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Friday Musicale of Jacksonville Florida


Claudia L'Engle Adams Founder of Friday Musicale

"The idea for a musical club originated with Mrs. Claudia L'Engle Adams, wife of Charles E. Adams. Mrs. Adams was a musician of great ability and rare musical feeling, who had fine musicale training at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Baltimore, Maryland (est. 1868). She was not only a pianist with fine technique and much originality of interpretation, but possessed a fine voice and sang with much dramatic feeling and power."

from History of the Ladies' Friday Musicale by Isabelle S. Perry, Secretary (c. 1906)

Claudia, first child of John Claudius L'Engle and Sarah Cornelia Daniel, was born June 22, 1865. She had two brothers and two sisters, one of whom was Miss Mary Evalyn L'Engle (1875-1948). She married Mr. Adams on September 25, 1889. She gathered her musical friends in her home in January 1890 and became the first president. At noon February 10, 1895 she died at her home on East Monroe Street. Her obituary relates that she was a woman of many admirable traits, an earnest church worker, and loved by all who knew her.



                         The Ladies' Friday Musicale of Jacksonville Florida

                                              Charter Members

Mrs. Charles S.Adams (Claudia L'Engle Adams)

 Mrs. Bion H.Barnett   

(Lina L'Engle Barnett)

Mrs. Blair Burwell

Miss Elizabeth Gale

Miss Ruth Greenleaf

later Mrs. John H. Douglas

Mrs. George Pace

Mrs. Arthur F. Perry

Mrs. Van Winder Shields

 Mrs. Windle W.Smith 

later Mrs. J. H.Selkirk

Mrs. John T.Walker

Miss Mae Williams  

later Mrs. Joseph McLaurin

                                      Organized 1890

Club Colors: White and Gold Club Flower: Yellow Jasmine

     Founder, Mrs. Claudia L'Engle Adams


Past Presidents of Friday Musicale Jacksonville florida

Mrs. Claudia L'Engle Adams                      

Mrs. Ruth Greenleaf Douglas                          

Mrs. Arthur F. Perry.                                    

Mrs. Montgomery Corse                                  

Mrs. John G. Christopher                                

Mrs. James C. Darby                                      

Mrs.Thomas Hilditch                                       

Mrs. Ruth Greenleaf Douglas                           

Mrs. James C. Darby                                       

Mrs. Charles Davies                               

Mrs. Montgomery Corse                                 

Mrs. Ruth Greenleaf Douglas                            

Mrs. James C. Darby                                       

Mrs. Jay Harvey Durkee                            

Mrs. Matilda Fleming O'Donald                       

Mrs. Ruth Greenleaf Douglas                           

Mrs. Richard P. Marks                                    

Mrs. Jay Harvey Durkee                                 

Mrs. James McNeill Wright                             

Mrs. Lina Gerow Bond                                   

Mrs. James Y.Wilson                                   

Mrs. Abel Amherst Coult                                

Mrs. Elmer W Savage                                    

Mrs. Lawrence Adams                                    

Mrs. Robert Lee Hutchinson                           

Mrs. S. Bryan Jennings                                   

Mrs. George J. Avent                                     

Mrs. Frank W. Brown, Jr.

Mrs. Richard G. Skinner

Miss Genevieve McMurray

Mrs. E. Screven Bond

Mrs. Walter F. Rogers(Mary Harrell)

Mrs. William Arthur Gatlin, Sr.

Mrs. Francis M. Holt

Mrs. George W. Kennedy

Mrs. Donald P. Black

Mrs. A. Lee Powell             

Mrs. Peyton J. Watson                                                        

Mrs. S. H. Berg                                                                 

Mrs. John W Donahoo (Jeanne)                                          

Mrs. William J. Hildebrandt                                               

Mrs. Jacob F. Bryan, III                                                    

Mrs. J. Henson Markham (Wilma)                                       

Mrs. Raymond H. King (Eleanor)                                        

Mrs. Charles M.Wells, Jr. (Leslie)                                       

Mrs. F. MacCarthy Perry (Inez)                                           

Mrs. Louis E. Joos (Genevieve)                                           

Mrs. Gordon P. Blitch (Madge)                                          

Mrs. Ivan H. Smith                                                            

Mrs. Lloyd T.Thurmond                                                      

Mrs. Frank P. Maxwell (Dorothy)                                      

Mrs. William E. Elsberry (Georgia)                                     

Mrs. John J. Powell (Sarah)                                                 

Mrs. Gordon V. Brown (Pat)                                               

Mrs. Harold R. Clark (Vivian)                                             

Mrs. R. Walker Barfield (Madoline)                                     

Mrs. J. Beatty Williams, Jr. (Marian)                                   

Mrs. Fred M. Cox (Julanne)                                                 

Mrs. Henry Comely, Jr. (Peggy)                                        

Mrs. Mclver M. Brooks (Jean)                                           

Mrs. Michael Fisher (Dr. Linda)                                         

Mrs. Walter C. Beattie (May)                                              

Mrs. Robert McDowell (Mike)                                             

Mrs. John W. Snow (Patricia)                                             

Mrs. Joel Fleet (Margaret)                                                   

Mrs. Robert McDowell (Mike)                                            

Mrs. Sam I. Smith, Jr. (Rosa)                                              

Mrs. Arthur T Boone (Doris)                                               

Mrs. Luther B. Keay (Christine)                                        

Mrs. William J. Adams (Anne)                                            

Mrs. John F. Dunnington (Jennie)                                        

Ms. Christine Armington Clark                                          



Friday Musicale Historical Notes

1890-1892 In January, Mrs. Charles S. Adams (Claudia L'Engle) gathered eleven musical friends in her home for weekly afternoons of music study. In 1892, an organizational meeting was launched for music lovers that met in the Public Library. These friends continued to meet in their homes through 1893. The group then moved to the music studio of Professor F.W. Chase, organist at St. John's Church who delivered a first lecture.

1893-1895 These formal gatherings turned into a formal organization with the drafting of bylaws and election of officers. First President was Mrs. Charles S. Adams (Claudia L'Engle Adams,); Miss Elizabeth Gale, vice president; Mrs. Arthur F. Perry, secretary and treasurer. The group was named "Ladies' Friday Musicale" with the goal "first - to advance the interests and promote the culture of musical art in Jacksonville; second - the mutual improvement of its members." Three members signed for a prospective member, who performed one work before being voted for membership. A twenty-five cent fine was levied for non-performance. Annual dues were $2.00. Sadly, the founder died while still in office before her 30th birthday in 1895.

1895-1900 John Douglas was elected to complete the first president's term. Chorus work was started and the first public entertainment was presented in April 1896 in the Park Opera House for the benefit of the local hospital (St. Luke's on Palmetto Street). In 1898, we joined the National Federation of Musical Clubs and the National Music Teachers Association, sending delegates to the convention in St. Louis. The first oratorio was presented in April 1899, assisted by the all-male Apollo Choral Club.

1901-1904 The closing public concert was given on May 2nd in Prof. Battle's studio in the

Board of Trade Auditorium. However, the last meeting on May 3rd never took place because of the disastrous fire that literally burned the heart of downtown Jacksonville. After the Great Fire, fourteen members answered roll call in November at Prof. Battle's new studio in the Masonic Temple building. A Solano Grove neighbor of Delius back in 1884, Madame Jutta Bell-Ranske, returned from Europe to teach, and was engaged as the chorus director in 1903-1905.

The legacy of inviting artists of world-renown began in Jacksonville through local efforts to bring famed singer, Nellie Melba on March 11,1905.

On the south side of the St. Johns River, concerts were performed in the skating rink that had been converted into a concert hall with a performance by Mme. Lillian Nordica. The first concert grand piano was purchased from Steinway for $200.

Operatic artists were engaged with Emma Eames and Marcella Sembrich and an American baritone, David Bispham. Ewald Abel, director of the Windsor Hotel Orchestra developed a chorus and conducted city-wide Saengerfest with great success.

1909-1910 The Chorus assisted the Jacksonville Chorale Society in the second of three annual Spring Music Festivals held in the Duval Theatre with conductor Walter Damrosch and the New York Symphony Orchestra. The convention of the Florida Music Teachers' Association was held concurrently with the Festival at the School of Musical Art, 112 E. Bay Street (Cable Hall).

1910-1911 The Ladies' Friday Musicale moved this year into the Woman's Club located at18 E. Duval St. There was an interest in children's work that inspired Children's Days with

programs for and by children. A 12 year old American piano prodigy, Beryl Rubinstein performed.

In April 1911 the Ladies Friday Musicale Chorus of 40 members joined together with the Jacksonville Choral Society (150 voices) in their sponsorship of the third and final Spring Music Festival featuring the New York Symphony Orchestra with conductor Walter Damrosch. The convention of the Florida Music Teachers Association was held concurrently with the Festival.

1911-1913 Mrs. Edward McDonald was elected President with membership reaching 170. Conversations began concerning the possibility of having our own building to replace the frequent


1913-1914 Concerts included American soprano, Alma Gluck with pianist Harold Bauer brought jointly with the Association of City Salesmen. Contributions were given to the Boys' Band for purchase of instruments.

1914-1915 The Twenty-fifth season of the Ladies' Friday Musicale was described in a press article as the "Musical Heart of the City." A Junior Department was started, the efforts of President Mrs. Richard Marks and Miss Margaret Haas, music teacher.

1915-1916 Victor Talking Machines were purchased for use in public school music classes. Mrs. Harvey Durkee was President. Mrs. Arthur Perry wrote a brief history of the club for the Jacksonville Carnegie Library file. Study classes were inaugurated preceding meetings with weekly chorus rehearsals.

1916-1918 Student members were listed in the Yearbook for the first time after student memberships were added to the bylaws. Celebrated Polish pianist, Ignace Jan Paderewski performed in the Armory in 1917. Because of the War, patriotic activities were sponsored with the purchase of Liberty Bonds, entertainment for military at Camp Johnston (the Naval Air Station) and benefit concerts for the Red Cross.

1918-1920 Because of the seriousness of the influenza epidemic and wartime conditions the season did not open in November. After the Armistice was signed, work resumed with Mrs. E. Screven Bond as president. Opening Concert in 1919 included Anna Case, American operatic soprano and Josef Hofmann, the pianist in separate concerts in 1920.

1920-1922 The Artists Committee presented Rosa Ponselle in concert.   Violinist George Orner gave a recital and then began organizing an orchestra of gifted students.

1922-1924 The emergence of our present-day Friday Musicale took place this year with a change in the by-laws that dropped "Ladies" from the title in recognition of the contribution of men to our organization. Celebrations took place with a luncheon honoring our charter members and past presidents. The scope of activities was enlarged at the same time to include city and state-level activities and goals. Meetings were held at the Women's Club.

1924-1926 Another innovation, the Friday Musicale Octet was organized by the President, Mrs. Marion Bowles. Organ memorial recitals in churches were also initiated for deceased members. The entire Junior Department - orchestra, chorus and leaders -- participated in the annual convention of music clubs and earned many prizes.

1926—1928 The  first  Opera Week in Jacksonville was  another innovation  for  Friday Musicale with the cooperation of the American Legion. Participants were also the Friday Musicale Orchestra with George Orner, conductor. The first history of Friday Musicale was also launched. A memorial concert was performed by organist Miss Genevieve McMurray for Mrs. Joseph H. Durkee, a gracious hostess for many "elegant after-concert parties" in her home on Ocean Street. The Junior Orchestra was awarded First Prize again in Palm Beach.

1928-1929 The Opening Reception was held in the new Woman's Club on Riverside Avenue that included Handel's "Messiah" performed with eighty trained singers to the largest audience in club history. Friday Musicale musicians gave concerts in many locations including Keystone Heights Chautauqua and over radio station WJAX at the Florida State Fair. The Philanthropic Department aided students with lessons, instruments and scholarships to summer camps in Asheville, North Carolina and Interlochen, Michigan.

1929-1931 In May of 1919 a special meeting was called by our President, Mrs. S. Bryan Jennings, to consider plans for a permanent home for Friday Musicale. Concordia Hall, a gymnasium at 645 Oak St. was purchased for $5,500 on June 3, 1929. An opening concert was held in November after intense remodeling and construction. A Mason 8c Hamlin piano was purchased. The Junior Orchestra became a senior Friday Musicale Symphony Orchestra in 1929, with fifty amateur and fifteen professional musicians under conductor George Orner.

1931-1933 Fund raising efforts to raise money for the building fund included a Bridge Tournament and Valentine card party. Metropolitan Opera star Eleanor LaMance, formerly of Jacksonville gave a concert in our auditorium. A third season of Pop Concerts was co-sponsored with the Junior League.

1933-1935 A spectacular "Gypsy Festival" was held at Epping Forest, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred I DuPont, featuring the Friday Musicale Symphony Orchestra, the Junior League Glee Club and the Gypsy Dancers. The movie "One Night of Love" with Grace Moore was sponsored for four days at the Florida Theatre. A fire in the Friday Musicale building caused damage to the orchestral music library, two pianos and the auditorium itself.

1935-1937 Because of economic conditions during the Great Depression years, the Friday Musicale Symphony Orchestra merged with the Florida State Symphony of the Works Project Administration (WPA) assisted by the WPA (Works Project Administration.). The City Recreation Department and the Friday Musicale co-sponsored a WPA Orchestra in the 9th annual performance of Handel's "Messiah."

1937-1938 Fritz Kreisler, noted violist gave a concert in the Armory under the auspices of Friday Musicale with proceeds shared with Hope Haven Hospital Fund. The Philanthropic Department presented a recital that featured three of the early scholarship students, including baritone Mac Morgan, cellist Henry Comely, Jr., and pianist Ben Jones. Thirty feet of land was purchased on the north side of Friday Musicale.

1938-1940 Friday Musicale sponsored a concert by Sergei Rachmaninoff which took place in the Armory. Music study and book reviews with related musical programs were held in the homes of members, including the home of Mrs. T. M. Kirbo, who later bequeathed her piano to Friday Musicale.

1939-1940 Our Fiftieth Anniversary Year was celebrated with Golden Jubilee events that included the Friday Musicale Chorus in concert directed by Estella Fretwell with several charter

members present. Mrs. Henry L. Richmond shared her interest in music and Florida history by arranging a program for the "Recording Hour" in March 1940. Her recordings of music of Frederick Delius were played along with piano illustrations by w. James Crosland and a lecture about Delius by Dr. Carita Doggett Corse. In May, the Little Theatre of Jacksonville presented a one-act play about Chopin at Epping Forest which was later repeated at Friday Musicale for the benefit of the Polish Relief following Paderewski's appeal on radio.

1940-1941 The  mortgage on the building was liquidated twelve years  after purchase through the generosity of the sister of the founder, Miss Mary L'Engle. A Letter of Appreciation from composer Jan Sebelius was framed and displayed.

1941-1942 The first public concert performance in memory of Frederic Delius, who lived and composed music in the Mandarin area for several years took place with a concert by the Rollins College Delius Chamber Music Group. Other concerts were by opera star Nell LaMance, and the Cincinnati Symphony, Eugene Goosens, conductor in a matinee for school children.

1942-1943 During the War, hardships and changes were in evidence at Friday Musicale. Artists were recruited from local groups. The Symphony Orchestra came under the authority of the City Department of Recreation and was re-named the Jacksonville Philharmonic with George Orner still conducting the same musicians. The Junior Department re-organized into Junior Friday Musicale with student officers.

1943-1944 A Building Fund Committee was established with recognition given also to generous members who donated physical labor and supplies for the club building and landscaping. Philanthropic work was recognized as vital to the organization and re-organized to include all past presidents living in Jacksonville. It was named the Philanthropic Committee. Mrs. Richmond continued her generous sponsorship of the annual Delius Memorial Concerts for ten years.

1944-1946 Soprano Rise Stevens performed, and in the summer of 1945 Concordia Hall was extensively remodeled. Innovations included a balcony, stage enlargement, a kitchen and updated lighting. Murals were painted by a member Florence Seymour. The Fifty-Sixth Season opened in the remodeled permanent home of Friday Musicale with membership reaching nearly five hundred.

1946-1948 Programs were given by Jacksonville Little Theatre and Thelma Johnston Baggs Dance Studio. Artist concerts were given by American pianist William Kapell and Brazilian Lyric-soprano Bidu Sayao. In 1947, a Junior Friday Musicale Symphony was started again by Mrs. Raymond H. King.

1948-1949 Friday Musicale received a generous bequest from the founder's youngest sister, Mary L'Engle, including her music and recordings. Our scholarship winner attended the Eastman School of Music.

1949-1951 Workshop programs were re-instituted for member participation in a Fourth Friday series. Marion Conner, star of the Little Theatre, presented a "Happy Christmas" program. The Junior Symphony Orchestra continued under the direction of Henry Comely, Jr., who served for six seasons.

1951-1952 Ernest von  Dohnanyi, Hungarian  composer and  pianist  at Florida  State University opened the season. Dr. Sullivan Gale Bedell lectured on "Musical Therapy," and the Sacroni Trio with Alice Biscow Sager, C. Carter Nice, Jr. and James Crosland performed. Junior Friday Musicale membership reached 100 while the Junior Orchestra totaled 58.

1953-1954 Four Jacksonville composers were featured in a first annual local composers'program.

1954-1955 Musicians from several different music schools (Florida State, Rollins College, Stetson University and University of Alabama) were featured.

1955-1957 A new Steinway piano was purchased for $5,000. The Opening Concert was changed from the first to the third Friday of October.

1957-1959 The Junior Symphony Orchestra was merged with the Mary L'Engle Advanced Orchestra to be known in the future as the Jacksonville Youth Symphony. A benefit concert by young Israeli pianist David Bar-Ulan was given for the piano fund.

1959-1961 The Annual Delius Festival was inaugurated and Jacksonville University joined with Friday Musicale in making it a city-wide event. The Delius House at Solano Grove was dismantled and moved to the Jacksonville University campus.

1961-1962 Club   members   gave   $1,100   and  period   furniture   toward   restoring  and furnishing the Delius House. A public address system was installed in the Auditorium. A new velvet stage curtain and new equipment for the kitchen were also purchased.

1962-1964 Contributions from members helped provide a practice room and piano for thenew Fine Arts building at Jacksonville University. Historical Notes like these were first printed in the Yearbook. "The Death of the Bishop of Brindisi" by Gian Carlo Menotti was presented by Friday Musicale Ensemble joining with the choirs of the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Junior Friday Musicale Chorus at Arts Festival Six in the new Civic Auditorium.

1964-1965 The celebration of the 75th Year with a Diamond Jubilee program took theplace. Two residential lots at 624 and 639 Oak St. were purchased for use as parking lots. Junior Friday Musicale celebrated a 50th Year Anniversary with a Golden Notes Tea honoring philanthropic past presidents. The Junior Friday Musicale had 168 student members, and 25 string players were in the Junior Orchestra.

1965-1967 Donations were made to pay off the mortgages on the Mason-Hamlin piano and also on the parking lot, which was paved. Dues were increased to $20.00.

1967-1968 A concert by the University of North Carolina Men's Glee Club was presented a gift to the community. The charter was rewritten to incorporate new tax laws and 501 (c) 3 provisions. The Junior Orchestra added brass and woodwinds for a more complete orchestra of forty members.

1968-1970 The Genevieve McMurray Scholarship Fund was established by Mrs. Louis Joos and her son, William, in memory of our past president, beloved teacher, and organist. A Steinway concert grand was purchased and dedicated in 1970 with a bequest of Mrs. Henry L. Richmond and other gifts.

1970-1972 Beethoven's Bicentennial was observed by a special study program.  The mortgage on the Oak St. parking lot, purchased in 1964, was paid off.

1972-1974 WJCT Stereo 90 transmitted three concerts from our auditorium. The Junior Friday Musicale participated in the Delius Festival. Friday Musicale won a 1974 Eve Award.

1974-1976 America's 1776 Bicentennial Year included a program "See America First" withslides and musical accompaniments by the Marines at the Naval Air Station at Cecil Field.

1976-1978 Anne Koscielny, pianist and former Junior Musicale member, opened the season with a memorial tribute to W. James Crosland, her much-beloved teacher. Break-ins resulted in the loss of silver service and damage to the building. C. Edward Bryan gave a projection screen in memory of W. James Crosland. Film Festivals featuring Verdi and Liszt were held. Dues rose to $30.

1978-1980 A major campaign was launched for building improvements including three new heating/air conditioning units, re-painting and installation of foyer murals. A Resolution of Appreciation was drawn up for Amy Wilcox who gave matching funds. Gifts from Annie Mae Skinner established a substantial Building Fund for ongoing preservation.

1980-1982 The Philanthropic Committee awarded four equal college scholarships for the first time. Annie Mae Skinner was honored with a luncheon for her gift of an electric dishwasher. A needlepoint on the balcony wall with our club flower, the yellow jasmine, was made and presented by Laura Belle Macrae in January, our Founding month. Special gifts of $1,000 each in memory of members C. Edward Bryan and Irene Kirbo became the precursor of the Friday Musicale Endowment Trust Fund. The Junior Friday Musicale drew to a close, with only entertainment and cultural activity. Future Planning Funds were used to purchase property south of the Auditorium.

1982-1984 Sadly, Junior Friday Musicale was discontinued with Bylaw amendment. On a positive note, though, the evening concert in February proved popular and was added to the regular schedule.

1984-1986 Commemorative Concert was performed by three former Junior Musicale members, honoring their teachers and conductors of the 1950s. An Ad Hoc Evaluation Committee presented seven recommendations, one of which included opening First Friday Concerts to the public which was approved by the membership in 1986. The Mary L'Engle Fund was combined with the Endowment Trust Funds to permit use of interest for operating expenses.

1986-1988 Valet parking at concerts was initiated by President Dr. Linda Fisher. The bylaws were revised in 1987 and the first affiliate memberships were extended to 20 college students. Members generously responded to an appeal for contributions ($3,000) in lieu of the fund-raising bridge party. Honorary Membership was conferred upon Mrs. John W. Donahoo (Jeanne) and Mrs. F. MacCarthy Perry (Inez) in 1988. The Crosland Fund for Juniors provided its first Award to a junior high school trombonist. A gift from the Edna Sproull Williams Foundation of $5,000 and member donations provided new stage curtains, auditorium draperies and foyer valances. Florence Seymour and Phyllis Andrade restored musical wall murals. The Centennial Committee formed and club members contributed $7,000 for special events. The Delius Association of Florida gave $1,000 Centennial Gift in memory of Mrs. Henry L. Richmond, the originator of the Delius Concerts at Friday Musicale.

1989-1991 Our 100th Season, 1989-1990 was a wonderful success. During the Centennial Year under president, Mrs. Robert McDowell (Mike), we raised $12,000 to prepare the Auditorium, and stage a professional dramatization. The Mayor created a Proclamation of Friday Musicale Day on January 26, 1990. In addition, a financial grant from the City was arranged by Rosa Smith. Under the direction of Marion Conner Price, a performance was given of "A Glimpse of Our Past." The Friday Musicale Chorus performed throughout the community, under the direction of Andrew Clarke. In addition, they were invited to the White House to give a Christmas concert for President and Mrs. George Bush.

1991-1993 Grace and Cecil Milligan began their fourth year as office staff, caring for the auditorium and grounds, and overseeing increased rentals. By-laws amendments changed terms of office to two years and provided for an Assistant Treasurer. In 1992, the Philanthropic Committee provided financial aid for a high school violinist, Brian Vandenburg, to attend Brevard Music Center. A bequest of stock was received from the Estate of Elizabeth E. Larsen.

1993-1994 Historian-Librarian Ellie Vincent, prepared an album for pictures of guest artists and started a notebook for Historians' narrative histories for each term. Friday Musicale participated in American Heritage Days at the Jacksonville Landing in May with an exhibit of club memorabilia and a performance by the Chorus, directed by Anne Cornwall Johnson.

1994-1995 In October 1994, we opened the 105th Season still glowing in Centennial luster and boasting new acquisitions. Scholarships had increased to $1,500 per student per year. Everything was going well until "alas, on March 25, 1995 at 5:20 a.m. (Sunday) arson completely destroyed our building and contents including our two grand pianos, all our music, art works, antique furniture and treasures that were irreplaceable" as reported by Mrs. Joel Fleet (Margaret), President. The house maintenance committee, chaired by Jean Brooks, sprang into action, assessing the damage and salvaging equipment and supplies. Richard Suddath gave practical advice and provided trucking and storage services gratis. Meetings and concerts were rescheduled at South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church, the Woman's Club, and Riverside Presbyterian Church to complete the season. A Re-Building Committee was appointed, chaired by Mrs. Richard Suddath, which set a fund-raising goal of $500,000. Prof, and Mrs. William Hoskins responded with the first check, followed by members and friends, including English representatives who had attended the Delius Festival earlier in March. The season closed at the woman's Club with the new president, Mrs. Robert McDowell generously reprising the role of president and serving for three years until the new building was built.

1995-1998 Friday Musicale opened the season without a building but met the challenges with extraordinary work by the Social Committee and other standing committees, along with the good will of the community. Following the Opening Concert at Prudential Auditorium, the first benefit concert for re-building was presented at St. John's Cathedral on October 22, organized by John Barry, music director. The property on Oak Street was cleared and the decision to re-build on the site was made official. In February, personnel chairman Rosa Smith chaired the Appreciation Luncheon for Grace and Cecil Milligan at San Jose Country Club. In 1996, concerts were held at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. Friday Musicale history, recollected by six members, was featured on WJCT, Yesterdays Again, arranged for by Marian Williams. Jacksonville University's music division, chaired by Dr. Jon Carlson, staged a Faculty Showcase benefit in the fall, which raised $5,000. On March 26, 1997, two years after the fire, ground-breaking ceremonies for the new Auditorium were hosted by the Re-Building committee: Barbara Suddath, Leila Carter, Vivian Clark, Margaret Fleet, Charles McGowan, Sara Powell, Walter Rogers, Jr., and Mike McDowell. The 1996-1997 season ended with an elegant benefit dinner at the River Club, underwritten by local attorney, Gary Pajcic, which netted us $64,000.

A myriad of benefactors stepped forward to raise funds for rebuilding. Benefit concerts were hosted by Aaron and Mary Lou Krosnick in their home; an organ program at Riverside Church by Eric Jenson, Andrew Clarke, Daniel Francabandiero and Mary Holladay; a violin concert by Tasmin Little at Jacksonville University and others in the community. The Thelma and Robert Nied Scholarship was established and cellist Jameson Platte was named the first recipient. A magnificent Steinway concert grand piano was given by Ruth Conley in memory of her husband. The Suddath Family donated $100,000 as we neared our goal. The City Council approved an appropriations bill for $100,000 introduced by councilwoman Ginger Soud on our behalf. On Friday evening, April 3, 1998, we celebrated the Re-Opening of Friday Musicale in the new building with a concert by internationally-known pianist Boaz Sharon, underwritten by the Cultural Council. The following Sunday Afternoon the community was invited to an open house and reception. The president, Mrs. Robert McDowell, was able to announce that the "Friday Musicale Auditorium is rebuilt, open and beautiful, and without a mortgage!" and she acknowledged the confidence, encouragement, and support of the members who made it all happen.

1998-1999 The concert series opened October 16, 1998 in the new building after three years of planning, building, and furnishing. The resumption of concerts, Delius Festival, lectures, and other performances were well attended and received. Five scholarships were granted. Honorary Memberships were presented to Mike McDowell, Barbara Suddath and Richard Suddath. Scott Watkins gave a bonus recital on April 30, before his performance at Carnegie Hall on June 25th.

1999-2001 An updated computer was purchased from the Keehan Bequest. A beautiful new Steinway Concert Grand dedicated on April 28, 2000, was a gift from the Estate of Helen R. Keehan. Executives from Steinway were on hand for the dedication, since Friday Musicale is the only institution in North Florida with two Steinway concert grands on stage. Joyce Adams, Publicity Chair arranged a Channel 12 interview featuring Russian pianist Vladimir Svoysky; Ray Hickman interviewed the president on the radio program, Stereo 90 as well as numerous articles in local newspapers and magazines. More than thirty new members were added.

2001-2002 In the 112th season Honorary Memberships were awarded to Ruth Conley and Walter Rogers. Carolyn Pfohl introduced Bill Pape who donated his extensive collection of opera videos. A Donor Box was constructed to be placed in the foyer to enable concert guests to contribute to Friday Musicale. Joyce Adams and Mary Lou Krosnick co-chaired a special committee to encourage talented young musicians through a Young Pianists Competition.

2002-2004 The  113th  season saw the continuation of the Philanthropic  Committee commitment to musical education through the awards of four scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan to major in music. The Executive Board voted to increase the membership dues for the first time in seventeen years. The first annual Outstanding Young Pianists Competition winners were Kong Shi, Monica Qiu, Jocelyn Ho, and Monica Ho.

The 114th Concert Season included pianist Mordecai Shehori and duo pianists Joanne Rogers (Mrs. Fred Rogers) and Jeanine Morrison, who drew television coverage. Local violinist Max Huls performed all 24 Paganini Caprices. Fabio Mechetti joined his wife, Aida Ribiero in a concert and Mary Ellen Young lectured on the life of Fanny Mendelssohn. Christine Clark concluded the evening by playing some of Fanny's compositions. A generous anonymous donor gave the Kingdom Hall building next door and the lot behind Friday Musicale on May Street. Ida Broward Boyd donated $25,000 for the scholarship program. Virginia Jones gave us thirty-five silver serving pieces, and the Cultural Council of Jacksonville gave us a grant of $13,322.

2004-2005 Our 115th year was inaugurated at our Opening Concert by pianist Anne Koscielny, followed by world famous baritone, Simon Estes. Our concerts and lectures were enjoyed by packed audiences thanks to Dr. John Formanek's intense publicity efforts which included compiling complete listing of all media sources in our area. The Outstanding Young Pianists Auditions have become an annual event for students in grades 5-12 with a concert for the winners held in January. The estate of Jeanne Donahoo gave us a bequest of $25,000 for the Philanthropic Committee. The Cultural Council's grant was $21,774 and we netted $54,000 in building rentals through the work of staff members Nicole Brown and Rick Kohlhepp. Starting in May 2005, the building next door will be rented to the Woman's Club of Jacksonville.

2005-2006 This year's programs truly were international in nature, headlined by pianist Barbara Moser from Vienna, and followed by Daxun Zhang, double bassist, from China accompanied by Tomko Kashiwagi A treasure was given to us by Helen Lane (Mrs. Edward Lane), the Murchison-Lane Musicale Center at 630 May St. to the rear of our Oak St. property. This remarkable gift was accompanied by a generous anonymous endowment for its upkeep. We dedicated this beautiful pink house in a ceremony on May 5, 2006. The upper floor was leased to Theatreworks, producer of children's plays in the Jacksonville area. The 45th Annual Delius Festival concert was presented in March 2006. Bill Rodriguez and his son set up our first website. Kuhn Florist has kindly donated the floral arrangements for our Opening Concerts for the past 16 years. Our thanks go out to Sam and Rosa Smith for initiating this beautiful tradition.

2006-2007 The 117th season was inaugurated with the Opening concert by pianist Laurent Boukobza from Paris. The January concert included a rare performance of "A Soldier's Tale" by Igor Stravinsky, narrated by Jim Goodell, and two compositions by our own member Dr. Sharon Scholl. This concert was recorded for sale. We added a new sound system with a grant from the Community Foundation. We also received a Cultural Council grant of $22,833. We are grateful for the gift of $10,000 from the estate of Dorothea O. Smith and an anonymous gift of $5,000. Another anonymous gift of $20,000 was designated to fund the new Carolyn Day Pfohl Music Educator Award to be given to select music teachers for outstanding accomplishment. A plaque was installed in the foyer to list the names of the winners. The Outstanding Young Pianists Auditions exceeded all expectations with 28 participants.

2007-2008 The Opening Concert for the 118th season presented Stephen Ng .Tenor and Michael Rickman, piano. Kuhn Florists provided arrangements and Publix and Winn Dixie provided refreshments. We experienced a wide selection of music from the following: David Burgess, classical guitar; Boyd Jones, harpsichord (French Baroque music); Tahira whittington, cello, from The Ritz Players; and Scott Watkins, piano, Mary Lou Wesley, piano, Aaron Krosnick, violin from Jacksonville University; Lauren Boukobza, piano, from Stetson University; Archiglas, internationally known Russian vocal quartet; Lynnsey Smith with Irish Fiddle tunes; the Caribbean Steel Pan Band; Ileana Fernandez, principal pianist with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, who willingly stepped in on short notice to replace Juan Jose Zabellos who was unable to obtain a Visa. We appreciate all these exceptional performances. This year 34 students played in The Outstanding Young Pianists' Auditions.

Three of our scholarship students: Seth Bowser, piano; Rebecca Boone, soprano, and John Urban, piano performed after the Chorus' Spring Concert. A separate vocal scholarship was awarded. The judges payment was increased this year, and the scholarship amounts were increased from $1,500 to $2,000 perschool year. Jacksonville' talented Bella Voce Cabaret group performed Opera and Operetta Favorites with Jim Goodell directing and performing. In addition, Bach's "Coffee Cantata" was staged by Jim Goodell and performed by Rhonda Tinnin. soprano, Paul Phillips.tenor, and Jim Goodell, bass, with the Mary L'Engle Ensemble, David Bowen, conductor. Henson Markham suggested we schedule morning and evening programs at 11)00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. next season . We voted to change the Bylaws to have our Business Meetings begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by the programs at 11:00 a.m. The Carolyn Day Pfohl Musisc Educator Award. The first award of $1,000 was given to John Larsen on May 2nd. The chorus practiced in the first floor parlor of the Murchison-Lane Building using a Yamaha piano which was purchased with an anonymous donation. The beautiful pink house was repainted.

2008-2009 Opening our 119th Season, Board members anticipated that our President,Christine Clark would unveil innovations that reflected her long-standing association with Friday Musicale. After all, she had been a member of the Junior Friday Musicale (1968-1969) and knew well our organization and its needs. One of the major changes was taking over operations from our building next door, promptly re-named L'Engle Hall in honor of our founder, Mrs. Claudia Engle Adams and her sister Miss Mary L'Engle. The Yamaha baby grand piano was moved from the Murchison-Lane Musicale Building and proved to be much-used when our annual Young Pianist and College Scholarship Auditions rolled around. It was a perfect place for students to "warm up" and correct last-minute mistakes.

A much-anticipated addition to our Friday Musicale family was occurred in May 2009 as Chris Heacox was hired as our first Executive Director. He arrived with a generous array of skills that matched well with our goals and future needs. With a musician's background and impressive computer skills, Friday Musicale's website soon blossomed into an impressive portrayal of our goals and activities. Finally, our very experienced Concert Committee Pam Franklin, Henson Markham, Dr. Sharon Scholl scheduled a tremendous season of concerts with the addition of 7:30 p.m. performances on Friday catering to the music lovers in the community that cannot attend 11:00 performances.

Friday Musicale Executive Board


President Mr. Henson Markham

First Vice President  Dr. Sharon Scholl

Second Vice President Mrs. Stanton Franklin (Pam)

Third Vice President Mr. Angelo Goderre

Fourth Vice President Mrs. Walter C. Beattie (May)

Fifth Vice President  Mrs. Forrest Agnew (Nancy)

Chaplain Mrs. Cynthia Blaylock

Secretary.    Mrs. Jean I. Benjamin (Helen)

Corresponding Secretary. Ms. Betty Swenson Bergmark

Treasurer Mr. Goetz Neubauer

Historian                Dr. Aline M. Stomfay-Stitz

Librarian Mrs. Nell D. Stahl

Parliamentarian Mrs. Raymond H. King (Eleanor)

Immediate Past President  Ms. Christine Armington Clark

Endowment Trust Chairman Mrs. William J. Adams (Anne)


Chairmen of Standing Committees

Finance Chairman Mr. Michael Fisher

Membership Chairman Dr. Linda Fisher

Building Preservation and Maintenance Chairman Mrs. Robert McDowell (Mike)

Philanthropic Chairman Ms. Christine Armington Clark

Personnel and Rental Chairman Mr. David Foster

Year Book Chairman Mrs. John F Dunnington (Jennie)

Young Musicians Auditions and Performances

 Co-Chairman                                                                      Mrs.T. W.Adams (Joyce)

Mrs. James C. Pfohl (Carolyn)

Outreach Chairman Mr. Timothy Edwards

Carolyn Day Pfohl Music Educator Award Chairman Mrs. Stanton Franklin (Pam)

Publicity. Ms. Betty Swenson Bergmark

Board Meetings - Second Fridays @ 10:30 a.m.

September 10, October 8, November 12, January 14, February 11, March 11, April 8, May 13 Joint Board Meeting: June 3


Executive Director Mr. Christopher Heacox

e-mail: chris@FridayMusicale.com

Office Manager Mrs. Mandie McKenzie

e-mail: mandie@FridayMusicale.com

Building Superintendent Mr. Robert Ouellette (Bob)

email:  bob@FridayMusicale.com

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m.


Friday Musicale Standing Committees

Concert Committee

Chairman                                                                    Dr. Sharon Scholl

Pam Franklin  Angelo Goderre

Choral Committee

Chairman                                                                     May Beattie

Helen Benjamin           Judy Davidson                         Nell Stahl

Friday Musicale Chorus

Choral Director. Cathy Murphy Giddens

Nancy Agnew     Laura Baber     May Beattie     Helen Benjamin     Doris Boone

Judy Davidson    Jennie Dunnington     Virginia Field                  Gwen Hernandez     Sheila Huang

Anita Jones     Merle Lear     Mike McDowell     Peggy Power      Nan Rudolf

   Barbara Sapp     Nell Stahl     Sharon Teachey              Joy Urban

Social Committee
                                                                        Nancy Agnew

Special Events Pouring

Chairman                                                                         Pam Franklin

October 22                 Opening Gala                       Helen Benjamin

December 3               Christmas Coffee                       Shirley Warner

May 6                    Philanthropic Coffee               Doris Boone

First Friday Pouring

Chairman           Nell Stahl

Third Friday Pouring Committee
        Anne Adams


Luncheon Committee

Chairman                                                                                 Mike McDowell

                                               Pam Franklin

                                           Luncheon Events

January 21                                             Luncheon Honoring Past Presidents

April 15                                                     Members' Gala Luncheon

Call in luncheon reservations to the Friday Musicale Office at 904-355-7584.

Luncheon reservations and cancellations must be made not later than Wednesday at noon prior to the Friday luncheons.

Members failing to pick up reservations will be billed.

Greeting and Program Distribution

Chairman                                                                         Dr. Aline Stomfay-Stitz

Jerry Ferguson   Rosa Smith                                 Jeanne Majors

Floral Decoration

Chairman                                                                        Barbara Sapp

Doris Boone    Jennie Dunnington    Jerry Ferguson     Bill Gardner                Rosa Smith

Linen and Silverware
                                                                       Robert Ouellette

Finance Committee Chairman                                       Michael Fisher

Christine Clark        Bill Adams       Goetz Neubauer       Mike McDowell


Building Preservation and Maintenance Committee

Chairman                                                                          Mike McDowell

Doris Boone    John Dunnington    David Foster     Cecil Milligan

Membership Committee
Dr. Linda Fisher

Endowment Trust Committee 

(One member elected each year)

Chairman                                                                          Anne Adams (2014)

Eleanor King (2011)   Michael Fisher (2012)   Cathy Carnes (2013)  William Rodriguez (2015)

Past Presidents' Philanthropic Committee

Chairman                                                                          Christine A. Clark

Vice Chairman Jennie Dunnington

Secretary                                                                              May Beattie

Treasurer Mike McDowell

Scholarship recipients listed on page 8.

Personnel and Rental Committee

Chairman                                                                            David Foster

Mike McDowell

Year Book Committee

Chairman                                                                            Jennie Dunnington

May Beattie Mike McDowell

Advisory Committee

Chairman                                                                            Terrance Patterson

Martha Coleman     Harold R. Clark, Jr.      Ruth Conley

Darren Dailey      Bill Joos                          Donald Westwood 

Publicity Committee

Publicity Chairman Betty Bergmark    Dr. Sharon Scholl Dr. Aline M. Stomfay-Stitz

     Young  Musicians  Auditions  and  Performances          

Co-Chairmen Joyce Adams     and     Carolyn Day Pfohl

Cathy Carnes     Christine A. Clark     Gwen Hernandez      Mary Lou Krosnick

Mike McDowell     Hannah Lou McGowan     Barbara Sapp     

Rosa Smith                          Dr. Sandra Stewart

Outreach Committee

Chairman  Timothy Edwards

Carolyn Day Pfohl Music Educator Award Commit

Chairman                                          Pam Franklin

Anne Adams Joyce  Adams Cynthia Blaylock

Eleanor King Barbara Sapp

      Appointed Special Committees

2010 Nominating Committee

Chairman                                                 Catherine Carnes

Helen Benjamin Mike McDowell Eleanor King William Rodriguez

      By-laws Committee

Chairman                                         Goetz Neubauer    


Cathy Carnes        Christine A. Clark Walter Rogers Dr. Sharon Scholl



  Friday Musicale Honorary Membership

     Mrs. Ruth P. Conley                           Mrs. Eleanor King 

     Mrs. Robert McDowell                       Mrs. James C. Pfohl

     Mr. Walter F. Rogers, Jr.                    Mr. Richard H. Suddath 

     Mrs. Richard H. Suddath                    Mrs. Edward W. Lane, Jr.

             Friday Musicale Membership and Life Members

  Mr. T.W. (Tom) Adams

  Mr. William J. Adams

  Mrs. Anne Adams

  Mrs. Joyce Adams

  Ms. Julie Adams

  Mrs. Nancy Agnew

  Ms. Tracy Akers

  Mr. James Albert

  Mrs. Sarah K. Allen

  Mr. Nazzel Anderes

  Rev. Robert Askren

  Mrs. Ann Askren

  Mr. James P. Beasley

  Ms. Kimberly S. Beasley

  Mr. Walter Beattie

  Mrs. May Beattie

  Mr. Matt Beaudry

  Mrs. Helen I. Benjamin

  Ms. Betty Swenson Bergmark

  Ms. Joyce R. Blackburn

  Ms. Dolores N. Blandford

  Ms. Cynthia Clark Blaylock

  Mr. Brandon Blundell 

  Mr. Andy Bodi, Jr

  Mrs. Doris L. Boone

  Ms. Jana Bradley

  Ms. Doris B. Branch

  Mr. Benjamin Brewster

  Mrs. Anne Brewster

  Mr. Andrew (Andy) Brigham

  Mrs. Deborah (Debbie) Brigham

  Mrs. Ruchel Broadman

  Ms. Christina Brown


Ms. Jamie Browning

Ms. Elizabeth Cahill

Mr. Johany C. Calzada

Mr. John B. Canarina

Mrs. Catherine N.Carnes

Ms. Heather Carter

Ms. Lynn Church

Ms. Christine A. Clark

Mrs. Vivian Clark

Mr. Andrew L. Clarke

Mrs. Betty Jean Clayton

 Mr. Jeffery Clayton

 Ms. Elna C. Coble

 Ms. Jean C. Coker

 Ms. Martha Coleman

 Ms. Ayako Cone

 Mrs. Ruth Conley

 Mr. Henry Cornely Jr

 Mrs. Peggy  Cornely 

 Mr. Bob Courage

 Ms. Margaret P. Cowart

 Ms. Elna R.Crittenden

 Ms. Barbara T.Culpepper

 Mrs. Judy Davidson

 Mrs. Florence Davis

 Dr. Joanne C. Davis

 Dr. Leo  Davis

 Dr. George A. Deloney

 Ms. Catherine Del Re

  Mrs. Lou Anne Dent

  Mrs.Ruth Douglas

  Mr. I. Vance Duncan Jr

  Mrs. Isabel J. Duncan

  Mr. John F.Dunnington

  Mrs. Jennie Lee Dunnington

 Mrs. Myrtle F Edwards

 Ms. Peggy Edwards

 Mr. Timothy Edwards

 Mrs. Harriette Ehrlich

 Mrs. Shirley Elliott

 Ms. Lila J.Elliott

 Mr. William Epstein

 Ms. Isabel Feorello

 Mrs. Jerry S Ferguson

 Mrs.Virginia C. Field


Dr. Linda Fisher

 Mr. Michael W.Fisher

 Mrs. Margaret Fleet

 Ms. Vicki Floyd

 Mr. David Foster

 Mrs. Bonnie Foster

 Mrs. Jane G. Fouraker

 Mrs. Pamela C. Franklin

 Ms. Anna Fredrick

 Mr. Dominic Fusco

 Mrs. Julie Garmendia

 Mrs. Judith Gartside

 Mrs. Anna Geeslin

 Ms. Jacqquelyn H. Gibbs

 Mr. Angelo  Goderre

 Dr. Laura U. Grand

 Ms. Samatha Griffin

 Mr. Harry Gruber

 Ms. Mildred Hagans

 Mr. Lawrence Hamilton

 Ms. Mary Isabel Hamilton

 Mrs. Barbara Harden

 Mr. Charles Harden

 Mrs. Pam Harper

 Mr. Christopher J. Heacox

 Mrs Gwen Hernandez

 Ms. Sarah Hope

 Mrs. Anna Belle Hudmon

 Ms. Jeanne Huebner

 Ms. Rasheeda Humphrey

 Ms. Jamese Jackson

 Ms. Lolita Jennings

 Mrs. Edith Johnson

 Mr. Victor Johnson

 Mrs. Frances Johnson

 Mrs. Virginia Johnson

 Ms. Phyllis Jordan-Derico

 Mr. William J.Joos

 Mrs. Olga Joos

 Mrs. Christine  Keay

 Dr. Robert Kelly

 Ms. Carol M.  Kennelly

 Ms. Elizabeth Kiebler

 Mrs. Alicia Kimball

 Mrs. Eleanor King



  Dr. Frances Bartlett 

  Mrs. Mary Lou Wesley Krosnick

  Dr. Ross Krueger

Mrs. Jean Krueger

Mr. Steven K. Kruer

Mrs. Esther Kruer

Mrs. Helen Lane
Mr.John L.Layton
Ms. Merle Lear
Mrs. Elaine I.Levey
Mrs. Noel D.Liles

Mr. Andrew McDowell Lincoln

Mrs.Sara Hope Lincoln

 Mrs. Dorothy R. Lunda 

 Mr. Maurice Lussier

 Ms. Jean B. Lyerly 

 Mrs. Laura Belle Macrae

 Ms. Susan Mahla

 Mrs. Jeanne  Majors

 Mr. Henson Markham

 Mrs. Ruxandra Marquardt

 Ms. Virginia Martin

Mrs. Minerva Mason
Ms. Kimberly A.Mathis
Mr. James B.May

Mrs. Janice May

Ms. Mrs.La'dora McClendon 

Ms. Carol McCormick

Ms. Essence McCormick

Mrs. Mike McDowell

Mr. Robert A McDowell
Mrs. Hannah Lou McGowan
Mr. Timothy McLain
Mr. Troy McMullen
Mrs. Amy McMullen
Ms. Ann Merwin

Ms. Sally W. Michel

Mr.Cecil C. Milligan

Mrs. Grace M. Milligan

Dr. David R. Moomaw

Mrs. Jeanne W. Moomaw

Mrs. Paula Moore

Mr. John P. Moorman

Mrs. Julie Moorma

Mr. Greg Morgan


 Mrs. Nancy Morgan

 Ms. Frances L'Engle Moulder

 Mrs. Helene Murphy

 Mrs. Ruth M. Murphy

 Mr. John C Myers III

 Mrs. Joy Kincart Myers

 Mr. Goetz E. Neubauer

 Mrs. Gudrun Neubaurer

 Ms.Judy G. Nevel

 Mrs. Joyce Norville

 Mrs. Jenny Ohayon

 Mr. Charles Ohayon

 Dr. Thomas Owen

 Mrs. Elizabeth Owen

 Mr. Spence Perry

 Mrs. Cinda Perry

  Mrs. Carolyn Day Pfohl

  Mrs. Marjorie Potts

 Mrs. Mavis Brooks Powell

 Ms. M. Leigh (Peggy) Power

 Rev. George W. Prom

 Mr. Darren Pugh

 Mrs. Danielle Pugh

 Ms. Kathleen E.Quinn

 Mr. Eugene P. Reams

 Mrs. Margaret G.Reisler

 Mrs. Nancy L. Reynolds

 Mr. Ray Richardson 

 Mrs. Marguerite B.Richardson

 Dr. Sandra Roberts

 Ms. Raquel Rodriguez

 Capt. William J.Rodriguez

  Mrs. Beverly B.Rogers

 Mr. Walter F. Rogers Jr.

 Mrs. Ruth F. Rosenfleld

 Dr. Lisa Roziel

 Ms. Nan Rudolph

 Mrs. Patricia Sams

 Mr. Robert F Sandlin

 Mrs. Barbara Sapp

 Mr. Richard E. Sapp

 Ms. Virginia Sapp

 Mr. Frederick W Schnauss

 Ms. Camilla Schneider

 Mrs. Arial Schnusenberg


 Dr. Oliver Schnusenberg

 Dr. Sharon Scholl

 Ms. Cynthia J. Segraves

 Ms. Denise Seigler

 Ms. Daria Sergatcheva

 Ms. Margaret Sherrill

 Mrs. Ann Skinner

 Mrs. Violet W. Skinner

 Ms. Dianna G. Smith

 Mrs. Frances Smith
 Ms. Gynda Smith

 Ms. Lisa C. Smith

 Mrs. Rosa Smith

 Mrs. Patricia E. Smutney

 Mrs. Patricia Snow

 Ms. Nell D. Stahl

 Ms. Vickie  Stake

 Dr. Sandra K. Stewart

 Ms. Sharon Stokes

 Dr. Aline M.Stomfay-Stitz

  Mrs. Barbara Suddath

 Mr. Richard H.  Suddath

 Ms. Rosemary Szewczyk

 Mr. Piotr Szewczyk

 Mrs. Maria Tarjan

 Mr. Mario Tarjan

 Mrs. Dorothy Tayse

 Ms. Melony Teears

 Mr. Tyrone Tidwell

 Dr. Ethan Todd Jr

 Ms. Heather Turvey Ulbe

 Ms.Zuhal F. Ulben

 Mr. Joseph  Vautrn

 Mrs. Jane McDowell Wahl

 Ms. Angela Wall

 Mr. Franklin Warner,

 Mrs. ShirleyWarner

 Ms. Amber Warren

 Mr. Scott D.Watkins

 Ms. Linda Watson

 Ms. Vera K.Watson

 Mr. Gilbert Weise

 Mrs. Wendy Weise

 Mr. Donald C. Westwood 

 Mrs. Tracv Westwood

   Ms. Betsy J. White

  Mr. Robert L.Wilde

  Mrs. Elsie Yellin 

  Mrs.Anne Yessin

  Dr. Mary  Ellen Young


                                                                                                                                     Junior Friday Musicale

This group of young musicians, with its own club and officers, evolved from the student work begun in 1915 by Mrs. Marks, president, and Miss Margaret Haas. By 1921, the Junior Department was providing music education and private lessons for young children. The first Junior Orchestra was organized and conducted by George Orner. This orchestra, which won many prizes at district contests, grew into the senior Friday Musicale Symphony Orchestra, augmented by professional musicians in 1929. In 1942 the Junior Department was re-organized, and by 1947 a junior orchestra was again organized by Mrs. Raymond H. King. Conductors included Robert Smith, Henry Comely, Jr., and Josef Oszuscik. This Friday Musicale Junior symphony merged with the Mary L'Engle Advanced Orchestra of Duval County Public Schools in 1958 and was known as the Jacksonville Youth Orchestra. By 1961 Friday Musicale was again sponsoring the Junior Orchestra under Edgar Blain, who served ten years. Organized junior activities ended in 1984, and the W. James Crosland Fund for Juniors was established. Past presidents of the Junior Friday Musicale include:

Minerva Rogers (Mrs. Raymond K. Mason)

Ophelia Strum (Mrs. Jeffrey Faulkner)                    

Alice Withee (Mrs. John A. Kehoe)                            

Jane Atkinson                                                            

Florence Wimberly (Mrs. Frank Hellinger)                     

Fredrika Edwards Cornell                                             

Marilyn Wynne (Mrs. R. L. Humphreys)                     

Richard Gercken                                                     

Carolyn Jean Medford Glass                                     

Dottie Sue Thompson (Mrs. Gilbert B. Sypher)            

Jeanne Donahoo Clapp                                            

Marilyn Richards (Mrs. Jack M. Courtnay)                     

Kay King Conoly                                                     

Georgette Cooper (Mrs. Nelson McArthur)                     

Leslie Marie Wells (Mrs. George Mims)                     

Mimi von Glahn                                                     

Cheryl Ann Clayton (Mrs. Robert De Golia)             

Mac Perry                                                                    

Judith Fetters (Mrs. Gary A. Trickett)                            

Mary Catherine Cochran (Mrs. Arthur Zediker)            

Mary Darlene Clayton (Mrs. Jon Kent Spanos)            

Molly Owen                                                            

Tom Watson                                                           

Patricia Thurmond                                                 

Katherine Fisher (Mrs. Hilbert Levitz)                           

Margaret Leatherbury                                                   

Christine Clark                                                           

Sarah Booe (Mrs. Robert Stokes)                           

Carmen Chronister Karpf                                           

Alecia Rutan                                                            

Betsy Walker                                                          

Helen Fretwell                                                            

Christian Vincent                                                   

Beth Mercer                                                           

Theresa Thweatt (Mrs. Joseph Rulien)                            

Deborah Greene (Mrs. Steven Combs)                   

Glenna Mitchell                                                           

Kenyon Thweatt                                    

The Young Musicians Assisted by the Organization Through The Years Include:

Martha Coleman
Henry Greene
Frances Weary
Jennie Lee Kolar
Martha Fish
Richard Spruill
James Brightwell
Shirley Sweat
Tom Thornton
Terri Wester
Cliff Parrish
Kris Vail
Karen Morse
Lauree Nelson
Michael Rodney Lyon
Julia Faye Oliver
Chris Vincent
Eric Schwarz
Carl Setterlind,III
Marcus Campbell
Jameson Platte
Anne Marie Giffin
Patricia Geary
Edward Everett, IV
Francisco Jose Rodriguez
Richard Tompkins
Julie Cash
Lauren Franklin
Jennifer King 
Christina Paul
Brian Vandenburg
David Campbell
Veronica Lye
Brian King
Bob Sandlin
Hannah Barrow
Joey Camper
Lyndsay Pruett
Marion Scott
Jonathan Lawrence
Solweigh Carranza
Timothy Hodges
Carmen Chronister
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt
Christopher Barnett
Emily Davis
Brian Lundy
Ashley Walker
Brittney Burke
Douglas Katez
Anthony I. Anurca
Leah Stevens
Seth Bowser
Micah Clark
John Urban
Rebecca Boone
Matthew Young
Benjamin Clark