Become a member of Ladies Musical Club

Ladies Musical Club (LMC) members participate in a wide variety of rewarding music activities and collaborations with other women of similar interests. Join us in growing our presence and influence in the community. LMC membership is open to music and fine-arts advocates as well as actively performing musicians. In addition to our outreach programs, LMC promotes music among its members through interest groups, master classes, special events, professional networking and community building. All ages are welcome!

Nicole Kim at the piano

 

Membership categories

Member At-large:
A member who does not perform as part of the Public Concert Series, but supports the LMC mission by the gifts of time and special expertise to the Club. Application materials required. See below for application details.

Performing Member:
A member who is eligible to perform in the Public Concert Series. Audition and application materials required. See below for audition requirements.

Benefits of Membership
Whether performing or simply supporting music in our community, LMC Members enjoy delightful camaraderie and establish many life-long friendships. All members are strongly encouraged to participate in LMC activities, programs and events. This can mean attending public concerts, helping in the schools, participating on a volunteer committee for an event, serving on the Board of Directors or creating a fabulous new program!

Performance groups

General Performance Group
LMC performance groups offer great opportunities to get together with members and provide excellent performance practice for those trying out new pieces for upcoming concerts. However, a performance is not required. Any member of LMC is welcome to attend. LMC’s general performance group is open to all instruments and voice members, and meets in the afternoon on the last Sunday of each month.

Piano Performance Group
LMC pianists and other interested members meet monthly to perform and share lunch. Participating members take turns hosting.

Member meetingsclaudia-kester-and-carolyn-maia
Each year, LMC holds a few member meetings to socialize, enjoy a tidbit of live performance, and get caught up on business.

Committee and Board Positions
In addition to positions on the governing Board of Trustees, members may choose from a variety of committee and other special jobs.

Recital Performance Opportunities (performing members only)
Upon successful audition and payment of dues, performing members are invited to sign up to perform as part of our free Public Concert Series.Malya sings Mahler

“Art of the Piano” at Seattle Art Museum (performing members only)
One of the LMC season highlights celebrates member-pianists in the presentation of the “Art of the Piano” at Seattle Art Museum, downtown Seattle, in January. This annual performance showcases the talent of our LMC pianists as well as the canon of great piano works. The concert is presented at 12 p.m. as part of the Seattle Art Museum’s free first Thursday events.

Opera Workshop Program (performing members only)
As part of LMC’s free public concert series, the Opera Workshop presents semi-staged opera scenes or complete one-act operas several times per year. A wide variety of opera repertoire is explored by our wonderful member singers, as well as frequent guests.

Joan Lundquist and Nicole Truesdell
LMC members Joan Lundquist & Nicole Truesdell play for LMC Opera’s Shakespeare program in partnership with Seattle Public Library’s exhibit of Shakespeare’s First Folio – April 2016

Applying for membership

Performing and At-Large membership is by invitation of the Board of Trustees, based on audition or résumé review. Annual dues are $100 for both At-large and Performing Members over age 32.  Members who are age 32 and under pay $90 per year. Dues for members accepted during the winter/spring auditions will be half the annual rate. There is a non-refundable $25 application fee, which will be applied to the annual dues for successful applicants. To apply:

Download the LMC application for membership (PDF).
Complete the application. Save and place your name where indicated in the file name.
Email the completed application to our membership committee.
Applicants can email the LMC membership committee at membership@lmcseattle.org with any questions that are not answered on the website, or if the application process cannot be completed.

LMC Member-musician auditions
LMC Performing Member auditions will be held on Saturday May 20, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Queen Anne Christian Church, Seattle. Please have your application in by May 6, 2017. An application received after this date may still be considered if the audition schedule permits. If not, the application will remain active for the Spring LMC Auditions.

Applicants wishing to be accepted as a performing member have two options: audition either as a solo performer or as a collaborative/ensemble performer. In either case, the applicant shall prepare three pieces in contrasting styles, for a total of about 15 minutes of music. Music does not have to be memorized. Other requirements for specific instruments and for singers are:

Pianists wishing to audition as accompanists, but not as solo pianists, should bring a collaborator to the audition. This may be a current collaborator or LMC may be able to find a current LMC member for this purpose. If a collaborator is needed, the applicant shall notify LMC with enough time to find someone, and for the applicant to be thoroughly rehearsed by the day of the audition.

Pianists desiring to perform both as soloists and accompanists should plan to complete an audition for each category. In this case, please submit only one application and fee.

Singers should prepare songs in three different languages. At least two of the selections should be art songs, as LMC primarily presents recitals.

Applicants wishing to audition as an ensemble-only performer, please indicate this on the application. We would strongly prefer to hear the audition with a collaborator. If you have questions about this, please contact LMC at membership@lmcseattle.org.