Thursday, February 24, 2000

Tristate music clubs at a glance

        Most music clubs meet once a month, September through May. They charge dues, which support scholarships or donations to arts organizations. A tea or lunch follows each program. Many clubs welcome guests.

        • Beyer Musical Society. Founded 1950, it began in the Hyde Park studio of music teachers Ruth and Emil Beyer. In the '90s, the house concerts became public. Meetings are held in Grandin House Parlors and other venues and feature performers from universities and winners of young artist contest put on by the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs (see below). Next program: 3 p.m. April 23, Cincinnati Art Museum Auditorium. 891-2054.

        • Clifton Music Club. Founded in 1917. Has performing and associate members. Meets monthly at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Clifton. Awards scholarships. Members are men and women from all across the Tristate. Holds performances by members and area musicians. 522-0842.

        • The Keyboard Club. Founded in 1935 by pianist Dorothy Stolzenbach Payne (1904-92). Sponsors a piano recital every September dedicated to Mrs. Payne, free and open to the public. Meets twice a month in members' homes. Awards scholarships, plus a stipend to the Over-the-Rhine Steel Drum Band at the Peaslee Neighborhood Center to provide piano study for children. Anyone may join. 861-6104.

        • The MacDowell Society. Founded in 1913 to further the appreciation of all the arts. Named for American composer Edward MacDowell. Supports the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. Awards the Cincinnati MacDowell Medal to a distinguished members of the arts community. Membership by invitation. They present programs in homes and other venues. 321-8151.

        • Matinee Musicale Club. Founded in 1911. The grande dame of music clubs. Members include professors of music and symphony players. Members must perform and need letters of recommendation to join. Sponsors a public concert series of international artists in the Scottish Rite Auditorium, downtown. Next concert: 2 p.m. March 26, the Alexis Trio. 961-0622.

        • Middletown Music Club. Founded in 1893. Awards scholarships. Meetings are in members' homes. Members join by invitation and must perform. On two guest nights, anyone may attend. Next guest night: April 13. (513) 422-7565. • Music Lovers. Founded in 1913. Members perform in homes and must be recommended by a current member. 231-7551.

        • National Federation of Music Clubs. Founded in 1898. The parent organization of the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs. Ohio members include the West Hills, Middletown, Warren County, Xenia and Dayton music clubs, Beyer Musical Society, Northern Hills Piano Teachers Forum and the Oxford Music Teachers Forum. Dayton Music Club is the oldest, founded in 1888.

        National headquarters: 1336 North Delaware St., Indianapolis, Ind. 46202; (317) 638-4003.

        • The Symphony Club. Founded in 1923 to support the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Supports the CSO Lollipop Concerts with its “April Affair.” Also donates $1,500 annually to CCM Preparatory Program, Oak Tree Montessori School, the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra and Cincinnati Opera Outreach. Members do not perform, but present guest performers and speakers in luncheon meetings. Anyone may join. 576-0407.

        • West Hills Music Club. Founded in 1924. Maintains its own Baldwin grand piano. Awards scholarships. Established the West Hills Music Club Trust Fund. Monthly meetings are in the parlor of the Westwood Cheviot Church of Christ. 385-2209.

        • Woman's Clef Music Club. The Woman's Music Club (1909) and Clef Music Club (1925) merged this year. Members must perform and provide letters of recommendation to join. Awards scholarships to college students. 891-0795 or 825-6052.

        Wyoming Music Club. Founded in 1926. Meets in members' homes. Awards a $1,500 scholarship to a Cincinnati-area college student and scholarships to Wyoming Schools music students. Members must audition to join. 522-2345.


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