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Fielder Grant 2023 Finalists

 The Bonnie Cummins Fielder Grant for Career Advancement is awarded biennially to promising vocalists who are beginning a music career. This year’s finals were held on March 15 at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover Avenue, Austin, Texas.

The judges were Suzanne Ramo, Assoc. Prof. of Voice at Texas State University and Darlene Wiley, Prof. of Voice (retired) at University of Texas at Austin. The accompanist was Dr. Maimy Fong.

Kathleen Felty, mezzo-soprano, holds a Master’s in Vocal Performance from the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute of UNCSA. She recently performed the role of Mercedes in Carmen with the Santa Fe Opera.

Sara Kenedy, soprano, holds a Graduate Artist’s Certificate in Opera from the University of North Texas. This summer she will be performing the role of Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the Camerata Bardi Vocal Academy.

Sarah Dyer, mezzo-soprano, is currently completing her certificate of Vocal Performance at the University of Houston. She Recently performed the role of Madame Larina in Eugene Onegin at the Music Academy of the West.

Bree Nichols, soprano, was a postdoctoral Fulbright grantee to the Czech Republic in 2021-22 where she prepared for the release of her debut solo album, Pure Morning, a celebration of Czech opera and art song. She is also the founder of Opera Arlington, an organization created to inspire the Dallas-Fort Worth area through opera while encouraging young singers.

Fall Luncheon, October 5, 2022, 11 AM

Austin Women’s Club, 708 San Antonio at 8th Street, Austin, Texas

N F M C F e d e r a t i o n D a y
a n d P r e s i d e n t s ’ L u n c h e o n
Honoring Past Presidents

Toastmaster: Angela Smith President, The Wednesday Morning Music Club
Our National Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner
Elise Ragland, leader
Brian Grothues, piano
Program Leader: Melanie Richards, Program Committee Co-Chair



Ah Vous dirai-je Maman from 12 Variations , K. 265 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Andante Moderato from Drei Intermezzi Op. 117 by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Andante moderato, Andante non troppo e con molta espressione, and Andante con moto from
Preludes Book 1 by Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Performed by Dr. Anthony Tobin, Guest Pianist


Invocation: Terri Freeland


Light/Pops, April 5, 2023


Program Leader:  Linda Tietz Song Leader:  Carol Brannon Accompanist: Marcia Edwards Song: Alexander’s Ragtime Band, pg 52


Mountain Greenery (1926) by Richard Rodgers (1902-1979)

You ‘re So Vain (1971) by Carly Simon (b. 1943)

Performed by Sue Bilich, vocalist, and Adam Roberts, guest pianist


Elegie Opus 3 No 1 and Prelude in G minor, op.23, No.5 by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943)

Performed by Brian Grothues, pianist


Songs by Jerome Kern (1885-1945) 

They Didn’t Believe Me (1939)  lyrics by Herbert Reynolds ((1867-1933) 

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (1933)  lyrics by Otto Harback (1873-1963)           

The Way You Look Tonight (1936) lyrics by Dorothy Fields (1904-1974) 

All the Things You Are (1939)  byrics by Oscar Hammerstein (1895-1960)

Performed by Charles Palmer, baritone and Kathryn Govier, pianist


Allegro non assai from Symphony No.4 in E minor, op.98 for 4 hands by Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)

Performed by Brian Grothues, pianist, and Margarito Morales, guest pianist


Club Orientation Presentations

Carolyn McColloch, chairperson, with help from Marcia Edwards, Pat Yingst and George Edwards


Chamber Music, March 1, 2023


Program Leader:  Beth Moreno Song Leader:  Katharine Shields Accompanist:  Mary Parse

Together We Sing: By the Beautiful Sea, p. 72


As Time Goes By by Herman Hupfeld (1894-1951)

Brother Can You Spare a Dime by Jay Gorney (1896-1990), lyrics by Yip Hamburg (1896-1981)

I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face by Frederick Loewe (1901-1988), lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner (1918-1986)

Performed by Charles Palmer, tenor, and Kathryn Govier, pianist


Serenade and Scherzo from Suite for Flute, Violin, and Piano by Melanie (Mel) Bonis (1858-1937)

Performed by Pat Yingst, flutist, Andrew Ross, guest oboist, and Maxine Gomes, guest pianist


Dopo l’oscuro nembo  Romanza from Adelson e Salvini  by Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835)

 A Bird in a Gilded Cage – A new tune for an old song (written 2009 based on the original song from 1900) ) by Elaine Fine (1959 – ), lyrics by Arthur J. Lamb (1870-1928)

Performed by Elise Ragland, soprano, Melanie Richards, pianist, and Pat Yingst, flutist


Piano, February 15, 2023


Program Leader:  Pat Yingst Song Leader:  Elise Ragland Accompanist:  Melanie Richards

Together We Sing: I’m Always Chasing Rainbows, p. 58


 Italien by Fannie Mendelssohn Hensel (1805-1847)

Cool and Silent is the Lake by  Gladys Davenport (1895-1961)   

Performed by Elise Ragland, soprano, and Angelica Lopez, pianist


Impromptu in B-flat major, op.142, no.3  by  Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Novelette no.3 in E minor by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

Performed by Felicity Coltman, pianist


Deh vieni,non trader from Le Nozze di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  (1756-1791)

O Mio Bambino by Giacometti Puccini (1858-1924)

Performed by Deborah Scott Hammons, soprano, and Carolyn McColloch, pianist


Music by Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918):

General Lavine – Eccentric, Bruyeres, and Les Fees Sont d’Exquises Danseuses from Preludes, Book 2    

Cloches à travers les feuilles and Poissons d’or from Images, Book 2

L’Isle Joyeuse

Performed by Tim Woolsey, pianist


Strings and Piano, January 18, 2023


Program Leader:  George Edwards Song Leader:  Suzy Gallagher Accompanist:  Brian Grothues

Together We Sing: Shenandoah, p. 14


Winter:  II. Largo, III. Allegro from Concerto in F minor, RV 297  by Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) 


Performed by Ruby Smith, violinist, and Gregory Shields, pianist


Allegro molto and Rondo from Sonata in D major, Op.6 for one piano, four hands  by  Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) 

Performed by Kathryn Govier and Marcia Edwards, pianists


Vivace ma non troppo from Sonata in G major for violin and piano, Op.78 by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) 

Performed by Kay Mueller, violinist , and Angelica Lopez, pianist


Scherzo No.2, op.31 by Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)

Performed by Grace Huang, pianist


I.  Allegro agitato from Sonata in A minor, Op.36 for cello and piano  by   Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) 

Performed by Terri Freeland, cellist, and Brian Grothues, pianist

Holiday Coffee, December 7, 2022


Program Leader: Gena Tabery Song Leader: Charles Palmer Accompanist: Kathryn Govier

Together We Sing: I Heard the Bells, p. 48


  II. Andante and III. Allegro from Sonata No. 2 in D major for Viola da Gamba, BWV 1028 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) 

      Performed by Terri Freeland, cellist and Melanie Richards, pianist


Holiday Songs

A Slumber Song of the Madonna by Michael Dewar Head (1900-1976)

In The Bleak Midwinter by Sherri Porterfield (1995), words by Christian Rossetti (1830 -1894)

Still a Bach Christmas:  Still, Still, Still and Air from Orchestral Suite in D by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Pine Cones and Holly Berries and It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas by  Meredith Wilson (1902-1984)

Performed by Elise Ragland, soprano, Charles Palmer, baritone, Pat Yingst, flutist, and Maxine Gomes, guest pianist


Nocturne et Allegro Scherzando by Phillipe Gaubert (1879-1941)

Performed by Pat Yingst, flutist and Brian Grothues, pianist


O, Holy Night by Adolph Adam (1803-1856)

Performed by Katharine Shields, soprano and Mary Parse, pianist


My Christmas Song for You (1944) by Hoagy Carmichael (1899-1982) with lyrics by Furniss Peterson ((1890-1956)

The Christmas Song (1945) by Mel Torme (1925-1999) with lyrics by Robert Wells ((1922-1998)

White Christmas (1942) by Irving Berlin (1888-1989)

Performed by Charles Palmer, baritone and Kathryn Govier, pianist


SING-A-LONGS, Hanukkah and Christmas Carols

High School Competition 20/21 Winners

2020/2021 High School Competition Winners

Because of the pandemic, this year’s High SchoolAwards contest was limited to high school seniors.The Maurer and Putter Awards were given to the First and Second Place winners, who also shared the Rudd Supplemental Award. The Wilcox Award money, normally given to First and Second Place winners in 9th to 11th grades, was used to create a Third place senior award.

Elliot Kim, First Place Winner

First Place winner is Elliot Kim, Violinist, who won First Place in the Wilcox Contest in 2018. He has studied violin for 12 years, the last 9 with William Dick of Austin. Among his many awards is acceptance to the National Youth Orchestra of the United States ofAmerica in 2020 and 2021. He is first violinist and founding member of the OPUS String Quartet, sponsored by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. He is also an award-winning pianist. Elliot will attend the University of Pennsylvania in the fall, where he plans to continue his music studies and ensemble participation while focusing on pre-medical course work.

Violinist Laoise Matsumoto, Second Place Winner

Second Place went to Laoise Matsumoto, Violinist, and student of U.T. Professor Sandy Yamamoto. Laoise began her violin studies at the age of three, with Kristi Manno. She has participated in numerous festivals, music camps, and institutes over the years, and has won many awards, including two first place awards and a second place award in the 2020 Great ComposersCompetition, an international online competition. Laoise will enter the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in the fall, and will study with Professor Sibbi Bernhardsson. She plans to go on to Masters and Doctoral programs after her undergraduate studies.

Flutist Ella Jones, Third Place Winner

Ella Jones, Flutist, won the Third Place Award. She is a student of Ann Kjerulf Knien, who has given us several winners in the past. Ella has won many honors, including first chair in All-State Band, First Place in the Junior Division of the Austin Flute Society’s Young Artist Competition, and 3rd Place in its Senior Division. She will attend Trinity University in San Antonio in the fall, where she has been invited to play in their wind symphony and orchestra.

Fielder Grant 2021 Recipients

 The Bonnie Cummins Fielder Grant for Career Advancement is awarded biennially to promising vocalists who are beginning a music career. This year’s finals were held on May 5 at the Steinway Gallery of Austin: the judges were Liz Cass from LOLA and Ron Ulen, Professor of Voice, Texas State University.  

Catherine Goode studied at the University of Houston and Michigan State University, where she received her Master’s Degree in Performance. Ms. Goode performed this past year with the Kentucky Opera as well as in the Merola Opera Program, where she was named as Young Artist for 2021. One of her career goals is to create roles and commission a song cycle for women composers.

Renée Pape is a soprano who holds a Master’s Degree in Music, Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Houston. She also studied at the Moores School of Music, where she recently performed in Carmina Burana. Ms. Pape is Resident Artist, Opera North and, in 2019, she was named Emerging Artist at Opera in the Ozarks.

Brian Yeakley, currently the director of the Houston opera company
Operativo, also studied at and holds degrees from the University of Houston. Mr. Yeakley has pending contracts for 2021 at both the San Antonio Opera and Opera Saratoga, where recently he showcased his talents(from the ridiculous to the sublime) in performances from Pirates of Penzance and Madama Butterfly.