Founded in 1886 as a community of music lovers and musicians, the Friday Morning Music Club, Inc., has promoted classical music in the Washington area for over 130 years. FMMC’s public concerts—now held throughout the week and no longer just on Friday mornings—provide performing members with a host of outlets for their talents and delight audiences in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia. All concerts are free and performed as a public service.
FMMC sponsors an excellent symphonic orchestra, Avanti, conducted by Pablo Saelzer, and an outstanding Chorale, conducted by Paul Leavitt. Additional opportunities for members to explore music together without audition include outreach recitals at senior facilities, in-home musicales, and master classes. The Club also fosters the development of local talent through competitions for local students and recitals by student members. Through the Friday Morning Music Club Foundation, it supports renowned international competitions for emerging professional string players, pianists, singers, and composers.
The Club publishes a monthly newsletter for its members from September through May, plus an annual Yearbook and Membership Directory.
FMMC relies on modest annual dues, augmented by contributions, to cover its basic administrative and concert production expenses. The Club is run entirely by member volunteers at minimal cost, with the vast majority of its budget going to support its musical activities.
Check our calendar for coming concerts, peruse this site for FMMC performance opportunities and competitions, and get involved! Music lovers, as well as musicians, are welcome to join and support our activities.
The Friday Morning Music Club gratefully acknowledges assistance received from the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington’s Business Volunteers for the Arts Program.