The Friday Morning Music Club (FMMC) has been a prestigious music organization in Washington, DC since 1886, helping to found the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Performing Arts Society, and Concerts in Schools. Membership is open to musicians and music lovers. Musician members pass a professional audition to perform in the concerts sponsored by the Club. All programs are free and open to the public.
FMMC offers many free chamber and solo recitals to the public:
Every Friday at noon from October through May at Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St., NW.
Monthly concerts from October through May at Strathmore Hall on Rockville Pike in North Bethesda at 11 am the first Thursday of each month.
Monthly concerts from October through May at the Ellipse Gallery in Arlington, at noon on a Thursday.
Monthly concerts from October through May at the Old Town Hall in Fairfax, Virginia, 11 am on a Thursday. Monthly concerts from October through May at the Dumbarton House in Georgetown, at noon on a Tuesday. The FMMC Orchestra performs four concerts each season at various venues including the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. The FMMC Chorale presents two concerts a year with the orchestra at the First Baptist Church, 16th and O streets, NW, Washington, DC.
The FMMC Foundation presents the Washington International Competition annually to assist young vocal, piano and string performers who are ready to launch careers as concert artists. Competition events are free and open to the public. Last year's competition was held March 13 - 14, 2004. Annual competitions are offered to high school students in Strings, Piano, Winds, Brass and Percussion, and for Voice for ages 17 through 22. A semi-annual competition is held for high school age composers.
In addition to the above, FMMC sponsors a series of concerts at various venues featuring music by area composers. Members also provide programs for nursing and retirement homes through FMMC's Outreach Program. FMMC invites student memberships. Student members present a series of monthly concerts at various venues in the greater Washington, DC area.