History • 1954-1963

Meetings and Conventions

 

1954 – 26th State Convention (1st Biennial) – Hibbing
1955 –
  • Michon de Villier – Violin – Austin – State Stillman Kelly Award
  • Young Artist – State, District & National Finalists
    • Donna Pegors – Dramatic Soprano – Minneapolis
    • Richard Adams – Violin – Minneapolis – State Winner
  • Student Auditions – State winner:
    • Kathryn Simpson – Red Wing – Piano
1956 – 27th State Convention (2nd Biennial) – Alexandria
  • Revised Constitution and By Laws – submitted and approved
1957 –
  • Student Auditions State Winners:
    • Sharon Croskrey – Soprano – St. Peter
    • Kenneth Peterson – Baritone – St. Olaf College — (both Sharon and Kenneth received Ethelwynn Kingbury Award
    • Marie Morrisey Keith – Soprano – State Winner
    • Joanne Soehl – Dramatic Soprano – Minneapolis
    • Works of four Minnesota composers — Celius Dougherty, Ruth Taylor Magney, Earl George, and F. Melius Christiansen — were presented at the National Biennial in Columbus, Ohio
  • A strong Crusade for Strings was inaugurated in Minneapolis with the organization of the Twin City Philharmonic Society, a Youth Orchestra and a Junior Orchestra.
1958 – 28th State Convention (3rd Biennial) – Minneapolis
  • Published a catalog of available published works and manuscripts of Minnesota Composers
    • 1100 senior Members, 400 junior members
  • Performers: Temple of Aaron Choir, Messiah Lutheran Choir, St. Catherine’s Choral Club, Elaine Meltz & Marvin Bienstock – Folk Music, Richard Zgodava, National Young Artist Winner
1959 –
  • Five music groups welcomed into Federation.
1960 – 29th State Convention (4th Biennial) – Duluth
  • Mrs. Chas. Pardee, guest – Vice President Central Region. Performers: Mrs. Robert. Couture, Duluth Light Opera Company

1961 – NATIONAL CONVENTION held in Kansas City, Mo.

  • MN, ND, SD, NE were hostess groups dressed in Scandinavian costumes.
1962 – 30th State Convention (5th Biennial) – Moorhead
  • Mrs. Bullock, National President, honored guest
1963 –
  • State Board plans for Sixth Biennial Convention.

 

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