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Student/Collegiate Awards and Competitions

College groups, music schools, music departments of colleges and universities in the 16-26 age bracket may become a federated Student/Collegiate Associate club with mass enrollment.  Membership entitles enrolled collegiate students access to numerous NFMC/IFMC monetary awards.  

Take note and mark your calendars!  The Iowa Federation of Music Clubs (IFMC) holds its State Biennial Student/Collegiate Auditions.  This competition includes thirteen classifications of performance:  piano, organ, harp, classical guitar, man's voice, woman's voice, violin, viola, violincello, double bass, orchestral woodwinds (flute, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, clarinet), orchestral brass (French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba), and percussion. 

To be eligible a student must be an NFMC member by either studying at a Federated College or by being an Individual Student Special Member.  Age requirements for instrumentalists and voice entrants are ages 19 through 26.   The application, repertoire requirements, Student Fact Sheet (including instructions for auditioning by CD) and Certification Letter, are available online at

 For information and forms on the following NFMC awards and competitions, plus many more opportunities visit

  • Young Composers (6 named awards annually): instrumental sonata, chorus, solo piano, accompanied solo voice

  • Victor Herbert/ASCAP Awards $1200 and $900
  • Hatz Recognition Award 2 @ $100
  • Nadworney Awards (for accompanied solo voice) $350
  • Richter American Music Composition Award $1250
  • Lynn Freeman Olson Composition Award (in odd years) - $1,500

To find out more about the thousands of dollars NFMC offers collegiate students in Music Therapy, Music Education and Performance awards visit or contact Judy Hyland at

Junior Awards and Competitions

NFMC Essay Contest

Attention students grade 7 - 12!  Write an essay for the NFMC Essay Contest.  A $50.00 cash award is given to the winning entry in EACH state. 

Essay must be written on the NFMC National Music Week theme for the current year.   Entry deadline is February 1 of that year.

Information and entry form can be found on the web at


IFMC Essay Contest

IFMC Juniors grades 3-6, don’t miss the IFMC state essay contest!  Essay must be written on the NFMC National Music Week theme for the current year.

   One $50 award will be given to a junior for the essay with the best use of the theme.

   Sharpen those pencils and begin NOW so this award will not be “lost” because of no entries!