Conventions and Conferences

Ohio Federation of Music Clubs 91st State Convention

Hosted by District I (Northeast Ohio) in Warren, Ohio

May 20-22, 2021

The Convention Committee planned an informative state convention including wonderful music, good fellowship and delicious food.

The OFMC Executive Committee met for dinner, a concert and a meeting on Thursday, May 20 at the home of Karl & Jeannine Morris. A concert was given by Enzo Chiodi, a sophomore classical guitarist, who received the 2020 Agnes Fowler Award at Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University.

On Friday, May 21, all events until 4 pm were held at the historic Kinsman House-Warren Heritage Center located on what was Millionaire’s Row in downtown Warren. Ron Marenchin, OFMC president, appointed new chair at the Board of Directors meeting.

Donna Gerber, chair of the Helen Curtis Webster Award at The Cleveland Institute of Music, introduced Sidney Link, the award recipient, who is a second-year master’s student at CIM. Sidney presented viola solos as the prelude to the Convention in the parlor of the WHC. She was accompanied by Margot Verstraeten, also a student at CIM.

President Marenchin called the convention to order, and the invocation was given by Lorelei Heineman, chaplain. Jason Volovar, OFMC first vice president, led us in the Pledge of Alligiance and the Federation Collect. Christy Smith, convention accompanist, accompanied the Federation Hymn.

Welcomes were given by Peggy Elliott, district I president; Jeannine Morris, convention chair and a past OFMC president. Donna Gerber and Christy Smith, past OFMC presidents, also welcomed the attendees.

Julie Riegle, OFMC recording secretary, called the roll of clubs and Life members, read the minutes of the 2019 Board of Directors meeting and reported on Board Action and recommendations from the meeting that morning. Ms. Heineman, chaplain, gave the blessing at lunch in the WHC sitting room and library. Jim Valesky, chair of the WHC board, told the history of the house and gave a tour.

Three judges determined that Warren Music Club received the OFMC Achievement Record Book award.

Amanda Beagle, a vocal instructor in the theater and dance department at Youngstown State University, sang three solos at the Memorial Service. Ms. Heineman, led in the Time of Remembrance.

The OFMC Family of the Year was The Jack Ciarniello Family. Jack serves at YSU as the coordinator and lecturer of the Music Recording degree program at Dana School of Music. He did a “Name that Tune” segment and performed piano solos. His wife, Chrystal, and daughter, Ruby sang, and Ruby played the piano.

The banquet, honoring district and club presidents was held at St. Paul Lutheran Church. The welcome and introductions was given by Jeannine Morris, mistress of ceremonies. Donna Gerber, district and club presidents council chair, led the parade of presidents. OFMC Adult Composition Contest winner, Denise Eikum, performed two of her original piano compositions. Niranjan Bhagwat, violinist, and Pam Williams Rumer, soprano, performed “Blessings and Thanksgiving” with her.

President Marenchin, the keynote speaker, talked about OFMC and NFMC Competitions and Awards. Dr. Randall Goldberg, director and associate professor of music at YSU’s Dana School of Music, was presented an OFMC citation by President Marenchin. Pat Brooks, district III president, presented the Courtesy Resolutions.

The public concert opened with an organ prelude presented by Sean Baran, OFMC Junior Counselor. The Living Lord Lutheran Church Handbell Choir, directed by Lynn Walter, performed three numbers. Donna Gerber, OFMC Young Artist chair, introduced Alex Hersch, the National Federation of Music Clubs 2019 Young Artist winner in strings from Chicago, who presented a cello concert. He was accompanied by Dr. Nancy DeSalvo, chair of the keyboard department at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. A reception honoring the Young Artist was hosted by district I clubs following the concert.

Saturday was devoted to the Junior Division. The festival chairs met to review the use of Vivace, the new online Festival Management System. A panel discussion of Junior Division activities was led by the chairs of those activities. The Elizabeth Gerber Competition (younger than 7th grade), was chaired by Linda Rinderknecht. First and second place awards from the OFMC Foundation and a third place award from the Camarata Music Club were presented. Group pictures were taken. Susan

Carlock, chair of the OFMC Junior Composition contest, introduced the winners, who performed their original compositions.

There were fifty-five reservations for the Balloons, Lollipops and Bubbles luncheon honoring the juniors on Saturday. Teachers from the I-B festival served the luncheon.. The juniors’ luncheons were complimentary, and their families and teachers attended the luncheon with them. Kathy Savinell, OFMC festival chair, was the keynote speaker.

Jason Volovar performed a piano solo to open the afternoon events. Sean Baran gave a Pedals and Pipes presentation on the Austin pipe organ at St. Paul Lutheran Church, for the juniors, to inspire them to take organ lessons.

Linda Rinderknecht, chair of the junior competitions, introduced the Marilyn Walter Competition for grades 7-9 and the Charlotte & Alfred Gray Competition for grades 10-12. First, second and third place awards were presented from the OFMC Foundation for both competitions, and group pictures were taken.

 – Jeannine Morris, convention chair

______________________________________________________________________________  OFMC 2021 DISTRICT CONFERENCES

District I:  April 10

District II:  April 17

District III:  April 24

District IV:  May 1



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at the Sheraton Norfolk Hotel in Norfolk Virginia 






























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