About The Schubert Club

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  • Musical Services arranges programs which involve members in performances for community organizations, senior residences, and convalescent facilities in the Fairfield County area. Many programs are provided each year free of charge.
  • Performers dates from 1947 when it started with five people. Workshops are held approximately six times during the year, giving members and guests the opportunity to renew or maintain performance skills and hear performances of new works presented by composer members.
  • Chorale has been a vital part of the club since its beginning in 1910. The group rehearses weekly from October to May preparing programs for the Christmas and spring seasons. Membership is open to all who enjoy singing and good fellowship. New singers are welcome.
  • Solo Singers offers opportunities to sing as a soloist or form ensembles. Many of the works performed will range from various operas and oratorio, to Broadway and song literature from all time periods and styles. Two concerts are presented each season.
  • Duo Pianists: The duo pianists began performing together in 1968 under the direction of Juliet Shaw. The group meets for rehearsals on Wednesday mornings and welcomes new members for workshops and concerts.
  • Piano Ensemble Group is celebrating its thirty-fourth anniversary this season. New members and guests are welcome to attend these meetings/rehearsals.
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  • Professional Development Events are held three or four times a year for performance classes, informal discussions on topics of interest to music teachers and holds workshops with guest master teachers.
  • Schubert Club Juniors educates young students in the art of performance and provides them an opportunity to play before an audience. Membership is open to any school-age student whose teacher is a member of the Schubert Club.
  • Music Teachers’ Roundtable is a forum to discuss topics related to studio teaching of all instruments and voice, to share discoveries and to support professional growth. Meetings are held on four Friday mornings at the studios of members.
  • Young Musicians Festival – please click on the link for further details.
  • Awards Program provides music students of school age with prizes and scholarships for musical achievement through annual competition. Winners are presented in a public concert. In addition, students going on to study piano at the post-secondary level may apply for the Shirley R. Koffler Memorial Piano Scholarship offered annually by the club. An endowment has been established to help provide this award.

History of the Schubert Club of Fairfield County

 

In the autumn of 1910, a small group of Stamford opera lovers, lead by Mrs. Frederick Schuyler Wardwell, decided to form a club. It quickly grew to include over 30 members. By 1916, opera study was enhanced by recitals performed in various auditoriums and private homes. As the club grew, in 1920 guest artists were sponsored in public concerts, and by 1924, the club was incorporated under the name, The Schubert Club of Stamford. Through the last century, the Schubert Club has, with the continued cooperation of its many volunteers, increased the general musical knowledge of its members, united in common interest, students, professionals and lovers of music, and given to the music community the opportunity to perform in a variety of performance groups. In 1970, the name of the club was changed to the Schubert Club of Fairfield County, to better reflect the broader area from which its membership was drawn.

 

And now, 50 years later, our nonprofit all-volunteer organization is one of the largest of its type in Connecticut, serving Fairfield and upper Westchester Counties, promoting musical artistry and education for thousands of music-lovers each year. The “joy and beauty” of music is shared by professional and amateur musicians through a variety of programs such as Performers Workshops, Duo Piano, Chorale, Vocal Ensembles, Piano Ensemble and Chamber Ensembles, Concert/Lecture Series, Musical Services and The Teachers Roundtable. Currently, the Schubert Club has approximately two hundred members.

 

The mission of the Schubert club is to create opportunities for all ages to perform and enjoy music on any level, to stimulate a love of music in children through our annual competitions and also non-competitive festivals, and to inspire children to further their studies. We provide our adult members with the opportunity to perform in various choral groups and musical ensembles.

 

Most importantly, The Schubert Club is a community of musicians where many new friendships form, and old friendships grow stronger through our common interest in classical music.