and to download schedule and forms, visit the Junior Day page.


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

Friday Night Dinner
MarketPlace Grill (Restaurant Website & Menus)
11600 Pleasant Ridge Rd. (Google Maps)
Little Rock, Arkansas 72223

Convention Hotel

Wingate by Wyndham (Hotel Website)
1212 South Shackleford Road (Google Maps)
Little Rock, Arkansas 72211
Phone: (501) 227-6800

  • $79.00 (+ tax) per night
  • Guest room with king-size bed or double
  • Refrigerator/Microwave
  • Free Wifi
  • Complimentary Breakfast

When booking rooms at Wingate by Wyndham, remember to mention you are with the AFMC Convention to get discounted rate. The deadline for hotel reservations is Sunday, April 10.

Note: The two LaQuinta Inns near the church that were used in previous years are now closed.

Additional hotels nearby:
(not offering AFMC discount)

Comfort Inn West
(501) 227-0120

Crowne Plaza
(501) 223-3000

Burgundy Hotel
(501) 224-8051

Convention Schedule

Friday, April 22
2:00 p.m. Registration (Narthex)
2:00 p.m. Finance Committee Meeting (Library)
3:30 p.m. AFMC Board & Executive Committee Meeting (Second Hall)

5:00 p.m. Dinner at MarketPlace Grill (Not required. Cost not included in registration.)

7:30 p.m. Recital (Sanctuary)
Jonathan Ray, tenor
Janine Tiner, piano
Reception afterwards provided by Little Rock Musical Coterie

Saturday, April 23
8:00 a.m. Registration (Narthex)
8:30 a.m. District Meetings
9:00 a.m. General Session (Sanctuary)
9:00 a.m. IPFAC Scholarship Auditions (Choir Room)

10:00 a.m. Junior Day
11:00 a.m. Handbell Workshop
Mary Ibis, clinician

12:00 p.m. Break
12:30 p.m. Luncheon (Great Hall – Cost: $15)
2:30 p.m. Dismissal

From the President

Dear AFMC Friends and Colleagues:

I believe you are in for a real treat! Our Spring Convention is shaping up nicely, and I am excited to share a few highlights with you.

We are especially pleased to welcome our National Guest, Frances Nelson, who will be speaking at our Saturday luncheon. Since Frances is new to many of us, she will begin her talk by introducing herself to us, touching on her duties as NFMC First Vice President. Frances will also speak about our “public image” and how that image relates to our membership. The title of her talk will be, “NFMC—The Public’s Perception.”

You also won’t want to miss hearing tenor Jonathan Ray, accompanied by our own Janine Tiner. Jonathan and Janine have prepared a wonderful variety of selections including worship songs, love songs, Romantic art songs, and operatic highlights. The title of their program—“Something for Everyone”—promises to be just that!

Another highlight of the convention will be a handbell workshop presented by Mary Ibis, the Associate Director of Music at Second Presbyterian Church. At Second, Mary directs the Youth Ringers, a handbell choir for 6th-12th grade students that meets Wednesday evenings during the school year. Incidentally, Janine Tiner—our Junior Counselor—anticipates a large number of juniors participating in this year’s workshop.

A very special treat this year—and a “first” for AFMC—will be the presentation of two student winners of the annual AFMC William Yick Collegiate Award. The two student winners chosen for this year’s award are: Brice Maxey, an Associate of Arts candidate at Northwest Arkansas Community College; and, Hunter Mabery, a Senior Piano Performance major at Henderson State University. The AFMC William Yick Award is made possible by a very generous endowment by Mr. Bill Yick, Past President of AFMC.

Finally, I want to extend a heartfelt word of thanks to all those who have worked so hard to make this convention possible: the Little Rock Musical Coterie (Nancy Griffin, President); Drs. Ouida and George Keck; Vicki Carr, AFMC Vice President and National Music Week and Essay Chair; Janine Tiner; and our AFMC Recording Secretary Adam Savacool.

Please make plans now to attend our 92nd Annual AFMC Convention next month. An easy-to-complete registration form is included in this mailing. The deadline date for receipt of checks and registration forms is Friday, April 8, 2016.

I look forward to seeing you in Little Rock next month!

Dr. Chris Thompson, President
Arkansas Federation of Music Clubs

National Guest

Frances Nelson
NFMC First Vice President

Frances NelsonFrances Jones Nelson began her piano studies at the age of 8 in McComb, Mississippi, studying with Marilyn Brady of the Young Music Makers Club. She first served as a church musician at the age of 12 and has continued to do so throughout her life. She earned numerous piano awards during her youth, including International Winner in the Piano Guild and nine consecutive Superior Ratings in the Junior Festivals of the National Federation of Music Clubs.

Mrs. Nelson earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano from Mississippi College and was a student of Dr. Ralph Taylor, Artist Teacher of Piano. She also received a Master of Music Education Degree from Jackson State University, where she was a student of Dr. Karen Laubengayer.

She is presently the Parish Choir Director/Organist at the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle in Jackson, Mississippi. In addition, she has served as a funeral home organist for over 20 years, and is currently Chapel Organist at Sebrell Funeral Home in Ridgeland. She regularly works as a pianist/organist for weddings and recitals, as well as accompanying other musicians.

Mrs. Nelson is a 6 term Past President of the MacDowell Music Club of Jackson and has served in almost every position in that Club. She is also a Past President of the Mississippi Federation of Music Clubs, holding many past chairmanships, and currently serves as MFMC Memorial Chairman. She has also served as Recording Secretary of the Southeast Region. Frances has held numerous NFMC Chairmanships, including Ellis Competition for Duo Pianists Co-Chairman, Founders Day Chairman, Directory Chairman, Elizabeth Paris French Horn Award Chairman, Protocol Vice Chairman, TARBA Ballet Chairman SER, and National Music Week Essay Chairman SE/NE Regions. She has been on the Policy Resolutions Committee, International Music Relations Committee, and Credentials Committee. Frances is Mississippi’s National Board Member, Rose Fay Thomas Fellow, and NFMC Life Member. In June of 2015 she was installed as First Vice-President of the National Federation of Music Clubs.

She is married to James C. Nelson, civil engineer, and lives in Madison, Mississippi. They are the parents of one son, Harry, an actuary in the insurance field.

AFMC William Yick Award Winners

AFMC is pleased to announce the 2016 winners of the AFMC William Yick Collegiate Award.

Hunter Mabery

Hunter Mabery

Hunter Mabery is a Senior piano performance major at Henderson State University. In 2012, Hunter performed Haydn’s D Major Piano Concerto with the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra as the winner of the Young Artist Concerto Competition. In 2013, 2014, and 2016, as a winner of the annual President’s Concert Concerto Competition, Hunter performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto in G Major K.453 and A Major K.488, and most recently, Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra at HSU. Hunter especially enjoys collaborating with other musicians, and is passionate about refining his skills as a collaborative pianist. In 2015, Hunter attended the American Institute of Musical Studies’ (AIMS) six-week summer program in Graz, Austria where he studied the art of vocal collaboration with an emphasis on German Lieder. In fall 2016, Hunter will be furthering his musical studies by pursing a Master’s degree in Piano Accompanying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Brice Maxey

Brice Maxey

Brice Maxey is finishing his Associate of Arts degree at Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville, and plans to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. He has been performing at the Arkansas Public Theatre in Rogers since he was in elementary school and has been playing drums at his church for several years. Mr. Maxey sang in the Arkansas All-State Choir and has begun playing piano and guitar recently.

Mr. Mabery and Mr. Maxey will perform at the AFMC Convention in Little Rock on Saturday, April 23, 2016.

AFMC Convention Memorial Service

During the Luncheon on Saturday, April 23, AFMC Chaplain Willete Atkins will lead a memorial service honoring the AFMC members who have died in the past year.

Senior Club Presidents: Please send a list of those in your club who have passed away in the last year to:
Willete Atkins, AFMC Chaplain
#9 Ruthwell Dr.
Bella Vista, AR 72715
Names must be received by Monday, April 18.

For information about upcoming events, visit the Calendar.
Visit the Federation Days page to learn about this summer’s event.

Report of AFMC Finance Review Committee to the AFMC Board of Directors

At the 2015 AFMC Conference, then-President Barbara Baugh appointed a Finance Review Committee comprised of:

  • Ouida Keck
  • Byron Reeves
  • Jerry Taylor
  • Tom Mason
  • Frank Ferguson

The committee’s purpose was to review the procedures for reimbursing expenses for travel by the state President. The Finance Review Committee elected Frank Ferguson to chair the committee.

The Finance Review Committee makes the following recommendations to the AFMC Board of Directors:

  1. Make funding all of the President’s expenses while conducting AFMC business a priority in the future.
  2. Amend Standing Rule 11
  3. Amend Standing Rule 12

Standing Rule 11:

  1. The State President will be reimbursed for expenses to National Meetings following the Guidelines/Policies for AFMC Presidential Allotment Requests.
    1. All reimbursements must be made in accordance with rules established by the Finance Committee which in no way endanger the 501 (c)(3) status of AFMC. The annual AFMC Operating Budget will reflect the amount of funds available for reimbursement. Reimbursement requests can only be paid from available funds.
    2. Only the AFMC President in office may request funds from this line item. If this officer goes out of office immediately after approved expenses are incurred, they are eligible for reimbursement for expenses incurred while in office if submitted within one week.
    3. Receipts and an allotment request form must be submitted for approval to non-designated Finance Committee members (the President and Treasurer are designated members of this committee). These should be sent to the Finance Chairman and he/she will validate receipts and distribute request information to the remaining two committee members for approval. Once approved, the Finance Chairman will forward the request and receipts along to the Treasurer for payment to the President.
    4. If mileage is submitted, beginning and ending odometer readings must be submitted along with number of miles. The allowed reimbursement for mileage is 14 cents per mile (IRS non-profit rate). Hotel expenses (up to $100 per night) may be submitted as part of the transportation expenses when driving. In the event that there is a choice between driving or flying to an event, reimbursement will be given on the lower costing total of these two transportation means. (Distance and travel time may be a consideration when approval is requested.)
    5. The following items with proper documentation are eligible for reimbursement:
      1. Desk expenses: paper, envelopes, postage, faxes, copying/printing related to being President
      2. Expenses to NFMC Conventions and Conferences, including registration and travel expenses, will be reimbursed. Other expenses such as convention scheduled meals/tours and lodging will be paid if funds are available.
      3. Transportation, Hotel for the minimum number of nights required of the President in the Official Call to be at meetings, Registration, Scheduled meals and tours (with meals involved)
      4. Transportation to required meetings (see allowed amounts above)
        • IPFAC Federation Days (provided funds are available)
        • OIO out of state Board meetings
      5. Additional Total Transportation allocation of up to $100 to attend meetings deemed essential by the President such as convention planning meetings, club reorganization meetings, etc.
      6. Additional OIO out of state Board Meeting Expenses:
        • Scheduled meal events
        • Hotel for up to 2 nights (maximum of $100 per night)
      7. Additional IPFAC Federation Days Expenses (provided funds are available)
        • Registration and scheduled meals
        • Hotel for up to 4 nights (maximum of $100 per night)
    6. No additional expenses other than those indicated above will be approved. Expense allotments will not be paid in advance. Reimbursement cannot exceed the amount set aside in the budget for this purpose or by funds donated for this use. If money is given in the future for an endowment to support presidential reimbursement, only the endowment earnings (not principal) can be used for presidential expenses.

Standing Rule 12

  1. The Arkansas National Board Member will be reimbursed for registration and travel expenses to National meetings, as funds are available. Additional expenses including lodging and convention-related meals may be reimbursed as funds are available.