Zachary Edmonds of Yadkinville was recently honored in receiving his “Gold Cups” earned from the National Federal of Music Clubs Junior Festival piano competition held at Wake Forest University.
The NFMC has grown into one of the world’s largest music organizations since its founding in 1898. They are the only music organization to hold membership in the United Nations. The organization provides opportunities for musical study, performance and music appreciation to more than 200,000 members nationwide in its 6,500 music-related clubs and organizations. The organization is dedicated to finding and fostering young musical talent and sponsor nationwide Junior Festivals with more than 117,000 participants. The mission of the NFMC is to advance and develop American music and musicians. They are a non-profit philanthropic and educational organization dedicated to music education and the promotion of the creative and performing arts across America.
North Carolina hosts 13 state-wide Junior Festival Music events each year as part of the NFMC program. This year over 4000 students competed state-wide in their local events. Zachary is a student of the Music Studio of Teresia Ann Queen in Advance. His awards have been three years in the making; in that students compete for three years, trying for a rating of Superior each year. A Superior rating earns the students five points, toward the total of 15 required to earn the first level Gold Cup award. The NFMC award is a nationally recognized program.
Zachary is the son of Christi and Tim Edmonds and is a fifth-grader at Forbush Elementary School. He first entered the NFMC Junior Festival his third-grade year competing in the Piano Solo event, Hymn playing event and the American Patriotic/Folk Song event. After three years of competition with Zachary earning a rating of superior in each event, he won his NFMC 15-point gold cups this year. Zachary is on track to progress up to the 30-point cups by his eighth-grade year and to earn the coveted NFMC 45 point cups his junior year of high school.
The area festival competitions are designed to promote the study of music, to stimulate interest in American music and to encourage each participant to reach a high standard of musical achievement. The Wake Forest Junior Festival provides opportunities for both young and adult musicians to perform, receive an evaluation from qualified judges and work towards earning honors and awards that are recognized nationally.